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COVID-19

Information for students and staff at the School of Business, Econopmics and Law regarding the corona virus and covid-19

Update 8 June - Gradual return to the School this autumn

On 27 May, the government presented its five-step plan for adapting and lifting the Swedish pandemic restrictions. It opens up for a long-awaited return to campus, but this must be done responsibly. All activities must be performed in a way that contributes to limiting the spread of infection.

The Public Health Agency's general recommendations remain and are normative for the School's return to on-campus activity. This means that students, staff and others must keep their distance in our premises and that congestion must be avoided. No end date for the application of these recommendations has been established.

In order for it to be possible to keep distance and avoid congestion, the School will be opened up with limited capacity in the classrooms. We must prioritise which activities can take place on campus and coordinate these in order to avoid congestions in the public premises. As support, we have GU's policy decisions (link in Swedish) for the summer and autumn of 2021.

During the summer and when the autumn semester starts, the School's operations will accordingly mainly be conducted digitally and remotely. Opportunities to conduct operations in the School’s premises will gradually be increased and the goal is that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to participate in teaching on campus during the first half of the semester. The goal is also that the main part of the School’s operations should be able to be conducted on campus from 1 November. Some of the teaching will need to continue to be conducted digitally during the rest of the autumn semester. The scope will vary between programmes/courses. For the Master's programmes (where we have many international students), a large part of the teaching will continue to be conducted remotely for the rest of the semester.

We are aware that many students are in a situation where they consider whether to move to Gothenburg before or during the autumn semester, and that more precise information about autumn’s teaching would have made the decision easier. Unfortunately, we do not have the opportunity to provide more detailed information than this email due to the current situation.

Examinations in the exam hall

From 30 August, the examination hall at Viktoriagatan 30 will open up, with measures to prevent and reduce the spread of infection. Even if the examination hall is open, there will be digital exams done from home. Always check what applies to your particular exam.

Responsible reception of new students

At the end of August, the student union, HHGS, will welcome the School's new students with help of N&FA, the project group for the initiation. The existing restrictions affect the welcome activities this year as well, but the student union has planned accordingly and the new students will be received in a good and safe way.

In other respects, the information published on 23 April still applies, see update blelow.

Links to relevant pages / news on GU:
Plan for gradual return to campus is finalized (news 7 June)
More exams in exam hall at Viktoriagatan 30 starting autumn 2021 (news 7 June)
COVID-19 - Information to students

Update April 23 - The autumn semester at the School

After a year of digital teaching and working from home, there is a strong longing to be able to meet again in lecture halls and corridors. There is also a need to be able to plan the autumn, for example when it comes to housing. But at present, it is not possible to predict what the pandemic will look like, and the extent of activities on campus during the autumn 2021 depends on what restrictions will prevail then.

NOTE! The stricter restrictions at the University of Gothenburg still apply.

The University of Gothenburg has made a policy decision for the summer and autumn. It relates to national and regional restrictions and is based on two possible scenarios: If / when the restrictions ease, it means a gradual return to activities on campus. If most of the restrictions remain, it means a situation that is largely unchanged compared to today, ie digital teaching and working from home.

The School of Business, Economics and Law plans based on these scenarios. The basic assumption for the time being is that even at the beginning of the autumn there will be a need to reduce the spread of infection by keeping a certain amount of distance. This means that:

  • Our main focus is on starting the semester primarily with digital education, but with certain priority exceptions.
  • It is particularly important that we are ready to provide our new students with a good welcome. We plan for a COVID-secure orientation and introduction that can take place at least partially on site.
  • Autumn will be a transition phase during which we will hopefully gradually return to campus-based activities.

International students in Master's programmes

The School's international Master's programmes is planning for a start of the semester with mainly digital teaching, with the hope of a gradual return to campus-based teaching during the autumn. For international students who due to travel restrictions in their home countries do not have the opportunity to get to Sweden, digital teaching will be offered throughout the autumn semester.

Incoming exchange students (including Double Degree)

Teaching will take place in the same way as for other students, ie mainly at a distance, with the hope of a gradual return to campus during the autumn. For any questions, please contact exchange@handels.gu.se.

