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Updated information regarding the coronavirus

With regards to the coronavirus outbreak, Jönköping University is monitoring the situation continuously and following the information from the Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Message from the President: Jönköping University follows the recommendation from the government to transfer to digital education starting Wednesday 18 March. 

We have started the transition to more digital operations and this work will continue rapidly. More information will be provided on this page. We encourage students and staff to stay updated. Students will receive specific information from their respective course coordinator.

Starting 14 December national regulations and general advice were introduced. You can read a press release regarding the new national regulations and general advice hereexternal link, opens in new window.

An update and tightening of the national regulations stretching between 24 December and 24 January were presented on 18 December. You can read more about what this means on hereexternal link, opens in new window.

On 15 January, Jönköpings-Posten published a debate article written by the JU President and Deans/MDs, regarding the current situation. Read the text here in its entirety

Keep distance and take personal responsibility

JU believes, in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden, that every individual has a great responsibility. Everyone must contribute to help minimize the spread of infection. To do this, you always have to stay home when you have symptoms, be careful with hand hygiene and keep distance. JU cares for all employees and students, and acts on this in different ways.

National regulations and general advice from 14 December 2020

At the beginning of November, local general guidelines where introduced in Jönköping County and Jönköping University made adjustments to the operations. With the stricter national regulations and general advice, that will came into effect 14 December, Jönköping University will continue with these adjustments. The goal is to reduce instances of physical contact which leads to more digital meetings and increased work from home.

The following changes apply until further notice:

  • At present, the previously decided corona-adapted campus education will continue with the exception that lectures should be given online.
  • Students are encouraged to study from home and find digital solutions for contacting other students and JU staff.
  • Staff are asked to work at home if their tasks allow it. Decisions about the suitability of working at home are to be made in consultation with the immediate manager.
  • Meetings that do not require a physical gathering should be carried out digitally.
  • Business trips should not be made
  • Entry to campus premises will require a pass card at all times.
  • The University Library, IT-helpdesk and Service Centre will remain open, but students and staff are asked to consider digital contact options to begin with.
  • Sports training in Campus Arena, which is arranged by various student associations at Jönköping University, are now cancelled and the gym at Campus Gränna will also be closed.

Regarding the spring semester education 2021

Jönköping University will continue with the corona-adapted education during the spring semester 2021. All operations and planning are conducted according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general recommendations.

The continued goal is to reduce physical meetings, which means that more activities will be done digitally, as well as an increase in working from home. JU is continuously making further adaptations and priorities to contribute to reducing the risk of infection.

Study groups with laboratory or practical elements as well as study groups with examination elements that are not suitable to be conducted remotely/digitally will be prioritized JU-wide to be on-campus.

The Dean at each school and Managing Director at JUE is given mandate to allow for on-campus education and examination in an exam hall for student groups other than those that are prioritized JU-wide as described above. Each Dean/MD is responsible to ensure that the corona-adapted education at each school is conducted in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general recommendations.

Students who do not have any scheduled classes or activities are asked to study from home to the extent possible.

Staff is encouraged to work from home if their work tasks allow it, the decisions are to be made in consultation with the immediate manager.

Earlier decision regarding the autumn semester's education

On Friday 29 May, the Swedish Government announced that the Public Health Agency of Sweden will lighten the recommendation regarding off-campus education. Some parts of the teaching will continue remotely in order to follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s general recommendations on social distancing and avoiding greater social gatherings.

Jönköping University is planning for on-campus education from the start of the autumn term 2020.

In accordance with a President’s Decision, and considering recommendations and guidelines, on-campus education will primarily be held for the following prioritized student groups:

  1. Study groups with laboratory/practical elements
  2. Study groups with examination elements that are not suitable to be conducted remotely/digitally
  3. First semester students

Utilization and adaptation of premises:

  • The occupancy of class/teaching rooms shall ensure that sufficient distance can be maintained between the persons in each room and that there is no risk of over-crowding in the corridors. Groups of up to 50 people can be in a classroom. The maximum limit applies provided that the room can be adapted, so that there is sufficient distance between the students in the room.
  • Class/teaching rooms can, if appropriate, also be used in the evening.
  • Students who do not have any scheduled classes or elements are asked not to be on campus.

