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Release 17 March 2020 | Students may not enter the campus buildings

Release 17 March 2020 | LUT and LAB students

On Monday, the government imposed a number of additional measures to combat the coronavirus in Finland. The national measures are meant to protect the population and secure the functioning of the society and business. 

The government decided that contact teaching in universities and universities of applied sciences will be interrupted, and the decision will enter into force on Wednesday 18 March 2020. Instead of contact teaching, the institutions must arrange their instruction and guidance in alternative ways as extensively as possible.

In practice, we will follow the policies we defined on Friday, with a few exceptions. 

LUT University and the LAB University of Applied Sciences aim to enable students to progress in their studies as planned despite the alternative arrangements. Especially students close to graduation should be allowed to complete their degrees to enable them to pursue postgraduate studies or enter the working world.

Facilities for research at LUT University and research, development and innovation (RDI) the LAB University of Applied Sciences do not need to be closed especially when critical research is concerned. 

We will provide more updates when the government gives more instructions.

Access to campus facilities as of 18 March 2020 

The doors to campus buildings will be locked as of Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Staff members can enter the facilities with their electronic access control keys, but everyone will continue working remotely to the extent that their duties allow. Do not let anyone else in unless they are authorised to access the campus. 

Students may not enter the campus buildings. As an exception, exams and teaching events may be arranged for students close to graduation in groups of under 10. Instructions regarding such events will be provided separately. Participants will also be told which entrance to use, and a staff member will open the door for them.

LUT’s heads of degree programmes and LAB’s degree managers will be issued more detailed instructions on the arrangement of events such as the above. 

 

Use of research and RDI facilities

Facilities for research at LUT University and research, development and innovation (RDI) the LAB University of Applied Sciences do not need to be closed especially when critical research is concerned.

LUT University’s deans will provide detailed instructions regarding LUT’s critical research. For LAB, the vice president for RDI will provide instructions regarding critical RDI.

Instruction on the campuses

Instruction and exams that require attendance on campus may only be arranged in exceptional cases if it is necessary to enable students in the final stages of their studies to graduate. Such cases are decided by LUT’s vice rector for education or LAB’s vice president for education.

Classes and exams may be arranged for less than 10 people at a time. This, as well as other arrangements related to facilities and hygiene, aim to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Exams 

Sit-in exams in groups and independent exams in the Exam facilities will be cancelled for the time being. Teachers must aim to find alternative ways to assess student performance.

Exams may be arranged in certain exceptional cases if it is necessary especially for students who are close to graduation. Such cases are decided by LUT’s vice rector for education or LAB’s vice president for education. 

Use of facilities in the admissions process

Student admissions may take place in LUT and LAB facilities if appropriate safety steps are taken.

Exchange students interrupting their stay

Exchange students may receive grades for courses that do not require attendance on campus (laboratory, exam, etc.) 

In addition, teachers in charge of courses will aim to find alternative ways to assess student performance. If the course includes elements that require attendance, we cannot guarantee that the student will receive a passing grade.

Public examinations of dissertations

Public examinations of dissertations will be arranged remotely: opponents will participate through remote connections, as will guests. No more than 10 staff members may be present in the same space at a time. The audience must be provided the opportunity to pose questions to the doctoral candidate at the end. The questions may be presented remotely.

Dissertations must be available to the public in PDF format on the LUT website 10 days before the public examination.

 

Library services 

The Lappeenranta Academic Library will be closed as of 18 March. Customer service, information retrieval, guidance and other services will be available remotely.

LUT’s and LAB’s communication services are now focusing on work assigned by the coronavirus task force.