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Coronavirus situation at the University of Eastern Finland

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University of Eastern Finland tightens its recommendation on the use of face masks from 8 October; in-person teaching in the spring semester 2021 will be organised as possible

The University of Eastern Finland responds to the escalation of the COVID-19 situation in its campus cities by recommending the use of face masks in all facilities with several people present, including on lectures. The new recommendation will enter into force on Thursday, 8 October 2020.  The university’s earlier recommendation only pertained to situations where maintaining a safe distance to others is not possible.

The University of Eastern Finland provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of all campus buildings. The face masks the university provides are surgical masks (type II).

Teaching arrangements in the spring semester 2021

In the spring semester 2021, teaching will be planned so that physical distancing (1.5–2 m) is possible, and a maximum of 50 people can be in the room at the same time. In-person teaching will primarily be offered to students who started their studies in autumn 2020. In-person teaching will also be offered on courses where online teaching is not possible. Otherwise, in-person teaching is sought to be offered as possible, while taking safety aspects into consideration. This applies to courses offered both in Finnish and in a foreign language.

In the spring semester 2021, registration for courses is mandatory, and teachers must keep lists of students attending in-person teaching.

In the spring semester, general exams continue not to be held, but it is for teachers to hold and supervise exams for small groups, while taking safety distances into consideration. The maximum number of people permitted in a room is 50 persons.

Timetable for planning teaching and communication

  • 30 October: Dean’s decision and communication on which courses will be offered as in-person teaching and which ones online.
  • 30 November: Updated information on course timetables and facilities for January-February will be available to students in WebOodi.
  • 17 December:  Updated information on course timetables and facilities for March–May will be available to students in WebOodi.

Entrance examinations

The University of Eastern Finland will publish the admissions criteria of next spring’s joint admissions in Opintopolku by the end of October.

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Updated recommendation on the use of face masks:

The University of Eastern Finland's face mask recommendation to staff and students (effective as from 8 October 2020)

The University of Eastern Finland recommends that face masks be used in all facilities with several people present, including on lectures. The university’s earlier recommendation only pertained to situations where maintaining a safe distance to others is not possible.

The University of Eastern Finland provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of the campus buildings.

For staff members, face masks are also provided for work-related travel by public transportation or ride shares. The university does not provide masks for commuting to and from work.

In traineeships/internships the security guidelines of the training place (e.g. a hospital) must be adhered to.

The face masks provided by the university are to be used on campus, i.e. they are not for personal use.

If need be, the university’s face mask recommendation will be updated in accordance with national recommendations.

The face masks the university provides are surgical masks (type II).

HOW TO USE A FACE MASK

  • Put the mask on with clean hands.
  • Do not touch the mask while it is on.
  • Take the mask off by the straps with clean hands and discard the used mask. Wash your hands.

Further instructions:

How to put on a face mask, in Finnish with pictures (Filha ry / pdf)

How to Wear a Surgical Mask (RafflesHospital / Youtube video)

More information on the mask recommendation:

COVID-19(at)uef.fi