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The one-meter rule is gone, but the return to normality will be gradual

The government allows us to return to normal life from Saturday at 16:00. No local rules will be implemented but the return will be gradual.

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- GLEDER OSS: Jus-studentene Sandra Hauge Gjethammer, William Sibbern og Akraman Rasukhanov ser fram til at meteren forsvinner og normalt samvær både i studiesituasjonen og sosialt.

Law-students Sandra Hauge Gjethammer, William Sibbern and Akraman Rasukhanov are looking forward to the disappearance of the social distance and return to normal life both on and off campus.

UiA still requests that those who are infected with the coronavirus have to stay in isolation and contact the crisis team at UiA on 3814 2000. This is so we are able to inform fellow students to be aware of symptoms and get tested.

We want to avoid outbreaks at UiA and reduce the risk of stricter local measures.

A good way to avoid infection is to continue to follow the general infection control guidelines, especially now that the flu season is coming.

Practical changes

QR codes will still be used for registering attendance at mandatory lessons. Green stickers marking approved workplaces will be removed.

Meeting rooms: distance restrictions have been removed and are back to normal capacity.

Workplace: the main rule is to work on campus. The exception is if you have symptoms of coronavirus. In that case you must work from home and notify your nearest leader.

Teaching continues as planned

“The timetable remains unchanged throughout the autumn semester, and the exams will proceed as planned. We are not making any immediate”, says Marlene Romme Mørch, head of the Academic Administrative Services Section in the Division of Academic Affairs.

Open lecture rooms. There will be room for more students in classrooms and auditoriums, since the one-metre rule no longer applies. More people will be able to follow lectures on campus if they want to. The digital offer will be maintained.

The students at UiA are already being offered 80 percent of their instruction in person. Only 20 percent of teaching at UiA is digital.

Those who have lectures on external premises will continue with that until the end of the semester. In the spring semester, UiA will no longer rent external premises, and all lectures will be moved to campus, both in Grimstad and Kristiansand.

Exams as planned

The exams have been planned according to how the teaching is done this semester, so no changes will be made. Students can see the assessment type on Studentweb. It says whether the exam will be digital or administered in person.

“We want predictability for both students and lecturers and will follow the exam schedule as planned”, says Marlene Romme Mørch.

The exam period starts on Monday 22 November.

Events and activities

Internal seminars and social activities have mostly been given a green light at UiA.

Teaching is first priority. If a conference means that teaching must be moved or cancelled, the conference cannot be held.

Test tents will be removed next week

UiA has decided to keep the test tents on both Campus Kristiansand and Campus Grimstad in week 39, until 1 October.

Travelling abroad

Many people at UiA intend to travel abroad soon. UiA does not have specific rules for travel, so the general travel advice for Norway applies.

It is important to follow the Norwegian government’s travel advice