University of Vaasa adjusts its operations as of 18 March

Posted on 17/03/20.

Vaasan yliopisto

This page is updated with current information about the coronavirus situation at the University of Vaasa. Last updated on 3 April 11 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

The Finnish Government decided to extend until 13 May 2020 the duration of the previously imposed restrictions to slow down the spread of coronavirus infections and to protect those at risk. The restrictions on early childhood education, teaching, education and training will be extended. At the same time, preparations will be made for extending the exceptional arrangements in education until the end of term, if this is deemed necessary for containing the epidemic.

For more information, please homepage of the Finnish Goverment.

The Finnish universities are following up on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and are carefully preparing for the practical arrangements of student admissions under these exceptional circumstances. Universities are preparing for different scenarios in close collaboration with Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish National Agency for Education in compliance with the authorities' instructions. If the coronavirus situation warrants changes to the entrance examination arrangements, the universities will disseminate information on them no later than 15 April.

For more information, please see Unifi's web page.

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The following decisions concern the operation of the University of Vaasa as of Wednesday 18th of March. The instructions will be specified based on decisions and guidelines by the Regional State Administrative Agency:

  • University facilities are closed from students and all doors are locked
  • Exam-class, the library and the campus restaurants are closed
  • Also student restaurant Mathilda is closed for now as of 1 April
  • All in-person, face-to-face teaching is cancelled
  • Teaching and guidance is organised as extensively as possible with optional methods, such as distance learning, using different digital learning environments and solutions, and, if necessary, independent study
  • All university personnel is working remotely
  • Only work critical to research, remote teaching and support functions is allowed on campus. All work on campus must be agreed with the superior.
        • When working in the university premises, instructions regarding the amount of persons present, distance and hygiene must be followed strictly
        • If it is not possible to organise remote teaching from home, university premises can be used. Permission for doing this must be asked from deans or heads of affiliated institutions. It is allowed to stay on campus only during the remote teaching.
  • All meetings are organised as web meetings (e.g. Zoom, Teams)
  • Laboratories can be used for research purposes in cases when work cannot be done remotely
        • When working in the university premises, instructions regarding the amount of persons present, distance and hygiene must be followed strictly
  • Equipment needed for remote work (e.g. chair or second screen) can be used at employee’s own consideration and must be returned when the situation changes. The university will not finance any new acquisitions for remote work.
  • These exceptional circumstances do not change the obligation to work or the employer’s right to supervise work
  • Necessary support services and network connections are ensured by the university
  • All planned events at the University of Vaasa are cancelled until 31 May. Events will either be virtual or postponed to a later date.

More detailed instructions for employees of the University of Vaasa is available in the intranet (including e.g. practical tips for remote working and teaching).

We have also opened a mail address for inquiries and questions concerning the coronavirus: corona.info@univaasa.fi Please note, that the mails are read and answered Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.

So far, no cases of coronavirus has been diagnosed at the University of Vaasa.

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Students

More information for students: /en/news/koronaviruksen_vaikutus_opiskeluun/. We also send messages and instructions to student mail.

More information is published whenever the situation changes, so students are advised to actively follow the university's web page, student mail, Moodle, Lukkari and WebOodi.

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Personnel: travelling, health care and sick leave

According to guidelines from the Finnish government, Finns and permanent resident in Finland returning from abroad will be placed in quarintine-like conditions for two weeks. Employees of the University of Vaasa returning to Finland from abroad must work remotely for 14 days, and the general health condition must be followed closely. After the 14 day quarantine period, only work critical to research, remote teaching and support functions is allowed on the campus. Please see personnel instruction available from intranet for more details.

Passenger transport to Finland is suspended, with the exception of the return of Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland. Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland must not travel abroad. Finnish tourists are advised to return to Finland immediately.

If any symptoms of the disease is noticed, occupational health care must be contacted immediately by phone Pihlajalinna (+358 1031 2010, open 6-22).

During the coronavirus epidemic, a seven-day self-reporting period is respected when an employee has symptoms suggestive of a respiratory infection such as fever, cough, shortness of breath.

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Basic protective measures against the new virus (for more detailed instructions, see more for example www.who.int)

  • Always keep your hands clean
  • Wash your hands when you come to work, before eating/smoking and when leaving work.
  • The  best way to wash your hands is to use warm water and liquid soap
    • Use a hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands with water and liquid soap
  • Don’t touch the areas around your mouth and nose with your hands
  • Please avoid close physical contacts, like shaking hands

Information about the coronavirus situation

The most updated information related to the coronavirus situation in Finland can be found from Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL). Finnish Government recommendations are also published and available by the the Finnish government. Information about the virus is also available at World Health Organisation (WHO).

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The University of Vaasa crisis management team is led by the rector and consists of rector, vice-rector, security manager, finance director, HR director, legal director and marketing & communications directore. The team follows the coronavirus situation actively and keeps close contacts with other universities and the authorities, and decides the measures taken utilising the situational assessment of Finnish authorities.

For information, please contact:

rector Jari Kuusisto

tel. +358 29 449 8291

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