Due to the novel coronavirus, the university has changed to distance education as far as possible. Here you will find information that is important for you as a employee.
The university is continuously monitoring the situation and is making preparations for any possible changes when it comes to both information and action. This page will be updated continuously.
An action plan has been drawn up by the university in which three levels have been identified:
* Green level—university operations continue as usual.
*Yellow level—university operations are to continue but physical contact should be minimised as far as possible. We are on this level right now.
*Red level—all activities on the university's premises involving physical meetings/contacts are to cease. This level is decided upon by the government or similar and communicated to the Vice-Chancellor, who will in turn inform the university.
The university has now decided to extend the duration of level yellow until 8 November 2020. Yellow level means that the university operations are to continue but physical contact should be minimised as far as possible.
On this page you can find information under the following headlines:
You as an employee
The university's employees are advised to follow the information available from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the government. Your manager will provide you with information specific for your department.
In the decision valid from 18 March, it was stated that the university's operations have as a baseline that university employees are to be physically present at work based on the action plan’s guidelines for level yellow. In the beginning of April, the Public Health Agency of Sweden issued new general advice regarding the novel coronavirus, for example, that employers should ensure that staff and visitors keep a distance between each other.
As a result, each manager at the university was asked to review his/her plan for level yellow. The purpose was to see if there was anything further they could do to reduce the number of people who are in physical contact with each other and/or reduce the number of people in the university premises.
Do not forget:
- If the situation requires, make sure to change your bookings in KronoX. It is recommended that everyone delete their own bookings if necessary.
- Review your information under the heading "Personal data" in Primula. It is important that the university has up-to-date information about, for example, your next of kin.
- Read through these pages with tips and advices (the pages will regularly be updated)
Form on essential functions critical for society and childcare needs
Have you received a form from your child/children’s preschool/school about childcare needs in the event they close? The university's managers are currently making an inventory of which employees are judged to have a role critical for society to function, but we can already say that this will mainly concern those who are involved in police and nursing education. Contact your manager if you have any questions at this stage.
Deducation from sick pay
Compensation for the deducation from sick pay is regulated directly with the Social Insurance Office. The application can be made from April 7 and applies retroactively from March 11.
For several of our operations, special conditions regarding opening hours or possible closures apply. More information about special opening hours
The university's premises are generally open to students and staff. For work enviroment reasons and the risk of infection, some areas, such as the textile labs, are closed to students since there is no teaching there for the moment.
Do not forget to have your access card with you when you are on university premises. It is needed in order to pass through doors and use the lifts.
Cleaning of the university's premises is intensified with cleaning of handles and buttons that many people often touch
The gym is still open – we have ordered extra cleaning so that it is possible to work out here when other gyms close.
The university has no possibility to lend out computers or other technology to students for home work. However, students continue to have access to the premises. The premises are locked to the public.
As of 13 March, the following directive applies to all staff:
- All international business travel is cancelled.
- All planned visits from international partners/guests is cancelled.
- The universitys advise against business travel within Sweden.
- We recommend staff to minimise their travel nationally and internationally.
- Travelling to and from work is not covered by these provisions.
On the staff website, there is information regarding the cancellation of work travel. Read more about this.
Distance education and examinations
The university has decided to extend the duration of level yellow until 8 November 2020. Yellow level means that the university operations are to continue but physical contact should be minimised as far as possible. We believe that an extended period of level yellow will facilitate planning here at the university. However, the situation can change from one day to the next depending on the directives given by the government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Information to students
Do you want to stay up to date with what information the students get? Take a look at the student website.
Managers have been given the task of reviewing the various departments’ action plans and adapting them to this extended time period; for example, graduation exercises will be affected by this decision.
All planned written examinations have been replaced by alternative forms of examination or will be carried out at a later time. Course coordinators will provide detailed information to students.
Some student groups continue with their written examinations at the university. We consider that the actions that were taken by the university to make the examinations safe are enough when it comes to disease control. However, this will be further ensured with the help of professional advice from Region Västra Götaland.
