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Information regarding the corona virus and covid-19

Update July 7 - Clarification regarding incoming exchange students

The text from June 11 has been updated:

International programmes students – campus based education with digital components

International programmes and courses for international students are planned to be given on campus during the autumn, featuring some digital components. For those international students who are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in their home countries, remote studies will be provided.

Exchange students (including Double Degree) – digital education

The decision not to offer on-campus education still stands, at least until October 31, and we do recommend that students follow the travel restrictions and stay in their home countries, at least until then. Students that decide to travel to Sweden, at their own risk, have to inform International Office before July 31, or as soon as possible, by sending an e-mail to exchange@handels.gu.se .
In order to apply for student residence, please contact the Student Housing Office, studenthousing@gu.se , directly (the International Office will not be able to administrate accommodation). More information: https://utbildning.gu.se/education/studenthousing/exchangestudents
 


Update June 11 - Autumn semester at the School – this applies until 31 October

The Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have announced that the recommendation for remote education will be withdrawn from (and including) 15 June. The University of Gothenburg (GU) had previously announced that remote education would continue to apply during the beginning of the autumn semester, until (and including) 31 October; last Friday, GU announced that, for the most part, the original decision shall continue to apply. With this e-mail we want to inform about what it means for us at the School of Business, Economics and Law. We all - both as individuals and as an organisation - share a common responsibility for helping to reduce the sp read of the corona virus.

Conditions

  • The announcement does not mean that things are returning to normal – all that has changed is that the recommendation for education to be conducted remotely is being withdrawn until further notice.
  • Other recommendations intended to reduce the spreading of the virus continue to apply, such as temporarily working from home, continued travel restrictions, the maintaining of social distancing, and the avoidance of overcrowding in our premises.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people may not occur in our premises.

This applies this autumn:

Max. 50 people in the same room, and 2 meters apart

In conjunction with the start of the autumn semester, many people will be attending the School’s premises. In order to make it possible to live up to the recommendations of the Public Health Agency and to avoid congestion in corridors, entrances and toilets, there can be no more than 170 people at the same time in public areas (not the departments' premises) including teaching rooms on Vasagatan 1, and 30 people on Viktoriagatan 13. In a specific room, a maximum of 50 persons and a distance of 2 meters between the persons will continue to apply. Campus Service, together with the School, will look over which premises should be available, and how many people are allowed to stay in these.

Continuation of digital education

Although the government’s recent announcement permits greater opportunities for certain elements of education to be conducted on campus, these opportunities are restricted by the prevailing recommendations, in practical terms. It is not possible to conduct campus-based education on any significant scale while also ensuring a safe educational environment and fulfilling our responsibilities to help minimise the spreading of the virus. As a general rule, therefore, education at the School will continue to be conducted digitally until 31 October. When it comes to activities that could be conducted on campus, the School will apply the order of priority that has been established by GU:

o introductory course components for students starting their education
o students who are completing their final year of study
o international students who reside in Sweden
o examinations that are not possible to carry out remotely
o teaching components with aesthetic
o practical and laboratory elements
o field studies and VFU placements

The Head of Department decides on exceptions, after consultation with the Dean.
Those with responsibility for programmes and courses are currently working on the arrangements for the autumn semester’s education and examinations. Updated, detailed information will be published via Canvas as and when it becomes available.

Adapted welcome activities

Welcoming our new students and helping them to get settled this autumn will be more important than ever, now that student life will be taking a different form than they’d perhaps expected (at least, to begin with). The School’s programmes and courses are planning for the welcoming process to be mainly digital, although there may be certain elements where the new students will be welcomed on campus, in small groups. The Student Union’s welcoming activities will be adapted in accordance with prevailing recommendations.

International programmes students – campus based education with digital components

International programmes and courses for international students are planned to be given on campus during the autumn, featuring some digital components. For those international students who are unable to travel to Sweden due to travel restrictions in their home countries, remote studies will be provided.

