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LiU gradually returns to campus this autumn

(Updated 2020-08-10 09:45)

Linköping University will gradually return to on-campus operations during the autumn term, in accordance with the government’s decision that institutes of higher education may return to ordinary operations, and that the previous recommendations for distance mode are removed.

The return to on-campus operations will be implemented gradually during the autumn term. The regulations and recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden regarding the density and size of groups still apply. This means that teaching, to a degree, will continue in distance mode, and that co-workers will work on campus on an alternating basis, in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The opening hours of LiU’s premises will be extended and adapted ahead of the autumn term, in order to allow for more on-campus operations.


Keep it up, keep your distance and act responsibly

(Updated 2020-04-24 15:30) Uncertainty, isolation and anxiety. Distance mode will be in force at LiU for the rest of the term, and we must keep up the good work, keep our distance, and act responsibly – for our sake and the sake of others. While distance mode is in force: stay at home if you have any symptoms, be meticulous about hand hygiene, and avoid large gatherings.

The crisis management group at LiU encourages all co-workers and students to:

  • Stay away from campus unless you have to be here.
  • Carry out work, teaching and meetings remotely, as far as possible.
  • Avoid gathering many people in one place.



“Distance mode is how we live now.” Kent Waltersson, University Director and Helen Dannetun, Vice-Chancellor.


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Folding rule. Photo: Charlotte Perhammar

Further details on this autumn’s return to campus

New students are prioritised, physical distancing applies, co-workers are to alternate between work on campus and at home, and domestic travel is allowed to a greater extent. These are some of the concrete consequences of LiU’s successive return to campus-based operations this autumn.

Kårallen at Campus Valla.

Return to campus as planned – but can proceed more slowly

The new term starts soon, and normally the campus would be packed with students. This year will be different. But for the first-year students, the university management will proceed as per previous decisions.

Female sitting in front of a laptop.

Clarification of exam-related concepts

The activation of distance mode this spring has made it clear that it is necessary to introduce a new concept for a “written examination in an examination hall taken in distance mode”. The LiU management has therefore decided to introduce the concept of a “distance exam”.

Kalas event 2018. Photo: Göran Billeson

A combination of digital and physical reception activities

Receiving thousands of new students this autumn under the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic will be truly challenging. We will present something quite unique, and it is our ambition that the reception activities will be both physical and digital.

Digital exam. Photo: Charlotte Perhammar

Restrictions during the autumn

Linköping University will begin the transition to on-campus operations at the start of the autumn term, with certain restrictions to prevent the spread of infection of COVID-19. 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.

Four students walking in a corridor in C building.

Welcome back to campus this autumn

Linköping University will open this autumn, in stages. The Swedish government announced at a press conference on Friday afternoon, 29 May, that institutions of higher education will return to normal operation this autumn.

Student doing his/her examination on a laptop.

New guidelines for exams taken remotely

LiU has now changed the guidelines for exams that are reconfigured to exams taken remotely. At least five working days before the exam, the examiner is to provide information about which technical aids are permitted. The new guidelines do not allow students to post-register for an exam after the registration deadline.


Towards the end of 2019, it was confirmed that a novel coronavirus that infected humans had been identified in China. The disease caused by this virus, COVID-19, has become a pandemic from which many have died. The infection has now spread all over the world, and has affected many societal functions. Many countries have decided to take extensive measures, such as to close borders and introduce strict social distancing, in order to reduce the spread of infection.

In Sweden, the Public Health Agency of Sweden issues recommendations, while the government takes decisions about measures to take to reduce the spread of infection. Linköping University follows these recommendations and decisions.

Linköping University has a central crisis management group, which has been in action since 10 March 2020. This group manages and takes decisions relating to how the corona pandemic affects operations. It has the safety of our co-workers and students as its highest priority. Further, the crisis management group aims to secure the various operations at the university in the short and long terms.



Students are referred to the Info Centre

Employees are referred to their immediate manager

You are also welcome to ask questions by sending an email to corona@liu.se

Managers are referred to Joakim Nejdeby, who leads LiU's central crisis management organisation, joakim.nejdeby@liu.se

FAQ for students.

FAQ co-workers.



Region Östergötland (the authority responsible for health services)

The Public Health Agency of Sweden

Emergency information from Swedish authorities

Ministry for Foreign Affairs



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Last updated: 2020-08-12