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Regarding the new guidelines for the västra götaland region

Due to the increased spread of infection, the Swedish Public Health Agency announced new general guidelines for Västra Götaland on October 29. The guideline has now been extended and is valid until 13 December. You can find additional information here (in Swedish).

University West has not currently decided on any changes regarding teaching and examination but will continue to monitor the situation closely. Naturally, we follow all recommendations and guidelines from national authorities. We will keep both students and employees continuously informed about the situation and any changes decided on by university leadership. Stay up to date via the website and the newsletter that is sent out to all students. 

Teaching and examination during the autumn is currently conducted mainly at a distance, but with certain parts on campus:

Distance when possible, campus when necessary.

 

Exam on campus?

We understand that this situation creates added stress and anxiety and that you may have questions regarding things like exams on campus. If you belong to a risk group, live with somebody who belongs to a risk group, have cold/flu symptoms or feel strong anxiety about conducting a campus-based exam, we will do everything we can to offer alternative examination. For questions about this, you should first turn to the teacher responsible for your course or programme as soon as possible.

All of us must show consideration and contribute to reducing the spread of infection. It is very important to follow the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations!

The university has no opportunity to reject students who have symptoms, but of course we take a dialogue with them and hope that they then understand and choose to go home again.

We also want you to know that we have taken several steps to create a safe environment for on-campus exams:

  • We open exam halls earlier to avoid crowding.
  • We admit fewer students into the halls. We have almost halved the number of writers in the examination halls to create distance. This means that in a hall where you can usually sit close to 100 writers, we now have about 50 writers.
  • Students submit their exam at the door to the hall. There is a plexiglass divider between exam host and student. 
  • We make sure that there is no crowding when handing in your exam.
  • The student uses his own pen to sign.
  • Everything that is lent out (pens, rulers, counters, etc.) is disinfected afterwards.
  • Clear signage and information and hand sanitizer available throughout campus.
  • A couple of days before the exam, we also post a message on Canvas reminding students to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms.

What applies to examination - general information

According to Vice-Chancellors policy decision for the autumn, examinations must mainly be conducted at a distance. Prioritized on campus are the examinations that are not possible or unsuitable to conduct at a distance. It is important that examinations can be conducted in a legally secure manner and certain examinations therefore need to be conducted on site on campus. The same applies to certain teaching elements such as laboratory work or practical elements in, for example, nursing and teacher education.

Decisions on which examinations are to be conducted on campus are made by the head of each department. Decisions on how the examination is to be carried out must be made at the latest at the start of the course.

For you as a student, this may mean that you have some examinations at a distance and some on campus.

If you are a student in a risk group and have your examination on campus, you must contact the responsible teacher for the course. Together you discuss what opportunity there is to adapt the examination in cases where you cannot come to campus. You must contact your teacher as soon as possible for courses that have already started. For other courses, contact your teacher at the start of the course – at the latest. The ambition is find opportunities, but there may be examinations that are not possible to adapt. If you are ill at the time of the examination, you will be referred to a re-examination.
Read more about risk group and adaptation of study situation further down on this web page.

YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FEEL SAFE WHEN YOU ARE ON CAMPUS

Our campus is open, but at the same time it is important that we do not become too many at once. It is a difficult balancing act. We hope and believe that we can all together create good conditions to both be able to study from home, and also come to campus when needed.

We do this to create a safe environment

We are now working intensively to follow the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations to reduce the spread of infection. On campus, there will be signs and boundaries to facilitate. We need to do our best to avoid large crowds and it is therefore important that these calls are respected.

Where possible, the number of places is sparse and markings clarify as support for distancing. Our lecture halls will be unlocked, so you can go directly in to avoid gathering outside.

Uppsatta klisterlappar om att hålla avstånd i föreläsningssal. Foto.

During the first weeks, there will be student and local hosts on site on campus. They are here to help you as a student, but also to work to avoid crowds.

When you are on campus, it generally applies that you use the entrance that is closest to the room you are going to be in. If you are then going elsewhere in the house, please choose to go out and then into the entrance that is most suitable.

Karta över campus med markeringar av entréer. Illustration.We have produced a map with all entrances. Based on that map and with the help of your schedule, you help to create a good flow through campus.

Read more at Information about entrances on campus.

Avoid staying on campus more than necessary. When you have a break, feel free to leave the campus building. Think about how you get to University West. If possible, avoid public transport during rush hour. Maybe you can cycle if the distance is not too far.

Klisterlapp om att hålla avstånd på golv i campus. Foto.

Hand hygiene and cleaning

Hand alcohol is available in the entrances, among other places. All kitchenettes / coffee rooms and toilets on campus have soap and paper towels. The cleaning routines have been strengthened, which means that cleaning of toilets and spraying of contact surfaces such as table surfaces, taps, handles, handrails takes place daily.

Everyone has their own responsibility

Everyone has a responsibility to contribute to reducing the spread of infection. We would like to encourage each and every one of you to contribute to following the recommendations that we have to comply with according to the Public Health Authority, as this is a prerequisite for us to be able to conduct activities and teaching on campus.

  • Stay home if you are ill, and even in case of mild symptoms
  • Wash your hands
  • Keep distance
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible

Lapp uppsatt utan ett studierum. Information om att hålla avstånd. Foto.

You who are a student and belong to a risk group

If you are a student and belong to a risk group, in accordance with the National Board of Health's advice, you should consult a doctor about what you can do to reduce the risk of becoming ill with Covid-19.

Students who are in a risk group and study a campus-based education at University West, should in consultation with teachers be offered the opportunity to adapt the study situation, where possible. Adaptation can, for example, mean the opportunity to follow the activity in the classroom via Zoom. However, you should not expect the teaching to be recorded and available at a later time. Also keep in mind that the opportunity to interact on such occasions may be limited. The teacher only streams if it works with the pedagogical approach.

It is important that, you who are in the risk group, contact the responsible teacher on the course as early as possible:

  • In order to, where possible, have the right to adapt the study situation, you as a student must contact the responsible teacher at the latest at the start of the course.

  • If you are ill, you do not have the same right to adapt to the study situation. If you become chronically ill, you can have a dialogue with your teacher about the possibility of adjustment.

If you are going to conduct externally placed teaching and/or examination such as degree work and internship, you must follow guidelines and recommendations from the host organization. To the extent that guidelines or recommendations would lead to you as a student not being able to carry out planned tasks, the university should try to resolve the situation in each individual case.

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