Exchange students (including Double Degree) – digital education (new text July 7)

The decision not to offer on-campus education still stands, at least until October 31, and we do recommend that students follow the travel restrictions and stay in their home countries, at least until then. Students that decide to travel to Sweden, at their own risk, have to inform International Office before July 31, or as soon as possible, by sending an e-mail to exchange@handels.gu.se .
In order to apply for student residence, please contact the Student Housing Office, studenthousing@gu.se , directly (the International Office will not be able to administrate accommodation). More information: https://utbildning.gu.se/education/studenthousing/exchangestudents

No trips or studying overseas

At the time of writing, Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs is advising people to avoid all non-essential travel to other countries. As has been announced previously, it will not be possible to conduct any international student exchange or international practical work placements during the autumn semester.

Continued work from home

All faculty and staff at the School for whom it is possible to work from home shall continue to do so. The immediate manager is responsible for making assessments and decisions regarding which employees may work from home and those who need to be present on-site.

No meetings or conferences

The continued restrictions concerning the maintaining of social distancing and the prohibition of gatherings of more than 50 people mean that we shall continue to not hold any conferences at Handelshögskolan.

New decisions and recommendations from the authorities may lead to changes.

We would like to thank you for all your efforts and consideration so far, as we continue to work together to minimise the spreading of coronavirus. We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer!
 


 

Update March 20 - use your GU card in the entrance doors

The entrance doors to the School will be locked from Saturday 20 March until further notice. You can enter through the doors with a valid GU card every day from 06:00 - 23:00. Information about the GU card can be found here.

As previously announced, the computer rooms on floor D4 are open to students who need access to computer capacity. Other classrooms and lecture halls are closed for self-study, both on Vasagatan 1 and Viktoriagatan 13.

The Economics Library is closed

From March 21, until further notice, the Economics Library will be closed. The Social Sciences Library and two more libraries are open with limited opening hours. Read more about the changes here.

 


 

Update March 17 - transition to distance learning

All teaching at the University of Gothenburg is transitioned to distance learning. The School of Business, Economics and Law has already started this work. Some of our courses started with distance learning yesterday and it will be implemented on all courses by March 26, ie on Thursday next week. Teaching at the School of Business, Economics and Law will be conducted remotely during the rest of the spring semester. See Canvas for information on what applies to your course!

Parts of the premises of the School remain open

In order to be able to offer students who need access to computer capacity and good connection, the data rooms on floor D4 will be open. Ordinary classrooms will be closed, both on Vasagatan 1 and Viktoriagatan 13. Public spaces will continue to be kept open, but students are advised to study from home and do groups work etc digitally.
The School's departments will not be open for visits. Contact faculty and staff by phone or email. Contact information can be found at the web site.

The Economics Library

Keep up to date on library opening hours. They may change as a result of the virus outbreak.

Restaurant Handelsrätten

Right now, we do not know whether the restaurant will continue to remain open, or whether it will close.

Alternative forms of examination

The examination hall at Viktoriagatan will be closed as of tomorrow, March 18. All examinations will be transitioned to alternative forms of examinations. This work has already begun at the School of Business, Economics and Law. See Canvas for information on what applies to your course!

Incoming exchange students

The transition to distance learning and alternative forms of examination also applies to incoming exchange students who study courses at the School of Business, Economics and Law this semester. See Canvas for information on what applies to your course!

Distance work for employees

Faculty and staff at the University of Gothenburg who can work from home will do so. Operations will continue and people will be available.

Welcome back to the School campus after the summer! Follow us on social media in the meantime!


Update March 13 - Information about examination and teaching in relation to the Corona outbreak

The School of Business, Economics and Law focuses to limit the spread of the corona virus and to follow recommendations from the authorities. This means that we have to adapt our activities to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the spread of covid19. This adaptation affects both the conditions of teaching and the conditions of examination. As part of this adaptation, we prepare to switch to distance learning and where appropriate to new forms of examinations.

