The University’s handling of the coronavirus
Lund University is following relevant authorities' regulations, general advice and 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 vice-chancellor's decision from 18 March entails that access to study places is increased somewhat compared to previous decisions taken in December 2020 and January 2021, in which access was strongly limited.
Meanwhile, the spread of infection must continue to be avoided as far as possible. Students are therefore encouraged to continue studying primarily from home, and only to be on campus when it is necessary for:
- information searches
- use of reference materials
- access to learning support
- access to equipment for digital teaching and assessment.
In order to create a safer environment, the distance of 1.5 meter between people is increased to 2 meters on the recommendation of the Skåne infection control authority, Smittskydd Skåne.
Another new element in the decision is that University organisations such as museums, art galleries, shops and parks which have so far been closed to the public may open to a limited extent and within the applicable guidelines.
Lund University's decisions regarding the coronavirus
The University has decided
- that teaching and assessment of students’ performance (examination) is to be conducted digitally without physical attendance on the University’s premises. Only 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 following a decision by the dean. In such activities, this decision and the 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 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 host 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.
- students are encouraged to continue studying from home by default. Study spaces and computer rooms must remain accessible to an extent that provides opportunities to look up information, use reference materials and access equipment for online teaching and examination, while avoiding the spread of Covid-19. Other spaces intended for students, such as group rooms, lunch rooms, coffee rooms etc. are to remain accessible insofar as this is possible while avoiding the spread of infection. To provide support for the organisation, there are guidelines for managing study spaces during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. For libraries, see below under the heading Other.
- employees who do not need to be at the workplace to maintain necessary activities are to work from home. The line manager assesses the possibility for such work taking activities and the work environment into account.
- that meetings, conferences or other gatherings are to be conducted digitally. In exceptional cases where physical gatherings must be held, the rules and recommendations of the 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.
- to only grant permission for domestic business trips which the line manager has deemed necessary and possible to undertake in a way that avoids spreading Covid-19. The Public Health Agency’s rules and recommendations are to be observed for such trips.
- to only grant permission for business trips abroad which the line manager has deemed necessary and possible to undertake in a way that avoids spreading Covid-19 and take into consideration any travel restrictions. In cases where the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against personal travel, this advice is also to be observed for business trips abroad as far as this is deemed possible.
- to receive visits only to the extent that it is deemed absolutely necessary and possible to conduct by the operational manager while avoiding the spread of Covid-19. In the case of international visits, consideration must be given to any travel restrictions as well as the rules and recommendations of the visitors’ home countries.
- that activities aimed at the general public, such as museums, art galleries, shops and parks, must adapt their activities to the rules that follow from the ordinance (2021:8) on special restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- that libraries are to be kept open for the University’s employees and students to the extent necessary to allow the use of study spaces, deposits or lending of books and access to reference literature. To provide support for the organisation, there are guidelines for managing study spaces during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
- that activities involving receptions or equivalent are to be kept open only to the extent necessary to maintain legal requirements or other necessary activities.
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 18 March 2021.
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