After new government recommendations – LiU activates distance mode

At a press conference this morning, Tuesday 17 March, Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfvén presented recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, one of which is that universities and university colleges start to use distance education with effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March.

Linköping University took the decision yesterday afternoon, Monday 16 March, that co-workers and students are to work and study remotely, which is in line with the recommendations presented by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the government at the press conference today, Tuesday, at 9.45 am.

The stricter recommendations from the government are that all teaching and all exams are to take place digitally – which means that no physical classes or exams are to be held. Everyone who is affected will receive information as soon as possible, and intense work is under way to get the information out. There will be no physical teaching or physical exams at Linköping University during the current week. Some exams have already been converted to distance exams, and these will be carried out.

In order to create a breathing space and the possibility to transition to digitally based remote procedures, the university will during Tuesday take the decision to cancel all physical exams starting tomorrow, Wednesday, for the rest of the week.

Those taking education in the workplace (VFU), on placement, or conducting degree projects are to follow the practices of the host institution or workplace, as stated yesterday, Monday.

The university premises, including the library, will continue to be available, but only meetings that are necessary to maintain operations are to be carried out as physical meetings. Other meetings, conferences, seminars, etc., are to be postponed or carried out remotely. All service-related travel for LiU co-workers is cancelled until further notice.

The government also stated that as long as teaching is also conducted remotely, student financing will be paid by CSN. A decision will be made at a later stage about making it possible for students at universities and university colleges to, in the event of an extraordinary situation such as the spread of the coronavirus, retain the student financing that has already been granted.

Support and guidance for students and co-workers are continuously updated at insidan.liu.se/corona.

NB! This news report from 17 March will not be updated. However, the situation can change at short notice. Up-to-date information about measures taken by LiU is published at the following link: insidan.liu.se/corona

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