The University initiates recovery from the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus

Time-critical research is among the operations to be resumed in the first stage of recovery. The recovery plan for University operations was presented in the information session for the University community held on 4 May, and it was later amended on 5 May on the basis of decisions made by the Finnish Government.

The coronavirus management team has approved a four-stage recovery plan for University operations, the first stage of which can commence on 6 May 2020. Decisions will be communicated as they are specified further during the spring and autumn.

The response centres and HR Services will provide detailed instructions to units for implementing the relevant decisions.

Due to future developments in the coronavirus situation and any future restrictions potentially imposed by the Finnish Government, there may be a need to amend the recovery plan with specifications and changes at a later date.

In the case of operations not referred to in the recovery plan, the current instructions and regulations pertaining to the exceptional circumstances will continue to be valid.

Research

In the first recovery stage, the gradual resumption of time-critical research will commence on 6 May, with the aim of ensuring the continuity of research. The response centres of faculties and units will draw up lists of time-critical research activities to be resumed in the first stage, including timetables. Due to general safety, security and health guidelines as well as restrictions on gatherings, no more than 10–20% of the staff normally working on University premises at the same time can occupy them simultaneously.

Furthermore, compulsory laboratory courses and demonstrations of competence can be resumed.

Safety and security guidelines have been drawn up for laboratory facility use.

Teaching and training schools

As of 14 May, contact instruction is permitted at universities. In accordance with the recommendations of the Finnish Government, the coronavirus management team has laid down a policy according to which contact instruction will not be organised during the spring term.

Basic education in the teacher training schools will resume on 14 May in accordance with the governmental guidelines.

Telecommuting

The telecommuting recommendation stands, with members of the University community working, as a rule, remotely until 31 July.

Second stage of recovery as of 1 June

As of 1 June, in the second stage of the recovery plan, research activities can continue on University premises, upon the decision of response centres, when the conduct of research requires working on University premises and when guidelines set by authorities allow it. Among other activities, examinations critical for graduation and critical field courses can also be organised.

Customer service points, independent learning facilities and public attractions will be opened on the basis of site-specific assessments, taking into consideration the restriction on gatherings of more than 50 individuals.

See the recovery plan timetable here.

Updated 5 May: Contact teaching is suspended from 18 March to 31 May 2020. Time-critical activities: Basic education in the teacher training schools will resume on 14 May in accordance with the governmental guidelines. Critical examinations and field courses (upon the decision of response centres) can be organised as of 1 June.

This section contains information on teaching arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak and the provision of support for flexible learning methods.

Time-critical activities

  • Basic education in the teacher training schools will resume on 14 May in accordance with the governmental guidelines.
  • Critical examinations and field courses (upon the decision of response centres) can be organised as of 1 June.

Contact teaching is suspended from 18 March to 31 May 2020

Teaching will be provided, to the greatest extent possible, by taking advantage of alternative methods, such as distance learning, various digital learning environments and solutions and, where necessary, independent learning solutions. Student guidance and supervision will also be provided remotely.

The University of Helsinki is intensifying the use of flexible solutions to promote students’ progress and graduation:

  • Should teaching be cancelled, teaching periods may be extended where necessary to provide the cancelled teaching by postponing courses to summer 2020. 
  • Fee-paying degree students who are close to graduation in an international programme can, if necessary, continue their studies in the autumn term so that delays in graduation do not place an extra financial burden on them.
  • The transition period associated with the reform of first- and second-cycle degrees has been extended so that the deadline for graduating in accordance with the old degree requirements is 18 December 2020.
  • The University has decided to extend until the end of the autumn term 2020 the validity of studies completed in accordance with the old degree requirements, which would otherwise expire during the spring and autumn terms 2020, as prescribed by faculty-specific regulations. The extension will be taken into account in compiling students’ modules and degrees.
  • The University has decided to extend until the end of the autumn term 2020 the validity of studies completed in accordance with the new degree requirements, which would otherwise expire during the spring and autumn terms 2020. The extension will be taken into account in compiling students’ modules and degrees.
  • Doctoral candidates may complete their degree according to the old degree requirements, provided that
    - the preliminary examiners were appointed no later than in the first faculty council meeting of the year; the preliminary examination process ends with granting permission for a public defence, and the defence will be held within 12 months of the granting of permission; and all the required studies are completed and registered by 18 December 2020,
    - or, that all the required studies are completed and registered by 18 December 2020, and the public defence has been held before that date.
  • Added April 15th: Applications are accepted for a further extension to study right extensions granted to ensure the completion of studies. All students whose right to study expires on 31 July 2020 can apply for an extension. When deciding on the matter, the impact of the exceptional circumstances will be taken into account.

