Information for directors of studies and teachers

Last changed: 28 September 2021

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

13 September update

As stage 4 starts, increased use of teaching spaces at SLU will be made possible through a decision by the chair of the Board of Education. There will be no pandemic-related restrictions on room bookings for study period 2.

For the 2022 spring semester, the plan is to completely withdraw the special instructions that were introduced as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

13 September update 

Change or add to your room bookings for study period 2

20 August update

Room bookings and face-to-face gatherings, Working from home, Business trips

Decisions and instructions

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.

For the 2022 spring semester, the plan is to completely withdraw the special instructions that were introduced as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Supplementary room bookings

If you have already submitted your room booking requests for study period 2, you have until 15 September to change or add to your booking. Instructions for doing this are available on the room booking pages.

Start of the semester and welcoming new students

SLU staff can read more about the start of the sermster on the page welcoming new students 2021 on the staff web.

Students will receive an information email during week 33-34 with the latest information about the study start and what applies to the autumn semester.

New students will find information about the start of the semester on the student web and the pages for new students.

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)

Report to SLU centrally

To make sure that we have a complete picture of the situation and can identify what support our organisation may need, information about those infected and the contact tracing measures you have taken must be reported to SLU centrally. Teachers should inform their head of department. Heads of department/managers then report to smittsparning@slu.se.

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.