At the end of May, the Swedish Government announced that higher education institutions will be able to have some face to face teaching in the autumn, provided that they follow the recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus in the community. On this basis, Södertörn University has made a decision that applies to the first period of the autumn semester: 31/8–29/9. During this period, it will primarily be practical classes that are held on campus, as well as some teaching for new students. Most teaching will be done remotely. Your timetable will tell you what applies to you.
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. However, some practical elements, such as those on the Police Education programme, are exceptions to this. Teaching premises have been reviewed to see how many students they can hold when social distancing of at least 1.5 metres is maintained. Infocenter and the library have information about how we can cooperate to avoid crowding.
Information about the later parts of the autumn semester will be available at the start of the semester. It is probable that there will be a great deal of distance teaching throughout the rest of the autumn semester.
Due to these exceptional circumstances, it is very important that you stay up to date with the general situation at the university and the specific one for your course(s).
If you have applied for courses or programmes that start in the autumn, information will be published at 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. New students will receive an email in August 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. You are also encouraged to follow the recommendations of the relevant authorities.
Recommendations for the autumn semester
The university is following developments and the recommendations issued by the Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and is managing activities on this basis. The following recommendations may therefore be updated:
- If you have classes on campus – remember to maintain social distancing and follow the instructions in the lecture halls and other premises on campus.
- 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. However, some practical elements cannot be offered remotely, for example, some modules on Police Education. Read the FAQs for information about how to inform the university if this applies to you, or to ask questions.
- The university 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.
- It remains vital that we all remember to wash our hands often and stay at home even if we have mild cold symptoms. It is also important that we remember to wash our hands frequently.
- You are encouraged to follow the recommendations of the relevant authorities.
Stay up to date via the relevant authorities:
Frequently asked questions
The university has produced some FAQs to answer common questions. Please read them to see if you can find the answers to your questions about the autumn semester. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has a page for FAQs about the coronavirus.