The Instructions for Students site contains detailed information, tailored specifically for students, on the following topics:

  • Teaching practice and traineeships abroad are cancelled. See also Faculty- and unit-specific instructions.
  • The University is not sending its students on exchange studies. The University recommends that its exchange students return to Finland.
  • Students returning to Finland from abroad must telecommute for 14 days starting from the day of their return. Employees and students affiliated with the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) must observe the instructions issued by HUS as well as the specifications provided by the Faculty of Medicine. The dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine provides instructions for ensuring the continued operations of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Additional information and support for teachers:

Faculty-specific instructions

Besides the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, other faculties may provide their students with more specific instructions regarding the arrangement of studies and traineeships.

See Faculty- and unit-specific instructions.

Updated 6 May: Gradual re­sump­tion of research will com­mence on 6 May

Gradual resumption of research will commence on 6 May

The coronavirus management team has approved a four-stage recovery plan for University operations.

In the first recovery stage, the gradual resumption of time-critical research will commence on 6 May, with the aim of ensuring the continuity of research. The response centres of faculties and units will draw up lists of time-critical research activities to be resumed in the first stage, including timetables. Due to general safety, security and health guidelines as well as restrictions on gatherings, no more than 10–20% of the staff normally working on University premises at the same time can occupy them simultaneously.

Furthermore, compulsory laboratory courses and demonstrations of competence can be resumed.

Safety and security guidelines have been drawn up for laboratory facility use.

As of 1 June research activities can continue on University premises, upon the decision of response centres, when the conduct of research requires working on University premises and when guidelines set by authorities allow it.

As a rule, the University's staff will telecommute at least un­til 31 July.

Library resources for research

The borrowing of library resources required for teaching and research will be ensured. Further information will be provided on library websites. The National Library is closed, but efforts are being made to keep digital services running.

The impact of coronavirus outbreak on research funding

Please see Research funding information on the Flamma intranet (requires login).

Updated April 15th (the footnote).

Have you been offered a study place in the Bachelor’s Programme in Science or an International Master’s Programme starting at the University of Helsinki in autumn 2020?* You can find coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions and answers for admitted students on the Instructions for students -website. The page will be continuously updated when new information is available.

*The admission results for the International Master's Programmes and the Bachelor’s Programme in Science (Admission group 1) from the application round on 3 Dec 2019 – 10 Jan 2020 have been sent to all applicants to the e-mail address given on their application form. The results can also be found by logging into the My Studyinfo –service.

Updated 23 April

The University of Helsinki website on student admissions (available in Finnish and Swedish only) during the coronavirus outbreak offers the latest information on changes to admissions criteria and methods in spring 2020. The website provides degree programme-specific details of changes to admissions methods, information on the results of certificate-based admissions, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. Information on changes to admissions methods will be published on the website by the end of April.

Updated 12 May

On 17 March 2020, the Regional State Administrative Agencies issued decisions to close educational institutions and ban public gatherings and events of more than 10 attendees. The purpose of these measures is to curb the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus.

Added 6 May: As of 1 June, customer service points, independent learning facilities and public attractions will be opened on the basis of site-specific assessments, taking into consideration the restriction on gatherings of more than 50 individuals.

University buildings are closed

As a rule, University buildings are closed for the duration of the exceptional circumstances. Visits to the University premises are allowed only for the performance of necessary work. More information about telecommuting

Services supporting distance teaching (for example, Examinarium facilities, video communications facilities and UniTube studios) are available for use on weekdays between 8.00 and 16.00.

No visitors will be allowed in the locked premises.

More information on buildings

Some of the buildings will keep their main entrance open for goods deliveries and assistance, but for a shorter period than normal.

