Prac­tical in­struc­tions of the Fac­ulty of Biological and En­viron­men­tal Sciences in the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances

 

This page contains the latest practical instructions for staff and students issued by the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences in the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus outbreak. We will update the page as needed. Please note that the University’s general instructions will not be reposted on this page. You can check the latest information on the University’s website at www.helsinki.fi/en.

The page has been updated on 18 January 2021:  
Updated information about using Faculty premises. 
Added: In case you suspect a coronavirus infection or you have fallen ill – how to proceed? 

See the latest information: 

  1. As all University’s premises are closed until 31 January 2021, please agree with your superior if, for some reason, you need to visit your work place.
  2. Remember to let your respective research program leader know about your work in the premises. 
  3. Follow the safety regulations when working in the laboratory premises – remember always to  reserve your working slot beforehand via the electronic calendar. 
  4. Regarding the situation at the biological stations please contact Director Jouni Heiskanen jouni.heiskanen@helsinki.fi

In the prevailing exceptional circumstances, research work is carried out remotely. Field research or other out-of-home research may be performed subject to general safety precautions and the following restrictions: 

  • Equipment used for research can be retrieved from the University's premises with the permission of your supervisor and following the general guidelines of the University and the authorities to avoid the risk of infection. 
  • Travel is not recommended according to general guidelines. If the research location is located in the vicinity of the place of residence, it is advisable to travel there primarily alone and not in a group, or with public transports.  
  • Under no circumstances should people belonging to risk groups, or if they have symptoms associated with an infection, or are otherwise ill, participate in the research. 

(Updated 1 Dec 2020)

  • Firstly, teaching and exams should be organized remotely whenever possible.
  • Secondly, if remote teaching is not possible, please consider postponing courses. 
  • Thridly, only necessary teaching and exams that can’t be organized remotely can be organized as contact teaching and exams, with groups of maximum 20 persons 
  • Contact teaching and exams need a permission from the Faculty’s response centre, please contact Helena.astrom@helsinki.fi to apply a permission to proceed.

Teachers

See University’s Guidelines: The Effect of Coronavirus on Teaching: Questions and Answers.

Students

see the latest information concerning your studies on My Teaching page

See the latest information teaching arrangements on Flamma (requires a sing-in):

Tightened requirements for contact teaching and examinations (24 Nov 2020)

Tighter teaching arrangements due to the coronavirus situation (16 Nov 2020)

Please follow the guidelines given by the University during the exceptional circumstances: Falling ill, occupational health, quarantine 

Q: Whom can I contact at the Faculty if I have questions about the impact of the exceptional circumstances on my work? 
A: After reading the University’s general, continuously updated instructions for corona virus situation, you should primarily contact your immediate supervisor. If the Faculty has made a decision or issued guidelines on the matter, you should follow updates on this page.  

Q: If the opponent selected for the public examination of a doctoral thesis must be replaced due to the exceptional circumstances, who makes this decision? 
A: The selection of a new opponent requires a dean’s decision.   

Q: Can a researcher work on campus during the exceptional circumstances?  
A: As a rule, the University staff will telecommute, unless previously agreed otherwise with regard to your duties. As all University’s premises are closed until 31January 2021, please agree with your superior if, for some reason, you need to visit your work place. Remember to let your respective research program leader know about your work in the premises.  

Follow the safety regulations when working in the laboratory premises – remember always to  reserve your working slot beforehand via the electronic calendar. 

Traveling to the stations has been restricted considerably. The purpose of the measures is to prevent the spread of the disease to these remote sites. Only necessary research and such working, which is necessary to advance studies, is allowed in the stations. For example working on a master's thesis can be allowed, if there is a compelling justification for that. These cases should be discussed and agreed with the station manager.

Q: How should the research stations prepare for cases of illness?
A: The stations should designate a separate facility for those who fall ill. If possible, this facility should enable the affected individuals to cook or heat food. The facility should not be booked for other uses for the duration of the exceptional circumstances at the University.

Q: Can research station facilities be offered to third parties during the exceptional circumstances?
A: No. 

Q: Can researchers go to the stations for research work?
A: Only necessary research can be done by permission. These are e.g. spring related  samples taking that need to be carried out at this particular point of time, and which can't be done any other point of time, and if skipped caused considerable damage to the research. 

Q: Can the stations welcome external visitors on holiday? 
A: No. As the aim is to secure the core duties of the stations, external visits have been banned.