Coronavirus COVID-19: Detailed guidelines on 12.3.2020

University of Oulu has updated guidelines concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19.

In all university activities, the physical distance between people is recommended. Online lectures and distance learning opportunities will be increased. If a student has flu symptoms, he/she must not come to the campus or attend a general lecture, other teaching situation or exam session.

University will not organize big seminars or events until the end of May. If necessary, the organizer of the event makes a cancellation decision based on an event-specific risk assessment, taking into account the acute infectious situation, the nature of the event, the number of participants and the venue. It is recommended to use remote connections for organizing seminars and events. The Conferment of the University of Oulu, scheduled for May, will be postponed until autumn 2020.

For the time being, we do not receive visitors from abroad.  In a public defence of a doctoral thesis that has already been agreed, a visit by the speaker is possible.

If remote work is possible, it is recommended to do so. It is recommended that all internal meetings take the form of online meetings. An employee with flu symptoms is not allowed to come to campuses. The necessary remote working practices for these situations should be agreed with the superior.

Employees should avoid any travel. In case of essential duty travel, the employee, together with the superior, makes a decision to travel based on a risk assessment.

Students abroad in student exchange can return to Finland if they wish. The University of Oulu will reimburse the necessary travel costs to the student.

Employees on the secondment travel can also return to Finland if they wish. When returning from abroad, one should wait 14 days before entering campuses.

Regional State Administrative Agency has announced that it will ban events for more than 500 people. According to current information, the spring admission tests will be carried out in different premises so that the maximum number of persons is not exceeded. The implementation of the admission tests is planned in cooperation between the universities.

The standby team of corona at the University of Oulu holds a meeting every day and updates the instructions as the situation and regulations change.


Modified: Since the publication of this newsletter, the classification of epidemic areas has been abandoned and the university's instruction has been changed to foreign countries.

Last updated: 13.3.2020