Coronavirus: guidelines and FAQ
Last updated 27.05.2020
- University extends online learning until end of semester; practical studies resume as of 18 May, only in small groups and if absolutely inevitable (04.05)
- Academic year starts on 31 August; partly online, if necessary (04.05)
- Read the answers to Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for new students (30 April)
- Study on coronavirus prevalence launched (23 April)
- General practitioner provided for foreign students quarantined at the Raatuse dormitory (22 April)
- At the Raatuse dormitory, residents with negative test results were relieved of the restriction on movement (19 April)
- City of Tartu is making a joint effort to stop further spread of the virus (19 April)
- 16 tenants of UT residence hall confirmed to have coronavirus
- SPECIAL NOTICE: The person in charge of the emergency situation locks down a student hall of residence in Tartu due to COVID-19 outbreak (18 April)
- Address by the Rector: Act responsibly! (17 April)
- Six tenants of UT residence hall confirmed to have coronavirus (17 April)
- University extends online learning until end of semester. (16 April)
- Graduation ceremonies are cancelled. (16 April)
- Read the guidelines for tenants of the Student Village here. (03 April)
- Contact-free borrowing of books starts on Wednesday, 25 March. (24 March)
- Digital copies can be requested of all publications, works of art and photos found in the open and digital collections of the UT Library. (24 March)
- Aune Valk, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Tartu, confirms that life at the university goes on despite the emergency situation, high-quality teaching and research activities continue, the university is ready to provide individual solutions to difficulties students may face and students can graduate despite the emergency situation. (19 March)
- On 20 March the UT leaders will answer university members’ questions regarding the changes introduced due to the emergency situation. (19 March)
- Reorganisation of the work at the university. (16 March)
- Have a look at distance working possibilities at the university. (16 March)
- Recommendations for teaching staff on how to replace face-to-face classes with online teaching. (16 March)
- From Monday, 16 March, all University of Tartu buildings are closed for visitors and students. (13 March)
- University of Tartu Library is closed from 14 March until the end of the emergency situation declared by the Government. (13 March)
- University of Tartu Academic Sports Club is closed from 13 March until 30th March. (13 March)
- On 13 March University of Tartu suspended face-to face classes due to state of emergency. (13 March)
- Research and development will be conducted and support units will continue to work at the University of Tartu.
- The university recommends all staff members to use distance working, if possible.
- During the state of emergency the University of Tartu guarantees contractual salary to all employees.
- Electronic solutions can be used to organise necessary meetings.
- Estonian government declared state of emergency to fight coronavirus spread on 12 March. (12 March)
- On 12 March University of Tartu student was tested positive for coronavirus. (12 March)
4 IMPORTANT MESSAGES
- Viruses do not travel by themselves, they are transported by people. Therefore – the less people travel, the less viruses spread.
- Virus transmission from person to person is facilitated by the close proximity of people in a room.
- To avoid coronavirus infection, the most important is what a person does or does not; it is not reasonable to hope for what other people do.
- Read from national emergency situation website about coronavirus, its prevention, symptoms and how it spreads.
REARRANGEMENT OF STUDIES
- University extends online learning until the end of semester. Practical studies resume as of 18 May, but only in small groups and if absolutely inevitable. We have gathered recommendations for teaching staff about the organisation of teaching and studies during the state of emergency. The recommendations for replacing face-to-face classes with online teaching will be certainly useful. Teaching staff can get help with planning their work from the academic developers and instructional designers. See also some methods for distance learning.
- Thesis defences take place online and the number of people physically in the same room should be kept as small as possible. Supervisors or opponents abroad should participate via electronic means.
- The lecturer will inform the students who have registered for the course of the reorganisation of studies. The changes are recorded in the Study Information System, in the “Other information” field. All important changes are gathered on the page for organisation of studies during emergency – information for students.
ADVICE ON TRAVELLING
- Staff and students must follow the travel advice given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Students arriving from abroad must remain at home or residence hall for 14 days before returning to face-to-face classes. For more details, incl. the countries from which people can enter without the compulsory quarantine, see the measures regarding travelling to Estonia.
- The university asks units to review all business trips planned for the period from May to July 2020 and assess the probability of the trip taking place. Costs related to projects should be processed in cooperation with the Grant Office and the Finance Office.
- The university recommends to avoid starting studies abroad in May and June. If you must travel abroad, check the entry requirements of the destination country, incl. whether the requirement of the 14-day quarantine applies. Discuss your travel and study arrangements with the host institution.
WHAT TO DO IF A STUDENT OR AN EMPLOYEE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TARTU SUSPECTS HAVING CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS?
Based on recommendations by the Health Board
- Call your family physician or the family physicians’ helpline 1220 for advice. Do not go to the family health centre, as you would be a potential coronavirus transmitter.
- In case of a more serious health concern (difficulty breathing), call the emergency number 112. Do not go to the emergency department for help, as you might transmit the virus to other people at the department.
- When waiting for coronavirus test results or if the test came back positive, stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Tõnis Karki (Academic Secretary), +372 529 7917
- Viivika Eljand-Kärp (acting Head of Communications), +372 5354 0689
- Heiki Pagel (Head of Estates Office), +372 503 2021
- Kristi Kuningas (Head of Human Resources Office), +372 509 8626
- National coronavirus hotline 1247