Coronavirus – frequently asked questions for students
(Updated 17 September 2020 11:00)
Many students and co-workers have questions relating to the coronavirus. We present here answers to the most frequently asked questions related to LiU. The page will be updated with further questions as they arise. Keep up-to-date, follow the news reports, and make it a habit to check back here regularly.
Forms of examination
All information about exams is available on the page devoted to this.
Q: What happens about my student grant and student loan from CSN if my studies are affected by the coronavirus?
A: You will keep your student finance for the current term even if your studies are affected by the coronavirus.
The study environment
Q: Will distance mode be in force for the autumn term 2020?
A: During the autumn term, LiU will gradually move to on-campus operations, although restrictions will be in place. This means, among other things, that priorities must be set with respect to what can continue to take place remotely, and what can be carried out in a more normal manner. Read more below.
- Restrictions during the autumn
- Return to campus as planned - but can proceed more slowly - article 3 August 2020
Q: What will be the arrangements for classroom-based teaching?
A: Social and physical distancing must be applied by all on LiU premises. This means that no more than half of the available area of the premises may be used, and that there must be a distance of two meters between people. Groups with more people than the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Sweden (currently 50 people) may not gather.
The availability of premises that satisfy these restrictions is a limiting factor. This means that it will not be possible to carry out all teaching on campus.
Teaching for new students and students taking longer single-subject courses with a high proportion of new students is to be given priority to be conducted on campus.
Priority is also to be given for campus mode to operations that cannot be carried out remotely or using digital methods, such as components that are carried out in laboratories or in computer labs.
For students who are not new, on-campus teaching will be interleaved with digital elements or teaching will be conducted completely digitally.
Q: I am a member of a risk group or a member of my household is a member of a risk group, which means that I cannot participate in teaching that requires physical attendance. What happens in my case?
A: Contact your study adviser. We endeavour to find a solution to every situation.
Q: Will it be possible to carry out planned events?
A: Groups with more people than the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Sweden (currently 50 people) may not gather. This means that meetings, events with overnight stays, conferences, seminars, trade fairs, and other events that gather more people than the limit must be cancelled, postponed or held using digital methods.
Q: How long will the restrictions applied for the autumn term (physical distancing and a restriction of group size to 50) be in force?
A: The restrictions that have been set for operations in the autumn term will remain in force until 31 October. They may, however, be fully or partially extended into the later part of the autumn term, if necessary.
Q: How do I carry out lab sessions in distance mode?
A: Lab sessions in LiU’s computer rooms can now be carried out using remote connection to the computers in these rooms.
Q: What happens about my education in the workplace ("VFU") or placement?
A: Students who are currently taking external education or examination in the workplace, such as degree projects, placements, clinical placements, etc., and students who are scheduled to participate in such components in the near future, are to follow guidelines and recommendations set out by the host organisation. This means that it should normally be possible to carry out such activities as planned.
- More information about education in the workplace for students of teaching (Swedish)
- More information about education in the workplace for students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Swedish)
Q: I am anxious about becoming infected during my clinical training, which takes place in the hospital. How is LiU ensuring that I will not be exposed to infection?
A: Our work is based on us having confidence in the various government agencies and organisations, and on the students at LiU acting responsibly. Examples of acting responsibly are to stay at home when sick, and to follow the advice relating to good hand hygiene.
LiU is paying particular attention to the question of students who are present at, for example, the hospital. So far, no other assessment has been made other than that it is possible to be present in the various places for giving care in the same way as previously.
Q: I am worried and anxious, is there someone I can talk to on campus?
A: You can make an appointment with the Student Health Care, or get a brief telephone support.
Q: Am I allowed to be on campus, even though students and co-workers are encouraged to study and work remotely?
A: During the autumn term, the university has gradually moved to on-campus operations with restrictions in place to prevent the spread of infection.
LiU card is required to enter all buildings. For students and co-workers with a LiU card the university premises are open weekdays, 05:00-23:00 (Campus US 06:00-22:00. Campus Lidingö weekdays 06:00-23:00 and weekends 08:00-18:00). Some entrances, however, will remain open during the periods that visitors and the general public have access. These include entrances to libraries and Info Centre.
(8 September 2020 10:00)
Q: Are the libraries on campus open?
A: Information about library opening hours and the borrowing periods is available at the link below.
Q: Will the campus buses continue to run, even though students and co-workers are encouraged to work from home?
A: The campus buses are operating but the maximum number of passengers on the Campus Bus will be halved until further notice, to increase distances onboard. It’s a good idea to have alternative travel plans ready.
Spread of infection
Q: How do you take care of the cleaning of toilets, for example?
A: Adapted cleaning efforts are made as needed. Already this spring, the cleaning services at LiU increased the cleaning of toilets from once a day to twice. Other surfaces such as door handles, lift-control buttons, staircase handrails are also cleaned more often and more carefully. This also applies to sinks in student kitchens and personnel rooms. We will continue to do so for as long as necessary or until other directives are received. (2020-09-01)
Q: I don’t really understand what distance we should be keeping from each other. A swan, a bike or two meters from the centre of where I’m sitting to the centre of the neighbouring place. What is the correct distance?
A: Physical distancing must be observed by everyone on LiU premises. We have taken as a guideline that not more than around 50% of the capacity of a room is to be used, and that seats should be separated by at least one arm length. If possible, a separation of approximately two meters should be used.
Also when meeting outdoors, we must remember to keep our distance – separated by a swan or a bike, i.e. approximately two meters.
(20 August 2020 12:00)
Q: I have read that soap and hand disinfectant are the best way to combat the coronavirus. Why hasn’t LiU purchased hand disinfectant and placed it in all toilets?
A: LiU has previously decided not to purchase hand disinfectant in the event of an epidemic or pandemic, since this is unnecessary when soap and water are readily available. The latter give effective protection against dirt, and dampen the spread of infection. Hand disinfectant can lead to other complications when used too liberally. Furthermore, we must protect ourselves from the risk that hand disinfectant is used for other purposes than the intended.
Q: How can I contribute to reducing the spread of infection?
A: Follow the guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Sweden:
- Wash your hands often
- Catch coughs and sneezes in the crook of your arm
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay at home when you are ill
Q: What has LiU said about the use of face masks to reduce the transmission of coronavirus?
A: We follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, including with respect to face masks. The Agency maintains that, regarding the efficacy of face masks against the transmission of coronavirus, the scientific basis is weak. The Agency also states that an improperly used face mask can increase the risk of transmission, and lead to people with mild symptoms moving about in society.
Students are referred to Info Centre
Employees are referred to their immediate manager
You are also welcome to ask questions by sending an email to email@example.com
Managers are referred to Joakim Nejdeby, who leads LiU's central crisis management organisation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Region Östergötland (the authority responsible for health services)
- News about the coronavirus (only in Swedish)
The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Emergency information from Swedish authorities
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Last updated: 2020-09-17