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Information on Corona virus and Lapland UAS instructions

"The premises of schools, educational institutions, universities, universities of applied sciences, basic art education as well as civic education and other liberal education institutes will be closed until 13 April 2020, and contact teaching will be suspended. Teaching and guidance will be organised as widely as possible in alternative ways, including distance learning, various digital learning environments and solutions and, where necessary, independent learning.

These arrangements will enter into force on Wednesday 18 March 2020."

Read the announcement (Ministry of Education and Culture)

We follow the instructions of authorities in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Here you can find Lapland UAS actions during the declared state of emergency.

Teaching

No contact teaching will be arranged at Lapin AMK starting from Tuesday 17 March. All courses will be delivered online until 13 April.

Campuses will be closed during 18.3. – 13.4.2020.

As for contact teaching, we are adjusting our modes of operation making use of different methods of online teaching as well as independent study. Some courses may be postponed to a later date, if completing the course remotely is not possible.

Practical training periods and student exhanges

Lapland UAS has made a decision, based on the Emergency Powers Act taking effect on 17.3,. that all student exchanges and practical trainee periods abroad are terminated. Lapland UAS is urging all students to return to Finland immediately.

Lapland UAS has also stopped receiving foreign exchange students.

Guidelines and provisions regarding corona virus made by other organizations may result in termination of practical training in Finland.

Joint application and entrance exams

The second phase of this spring’s joint application will commence as planned on 18.3.

Universities of applied sciences have cancelled the entrance exams on campuses for the first joint application of spring 2020 (i.e. English degree programmes). During the state of emergency international students cannot take entrance exams in Finland.

Many other countries besides Finland have imposed travel restrictions and quarantines. Therefore, it is not possible to organise entrance exams outside Finland either.

Instead of entrance exams, students are admitted to English degree programmes based on their educational prowess (= diploma grades) and by separate web-based admission tasks.

As for the entrance exams to the second phase joint application degree programmes, universities of applied sciences are preparing a backup plan together with the Ministry of Education and Culture, should it be the case that entrance exams cannot be organised as originally planned.

Travelling

"For the sake of public health and health security, preparations will be launched for the closure of Finland’s borders without delay in accordance with international obligations. Passenger transport to Finland will be suspended as soon as possible, with the exception of the return of Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland. Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland must not travel abroad. Finnish tourists abroad are advised to return to Finland immediately. Necessary travel for work and to access other necessary services will be permitted across the northern and western borders. Freight and goods traffic will continue as usual.

Finns and permanent residents in Finland returning from abroad will be placed in quarantine-like conditions for two weeks.

Persons returning from abroad must agree on the date of their return to work after a two-week period of absence together with their employer."

Finnish Government press release 16.3.2020

Meetings, visits and events
All meetings are organised online.

For the time being, we will not receive visitors or practical trainees. We will not organise events that require gathering during spring semester.

Virtual meeting facilities should be used instead, whenever possible.

The Lapland UAS staff is not to participate in events organised by outsiders.

Services

Campuses will be closed during 18.3. – 13.4.2020.


Student affairs offices

Student affairs offices will provide services by email and by telephone.
Contact information

 
Health Care

In other matters concerning sickness, except for coronavirus COVID-19, students may contact student nurse on one’s campus by phone.

  • Kemi tel. 050 314 6497, 050 314 6497, 050 461 7224
  • Rovaniemi tel. 016 322 4280
  • Tornio 050 314 6505


Curators

Curator Maria Sipilä is on call during working days 10-11 o’clock, phone 040 847 4219.
You can also book a telephone appointment with any curator by sending a text message.

Tuovi Honkela 040 353 4276
Paula Perttunen 040 484 4243
Maria Sipilä 040 847 4219

eLearning services

As of Monday 16 March, the eLearning Services will exclusively work remotely. The doors to our offices will be closed until further notice. This is how we strive to ensure the availability of our services.

Our phones are likely to be overloaded. Always try to use eoppimispalvelut@luc.fi for non-urgent matters, and see the support manuals and systems manuals at http://eoppimispalvelut.fi/. On the same page, we will also provide information about possible disruptions in distance learning services.


IT service

Service hours 8:00 - 17:00
040 484 4210
servicedesk@luc.fi

Instructions on remote work in response to the coronavirus

Restaurants

Restaurants on campuses will be closed during 18.3. – 13.4.2020.


Sports

All university sports services are cancelled as a measure of precaution in effort to prevent the spread of corona virus.
We will inform about restart of services as soon as we can. The sports facilities of cooperation partners will follow their own guidelines.

Libraries

Customer service at all LUC Library service desks will be suspended until further notice from Wednesday 18 March 2020. Also the interlibrary loans are suspended. There will be more information during this afternoon about the possibilities to use the library spaces and access keys.

Customer service is given only online. Guidance and advice is available through chat, e-mail and by phone. Information literacy instruction will be hold online for the time being.

The due dates of the items borrowed have been resettled. The new due date is 1.4.2020. The due date will be automatically resettled as long as this exceptional situation continues.

More information about library services can be found on https://lib.luc.fi/fi


If you have flu symptoms or if you suspect that you have contracted corona virus

If you you suspect that you have contracted the corona virus and if you are experiencing symptoms (according to THL, the most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath), please contact by your health centre .

Take care of good hand hygiene and do not shake hands

Lapland UAS advises to follow the instruction of THL. You can protect yourself from the new coronavirus in the same way as with other respiratory infectious agents. This is primarily through a good level of hand hygiene.

  • Wash your hands when you arrive to the office, before meals and smoking, after using toilet and when leaving the office
  • Preferably use a paper towel to dry your hands.
  • In case you don’t have an opportunity to wash hands, use hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face unless your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately after use.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the upper part of your sleeve. Do not use your hands!

Hand sanitizer dispensers and handwash instructions have been added to campuses. Cleaning of toilet facilities has been stepped up.


Support and instructios

Students are advised to contact the school nurse in their campus

  • Kemi 050 314 6497, 050 314 6497 or 050 461 7224
  • Rovaniemi 016 322 4280
  • Tornio 050 314 6505

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

You can send questions related to Lapland UAS instructions also to the Lapland UAS safety and security team to turvallisuus@lapinamk.fi.
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