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2020-11-05

FAQs due to the coronavirus pandemic

Södertörn University regards the spread of the coronavirus as a serious issue and has introduced strict restrictions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections. The university has produced a list of FAQs for current and prospective students about the coronavirus and its effects on your studies.

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Due to the stricter general recommendations that were introduced in the County of Stockholm on 29 October, Södertörn University has decided that in principle all teaching will be conducted remotely from 2 November. The university have some practical classes on campus. Your timetable will tell you what applies to you.

It is very important that you read the information that applies generally and to your specific course or programme. Information about your course/programme and how teaching will be conducted will be on SH-StudyWeb, the university's digital learning management system. General information for students will be available on an ongoing basis via sh.se/studentenglish.

General information for students will be available on an ongoing basis via sh.se/studentenglish. Specific information for your course or programme will be published on SH-StudyWeb.

If you cannot find the answer to your questions, you can contact Infocenter (info@sh.se). Include the name of your course or programme, so that Infocenter can forward your question to the right unit.

If you live with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, you are regarded as a suspected case. This means that you must not come to the university, even if you feel completely healthy. You will receive more instructions from a track-and-trace team or the infected person's doctor. This decision has been made by Region Stockholm, and you can read more about the rules in the Smittskyddsläkarnas information sheetexternal link (in Swedish).


The university’s approach is that if you have timetabled classes on campus, but cannot attend because you are in a risk group, live with someone in a risk group, or if you have cold symptoms, you must be able to have digital classes. Please contact Infocenter via info@sh.se as soon as possible and tell them you will be unable to participate in classes on campus. It is important to include the name of your course or programme, so that Infocenter can forward your question to the right unit.

Some practical elements cannot be offered remotely, for example, some modules in Police Education. Questions about these should also be sent to Infocenter (info@sh.se), which will forward your question. If you have been admitted to Police Education, you can also email polisutbildning@sh.se.

Södertörn University’s crisis management group has met regularly since the end of February and continually followed the recommendations of the Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden. We have produced internal recommendations to reduce the number of students and employees who are on university premises at the same time. No groups of more than 50 people will have classes or lectures together. Teaching premises have been reviewed to see how many students they can hold if social distancing of at least 1.5 metres is maintained. Infocenter and the library have information about how we can cooperate to avoid crowding.

The university asks that students who do not have classes on campus should study remotely as much as possible, until new recommendations allow many of us to be in the same place at the same time. Similarly, staff who do not have to be on site are asked to work from home. It remains vital that we all remember to wash our hands often and stay at home even if we only have mild cold symptoms.

University entrance doors will be locked, so you will need your keycard and code to enter the premises. If too many students are on campus at the same time we will not be able to maintain social distancing on the premises. We also share public transport and open spaces with staff from Karolinska University Hospital, among others, so it is also important to avoid crowding in these areas. The university therefore asks that students who do not have classes on campus to study remotely as much as possible, until new recommendations allow many of us to be in the same place at the same time. Similarly, staff who do not have to be on site are asked to work from home. In this way, we make it easier for students who have classes, while reducing the risk of crowing on public transport and on campus.

We are working to provide solutions for everybody where possible. Please contact your placement supervisor or teacher and they will help you.

We have largely moved to other forms of examination. Written examinations may be held in some cases, but with adapted routines and restrictions to reduce the spread of infection. Please contact your subject/teacher if you have questions about your exams.

All support units, such as Study and Careers Guidance, the Study Support Unit, Funka and the Student Health Centre, are open – but they are not accepting physical visitors. Instead, you should call or email them to book an appointment. There are instructions for this on their webpages, which you come to if you click on the above links. The appointment is then conducted digitally or via the phone.

The Student Health Centre refers questions about the coronavirus to the public health services or the Public Health Agency. However, you are welcome to contact them as usual if you are worried about study-related health issues.

If you are able to apply for additional time for written examinations, please submit your disability certificate to your teacher for additional time for take-home examinations. You can then discuss potential additional time for the take-home exam, if you need this. This is because the information stating that you can apply for more time is kept in the KronoX system and is not available to your teachers and examiners.

Please note that additional time for take-home exams is a recommendation from the coordinator for special educational support. This means it is the examiner (teacher) who decides what extension is possible.

You can find your certification when you log in at www.nais.uhr.se. Click on "Läs besked" (read notification) to access your certificate, then download it and email it to your teacher. The recommendations are listed on page two. Contact Funka, the disability coordinators, if you need additional time for a take-home exam but a recommendation for this is not included in your certificate.

The library is open for students, doctoral students and staff from Södertörn University, Red Cross University College and the Stockholm University College of Music Education. However, the library is closed to the public and has restricted opening hours. Information is available at the library website.

The library is not covered by this restriction (more information is available in Swedish on the Police website), so Södertörn University Library is still open to staff and students, but not to the general public. Opening hours have been reduced and all the group rooms are closed. You may not visit the library if you have any symptoms of illness and you must follow the recommendations from the Public Health Agency: keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other visitors and staff, and wash or disinfect your hands regularly. Up to date information relating to the coronavirus pandemic is available at the library website.

Because an exceptional number of us are now working in SH-StudyWeb, the increased load may lead to some people finding it difficult to access or work in the system. Please wait a few minutes if things are happening slowly. If the problem remains, please contact info@sh.se

The Swedish Government has decided that students can keep their student finance if universities cancel courses, and that student loans are written off. Please see CSN's website for more information.external link, opens in new window

On 29 May, the vice-chancellor decided to cancel all exchange studies in the autumn of 2020, for both incoming and outgoing exchange students. The International Office is in contact with students who have been nominated and it may be possible to delay your exchange studies until the spring of 2021 (but not until the autumn of 2021).

Placements and field studies for outgoing students are cancelled as long as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential foreign travel. After this, as usual, foreign placements or field studies in countries to which the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travel cannot begin or be granted.

On 29 May, the vice-chancellor decided to cancel all exchange studies in the autumn of 2020, for incoming and outgoing exchange students. The International Office is in contact with the nominated students.

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