Possible with studies abroad

Studies and internships abroad are permitted, provided that they are in line with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' travel recommendations (it is the university's opinion that studies and internships abroad can be carried out at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs's advisory level "icke nödvändiga resor” (unnecessary travel)) and the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency's insurance terms. Of course, it is also required that the host university wants to receive the student and that it complies with the host country's entry regulations and other guidelines.

Update January 26 - Continued stricter regulations at University of Gothenburg

The stricter restrictions that were introduced at the University of Gothenburg just before Christmas will be extended until further notice. This is a consequence of the government last Thursday announcing the extension of a number of national restrictions and recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The extensions apply until further notice, meaning that employees must work from home, with the exception of those with, for the organization, critical tasks that require a physical presence at the workplace.

All teaching and examination must be conducted digitally and remotely. Exemptions from this, regarding for example individual teaching elements, compulsory elements or examinations, may be granted by the Head of department after consultation with the Dean/equivalent if there are special reasons.

It is important that everyone takes their responsibility and contributes to reducing the spread of infection. Think of the following:

  • Only visit the School if it is really necessary (eg if home conditions make it impossible to study at home).
  • If you visit the School – keep a distance of 2 meters from each other
  • Pay attention to the note that tells the maximum number of people allowed to stay in a room, and respect this.

Read more about the University’s decision at the Student Portal

Update December 22 - Covid-19: stricter application of restrictions at the university 22 December to 24 January

(Information sent to staff and students on December 22, web updated on January 7)

There are already decisions about working from home and digital teaching. As a result of the government's stricter restrictions to prevent the spread of covid-19, there will be a stricter application of the policy decisions at the University of Gothenburg until 24 January.

In short, this means that:

  • All teaching and examination must be conducted digitally and remotely. The exemptions granted within the School of Business, Economics and Law will be reconsidered after the weekends. Stay up to date via Canvas.
  • Students are requested to conduct self-study at home.
  • Faculty and staff: Work must be performed from home unless the tasks are business-critical and require a physical presence at the workplace, or that the immediate supervisor allows work to take place at the workplace for other special reasons.
  • The study places that were previously generally available at the University Library and the Wallenberg Conference Center will be closed.
  • The study places at the Economics Library will be closed.
  • The University Library and the Economics Library will only be open for lending and returns, as well as certain limited opportunities to study reference literature.
  • The premises of the School will continue to be available to students with an access card. For this to work, however, it is required:
    • Only visit the School if it is really necessary!
    • Those who visit the School have a responsibility to keep a proper distance from each other.

More information on the stricter regulations on the Student Portal

More information from the University Library

There are already decisions that working from home and digital education will continue during the spring semester. 

If you experience that you have health concerns that are caused by your studies, there is help available. Read more about student healthcare at the University of Gothenburg.

It is a struggle not to be able to meet fellow students, friends and relatives, but persevere - with joint efforts, the spread of infection can be stopped.

 

Update November 26 - The stricter Covid-19 restrictions: how they affect the School of Business, Economics and Law

In line with the Government's decision to lower the limit for general meetings to eight people, the University of Gothenburg has revised the autumn semester's policy decision. Read more.

Already this spring, the School of Business, Economics and Law adapted its operations to help reduce the spread of covid-19, with digital education and work from home. A few prioritised elements of teaching and examiniation have been granted permission to be carried out on campus, and under controlled conditions parts of the premises have been kept open as student workplaces.

The revised policy decision does not involve any major changes for the operations at the School:

Our premisis

  • The main rule is continued work from home and digital teaching. Employees and students must be very restrictive in staying on the university's premises.
  • No activity that gathers more than eight people should take place on the university's premises. Decisions on exemptions may be made by the Head of Department after consultation with the Dean.
  • The few exemptions granted for teaching on campus have been reviewed. Some have been changed to remote, a few classes (with a maximum of 8 participants) can be carried out as planned. Stay tuned to Canvas on what applies to your course!
  • The premises of the School continue to be available to those who have an access card. Keep in mind: only visit the premises if you really have to.
  • Everyone who visits the School has a responsibility to keep a safe distance from each other.

