Practical instructions of the Faculty of Theology for the exceptional circumstances

University of Helsinki has declared the implementation of exceptional measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Page updated on June 30th.

  • The latest information and instructions on the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.
  • Updated 22 April: University entrance exams.
  • The effect of coronavirus on teaching.
  • The effect of coronavirus on your studies.
  • Updated 18 May: City centre campus recovery plan from the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus.

  • Updated 25 April: Further instructions for the Faculty of Theology: As of 1 June, examinations and field courses critical to graduation can be held by observing the rules on social distancing and restrictions on assembly, as well as other relevant instructions. Related decisions are made by the Faculty's response centre. An informal notification must be sent to Tuula Sakaranaho, vice-dean in charge of academic affairs. Notifications can be submitted at any time before Wednesday, 10 June. The response centre processes notifications at its meetings held once a week.

    The Faculty staff are asked to notify the Faculty’s response centre of the resumption of relevant activities by using an electronic form. Working on the Faculty premises is not allowed without notification and an agreement with the response centre. Notifications pertain to working on the Faculty premises during the summer, from 1 June to 14 August 2020. Notifications can be submitted at any time before Wednesday, 10 June. The response centre processes notifications at its meetings held once a week.

  • Updated 5 June: Faculty of Theology: Instructions for organizing teaching in the fall semester 2020

    Due to the coronavirus situation, the University of Helsinki has decided that remote teaching is strongly recommended also in the fall semester 2020 (University-level plan A). The Faculty of Theology has decided on the following specifications on the university’s general guidelines for organizing teaching in the fall semester:

    As a rule, teaching at the Faculty of Theology will be organized as remote teaching during the fall semester. This course of action is necessary because the required safety distances of 1–2 meters significantly limit the use of the teaching facilities at the City Centre Campus, and there are many different units using these facilities.

    The university will define a specific temporary maximum capacity for each lecture room. This work will be completed during the summer months, after which the necessary face-to-face teaching will be placed in the rooms. It’s essential that everyone involved in the planning of teaching understand that the temporary maximum capacities will be substantially smaller than capacities under normal circumstances: for example, a lecture hall with approx. 200 places can for now be used for teaching groups of approx. 30 people.

    The first PSP guidance meeting for first-year students will be held on location at university premises. If needed, PSP meetings will be divided into smaller groups. When the weather allows it, the meetings can also be held outside. Worklife teaching can also be arranged as face-to-face teaching.

    All other teaching should, as a rule, be organized as remote teaching. Teaching for a course / part of a course can be offered on location at university premises only in cases where arranging face-to-face teaching is absolutely necessary. This type of teaching includes, for example, teaching that requires special facilities, equipment or programmes.

    The need for organizing face-to-face teaching will be evaluated as follows: The responsible teacher of each study unit evaluates if the study unit or some parts of it are necessary to organize as face-to-face teaching. The responsible teacher will notify the planning officer by email of the need for face-to-face teaching and the reasoning behind the request by June 17, 2020. The Faculty of Theology Response Centre or dean will make the final decisions on face-to-face teaching offered at university premises and will prioritize the requests, if needed.

    If a course is organized as face-to-face teaching, the teaching times already agreed on might have to be changed based on the availability of suitable rooms. If face-to-face teaching that requires e.g. special equipment will have to be placed in a room where the safety distance requirements cannot be fully met, other safety equipment is used when necessary (face masks, protective gloves).

    If a course is organized as face-to-face teaching, the teacher is not required to arrange a parallel remote teaching option. In these cases, the student will complete the teaching through independent study as instructed by the teacher, if possible to arrange. Students are required to notify the teachers if they belong to a risk group and cannot participate in face-to-face teaching.

    Teachers are not required to make a recording of any face-to-face teaching events for students to watch at a later date. The university regulations on compulsory attendance have been revoked until further notice. This means that absence in itself cannot be used as grounds for failing a student. It’s nevertheless possible to utilize methods of completion that require attendance (e.g. group discussions).

  • Recommendation for returning to work on 17th August (link added 30 June)

Please note that, as of 16 March 2020, all information on the coronavirus outbreak can be found on the University of Helsinki’s external website via the links above. Flamma and email lists will no longer be used for this purpose.

Below are further details from the Faculty of Theology.

  • Complementary information for students at the Faculty of Theology (in Finnish)
  • Postponed or changed events at the Faculty of Theology: The Research Conference in Theology and Religion has been postponed to 10 and 11 September. The community relations committee meetings will take place electronically. Research committee meetings will take place electronically.
  • If teachers encounter problems, they can also contact the degree programme directors.