Adaptation to distance learning

As an adaptation to the current situation, the School of Business, Economics and Law works intensively to transform current courses into distance learning for the last two study periods of the semester. Although the spread of infection in society is increasing, our goal is to continue education as usual, but in a different form. Thus, all students need to actively participate in online teaching.

Written examinations

Regarding written examination, the following applies:

  • Do not attend written examination if you feel ill.
  • Students who belong to a risk group should not attend written examinations at Viktoriagatan. Contact your department (see information on the School’s web, update March 10) for possible solutions. Students at the Bachelor's Programme in Business and Economics should contact ep@handels.gu.se while students at Master’s programs should contact study.info@gs.gu.se.
  • Our intention is to offer more examination dates later on.
  • We also look into the possibilities, when appropriate, to customize the examination forms.

 

Regarding eligibility for later semesters/master’s program

From what we understand, many students are worried that, due to the corona outbreak and the University's recommendations, they will not be able to meet the eligibility requirements for later semesters or Master’s programs at the School.

The ambition of the The School of Business, Economics and Law is that no student should be affected adversely, who has taken all reasonable steps to complete their courses but who, due to the Schools adaptation to prevent the spread of infection, has not been able to meet the eligibility requirements for admission to later semesters or Master's programs. We are currently investigating how this can be handled.

 

International exchange

We are currently investigating how outgoing and incoming exchange students are affected by the current situation, and what measures the School can take. We will return to the matter later on.

Student grants and loans

For information on how your student grants and loans should be handled due to the current situation, we refer to csn.se (link in Swedish).

Be up to date on what's happening at the School and your course!
It is important that you actively follow what happens at your course, at the School of Business, Economics and Law and at the University of Gothenburg at large. The situation can quickly change.


 

Update March 11 - Additional risk areas and new recommendations

Yesterday afternoon, the Foreign Ministry changed its travel advice for Italy to encompass the whole country. The University of Gothenburg's recommendations were amended to refer to the following risk areas, which also apply to the School of Business, Economics and Law:

China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
Iran
South Korea
Italy (all country)
Tyrol in Austria

The following applies at the School of Business, Economics and Law:

  • Stay home for 14 days if you have been in the areas listed above, including stopovers. You should not visit the School, conduct exams, meet other students for group work, meet colleagues, participate in meetings etc. We are keen to solve the problems that this can lead to related to your studies. See information below (in update March 10).
  • Refrain from trips to listed areas.
  • Protect yourself and others from the spread of infection in the manner prescribed by the Public Health Agency: wash your hands frequently, cough / sneeze in the arm crease, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, use hand disinfection and stay home if you are ill.

 

The School of Business, Economics and Law complies with the authorities' recommendations. At present, there are no recommendations on closing universities.

Information from the University of Gothenburg - stay updated!

Tonight, the University of Gothenburg came with new recommendations regarding, among other things, business trips and students' trips linked to studies, as well as conferences, meetings and visits to the university. Information will be provided on what the government's decision to ban public gatherings with more than 500 people will mean to the university.

Keep updated on what applies within the University of Gothenburg through this page.
Questions and answers for both students and staff (only available in Swedish)


 

Update March 10 - Information on the School of Business, Economics and Law’s measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus

The School of Business, Economics and Law has many international contacts and both students and staff travel a lot around the world. Both the School as an organisation and everyone who studies or works here, have a responsibility towards society to take measures to inhibit the spread of the Corona virus. According to the Communicable Diseases Act, each person, through attention and reasonable precautionary measures, must contribute to preventing the spread.

Therefore, the following shall apply at the School of Business, Economics and Law:

  • Stay home for 14 days if you have been in the areas listed below, including stopovers. You should not visit the School, conduct exams, meet other students for group work, etc. We are keen to solve the problems that this can lead to related to your studies. See information below in this email.
  • Refrain from trips to listed areas.
  • Protect yourself and others from the spread of infection in the manner prescribed by the Public Health Agency: wash your hands frequently, cough / sneeze in the arm crease, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, use hand disinfection and stay home if you are ill.

