How to act responsible to reduce the risk of spreading infection
Keep social distance
When being present at campus it is especially important to keep social distance in order to limit the spread of infection. The Campus area is adjusted to follow the Public Health Agency's recommendations. It is important that we all follow the instructions on all signs and respect the barriers and distance marks.
Stay at home if you are feeling ill
If you are feeling ill, you must stay at home and avoid social contact, in accordance with the recommendations made by the Public Health Agency. This always apply, also if you only have mild symptoms. If you have symptoms during an exam and do not leave the room after being requested to do so, this will be reported, which may lead to disciplinary action.
Wash your hands
Be careful with your hand hygiene! Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
Measures taken to prevent the spread of covid-19
Education and scheduling
- Teaching and examinations that can be done digitally with acceptable quality must be done digitally.
- When it comes to the education elements that take place on campus, the University has based its assessments of how many students can be in a certain room while being able to keep a safe distance both in the room itself and when passing in and out.
- Education scheduling is adjusted to limit the amount of students at campus at the same time.
- The government's various restrictions on the number of people who may meet do not involve higher education institutions, since teaching and research are not considered public gatherings or private interaction. It is the size of the room and the distance between people, both in the room itself and when you pass in and out, that determine the number of people allowed.
Hand hygiene and cleaning routines
- Stations with alcogel are placed in entrance areas, at information desks, or in connection with larger open spaces indoors.
- Stations with cleaning products and cloths are placed in lecture halls, information desks and general study places so that both staff and students can wipe surfaces themselves during the day.
- Daily cleaning in lecture halls, conference rooms, toilets and kitchens. Cleaning on surfaces such as access card readers, door handles, switches etc are prioritised. The University is responsible for restocking the cleaning equipment that you can use and that the cloths are washed daily (weekdays).
- An extra daily check of public toilets and refilling soap and paper towels will be made if needed.
Signs, barriers, open/closed premises
- The University campus premises are only open for students and University staff. The University Library is an exception, as the general public is allowed for loan services only. Access cards will be required to enter all facilities. This decision is made partly to avoid congestion and partly to increase physical safety when there are fewer people on campus.
- On signs at entrance doors we remind you to keep distance, and to maintain a good hand hygiene.
- Barriers, distance markings and, if necessary, plexiglass have been installed at information desks and other premises where queues and crowding can occur.
- To ensure that social distance is being practised, designated student hosts will walk around campus to kindly remind students to keep their distance.
- Signs showing how to pass the entrance doors to avoid congestion.
- Some of the facilities at campus are closed to prevent shortcuts where crowding can occur and you may need your access card to enter them. As a student you have access to the facilities in which your school is operating. In these buildings you have access to study areas, computer rooms and project rooms. In case you need access to a computer and wi-fi you can also use the general study areas on campus.
- To avoid crowding before a lesson, as many lecture halls as possible will be unlocked during the day so that you can enter immediately instead of gathering outside the halls.
- The furniture in lecture halls, group rooms and study places is adapted to create greater distances, for example by moving, removing, blocking or marking furniture or seats. You are expected to respect this and are not allowed to change the current refurnishments or barriers.
- A maximum of 50 people is allowed at the same time in the University Library. Access card is required to enter. The bookable group rooms are closed.
- The University's Study Support Centre can give 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 the digital tools Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate 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'.
- 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
General questions regarding your studies in relation to the corona virus should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our support functions
The support functions at Halmstad University has increased the possibilities for digital meetings and limited the amount of physical meetings during the pandemic. Please find below the web page for each support function, where you can find more information about opening hours and points of contact.
Disability and learning support
Student Healthcare Centre
Study and career councelling
Study Support Centre
Guidelines regarding students in the risk group
Students who belong to risk groups are able to be given advice and recommendations by teachers, programme directors and the University support functions (see above) on the possibility to conduct studies and if so in what way. However, you must be able to prove that you belong to a risk group.
How do you prove that you belong to a risk group?
The possibility to have an adapted teaching and examination form only applies if you:
- have any / some of the diagnoses listed in the National Board of Health and Welfare’s report regarding identification of risk groups. On Krisinformation.se there is a list in English of risk groups.
- are a guardian of children under the age of 18 living at home who have any of the diagnoses listed in the National Board of Health and Welfare’s report.
- are pregnant in week 36 or later.
Krisinformation.se regarding risk groups
You must be able to show a certificate
If you yourself belong to or have children who belong to a risk group need to prove this by providing a note / certificate from a doctor.
If you are pregnant, the child’s estimated date of birth must be shown via a note / certificate from the midwife.
Send the certificate to the Student Healthcare Centre
- You are responsible for sending all certificates / notes from the health service to the Student Healthcare Centre, via email to email@example.com.
- The Student Healthcare Centre then decides if you are eligible to be able to receive any study adjustment.
- The decision is called “Temporary decision of adaptation due to risk group” and will only state that the student has presented the correct certificate; therefore, in the risk group.
- The decision is sent by email to you and you are responsible for showing it to the teachers concerned.
Adaptation of teaching
It is the teacher/examiner who assesses whether and how it is possible to adapt the teaching and examinations for students in the risk group.
Adaptation of examination(s)
Adaptation of examinations regarding examinations that are written in the same room as other students is that the you can take the examination in a different room where large social distancing is available. If you have a doctor’s note / certificate confirming you belong to the risk group, you need to apply for these rooms via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If adaptation is not possible
The decision is not a guarantee for adaptation. If it is not possible to make any adaptation regarding to the structure and teaching of the course, you can apply for leave of absence (study break) with an assured guaranteed place or deferment of studies.
Pause or discontinue your studies
Contact Service Center if you have any questions and queries concerning study breaks.
In case of suspected or confirmed infection
Take a test if you have symptoms
Information and instructions on how to take a Covid-19 test are available via 1177. The tests are free and if you have a Swedish personal ID number and mobile bank ID you can order a test directly from the webpage.
If you do not have a Swedish personal ID number and mobile bank ID, please contact the healthcare clinic closest to your home address or call the pandemic services via 010-476 19 13 to get assistance with testing.
How to act if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you will receive instructions from the health services about what applies concerning sick leave, possible quarantine, infection tracking and information regarding contact with others. It is you yourself as an individual who is responsible for informing the people with whom you have been in close contact with.
The health services decide who you need to inform
It is the doctor and the health services who decide who an infected person needs to inform.
If you inform the University, a teacher, or other member of staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the information will be passed on to the University’s security coordinator. The University will then contact the region’s infectious disease doctor (ID doctor) to receive instructions regarding what possible measures to undertake. The University shall not, and may not, make its own assessments in such matters.
How the University will act if many students in a group get COVID-19
If Halmstad University becomes aware of several students in the same group becoming ill with covid-19, the University will contact the infectious disease doctor (ID doctor). It is then the ID doctor who assesses what measures the University needs to take.
In case of new recommendations and decisions
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. This means that current advice and restrictions may change.
We will inform you as a student as soon as any new decisions have been made, primarily via this page. However, in order for us to be able to reach you quickly if the situation calls for it, it is important that you check that your contact details in Student Ladok are updated and correct.
Keep yourself updated via the Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foregin Affairs' webpages and apps. Avoid spreading rumours!
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