Illustration of corona virus


Information regarding the corona pandemic at UiT

Norsk versjon

Questions from the media are to be addressed to the press contact, phone no. +47 481 30 555.

The coronavirus infects mainly by droplet and contact infection. The infection can spread through the air (coughing and sneezing), by direct contact with the infected, or indirectly via objects and surfaces.

Here you can find the HSE regulations on covid-19 adopted by UiT.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild and difficult to distinguish from other respiratory tract infections. It is widely believed that transmission is possible 1-2 days before symptoms arise. However, it is most contagious around the time the symptoms arise. This is why it is important to be aware of new symptoms, while residual symptoms after a respiratory tract infection are of less significance for infection. People who develop new symptoms must not attend physically at work or in other contexts where they meet others. Employees, students, and visitors who get sick while at campus are to leave campus as soon as possible.

Before you return to campus, we encourage you to think through what might be potential sources of infection, respect the measures, practice new and healthy habits, and make yourself familiar with the infection control rules at UiT:



Infection control routines for use of all teaching rooms, meeting rooms and printers/photocopiers in connection with COVID-19

 

The Cleaning Section at the Department of Property Management (BEA):

  • Purchase and placement of products for surface cleaning:
    • Soap and water (spray bottle containing liquid mixture) and paper towels available for surface cleaning – tables and chairs
    • Disinfecting wipes for cleaning of AV equipment, including computer mice, keyboards and other touch points
  • Disinfecting wipes and spray for cleaning/disinfection are topped up as part of the daily cleaning routine

 The Department of Information Technology (ITA):

  • Place a checklist in all auditoriums, classrooms and meeting rooms stating what the lecturer/meeting organiser must do to comply with the infection control rules
  • Hang up a checklist for infection control near all printers/photocopiers included in UiT’s joint requisition scheme
  • The infection control checklist shall be updated as required

 Employees, students, guests, meeting organisers and lecturers shall:

  • Wash/sanitize their hands before using the room and when you are finished
  • Keep at least two meters distance from other people all day, including at entrances/exits.
  • The use of face masks applies in all places where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters.
  • Only use places that are marked for use
  • Use personal whiteboard markers/chalk, etc.
  • Put tables and chairs back to their original positions, if they have been moved

 Before leaving the room, the meeting organiser/lecturer is responsible for cleaning/disinfecting all surfaces and common touch points, e.g.:

  • Table surfaces
  • AV equipment

 Wash and stay healthy!

  • Remember to wash your hands before and after using the room
  • Although the rooms are cleaned daily by cleaning personnel, everyone needs to make an effort
  • Please use disinfecting wipes to clean all AV equipment you touch before and after use, including: Keyboards, computer mice, control panels, microphones, other AV equipment
  • Wash the surfaces of all tables and chairs that have been used (by spraying the mixture in the spray bottle and wiping it off with a paper towel)
  • Remember to keep at least two meters distance from others in the room
  • The use of face masks applies in all places where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters.
  • Try to avoid touching touch your face.

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If any cleaning supplies are missing from the room, please send an e-mail to renhold@uit.no



  • Wash your hands often and well. Hand wash is the most important way to break down the spread of infection. For this to be effective, it needs to be done in the right way, as shown in this video made by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • Cough hygiene is crucial to limit droplet infection, while hand hygiene and especially avoiding touching your face with dirty hands, is important to prevent indirect contact infection. This poster from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health illustrates good hand- and cough hygiene.
  • This video from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health shows the importance of good hand hygiene and how infectious agents spread via our hands.
  • If you do not have access to soap and water, alcohol-based hand disinfectants can be used. Hand wash or hand disinfectants are accessible at entrances, break rooms, and such. To achieve a satisfactory effect, it is necessary to follow the recommendations from the manufacturer concerning volume and duration. This video shows the correct use of hand disinfectants.
  • Bring a paper towel to work.
  • Read more on this FHI webpage.


  • Keep a distance to those around you. By keeping distance, we prevent the spread of corona. Check out this information brochure from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health here (only in Norwegian).
  • Try to avoid areas where lines usually form.
  • Avoid elevators, and use stairs if possible.
  • Avoid going into your collegues’ offices, and if you do so, keep a distance of at least 2 meters.
  • The use of face masks applies in all places where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters.
  • Office spaces not to be used have been marked.
  • Avoid touching objects and surfaces.
  • At cell offices, close the door to reduce the risk of infection.
  • In open office spaces and shared workspaces, leadership has made a comprehensive assessment of physical splitters and how many employees can be in a shared office space at the same time. There needs to be a distance of at least 2 meters between personnel at all times. In short, it is recommended to adapt measures to ensure that fewer people are present at the same time. 
  • Several people can sit at the same table in break rooms, but with at least a 2-meter distance between each other. As far as possible, people should stick to their group when taking a break. 
  • In situations with increased or high infection burden in society, and where it is difficult to keep your distance, the use of medical face masks or cloth face coverings is recommended as a measure to reduce the risk of transmission. See the advice on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s website here and here.
  • If you are visiting an UiT cafeteria, you are to follow the general advice for infection control.
  • For more information, please check the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's website. Keeping one metre’s distance reduces the risk of infection but does not tule out infection occurring. During contract tracing in the event of confirmed cases of COVID-19, people who have kept one metre’s distance can also be defined as close contacts.
  • Specific measures to reduce contact between people:
    • Consider outdoor waiting zones
    • Fixed chairs and/or marking on the floor
    • Limit the number of people who are present. Services may remain open for public access providing people who attend can keep the necessary distance.
    • Organise employees/users in small groups, so that the number of contacts is limited
    • Spread the activity over time if this is possible and appropriate, so the employees, users and others are present at different times.


  • If you share a work station, you need to clean this with a fitting cleanser when arriving and before you leave.
  • Personal objects such as pens, post-it notes, paper, and other things shall not be left when leaving the workstation. Shared objects such as newspapers, pens, and cutlery are not to be used.
  • Shared foods such as spices, ketchup, and sweetener are to be removed from the shared areas. Buffets are not allowed.
  • Before and after the use of mugs, coffee machines/coffee makers, dish washers and other equipment used by many, you need to either wash your hands thoroughly in soap or antibac. Avoid using equipment if it is hard to maintain infection control rules.
  • The copier and/or other equipment and surfaces you come into contact with needs to be wiped down with wet wipes with antibac (or alcohol and paper towels) after use.
  • Paper should be avoided in meetings. Present on a screen instead, or send out documents in advance so that participants can read dem electronically.
  • There are separate toilet cleaning routines, and rules of use are posted on the toilets. Avoid the use of hand dryers. The toilets that are closed are marked.


In general, ensuring good ventilation in closed spaces and crowded rooms is recommended. In crowded rooms without mechanical ventilation, regular airing is recommended. Moreover, normal use of ventilation and normal maintenance of the ventilation system are recommended.



This applies to any kind of illness, even if you only have light symptoms. Employees who fall ill while at work need to return home as soon as possible.



People who are sick are to remain home. This accounts for any type of illness, even if you only have minor symptoms. Employees, students, and visitors who get sick while at campus are to leave campus as soon as possible.

Norwegian Institute of Public health recommends everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested as soon as possible.

If you become ill you are advised to contact the municipal health services at your place of study.

  • Contact information for you who live in Tromsø
  • Contact information for you who live in Alta
  • Contact information for you who live in Harstad
  • Contact information for you who live in Narvik
  • Contact information for you who live in Kirkenes
  • Contact information for you who live in Hammerfest
  • Contact information for you who live in Bodø
  • Contact information for you who live in Mo i Rana
  • Contact information for you who live in Bardufoss
  • Contact information for you who live in Svalbard


Digital course delivery will be introduced in the period from and including March 25 until further notice.

