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Recommendations due to the coronavirus, Covid-19

This news article collects Södertörn University's recommendations for staff, doctoral students and students regarding the coronavirus that have applied in the spring semester of 2020. The recommendations that will apply during the autumn semester is published in a separate news article.

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This page was updated regularly between 28 February 2020 and 3 April 2020. The university has followed developments and recommendations from the Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden, among others, and managed activities accordingly.

Update, 3 April

We recommend that staff avoid rush hour/public transport when travelling to the university and that staff/students maintain social distancing at physical meetings.

Update, 20 March

No work-related travel, inside or outside Sweden, will be granted. Conferences, etc., with external participants must be cancelled/postponed/be held digitally.

Update, 19 March

We are asking that students check their email addresses in Ladok.

Update, 17 March

The Swedish Government has today (17/3) recommended that all higher education institutions move to distance education from tomorrow. Södertörn University is following this recommendation. No teaching will be conducted on university premises from 18 March. Students are asked to stay updated using information on SH-StudyWeb.

Update, 16 march

On Monday afternoon, the Public Health Agency of Sweden issued a recommendation stating that everyone in the Stockholm area who can work from home should do so. How this will affect activities at Södertörn University will be discussed at an extra management meeting tomorrow, after which new information will be published here.

Update, 15 March

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs now advises against all non-essential foreign travel. This advisory will remain in place until at least 14 April.

To protect the study and work environment of the staff and students, and to reduce the risk of spreading the new coronavirus, Södertörn University has decided on the following recommendations:

  • From Wednesday 18 March, no teaching will be conducted on university premises. Work is underway to see how each course and programme can offer distance learning or other forms of teaching. Students will receive information via SH-StudyWeb as soon as possible.
  • Students may have important information about their studies sent to the email you have provided in Student-Ladok. Please check that your email address in Ladok is correct. Please refer to the instructions in SH-StudyWeb if you need to change your email address.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden now (19 March 2020) advises against travel to and from metropolitan regions, primarily Stockholm, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is significantly increasing in the capital. The vice-chancellor has therefore decided that no work-related travel within Sweden will be granted, except for travel that is absolutely necessary for university activities. As previously, no foreign work-related travel will be granted.
  • For the same reason as above, the vice-chancellor has decided that meeting and/or conferences with external participants and which are not vital to the university's activities must be cancelled, postponed or conducted digitally.
  • Due to the recommendations and advice from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the university's crisis management group decided on 2 April that staff who must be on university premises to work should avoid rush hour traffic and, where possible, avoid public transport. Staff, doctoral students and students who have physical meetings must have an empty chair between each person. The university will put up more information about the importance of social distancing and mark distances with tape on the floor of the library and Infocenter.
  • All staff, doctoral students and students are asked to follow the recommendations of the relevant authorities.

Stay up to date via the relevant authorities:


The university has produced some FAQs to answer common questions. Please read them to see if they can answer your questions about what to do in various situations.

If you are worried

We understand that the current situation is causing worry and that you will have many questions - we are doing our best to help. Students should contact their course/programme coordinator if they have questions.

Staff should contact their line manager with their questions.

If you are worried, there are FAQs on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s websiteexternal link, opens in new window

General preventive measures

  • Stay at home if you are ill
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Hand disinfectant is also effective
  • Avoid touching your face if your hands are not clean
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