Coronavirus information at the University of Vaasa

This page is updated with current information about the coronavirus situation and guidelines at the University of Vaasa. The content of the page was last checked 23 October 11.40 a.m. 

Update 20.10. 11.17 a.m.: Distance learning and restricted campus operations continue until 31 October. The situation will be reassessed during week 44.

We have 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.

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Operations at the University from 1 October to 31 October

  • All teaching is distance learning
    • already earlier majority of teaching has been distance teaching due to the pandemic situation
    • only first year students have had contact teaching
  • All study rooms are closed
  • All events inside and outside on campus are forbidden
  • All campus restaurants are closed
  • EXAM-room is closed 6-31 October
  • The library is open online and book borrowing / booking pick-up will be arranged as soon as possible, please follow the Tritonia's web pages
  • The University personnel continues remote work if work tasks allow it
  • The essential functions on campus are maintained
    • you are allowed to come to campus only if you are healthy and wearing a mask

The health authorities strongly recommend keeping social distance and paying special attention to following coronavirus instructions also during free time. 

The University of Vaasa strongly recommends the use of face masks in situations where it is not possible to keep safety distances. In addition to masks, remember good hand hygiene, coughing etiquette, avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth and maintaining a sufficient safe distance to other people. 

Information about the situation in Vaasa can be found from the City of Vaasa's and Vaasa central hospital's web pages. Following the City of Vaasa also in social media channels is highly recommended.

Have you already downloaded the Koronavilkku-app? Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Operations at the University during autumn 2020 (during 1-31 October, see instructions above)

  • The campus has opened on 17 August, following regulatory restrictions and safety instructions
  • If you have respiratory symptoms, stay at home and contact health care
    • you are allowed to come to the campus only if you are healthy
  • On-campus restaurant services:
    • Mathilda and Café Oskar have opened 31 August with limited opening hours and selections (for more information, please follow the restaurants' webpages)
    • Alma is closed as of 23 September
  • Information about library services are found from Tritonia's web pages
  • Studies can be done on campus, taking into account the general epidemic situation and safety and space constraints
    • Mass lectures for first-year bachelor's students and groups of more than 50 people are replaced by online lectures and teaching in smaller groups
    • Autumn courses for new master's students and older students are mainly organised as online teaching
    • The EXAM-room has opened on 17 August. Half of the seats will be in use and safety distance will be applied.
    • International students can come to Vaasa if possible within the existing travelling restrictions
    • Exchange studies and international internships continue within the limits set by the authorities
  • The University personnel continues remote work if work tasks allow it
    • if work requires presence on campus, we will work together to provide safe conditions for it
    • avoiding public transportation is recommended and, for example, cycling or walking to work
  • Personnel and students are strongly encouraged to wear masks at low thresholds
    • disposable masks and gloves as well as hand sanitizer are available for students in all classes and work spaces
  • As of 1 October, student and public events on campus other than those related to teaching and research will be postponed to a later date, when the corona situation will allow the normal operation of the University without separate restrictions
    • Regarding meetings/events arranged inside, site-specific restrictions on the number of people present and safety instructions will continue to apply
  • We continue following instructions given by the authorities regarding in all travelling (work and leisure)
  • You can only come to the campus only after a 10-day waiting period when you return to Finland from abroad (work or holiday trip) or arrive in Finland to work or study
    • the waiting period applies to arrivals from all countries, and is calculated from the date of arrival in Finland
    • during these 10 days the person works or studies remotely.

Students

More information for students Information is shared whenever the situation changes, so students are advised to actively follow the University's web page, the student mail, Moodle, Lukkarikone and WebOodi.

Personnel: travelling, health care and sick leave

The goal of the University of Vaasa is to keep our university campus alive and functional despite the Covid-19 epidemic. By following the coronavirus protection guidelines, we act in solidarity and at the same time take care of our own and each other's health safety. More detailed instructions for employees of the University are available from the intranet.

For all travelling (both work and leisure related), regulatory restrictions and recommendations apply. It is strongly recommended that work-related trips abroad are not made during autumn 2020. Any travelling must be approved by the deans and unit heads. Only necessary domestic work-related travel is possible and requires a separate permit from the supervisor.

Please check the instructions of the Finnish authorities:

You can only come to the campus after a 10-day waiting period when you return to Finland from abroad (work or holiday trip) or arrive in Finland to work or study. The waiting period applies to arrivals from all countries, and is calculated from the date of arrival in Finland. During these 10 days the person works or studies remotely.

If you suspect a Covid-19 infection, contact your occupational health service or local health center by phone. The own sick leave notification period is extended from three to seven calendar days until the end of year 2020.

Basic protective measures against the new virus

  • 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
  • Don’t touch the areas around your mouth and nose with your hands
  • Please avoid close physical contacts, like shaking hands

General information about the virus 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).

Crisis management team

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 director. The team follows the coronavirus situation actively and keeps close contacts with other universities and the authorities. The teams decisions follow authorities' assessments.

For information, please contact:

rector Jari Kuusisto

tel. +358 29 449 8291