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.
New Vice-Chancellor decision on education during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak
On 29 May, the Swedish Government announced that the recommendation that universities should conduct education online will end on 15 June 2020.
Following these new guidelines, a decision from Lund University was made on 11 June regarding the education in autumn 2020. The decision entails that teaching and assessment of students’ performance may be conducted on the University’s premises as of 15 June 2020. 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. Priority is to be given to teaching and assessment that is impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to conduct remotely.
It is up to the dean of each faculty to decide how education will be conducted at their faculty in autumn 2020.
(updated 11 June 2020)
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Lund University's decisions regarding the coronavirus
The University has decided
- that teaching and assessment of students’ performance may be conducted on the University’s premises as of 15 June 2020. 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. Priority is to be given to teaching and assessment that is impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to conduct remotely.
Such activities are to be preceded by a risk assessment concerning the risk of spreading infection. No gatherings are to be of more than 50 people. The vice-chancellor tasks the dean of each faculty to decide in detail on how this is to be carried out. This decision cannot be delegated further.
Support is available in the form of Guidance on the implementation of the decision on education during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
- to permit changes in approved course and programme syllabi regarding the autumn semester of 2020 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, to the extent that it is deemed to be able to be conducted safely based on any travel restrictions and if it is possible taking into consideration the receiving county’s and the higher education institution’s rules, regulations and recommendations.
- to receive students from other countries for education at Lund University to the extent that it is possible taking into consideration any travel restrictions as well as the rules, regulations and recommendations from the students’ home countries.
- until further notice to only authorise domestic business travel which, after consultation with the line manager, is deemed to be necessary. The Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendations are to be observed for
- until further notice only to grant permission for business trips abroad which in consultation with the line manager are deemed to be necessary and able to be conducted in a safe way taking into consideration any travel restrictions. This applies for as long as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against non-essential travel to all countries.
- to receive international visits to the extent that it is possible taking into consideration any travel restrictions well as the rules, regulations and recommendations from the visitors’ home countries.
- that as far as possible meetings, conferences or other gatherings are to be conducted using digital tools. In cases where physical meetings are conducted, 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 than 50 participants. 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.
- that staff should work from home to the extent that the line manager deems is possible when taking activities and the work environment into account.
Last updated 11 June 2020.