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 updated vice-chancellor's decision from 12 May states that teaching and assessment are to continue to be conducted digitally with no physical presence on the University’s premises according to the conditions referred to in the decision, up to and including 29 August 2021.
It should be possible to plan the 2021 autumn semester on teaching and assessment being conducted both digitally and on the University’s premises, provided that the relevant public authorities’ regulations and recommendations allow it.
Lund University's decisions regarding the coronavirus
The University has decided that
all activities that do not require physical presence on the University's premises are to be carried out digitally, with the following clarifications.
- for the period up to and including 29 August 2021, teaching and assessment of students’ performance (examination) are 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.
- planning of teaching and assessment of students’ performance (examination) for the 2021 autumn semester should be based on teaching and assessment being conducted both on University premises and digitally, all with reference to current regulations and recommendations from the public authorities responsible and to the current rate of infection.
- to permit changes in approved course and programme syllabi regarding the 2021 spring semester and the 2021 autumn semester 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 students’ 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 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.
- 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 and covers meetings with University staff and students as well as invited guests. For the 2021 autumn semester, special conditions apply as specified above under for education.
- to only grant permission for domestic business trips which the line manager has deemed absolutely 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 12 May 2021.
The Vice-Chancellor's spring greeting to the University's students and staff
Watch the video on YouTube.
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