University's Instructions on Coronavirus Situation

The University of Turku follows authorities' instructions and begins the reopening process of its operations starting from 14 May. 

Page updated on 1 June 2020 (new information on teaching arrangements in the autumn semester) and on 3 June to clarify sentence on contact teaching.

Exiting the measures required by the exceptional circumstances will take place in accordance with the University's exit plan (requires logging on).

Remote work

At the University of Turku, the personnel works remotely for the time being in those work tasks where it is possible. The remote work policy will be reassessed according to the policy recommendations given by the Government after the summer.

All work requiring physical presence at the University is done so that safety instructions are followed and contact to other people is minimised. Meetings are held with remote connections.

Instructions on remote work tools and remote work practices are available in the intranet (requires logging in).

Studying and teaching

Remote teaching and studying will mainly continue remotely until the end of the first period of the autumn semester, 25 October 2020. Laboratory and small group teaching as well as field courses can be organised as contact teaching from 1 June onwards if it is not possible to teach at distance. Hygiene and safety measures must be followed in the facilities used for contact teaching.

The orientations of new degree and exchange students are organised on University’s campuses. Students arriving from abroad have to observe quarantine-like arrangements for 14 days after entering the country.

Exam rooms are closed from 20 March 2020 to 13 May 2020. Starting from 14 May 2020, the exam rooms can be opened with restrictions.

Instructions on organising teaching and studying are available in the intranet (requires logging in). 

Research

Starting from 14 May 2020, it is possible to conduct research in the University’s facilities with the supervisor’s permission also in other fields than those defined as critical activities. Research is conducted remotely whenever possible.

Reopening research activities will be discussed more closely with the faculties and independent units.

University's Facilities

The University’s facilities are closed 20 March 2020–13 May 2020.

The controlled and phased reopening of facilities starts on 14 May.

New, facility-specific instructions will be drafted for the maintenance and use of the facilities before employees return to the workplace.

Independent visits and necessary work tasks are permitted in the University’s facilities with the supervisor’s permission if it does not involve the presence of over 10 people in the common working facilities at the same time.

Employees working at the University's facilities will follow precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
The buildings will remain locked.

Turku University Library offers services online. In addition, borrowing necessary materials for studying, teaching, and research is ensured with special arrangements for the University students and staff. Safety precautions are taken in the borrowing of the materials. The Library will open and expand its services from the 1 June.

The possible opening hours of student restaurants on campus are available on the restaurants’ web pages.

Instructions for Working in University's Facilities during Coronavirus Pandemic (requires logging in).

Well-being of the University community

The University and the Student Union are collecting data on the effects of the coronavirus situation on the well-being of staff and students. The members of the University community are offered support for mental coping.

Instructions on taking care of well-being during the exceptional circumstances are available in the intranet (requires logging in).

Doctoral dissertation defences

Doctoral dissertation defences are organised with remote access until 31 May 2020. On 1 June-31 July, it is possible to organise dissertation defences in the University’s facilities so that there is a maximum of 20 people in the same room. In organising events, the University's travel instructions have to be taken into consideration.

Instruction on organising dissertation defences will be updated in the intranet (requires logging in).

Public events 

No public events are organised at the University of Turku at the moment.

Travelling to or returning from abroad

The employees and students of the University of Turku must not travel abroad for the time being.

An employee or student who returns from abroad must work or study from home for 14 days after returning home. In these cases, please contact your supervisor or the responsible teacher of the course well before arrival in order to organize practical arrangements.

The University’s new employees and students arriving from abroad can start working and studying by taking into account that quarantine-like arrangements have to be followed for 14 days after entering the country.

Travelling in Finland

All travel should be avoided and remote access should be used primarily. 

Information for visitors coming from abroad

The University of Turku does not receive guests from abroad and instructs to either reschedule the visit or to use remote access for meetings. 

The current coronavirus situation in Finland is continuously monitored and updated on website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). If you develop influenza-like symptoms and respiratory problems during your stay in Finland, please follow THL’s guidelines for passengers arriving in Finland. You can also contact the national phone service: +358 295 535 535

Entrance exams

The entrance exams will be organised according to the plans published on 30 April.

Do not come to campus if sick

If you have symptoms of a cold, influenza, or other infectious disease, do not come to campus.

More information

Closer instructions for the University community are available in the intranet (requires logging in).

Please send any further inquiries and questions primarily by email to koronainfo@utu.fi. However, do not send messages to this service email address which contain personal medical information. Please send reports on coronavirus cases or suspected cases directly to Occupational Safety and Health Manager Satu Alanko, satu.alanko@utu.fi, +358 46 920 3272.

  • Personnel’s contact person: Occupational Safety and Health Manager Satu Alanko, satu.alanko@utu.fi, +358 46 920 3272
  • Students’ contact person: International Officer Tarja Virta, tarja.virta@utu.fi, +358 50 328 1670
  • Contact person for media: Rector Jukka Kola, jukka.kola@utu.fi, +358 29 450 5050; Vice Rector Mika Hannula, mika.hannula@utu.fi, +358 40 033 1838
Coronavirus disease: When should I seek treatment?
  • Stay home if you have mild symptoms and seek medical help only if your symptoms are severe. If you have mild respiratory tract infection symptoms and you do not belong to a risk group, stay at home to rest and recuperate until the symptoms go away. Mild symptoms include rhinitis, cough, throat pain, muscle pain, or fever.
  • Contact your healthcare provider only if you experience severe symptoms such as shortness of breath or if your overall condition gets worse.
  • Those who are in the risk group and thus more susceptible to the virus should have a lower threshold for contacting their healthcare provider.
  • Closer instructions available on the THL’s website
  • The University requests that a confirmed coronavirus infection is also reported to the University's Occupational Health and Safety Manager Satu Alanko, satu.alanko@utu.fi, +358 46 920 3272.
Wash your hands, cough in a correct manner
  • Improve your hand hygiene: Wash your hands with water and soap. If those are not available, use hand sanitiser that contains alcohol.  Use single use towels to dry your hands. Do not use common cloth towels.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze onto the upper part of the sleeve of your sweater, not into your hands. Immediately put the used tissue in the rubbish bin.

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