Exceptions are made for those of our students who depend on access to campus for completion of experiments or skills training that cannot be completed digitally, and where physical attendance is necessary to maintain progression in the study program.

The decision on digital course delivery does not in theory affect planned practicums during the same period. Practicums can be carried out in accordance with current infection control measures. UiT will clarify what is possible to implement with the affected Municipalities and locations of the practicums.
Students who are in the target group are asked to contact their study program for further clarification.

Students and staff will have access to Campus to be able to use the library and study spaces, and to carry out work and activities that are allowed. When on Campus, infection control rules must be followed.

Everyone must familiarize themselves with the infection prevention rules at UiT. People who are sick are to remain home. This accounts for any type of illness, even if you only have minor symptoms. Employees, students, and visitors who get sick while at campus are to leave campus as soon as possible.

Regarding exams in the spring semester 2021: School exams will in principle be converted to home exams, or other alternative exam forms. You will receive more information early in the semester and in good time before the exam.



National guidelines provide an opportunity to conduct events under given conditions. The following applies under its auspices:

It is not permitted to gather people from several municipalities physically. 

If an event with people from the same municipality is held, the following conditions apply:

  • Maximum up to 20 people are allowed at indoor events with fixed, designated seating
  • A risk assessment must be performed.
  • Infection control rules must be observed.
  • It is not allowed to serve alcohol.

Student associations and employees' organizations can use the campus in groups that can be organized in an infection control-sound manner and carry out events in accordance with these terms.

The use of UiT premises must be clarified with the faculty/unit that disposes of and has emergency responsibility for the premises used. At UiT, it is recommended that you use the "Safe Job" methodology for all risk assessments that deal with infection control. Organizers can use the checklists for NIPH in the risk assessments.

Dissertations are conducted according to the same guidelines as events. Here you will find a routine description for completing a digital disputation at UiT. Contact orakel@uit.no if you have questions or need technical assistance.

Events that are planned to be added and held by professional organizers (e.g., Samskipnaden) can be carried out in accordance with national and local rules that the organizers adhere to. UiT is not directly responsible for such events.

Here you will find information on how to conduct events digitally. (In Norwegian only)

Meetings shall, as a general rule, be conducted digitally. Employees working from home shall be able to participate in digital meetings. Everyone who participates in digital meetings must activate their camera to be visible to other participants in the meeting. See https://uit.no/motevett. (In Norwegian only)



Digital course delivery will be introduced in the period from and including March 25 until further notice.

UiT follows FHI's recommendations: There is no limit on the number of students per lecture/teaching situation, but it must be possible to maintain a distance of at least two meters between students and between students and staff. The use of face masks applies in all places where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters.

Local measures can be implemented from the municipalities according to the infection situation.

  • For more information about expeditions, field- and lab work, look here.
  • See Study from home for information on digital lectures.
  • If you need Special needs accommodation in regards to your new study day, you may contact your study counselor or contact person for Special needs accommodation at your faculty. Together we can look at what measures may be relevant. Contact overview.
  • If you are prevented from completing and having compulsory activities in a course due to illness or imposed quarantine related to coronavirus, the faculty shall ordinarily allow the students to take the exam in the course. See also §2 of the Corona Regulations.


Due to the corona situation, a temporary regulation was made for studies and exams at UiT Norway's Arctic University. This will also apply to the Spring semester 2021. See the updated regulations here

See here for more information regarding exams



Many health care students want to contribute to the health service during the corona crisis. Students have access to this on the same terms as part-time work in general. However, in agreement with the health services, UiT prioritizes having its graduates graduated. If work in the health service conflicts with the completion of compulsory study activities and / or the exam, the studies must have first priority. Questions and clarifications about this should be handled at the institute where your study program is organized.

 



Digital course delivery will be introduced in the period from and including March 25 until further notice.

Supervised practical training for students at The University Hospital

Please notice that students (including exchange students) who are in supervised practical training at The University Hospital in North Norway (UNN) must follow the same guidelines as staff at the hospital. The guidelines can be found at the UNN intranet.

Students who are in/ are to go into practical training at hospitals, health institutions, public dental service or the municipal health service, are to follow the same guidelines as those employed at these institutions.

Practical clinical tuition for med students, dental- and dental hygienists has been canceled for the remainder of the semester. Exceptions may occur, in which case the study program will initiate direct contact with the students.

Students must at all times follow recommendations, advice, and instructions from local authorities where they are stationed and from the field of practice where the students have their practice. If you have any further questions, please contact your university/institute.

Students who work in health care will keep their grants even if they earn too much. Many students contribute strongly within this sector during the corona crisis. The Government will therefore temporarily remove the limit for how much these students can earn without losing the grant part of their student loans. Read more in this press statement (only in Norwegian).

Students in practical training must follow the guidelines of the practice location.

 

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Information for HSL-students

All information about practical training will be provided through Canvas and/or via e-mail.
Contact the practical adviser/student adviser for your study program.

Most of the IT-services UiT offers to students can be used from home. Below is an overview of relevant services and tutorials.

Send an email to orakel@uit.no if you need assistance.

Advice for students


How can you conduct group-work when campus is closed down? How do you nurture the social contact with your fellow classmates? Both the professional and the social aspect is important. UiT recommend the following:

  1. Have a daily routine. Start your day as if you were going to the university; shower, get dressed and so on. Keep a permanent workspace if possible. This will help you be ready mentally to study.
  2. Do something physcial during the day. E.g. go for a walk with a neighbour.
  3. Make a study group if you don’t have one already. You can create a Team in Office 365 and invite your fellow students into your study group.
  4. Draw a clear line between what is professional and what is social. E.g. create a dedicated channel and name it «chit-chat».
  5. Use the meeting function in Teams. Turn on your web camera. It helps to participate from a calm and quiet location.
  6. Hold daily meetings to discuss academic literature. Set up a recurring meeting series on the same hour each weekday. Determine what to work on between meetings, e.g. «read chapter 5, and we’ll discuss it tomorrow».
  7. Have one or more social Teams-meetings during the week. E.g. morning coffee, pizza night, movie night. Be creative!

Equipment


In order to participate in classes from home, you will need a laptop and possibly a microphone and webcamera.

You can install Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc) and other software on your laptop.

  1. Install Microsoft Office by logging into Office 365. Click on "Install Office" in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
  2. Other software can be installed from LiReg.

Classes


Your teacher will tell you about changes to how classes will be run. Keep an eye on Canvas and your student email.

Classes might be offered online in Skype for Business or Adobe Connect. If you are told to participate in an online class, connect early so that you can test that everything works.

Canvas works just as well at home as it does on campus.

Online classes in Adobe Connect and Skype for Business will be the same as planned.

Library services


Library services can be accessed through Oria. Read more on how to gain access. 

Study groups and collaboration


How does your study group work together when campus is closed? What about preparing group assignments? We recommend the following:

  1. If your teacher has activated the option, you can create a group within your Canvas course. Send this tutorial to your teacher. Afterwards follow these instructions for creating your own group.
  2. You can create a Team in Office 365 and invite your fellow students.

Both options let you share files and have meetings online.

We offer subject assistance online and digital services are available.

Contact the University Library: 

For employees and students: go to the TopDeskportal
For external users: postmottak@ub.uit.no

Visit the University Library website

Opening hours


Alta Library
The library is now open for UiT students and employees from 08.00-23.00 every day, all year.
Library staff available:
Monday-Friday: 9 AM - 3 PM.

Opening hours Easter
Library Staff available:
29.03 9 AM - 3 PM
30.03 9 AM - 3 PM
31.03 9 AM - 12 PM
01.04.-05.04. Closed

  • Work spaces available
  • Printing possible
  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves

 

Contemporary Art Library
The library is staffed every Tuesday and Thursday, 8 AM - 3 PM.

