Actions at Novia UAS due to Coronavirus preparedness

Published 12.8.2020
Updated 14.8.2020

How Novia is adapting operation to Coronapandemic


Novia UAS adapts to the Coronapandemic in accordance with government instructions and in accordance with guidelines agreed upon with other Universities of Applied Sciences. Novia strives for to give our students as normal workdays as possible. Our campuses open in August, with caution and abiding current safety directives.


Students

  • Masks should be worn when social distance cannot be kept. You can bring and use your own mask on campus, Novia will provide masks for teaching situations.
  • New students start their studies at Novia on Monday 31st of August, and will gather in smaller groups, according to degree programme. After that, teaching commences in ordinary order. More information about this can be found on the page for new students >> https://www.novia.fi/information-for-new-students/
  • Studies on campus will be prioritized for new students.
  • For older students, some of the teaching will be conducted on campus and some remotely. The Head of Degree Programme will decide which studies will be conducted remotely to reduce the number of people on campus. The Head of Degree Programme will inform how studies are arranged within your degree programme.
  • Teaching that requires specific spaces or equipment will be done at campus or in other appropriate facilities. Novia offers students protective equipment in exercises where physical contact cannot be avoided, such as simulations. Novia will provide masks for teaching situations. 
  • If you have been aboard you should study remotely for 14 days before visiting campus. You should also follow recommendations given by Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), which may involve 2 weeks of voluntary or compulsory quarantine.
  • Novia advises against exchange studies during the Coronapandemic.
  • Novia follows the situation concerning the pandemic and is prepared to act on short notice if required.

Students from other countries

  •  We accept foreign students for degree studies, including Double Degree students. It is possible to study remotely in all of our degree programmes in English.
  • Exchange students are not accepted during the fall.
  • Students from abroad study remotley for 14 days before visiting campus.

Campus and events

  • Student associations events/ Parties are not allowed in Novias facilities this fall. Student associations meetings are allowed on campus, as long as Novias recommendations are followed, which include safety distance and wearing masks when social distance cannot be kept.
  • When you visit campus, keep social distance, wash your hands with soap and follow safety measures.
  • Stay at home if you feel symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Hand sanitizers can be found at the exits, student restaurants and common spaces.
  • Novia recommends that no larger events are held indoors on campus.

Student Associations

  • Events arranged by student associations is allowed on campus, as long as Novias recommendations are followed, which include safety distance and wearing masks when social distance cannot be kept. Associations should also inform Novias Manager of Safety and Facilities Services, Tommy Nyman about events organized on campus.

Service at campus

  • Information about student healthcare can be found on Novias intranet on the campus specific sites (requires login).
  • Libraries informs about opening hours and policies on their own websites.
  • Student services can be contacted by email, more information and contact information is found on Novias intranet (requires login)
  • Remember to keep good hand hygiene, follow safety measures and social distance when visiting us!

Cleaning

  • Cleaning has been intensified in all facilities.

Safety 

  • Hand sanitizers has been placed out on campus
  • Plexiglas will be installed for serivce points. 
  • Masks and other safety equipment will be handed out in teaching situations where social distance is not possible

Remote work

  • Work is organized to reduce risk of infection, staff can work remotely if needed.

Travel

  • Work-related travels abroad are assessed by case by case-bases, as is receiving of guests. The evaluation is based on the necessity of the trip and recommendations of Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Take care of your self

  • Stay at home if you feel symptoms of respiratory infection. If you get symptoms or suspect infection, contact your local healthcare providers.
  • Remember good hygiene at all times.

It is important that students and staff follow the recommendations set by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, which can be found on this site.