Information about studies during the autumn semester
We are aware that our students are waiting for more information regarding how the studies will be conducted during the autumn semester. With the current restrictions, the University can only plan for continued distance studies. The Public Health Agency is expected to share their new recommendations for Higher Education Institutions in the beginning of June. We are awaiting these recommendations to be able to make any further decisions regarding the autumn semester.
Only distance education from now on
Due to the government’s recommendation that all university education should be conducted via distance, the University management have made the follwing decisions:
- All University education is conducted via distance for the rest of the spring semester, as there is no indication that the Public Health Authority will change its recommendation before the summer. The only exceptions are the special cases which the Deans decide upon. In regards to the autumn semester, the University management is not yet ready to make a definite decision about the education form. If possible, based on the state of infection and the recommendations of the authorities, campus education is preferred.
- Mandatory course elements which cannot be done via distance, will be postponed until further notice. Await instructions from your teacher.
- Information on how the teaching and examinations in each course will be conducted, will be shared by your teacher.
- Exceptions to the current requirement for distance education can be given for individual course elements. This applies only to course elements that cannot be conducted digitally or replaced by other suitable methods. Decisions on exceptions are made by the Dean of each school at which the course is given, following an application from the teacher who explains how to minimize the risk of infection spread in connection with the course element.
General questions regarding your studies in relation to the corona virus should be referred to email@example.com.
- The University's Study Support Centre – here you can get useful tips for effective distance learning as well as support with study techniques and how you can improve your academic writing.
Study Support Centre
- Halmstad University uses Zoom for e-meetings, online teaching and e-seminars. Via Blackboard you can easily log in to Zoom, you will find the link under 'Student services'.
- The University has increased the capacity of Microsoft Teams and Zoom. If you experience any technical problems with any of the digital tools that you are currently using in your distance studies, you can report this to IT support via helpdesk.
Report error in Helpdesk
Some campus premises are open
Some of the Halmstad University premises will remain open for now for those of you who need access to computers, wifi and study places. Just make sure you bring your access cards as many doors will be locked. We want to remind you about the importance of minimising the spread of infection by staying at home if you are feeling ill, keeping your social distance and washing your hands thoroughly.
- All students have access to those buildings in which their School is based. Within those buildings, they have access to public areas, computer rooms and project rooms.
- Service Center has changed its opening hours. The new opening hours for the front desk are 10:00 to 13:00 on weekdays until further notice. If you want your exam scanned or need a certificate, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write your name, personal ID number and which exam you want. For other questions, you can also call +46 35 16 71 00 between 8:00 and 16:00 or send an email.
- The caretaker's office is closed for visits. Call 035-16 71 10 or report a case in the Helpdesk to get in touch with the caretaker's office.
- The Student Union reception is closed for the time being. Contact the Student Union via email email@example.com instead.
Due to temporary staff shortages, the University Library has reduced its opening hours and reduced their physical staffing in the Library, to dedicate more time to being accessible digitally, via their web page, helpdesk and telephone.
The University Library's new opening hours as of Wednesday April 22
- Open for visits: 10 am – 4 pm on week days (The Library staff is present between 10 am – 2 pm to assist you.)
- After 2 pm, the Library is open only for students and staff at the University. Everyone who enters must present their access card to the card reader.
From March 29, only 50 people are allowed in the Library at the same time. If the limit of 50 is reached, you come back later or use a study place in another building at campus. Level 3 is closed until further notice to minimise the risk of infection spread.
You reach the library via email, telephone and help desk 10 am – 4 pm, as well as via hh.se/library.
More information about the University Library services
Measures to keep distance
For those staying on campus, it is extra important to keep a distance from others to limit the spread of infection. The campus area is further adapted to the Public Health Authority’s toughened recommendations to avoid close contact and crowds. Barriers and signs around the service desks in the library and Service Center are looked over, study places and group rooms are refurnished so that all seats are further apart.
The graduation ceremony has been cancelled
The Vice-Chancellor has previously decided to cancel this year’s joint graduation ceremony at Halmstad Arena. Högskolan anser också att det är olämpligt att anordna programavslutningar i form av fysiska samlingar, därför kommer våra program i stället att arrangera programsamlingar digitalt. The University also considers it inadvisable to arrange physical programme degree assemblies, hence these will be done digitally.
Graduation ceremony 2020
In accordance with the Public Health Agency's updated recommendation, all students (and staff) with symptoms of respiratory infection, even mild ones, such as runny nose, cough or fever, are urged to stay at home and avoid social contacts that may cause the spread of infection.
Most important right now is that we show consideration and care for each other and together take responsibility for minimizing the spread of infection.
It also important that your contact information in Student Ladok is updated and correct so that the University can quickly reach you with information if it is needed. Check your contact information in Student Ladok and fill in any missing information.
Events and meetings
The Swedish government has decided that all public gatherings that involve more than 50 people are banned. For the University, this applies to Utexpo and the joint graduation ceremony at Halmstad Arena. The graduation ceremony has been cancelled, and Utexpo will be a digital fair.
Utexpo for participants
For other meetings and events (with fewer than 50 participants), it is up to the responsible person/group to decide if these will be carried through or not.
Student Healthcare Centre drop-in services are closed
The Student Healthcare Centre drop-in services are closed from March 12 until further notice, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. All physical meetings will be replaced by phone meetings.
If you already have a physical meeting scheduled, you will be contacted by via email or phone.
To get in contact with the Student Healthcare Centre, send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call 035-16 74 37.
Call 1177 (+46 771-11 77 00) for questions referring to suspected illness.
Call 113 13 for general questions related to the corona virus.
The Ministry of Foregin Affairs now dissuades from all travelling abroad, no matter what country, until April 14.
The Student Affairs Department keeps contact with students who are currently abroad as part of their studies.
Anyone who is on a journey has an individual responsibility to stay updated and follow the authorities' recommendations, and to not put others at risk. If you have returned from abroad and is experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection, you must stay home. It is important to monitor your own health.
- If you are feeling ill, call 1177 eller 1177 for guidance.
- If you are worried and have general questions related to the corona virus and how the authorities are handeling the current situation, please call 113 13.
Task force monitors development
The university bases its decisions on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency and the government, as well as on ensuring, as far as possible, the teaching of students. A crisis management group closely monitors the development of covid-19 and actively works to find and prepare solutions to handle the development. Based on advice and recommendations from the responsible authorities and a risk analysis for the University, the group makes recommendations and decisions, and publishes ongoing information on this page.
Vice-Chancellor: Important with understanding and patience
Public Health Agency
Krisinformation.se (general information from different Swedish authorities about the corona virus in English)
1177.se – The Public Healthcare Guide
Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel recommendations