UT coronavirus info and updates
Coronavirus continues to spread in Estonia and globally and acting responsibly is still the best way to prevent it. We want the approaching academic year at the University of Tartu to start and continue as smoothly as possible.
Below, we have gathered some recommendations and advice on how to act considerately in the circumstances of the spread of the virus. Some of the most important recommendations:
- when returning from countries with a high coronavirus infection rate, follow the restrictions on freedom of movement requirements laid down by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- maintain distance with other people in the work and study environment and comply with hygiene rules to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading;
- stay home even with mild symptoms of a viral disease;
- lets's use hoia.me app. HOIA mobile app allows rapid notification of a possible close contact with a COVID-19 virus carrier and is safe to use.
Organisation of studies
- If necessary, classroom studies can take place, supported by at least partially web-based study, if possible. Be prepared to use more IT resources in studies. If the level of infection rises, we must be ready for the increase in e-learning.
- The specific decision about the form and beginning of studies is made depending on the curriculum. When studies need to be reorganised, the lecturer informs all students registered for the course and makes sure the information in SIS is updated accordingly.
- If there are more than 30 people attending a lecture, then should be seated farther apart in the lecture hall so that the room is up to half full. If that is not possible, face masks should be worn.
- It is important to make all students understand that they must not participate in classroom studies when they have any viral symptoms. The requirements for completing the course in case a person cannot participate in classroom studies must be also clarified and communicated to students.
- Concerning the arrival of international students and international visiting students who are starting their studies, we are flexible and take the situation into account. In English-taught programmes we allow international students who have difficulties with entry to Estonia to participate in studies via online tools.
- Read more detailed guidelines for organisation of studies in the context of COVID-19 on the university's intranet.
- Rector: ten guidelines for studies (read quidelines on the university's intranet).
Organisation of work
- Together, managers and employees find solutions that take the interests of both the university and the employee into account and ensure a safe working environment for all.
- Think ahead, whether and how employees of different positions could work from home, if necessary.
- Electronic means for participating in meetings must be created for employees working remotely.
- If necessary, separate safe workstations must be set up for positions that require contacts with customers and people outside their unit.
- Prefer paperless procedures and forward documents via electronic channels.
- Read more detailed guidelines for organisation of work in the context of COVID-19 on the university's intranet.
If you travelled abroad, make sure to consult the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the list of countries arriving from which you must stay in self-isolation for 14 days. As the epidemiological situation changes rapidly, plan all trips abroad with the consideration that you might be subject to movement restrictions when returning to Estonia.
- If you suspect infection with coronavirus, call your family doctor or the family doctor’s advice line 1220 for advice. Do not go to the family doctor’s office.
- To prevent further spread of the virus, stay at home while waiting for the test results and when tested positive.
- Information about a person being infected with COVID-19 is sensitive personal data and must not be forwarded, except with the person’s consent. Nevertheless, employees and students are encouraged to inform the university if they turn out to be virus carriers and close contacts of a virus carrier. Rapid exchange of information helps us prevent the spread of the virus and reduce confusion resulting from the lack of information.
- If an employee turns out to be a virus carrier or a close contact, we strongly recommend informing his or her immediate supervisor. The immediate supervisor forwards this information to Academic Secretary Tõnis Karki who is the contact person of the Health Board at the university.
- If a student turns out to be a virus carrier or a close contact, we strongly recommend informing his or her academic affairs specialist or programme director who then forwards this information to the academic secretary.
- After that, the academic secretary, the faculty and the Health Board together decide which measures must be taken in the organisation of studies as well as in the study and work environment.
- A virus carrier is a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virus carriers must not leave their place of residence starting from receiving the diagnosis until confirmed recovered.
- A close contact of a virus carrier is a person who has been in the same room with a virus carrier for more than 15 minutes and closer than two metres. All close contacts must stay in self-isolation for 14 days, even if they do not have any symptoms. The Health Board is responsible for identifying and notifying close contacts.
Tõnis Karki (Academic Secretary, contact person of the Health Board at the University of Tartu), 529 7917
Peeter Liik (Head of the Marketing and Communication Office), 5554 8206
State coronavirus helpline 1247
State website on COVID-19 www.kriis.ee /en