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Updated information regarding the coronavirus

With regards to the Coronavirus outbreak, Jönköping University is monitoring the situation continuously and following the information from the Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Changes due to new restrictions

On Monday, 10 January, the government introduced new measures to reduce the spread of infection which applies starting 12 January due to the increased spread of the covid variant Omicron.

Information about the new measures can be found at Krisinformation.se External link, opens in new window.

Due to the new restrictions, the following now applies at Jönköping University:

  • Employees are encouraged to work from home to the extent that their work allows. The immediate manager decides when this is possible. It is important the operations on campus can continue to be conducted in an efficient manner.
  • The government also encouraged universities to take risk-reducing measures regarding examinations, among other things. This is being reviewed right now and more information will be provided soon.

Teaching and examinations should, to the extent possible, be conducted on campus with suitable measures to reduce infection taken. Examples of measures at JU could be:

  • To enable people to keep distance to each other by placing seats at a distance - refurnish or otherwise create space to make it possible to keep distance, including at entrances and exits.
  • Offer possibilities to keep good hand hygiene, to wash hands with soap and water, or offer hand sanitizer.
  • Off-campus teaching can be used as a tool for certain elements to create space in the teaching rooms, for example at larger lectures. Information on which lectures/elements at JU may be relevant to place at a distance, the management at each school/company will notify the affected staff. Affected students will receive information from their teachers.

Public gatherings and public events must follow the restrictions communicated by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. JU does not use vaccination certificates for public gatherings and public events.

Private gatherings in JU’s premises must follow the restrictions communicated by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

It is still very important to follow recommendations and general advice and JU encourages those who can get vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so. It is important that students and staff take personal responsibility and contribute to reducing the spread of infection by, among other things:

  • Staying at home and testing for Covid-19 when ill
  • Keeping distance where possible
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer.

Take personal responsibility

JU believes, in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden, that every individual has a great responsibility. Everyone must contribute to help minimize the spread of infection. To do this, you always have to stay home and get tested when you have symptoms and be careful with hand hygiene. JU cares for all employees and students, and acts on this in different ways.

In line with the Public Health Agency of Sweden, JU also encourages those who can get vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so.

Return to teaching on campus

On 29 September 2021, the fourth stage of lifting the national restrictions was implemented. On that day, the President’s decision regulating the planning and implementation of Corona-adapted teaching on campus for Autumn 2021 (§§ 926) was lifted.

This means that the activities on campus are scaled up responsibly and in line with what is possible for the organisation. The Dean/MD is responsible for ensuring that this takes place at each school/company. Internal restrictions on physical meetings are also lifted.

Each person still has a great responsibility to minimize the spread of Covid-19. We therefore encourage employees and students to stay home in case of illness, keep social distance, and maintain good hand hygiene.

Staff should channel any questions through their immediate manager. Students should contact their programme coordinator/manager or course coordinator if they have any study related questions.

Regarding travels and visits

All travellers to Sweden are requested to get tested when developing symptoms of COVID-19 and follow the general guidelines and recommendations that apply in Sweden. There is currently no recommendation to get tested without symptoms. Note that there is a requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival for foreign nationals aged 12 years and above, not resident in Sweden.

More information can be found on the Public Health Agency of Sweden's website. External link, opens in new window.

Travels

In accordance with the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in relation to the responsibilities Jönköping University has towards its employees and students, JU has decided to follow the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs External link, opens in new window.' recommendations and restrictions for travels and visit, for students and staff. 

Business trips within Sweden can be carried out if they are completed taking into account current regulations and recommendations.


As the situation can change quickly, we recommend that everyone stays updated through the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel information and the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s information. 

Visits

Employees who expect visits from partners and guests from other countries must follow recommendations from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Read the government's Q&A about the entry ban External link, opens in new window.

Previous decision regarding autumn semester 2021

Jönköping University planned to continue the Corona-adapted on-campus teaching during the autumn term 2021. This was established in a President’s decision, see details below.

On 29 September 2021, the fourth stage of lifting the national restrictions will be implemented. On that day, the President’s decision regulating the planning and implementation of Corona-adapted teaching on campus for Autumn 2021 (§§ 926) was lifted.

During the autumn semester, there are many new students for the educational programmes at JU. For these students to have the opportunity to get to know their new study environment, first-semester students, together with study groups with laboratory or practical elements and study groups with examining elements that are not suitable to complete digitally, will be a JU-joint priority in terms of activities and presence on campus.

The Dean of each school and JUE is given a mandate to decide which other study groups are to be prioritised within the framework of the school’s activities. The Dean has a continued responsibility for the teaching being conducted in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general guidelines as well as the restrictions decided by the government. This applies both in the classroom and in corridors when entering and exiting a building.

The decision applies from the start of the autumn semester, 21 August 2021.

More information will be sent out to new students before the start of the semester. If students have questions about the teaching, please contact programme manager/course coordinator.

Staff are asked to channel questions about the new decision through his immediate manager.

