Coronavirus update, LAB and LUT staff and students, 27 May 2021
Studies in the autumn semester 2021
The Finnish coronavirus vaccinations are moving forward quickly. However, we do not know when we will reach the critical limit for herd immunity and when restrictions can be lifted. The current estimate is during the coming autumn.
Based on an assessment by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Finnish Government will decide when Finland has achieved herd immunity. Individual infections will be possible even after we reach herd immunity. However, due to extensive vaccine coverage, individual infections will not be likely to create clusters of cases or overburden the health care system.
LUT and LAB are planning their autumn based on the assumption that their operating areas will be at the so-called baseline level of the epidemic. The target is to resume normal activity on campus when it is safe.
The policies below may change if the epidemic becomes worse.
In the first months of the autumn semester (1 August – 31 October), campus facilities will be used at 50% of their capacity. Our aim is to lift all occupancy restrictions by 1 November.
Courses that would normally involve contact teaching will be held in hybrid mode until 31 October. This means that individual courses will take place fully or partly online, making sure that all degree programmes include some contact teaching during the autumn.
The orientation of new students will take place in hybrid mode: no more than 50 people may be in the same space at the same time. People must be able to keep a safe distance of over 2 metres from each other.
The vice rector or vice president will head more detailed planning for courses between 1 August and 31 October based on the following outlines:
- Teaching for first and second year students and practical studies that require special equipment will be prioritised on campus.
- 50% occupancy rates will apply to all contact teaching (both lectures and practical work: labs, simulations, workshops, etc.)
- Teachers will either record or stream their contact lectures until the end of 2021.
LAB's faculty directors and LUT's heads of degree programmes will coordinate more detailed plans in collaboration with programme directors. They will also make sure that all degree programmes include contact teaching on campus during the autumn. However, this will not apply to online degrees.
Hybrid teaching in the degree programmes means that students and teachers may have days with both online and contact teaching. Therefore, remote teaching spaces will be arranged for teachers on campus whenever possible. Campus facilities may also be used for online studies.
In paper-and-pen exams, rooms will be filled to 50% of their capacity between 1 August and 31 October. During that period, we strongly recommend using the Exam online exam space at a 50% occupancy rate and arranging exams in Moodle.
We will follow guidelines by authorities and update safety and hygiene guidelines on campus as needed.