Examinations

  • The School has reviewed all decisions regarding exams in the examination hall and almost all exams have been changed to be conducted remotely for the rest of the autumn term.
  • Only a couple of examinations have been judged as necessary to be conducted in the examination hall.
  • It is important that you stay informed on what applies to your particular exam, see Canvas for up-to-date information!

Defence of doctoral theses

The current situation, with digital education, work from home and measures in everyday life to contribute to reducing the spread of infection, is demanding for everyone. For the School of Business, Economics and Law, it is about finding the balance between contributing to reduced spread of infection while we continue to conduct good quality education. It is important that we all help each other and do our utmost to make this work as well as possible.

 

Update November 17

On Monday, November 16, the Swedish Government announced stricter restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This affects the University, and work is underway to produce a revised policy decision. Read more.

Update November 6 - Digital education continues in the spring

On November 6, the University of Gothenburg decided that the current pandemic related adaptation of education and other operations will continue during the spring semester, with the aim of helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the School of Business, Economics and Law, this means that teaching will primarily be conducted digitally, that employees work from home and that access to our premises will be limited. Stay tuned via Canvas on what applies to your programme or course.

The University's new policy decision in summary (read more on the web):

  • The University will continue most operations online and remotely.
  • The University continues with temporary homework and continued restrictiveness with travel.
  • In all activities on the University's premises, employees, students and the general public must keep their distance and thus avoid crowds.
  • All gatherings and all activities must be carried out in such a way that the spread of infection can be limited.

The policy decision relates to current national regulations, and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, for example regarding how many people may gather. Adaptation of the operations can thus take place when regulations and recommendations change. The decision applies from 21 January. The policy for the autumn semester will be decided by the University in April, at the latest.

Limit the spread of infection and at the same time protect the psychosocial work environment

The decision means that that ‘the new normal’ will still apply for a long time to come. The big challenge is to find the right balance between our responsibility to help slow the spread of infection, and the opportunity to maintain a well-functioning psychosocial work environment for students and employees. It is extremely important for our school to function, and to preserve the well-being of the students and employees.

Right now, Sweden is in a situation where we must do everything we can to keep our distance, and we must constantly adapt to how the pandemic develops. When the situation allows, we will develop hybrid models for education, with increased opportunities to meet on campus.

We want the School's premises to be accessible to those who really need a place to study, but only as long as it can be considered safe. One basic requirement is that everyone takes responsibility and stays at home if showing any, even the slightest, symptoms of illness, as well as maintaining the proper distance at all times.  We are currently investigating the possibilities of being able to open more seminar rooms. This does not mean that the number of study places will increase, but that we can have a greater physical distance in our premises. We encourage everyone to only visit the School if you really have to.

The School has an established routine for assessing when we can make exceptions and allow activities on the school's premises. We follow the priorities stated in the University's policy decision (in Swedish).

Studies and internships abroad

It will be possible to carry out studies and internships abroad during the spring, provided that it is in line with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel recommendations and the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency's insurance terms, as well as, of course, entry regulations and other guidelines in the host country. As conditions can change quickly, it is important to have an alternative plan to fall back on if the stay abroad needs to be canceled or terminated prematurely. Consult your study counsellor.

International students

  • Incoming exchange students: Education will take place in the same way as for admitted students, i.e. for the most part digitally. For more information, contact exchange@handels.gu.se
  • International master's students admitted to programmes: Education is as a main rule given on campus, but due to current restrictions with significant elements of digital elements. For students who are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in their home countries, if possible, digital studies will be provided.

Safe environment in the examination hall

A large number of measures have been taken in the examination hall (including distance between the tables, wiping of the tables between the exams, organised queue, signs showing where you can stand etc). The infection control in Gothenburg has reviewed the measures and sees no reason to close the hall. At present, we cannot offer students who belong to a risk group the opportunity to write exams in the examination hall. If this applies to you, you need to contact the student counsellor at your programme/course to find out if you can be offered examination in another way than in the hall. As before, exams that can be done digitally at a distance while maintaining the quality, will be conducted in that way.

The Economics Library is open

The Economics Library is open, but with no staff. Information about opening hours can be found here. The library's study places are scattered around. The group rooms and group workplaces are closed. The entire library is now a quiet environment and it is not allowed to do group work in the premises. The staff asks everyone to respect this. Feel free to visit the library online and on Zoomdisk.

