University's Instructions on Coronavirus Situation

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

The webpage was updated on 23 October 2020 (teaching arrangements for spring semester 2021).

The University of Turku began the reopening process of its operations on 14 May. Reopening the activities after the measures required by the exceptional circumstances is carried out in accordance with the University's exit plan (requires logging in).

The safety measures of the University of Turku are based on three factors:
•    hygiene
•    safe distances
•    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 remotely.

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. Laboratory and small group teaching as well as field courses can be organised as contact teaching if it is not possible to teach at distance. Hygiene and safety measures must be followed in the facilities used for contact teaching.

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

Starting from 1 August 2020, the maximum number of people in offices and smaller facilities is 20, and the maximum number of people in larger facilities, such as lecture halls and lobbies, is 50. Safety measures have to be observed. The maximum number of participants in one space during the first period of autumn semester 2020 is 50 people if the space so allows.

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 10 days after entering the country and before arriving to the University. This does not apply to students arriving from countries to which the 10-day quarantine restriction of the Finnish authorities no longer applies.

With a voluntary coronavirus test, the person entering the country can shorten the 10-day quarantine in accordance with the regulations of the Finnish Government.

The use of Exam rooms is restricted.

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

FAQ on Coronavirus Situation and Studying

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.

Face mask use

The University follows the the face mask recommendation given by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the regional authorities. 

> Application of the Recommendation on Using Face Masks at the University of Turku

University's facilities

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

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

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 20 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 outside campus facilities can be used. In organising outdoors events, the authorities’ restrictions that are currently in force must 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.

Starting from 1 August 2020, it is possible to organise teaching and other events for the University community and guests so that the space-specific maximum number of people, 20 or 50, is not exceeded. The facilities are not rented to external parties for the time being.

Access rights will be reactivated for students starting from 1 August 2020 as the building entrances will still 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 has opened and expanded its services from 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. 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.

Starting from 1 August 2020, dissertation defences can be organised in the University’s facilities observing the facility restrictions and separate instructions on dissertation defences so that a maximum of 50 people can be in the same space.

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

Public events 

Starting from 1 August 2020, public events can be organised in the University’s facilities so that the space-specific maximum number of 20 or 50 people is not exceeded.

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 work or study remotely for 10 days after entering the country and before arriving to the University. With a voluntary coronavirus test, the person entering the country can shorten the 10-day quarantine in accordance with the regulations of the Finnish Government.

Travel and visits between the University and those countries to which the Finnish authorities no longer apply the 10-day quarantine recommendation 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 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 disease, 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?
  • 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.

> Wash your hands and cough correctly