Opening hours Easter
Staff not available 1 April.

 

Culture and Social Sciences Library
The library is open:

Monday-Friday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: 10AM - 3 PM

Library staff available:
Monday-Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM.

Opening hours Easter
29.03 8 AM - 9 PM
30.03 8 AM - 9 PM
31.03 8 AM - 12 PM
01.04.-05.04. Closed

  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves
  • Work spaces available
  • Group rooms available
  • Printing possible


Hammerfest Library
The library is open:
Monday-Friday: 3 PM - 12 AM

Library staff available:
Monday-Friday: 8 AM - 3.45 PM

Opening hours Easter
Self-service:
30.03: 08 AM-3.45 PM
31.03: 08 AM-3.45 PM
01.04. – 05.04. Self-service (access with student card and PIN code)

  • Work spaces available
  • Group rooms available
  • Printing possible
  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves

 

Harstad Library
NB! Self-service at Harstad library until April 14 due to a local increase in Covid-19 infections in Harstad.

Staff are at work at the library daily.

If you've got any questions don't hesitate to contact us via our chat "Spør biblioteket" on the University Library website.

The Harstad Library is open for UiT students and employees from 6 AM - 11 PM every day, all year.
Read more about the self-service.

  • Work spaces available
  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves

 

Museum Library
The library is open
Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 2 PM

Opening hours Easter
29.03.-05.04.: Closed

 

Music Library
The library is open
Monday-Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 3 PM

Opening hours Easter
29.03.-05.04.: Closed

  • Work spaces available
  • Possible to retrieve material from the shelves

 

Narvik Library
The library is open for UiT students and employees from 08.00-23.00 every day.

The desk is staffed:
Monday-Friday: 10 AM - 3 PM

  • Limited work spaces/group room available
  • Printing possible
  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves

Opening hours Easter
31.03.-05.04.: Closed (no self-service opening hours)

 

Psychology and Law Library
The library is open
Monday-Friday: 07.00-21.00
Saturday: 10.00-15.00

The desk is staffed
Mon-Fri: 10 AM - 2 PM

Opening hours Easter
29.03. 7 AM - 3.30 PM
30.03. 7 AM - 3.30 PM
31.03. 7 AM - 12 PM
01.04.-05.04. Closed

  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves
  • Work spaces available
  • Group rooms available
  • Printing possible


Science and Health Library
The library is open
Monday-Friday: 07.00-20.00
Saturday: 10.00-15.00

The desk is staffed
Mon-Fri: 10 AM - 2 PM

Opening hours Easter
29.03. 7 AM - 3.30 PM
30.03. 7 AM - 3.30 PM
31.03. 7 AM - 12 PM
01.04.-05.04. Closed

  • Work spaces available
  • Printing possible
  • Possible to retrieve books from the shelves

Ordering and borrowing books


Who can request?

Employees and students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

Returns

It is possible to return material to all our University libraries.


Interlibrary loans

Inter-library loans from other institutions are available.


Expired loans

We will not be sending out bills for overdue literature. If you are having practical challenges returning overdue books contact us : 

For employees and students: go to the TopDeskportal
For external users: postmottak@ub.uit.no

Copying course material


It is legal to copy up to 15% of the total pages to share with fellow students. Read more about the legal restrictions on copying here.

Access from home


Connecting to VPN

A large part of the library's resources requires that you are within the UiT network. When you are at home or other places outside of the UiT network you will be prompted to log inn with your Feide username and password in Oria when accessing the library resource.

 

If you are experiencing problems, contact the Oracle.

Searching for literature


Do you need help finding material on your study subject, check out our handy guide on searching for literature.

You can search for Open Access articles using the browser add-ons Kopernio or Unpaywall or ask that material be made accessible using the Open Access Button.

Useful digital resources


Scandinavian University Press’ (Universitetsforlaget) is making Idunn, their digital publishing platform for academic journals and books, open for the public. You can browse and read more than 36,000 quality assured journal articles and book chapters, over 70 journals and numerous scientific book.

The National Library of Norway offers access to its digital collection. For some material you are required to apply for access. Sign in with Feide. Choose «UiT» as your library when sending the application. Applications are processed consecutively.

Ordnett.no is a digital language and dictionary service that gives you access to a large number of digital dictionaries directly on your computer, your smart device or your mobile. Log in with Feide. Download the Ordnett-app (Android and iOS).

 

Many larger publishers are opening up access to their resources temporarily due to the corona virus situation. The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has made an overview spreadsheet of the publishers and access levels here.

Problems with EndNote?


Are you experiencing problems with EndNote while working from home? Follow this guidance and find a solution to your EndNote-problems.

Or contact us at in TopDesk (log-in with Feide)

Courses and teaching


All of our scheduled Skype courses will be held as planned. You can find an overview of our Skype courses here. All on-campus classes have been cancelled and will, if possible, be held in digital format.

Subject assistence and public defence of thesis


All library subject assistance will now be given over Skype and phone. If you need help finding material for your public defence contact our subject librarians. Here is the contact information for all of our subject librarians.

Other questions?


Do you have other issues you need help with? Contact the University Library :

For employees and students: go to the TopDeskportal
For external users: postmottak@ub.uit.no

Are you an international degree-seeking student at UiT, and have questions concerning the current situation? Send your questions to international@uit.no.



Are you a resident of one of the Arctic Student Welfare Organization’s student housings, and have been confirmed as infected or put into quarantine, we ask you to contact the Arctic Student Welfare Organization’s preparedness responsible.

If you have arrived in Norway from abroad, you are to go into home quarantine for 10 days after you arrived; regardless if you show symptoms or not. Read more at the FHI webpages.

We ask students to stay up-to-date on the specific terms of their municipality.

All students quarantined are encouraged to stay at home, and notify the person academically responsible for your study program or class. You are not permitted to venture to any campus location.



People who are sick are to remain home. This accounts for any type of illness, even if you only have minor symptoms. Employees, students, and visitors who get sick while at campus are to leave campus as soon as possible.

Norwegian Institute of Public health recommends everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested as soon as possible.

If you become ill you are advised to contact the municipal health services at your place of study.

  • Contact information for you who live in Tromsø
  • Contact information for you who live in Alta
  • Contact information for you who live in Harstad
  • Contact information for you who live in Narvik
  • Contact information for you who live in Kirkenes
  • Contact information for you who live in Hammerfest
  • Contact information for you who live in Bodø
  • Contact information for you who live in Mo i Rana
  • Contact information for you who live in Bardufoss
  • Contact information for you who live in Svalbard


The national guidelines state that unnecessary domestic travel is not recommended. Necessary business trips can be made, and those who travel must be careful to follow infection control advice and keep the required distance from others.

At UiT, travels for employees and students shall only be carried out when considered strictly necessary. This also applies to travel between UiT's campuses. The reason for this is to avoid the spread of infection between areas in Norway and from abroad. It is the individual unit that must assess whether a trip is necessary or not. Employees and students must clarify with the immediate supervisor whether the trip is necessary for sufficient time before any completion. Alternatives to physical travel must be considered. Travel to the campus for students is regarded as a necessary trip.

Employees and students who carry out work trips and private trips must follow requirements and recommendations from national authorities and UiT's host municipalities. UiT requires that the individuals familiarize themselves with and comply with the recommendations applicable to their municipality. Such recommendations may include testing on day five after arrival from areas with a higher level of infection. Employees and students must have limited contact with others during such periods and not stay on UiTs campuses. In the case of private travel and business travel that has not been pre-approved by the manager, it cannot be assumed that UiT as an employer will grant access to work from home or paid leave in connection with various types of quarantine stays.

From January 2021, new rules have been introduced for entry into Norway. The main rule is that only foreigners residing in Norway can enter and all Norwegian citizens. Current national guidelines provide some exceptions, including for researchers and crew members on marine research cruises. For planned stays abroad, separate guidelines apply for employees at UiT.

