Information related to corona
Gradual return to campus activities in the autumn of 2021
Education, research and other activities will gradually return to campus activities during the autumn of 2021. Beginning on November 8, Karlstad University will return to normal activities, provided the situation allows for this.
This means that teaching, examinations, and laboratory experiments should primarily be executed on campus at Karlstad University for all student groups who have not been admitted to a distance course or programme, in accordance with decisions for each course and programme instance. However, any new recommendations and restrictions that are issued by the Public Health Agency and Region Värmland must be considered.
This applies until August 29
The decision also includes the following additions:
- Placements are exempt from the general rule of distance learning.
- Examinations and course components that take place on campus require a risk assessment by the head of security beforehand.
All members of staff should work from home as much as possible and avoid all physical presence in the university's premises in Karlstad and in Arvika, unless it is absolutely necessary. All meetings, activities, conferences, etcetera must be held digitally and, if this is not possible, postponed or canceled. Avoid all business trips that are not absolutely necessary. The immediate manager decides which employees will work on site and whether any business trips are absolutely necessary, taken into account both the recommendations from the health authorities and the needs of the University.
Students are recommended distance learning as much as possible. The university and the library will continue to be open to students, but with stricter recommendations not to stay more than necessary in indoor environments with people you do not normally meet and with a distance to the nearest person.
- RB 178/20 Education and other activities during the ongoing pandemic, addendum
- RB 30/21 Teaching and other activities during the current pandemic, addendum
- RB 165/20 Education and other activities during the ongoing pandemic
- To Canvas
This applies after August 30
As a general rule, distance teaching and examination will continue in parts of the autumn semester of 2021. However, some exceptions can be made to facilitate the gradual return to campus.
- Rb 54/21 Teaching and other activities during the current pandemic
- Rb 54/21 Appendix — application of vice-chancellor’s
Staff shall only work on Karlstad University’s campus in Karlstad and at the Ingesund School of Music in Arvika when it is necessary for the University’s operations. The immediate head decides who should work on site, taking account of the needs of the University, the Public Health Agency’s general guidelines, and the University’s health and safety obligations.
Report if you have been exposed to the coronavirus
If you are exposed to the coronavirus in connection with your studies, a serious incident report must be filed with the Swedish Work Environment Authority, even if you are not infected or develop any symptoms.
Possible exposure scenarios include studying or having studied in close proximity to a fellow student who is confirmed or suspected to have Covid-19. Contact the University’s chief security officer, Jan Gambring, at 070-201 05 69 and describe the situation. The chief security officer will then file a report with the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
During the summer, the entrance doors are only open to university staff and students with cards on weekdays from 07:00 to 17:00. Other hours, you need both your card and your code to be able to pass through the entrances, but also through certain passages indoors.
From 30 August, all main entrances are open during the day until 18.00. This applies to the entrances to houses 11, 12, 21, at café Gläntan and house 1D. The main entrance and north entrance house 1E follow the library's opening hours.
University library opening hours, campus Karlstad
Lectures and examinations on campus
Starting November 16, 2020, all examinations are to be held online except for those that require a campus presence.
In cases where the examination will be held on campus, these are the measures we have taken to ensure safety
- Hand disinfectant will be available
- Plastic partitions have been put up where deemed necessary
- Furniture have been spread out to maintain safe distance
- At least 30 minutes of airing time between examination sessions
- Safety information readily available at all examinations venues
If you show cold symtoms, you are required to stay at home, even if you have an exam. If your examiner has decided that an on-campus exam cannot be substituted for another form of exam, you will be required to retake the exam at a later date.
Karlstad University follows recommendations that, among other things, require that groups must not be too large and that the recommended distance can be kept. We continuously monitor the situation and follow information and recommendations from the Public Health Agency, the Government and Region Värmland. The recommendations apply until further notice.
- Stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms such as a cough or a fever, even if they are mild symptoms
- Wash your hands carefully
- Avoid large social gatherings
Vaccination and testing for covid-19
All Swedish students can get vaccinated in Värmland. This also applies to those from outside Värmland, contact Region Värmland on telephone 010-831 80 70, to book an appointment for vaccination. You can get your second dose of vaccine in Värmland, even if you have already had your first dose in your home region. This also applies to residents from outside Sweden, I e exchange students, free movers and guest lecturers.
More information on testing for covid-19 can be found at 1177.se.
Students who are feeling anxious and need someone to talk to are welcome to contact the Student Health Services.
Cycling, walking or taking a bus
Karlstadsbuss runs line 1 every 10 minutes between the city center and campus and in addition to line 1, there are also lines 2 and 3 and Värmlandstrafik's regional bus lines. If you have to travel by public transport, we recommend that you choose earlier or later departures to avoid congestion and rush hour traffic.
If you can, feel free to choose to cycle or walk instead of taking the bus.