Update November 4 - Stricter advices regarding COVID-19 - this applies at the School of Business, Economics and Law

On Thursday, the Public Health Agency of Sweden decided on local general advices, with the aim of further slowing down the local outbreaks of COVID-19 in, among other places, Västra Götaland.

Through remote education and working from home, the School of Business, Economics and Law has since mid-March adapted its operations to contribute to slowing the spread of the infection. Some prioritised teaching have been granted permission to be carried out on campus and, under controlled conditions, parts of the premises have been kept open as student workplaces.

The new advises mean increased demands on both individuals and organisations. Thus, they affect the activities at the School:

  • The exemptions granted for activities on campus will be reviewed. Lectures scheduled at the School can thus become digital. Stay tuned via Canvas.
  • We have received many questions about the exemptions granted for conducting exams in the examination hall on Viktoriagatan. A large number of measures have been taken in the examination hall (including distance between the tables, wiping of the tables between the exams, organised queue, signs showing where you can stand etc). The infection control in Gothenburg has now reviewed the measures and sees no reason to close the hall. If possible, please use other means of transport than public transport to the hall.
    At present, we cannot offer students who belong to a risk group the opportunity to write exams in the examination hall. If this applies to you, you need to contact your programme or department (the student counsellor) to find out if you can be offered examination in another way than in the hall.
    As before, exams that can be done digitally at a distance while maintaining the quality, will be conducted in that way. Stay tuned via Canvas.
  • We know that there is a need to meet other students, and we want the School's premises to be accessible to those who really need a place to study. A prerequisite is that the School's premises can be a safe environment. Everyone who stays in our premises must take responsibility and keep a distance of 2 meters. If this does not work, we will have to close the premises. Over the next two weeks, we will evaluate how this works. We will examine if it is possible to open more lecture halls, so that the study places can be spread out even more.

Together we can help reduce the spread of infection, so keep in mind that it is extremely important to:

  • Stay home if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Only visit the School if you really have to.
  • Reduce the number of physical contacts, refrain from parties, keep your distance.
  • Wash your hands (there is hand disinfection in the entrances).

The new advices applies until 19 November, but can be extended. More info can be found here (in Swedish)

COVID-19 information from the University

 

 

Update September 1 - Remote education and working from home continue rest of the semester

The School of Business, Economics and Law continues with remote education and work from home throughout the autumn semester. The previous decision, which was valid until 31 October, is hereby extended. This is in line with the renewed decision for the autumn that the Vice-Chancellor of the university made last Friday.

We all - both as individuals and as an authority - have a shared responsibility to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and covid-19. Therefore, we continue to limit the activities that take place at the School. It is also very important that everyone continues to keep a social distance.

This will continue to apply during the rest of the autumn semester (until January 20, 2021):

  • Limitation of the number of people in the School's lecture halls and public areas. See notice in each room! Meetings with more than 50 people shall, as a general rule, not take place in any venue.
  • Teaching and examination will, as a general rule, be conducted digitally. In the few cases where exceptions are made for teaching or examination on campus, we follow the priorities set by the university. Information about what applies to a particular course will be available in Canvas.
  • Faculty and staff continue with temporary working from home.

Possible studies abroad spring semester 2021

During the autumn semester 2020, the University of Gothenburg has generally not allowed studies or internships abroad. On Friday, the vice-chancellor decided that it will be possible again from the spring semester 2021, provided that it is in line with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel recommendations, entry regulations in the country in question and that the host university will receive incoming exchange students. As the conditions may change quickly, it is of the utmost importance that the student, in consultation with the study counselor / equivalent, has developed an alternative plan to fall back on if the stay abroad needs to be canceled.

Decision for the spring

The University of Gothenburg will no later than November present a decision for what will apply to teaching and work during the spring semester 2021.

 

Read more in the Student Portal

General information about COVID-19
About the autumn semester

About the latest decision

 

 

 

Update July 7 - Clarification regarding incoming exchange students

The text from June 11 has been updated:

International programmes students – campus based education with digital components

International programmes and courses for international students are planned to be given on campus during the autumn, featuring some digital components. For those international students who are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in their home countries, remote studies will be provided.

