Information for directors of studies and teachers

Last changed: 18 February 2022

Information regarding teaching during the Corona virus pandemic: Decisions, instructions, guidelines and useful tips.

17 February update: 

Our procedure for reporting known cases of infection will remain in place as the data provided by these reports have proved useful in identifying any cluster outbreaks. Employees who have tested positive using a PCR or antigen test must report this to their line manager, who in turn will report the case to smittsparning@slu.se. Only report confirmed cases, not suspected ones.

Students should report confirmed cases using the form on the student web.

Update 9 February:

As of 9 February, the Public Health Agency’s guidelines on partial online teaching for higher education will be phased out.

The pandemic has affected the social study environment and a quick return to normal is important; at the same time, we need to make the most of lessons learnt during the last two years when it comes to new ways of teaching.

The current instructions for teaching will remain in place for study period 3 to allow course coordinators and examiners more time to plan and perform risk assessments; this means that all students must be offered teaching on campus at least one day a week.

These instructions will cease to apply as of study period 4, which starts 24th of March, and classrooms can again be booked at full capacity.

For examination period 3, the regular examination format should primarily be used. If a take-home exam has already been planned it won’t necessary to change the format, but quality must always be taken into account.

Even though the goal is to return to campus in the next few weeks, teachers may need to stay at home because they have symptoms, and they can then opt for online instruction.

Cluster outbreaks can also be a reason for online teaching to minimise the spread of infection. Other aspects related to planning may also affect the return to campus.

Update 28 January:

Contact tracing: If you hear about students being infected, ask them to report this using the form for self-reporting.

Decisions and instructions

21 December update

Instructions for teaching and examination for period 3 (17 January 2022 – 23 March 2022)

The instructions for the 2021 autumn semester has been extended and partly revised. The instructions in the annex to this decision applies for period 3 provided that no changes are required as a consequence of new decisions by the government or the Public Health Agency.

13 September update

Additional decision on instructions for teaching and examination at first- and second-cycle level in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester

Due to the lifting of several national restrictions this autumn, SLU has decided on the following:

  • A capacity utilisation of 100 per cent is allowed for pool teaching rooms.
  • Students on all degree programmes (except those offered as distance learning programmes) are to have teaching on campus at least one day a week.
  • Pool teaching rooms may only be booked for other activities such as conferences once all rooms needed for teaching and examination have been allocated.

The decision applies as of 2 November 2021 to 16 January 2022.

Read the additional decision.

8 June update

New instructions for teaching and examination 2021 autumn semester

The chair of the Board of Education has decided on Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester.

  • The previously adopted instructions for the 2021 summer semester remain.
  • For resits and other types of renewed assessment that take place before the autumn semester starts, the lighter restrictions set out in this decision may be applied where possible.
  • For the 2021 autumn semester, teaching and examination may take place on campus. However, to prevent the spread of infection, not everyone will be allowed to return at the same time. The guidelines from the Public Health Agency apply and measures must be taken to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Pool teaching rooms cannot be used to their full extent. The instructions contain an order of priority for classrooms as long as restrictions are still in place. The aim is for students on all degree programmes to have teaching on campus approximately one day a week.

You find the decision here: Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester

Room booking

There will be no pandemic-related restrictions on room bookings for study from period 2.

Instructions for room bookings are available on the room booking pages.

Contact Tracing Procedure

Contact tracing procedure

Each region is responsible for contact tracing procedure, and routines may vary.

If you, as manager or teacher/course coordinator, learns that an employee or student has been found infected, may be involved in each region's infection tracking. More information about infection tracking can be found at 1177.se, select the current region. (information in Swedish)

Local tracing procedure

From the 1st of December SLU is reintroducing the contact tracing procedure and reactivating the functional mailbox smittsparning@slu.se. For students, the previous procedure to follow in case of Covid-19 infections is reintroduced.

Who should you inform?

You must not inform anyone else about who has tested positive for Covid-19 unless you have the permission of the infected person to do so. If you think there is a reason to inform others and the infected person has agreed to this, it is ok to do so. If you want advice on this, contact your region’s disease control unit.

In addition, if you think it is needed, you can inform the rest of your organisation that someone has tested positive. If you do, do not provide detailed information on which unit/class/group is affected. Remind everyone of the advice from the Public Health Agency to reduce the spread of the virus.

Corona-FAQ for teacher and directors of studies

Virus exposure must be reported

22 January update:

Employers must, without delay, report exposures of established covid-19 at the workplace as a serious incident to the Swedish Work Environment Authority. 

The registration requirement applies even if others did not become infected. The requirement also applies to our students if they have been infected or are at risk of becoming infected on campus. The responsibility follows previous routines for infection tracing, ie. immediate manager reports. For students, the teacher or course coordinator informs the head of department, who then makes a report.

Notification of a serious incident must also be made retroactively. If the report is not made without delay, the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the court can impose penalties. However, the Swedish Work Environment Authority will not report people for prosecution when they have followed what was previously read on their website. In the older version, it was not clear that this applies to all workers, regardless of occupation.

In the event of a confirmed infection (where both parties tested positive) and it occurred at work (where it is assessed as a probable / possible route of infection), it must also be documented in accordance with §11 2018: 4 Infection risks.

Read more:
• Report occupational injury, corinavirus / covid-19.
• Information about a report of a serious incident if an employee has been exposed to the new coronavirus.

Entry to Sweden

Here you find updated information about travel restrictions to Sweden.

Student finance

The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) updates its web pages (csn.se) regularly – refer students to them if they have any questions on student finance.

Will there be any reductions or refunds paying students

The university is working hard to make sure that courses and examinations can still be completed through distance teaching. Like all universities in Sweden, SLU will follow our tuition fee policies. This means that there will be no reductions or refunds for this spring semester, as long as there are no major changes to the course syllabus.

Please note that if you choose to discontinue a course in the first three weeks, you are entitled to a full refund. However, before you make this decision, you should make sure that this will not cause any problems with your residence permit or the possibility to finish your degree.


Contact

If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, read more at http://krisinformation.se/en (emergency information from Swedish authorities), or phone 113 13 (national information number for information on emergencies) and ask for advice.

Staff who have questions about how this issue is handled at SLU, or who need practical advice in case they become infected, should contact their immediate superior.

Students should contact their programme director of studies, contact details can be found on the programme web pages.