The University’s handling of the coronavirus
Lund University is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). In order to ensure a safe study and working environment for students and employees, the University is making decisions on a continuous basis, based on current recommendations from the responsible authorities.
Information for students, staff and external parties
Staff and current students at Lund University are receiving regular updates about new LU management decisions, government recommendations and links to relevant authorities' websites through this international website, the Lund University Staff Pages and their Swedish counterparts. Current students and partner universities are also receiving updates through emails from the University.
- See information for current students at Lund University
- See information for current staff/PhD candidates at Lund University on the Staff Pages
- See FAQs for managers at Lund University on the HR website
- See information for newly admitted degree and nominated exchange students at Lund University
The rate of infection requires tighter restrictions
The rate of infection is increasing throughout society and, as of 24 November, public gatherings and events involving more than eight people are not permitted in Sweden. Although this does not formally apply to the majority of the University’s activities, it does affect us, and a new decision was taken on 26 November to further tighten the adaptive measures that were already in place.
- The previous limit of 50 people in University activities is removed and not replaced with a new figure. Instead, the principle is that all activities are to involve physical meetings as little as possible and only when it is necessary or can be implemented in such a way as to avoid the spread of infection.
- Regarding teaching and assessment, the decision clarifies that they are to be conducted digitally as far as possible, with no physical attendance on University premises.
- The decision also clarifies that meetings, conferences or other gatherings are to be conducted digitally as far as possible. Meetings, conferences or other gatherings involving physical presence are never to bring together more participants than necessary.
- As previously, in all contexts where physical meetings must be held, participants are to comply with the regulations, general advice and recommendations to reduce the spread of infection issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. Such meetings are always to be preceded by risk assessments.
Expanded and extended restrictions at the national and regional level
On 16 November, the Swedish government presented additional measures to halt the spread of infection in society, including a ban on gatherings or events with more than eight people effective for four weeks from 24 November. Note that education at the University is not considered to be a public gathering or event and is not affected by the general regulations. However, Lund University is continually reviewing its activities to avoid the further spread of Covid-19.
The stricter rules and regulations for the Skåne region announced by Region Skåne and the Public Health Agency of Sweden in October will remain effective at least until 13 December.
- Learn more about the new national and extended regional measures on the Lund University Staff Pages
- Learn more about the new national measures on regeringen.se (in Swedish)
- Learn more about the extended regional measures on skane.se
Lund University's decisions regarding the coronavirus
The University has decided
- that teaching and assessment of students’ performance (examination) is as far as possible to be conducted digitally without physical attendance on the University’s premises. Teaching and assessment that are impossible to conduct remotely, or possible only with great difficulty, may be carried out with physical attendance on the University’s premises. In such activities, this decision and the Swedish Public Health Agency’s rules, general guidelines and recommendations to reduce the spread of Covid-19 are to be observed. Such activities are to be preceded by a risk assessment concerning the risk of spreading infection. The vice-chancellor tasks the dean of each faculty with deciding in detail how this is to be carried out. This decision cannot be delegated further.
- to permit changes in approved course and programme syllabi regarding the autumn semester of 2020 and the spring semester of 2021 concerning the forms of assessment of the students’ performance and for teaching to be conducted using digital solutions to the extent that is necessary for compliance with this decision.
The decision on changes is made by the officer who made the decision on the course or programme syllabus in question. The decision is to be documented and the reason for the change is to be stated. There is to be consultation with the student union concerned.
- to carry out education components abroad only to the extent that these are deemed possible to conduct safely based on any travel restrictions and avoiding the spread of Covid-19, and while taking into consideration the receiving country’s and the higher education institution’s rules, regulations and recommendations.
- to receive students from other countries for education at Lund University only to the extent possible while taking into consideration any travel restrictions and avoiding the spread of Covid-19, and the rules, regulations and recommendations of the students’ home countries.
- that staff should work from home to the extent that the line manager deems possible when taking activities and the work environment into account.
- that meetings, conferences or other gatherings are to be conducted using digital tools as far as possible. In exceptional cases where physical gatherings must be held, the rules and recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency to reduce the spread of infection are to be observed. Physical meetings, conferences or other gatherings are never to be organised with more participants than necessary. This applies to all activities at the University, i.e. education, research, external engagement and administration. It applies to gatherings of the University’s employees and students as well as invited guests.
- until further notice to only grant permission for domestic business trips which in consultation with the line manager are deemed necessary and possible to undertake in a way that avoids spreading Covid-19. The Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendations are to be observed for such trips.
- until further notice only to grant permission for business trips abroad which in consultation with the line manager are deemed necessary and possible to undertake in a way that avoids spreading Covid-19 and take into consideration any travel restrictions. In cases where UD advises against personal travel, this advice is also to be observed for business trips abroad as far as this is deemed possible.
- to receive international visits only to the extent that it is deemed possible while avoiding the spread of Covid-19 and complying with any travel restrictions as well as the rules, regulations and recommendations of the visitors’ home countries.
As a starting point, for all activities there is to be an assessment of the risk of spreading infection and adequate measures are to be taken to avoid the risk of spreading infection.
In cases where studies or work are negatively impacted by the decision above, you are to contact your line manager or programme director so that work and studies can be conducted in the best possible way.
Last updated 26 November 2020.
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More information about the spread and handling of the coronavirus
Stay updated on authorities' websites with official information about Covid-19.
- Official information on the Covid-19 pandemic – krisinformation.se
- FAQ about Covid-19 – folkhalsomyndigheten.se
- Covid-19 information for the Skåne Region – skane.se
- The current situation in Skåne – skane.se
- Travel restrictions and recommendations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – swedenabroad.se (in Swedish)
- Information about the pandemic by the WHO – who.int
- Information about the pandemic by ECDC – ecdc.europa.eu