Teaching by distance in the first instance during the autumn semester
MDH’s Vice-Chancellor Paul Pettersson 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.
– If there is an opportunity of going back to teaching on campus again during 2021, our goal is to be able to readjust from distance to campus in four weeks from the decision being taken, says Vice-Chancellor Paul Pettersson.
It is stated in the decision that the readjustment period may be longer if it proves to be difficult to readjust a course in four weeks.
– Our point of departure for a readjustment is what is best for the students and staff. Therefore there may be modules that will continue by distance for the rest of the semester. But our goal is that we will go back to campus as soon as the infection situation permits, says Paul Pettersson.
In a return to campus-based teaching, MDH is prioritising you who are an international student, since you need to have more than 50 percent of your education on campus to obtain a residence permit.
Depending on how the restrictions are changed, MDH may need to implement the return gradually. The restrictions regarding the distance between people steer for example the possibilities of using the University facilities, since the number of persons allowed in each room is very limited.
Some teaching and examinations can be given on campus
As before, exemptions can be made for course components or examinations on campus if this is necessary from the point of view of security and quality. It is the Dean of School who will take decisions on exemptions. See under Adaptations for examination regarding what MDH is doing for this to be carried out in a safe way regarding infection.
Campus will continue to remain open to students, but closed to the general public. This means that as a student you may not bring any visitors with you into the University.
– All of us also have a big personal responsibility, for example by staying at home at the slightest symptom and keeping our distance if we have to be on campus. It is thanks to our students and staff in abiding by the restrictions and keeping our distance, or using face masks where it isn’t possible to keep at a sufficient distance, that we can still keep campus open, says Paul Pettersson.
MDH’s decision is based on the experts’ recommendations
For the University to be a safe and secure place for you who are studying, MDH is abiding by the authorities’ restrictions and is having a close dialogue with the infection control doctors in both the regions of Sörmland and Västmanland. It is their recommendations that form the basis both for the decision that teaching and examinations will take place by distance in the first instance, and for a possible review of the decision.