Updated 6 April: These buildings are:

City Centre Campus

  • Helsinki Normal Lyceum (Ratakatu 6): Based on the teaching arranged
  • Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3): Mon–Fri 8.00–16.00

Kumpula Campus

  • Chemicum (A. I. Virtasen aukio 1): Mon–Fri 8.00–16.00

Meilahti Campus

  • Biomedicum I (Haartmaninkatu 8): Mon–Fri 8.00–18.00
  • Biomedicum II U (Tukholmankatu 8): Mon–Fri 8.00–16.00
  • Dental Clinic (Kytösuontie 9): Mon–Fri 7.30–18.00

Viikki Campus

  • Building A (Latokartanonkaari 9): Mon–Fri 8.00–16.00
  • Cultivator (Viikinkaari 6): 8.00–16.00
  • Viikki Teacher Training School (Kevätkatu 2): Based on the teaching arranged
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital: 24/7

Other services

The University’s public attractions, such as Think Corner, the Natural History Museum, the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, the Helsinki University Museum and the UniSport facilities, are closed.

The borrowing of library resources required for teaching and research will be ensured. Further information will be provided on university's library websites.

Updated 12 May: The National Library offers lending services in the form of limited self-service from 14 to 31 May 2020 while retaining the current digital services.

Pub­lic events

Update 30 March: Many public events have moved online. See Event calendar for information about events with a live stream.

Planned public events at the University will be cancelled and no new events will be organised.

No more than 10 people are allowed to be present in teaching sessions and other events at the University, including course examinations and public examinations of doctoral theses. See Faculties' detailed instructions.

Conferences

The conferences to be organised at the University of Helsinki in the spring and early summer will be cancelled. The University’s conference and events team has instructed conference organisers in matters related to the cancellation and postponement of events. If an organiser has not received an email or has questions, they should contact helsinkiuniconferences@helsinki.fi

Pub­lic ex­am­in­a­tions of doc­toral theses

Update 30 March: The primary recommendation is to reschedule public examinations of doctoral theses to a later date. If rescheduling the event would cause unreasonable inconvenience to the doctoral candidate, a remote access event can be attempted so that the opponent will participate in the event long-distance. More information: Doctoral defences and corona virus situation

Updated 6 May: See the recovery plan timetable. Until 31 August 2020, specialist and support staff can work more flexibly.

As a rule, the University community will telecommute at least until 31 July

  • Working on the University premises is not allowed, unless the work in question has been identified by the relevant unit as essential and as requiring a presence on the premises. The essential duties have been listed, and the relevant individuals have been notified. Added 6 May: See the recovery plan timetable.
  • Staff must agree with their supervisors on the work duties to be performed remotely.
  • Work duties performed remotely may temporarily differ from regular work duties.

Staff may visit and work on the University premises, when necessary. Situations which may require this include the need to

  • Collect research or teaching material, or use the University’s equipment or network to prepare or implement distance teaching (For detailed instructions on teaching and examinations, see the instructions for teachers and students.)
  • Take measures to ensure the continuity of long-term research
  • Attend a doctoral defence (See further details on the Instructions for Students website.)
  • Perform work duties essential for the continuity of University operations which cannot be postponed, left undone or attended to remotely, or where it is imperative to access a local network or system necessary for the performance of a currently essential duty. Staff must agree separately on such duties with their supervisors.

If you need to work on the University premises

Keep in mind that you are responsible for the following:

  • After returning from abroad, you must remain in quarantine for 14 days.
  • No more than 10 employees may be simultaneously present in the same room (laboratory safety requirements must also be considered).
  • Use good hand hygiene and keep a sufficient distance from your co-workers
  • Do not enter the University premises if you are ill or experience even the slightest symptoms of a cold or the flu. If you start feeling unwell while on the premises, leave immediately.
  • Wear your ID card.

Be mindful of your safety when commuting, and, whenever possible, choose to walk or ride your bike instead of using public transport.

Instructions for telecommuting

As a rule, the University's staff will telecommute. If necessary, research, distance teaching arrangements and related support activities may also be carried out on the University premises. Specialist and support staff can use the University premises for work that cannot be performed while telecommuting. These essential duties have been identified and the relevant individuals have been personally notified.

Employees who are unable to perform their duties by telecommuting must contact their supervisor to make appropriate arrangements.

For high-risk groups, solutions will be sought to minimise their exposure.

If you have small children at home or a situation that requires your presence, you can agree with your supervisor to work flexibly on a part-time basis or to take a leave of absence (applications for leaves of absence are submitted through the SAP HR system).

You can start telecommuting without a signed agreement on telecommuting.

Ergonomics and telecommuting

University staff will be provided with adequate tools and ergonomic aids for working at home when this is necessary for the performance of work duties or employee health. Detailed instructions are available on the Flamma intranet (requires login with University credentials).

