From 23 December 2021, new general advice and recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency aimed at reducing the spread of covid-19 will apply:

  • In the case of universities and colleges, teaching should, as far as possible, be conducted on campus with appropriate infection control measures. Part-time online teaching can be used as a tool to aid in reducing the number of people on the teaching premises, for example in the case of larger lectures, but should not be considered a full-time measure. Students who have difficulty studying at home or for other reasons have special needs should be given priority for teaching on campus in the teaching premises. Study programmes and courses that have specific needs for teaching, such as practical elements, should also take place on campus in the teaching premises. The same applies to examinations which should be done on campus, with appropriate infection control measures, for example when entering and leaving the premises.
  • The recommendation to avoid congestion in public transport should not be seen as an obstacle for pupils and students to get to and from the education.
  • Everyone should work from home as far as the nature of the work allows.
  • At public gatherings and public events, only seated guests are allowed if there are more than 20 people and without vaccination certificates there are also requirements for distance between groups of people: a maximum size of 8 people within each party and a maximum number of 500 guests or participants.

At Stockholm University, the new decisions and recommendations are implemented based on the following assessments.

Education

  • Teaching and examination can largely continue to be given on campus, but with components online where it is justified in order to reduce congestion on the premises. As before, the departments or equivalent must decide which teaching elements and examinations are to be carried out on campus with appropriate infection control measures and which are to be carried out online. The pedagogical value of face-to-face education must be a guide for what is given on campus and online. It is important to maintain a certain level of campus-based teaching for all education that is normally located on campus, and at least parts of the teaching should be on campus, so that student groups do not completely lack campus teaching.
  • Planned hall examinations should, as far as possible, be carried out physically for reasons of legal certainty. Measures have been taken by the examination service so that exams can be carried out in a manner that allows participants to maintain distance.
  • Dissertations and licentiate seminars must be conducted so that it is possible to participate online.
  • Guidance for planning teaching and examination is that congestion should be avoided and larger gatherings of teaching groups in other contexts than in hall exams should be avoided.
  • Students must be clearly informed about the forms in which teaching and examination will take place.

Other activities

  • At events or gatherings with more than 20 people but a maximum of 500, the participants must be seated, a maximum of eight people in each party and with a distance between the parties. The possibility of checking vaccination certificates as an infection control measure is currently not applied at Stockholm University.
  • Employees must work from home as long as operations can be conducted normally, and meetings must primarily be conducted online. Since teaching is mainly to take place on campus, teachers need to work partly on site. The manager in charge has the responsibility to decide what work needs to be done on site. If working at home is not possible, measures must be taken so that employees can keep their distance and it should be made easier for employees to avoid public transport during rush hour.