Regarding the spring semester education 2021

Jönköping University will continue with the corona-adapted education during the spring semester 2021. All operations and planning are conducted according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general recommendations.

The continued goal is to reduce physical meetings, which means that more activities will be done digitally, as well as an increase in working from home. JU is continuously making further adaptations and priorities to contribute to reducing the risk of infection.

Study groups with laboratory or practical elements as well as study groups with examination elements that are not suitable to be conducted remotely/digitally will be prioritized JU-wide to be on-campus.

The Dean at each school and Managing Director at JUE is given mandate to allow for on-campus education and examination in an exam hall for student groups other than those that are prioritized JU-wide as described above. Each Dean/MD is responsible to ensure that the corona-adapted education at each school is conducted in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general recommendations.

Students who do not have any scheduled classes or activities are asked to study from home to the extent possible.

Staff is encouraged to work from home if their work tasks allow it, the decisions are to be made in consultation with the immediate manager.

Earlier decision regarding the autumn semester's education

On Friday 29 May, the Swedish Government announced that the Public Health Agency of Sweden will lighten the recommendation regarding off-campus education. Some parts of the teaching will continue remotely in order to follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s general recommendations on social distancing and avoiding greater social gatherings.

Jönköping University is planning for on-campus education from the start of the autumn term 2020.

In accordance with a President’s Decision, and considering recommendations and guidelines, on-campus education will primarily be held for the following prioritized student groups:

  1. Study groups with laboratory/practical elements
  2. Study groups with examination elements that are not suitable to be conducted remotely/digitally
  3. First semester students

Utilization and adaptation of premises:

  • The occupancy of class/teaching rooms shall ensure that sufficient distance can be maintained between the persons in each room and that there is no risk of over-crowding in the corridors. Groups of up to 50 people can be in a classroom. The maximum limit applies provided that the room can be adapted, so that there is sufficient distance between the students in the room.
  • Class/teaching rooms can, if appropriate, also be used in the evening.
  • Students who do not have any scheduled classes or elements are asked not to be on campus.

Introduction week:

  • Roll calls will be divided and held during several days
  • General information will be recorded and made available digitally

The Dean of each school and JUE are given the mandate to, within the framework of the operations of the school through a written decision, starting 17 August 2020, allow on-campus education and examination in an exam hall for other student groups than those prioritized.

More information will be given continuously to staff and students.

Working from home

JU's recommendation to staff to work from home disappeared in connection with the start of the autumn term 2021. The goal is for the activities to return to normal with a thriving campus where students conduct their studies and employees are at their workplaces.

However, the return to work on campus needs to be done responsibly, and adjustments may continue to be necessary to comply with recommendations and guidelines.

It is the needs and requirements of the activities that govern where the work is to be carried out. Guidelines have been developed that clarify this, read more on the intranet

Students and staff are encouraged to keep up to date via the responsible authorities’ websites. They update information on developments and recommendations on a regular basis.

See links below:

If you have questions:

  • If you have general questions about the outbreak, you should primarily seek information through the above sources.
  • You can call 113 13 for answers regarding covid-19. 113 13 is Sweden’s information number in case of major accidents and crises. The service is available 24 hours a day. This national information number is used to reduce the burden on the emergency number 112 and 1177.
  • Questions related to suspected illness are referred to the health service via telephone number 1177 (+46 771 11 77 00) or 1177.se.
  • JU employees should contact their immediate manager if they have any questions.
  • Students can also contact the Student Health Care for support.

JU's work

To handle issues and challenges that have risen during the spread of the coronavirus, JU has had a crisis organisation activated. The management of the crisis organisation has consisted of representatives from the Foundation, all companies within JU, Jönköping Student Union, and the unions.

On Tuesday 28 April, the crisis organisation was deactivated. It may be reactivated if the need arises. The continuous work of dealing with consequences of the spread of the coronavirus will be dealt with within the existing organisation, at the request of JU Executive Team.

In May, an internal working group was appointed to investigate and develop criteria and guidelines for how the operations can be conducted, adapting and taking into account the risk of spread of infection.

Questions and Answers

If you have questions

Students and staff

Please turn to the Service Center Opens in new window.

Please do not visit the Service Center if you have symptoms, if you have symptoms you should contact 1177. 

Read more at 1177, krisinformation.se or call 113 13 and ask for advice.

What can I do?

Stay at home when you are sick to avoid infecting people at the university, on the bus, at work or in areas where you are close to other people. 

Everyone with symptoms of respiratory infection, even mild symptoms, should avoid social contacts which can spread disease. 

If you get symptoms, you should stay home and self-isolate. You should also get tested to find out if you have Covid-19. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.


 

Be respectful

As an international university, Jönköping University works actively to have a climate on campus where all students and staff treat each other with integrity and respect.

We urge everyone in our organization, both students and staff, to continue to support each other with respect and care. We urge our campus community not to make assumptions about the risk of students, staff or faculty based on their ethnicity or travel history. It is important not to contribute to the spread of misinformation and fear, and to be mindful of unverified information.

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