Telecommuting connections

Zoom and Teams are tools suited to holding virtual meetings. In the current situation, it is advisable to consider whether video is required or whether only audio would suffice. Using video consumes considerably more network capacity compared to relying on audio only.

Added 17 April: The University of Helsinki utilises the Funet Miitti (Zoom) service by CSC, implemented through NORDUnet in cooperation with other Nordic countries. The NORDUnet environment is not associated with the same information security risks as those relating to the Zoom service in public use. Read more about the information security of the Zoom service provided by CSC and NORDUnet in a Flamma news item (requires login with University credentials) and about the information security in video conferences in general from Helpdesk pages.

Use a VPN connection only when needed, and remember to switch it off when you no longer need it. Due to the exceptional circumstances, there is a shortage of VPN connections at the University. Further information: Instructions for remote working (Helpdesk instructions)

If you need, for example, a camera or microphone while telecommuting, please write to helpdesk@helsinki.fi. New equipment can be requested from Helpdesk, which will procure it, but your unit will be responsible for the equipment costs. For this, you need the WBS code of the unit paying for the purchase.

Meetings of University organs and bodies

Until further notice, the meetings of University bodies are primarily to be held online. Email meetings are a secondary option. Data security must always be taken into consideration in the meeting arrangements.

The University has extended the coverage of its occupational accident insurance for telecommuting from 30 March 2020

LähiTapiola’s supplementary insurance for telecommuting applies to work carried out remotely indoors as well as outdoors in the immediate vicinity of the telecommuting location when going on and returning from a break. The insurance also covers lunch and coffee breaks. The insurance does not cover breaks during which the employee leaves the telecommuting location, for example, to go buy groceries or to take a walk.

The supplementary insurance is valid until further notice and regardless of the country from which employees are telecommuting. The insurance compensates for accidental disability, death and a per diem allowance to be paid due to an accident. The insurance does not cover equipment.

Flexible working hours

Updated 6 May: Until 31 August 2020, specialist and support staff can work more flexibly, on weekdays between 5.00 and 22.00. If necessary, they can also work on Saturdays until 18.00 and take a day off during the week. This will enable working in two shifts, if necessary. Working hours must be clocked in as usual. Remote work must be clocked as remote work.

Leave

Annual leave is agreed on with the supervisor. However, annual leave for 2019 must be taken by 31 May 2020, and such leave cannot be carried over to a later date.

Flamma-intranet: Members of specialist and support staff: Plan your annual leave now

Recruitment and new employees during the exceptional circumstances

Added 26 March: Instructions for supervisors: Recruitment during the current exceptional circumstances at the University (on the Flamma intranet, requires login with University credentials)

Updated 15 April

Stay home when experiencing symptoms of a cold or the flu

If you experience any symptoms of a cold or the flu, you must stay at home until you have not experienced these symptoms for at least 24 hours. For those working in healthcare, this limit is 48 hours.

For the duration of the exceptional circumstances, you can be absent from work due to any illness without a medical certificate for five days. This also applies for taking care of a sick child at home. After this, you must present a certificate, which can be acquired from a doctor or nurse, primarily via a remote appointment. Further information is available in Mehiläinen’s OmaTyöterveys service or the Digital Clinic.

Those requiring medical care should primarily contact their public healthcare provider. Helsinki residents can call the City of Helsinki helpline at 09 310 10024.

Persons who have a coronavirus infection must

  • Seek medical care from their public healthcare provider if their symptoms require treatment
  • Notify their supervisor of their illness immediately
  • Absences due to illness are reported normally in the SAP HR system, and a scan of the medical certificate must be submitted to Payroll Services (palkka@helsinki.fi). The employer will pay your salary for the duration of the absence and apply for the relevant per diem allowance from Kela on your behalf.

Information on the current disease situation

Further information on the latest developments as well as on the symptoms associated with the coronavirus and relevant protective measures is available on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website.

Instructions have also been published by Mehiläinen, the University’s occupational health provider.

Mental support

If you are anxious and worried about the situation, support is available from occupational healthcare. The Huolikulma chat service offers easy-to-access support for staff. Early chat-based support may prevent concerns from developing into a major problem. The chat can be accessed in the Digital Clinic of the OmaMehiläinen application.

Occupational healthcare also offers dialogue-based support organised through remote services. Further information is available from Mehiläinen’s OmaTyöterveys service, contactable by phone at 010 414 0777 or via the OmaMehiläinen application.

