Return to campus as planned – but can proceed more slowly
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“We previously spoke of a gradual return from distance mode. Now it seems this will happen a bit more slowly than we envisaged in early June”, says Joakim Nejdeby, head of the university’s crisis management group.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends continued work from home this autumn, as the workplace and the commute involve a risk of coronavirus transmission. When Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell explained the recommendation at a 30 July press conference, he mentioned higher education. The decision to not demand distance education remains in place.
“Linköping University follows the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden. We have analysed the new information from the Public Health Agency, and will largely follow them, as per our previous decision of 4 June. We will reduce the usage of our premises to 50 per cent, and will prioritise physical presence for the employees who are required for the implementation of instruction that takes place in our premises.”
What does that mean in practice?
“It can mean that teachers who have to be on site go to work for teaching, but otherwise work from home. The same applies for instance for some experiments and laboratory work, where you have to be on site to monitor the process.”
And for the students?
“The first-year students are prioritised for instruction on site. Other students can expect remote instruction when this is possible.”
Staff members who continue in distance mode should also have the opportunity to work at their workplace on an alternating basis.
“This is also in line with the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden. An alternating presence enables staff to maintain good contact with co-workers and students. Naturally, this is implemented in consultation with one’s immediate superior.”
One major change concerns the annual event for new students, Kalas, which normally attracts thousands of students. This year it will be online.
Normally, when a new term starts, the campus is full of life and activity – and crowds. The more senior students organise activities for the newcomers.
How will this be handled this year?
“Before the summer, a number of recommendations were introduced which greatly limit the number of activities, the size of groups, etc. Our assessment is that we can continue according to plan. Before the new term starts, it is important that we remind organisers and participants about the importance of following our own guidelines and the general advice. We are confident that the students can handle this”, says Jonas Blom, social events contact and coordinator at Student Health.
Last updated: 2020-08-24