University of Eastern Finland has moved to remote work - the university's staff will return to work on campus gradually

(Updated 29 May 2020 at 14.00)

The staff of the University of Eastern Finland will return to work on campus gradually over the course of this summer and early autumn, but most of the university’s teaching will continue to be offered online also in the autumn semester. Restrictions and guidelines issued by the authorities will be followed at all times in order to ensure safety and security.

Use of facilities and working at the university
Starting from 17 June, permission from the head of the department/school/unit to visit the campus is no longer needed; a mere notification to the head in a manner agreed upon at the unit is enough. However, the head must always have information about which employees are working on campus, since this information is needed for tracking possible chains of transmission.

The following basic instructions on safety and hygiene on campus must be followed by everyone (students, employees, visitors):

  • Only come to the campus when you are healthy.
  • The first thing to do when you arrive is to wash your hands. You should also wash your hands regularly throughout the day. Use hand sanitizer in situations where washing your hands is not possible.
  • Keep a safe distance to others (1.5–2 metres).
  • No handshaking, no hugging.
  • Use protective gloves when you are using shared devices.
  • Prefer online meetings whenever this is possible.

Returning to work on campus gradually from 17 June onwards

Most of the university’s staff will continue to work remotely from home this summer. On 17 June, i.e. after all entrance examinations have been held, employees whose duties require presence on campus will return to work there, as well as employees who wish to return at this point (employees belonging to a medical risk group may not return). The number of employees working on campus may not exceed half of the normal.

Starting from the beginning of August, the units’ employees will start to return to work on campus. However, the number of employees working in the university’s facilities may not exceed half of the normal. Each unit can decide how to organise the return of its staff. The head of the department/school/unit must always have information about which employees are working on campus. With the general COVID-19 situation permitting, all employees can return to work on campus over the course of the autumn. However, employees belonging to a medical risk group will remain working remotely from home, and the practices relating to their return will be defined later.

Members of the teaching and research staff do not have to return to work on campus in the autumn, if there is no need. Only teaching that is deemed crucial to be offered as in-person teaching will be organised as in-person teaching in the autumn semester 2020.

To learn more about the university's general definitions of policy on remote work, and on tools for remote work, please click on the links on the left.