Latest update on coronavirus (18 March): The University switches to distance education

2020-03-17 

As of Wednesday 18 March, only distance education courses and programmes will be offered. The University campus stays open as a workplace and is open for individual studying.

At present, the University is making every effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus and follows all recommendations the government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden announced on Tuesday.

The University crisis management team has taken two decision which will affect the activities. First, there will be no teaching and no examinations on campus. Secondly, members of staff who belong to a risk group or who commute from the Stockholm region should work from home, if possible. Working from home should be discussed with your immediate manager.

Intensive preparations for the switch to distance education have begun. The University management realizes that this transition is a great challenge and urges everyone to be patient. We ask for your understanding, as it might take some time before the transition is fully completed.

Useful pages have been published

To support the teaching staff, course coordinators and students, webpages with useful information have been published on the intranet; they contain technical information as well as practical advice on regarding effective distance education.

As a result of today’s decisions, the following applies to all members of staff and students at the University of Gävle.

  • As of Wednesday 18 March, only distance education courses and programmes will be offered.
  • We strongly advice everyone with symptoms of infection to stay at home.
  • Members of staff who commute from the Stockholm region or who belong to a risk group are recommended to work from home, if possible, after a discussion with your immediate manager.
  • No travelling on behalf of the University abroad and no international student exchanges are allowed.
  • Travelling on behalf of the University within Sweden should be avoided. Immediate managers make the decision and all tickets should be fully flexible.
  • Members of staff and students are urged to stay updated via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden and to follow all of their recommendations.

The University campus stays open as a workplace, but, as before, it is essential that everyone acts responsibly. Stays at home if you feel unwell and remember hand hygiene.

If you have more questions:

Members of staff can send their questions to covid19@hig.se

Students can contact the Student Centre studentcentrum@hig.se or pose questions in the chat at www.hig.se

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Information for teaching staff

For how long will campus be closed for students?

There will be no teaching and no examinations on campus for the rest of the semester, all teaching and assessment will be carried out remotely. Entrances at the University campus are now open only for students and members of staff in order to slow down the spread of the virus and to create greater security. The Library is now open between 10 am – 2 pm, Mondays – Fridays.

Should I work from home?

We strongly advice everyone with symptoms of a cold (respiratory infection) or influenza to stay at home. Members of staff who commute from the Stockholm region or who belong to a risk group are recommended to work from home, if possible, after a discussion with your immediate manager. No travelling on behalf of the University abroad and no international student exchanges are allowed. Travelling on behalf of the University within Sweden should be avoided. Immediate managers make the decision and all tickets should be fully flexible.

The students are doing group study work. What should I do?

Students who are feeling well should participate in group study work by using digital tools like Zoom and Teams. Arranging such digital groups could require extra work for course coordinators and teaching staff during a limited period of time. Discuss this situation with your immediate manager.

What about the Library and borrowed books?

The Library is open, Monday-Friday, 10.00-14.00. If you cannot return borrowed books in time because of the coronavirus, you will not be affected by delay fees. They will be removed when you return the book. You cannot renew loans for books that are on hold. If your books cannot be returned by someone else, or sent via mail, contact the Library.

E-mail: bilbioteket@hig..se

Phone: 026 ‑ 64 85 48
Address: Högskolan i Gävle, Biblioteket, 801 76 Gävle

If you are waiting for a reserved book, please note that it may take longer than expected before you get your reserved book, because borrowers may be unable to return their borrowed books on time.

Student information

This is how distance education works

The University follows all recommendations regarding COVID-19. For this reason, there will be no teaching and no examinations on campus for the rest of the semester; all teaching and assessment will be carried out remotely. (From 18 March onwards)

Valuable links regarding distance education

My HiG card doesn’t work when I try to get in at the entrance. What should I do?

Contact the reception. They will help you with your HiG card.

Opening hours:

Måndag-torsdag 8:00-16:00
Fredag 8:00-15:30

Phone: 026 - 64 88 88

What happens to my student finance from CSN if I am absent?

The University is not responsible for decisions regarding student finance. For this reason, we ask you to look for information on the CSN website www.csn.se

Remember to notify Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) immediately if you fall ill.

I have planned to participate in a student exchange programme. What do I do?

Send an e-mail to studentcentrum@hig.se

What will happen about my placement? Should I complete my placement?

As long as your employer does not say differently, you should continue with your placement. If you need to interrupt your placement, contact studentcentrum@hig.se

I have an exam. How will this work?

From 18 March onwards there will no written exams on campus until further notice. More specific information about how and when exams will be held will be provided later.

I have ongoing group study work in my course. How do we solve that?

You can participate in group study work by using digital tools like Zoom and Teams. If there are technical problems, contact IT support. Discuss other issues with your course coordinator.

Published by: Catarina Carlsson Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2020-03-20
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