Students with flu-like symptoms or respiratory symptoms may not come to the instruction or examinations that are done on campus. Everyone has their own responsibility to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and we expect our students to follow these directives. The Infection Protection Act states that an individual has a responsibility to prevent the spread of infection.
If you have students that belongs to a risk group, they must themselves decide whether they can participate in teaching and examination as usual. Unfortunately, the university has no possibility to adapt either teaching or examination for risk groups, beyond what already applies to adaptations due to disability.
Exceptions for certain programmes
Information regarding certain programmes are given by the course coordinators/teachers. Here we present only a few exceptions from the general decisions.
(2020-04-03) As a further consequence of the new general advice from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Vice-Chancellor has decided that all teaching placement periods (VFU) for teaching students at the University of Borås will be cancelled during the spring. All the responsible authorities, coordinators, teachers and students that it concerns were informed yesterday. The formal decision will take effect from Monday, 6 April, however, students have been able to choose to stay home from Friday.
There is now a web page for police students that addresses these issues (in Swedish only)
(2020-04-14) The Vice-Chancellor has decided that the onsite study weeks for the police students will be run according to plan. Distance students in term 3 will come to Borås in week 16. The teaching will include practical training but the elements that can be done remotely should continue to be given that way. The education at campus will be based on a safety mindset and elements that are considered too risky will be cancelled. Students have received detailed information from their teachers.
(2020-03-18) The Vice-Chancellor has made the decision to make exceptions to distance learning requirements for police training for those course elements that cannot be done remotely. These students will therefore continue to carry out certain instances of instruction and examinations on campus. The written examinations will be carried out in accordance with previous planning, with some exceptions. Students with flu-like symptoms or respiratory symptoms may not come to the instruction or examinations that are done on campus.
There is now a web page for nursing students that addresses these issues (in Swedish only).
(2020-03-20) Students and the media have had questions about how the novel coronavirus affects workplace placements, e.g. clinical training. Workplace placement is an element of these educational programmes that cannot be done remotely. As long as the health care services can accommodate our students, we will continue with the workplace placements, as far as possible. However, we will need to prepare for any changes.
It is good to remember that students have the opportunity to apply for an exemption. Those applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis according to previous routines.
(2020-03-18) The Vice-Chancellor has made the decision to make exceptions to distance learning requirements for nursing training for those course elements that cannot be done remotely. These students will therefore continue to carry out certain instances of instruction and examinations on campus. The written examinations will be carried out in accordance with previous planning, with some exceptions. Students with flu-like symptoms or respiratory symptoms may not come to the instruction or examinations that are done on campus.
The university has recommended students studying abroad to return to Sweden and that they shall keep in touch with the International Office.
For now, we have no general information about what will happen regarding upcoming plans to study abroad, so students are advised to keep in touch with the International Office. The university complies with the recommendations of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if the Ministry decides to continue to advise against travels, the university will advise students to not carry out any planned travels abroad for studies.
“Spikningar” (notifications of thesis defences)
During level yellow, no “spikningar” (the traditional notifications of thesis defences) will be conducted, either physically in the library or remotely. The theses will be made available electronically in DiVA as usual. For those doctoral students who wish to do so, the university can arrange a ceremony or, alternatively, display the thesis in the library when we are once again at level green.
If you have any questions
If you have questions about the university's actions regarding the coronavirus outbreak, contact your immediate manager.
If you have questions about the coronavirus, please contact the national information number SOS Alarm 113 13. This number conveys information to the public in the event of serious accidents and crises in society.
In case of flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems, contact healthcare services through the medical information telephone number 1177 and follow their instructions.
Remember to practice good hand hygiene
The most effective way to avoid becoming infected and infecting others is to observe very good hand hygiene. Keep in mind the following:
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm.
- Stay home when you're ill.
Important external links
Public Health Agency of Sweden's questions and answers
Travel information from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Only in Swedish)
Krisinformation.se – emergency information from Swedish authorities
Information to students from CSN, The Swedish Board of Student Finance (in Swedish only
Information from The Swedish Agency for Government Employers (in Swedish only)