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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 27 November 2020)

Published: 20 Oct, 2020

Spring semester with continued COVID adaptations ahead

NEWS The continued serious COVID-19 situation has led Umeå University to decide to maintain the current precautionary measures when it comes to teaching, campus attendance, travels and events until 23 March. A renewed decision for the remaining part of the spring semester will be reached on 18 January at the latest.

Text: Anja Axelsson

Both students and staff at Umeå University have expressed wishes to be informed of the university’s approach for the 2021 spring semester as early as possible. Hence, the Vice-Chancellor has now decided to keep the precautionary measures that were decided for the autumn semester also for the first half of the spring semester – up until 23 March 2021, that is.

“We are still in a situation where COVID-19 is spreading around the world and in our vicinity,” says Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson. “The Public Health Agency of Sweden is indicating that it is too early to return to normal routines and we are therefore making the judgement that the first half of the spring semester should be held similar to this autumn.”

The decision applies from 18 January and only consists of minor adjustments to what was valid for this autumn. Among others the decision reads that students on the first or last year of their study programmes should be prioritised for campus-based instruction. Also, Curiosum, Bildmuseet and the Umeå University Library are still granted exceptions from the otherwise general cancellation of public events in physical form –  otherwise, events should be replaced with other forms as far as possible. This also means that the University continues to urge its staff, in agreement with their managers, to work fully or partially from home with tasks that can be carried out remotely.

“The reason for only taking a decision covering the first two 7.5 credit courses is so that we can await further recommendations from national authorities. Furthermore, a number of people have expressed their appreciation for this proposal when it has been presented in various contexts,” says Hans Adolfsson.

The Vice-Chancellor will make a new decision regarding the remainder of the 2021 spring semester by 18 January at the latest.

Read the full decision

What to do when you have symptoms or confirmed COVID-19

• When you have symptoms, even mild ones – stay at home until you have been symptom free for 2 days. And get tested at Region Västerbotten. Important! When you have taken a test, you must stay at home and avoid meeting others until your test result has arrived.

Please note! If you have no Swedish personal identity number or only a temporary such number
(one that includes a letter in the last four digits), you must contact your nearest healthcare centre to get tested.

• When COVID-19 has been confirmed – inform your manager or course coordinator. Stay at home for 7 days after falling ill (or test date), whichever comes last. You must also have been healthy and free of symptoms for 2 days before returning to campus.

• When you have a negative test – stay at home until you feel fully well.

If you get instructions from Region Västerbotten or other healthcare providers that differ from this, please follow those instructions.

Find out how to take the test (Region Västerbotten)

Phone number for healthcare guidance: +46 771-11 77 00

Contact the University's COVID management team

Please contact the University using with all questions related to COVID-19 within all university areas – research, education and collaboration included.