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The novel coronavirus - University-wide information

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UPDATED JUNE 5Due to last week's government announcement, the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday, 4 June, made a revised policy decision that allows for a limited and adapted return to teaching on campus. Although the government has withdrawn the recommendation on remote studies, the return to campus this autumn will be limited. This is because other recommendations, in order to help reduce the spread of the covid-19 infection, still apply.


As previously announced, the University's staff, where possible, should continue with temporary remote work.

These pages are being updated in regard to the new policy decision. Right now you can read more on these pages:

Published June 5 at 1:15 pm: For students and staff: Teaching - both online and on campus this autumn (gu.se)

Published June 5 at 4:30 pm: For staff: Information to staff regarding the autumn semester 2020

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This page was updated May 14 at 4:30 after new decisions from the government about travelling.

FAQ for students was last updated May 18 at 11:30 am.

FAQ for staff was last updated May 20 at 3:10 pm.

NEW: The Vice-Chancellor has now decided on an policy for the autumn, in order to provide students and staff the opportunity to plan their studies and education. As a general rule, studies will be carried out remotely at least until 31 October. Staff will begin the autumn semester with continued temporary remote work.

NEW: Updated under the headline 'Travels, conferences, meeting, visits' after new decisions from the governmentt on May 13 och May 14.

For students about the autumn semester 2020

For staff about the autumn semester 2020

Information to students, doctoral students, staff, managers and visiting researchers

The University of Gothenburg is adapting to the situation in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19 infections. This does not mean that the University is closing, but that it is switching to remote studies and temporary remote work. Teaching, research, cooperation and administration will continue to the extent it is possible.

  • Each individual bears much of the responsibility. Everyone needs to contribute to reducing the spread of disease.
  • Stay home if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19. Wash your hands often and maintain distance from people who cough or sneeze.
  • To slow the spread of the virus, study and work from home, to the extent possible. The university is switching to remote work and remote studies and alternatives to sit-down exams.
  • Do not travel abroad and carefully consider whether domestic travel is necessary.
  • Reconsider the need for conferences and meetings. Arrange a digital option instead, or postpone or cancel the event.
  • The situation can change quickly and it is therefore important that you keep abreast of new developments. Continue to monitor this page for updates

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Autumn semester 2020

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections, the University of Gothenburg is preparing for continued distance education and temporary remote work during the autumn semester of 2020. As a main rule, studies will be carried out remotely at least until 31 October. Staff will begin the autumn semester with continued temporary remote work.

For students: Autumn semester 2020

For staff: Autumn semester 2020

Teaching and exams

  • To reduce the spread of infection, education activities at the University of Gothenburg are switched to remote studies until further notice. The department or course coordinator is responsible for letting you know what this means for your studies.
  • Until further notice, sit-down exams are, to the extent possible, cancelled and replaced with other examination forms that do not require physical presence. The departments decide which sit-down exams are to be replaced with other forms of examination. Contact your course coordinator for more information.

For students: Digital solutions for remote studies
For teaching staff: Digital solutions for remote work

Temporary remote work

  • In order to contribute to reducing the risk of spreading the infection, until further notice University staff will fully or in part and to the extent possible work remotely. Line managers are responsible for deciding which staff members can work remotely and which need to work on-site.
  • The line manager must approve all remote work.

For staff: Digital solutions for remote work

Travels, conferences, meeting, visits

  • The University of Gothenburg follows the recommendation from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to avoid all unnecessary international travel to all countries, and as a general rule until further notice will not approve. international travel. The head of department/line manager/educational coordinator may decide on exceptions.
  • If you nevertheless are considering travelling abroad, conduct a risk assessment and consult your line manager. Include risks of spreading the infection as well as practical difficulties in your assessment if travelling is necessary. The template for risk assessment is available at the web page Reseråd.
  • Avoid domestic travel until further notice. Consider postponing the travel or participating via a digital alternative. The head of department/line manager/educational coordinator may decide on exceptions.
  • The University of Gothenburg offer many resources to conduct virtual meetings. For more information, please see the web page Virtual meetings.
  • All business trips, both national and international, are to be booked with rebookable or cancellable tickets.
  • To reduce the spread of infection, avoid in-person conferences and meetings until further notice. Consider instead conducting the event digitally, or delaying. The decision lies with the line manager/education coordinator.
  • Until further notice, the University advises against bringing in new guests or exchange students from abroad.
  • To reduce the spread of the new corona virus, the Swedish government currently forbids public gatherings of more than 50 participants until further notice.
  • The government has also instructed higher education institutions to switch to providing distance education. GU has, to the extent possible, changed its operations to remote education for students and temporarily working from home for staff. In those exceptional cases where in-person gatherings and meetings are still being considered, preventing the spread the infection shall be given top priority in both planning and execution.
  • The Swedish Government has prolonged the entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 15 June. The temporary entry ban may be extended again in the future. See Extension of temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19 and Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden for more information about the decision and exceptions.

Symptoms of COVID-19/returning after illness

  • Staff and students are encouraged to pay extra attention and to remain at home if they feel ill.
  • COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following: dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing/respiratory illness. Some people develop more serious symptoms, such as pneumonia. The symptoms are often mild and may feel like the common cold. See 1177 Vårdguiden for more information.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden states that you should wait at least 48 hours after returning to health before returning to work or studies.
  • Call 113 13 if you have general questions about COVID-19.

Prevent the spread of infection

The Public Health Agency of Sweden encourages everyone experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, however mild, to refrain from social contact, which might spread the disease. So be vigilant about symptoms, even mild ones. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of disease. 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has new general advice to reduce the spread of COVID-19, see Håll avstånd och ta personligt ansvar (“Keep your distance and exercise personal responsibility”; at the time of publishing, only available in Swedish). The advice to employers is that they, if possible, should ensure that all staff keep a distance from each other, can wash their hands regularly, work from home, avoid unnecessary travel, and can adjust their working hours to avoid rush hour traffic.

To prevent the spread of infection:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, handling food, and after restroom visits. If you are not able to wash your hands, hand disinfection may be an option.
  • Avoid touching your face if you have unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with flexed elbow, or a paper handkerchief, when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep a certain distance from people who are sneezing or coughing.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.

The University’s management and preparedness

Since the end of January there is a crisis management team appointed at the University to continuously monitor the situation, manage and prepare university wide recommendations. The crisis management team consults with specialists as needed.

The board monitors developments via the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, collaborative partners and other higher education institutions.

A working group is closely connected to the crisis management team. The working group handles operative matters regarding the coronavirus. To contact the working group, please email: corona@gu.se.