If you are an exchange student, please also read the information regarding exchange stays abroad

 

Sjømannskirken has established a telephone for those who just want some company, who just want to have a chat with a real person.



Safety abroad

We encourage you to pay attention to the information given by your host university abroad, in regards to how the semester will be handled and alternatives planned for teaching and exams. You should be aware of the measures currently in effect regarding departure and entry for the country you are residing in.

We ask you to follow the travel advice and information provided by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs related to the coronavirus.

 Remember to register your stay abroad at www.reiseregistrering.no (only in Norwegian)

When returning home

To those returning to Norway earlier than intended, we ask that you contact your insurance company regarding reimbursement of additional expenses related to tickets and such. When canceling a journey, you should first contact the travel agent (airline or such, for rebooking or reimbursement of unused tickets). UiT will help cover additional expenses related to your home journey.

Updated information about travel restrictions due to corona in different countries can be found at IATA’s web pages.

If you’ve arrived from travels outside of Norway, you are to be quarantined for 10 days after arrival, whether or not you have any symptoms. Read more on FHIs webpages. If you do not have any symptoms of disease, you can travel to your arrival destiantion before the quarantine.

Keep updated on the measures here: https://www.helsedirektoratet.no/nyheter/informasjon-om-karantene-etter-reiser-utenfor-norden (only in Norwegian)


Municipalities where UiT is located may enact different/firmer quarantine on top of current rules given by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. We ask students and employees to stay updated on the specific terms of their municipality.

Alta

Tromsø

Harstad

Narvik

 

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today the 14th of March introduced new travel advice, which will remain in effect until further notice:

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges all Norwegian citizens travelling abroad to consider returning home as soon as possible, in a safe and quiet manner, in consultation with their travel agencies or airline companies.

Based on a direct communication with some of you on study abroad, we came to be aware that some of you do not want or need to cancel their study abroad programme. 

UiT however urges you to start making arrangements to return home as soon as possible.

For those who decide to return home

UiT will strive to do everything it can to assist you, including with academic adjustments and making alternate arrangements to ensure the continuation of your study plan.

  • We also urge you to share with us your travel plans with the International Cooperation Section via an email to mobility@support.uit.no to ensure a coordinated return home in a timely manner.
  • UiT has launched a comprehensive website about what to do in light of these difficult times. Please make sure to follow recent guidance issued by UiT on our website: https://en.uit.no/corona
  • Please reach out to your programme coordinator and/or exchange coordinator at your faculty to find out about more options to alternate arrangements to ensure the continuation of your study plan and progress
  • Please note that the Norwegian Loan Fund (Lånekassen) has special regulations and provisions for its loan recipients who were forced to interrupt their study abroad due to the covid-19 pandemic situation.
  • Outgoing students on scholarship programs such as Erasmus + and Nordlys will in general retain their scholarships. In case of any deviation from this, the student will be contacted directly by UiT.
  • Please make sure to contact your insurance company for reimbursement of extra expenses for tickets or more. In case of cancellation of travel, please contact your airline company or travel agency. UiT will gladly help cover additional costs associated with returning home.
  • You can find updated information on travel restrictions due to coronavirus outbreak in different countries: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

For those who decide to stay abroad

  • UiT urge you to follow the guidance and updates issued by the host institution in relation to academic adjustments or other alternate examination delivery assessments.
  • Please make sure that it is your duty to keep yourself informed in a timely manner about any possible restrictions on air travel.
  • You can find updated information on travel restrictions due to coronavirus outbreak in different countries: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

Additional expenses in connection with an early return to Norway

You should start by contacting your insurance company/ check out your travel insurance. You may apply to UiT for reimbursement of additional costs in connection with early departure from abroad, which airline and travel insurance does not cover. More information and application form can be found here https://uit.no/korona#v-pills-673806 (in Norwegian only). Extended deadline for application: 20 May 2020.



Students and staff will have access to Campus to be able to use the library and study spaces, and to carry out work and activities that are allowed. When on Campus, infection control rules must be followed.

Everyone must familiarize themselves with the infection prevention rules at UiT. People who are sick are to remain home. This accounts for any type of illness, even if you only have minor symptoms. Employees, students, and visitors who get sick while at campus are to leave campus as soon as possible.

Support teams has been created for digital tuition, HR, mobility, exams and practical training. You can find these here (only in Norwegian).



People who are sick are to remain home. This accounts for any type of illness, even if you only have minor symptoms. Employees, students, and visitors who get sick while at campus are to leave campus as soon as possible.

Norwegian Institute of Public health recommends everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested as soon as possible.

If you become ill you are advised to contact the municipal health services at your place of study.

  • Contact information for you who live in Tromsø
  • Contact information for you who live in Alta
  • Contact information for you who live in Harstad
  • Contact information for you who live in Narvik
  • Contact information for you who live in Kirkenes
  • Contact information for you who live in Hammerfest
  • Contact information for you who live in Bodø
  • Contact information for you who live in Mo i Rana
  • Contact information for you who live in Bardufoss
  • Contact information for you who live in Svalbard


Work from home


In the period 25.3. - 12.4.2021, employees must work from home if it is practically possible. All employees must clarify with their immediate manager whether work tasks can be performed in whole or in part from home. Both parties must emphasize flexible arrangements so that we at UiT as a whole achieve a reduced presence in the workplace and reduced pressure on public transport. Particular attention must be paid to risk groups.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health has provided guidance for home office use (in Norwegian only), which will be used in the assessment. It is stated, among other things, that home office should only be used where it is still possible to provide good quality work with the help of digital solutions. At UiT, the individual employee and manager must make specific assessments of:

  • Whether work tasks can be performed from home
  • Whether the work situation at the home office is satisfactory
  • How contact and collaboration with managers, colleagues, and others should be maintained
  • What presence in the workplace is necessary and desirable

In the event of an outbreak of infection in UiT's host municipalities, local rules for presence at the workplace may be changed at short notice. Employees on affected campuses and campuses will be notified directly if needed.

Travelling


The national guidelines state that unnecessary domestic travel is not recommended. Necessary business trips can be made, and those who travel must be careful to follow infection control advice and keep the required distance from others.

At UiT, travel for employees and students shall only be carried out when considered strictly necessary. This also applies to travel between UiT's campuses. The reason for this is to avoid the spread of infection between areas in Norway and from abroad. It is the individual unit that must assess whether a trip is necessary or not. Employees and students must clarify with the immediate supervisor whether the trip is necessary for sufficient time before any completion. Alternatives to physical travel must be considered. Travel to the campus for students is regarded as a necessary trip.

Employees and students who carry out work trips and private trips must follow requirements and recommendations from national authorities and UiT's host municipalities. UiT requires that the individuals familiarize themselves with and comply with the recommendations applicable to their municipality. Such recommendations may include testing on day five after arrival from areas with a higher level of infection. Employees and students must have limited contact with others during such periods and not stay on UiTs campuses. In the case of private travel and business travel that has not been pre-approved by the manager, it cannot be assumed that UiT as an employer will grant access to work from home or paid leave in connection with various types of quarantine stays.

From January 2021, new rules have been introduced for entry into Norway. The main rule is that only foreigners residing in Norway can enter and all Norwegian citizens. Current national guidelines provide some exceptions, including for researchers and crew members on marine research cruises. For planned stays abroad, separate guidelines apply for employees at UiT.

 

Sjømannskirken has established a telephone for those who just want some company, who just want to have a chat with a real person.

Hemis Employee Health Service


Hemis offers digital meetings for leaders and employees at UiT. In Tromsø and Alta, they also offer “walk and talks” -, following advice provided about distance/hygiene. Contact Hemis to make an appointment.