A national coronavirus helpline has been established and can be contacted free of charge by calling 02 9553 5535. The helpline is open on weekdays from 8.00 to 21.00 and on Saturdays from 9.00 to 15.00. The service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. The helpline provides general information about the coronavirus, not advice pertaining to health in general.

Other occupational healthcare matters

You can book an appointment with an occupational health nurse through the online booking system. In this system, all bookings can be made for a phone consultation. In the field Additional information specify that you wish to book a phone consultation, and the occupational health nurse will call you.

You can also send a message to your designated occupational health nurse or doctor through the occupational healthcare tab in the OmaMehiläinen app.

To book an appointment for any other health specialist, you must call the OmaTyöterveys number 010 414 0777. Mehiläinen prefers remote consultation whenever possible.

Coronavirus and quarantine

Anyone returning from abroad must telecommute for 14 days.

Quarantine in Finland

  • Notify your supervisor immediately of the quarantine and its estimated duration.
  • Agree on any potential absences, telecommuting and holiday arrangements.
  • Apply for the sickness allowance paid on account of an infectious disease from Kela.
  • Submit a medical certificate within 14 days to Payroll Services and a notice of absence in the SAP HR system. Specify the reason for your absence as ‘quarantine’.

Those in quarantine can also be provided dialogue-based support by occupational healthcare. Contact the OmaTyöterveys service either by calling 010 414 0777 or using the OmaMehiläinen app.

Kela will pay a sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease for the period of the employee’s absence from their work due to a quarantine. This allowance compensates for the loss of income incurred to the employee for the absence without pay. Further information on the Kela website

Whenever possible, an agreement on telecommuting should be made with the supervisor. If telecommuting is possible only partially, the employee may apply for a part-time leave of absence in the SAP HR system and, to compensate for the loss of income, independently apply for a sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease from Kela. Read more about telecommuting in the section Telecommuting, working on the University premises, working hours, leave.

Persons who record their working hours for externally funded projects must check whether their tasks in the project can be completed by telecommuting. Other tasks must be agreed on separately with the relevant unit director.

What if a family member is quarantined?

Notify your supervisor immediately of the quarantine and its estimated duration. Agree on any potential absences, telecommuting and/or holiday arrangements.

If you agree on an absence, apply for a leave of absence in the SAP HR system.

Kela will pay a sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease to the parent of a child under 16 years of age who has been ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of an infectious disease, causing loss of earnings. Apply for the sickness allowance from Kela.

In conjunction with telecommuting, persons who record their working hours for externally funded projects must check whether the assigned project-related tasks can be completed by telecommuting.

Quarantine abroad

  • Notify your supervisor immediately of the quarantine and its estimated duration.
  • Agree on any potential absences, telecommuting and holiday arrangements.
  • If you agree on an absence, apply for a leave of absence in the SAP HR system.

Kela will pay a per diem allowance to persons in isolation or quarantine within the EU. A certificate of quarantine or isolation from a doctor authorised to order such restrictions in the country in question is required. Employees quarantined outside the EU are in a more complicated situation, for evidently Kela will not pay a per diem allowance for them.

Employees quarantined during a work-related trip will receive their normal salary during the quarantine (doctor’s certificates must be submitted to Payroll Services), in addition to which the employer will compensate any necessary costs incurred by the prolongation of the trip.

Whenever possible, an agreement on telecommuting should be made with the supervisor. Read more about telecommuting in the section Telecommuting, working on the University premises, working hours, leave.

In the case of employees quarantined during a holiday trip, the absence will be considered an absence without pay, unless otherwise agreed. At the moment, in cases of employees quarantined abroad, agreements on part-time telecommuting or holidays can be made.

Persons who record their working hours for externally funded projects must check whether their tasks in the project can be completed by telecommuting. Other tasks must be agreed on separately with the relevant unit director.

Instructions for supervisors

Falling ill and occupational health, instructions for supervisors (on the Flamma intranet, requires login with a university user name)

Updated 16 April

University staff and students are not allowed to take work- or study-related trips abroad, in addition to which work- or study-related travel should be avoided in Finland. These restrictions are in force at least until the end of May.

The University of Helsinki is not receiving visitors at its premises. If University operations are carried out in the facilities of other organisations, they may have practices of their own. Particularly in Meilahti, special attention should be paid to the instructions provided by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.

Uusimaa lockdown is over

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Finnish Government imposed restrictions on movement to and from the region of Uusimaa between 28 March and 15 April 2020. During this period, the University issued certificates granting permission to cross the Uusimaa border for compelling reasons relating to work or studies.

