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2020-06-25

FAQs for the autumn semester due to the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is still having a considerable effect on activities at Södertörn University an on our students. We have therefore produced some FAQs about the present situation and the autumn semester.

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At the end of May, the Swedish Government announced that higher education institutions will be able to have some classroom teaching in the autumn, provided that they follow the recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus in the community. Södertörn University has made a decision that applies to the first period of the autumn semester: 31/8–29/9. The university will primarily have practical classes and some teaching for new students on campus. Most teaching will be done remotely. Your timetable will tell you what applies to you. It is probable that there will be a great deal of distance teaching throughout the rest of the autumn semester.

It is very important that you read the information that applies generally and to your specific course or programme. If you have applied for courses or programmes that start in the autumn, information will be published on sh.se/incomingstudents in July. This information and details about how teaching will be conducted will be available via SH-StudyWeb, the university’s learning management system. In August, you will receive an email with instructions for creating an SH-Account, which will allow you to access SH-StudyWeb. General information for students will be available on an ongoing basis via sh.se/studentenglish.

General information for students will be available on an ongoing basis via sh.se/studentenglish. If you have applied for courses or programmes that start in the autumn, information will be published on sh.se/incomingstudents in July. Specific information for your course or programme will then be published on SH-StudyWeb. In August, you will receive an email with instructions for creating an SH-Account, which will allow you to access SH-StudyWeb.

If you cannot find the answer to your questions, you can contact Infocenter (info@sh.se). Include the name of your course or programme, so that Infocenter can forward your question to the right unit.

The university’s approach is that if you have timetabled classes on campus, but cannot attend because you are in a risk group, live with someone in a risk group, or if you have cold symptoms, you must be able to have digital classes. Please contact Infocenter via info@sh.se as soon as possible and tell them you will be unable to participate in classes on campus. It is important to include the name of your course or programme, so that Infocenter can forward your question to the right unit.

Some practical elements cannot be offered remotely, for example, some modules in Police Education. Questions about these should also be sent to Infocenter (info@sh.se), which will forward your question. If you have been admitted to Police Education, you can also email polisutbildning@sh.se.

Södertörn University’s crisis management group has met regularly since the end of February and continually followed the recommendations of the Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden. For the autumn semester, we have produced internal recommendations to reduce the number of students and employees who are on university premises at the same time. No groups of more than 50 people will have classes or lectures together. Teaching premises have been reviewed to see how many students they can hold if social distancing of at least 1.5 metres is maintained. Infocenter and the library have information about how we can cooperate to avoid crowding.

The university asks that students who do not have classes on campus should study remotely as much as possible, until new recommendations allow many of us to be in the same place at the same time. Similarly, staff who do not have to be on site are asked to work from home. It remains vital that we all remember to wash our hands often and stay at home even if we only have mild cold symptoms.

The main entrance to the university will be open from the start of the semester, but if too many students are on campus at the same time we will not be able to maintain social distancing on the premises. We also share public transport and open spaces with staff from Karolinska University Hospital, among others, so it is also important to avoid crowding in these areas. The university therefore asks that students who do not have classes on campus to study remotely as much as possible, until new recommendations allow many of us to be in the same place at the same time. Similarly, staff who do not have to be on site are asked to work from home. In this way, we make it easier for students who have classes, while reducing the risk of crowing on public transport and on campus.

We are working to provide solutions for everybody where possible. Please contact your placement supervisor or teacher and they will help you.

No, there are no written examinations at present. We are using other forms of examination. This will apply for the first period of the autumn semester (31 August–29 September). A new decision will be made for the rest of the autumn semester at the end of August. See the news article about written exams being replaced by alternative forms of examination . If you have questions about your exam, please contact your subject/your teacher.

All support units, such as Study and Careers Guidance, the Study Support Unit, Funka and the Student Health Centre, are open – but they are not accepting physical visitors. Instead, you should call or email them to book an appointment. There are instructions for this on their webpages, which you come to if you click on the above links. The appointment is then conducted digitally or via the phone.

The Student Health Centre refers questions about the coronavirus to the public health services or the Public Health Agency. However, you are welcome to contact them as usual if you are worried about study-related health issues.

If you are able to apply for additional time for written examinations, please submit your disability certificate to your teacher for additional time for take-home examinations. You can then discuss potential additional time for the take-home exam, if you need this. This is because the information stating that you can apply for more time is kept in the KronoX system and is not available to your teachers and examiners.

Please note that additional time for take-home exams is a recommendation from the coordinator for special educational support. This means it is the examiner (teacher) who decides what extension is possible.

You can find your certification when you log in at www.nais.uhr.se. Click on "Läs besked" (read notification) to access your certificate, then download it and email it to your teacher. The recommendations are listed on page two. Contact Funka, the disability coordinators, if you need additional time for a take-home exam but a recommendation for this is not included in your certificate.

The library is open for students, doctoral students and staff from Södertörn University, Red Cross University College and the Stockholm University College of Music Education. However, the library is closed to the public and has restricted opening hours. Information is available at the library website.

The library is not covered by this restriction (more information is available in Swedish on the Police website), so Södertörn University Library is still open to staff and students, but not to the general public. Opening hours have been reduced and all the group rooms are closed. You may not visit the library if you have any symptoms of illness and you must follow the recommendations from the Public Health Agency: keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other visitors and staff, and wash or disinfect your hands regularly. Up to date information relating to the coronavirus pandemic is available at the library website.

Because an exceptional number of us are now working in SH-StudyWeb, the increased load may lead to some people finding it difficult to access or work in the system. Please wait a few minutes if things are happening slowly. If the problem remains, please contact info@sh.se

The Swedish Government has decided that students can keep their student finance if universities cancel courses, and that student loans are written off. Please see CSN's website for more information.external link, opens in new window

On 29 May, the vice-chancellor decided to cancel all exchange studies in the autumn of 2020, for both incoming and outgoing exchange students. The International Office is in contact with students who have been nominated and it may be possible to delay your exchange studies until the spring of 2021 (but not until the autumn of 2021).

Placements and field studies for outgoing students are cancelled as long as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential foreign travel. After this, as usual, foreign placements or field studies in countries to which the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travel cannot begin or be granted.

On 29 May, the vice-chancellor decided to cancel all exchange studies in the autumn of 2020, for incoming and outgoing exchange students. The International Office is in contact with the nominated students.

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25-06-2020