In light of how our everyday lives have changed, there are many who have had their office space moved into their homes. This raises a few challenges that can and should be addressed when they arise. After a week working at the kitchen table or the couch, most of us will probably feel that something is happening with our bodies. To help you along, we have posted some information and a few video clips, which you can find here.

Expeditions, field- and lab work


UiT will seek to maintain ongoing and planned activity and skills training in the lab, on field work and on cruises, provided that current infection control rules can be complied with. Further information is available by contacting your study program or immediate supervisor.

Doctoral Reasearch Fellows and Post Doctoral Fellows


The text below mentions Doctoral Research Fellows, but also applies to Post Doctoral Fellows.

The corona pandemic. Extended period of employment for Doctoral Research Fellows

Joint guidelines for the BOTT-Universities.

Background

The corona pandemic creates big challenges for ordinary operation and progress in the Norwegian higher education institutions. Many fellows may experience delays due to data collection being delayed or coming to a halt, and limited access to laboratories and workshops. This, in turn, may make it difficult to complete one's doctorate work within the period of employment.

The goal of this memo is to put down some guidelines for how the delayed progress for fellows is to be handled and evaluated if the cause of the delay is related to corona. This is to ensure that the BOTT-Universities have a somewhat similar practice.

Legal basis

Regulations on conditions of employment for positions as a postdoctoral fellow, fellow, scientific assistant, and specialist candidate have mainly four provisions that allow for extensions for fellows:

  • 2-3 (1). Leave based on rights
  • 2-3 (2). Care for children/close family
  • 2-3 (3). Leave to enter short-term research- and teaching positions.
  • 2-3 (6). Extension for conditions that have hindered the progression of the doctoral program

In the assessments of extensions due to the corona pandemic, the allowances for an extension can be combined. In the case of corona-related absences, an extension must, as a starting point, be rooted in § 2-3 (6). This is a provision that is to a large extent applied after the use of factual discretion. In order to ensure a certain degree of equal treatment of fellows, below are some guidelines for how this should be handled.

 

Extension guidelines based on corona-related causes

Ordinary absence, like parental leave, sick leave and so on, is regulated by ordinary rules and processes and is therefore kept out of these guidelines.

The main principle is that the extension of the period of employment will be given after an individual assessment and that the decision about the extension is to be made by the decision-making body of the University in question.

When assessing extensions due to the corona pandemic, the principle about equal framework conditions will act as the basis. This entails equitable treatment of the individual, but not equal treatment. To ensure the same assessment platform in each individual case, it shall be assumed that delays that can be clearly linked to the pandemic should result in extension, and not violate the principle of equal framework conditions. This does not entail standardized rules for extensions, but individual and local assessments based on a common overall principle that real delays related to the pandemic are replaced.

Below are guidelines for how the extension will be assessed in the case of a corona-related delay.

 

  1. Fellows who are summoned to service in the health services/other critical societal functions will be provided an extension equal to the length of the summon.
  2. Fellows who are reallocated to teaching/digitalization of teaching will be given an extension equal to the width of the reallocation. Preferably, however, this should be included as part of the duty work part. If this is done, there will be no grounds for an extension.
  3. Extensions may be granted for fellows with special conditions related to the corona pandemic that has hindered the progression of the research education. Such conditions may be closed campus, difficulties in data collection, child care and quarantine rules (without having symptoms). It shall be arranged by the employer to the greatest extent possible for the doctoral thesis to be carried out from a home office. This applies to both professional and HSE-related facilitation. If working from home is an option, there will be no basis for the extension.
  4. For fellows who due to child care or illness need to use care days, self-certification or sick leave, the extension will be given equal to the length of the absence. If care days aren’t used, or the quota is already spent, an assessment may be made towards the end of the fellowship period.
  5. The provision stipulates that absences must have a continuous duration of two weeks in order to provide grounds for an extension, are waived as long as the corona situation persists. This means that the absence of a shorter duration, including individual days, will provide grounds for an extension.

 

Assistance with literature

For help or questions about literature, talk to your academically responsible at UB (only in Norwegian).

PhD Candidates who experience corona-related delays may contact their main supervisor or Head of Department for a dialogue about the delay.

UiT has prepared an application form which the PhD Candidates fills out and sends by e-mail to their main supervisor for recommendation. The supervisor then forwards the application to the Head of Department who approves, before submitting it to the Appointment Committee. Priority will be given to those who have an end date in 2020, but everyone who applies will be dealt with as soon as possible.

For those of you who have children and must be home as a result of the corona situation, this absence must be registered in PAGA with absence code 479. If yourself have corona related absence this absence must be registered in PAGA with absence code 129. Your registrations will be the basis for the application

About being summoned to serve others


In the situation our society is in at the moment, some employees at UiT may be called out to service by other societal actors: the health care system, The Norwegian Home Guard and probably also the Norwegian Civil Defense. The latter two will be coordinated through requests for assistance from police and municipalities.

UiT has delivered a list of over 300 employees and over 2000 students with relevant competence, that needs to prepare to be called into service in the health care system. UiT will provide leave with pay in the short term for those it concerns, while we wait for clarification and guidelines from central authorities. The requisition of UiT employees by health institutions may, however, make it challenging to perform critical tasks like tuition, guidance, and exams. What should be emphasized most must follow the authorities' recommendations and the priorities of UiT leadership.

UiT wants to make sure that employees with health education contribute to the health service during the corona crisis, and will initially grant leave to do so. However, it is UiT's priority to have graduates graduate as far as possible. In coordination with the health services, the completion of compulsory study activities and/or exams should be prioritized to ensure the graduation of candidates. Permits that are considered to conflict with the necessary teaching and/or examination will therefore not be granted. Applications for full or partial leave are to be directed in the ordinary way to the institute.

Participation in the Home Guard is regulated by law, and those who can be summoned to the Home Guard are:

  • Employees who have completed the first-time service and are aged 19-44
  • Those with command and education up to 55 years
  • Those who have entered into a voluntary contract

If the situation escalates, ordinary crews aged 44-55 can also be called in. Chapter 11 of the Civil Service Regulations regulates the employer's application for exemption.

Anyone aged 18–55 years residing in Norway can be called into the Civil Defense Service. The use of conscripts is provided for in the Civil Protection Act, and everyone in the age group may be required to serve as long as they meet the requirements and that service in the Civil Defense does not conflict with other statutory services. The Directorate for Social Security and Preparedness (DSB) organizes the Civil Defense.

 

Corona related absence


Quarantine 

If you have arrived in Norway from abroad, you are to go into home quarantine for 10 days after you arrived; regardless if you show symptoms or not. Read more at the FHI webpages.

All employees quarantined are encouraged to stay at home, notify the nearest manager and determine what task you are to do from home. Unit leaders and academically responsible at the study programs need to keep a record of students in quarantine and report the numbers to the faculty leadership.

Foreign employees and guests at UiT


Employees at UiT who do not have Norwegian citizenship or who have a research or guest stay at UiT should listen to advice given in their home country. You can stay in Norway as long as you have a residence permit and clarified health insurance. Any departure home must be clarified with the HR-responsible at the unit.

Also read: Entry requirements to Norway due to Covid-19 regulations

If the employment / scholarship period is nearing the end and the residence permit may expire, it is important to pay close attention to both the extension of the residence permit to Norway and to opportunities for returning home. See information from the UDI here. If you are not employed at UiT and suffer additional expenses because you have to go home earlier than planned, we recommend contacting the home institution and the insurance company.

Those employed at UiT are members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme from day one. Everyone who is to stay in Norway for more than twelve months are compulsory members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, regardless of whether one is employed or not. For shorter stays (3-12 months), persons who are not compulsory members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme through a working relationship can apply to NAV for voluntary membership. Read more information about this here.

Information for new employees arriving from abroad


Information for new employees arriving from abroad, please see here.

