Corona virus update

Concerning coronavirus pandemic

Updated: 2020-04-09, at 14:00

BTH management continuously monitors the corona outbreak and follows information from mainly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Authority.

Staff and students are asked to follow this page, which is updated frequently. The authorities’ advice and recommendations are regularly updated. Therefore, follow the websites of the relevant authorities as well, see links below.

All teaching and examination from home

  • BTH’s Vice-Chancellor has decided on closing our campuses for students from Wednesday, 18 March, following the recommendations from the Swedish Government.
  • Decision regarding campus accessibility for students will be taken after Easter.
  • All teaching and examination continue in accordance to syllabus.
  • The Vice-Chancellor has decided that all teaching (including continuous examination) will be carried out at a distance during the whole of study period 4 (week 14 – week 21).
  • NEW All examination for study period 4, week 22 and re-examination in week 23, will be carried out at a distance.
  • NEW All events and other activities including degree presentation will not be held on our campuses. They will either be conducted at a distance, postponed to a later date or cancelled.
  • NEW The graduation ceremony in Karlskrona is postponed to 18 September.
  • NEW Exit in Karlshamn will be conducted as a distance event.
  • NEW The Vice-Chancellors´ closing speech will be hold online 5 June.
  • NEW BTH has made the transition to distance education in the autumn of 2020 for all Master’s programmes with English as language of instruction, except for the MSLS programme. More information here
  • NEW Decision regarding the summer courses, planned as campus education, will be taken in the end of May.
  • The campuses are open for employees.

Staff and students are expected to follow the directions below and are encouraged to support and respect each other in this extraordinary situation.

 

BTH employees

  • In case of a suspected corona infection, stay at home. For example, if you have met someone who has a confirmed corona infection or if you have mild symptoms of respiratory infection. See more information in links below. Contact immediate manager to discuss the possibility of working from home.
  • Staff who are sick should report sick in accordance with normal routines and should not visit BTH’s campus. Staff should not return to BTH´s campuses until at least two days after completely free from symptoms.
  • Working from home is recommended. This is planned in consultation with immediate manager.
  • No international business travels are granted.National business travels should be avoided. All business trips must be granted by the nearest manager. Already granted business travels must be reconsidered. Travels between BTH’s campuses can be carried out.
  • As an alternative to business travels, digital meetings should to the greatest extent possible be conducted.
  • Staff are requested notify their nearest manager of private travels.
  • When returning from an international travel and travel to “tourist areas” in Sweden (both private and business), staff must work from home for 2 weeks before returning to BTH’s campuses.
  • Travel to and from work is not covered by the above.
  • External visits should be avoided. Manager will decide on upcoming visits and inform the BTH reception.

BTH students

  • NEW Students can access our computer rooms through remote connection, which means that they can connect from home to an individual computer at BTH and thus take advantage of the software available. More information on Student portal.
  • Both campus are closed for students. All teaching and examination are made from home.
  • It is important that you as a student stay up to date regarding your studies. You will find more information and tips regarding distance learning on Student portal
  • BTH is in contact with students currently on exchange studies. If you have not been contacted and have questions please contact Björn Leijonbielke, e-post: leijonbielke@bth.se​​ or phone 0455-38 56 08.​

External staff
External staff, e.g. from cleaning companies and restaurants, working on BTH premises area asked not to visit BTH if they have a suspected corona infection or mild symptoms of respiratory infection

Hygiene
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, at least 20 seconds.
Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or use a tissue.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when being sick.

Seek reliable information and prevent rumours
Help prevent the spreading of rumours and speculation. Seek credible sources, be source critical and do not share uncertain information. See below links to our authorities.

Keep in mind that information about a person’s health status is sensitive personal information that must not be spread.

Further information
Staff and students who are abroad are urged to register on the Swedish list at UD for updated information from the embassy: Swedish list – Sweden abroad.

Links
The Public Health Agency of Sweden​´s FAQ list: ​.​
Ministry of Foreign Affairs​
Emergency information
WHO
1177 Blekinge (in Swedish only)
General travel advisory according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs​ (in Swedish only)