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FAQs due to the coronavirus pandemic

We are continuing to follow the advice and recommendations issued by the authorities and adapt our activities accordingly. 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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The current planning is for the university to have on-campus classes, and some courses will also have elements of remote learning during the spring. Your timetable will show you what applies to you. Of course, we are also prepared to reset and return to remote teaching if necessary, and we follow the restrictions, guidelines and recommendations issued by the authorities and the Government.

Link (Swedish text) to the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations for higher education institutions. External link.

Teaching and examination are not public events and are therefore not covered by these new recommendations.

Events that are open for anyone to attend are classed as public events. Read more about what applies at public events on the Public Health Agency's website External link. (link in Swedish).

Because the restrictions, guidelines and recommendations are announced with different degrees of urgency by the authorities and the Government, we are unable to establish a minimum period of notice for this information. However, on each occasion, you should be told as soon as possible.

The university follows the restrictions, guidelines and recommendations of the authorities and the Government. These currently recommend teaching on site. Link (Swedish text) to the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations for higher education institutions. External link.

The Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden are very clear that higher education institutions must, as far as possible, conduct on-campus teaching while implementing infection control measures. However, we are prepared to return to remote learning if this is recommended.

Physical distancing remains important, even though teaching has now partly returned to campus. We have implemented measures to help physical distancing, such as by limiting the number of students in rooms during period 1 (spring semester 2022), putting up reminder signs, plexiglass at information desks, etc. Also, everyone must take responsibility for maintaining physical distancing in public spaces.

General information for students is available on an ongoing basis via Student - Södertörns högskola External link.. Specific information for your course or programme is 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.

Physical distancing remains important, even though teaching has now partly returned to campus. We have implemented measures to help physical distancing, such as by limiting the number of students in rooms during period 1 (spring semester 2022), putting up reminder signs, plexiglass at information desks, etc. Also, everyone must take responsibility for maintaining physical distancing in public spaces.

Each unit has its own opening hours, so please check their webpage for the correct information. For example, to check when Infocenter is open, go to Infocenter's webpage External link.. For the library, see the information about their opening hours External link, opens in new window.. The university as a whole opened to students on 16 August, with the normal opening hours of 06.00 - 24.00.

For public transport, we encourage students to follow the guidelines from the authorities and use face masks. In its recommendation from 23 December, the Public Health Agency of Sweden says that the recommendation to avoid crowding on public transport must not be seen as a barrier to students travelling to and from their education providers.

It is possible to have on-campus written exams again. The university premises for written exams are equipped with desks, where students sit on their own and with a good distance between the desks. We have extended the time for entering the room, so you can arrive early and avoid crowding. The rooms are large and well ventilated, so it is possible to follow the Public Health Agency’s recommendation on maintaining physical distancing in university exam rooms. As before, there are additional measures in place, such as plexiglass, visors for invigilators, hand disinfectant and distance markings on the floor. We also provide face masks to everyone who wants one.

Some courses may still use remote examination formats instead of written, on-campus exams. Stay updated about what applies to you via SH-StudyWeb or contact your course/subject. Of course, we follow the recommendations of the authorities and are prepared to return to remote examinations if necessary.

If you feel ill or have symptoms, you must stay at home and register for a resit examination.

No, some courses and programmes will have face to face teaching on campus. Please check your timetable to see what applies to you, either in your courseroom on SH-StudyWeb or using the search function for timetables.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s guidelines state that everyone has a responsibility to stay at home if they have symptoms that could be COVID-19.

A student who participates in face to face teaching and who has cold symptoms will be encouraged to leave the classroom. If the student does not do so, the teacher can choose to stop teaching so that other course participants and teachers do not risk becoming infected.

The above also applies if a student does not follow the university’s guidelines for reducing the risk of infection, e.g. maintaining physical distancing in a classroom.

If a student does not leave despite the teacher’s request, the teacher may make a report to the university’s Disciplinary Board.

The university cannot require that students are vaccinated.

However, we encourage all students to get vaccinated. If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can do so at the drop-in centre at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, read more here.

It is up to each student to follow the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act on preventive measures to avoid the spread of disease.

No. You must not come to the university if you have symptoms. Guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden say that you have a responsibility to stay at home if you have symptoms that could be COVID-19, External link. and to take a test. If you travel to the university and have cold symptoms, you will be asked to leave. If you do not do so, the teacher can choose to stop teaching so that other course participants and teachers do not risk being infected. The teacher can also make a report to the university’s Disciplinary Board.

Contact your teacher and ask what applies to your course and your situation.

Contact your teacher. The teacher can, individually or in consultation with the subject or programme coordinator, decide whether it is possible to provide an exception from teaching/examination that requires physical attendance. If equivalent type of examination cannot be organised, you will be offered the opportunity to participate in the next resit (in the same way as for absence due to illness or other absence).

If adaptations are not possible, you can apply for leave of absence for medical reasons.

Each subject decides how it will conduct teaching based on guidelines from the vice-chancellor. These build upon the restrictions, guidelines and recommendations issued by the authorities and the Government. Talk to your teacher to see whether hybrid teaching or some other way could be possible.

We do not loan out laptops, but when the university previously had remote learning, the library remained open to students and staff, but with limited opening hours. This was to allow students who do not have computers at home to use their stationary computers. The university also has several ICT suites for students in the Moa Building. If the university returns to remote learning, students who do not have classes on campus are recommended to study remotely as much as possible. If you are unable to do, you can come to the university and study, as long as the recommendations from the authorities allow this.

The cleaning staff refill hand disinfectant stations in the areas in which they clean. Unfortunately, we have had problems with the containers and bottles of hand disinfectant being stolen. If you discover the hand disinfectant has run out or that a container has disappeared, please report this to Infocenter so the container can be refilled or replaced.

Student influence during the pandemic must not differ from what normally applies, which is that students have the right to be included in and influence decision-making that relates to education and, after each course, to complete a course evaluation. The students’ union is represented in the university’s coronavirus management group, so the student perspective is included in all decisions made due to the pandemic. Visit the students' union's website External link. for more information about student influence, rights and obligations.

We provide information via sh.se and SH-StudyWeb so that everyone will know what applies on their courses/programmes, and so that you will know the university’s approach to the new general guidelines.

We understand that people are experiencing uncertainty. If you are worried about COVID-19, you can read through this document (in Swedish) produced by the Student Health Centre: Dealing with anxiety caused by the pandemic and COVID-19 External link.

You can contact the Student Health Service or the University Chaplaincy if you need to talk to someone. If you have questions about your education, it is always best to start by talking to your teacher, but if you have more general questions please contact info@sh.se or the students’ union at info@soders.nu.

Foreign placements or field studies in countries to which the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travel cannot be granted or begin.

For exchange studies to take place the conditions are:

  • The Ministry for Foreign Affairs does not advise against travel to that country
  • The receiving country has open borders
  • The host university is receiving students

Please contact our international officers if you have questions about your exchange studies.

Incoming exchange students who have been admitted to Södertörn University can conduct their exchange and study on campus at Södertörn University. If the situation changes due to the pandemic, some courses may be offered remotely. For a student to be able to come to Sweden, their home country must have open borders and their home university must give their approval for studying abroad, depending on the pandemic situation.

Please contact our international officers if you have questions about exchange studies.

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12-01-2022