Exchange students (including Double Degree) – digital education

The decision not to offer on-campus education still stands, at least until October 31, and we do recommend that students follow the travel restrictions and stay in their home countries, at least until then. Students that decide to travel to Sweden, at their own risk, have to inform International Office before July 31, or as soon as possible, by sending an e-mail to exchange@handels.gu.se .
In order to apply for student residence, please contact the Student Housing Office, studenthousing@gu.se , directly (the International Office will not be able to administrate accommodation). More information: https://utbildning.gu.se/education/studenthousing/exchangestudents

 

Update June 11 - Autumn semester at the School – this applies until 31 October

The Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have announced that the recommendation for remote education will be withdrawn from (and including) 15 June. The University of Gothenburg (GU) had previously announced that remote education would continue to apply during the beginning of the autumn semester, until (and including) 31 October; last Friday, GU announced that, for the most part, the original decision shall continue to apply. With this e-mail we want to inform about what it means for us at the School of Business, Economics and Law. We all - both as individuals and as an organisation - share a common responsibility for helping to reduce the sp read of the corona virus.

Conditions

  • The announcement does not mean that things are returning to normal – all that has changed is that the recommendation for education to be conducted remotely is being withdrawn until further notice.
  • Other recommendations intended to reduce the spreading of the virus continue to apply, such as temporarily working from home, continued travel restrictions, the maintaining of social distancing, and the avoidance of overcrowding in our premises.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people may not occur in our premises.

This applies this autumn:

Max. 50 people in the same room, and 2 meters apart

In conjunction with the start of the autumn semester, many people will be attending the School’s premises. In order to make it possible to live up to the recommendations of the Public Health Agency and to avoid congestion in corridors, entrances and toilets, there can be no more than 170 people at the same time in public areas (not the departments' premises) including teaching rooms on Vasagatan 1, and 30 people on Viktoriagatan 13. In a specific room, a maximum of 50 persons and a distance of 2 meters between the persons will continue to apply. Campus Service, together with the School, will look over which premises should be available, and how many people are allowed to stay in these.

Continuation of digital education

Although the government’s recent announcement permits greater opportunities for certain elements of education to be conducted on campus, these opportunities are restricted by the prevailing recommendations, in practical terms. It is not possible to conduct campus-based education on any significant scale while also ensuring a safe educational environment and fulfilling our responsibilities to help minimise the spreading of the virus. As a general rule, therefore, education at the School will continue to be conducted digitally until 31 October. When it comes to activities that could be conducted on campus, the School will apply the order of priority that has been established by GU:

o introductory course components for students starting their education
o students who are completing their final year of study
o international students who reside in Sweden
o examinations that are not possible to carry out remotely
o teaching components with aesthetic
o practical and laboratory elements
o field studies and VFU placements

The Head of Department decides on exceptions, after consultation with the Dean.
Those with responsibility for programmes and courses are currently working on the arrangements for the autumn semester’s education and examinations. Updated, detailed information will be published via Canvas as and when it becomes available.

Adapted welcome activities

Welcoming our new students and helping them to get settled this autumn will be more important than ever, now that student life will be taking a different form than they’d perhaps expected (at least, to begin with). The School’s programmes and courses are planning for the welcoming process to be mainly digital, although there may be certain elements where the new students will be welcomed on campus, in small groups. The Student Union’s welcoming activities will be adapted in accordance with prevailing recommendations.

International students – campus based education with digital components

International programmes and courses for international students, as well as courses for incoming exchange students, are planned to be given on campus during the autumn, featuring some digital components. For those international students who are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in their home countries, remote studies will be provided.

No trips or studying overseas

At the time of writing, Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs is advising people to avoid all non-essential travel to other countries. As has been announced previously, it will not be possible to conduct any international student exchange or international practical work placements during the autumn semester.

Continued work from home

All faculty and staff at the School for whom it is possible to work from home shall continue to do so. The immediate manager is responsible for making assessments and decisions regarding which employees may work from home and those who need to be present on-site.

No meetings or conferences

The continued restrictions concerning the maintaining of social distancing and the prohibition of gatherings of more than 50 people mean that we shall continue to not hold any conferences at Handelshögskolan.

New decisions and recommendations from the authorities may lead to changes.