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The University’s handling of the coronavirus

Lund University is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). As of March 18 and until further notice, the University has switched to distance education and examination to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus while simultaneously conducting its day to day activities.

The Swedish Government decided on 29 May that higher education institutions may open again for campus-based education as of 15 June. However, the Swedish Public Health Agency’s general recommendations are still to be complied with. A decision on the implications for Lund University will be issued shortly.
(updated 29 May 2020)

Information for students, staff and external parties

Staff and current students at Lund University are receiving regular updates about new 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 have also received updates through emails from the University.

Current measures

In order to ensure a safe workplace and study environment for employees and students, and to help minimise the possible spread of infection, the University has so far decided:

  • that teaching and assessment of students’ performance until further notice are to be conducted remotely, unless there are special reasons. The vice-chancellor delegates to the dean of each faculty decision-making powers regarding whether or not there are special reasons in specific cases. 
  • to permit changes in approved course and programme syllabi regarding the spring semester of 2020 concerning the forms of assessment of the students’ performance and for teaching to be conducted using digital solutions in those cases where it is possible to retain the quality of the course or programme. 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.
  • to give the faculty boards the right to decide on an extension of the spring semester to the extent necessary for the completion of each programme. Any extension is to last no longer than until 30 August 2020 (the day before the autumn semester starts).
  • to cancel all education components abroad that have yet to start, up to and including 30 June. This also applies to education for incoming international students this spring that has yet to start.
  • until further notice to only authorise domestic business travel that after consultation with the line manager is deemed to be necessary. The Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendations are to be observed for such trips.
  • until further notice not to authorise any business trips abroad. This also applies to travel within the framework of education. This applies for as long as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against non-essential travel to all countries.
  • that all international visits are to be cancelled until further notice.
  • that, as far as possible, meetings, conferences or other gatherings are to be conducted remotely using digital tools. In cases where physical meetings are conducted, the rules and recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency to reduce the spread of infection are to be observed. Meetings, conferences or other gatherings are never to be organised with more than 50 participants. 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.
  • that staff should work from home to the extent that the line manager deems is possible when taking activities and the work environment into account.

Last updated 19 May 2020

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