University's Instructions on Coronavirus Situation

This page contains the general instructions and policies of the University of Turku in the coronavirus situation.

Reviewed on 9 July 2021: no changes made.
Updated on 17 June 2021 (green light stage of the coronavirus traffic light model in force on all campuses, changes to safety and travel instructions).

 

The safety measures of the University of Turku are based on three factors:

  • hygiene
  • safe distances and protective equipment
  • restricting number of participants and tracing

Remote work

At the University of Turku, the personnel works remotely for the time being in those work tasks where it is possible. The policy is in force for the time being.

Working at the University’s facilities can only be required in those work tasks where physical presence at the facility is necessary. At the person’s own request, employees can work at the University with the supervisor’s permission as long as they observe safety measures and the maximum number of people is not exceeded.

Unnecessary visits to other facilities must be avoided.

Meetings are held mainly remotely.Organising meetings in person with the immediate work community is possible when observing the maximum number of participants in accordance with the traffic light stage that is currently in force. In the meetings organised in person with the immediate work community, the personnel must also have the option to participate remotely.


Green light stage of the traffic light model for the coronavirus situation:

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 continue mainly remotely until the end of the spring semester 2021.

> Read more about the teaching arrangements and hybrid model for spring 2021

University aims at returning to contact teaching in stages in the autumn 2021.

> Read more about the teaching arrangements in the autumn 2021


Green light stage of the traffic light model for the coronavirus situation:

The use of Exam rooms and group work spaces is restricted.

The University of Turku organises student exchanges in accordance with the authorities’ restrictions, restrictions on the entry to the country, and the policies of partner universities. Students arriving from abroad have to observe the restrictions and instructions on entry to the country which are in force at the time. The University of Turku does not organise international student exchanges lasting for under two months for the time being. More information on the restrictions is available on the website of the Finnish Government.

If you are travelling to Finland, use the FINENTRY service. See also instructions for passengers arriving in Turku.

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

Research

It is possible to conduct research in the University’s facilities with the supervisor’s permission.

Working at the University’s facilities can only be required in those work tasks where physical presence at the facility is necessary. At the person’s own request, employees can work at the University with the supervisor’s permission as long as they observe safety measures and the maximum number of people is not exceeded.


Green light stage of the traffic light model for the coronavirus situation:

Using Face masks

If close contacts cannot be avoided, face masks are used if the regional authority recommends it.

Close contacts are not forbidden if the teaching, event, or work arrangements so require, but in these cases people should consider, for instance, using face masks. If the regional authority recommends using masks due to changes in the epidemic situation, masks are used at the University without a separate update to this instruction. Closer safety measure instructions for the University community are available in the intranet (requires logging in).

For those work tasks that require using the University's facilities, the employer provides suitable face masks.

University's facilities


Green light stage of the traffic light model for the coronavirus situation:

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 50 people in the common working facilities at the same time. Safety measures have to be observed.

The student organisations’ own facilities can be used. The organisations are responsible for observing the safety measures at their facilities according to the University's facility instructions.

It is possible to organise teaching and other events for the University community and guests so that the space-specific maximum number of people is not exceeded. The facilities are not rented to external parties for the time being.

The building entrances remain locked.

The opening hours and services of Turku University Library are available on the Library's website.

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.

Dissertation defences can be organised in the University’s facilities observing the facility restrictions and separate instructions on dissertation defences.

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.

Travel

Coming to Finland or going abroad to study or work is permitted in accordance with the authorities’ restrictions and University’s travel instructions. However, travel and visits should still be mainly avoided. When planning a trip, it has to be taken into consideration that the authorities’ restrictions might change and that the travel connections could be inadequate.

An employee or student arriving from abroad has to observe the authorities’ restrictions and instructions on travel and be prepared to, for example, work or study remotely after entering the country and before arriving to the University. If you are travelling to Finland, use the FINENTRY service. See also instructions for passengers arriving in Turku.

Travel and visits between the University and those countries to which the Finnish authorities do not apply restrictions is permitted and there is no need to observe quarantine-like arrangements. (Finnish Government: Restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic)

Business trips related to pre-planned collaboration or programmes are permitted while observing the travel restrictions, residence permit matters, and other factors well in advance.

Information for visitors coming from abroad

The current coronavirus situation in Finland is continuously monitored and updated on website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). If you are travelling to Finland, use the FINENTRY service. See also instructions for passengers arriving in Turku.

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

Do not come to campus if sick

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

Download the Koronavilkku App

The University recommends that the entire university community starts to use the Koronavilkku mobile application. Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus. Koronavilkku is available for free from app stores. 

> More information on the app on the website koronavilkku.fi

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?
  • 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.

> Wash your hands and cough correctly