The risk of an outbreak is high at the start of the semester. Therefore, infection control at UiA becomes especially important when students and staff return to campus after the Christmas holidays. We have to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection.
See below for more information on infection control measures, teaching and exams in the spring semester.
The general infection prevention measures from the autumn semester will continue at UiA, with some adjustments in the spring semester. See Information and guidelines about the coronavirus (will be updated).
“We must constantly take into account that the situation can change quickly, and we must be prepared to adapt our measures at short notice”, Rector Sunniva Whittaker and University Director Seunn Smith-Tønnessen say.
During the autumn semester, students and staff managed to limit the number of coronavirus cases through joint efforts. The reward was that we were able to avoid large shutdowns. Now we must continue to be vigilant.
Many students and staff will travel or receive visitors from other parts of the country during the Christmas holidays. Those who stay at home may meet people they have not met in a long time. Mobility increases the risk of transmission.
To stay ahead of any future outbreak, some new measures will be introduced to reduce the risk:
The mobile test centre is not ready yet and is only planned for Campus Kristiansand. The test centre will be run by Kristiansand municipality in collaboration with UiA and will only test employees and students, not people who are not connected to the campus. In Grimstad the municipality is planning for another solution for Campus Grimstad - but there will be test-opportunities for students and employees at both campuses.
See the advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health on safe ways to celebrate Christmas: (In Norwegian only)
QR codes for contact tracing will be pasted on each seat inside the classrooms, following the same pattern as the green stickers marking approved workplaces. You use your phone’s camera to register. The procedure will be entered here and on this website when ready. For now, some technical work remains to make QR registration as easy as possible:
When each workplace has its own QR code:
Because of the QR codes, chairs and/or desks in the classrooms cannot be moved.
In November, several measures were implemented to reduce the risk of transmission. The background was that there was a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Employees can work from home: Continued focus on continuity and use of home office where appropriate. Each faculty/department must assess the scope and needs.
Online meetings: The main rule is that meetings must be held digitally.
A maximum number of participants: Meetings with more than 10 people or with participants from different units must be conducted digitally. Exceptions must be approved by the faculty/department director
Professional and social events with more than 20 participants, or which gather participants from different units must be conducted online, postponed or cancelled.
Business trips: Only strictly necessary business travel can be undertaken.
Travel between campuses must be limited as much as possible.
Events: Private events are not allowed at UiA. The measure was previously intended to be permitted. This has been reassessed, and private events will now only be allowed when the current restrictions for students and staff can be reversed.
Postponed exams: Postponed exams will be held in February-March. All postponed exams will be held with the same form of assessment as the ordinary exam in the autumn semester.
This means that tests that were carried out with physical attendance this autumn will be carried out with physical attendance at a postponed test. Tests that were changed to online exams in November will also be home exams in the event of a postponed exam.
Ordinary exams in the spring semester: Predictability regarding exams is important to both students and course teachers. Therefore, no written supervised examinations (school exams) will be held in the 2021 spring semester.
The decision is final. It will not be possible to change to a written examination on campus even if the infection situation should improve before the examination period in May 2021.
Announcements about the examination form for each individual subject will be posted in Studentweb when the information is ready.
Health and safety is our top priority at UiA. The goal is for our students to have a normal study progression. To achieve this, it is important that everyone follows the steps and measures put into place to prevent spreading the virus.
In order to reduce the risk of transmission on campus at semester start, when many people have had close contact with people from other regions, it is important that everyone adheres to the general infection control guidelines: