Here are some common question about the Coronavirus that might be relevant for you as a student.
Infection and symptoms
I am ill and don’t feel well. How do I go about?
it is possible for international students to be tested for the coronavirus via health centers, such as Citypraktiken. Call and make an appointment. For information about symptoms and risk assessments, please visit the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website. Please contact The Student Centre by email if it turns out that you are infected by the coronavirus.
I meet an infected person. What should I do?
For information about the coronavirus and risk assessments, please visit the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website.
Are you a student and are in the risk group for the coronavirus?
For you as a student to feel safe on our campuses, we have done quite a lot to reduce the spread of infection of the coronavirus. MDH has adapted our ways of conducting teaching and written examinations, and we’re making sure to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Authority of Sweden regarding distance, the maximum number of people, and hand hygiene. Further adjustments for students who belong to a risk group will not be made.
If you are pregnant you are counted as a risk group from week 20 of pregnancy.
If you are a student and belong to a risk group you may apply for deferment, that is to say permission to postpone the start of your studies, for medical reasons, and then you will need to produce a doctor’s certificate showing that you belong to a risk group. Read more about how to postpone the start of your studies.
Based on the position statement that MDH has made for how teaching is to be conducted, there are no requirements that courses given on campus should also be offered digitally.
Teaching and examination
What are the University’s thoughts on physical lectures and written exams?
MDH’s Vice-Chancellor has decided that MDH will conduct teaching and examinations by distance during the summer and autumn semesters 2021, but also that the decision will be reviewed as soon as the situation regarding the pandemic makes this possible. The goal is to be able to readjust from distance to campus in four weeks from the decision being taken.
Practical modules or examinations which in exceptional cases cannot be carried out by distance will be carried out on campus in an infection safe manner. The purpose of this decision is to provide clarity for students and teachers, to create opportunities for long-term planning and also to continue to follow the authorities’ advice to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
When it comes to written examinations, the University follows the recommendations of the Public Health Authority of Sweden regarding distancing. There are also hand sanitisers located in every exam room. Admission to the exam rooms commences as soon as the invigilators have completed their preparations, and for bigger exams there are student ambassadors to help remind people to keep their distance in the corridors ahead of being let in.
How do you adapt your activities to now include a maximum of 8 people in public gatherings and events?
The government emphasises the importance of us continuing to conduct our education and research activities. A distance mode constitutes the basis and is in line with the University’s decision to conduct an absolute majority of the activities online.
Lectures and examinations within programmes and courses are not considered to be public gatherings or events. According to the Minister for Higher Education and Research there are activities at the higher education institutions which are difficult to conduct limiting the number of people to merely eight, for example examining nursing students or conduct practical elements requiring physical presence. It is crucial to us as a university to contribute to keeping the spread of infection low while at the same time being able to conduct high quality education and maintaining the rule of law during examinations. Therefore, the few activities held on campus will be carried out in smaller groups and in facilities where it is possible to maintain a proper distance.
Why do you still have some written exams?
Some examinations cannot be adapted without jeopardising quality and security. The University must ensure that examinations meet the required demands so that all students will be able to obtain their higher education credits.
So that a course or programme from 2020 will be worth as much as one from 2019, knowledge must be tested in an equally secure way as before. For many courses and programmes it is possible to conduct examinations by distance in an excellent way, but for others it is much more difficult. For example this could mean having access to a laboratory or carrying out a practical test. In certain cases this is also a question of written examinations being conducted for example for security reasons or taking into account the future safety of patients. MDH must be able to ensure the independence of students regarding both knowledge and skills.
Another reason is to prevent the various types of advanced cheating that some courses and programmes across the whole country have similar problems with.
What’s Zoom and how does it work?
Zoom is a tool for digital lectures and group discussions. Through Canvas, the University’s learning platform, you can find more information on how Zoom works.
Can I make an appointment with a study advisor as usual?
You can make an appointment with our study advisors via phone or Skype. Please see this page for more information: https://www.mdh.se/en/malardalen-university/student/the-student-centre/help-with-planning-your-studies-?
Have you adapted the premises to reduce the risk of spread?
Yes, MDH have made a number of measures to reduce the risk of spread of infection. The furnishing in group rooms, teaching rooms and public areas has been thinned out: chairs have been removed and furniture that is not to be used will be clearly marked. The number of bookable places in computer rooms and other rooms has been adjusted. For MDH to be able to keep campus open it is important that everyone follows the instructions in rooms and on furniture.
To guarantee further distancing on campus on account of the general local recommendations, only teaching rooms, group rooms and designated study places may be used. The public areas on campus may not be used as meeting places or group study places. There is extra staff on campus to ensure that these rules are abided by.
All practical modules which involve people being close to one another have undergone risk- and consequence analyses so that they will have protective measures that are adapted to that particular module, so therefore they may look different for different courses.
All teaching rooms and public areas will be cleaned at least once a day. It will also be ensured that consumables and hand sanitisers are available.
Have you changed the procedures for cleaning the rooms at MDH in conjunction with the Coronavirus?
MDH has continual and good dialogues with the cleaning firm who is responsible for ensuring that the rooms and toilets are kept clean. In all toilets there is access to soap, and in a lot of places they have also reinforced this with hand sanitisers. Make sure that hand sanitisers remain in the toilet so that more people can use them. If you discover that there is no soap in any toilet we kindly ask you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to remind you that it is important to wash your hands often to prevent spreading infection, and also to stay at home if you feel unwell.
Since MDH is continually working with this question, it will be useful if you continue to follow the development on our website.
Is campus open?
For now Campus is kept open only for students who are unable to complete
their studies at home. In order for us to keep campus open it is important for everyone to follow the general recommendations by the Public Health Agency:
- Studie at home as much as possible.
- The University libraries are currently open for necessary matters only, for example borrowing and returning literature or using reference literature.
- When you are present at campus please keep a distance to your
classmates. This applies in areas such as group
rooms, computer rooms and study places.
- Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
- At the slightest symptom of illness you must stay at home until you are completely better. When you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours and at least seven days have elapsed since you became ill, you are welcome to come back. You will find more information on the1177 Healthcare Guide.
The University is open to students and staff. The public does not have access to the University premises. As a staff member you can access the University’s facilities by using your universitycardalong with your pin code.
Can we book meetings with a study advisor as usual?
Does the campus bus still go between Eskilstuna and Västerås?
Yes, the buses still go on the route between the campus cities, but some adaptations have been made to thin out the seats:
- To avoid crowding on the trip, students and staff should sit on alternate seats on the buses.
- One extra bus per departure is estimated to cover the need. The regular timetable continues to be valid.
- Just as before the rule applies to stay at home if you are unwell or have symptoms.
I’m planning to go abroad. Is it ok to go?
All work- and study-related trips abroad and back must be cancelled up to and including 6 June 2021. This decision applies to staff and students, as well as for visiting teachers, researchers, students etc. We are also abiding by the Public Health Authority of Sweden’s exhortation to minimise travelling nationally.
MDH is unwilling to contribute to the spread of infection, either in Sweden or abroad, and at the same time wishes to avoid students falling ill in other countries without the possibility of getting back to Sweden.
I’m an international student in Sweden. I’d like to abort my studies here and return to my home country. Could I continue my studies as distance education?
Different programmes have different preconditions, why it’s hard to give a general answer to this question. Please contact your course or programme coordinator for more information.