Tuition and reception of students, Spring 2021


Please see this page for advice for universities, colleges, vocational schools and folk high schools from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

The situation in regards to the corona pandemic has not changed much since the spring of 2020, and the recommendations offered by the government, in large, remain the same as they were during the planning of tuition for the autumn semester. We do not expect to see big changes in the infection situation before the population has been vaccinated. This will take time, and the plan for tuition for the 2021 spring term, that needs to be ready by 1 October, will have to build on this fact.

We have asked the same group that proposed recommendations for the autumn semester to propose recommendations for the coming semester.

The recommendations and work documents have been discussed with union representatives and in UiT’s emergency preparedness organization (where all units are represented).

Based on the advice that has resulted from this process, the University leadership has decided that the spring semester will be planned according to two scenarios, with the following content and guidelines:

Plan A «Hybrid semester»:
Limited attendance with the option of physical meetings. The group size for tuition will be determined according to room capacity.
The capacity in our auditoriums will be reviewed again for the 2021 spring semester, and the capacity for other tuition rooms remains the same as they were when planning the autumn semester.

Topic

Solutions and guidelines

Reception of international students spring 2021

Digital and physical.

Organizing and reception of international students will have to be done in accordance with the infection control guidelines currently in effect.

Responsibility Level 1:

· Digital opening event

· Secure quarantine

· Secure transportation from the airport

· Secure accommodation

 Responsibility Study program level:

· Digital meetings in the quarantine period

· Reception of students in smaller groups after quarantine

Students who are present

All students have access to the campuses and can make use of the University’s locales and facilities, periods where they are not meeting physically in seminars included. This will be done in a regulated order in accordance with the infection control guidelines currently in effect.

 Groups of students (formed at the start of their studies) meet physically in seminars and colloquium groups so that this adds up to a minimum of two times each week per class. Mentor schemes are established where possible for students who are present at campus.

Presence of employees

Separate guidelines have been prepared for the presence of employees on campus. For more information, read more here.

Lectures

All lectures are to be digitally available in Canvas. The lecturer will as a main rule be digitally present at the same time as the lecture has been scheduled. Lectures with students physically present can be held, provided that these are planned according to room capacity and to accommodate students who are present physically and those present digitally. Exemptions from the main rule are agreed upon with the nearest manager of the study program.

 The task force for digital tuition will continue to offer webinars about digital tuition adapted to the different academic fields. There are a lot of online resources on digital tuition already available to employees.

 Information has also been prepared about information security and privacy laws that need to be adhered to when recording and streaming tuition: https://uit.no/om/informasjonssikkerhet#v-pills-675336 (only in Norwegian)

Seminars

Digital/physical

The established student groups will meet with the teacher present. Teaching must be expected to take place during and beyond normal working hours.

Laboratory work

Can be carried out, but only in groups of accepted size.

Practical training

Carried out with adaptations.

Fieldwork

Carried out with adaptations.

Expeditions

Carried out with adaptations.

Practical clinical teaching/skills teaching 

Carried out with adaptations.

Conferences 

Carried out digitally first and foremost, but may be carried out physically to the degree that regulations related to infection control and travel can be upheld.

Plan B: «Digital semester»
Limited presence of students and employees.

The opening of the study year 

Digitally.

Student presence

Very limited presence related to specific subjects and activities.

Employee presence

Very limited presence related to critical functions and the following up of students.

Lectures 

Digital

Seminars

Digital

Laboratory work

Limited, and defined by regulations related to infection control.

Practical training

Can be carried out to the degree that the field of practice allows for and can function.

Fieldwork

Can only be carried out in a very limited fashion.

Expeditions 

Can only be carried out in a very limited fashion.

Practical clinical teaching/skills teaching 

Can not be carried out.

Conferences 

Can be carried out digitally, but not physically.

Comments on the two scenarios:

  • At the moment, the university leadership sees the first scenario as the most likely one. It is also more preferable than a wholly digital semester from a professional point of view.
  • Because of the uncertainty related to what the actual situation in regards to infection control will look like in the spring, and because this might also change (nationally or locally) during the semester, UiT will need to prepare plan B as a contingency solution. This is to ensure that our students can carry out their studies in a more demanding infection control situation. At short notice, UiT must be able to implement plan B either in parts of or throughout the organization. Essentially, plan B "Digital semester" corresponds to the regime UiT had at the end of the spring semester, after April 27, 2020. All the adapted guidelines that have been prepared in the spring semester for attendance, expeditions, fieldwork, and the like, can, therefore, be used as the basis for planning this scenario.

 All units and departments are asked to start planning the spring semester with regards to both scenarios. The need for co-ordination and clarifications will be maintained through the university preparedness organization.

Customized information about UiT’s plans for the semester will be provided to all employees, students, and student applicants.

Learn more about planning and conducting digital lectures and seminars here.

Tuition and reception of students, Spring 2021


Please see this page for advice for universities, colleges, vocational schools and folk high schools from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

The situation in regards to the corona pandemic has not changed much since the spring of 2020, and the recommendations offered by the government, in large, remain the same as they were during the planning of tuition for the autumn semester. We do not expect to see big changes in the infection situation before the population has been vaccinated. This will take time, and the plan for tuition for the 2021 spring term, that needs to be ready by 1 October, will have to build on this fact.

We have asked the same group that proposed recommendations for the autumn semester to propose recommendations for the coming semester.

The recommendations and work documents have been discussed with union representatives and in UiT’s emergency preparedness organization (where all units are represented).

Based on the advice that has resulted from this process, the University leadership has decided that the spring semester will be planned according to two scenarios, with the following content and guidelines:

Plan A «Hybrid semester»:
Limited attendance with the option of physical meetings. The group size for tuition will be determined according to room capacity.
The capacity in our auditoriums will be reviewed again for the 2021 spring semester, and the capacity for other tuition rooms remains the same as they were when planning the autumn semester.

Topic

Solutions and guidelines

Reception of international students spring 2021

Digital and physical.

Organizing and reception of international students will have to be done in accordance with the infection control guidelines currently in effect.

Responsibility Level 1:

· Digital opening event

· Secure quarantine

· Secure transportation from the airport

· Secure accommodation

 Responsibility Study program level:

· Digital meetings in the quarantine period

· Reception of students in smaller groups after quarantine

Students who are present

All students have access to the campuses and can make use of the University’s locales and facilities, periods where they are not meeting physically in seminars included. This will be done in a regulated order in accordance with the infection control guidelines currently in effect.

 Groups of students (formed at the start of their studies) meet physically in seminars and colloquium groups so that this adds up to a minimum of two times each week per class. Mentor schemes are established where possible for students who are present at campus.

Presence of employees

Separate guidelines have been prepared for the presence of employees on campus. For more information, read more here.

Lectures

All lectures are to be digitally available in Canvas. The lecturer will as a main rule be digitally present at the same time as the lecture has been scheduled. Lectures with students physically present can be held, provided that these are planned according to room capacity and to accommodate students who are present physically and those present digitally. Exemptions from the main rule are agreed upon with the nearest manager of the study program.

 The task force for digital tuition will continue to offer webinars about digital tuition adapted to the different academic fields. There are a lot of online resources on digital tuition already available to employees.

 Information has also been prepared about information security and privacy laws that need to be adhered to when recording and streaming tuition: https://uit.no/om/informasjonssikkerhet#v-pills-675336 (only in Norwegian)

Seminars

Digital/physical

The established student groups will meet with the teacher present. Teaching must be expected to take place during and beyond normal working hours.

Laboratory work

Can be carried out, but only in groups of accepted size.

Practical training

Carried out with adaptations.

Fieldwork

Carried out with adaptations.

Expeditions

Carried out with adaptations.

Practical clinical teaching/skills teaching 

Carried out with adaptations.

