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The University’s handling of the coronavirus

Lund University is following the responsible authorities' decisions, general advice and recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

This page was last updated on: 17 January 2022.

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 instructions from these authorities and the rate of infection in the region. 


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.

Consider digital education and meetings if sufficient infection control measures cannot be applied

The recent new rise in the spread of infection entails that the University will have to adapt its activities over the next few weeks.

The vice-chancellor therefore took a new decision on 14 January 2022, where the biggest changes concern teaching, examinations and meetings:

  • Digital teaching and assessment should be considered in those cases where sufficient infection control measures cannot be applied, provided that there is no deterioration in the quality of education or the fairness of assessment. 
     
  • as a basis, meetings, conferences and other gatherings are to be conducted digitally, unless, taking the needs of the organisation into account, physical attendance is required. 

From the vice-chancellor decision of 14 January 2022


The following applies for education:

Teaching and assessment

As a basis, teaching and assessment of study performance are to be conducted as planned on University premises. Digital teaching and assessment should be considered in those cases where sufficient infection control measures cannot be applied, provided that there is no deterioration in the quality of education or the fairness of assessment. Third cycle studies (PhD studies) are covered by the same conditions as education.

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. The relevant student unions are to be consulted.

Course and programme syllabi

Changes in approved course and programme syllabi for the 2022 spring semester regarding forms of teaching and assessment of study performance are permitted to the extent 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 relevant student union. 

Libraries, study spaces and computer rooms

Libraries, study spaces and computer rooms are to remain accessible to the greatest extent possible while ensuring social distancing and avoiding crowding.

Education components abroad

Education components abroad may be carried out to the extent that these are deemed possible to conduct safely based on any travel restrictions and to avoid the spread of Covid-19, and while taking into consideration the rules, regulations and recommendations of the receiving country and higher education institution. 

Incoming international students

Students from other countries are received for education at Lund University to the extent possible while taking into consideration any travel restrictions.



The following applies for employees:

Working from home or on University premises

Employees who do not need to be at the workplace to maintain necessary activities are to work from home. In this context, necessary activities include the conducting of teaching, assessment and associated activities with physical attendance on University premises.

The line manager assesses the possibilities with reference to the activity and work environment.

Meetings, conferences and other gatherings

As a basis, meetings, conferences and other gatherings are to be conducted digitally, unless, taking the needs of the organisation into account, physical attendance is required.

Business trips and visitors

Domestic and international business trips and receiving visitors are to be implemented so as to avoid the spread of Covid-19. The travel advisories of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs are to be observed. In cases where the Swedish 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.


Recommendations and requirements for entering Sweden

See current recommendations and requirements for entering Sweden below.

Public gatherings

The Swedish Government has introduced new restrictions for public gatherings.

The University will has drawn up procedures for how vaccination certificates can be used:

What counts as a public gathering?

A public gathering is an event organised for the general public or that the general public has access to.

This could, for example, be a concert, a public lecture, or other gatherings that are open for the public.

Regardless of the number of attendees at a public gathering, measures to avoid the spread of infection should be taken.

Learn more:

Formal decision documents

See a compilation of the university-wide decisions on the Staff Pages.