Information for students and staff about Covid-19
Based on current conditions and responsible authorities’ recommendations, Stockholm University has adopted the following guidelines.
Last updated on 18 March 2021.
During both spring and summer term 2021, teaching and exams at Stockholm University shall primarily be conducted online. Teaching activities that require physical attendance must not bring together more than eight persons; no hall-based exams shall be conducted.
Each department prepares more detailed plans for teaching.
For more information, please see About the university's activities and Online and campus-based teaching below.
About the university's activities (updated on 23 February)
Reductions in teaching and exams on campus: From 24 November the Swedish Government has decided to ban public gatherings and public events with more than eight participants, as part of the measures to stop the spread of covid-19.
Read more on krisinformation.se
The University President is of the view that the Government’s decision should also guide activities at Stockholm University and therefore that the introduction of restrictions regarding the number of people who can participate in teaching or exams on campus is necessary.
At Stockholm University the following shall apply from 24 November 2020:
- No hall-based exams shall be conducted, though on-site exams may be carried out for smaller groups.
- Teaching and exams on campus shall be limited to a maximum of eight students.
- The Library Director has been assigned the task of continuously evaluating the current situation and, if necessary, implementing further measures to ensure a safe working environment for staff and students at Stockholm University Library.
The university library is an important resource for students and staff. To allow for visits to be spread over the day, the library hours will remain unchanged.
University Library opening hours
Information regarding stricter national regulations and general advice: As of 14 December, stricter national regulations and general advice came into force about everyone's responsibility to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Everyone in society, both individuals and business operators, has an obligation to take measures to prevent the spread of infection.
Read more about the stricter guidelines on krisinformation.se
Information regarding special recommendations for Stockholm County: As of 23 Februrary, special recommendations apply for Stockholm County to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Read more about local recommendations on krisinformation.se
The recommendation to work from home to the extent possible remains. If staff or students have questions, contact your manager or course leader.
Online and campus-based teaching (updated on 11 March)
In line with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's current recommendations, Stockholm University has campus-based teaching when circumstances so permit and provided that this is allowed by the relevant authorities. During spring term as well as summer term 2021, teaching and examinations at Stockholm University will mainly be conducted online. Teaching that requires physical attendance must not gather together more than eight people; no hall-based exams will be conducted.
The plan for each spring course is available on the department website.
The plan for each summer course is available on the department website as soon as possible, and by 15 April at the latest.
Departments and centres
Each University department is responsible for the opening of its premises, see respective department's website.
Departments and centres
Work from home
The general advice to employers from the Public Health Agency of Sweden is that they should ensure that personnel and visitors maintain physical distance and that employees avoid unnecessary travel. The University follows the Agency’s recommendations, which means that any employees who can work from home should do so, after consulting with their supervisor.
Minimize the spread of infection
Everyone must take responsibility and help to minimize the spread of infection. This includes taking responsibility for reducing the spread of infection at social events in your spare time.
The Public Health Authority urges anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection, even mild ones, to avoid social contact, as they pose a risk of spreading infection. Anyone with symptoms of illness should stay at home. Stay at home if you live in a household with someone with confirmed Covid-19. Follow the instructions from your physician.
Staff should report sick using normal routines. The so-called qualifying period has now been removed to make it easier to stay at home during illness.
- Business travel: Business travels within Sweden can be granted when done in accordance with official advice and recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency. Staff who are planning international business trips are advised to follow the guidelines of the Swedish Minsitry of Foreign Affairs, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the universities concerned, and the relevant airline information. Non-necessary trips to countries which the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to should be avoided.
See Krisinformation.se for updated information in English regarding travels
- Bookings: All business trips must be booked with rebookable or refundable tickets. Trips should be booked through the University's procured travel agency Egencia.
- Regarding visits: Staff who are expecting visits from partners or guests from abroad are advised to follow the guidelines of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Public Health Agency, the universities concerned, and the relevant airline information.
President's blog and information from the president (updated on 18 March)
Updated information from relevant authorities
These pages are updated with information on developments and recommendations on an ongoing basis. Current information is also available on WHO’s website.
Last updated: March 24, 2021
Source: Communications Office