 

The following regions / countries are affected by the recommendations

The list is based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice, but the University of Gothenburg, in consultation with the other Swedish universities, has chosen to include Hong Kong and Macau in its recommendations. Please note that the recommendations apply even if it is just a stopover. The list can be changed. Keep up to date via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site (in Swedish).

Northern Italy (the regions of Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Trentino-Alto Adige, the Aosta Valley, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche and Tuscany)
China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
South Korea
Iran

If the recommendations affect your studies:

Contact the head of education at the relevant department for information on additional exam opportunities and how other parts can be handled:

Business administration, economic geography: Kristina Jonäll, kristina.jonall@handels.gu.se , 031-786 1479
Economics: Martin Holmén, martin.holmen@cff.gu.se , 031-786 6442
Law: Jens Andreasson, jens.andreasson@law.gu.se , 031-786 5993
Economic history, human geography, innovation & entrepreneurship: Oskar Broberg, oskar.broberg@econhist.gu.se , 031-786 4240

Other measures at the School

The School of Business, Economics and Law complies with the authorities' recommendations. At present, there are no recommendations on closing universities, but in order to have preparedness for such a decision, we are now looking at the opportunities that exist to switch to distance education.

Faculty and staff always consult with their managera about planned /upcoming business trips.

A number of conferences, workshops, meetings, etc. are scheduled to take place at the School in the spring. Responsible persona consult with their heads of department/ equivalent if these should be conducted as planned or if they should be set / pushed forward in time. In cases where we plan to conduct an event with international participants, we must clearly inform that we cannot accept participants traveling from listed areas (including stopovers).


 

Update March 4

The coronavirus (the covid-19 disease) has continued to spread in Italy. A further seven regions are now affected by the School's recommendations on travel and quarantine:

Aosta valley
Piedmont
Liguria
Emilia Romagna
Trentino-Alto Adige
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Tuscany


 

To all students and members of staff - February 28

Due to the continued spread of the Corona virus COVID19, all staff at the School of Business, Economics and Law are advised to refrain from travel to China, South Korea and Iran, as well as to the Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy.

Employees and students who enter from these areas are strongly advised to work from home and not visit the School for a period of fourteen days after returning home. These restrictions are likely to need to be revised at short intervals.

In addition, we will create an awareness of the proactive measures that everyone can take to reduce the spread of infection. This includes washing your hands at frequent intervals and refraining from putting fingers in your mouth, nose or rubbing your eyes. In order to contribute to the increased awareness of the importance of hand hygiene, Campus Service will place hand disinfection gel in all restrooms on the School's premises.

There has been a tendency among all of us to continue with our norms and routines. We must relinquish this tendency when circumstances require us to. This is about establishing a sensible culture, constantly seeking to be aware of the risks and acting consistently based on this awareness. It is assumed that most of us do not belong to any of the risk groups and thus are not exposed to any major personal danger. However, this reasoning is not sustainable as mortality among the elderly and individuals with impaired immune systems appears to be relatively high and that we all inevitably are exposed to those within these risk groups.

Finally, the School would like to emphasize the importance of counteracting the destructive social reactions that have arisen in connection with the spread of infection. This applies to any form of discrimination against imagined carriers. An example of this is the discriminatory treatment of employees and students of Asian origin.
 

The corona virus - information from the University

FAQ for students

FAQ for staff

If the virus outbreak affects your studies

Contact the head of education at the relevant department for information on additional exam opportunities and how other parts can be handled:

Master's programmes:
study.info@gs.gu.se

Business administration, economic geography:
Kristina Jonäll, kristina.jonall@handels.gu.se , +46 31-786 1479

Economics:
Martin Holmén, martin.holmen@cff.gu.se , +46 31-786 6442

Law:
Jens Andreasson, jens.andreasson@law.gu.se , +46 31-786 5993

Economic history, human geography, innovation & entrepreneurship:
Oskar Broberg, oskar.broberg@econhist.gu.se , +46 31-786 4240

Page Manager: Maria Norrström|Last update: 7/7/2020
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