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ÅAU makes adjustments due to the coronavirus

ÅAU makes adjustments due to the coronavirus

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Åbo Akademi University has adjusted its operations in accordance with the authorities’ instructions and restrictions, and in accordance with the guidelines agreed upon with other universities and with the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Updated 26 May 2020, 16:20.

Åbo Akademi University continues to gradually open up its operations.

Studies

  • Distance teaching and distance learning will mostly continue, even during period 1 (31.8–23.10) of the autumn semester. Exceptions will be made for certain courses which require presence, such as courses with laboratory sessions or internships.
  • First-year students at Åbo Akademi University will start their university studies on campus in Turku and Vaasa starting with the study orientation period that beginning on 24 August.
  • All on-site teaching will be arranged in a manner that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of staff and students, in accordance with the law on contagious diseases and following the guidelines agreed upon with other universities.
  • A decision on how studies will be arranged in period 2 (26.10–18.12) will be taken in September, at the latest.
  • Students who need access to equipment or facilities on campus for thesis work are advised to contact their supervisor.

Research

Research will mainly continue remotely. Work in laboratories and other shared research facilities on campus can be carried out to some extent, in accordance with the Dean’s directions.

Work

  • Åbo Akademi University employees will mainly continue working remotely.
  • The Deans, the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning, the Chief Librarian, the Head of Administration, the Financial Director and the General Counsel decide on a safe and gradual opening of, and access to, work areas and other facilities in accordance with Rector’s decision and the principles of the Rector’s Executive Board, in consultation with Vice-rector Stefan Willför.
  • Åbo Akademi University has taken out a supplementary insurance to cover remote work for its employees.

Libraries

  • The Åbo Akademi University library will keep the Arken library in Turku open during the summer months. The opening hours are:
    • 1–30.6 Monday–Friday between 9 and 10 am for those belonging to any risk groups, and from 10 am to 4 pm for everyone else. Borrowed books can be returned to Arken, and all ordered books must be picked up there.
    • 1–10.7 Monday–Friday between 1 and 3 pm.
    • 11–31.7 closed.
    • 1–9.8 Monday–Friday between 9 and 10 am for those belonging to any risk groups, and from 10 am to 4 pm for everyone else.
  • The library reading room in the Book Tower is also open, and students in need of a reading desk can book one there. For more information please see the library’s own pages.
  • In Vaasa the Tritonia library is open, between 1.6 and 14.8, on Mondays 11 am to 5 pm, and on Tuesdays–Thursdays 11 am to 4 pm. For any changes pelase see Tritonia’s own pages, www.tritonia.fi.
  • You can find information on the Donner Institute library here.

Travel

  • Work related travels abroad are, until further notice, possible only with the approval of Rector.
  • Work related travels within the country are allowed with the approval of the supervisor. Study related travels might be allowed with the approval of the Dean, students are adviced to contact their teacher.
  • If you return to Finland from abroad, you are to stay in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of what country you have arrived from. This applies to everyone.

Events on ÅAU’s premises

  • No external events will be arranged on campus, until further notice. Internal meetings and events are mainly arranged remotely.
  • Dissertations are still arranged remotely.
  • Persons not associated with ÅAU are, until further notice, not allowed to visit campus.

Exchange studies

Åbo Akademi University recommends that students refrain from going on international exchange studies during the autumn semester.

Care for your health

  • If you experience symptoms or suspect you are infected, in addition to a health center, you can also contact occupational health care (010 4140 666) or the Student Health Services (Turku: 046 710 1050 / Vaasa: 046 710 1097) for advice.
  • Remember the importance of good hand hygiene and greet in other ways than by shaking hands.
  • At the same time, we want to remind you that it is everyone’s own responsibility to stay at home when we are sick to avoid unnecessary infections of various kinds.

It is of great importance that ÅAU staff and students follow the instructions that the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) maintains on its pages (the link leads to the English page, but the page in Finnish is updated more frequently, and is recommended if you understand the language).