Conferences 

Carried out digitally first and foremost, but may be carried out physically to the degree that regulations related to infection control and travel can be upheld.

Plan B: «Digital semester»
Limited presence of students and employees.

The opening of the study year 

Digitally.

Student presence

Very limited presence related to specific subjects and activities.

Employee presence

Very limited presence related to critical functions and the following up of students.

Lectures 

Digital

Seminars

Digital

Laboratory work

Limited, and defined by regulations related to infection control.

Practical training

Can be carried out to the degree that the field of practice allows for and can function.

Fieldwork

Can only be carried out in a very limited fashion.

Expeditions 

Can only be carried out in a very limited fashion.

Practical clinical teaching/skills teaching 

Can not be carried out.

Conferences 

Can be carried out digitally, but not physically.

Comments on the two scenarios:

  • At the moment, the university leadership sees the first scenario as the most likely one. It is also more preferable than a wholly digital semester from a professional point of view.
  • Because of the uncertainty related to what the actual situation in regards to infection control will look like in the spring, and because this might also change (nationally or locally) during the semester, UiT will need to prepare plan B as a contingency solution. This is to ensure that our students can carry out their studies in a more demanding infection control situation. At short notice, UiT must be able to implement plan B either in parts of or throughout the organization. Essentially, plan B "Digital semester" corresponds to the regime UiT had at the end of the spring semester, after April 27, 2020. All the adapted guidelines that have been prepared in the spring semester for attendance, expeditions, fieldwork, and the like, can, therefore, be used as the basis for planning this scenario.

 All units and departments are asked to start planning the spring semester with regards to both scenarios. The need for co-ordination and clarifications will be maintained through the university preparedness organization.

Customized information about UiT’s plans for the semester will be provided to all employees, students, and student applicants.

Exam


Due to the corona situation, a temporary regulation was made for studies and exams at UiT Norway's Arctic University. This will also apply to the Spring semester 2021. See the updated regulations her

See here for more information regarding exams

Re-schedule and re-sit exams
As a result of the corona situation, most parts of the examinations was changed for the spring semester 2020. Exams that were changed are held in the same form in re-scheduled examination and re-sit examination. For more information see en.uit.no/digitalexam

Tuition fall 2021


TBA

All planned physical events organized by UiT must be cancelled or postponed. If this is not possible, up to 20 people are allowed at indoor events with fixed, designated seating. This also applies where a professional organizer is used.

Events and meetings


National guidelines provide an opportunity to conduct events under given conditions. The following applies under its auspices:

It is not permitted to gather people from several municipalities physically.

If an event with people from the same municipality is held, the following conditions apply:

  • Maximum up to 20 people are allowed at indoor events with fixed, designated seating.
  • A risk assessment must be performed.
  • Infection control rules must be observed.
  • It is not allowed to serve alcohol.

Student associations and employees' organizations can use the campus in groups that can be organized in an infection control-sound manner and carry out events in accordance with these terms.

The use of UiT premises must be clarified with the faculty/unit that disposes of and has emergency responsibility for the premises used. At UiT, it is recommended that you use the "Safe Job" methodology for all risk assessments that deal with infection control. Organizers can use the checklists for NIPH in the risk assessments.

Dissertations are conducted according to the same guidelines as events. Here you will find a routine description for completing a digital disputation at UiT. Contact orakel@uit.no if you have questions or need technical assistance. 

Events that are planned to be added and held by professional organizers (e.g., Samskipnaden) can be carried out in accordance with national and local rules that the organizers adhere to. UiT is not directly responsible for such events.

Here you will find information on how to conduct events digitally. (In Norwegian only)

Meetings shall, as a general rule, be conducted digitally. Employees working from home shall be able to participate in digital meetings. Everyone who participates in digital meetings must activate their camera to be visible to other participants in the meeting. See https://uit.no/motevett. (In Norwegian only)

Digitale meetings


Digital tools such as Teams, Skype, and Zoom are now being used to conduct meetings in collegiate bodies at UiT (university board meetings, faculty board meetings, and institute board meetings).

This memo provides suggestions as to how to maintain the requirements for transparency and safety during the corona crisis. This will be posted as a news piece about the need for shared practice for the digital handling of deciding meetings at UiT due to the corona crisis.

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Two persons have tested positive for COVID-19 at UiT in Tromsø.

UiT has today, Thursday October 29th, assisted the infection detection team in Tromsø municipality in mapping close contacts to an employee at the faculty administration at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Tromsø who has been confirmed infected by COVID-19. The infection tracking team will follow up and contact people who are defined as close contacts.

The employee in question has not been at work in the last week and is now isolated.

Also, another student at the School of Business and Economics has tested positive for covid-19 and is isolated. The student was defined as close contact with the two students at the School of Business and Economics at UiT in Tromsø who previously tested positive for COVID-19.

- It is important that all students and employees follow the advice and recommendations given by the infection control authorities in a situation where infection in society increases, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

Contact
For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 or e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no.



A person in the Main Administration has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday night, it became known that a person in the Main administration, with an office-address in the Administration building, has tested positive for covid-19.
The infection tracking team will follow up and contact people who are considered close contacts to the person in question. The employee who has been infected has not been at the workplace since Monday and is now in isolation.

- In a situation where infection in society is increasing, it is important that we follow the advice and recommendations given by the infection control authorities, says assistant director at UiT, Gøril Heitmann.



Tromsø municipality has, in a press release, informed UiT that another student at the School of Business and Economics has been confirmed infected with COVID-19.

Students and employees affected by this, will be informed by the School of Business and Economics.
 
For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no 


On Friday 30 October, a new student was confirmed positive for covid-19 at the School of Business and Economics.

– The latest case of infection can be linked to a known infection cluster at the School of Business and Economics and there is no reason to assume that we have an outbreak of infection on campus. To be on the safe side, School of Business and Economics in Tromsø is still extending its infection prevention measures until and including Wednesday 4. November, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

Contact
For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no.



Two employees at UiT in Harstad have tested positive for covid-19.

Both have had limited contact with students and colleagues recently and are in isolation. The infection tracing team in Harstad municipality is working on tracing and contacting those who are defined as close contacts.

Harstad municipality has recommended employees with tasks that do not require physical attendance to work from home all or part of the current week. UiT has therefore encouraged students and staff to study and work from home where practically possible. There will be changes in the lectures and some will be digital. Affected students will be informed by their study program.

– We do not consider this an outbreak of infection on campus, but to be on the safe side, we have chosen to implement these measures this week, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

The situation is closely monitored and the University Director asks everyone to pay special attention and contact the corona center for testing if they have symptoms.

For questions, contact:



UiT has today been notified that a student at the Faculty of Health Sciences has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The student has not been in close contact with other fellow students, but has had contact with employees at UiT. The infection detection team has contacted affected employees and these are now in quarantine.

Premises that have been used are closed and will be sanitised before they are used again.

Contact:
For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no



An employee at the Faculty of Health Sciences has tested positive for covid-19. The employee has had a home office in the last period and it is considered unlikely that others at work have been infected. Infection tracking has been implemented and any close contacts will be contacted by the infection tracking team from Tromsø kommune.



UiT has been notified that a student at the Faculty of Health Sciences has tested positive for covid-19. The infection detection team in Tromsø municipality notifies the student's close contacts. Premises that have been utilised by the student are now closed and will be sanitized before they are utilised again.
Questions from the media:
Contact university director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414, e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no



A student at UiT Alta was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday January 17. The student has not been present on Campus, but has had close contact with fellow students. The Case Investigation Team in Alta Municipality will get in touch with all close contacts of the infected student. With the exception of a few selected student groups, students attend digital lectures at UIT until 1 February. At UiT Alta, planned in person education will be postponed until further notice. Affected students will be notified by their study program.



