On Wednesday 26 August, there was an online general meeting at UiA. Here you can see recordings of the Norwegian and English general meetings in their entirety. They last for 19 minutes (in Norwegian) and 12 minutes (in English).
The general meeting was held as part of our effort to keep UiA open – we are vulnerable, and neither students nor employees want to revert back to online teaching. However, we may be heading there, as cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among students at NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Bergen – and also in Kristiansand, at Grim upper secondary school.
Two key topics were addressed by the three speakers: Rector Sunniva Whittaker, University Director Seunn Smith-Tønnessen and Head of Security Jan Egil Heinecke:
First: Praise to the majority of staff and students as the protective measures are taken seriously. The vast majority understands the consequences of not complying with coronavirus regulations. People use hand sanitisers and practice maintaining a safe distance.
Secondly: Hallways, Vrimlehallen on Campus Kristiansand and the foyer of Fønix cinema, are often too crowded. UiA has tried to reduce the risk of infection by rescheduling lectures in auditoria B1 018 and B1 006 to avoid congestion, but there is still too much crowding. Another important measure is to empty the auditoria row by row. The feedback is that lecturers provide good reminders – but they need to continue doing that.
Several other topics were discussed - cleaning, door stops and a reminder that lecturers have to charge the microphone after they finish their lecture, to make sure the equipment is fully charged for the next lecturer.
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