Updated information about the coronavirus: Distance education now coming into effect at Uppsala University
The Vice-Chancellor decided today that the following will apply at Uppsala University:
- Uppsala University will switch to distance teaching and assessment from 18 March 2020 onwards.
- Teachers who are responsible for the courses in which you are registered will inform what consequences this new situation will have. Be patient, all information about consequences will not come out in the nearest 24 hours.
- Stay at home if you have the slightest symptoms of a cold or influenza.
This is a matter of social distancing, the University is not closing
The measures now being implemented do not mean that the University is closing. The goal is for operations – education, research and administration – to continue as far as possible. At the same time, we must do all we can to help slow down the spread of infection. We are doing this in order to increase the ability of the health services to look after those who will need care, first and foremost people at risk (older people and people with underlying conditions).
Uppsala University as a workplace is following recommendations on ‘social distancing’, which means that members of staff and students should, as far as possible, avoid or minimise close physical contact. Teaching and assessment will continue but, as explained, will switch to remote modes (digital types of instruction, self-study, take-home assignments). Library services will be available, research and support functions will continue, but will respect the measures that the Vice-Chancellor has decided will apply for members of staff.
And certain rules apply to all of us: wash your hands frequently, sneeze in the crook of your arm and keep your distance.