The government introduced strict measures today in an effort to contain the coronavirus. As a consequence, UiA’s campuses will remain closed for students and visitors until Thursday 26 March.
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All employees will work from home unless instructed otherwise by their leader.
“The government and public health authorities today made it very clear that health and saving lives is the number one priority. I therefore expect all students and employees to contribute to the great communal effort of containing the transmission of the coronavirus”, says Rector Sunniva Whittaker.
All forms of teaching, events and other activities that require physical proximity will be cancelled during the time the campuses are closed. Our top priority at UiA in the time to come will be to focus on the continued education of our students.
“We are working to find solutions that will give our students the best teaching we can give during this time. We are working to improve good digital solutions,” Whittaker says.
Rector underlines that the students too have a personal responsibility at this time.
“In this situation it is essential that the students take responsibility for their progression as best they can. The students must seek out information about changes to the ways of teaching through their digital learning platform ‘Canvas’ and also other information at uia.no”, says Whittaker.
The university is also looking at solutions for going through with exams. Students will be notified of changes that concern them. International students will receive support from the university’s international office. These students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions.
The extensive national measures also have consequences for our employees.
“All travel at the university, at home and abroad, will be cancelled. Employees are required to stay informed about the development through uia.no. The Norwegian Directorate of Health has today urged that all recreational travel should be avoided. This also applies to employees at UiA”, says University Director Seunn Smith-Tønnessen.