Cancelled work-related travel

The University’s travel insurance covers cancellations of trips to areas which the authorities classify as areas where all travel should be avoided for the planned duration of the trip. See the latest detailed information on the grounds for reimbursement on the website of the IF insurance company.

Booked and cancelled work-related or conference trips

When cancelling or postponing a trip, you should contact the CWT travel agency, as they have booked the trip. If the time to departure is less than 48 hours, please call CWT customer service at +358 20 5615 635. In other cases, detailed instructions for related communication are available on Flamma (requires login with University credentials).

Primarily, reimbursement of the conference fee for a cancelled conference must be claimed from the conference organiser.

If certain expenses have not been reimbursed after the above claims, any such costs will be covered by the University and allocated to the project which would have covered the trip expenses in the first place.

Returnees from abroad to telecommute for 14 days

Anyone returning from abroad must telecommute for 14 days after the trip. During that time, it is forbidden to work on the University premises. If telecommuting is not an option, employees must contact their supervisor.

This guideline takes effect retrospectively, in other words, it also applies to members of the University community who returned from abroad before the University implemented exceptional emergency measures. Only those returning from abroad must remain in quarantine, not, for example, their spouses.

The employees of the Faculty of Medicine who are partly employed by the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) must follow the instructions provided by HUS and related specifications provided by their Faculty. The dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will provide instructions for ensuring the operations of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

City centre campus

City centre cam­pus re­cov­ery plan from the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances caused by the coronavirus

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Prac­tical in­struc­tions for the ex­cep­tional situ­ation at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Faculty of Arts

Prac­tical in­struc­tions of the Fac­ulty of Arts for the ex­cep­tional situ­ation

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

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

Faculty of Educational Sciences

Prac­tical in­struc­tions of the Fac­ulty of Edu­ca­tional Sciences for the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances

Policy of the Fac­ulty of Edu­ca­tional Sciences on teacher train­ee­ships

Fac­ulty of Law

Prac­tical in­struc­tions of the Fac­ulty of Law for the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances

Fac­ulty of Medicine

Prac­tical in­struc­tions for the ex­cep­tional situ­ation at the Fac­ulty of Medicine

Faculty of Pharmacy

Arrangements in the Faculty of Pharmacy due to coronavirus

Fac­ulty of Science

Special instructions on Kumpula Campus

Faculty of Social Sciences

Practical instructions of the Faculty of Social Sciences for the exceptional situation

Fac­ulty of Veter­in­ary Medicine

Practical arrangements at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine during the coronavirus outbreak

Independent Institutes

Helsinki Institute of Life Science: Prac­tical in­struc­tions for the ex­cep­tional situ­ation at HiLIFE

Open University

Latest information for Open University students

Finnish Museum of Natural History

The effects of the coronavirus situation at the Luomus public attractions

Ex­cep­tional circumstances at the University of Helsinki due to coronavirus

The university acts responsibly and helps society in its efforts to battle the Corona COVID 19 epidemic. The University wants to ensure staff and student safety and at the same time enable everybody to continue their studies and research in these exceptional circumstances. Under the authority of the Rector, the Coronavirus Management Team will make necessary decisions required by the situation.

The University follows the recommendations and regulations of the Finnish State, the University Central Hospital (HUS) and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

A pandemic planning committee is active at the University. The chair of the committee is Vice-Rector Tom Böhling.

Furthermore, a management group has been established on the University level in accordance with the University's preparedness plan for emergencies, tasked with managing and coordinating practical matters related to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, as well as making decisions pertaining to the issue. This group is chaired by Director of Administration Esa Hämäläinen.

The log of coronavirus crisis management team decisions can be found on the Flamma intranet. Flamma intranet access requires login with a university user name.

Read latest updates, symptoms caused by the coronavirus and ways to protect against it on the National Institute for Health and Welfare website: How to protect yourself against the Covid-19 -coronavirus.

The website also provides information to those arriving in Finland and instructions for people travelling in the epidemic area made by the the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

Residents of Helsinki can call the city’s telephone advice service on the telephone number (09) 310 10024 if they experience symptoms or want to ask for advice regarding the coronavirus.

A national coronavirus helpline has been established and can be contacted free of charge by calling 02 9553 5535. The helpline is open on weekdays from 8.00 to 21.00 and on Saturdays from 9.00 to 15.00.