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(Last updated: 2 November 2021, 06:00) From 2 November 2021, no pandemic restrictions apply when it comes to teaching and assessment. However, there are still some details that you should be aware of.

Teaching from 2 November 2021 until 16 January 2022

From 2 November, it is possible to conduct teaching with physical attendance for all student groups without covid-related restrictions in the number of people per room or general requirements of maintaining distance. This applies until the end of the 16 January 2022.

  • The guideline to leave every other chair empty has been lifted and the room booking system now allows bookings without the limitations to the number of people per hall that have applied during the pandemic.
  • Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated must take personal responsibility to maintain distance to others and avoid places that are crowded, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s guidelines.
  • It is still important that everyone, regardless of vaccination, continues to stay at home and that those who are recommended to get tested for COVID-19 do so.
  • Wear a face mask in situations where close contact cannot be avoided. Read more about face masks.
  • When deemed necessary, it is still possible to adapt examinations to online formats or other alternatives that do not involve physical attendance, under the condition that legal certainty can be maintained and that reasonable demands on quality can be satisfied.
  • The possibility to make deviations from course and programme syllabi as well as rescheduling courses, modules and exams remains until the end of the autumn semester, in case the pandemic requires.

This no longer applies regarding teaching

  • The recommendation that students who work in groups outside of their teacher-led education should maintain the same group throughout this period, and the group size should be as small as possible.
  • That teaching can be scheduled to evenings. Regular regulations apply. (Regler för kursplaner och litteraturlistor på grund- och avancerad nivå, Section 7.4.2)
  • The limitation of a maximum of 50 people per room.
  • The guideline to leave every other chair empty in all relevant situations.

Possibilities for adaptations when necessary

Deviations from a course syllabus

Deviations from a course syllabus regarding forms for teaching and assessment may be made to the extent necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only the person who normally makes decisions on course syllabi and examinations is allowed to make decisions on necessary deviations and must ensure that the decision is well-documented and archived.

In those cases where an examination requires access to a computer or internet connection, students must be offered such aids that allow them to participate from a technical perspective.

Template and guidance can be found on the page COVID-19 templates and signposting.

The decision to allow deviation has been extended and is now valid until 16 January 2022.

Read the decision

Rescheduling a course, course module or examination, and deviations from a programme syllabus – within term time

Decisions can be made to reschedule a course, course module or examination, or make a deviation from a programme syllabus to reduce the risk of infection if no other solution is possible. Such a rescheduling can take place within the 2021 autumn semester or to another semester, primarily to the 2022 spring semester. Such decisions can be made in a revised order to the one described in the Vice-Chancellor’s delegation of authority.

Prior to making a decision to reschedule a course, course module or examination, a student representative must be consulted if possible.

The Vice-Chancellor is hereby delegating to deans and the director of the Umeå School of Education to reach such decisions. This delegation of authority may be further delegated. Such further delegation of authority must be documented, archived and notified to the relevant student union and the students concerned. Decisions must also be reported to the Faculty Board or to the board of the Umeå School of Education at their next assembly, at which point it must be noted in the minutes.

Decisions to reschedule a course, course module or examination, and make deviations from a programme syllabus, must be documented according to a set template. Particular consideration must be taken regarding international students.

Template and guidance can be found on the page COVID-19 templates and signposting (Aurora)

The decision to allow reschedulings has been extended with the summer 2021 och start of the autumn semester 2021 decisions and is now valid until 29 september 2021.

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Rescheduling a course, course module or examination – outside of term time

A course, course module or examination can be rescheduled outside of regular term time. Deans and the director of the Umeå School of Education have the authority to reach such decisions. This authority may not be further delegated. Prior to making a decision to reschedule a course, course module or examination, a student representative must be consulted if possible.

The person who makes decisions to reschedule a course, course module or examination is responsible for ensuring that the decision is documented and archived, and that the relevant student union and all students concerned are informed.

For students who cannot partake in a course or course component scheduled outside of the regular term time, another opportunity must be offered within the regular term time, in spring semester 2022, that is. Before rescheduling, potential entry requirements for courses that are part of a study programme must be considered. Particular consideration must be taken for international students.

Certificate, guide and template for rescheduling course, module or examination

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Teaching from spring semester 2022

From spring semester 2022, starting on 17 January, all teaching and assessment must return to following regular regulations, unless otherwise is decided. It is will hence no longer be possible to make deviations from course and programme syllabi or to reschedule courses, modules and exams due to reasons arisen by the pandemic – unless otherwise is decided.

Read the decision

Read the decision for the period 2 November 2021 until 16 January 2022

Further information about teaching and education

Study-related questions due to COVID-19

Questions and answers related to studies and study administration due to COVID-19.