Introduction week:

  • Roll calls will be divided and held during several days
  • General information will be recorded and made available digitally

The Dean of each school and JUE are given the mandate to, within the framework of the operations of the school through a written decision, starting 17 August 2020, allow on-campus education and examination in an exam hall for other student groups than those prioritized.

More information will be given continuously to staff and students.

Working from home

When JU now resumes teaching on campus, it also means that the staff will return to working on campus when the operations allow this. The return must be done responsibly, and adjustments continue to be necessary to comply with recommendations and directives.

Decisions regarding working from home will also continuously be made in dialogue with the immediate manager. It is important to keep in touch with the immediate manager since the conditions for, and possibility to be working from home may change.

More information about working from home can be found in the FAQ for staff

Opening hours on campus

For more information about opening hours, please visit this webpageopens in new window

The University Library has limited their opening hours and will only be open to students and staff until 24 January, for details, please see this pageexternal link, opens in new window.

External events

According to the Swedish government's decision (link in Swedish)external link, opens in new window JU will not arrange any public gatherings or social events until further notice.

Due to the current situation, Jönköping University will cancel some of the events that were planned during the spring. See the list of cancelled events hereopens in new window

Regarding travels and visits

In accordance with the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in relation to the responsibilities Jönköping University has towards its employees and students, JU has decided to follow the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairsexternal link, opens in new window' recommendations and restrictions for travels and visit, for students and staff. 

See the full list here (in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

As the situation can change quickly, we recommend that everyone stays updated through the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel information and the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s information. 

Students and staff are encouraged to keep up to date via the responsible authorities’ websites. They update information on developments and recommendations on a regular basis.

See links below:

If you have questions:

  • If you have general questions about the outbreak, you should primarily seek information through the above sources.
  • You can call 113 13 for answers regarding covid-19. 113 13 is Sweden’s information number in case of major accidents and crises. The service is available 24 hours a day. This national information number is used to reduce the burden on the emergency number 112 and 1177.
  • Questions related to suspected illness are referred to the health service via telephone number 1177 (+46 771 11 77 00) or
  • JU employees should contact their immediate manager if they have any questions.
  • Students can also contact the Student Health Care for support.

JU's work

To handle issues and challenges that have risen during the spread of the coronavirus, JU has had a crisis organisation activated. The management of the crisis organisation has consisted of representatives from the Foundation, all companies within JU, Jönköping Student Union, and the unions.

On Tuesday 28 April, the crisis organisation was deactivated. It may be reactivated if the need arises. The continuous work of dealing with consequences of the spread of the coronavirus will be dealt with within the existing organisation, at the request of JU Executive Team.

In May, an internal working group was appointed to investigate and develop criteria and guidelines for how the operations can be conducted, adapting and taking into account the risk of spread of infection.

Questions and Answers

If you have questions

Students and staff

Please turn to the Service Centeropens in new window

Please do not visit the Service Center if you have symptoms, if you have symptoms you should contact 1177. 

Read more at 1177, or call 113 13 and ask for advice.

What can I do?

Stay at home when you are sick to avoid infecting people at the university, on the bus, at work or in areas where you are close to other people. 

Everyone with symptoms of respiratory infection, even mild symptoms, should avoid social contacts which can spread disease. Stay at home 48 hours after you are symptom free. 

  • Avoid touching your face or eyes as well as contact with sick or elderly people.
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow or into a tissue to prevent infection from spreading around you, or from contaminating your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water, before eating, before preparing food, and after toilet use. Alcohol-based hand rub can be an alternative when you are unable to wash hands.

Read the Public Health Agency of Sweden's full recommendations hereexternal link, opens in new window

Cancelled events

Due to the current situation, Jönköping University will cancel some of the events that were planned during the spring. 

See the list of cancelled events hereopens in new window

Be respectful

As an international university, Jönköping University works actively to have a climate on campus where all students and staff treat each other with integrity and respect.

We urge everyone in our organization, both students and staff, to continue to support each other with respect and care. We urge our campus community not to make assumptions about the risk of students, staff or faculty based on their ethnicity or travel history. It is important not to contribute to the spread of misinformation and fear, and to be mindful of unverified information.