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 September 25.

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.

Further instructions for the Faculty of Theology

Use of offices

Due to the coronavirus situation, the telecommuting recommendation for staff remains valid until 31 December 2020. We hope that as many Faculty employees as possible continue working remotely. If telecommuting is not possible, employees are asked to give notification of returning to work on Faculty premises. The notification is to be made to the response centre by writing to In your message, please describe briefly the grounds for working on University premises, such as the conduct of research or poor occupational ergonomics at home. Depending on individual circumstances, working at the workplace may be a good option in terms of coping at work and concentrating on work duties.

Working on the Faculty premises is not allowed without notification and an agreement with the response centre. The notification obligation pertains to working on Faculty premises in autumn 2020. By following this procedure, the Faculty collects information on the persons working on Faculty premises in a centralised manner, making it possible to carry out contact tracing, if necessary. The response centre processes notifications on a weekly basis. A link to the facility booking system will be sent to everyone who submits a notification.

No permit is needed for brief visits to offices.

Meetings on Faculty premises

Until 31 December 2020, meetings will be primarily held remotely. If convening in person in Faculty meeting rooms or offices is necessary, notification must be given to the Faculty’s response centre by writing to The notification must include the time and participants of the meeting. Meeting permits are processed as quickly as possible. Social distancing rules and other safety regulations must be observed in meetings.

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.

Contact teaching

  • The first PSP guidance meeting for first-year students will be held on location at university premises. 
  • 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. Decisions on contact teaching were made in summer 2020.
  • All room bookings for the fall will be made through metsatalo-timetable(at) Inquiries can be sent o this address.
  • Teachers must collect a list of names in all occasions of contact teaching, courses or other, in case of an infection and a subsequent need to track down people that could have been exposed.
  • 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).

For students

Complementary information for students at the Faculty of Theology (in Finnish)

Faculty of Theology response center contact information

Response center lead, dean Antti Räsänen (available outside business hours)
Head of academic affairs Anu Holvikivi (available outside business hours)
University lecturer Mikko Ketola
Head of human resources Hanna Lotti
Professor Petri Luomanen
Head of faculty administration Varpu Myllyniemi
The Faculty Association for Theology Students chairperson Anni-Sofia Nikki
Communications specialist Niina Niskanen
Coordinator Sonja Pakarinen
University lecturer Heikki Pesonen
Professor Sami Pihlström
Professor Tuula Sakaranaho
Professor Elina Vuola

If teachers encounter problems, they can also contact the degree programme directors.