The student is affiliated with Teknologibygget and has stayed in a limited area on campus on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February. All close contacts have been contacted by the infection detection team in Tromsø municipality, and affected premises have been cleaned. According to the infection detection team, no further action is required.



A student at the HSL faculty at UiT in Tromsø has tested positive for COVID-19. The infection detection team at The Municipality of Tromsø is contacting the student's close contacts. The curricular activities of the study will be digital until further notice, and affected students will be kept informed through their study program.



A student at the Faculty of Health Sciences has tested positive for COVID-19.
The infection detection team follows up the student's close contacts, and affected premises have been cleaned.
According to the infection detection team, no further measures are necessary.



A first-year law student at UiT has tested positive for COVID-19.

UiT has assisted the infection tracking team at Tromsø Municipality in identifying people whom the student has been in close contact with at UiT. The team will continue to contact them up throughout the evening.

– UiT is in dialogue with the infection control authorities in the Municipality and has acted according to the instructions and advice that they have given, says University director Jørgen Fossland.

The infected student is isolated. The teaching facility that the student has been using has been closed off and will be thoroughly cleaned before being put back to use.

For practical reasons, parts of the tuition given for those in the first year at the Faculty of Law will be changed. The students in question will be contacted by their faculty. The tuition subject to change is Friday 9 October.

After careful considerations with the infection control authorities, all other tuition and activity at UiT will continue as planned.

– We would like to remind everyone about the infection control guidelines that are in effect at UiT, which are based on the recommendations provided by the National Institute of Public Health.

If there are any questions, contact University director Jørgen Fossland: 95150414, e-mail: jorgen.fossland@uit.no



Another student at UiT has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The student is studying medicine, and UiT has assisted the infection tracking team in Tromsø municipality in identifying people who have been in contact with the student in connection with lectures.

– UiT is in dialogue with the infection control authorities in the municipality and has followed the orders and advice that they have provided. We have an overview of which students the person in question has been in contact with, and neither the infected nor others have been at UiT in connection with lectures today, says university director Jørgen Fossland.

On Thursday night, it became known that a law student at UiT has been infected with COVID-19. Both infected students are isolated.

– In consultation with the infection control authorities, we continuously assess what we can do. We cannot rule out that the infection situation that we have in Tromsø at the moment will have consequences for lectures and other activities at UiT. We wish to stress the importance of the infection prevention rules that UiT has, which are based on the recommendations from the National Institute of Public Health, says Fossland.

For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland: 95150414, e-mail: jorgen.fossland@uit.no



The student who has been confirmed infected has had lectures at the campus in Tromsø.

On Saturday October 17th, UiT was contacted by the infection tracking team in Tromsø municipality to assist in identifying people with whom the student has been in close contact at the university. This case is the same as the municipality published in a press release earlier the same day.

The student in question is in isolation. 14 fellow students who in recent days had group lectures in Ex.phil with the infected person will be contacted by the infection tracking team. The classroom that the 15 students used is closed and will be washed before it's put back in use.

– UiT is in dialogue with the infection control authorities in the municipality and have followed orders and advice given by the municipality, says assistant director Gøril Heitmann.

After consultation with the infection control authorities, lectures and other activities at UiT will continue as planned.

– At the same time, we remind all of the infection prevention measures that UiT has which are based on the recommendations from the National Institute of Public Health, says Heitmann.

For questions, contact assistant director Gøril Heitmann: 907 96 693 and e-mail: goril.heitmann@uit.no



On Friday 23 October, Tromsø Municipality announced three new cases of COVID-19. One of these is a prac teacher student at UiT.

The student who is infected is in isolation. The 17 fellow students who have been studying with the infected person in recent days will be contacted by the municipality's infection tracking team. The classroom they have used is closed and will be washed before it's put back in use.

After consultation with the infection control authorities, lectures and other activities at UiT will continue as planned.

– Infection rates are increasing in several places in the country and UiT has increased preparedness since this can also affect our business. We have encouraged our students and staff to pay special attention to the infection situation and are ready to implement new measures if the situation requires it, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no 



Tonight, 26 October, UiT assisted the infection detection team in Harstad municipality after a student at the Tromsø School of Business and Economics was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The infected student has participated in class at Tromsø School of Business and Economics, and 11 fellow students will be contacted by the municipality's infection tracking team.

The classroom they have used is closed and will be washed before it's put back in use.

Seminar teaching for certain student groups at the School of Business and Economics will be canceled, and the students concerned will get information about this from their respective study programs.

After consultation with the infection control authorities, lectures and other activities at UiT will continue as planned.

– The infection numbers are increasing in several places in the country and UiT is ready to implement necessary measures if the situation requires it, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no



UiT has today, October 28th assisted the infection tracking team in Tromsø municipality after another student at the School of Business and Economics has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The student who is infected has participated in lectures at the School of Business and Economics in Tromsø and the infection tracking work is underway.

Affected premises will be washed before they are put back in use.

– As a result of the fact that there are now two students at the School of Business and Economics in Tromsø who are infected and that the infection detection work is ongoing, we are implementing some temporary measures until the end of this week, says the University Director Jørgen Fossland.

The following measures are implemented at the School of Business and Economics in Tromsø:

  • Lectures and seminars will be digital as of October 29th.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to study and work from home and not come to campus.

The decision is in effect until and including Sunday, November 1st.

Affected students and employees will receive further information from the School of Business and Economics.

After consultation with the infection control authorities, lectures and other activities at UiT in Tromsø will continue as planned.

The situation is closely monitored and the University Director asks everyone to be vigilant and contact the corona center for testing in case of symptoms.

The implemented measures will not affect lectures and operations at the School of Business and Economics in Harstad, Narvik or Alta.

Contact

For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and

e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no.





Keep in mind that everyone at UiT has a responsibility to maintain infection prevention measures. Read updated guidelines for the use of teaching, meeting, and copy rooms at UiT here.



Rector Anne Husebekk encourages students and staff at UiT to think extra hard about infection control in the future. Read more here.



As a result of the infection situation in Hammerfest and UiT's proximity to the hospital, the UiT management has decided to close UiT's premises in Hammerfest until further notice as of Tuesday 27 October. In this way, UiT wants to contribute to combating the outbreak in the municipality.

Employees are to work from home, and students are offered digital teaching. The premises will be open on Monday 26 October so that employees and students can pick up the necessary equipment. There are 40 employees and 215 students at UiT in Hammerfest.

– We ask all our students and employees to follow the advice and recommendations that come from the municipality and national authorities on infection control, says assistant university director Gøril Heitmann.

A new assessment of the operating situation at UiT in Hammerfest will take place within a week.

Any questions can be directed to Assistant University Director Gøril Heitmann, e-mail goril.heitmann@uit.no, tel. 907 96 693.



After consultations with the chief infection control officer in Hammerfest municipality, UiT has decided to reopen its premises from Monday, November 2nd.

The management at UiT decided on October 27th to close the premises in Hammerfest, based on the infection situation in the municipality. Students and staff have since studied and worked from home. Now the management at UiT has decided to reopen the premises in Hammerfest from November 2nd. Students and staff will receive practical information related to opening and further operations from their study program and nearest manager.

– We would like to thank students and staff for the way they have handled a demanding situation. It is important that we all follow the advice and recommendations given by local and central infection control authorities, says Assistant Director at UiT, Gøril Heitmann.

Stay up to date on infection development and infection control measures at UiT at en.uit.no/corona.



UiT has today, 1. November, decided to extend the measures for employees and students to work and study from home until and including Wednesday, 4. November. All lectures are digital during the same period.

On Friday 30 October, a new student was confirmed positive for covid-19 at the School of Business and Economics.

– The latest case of infection can be linked to a known infection cluster at the School of Business and Economics and there is no reason to assume that we have an outbreak of infection on campus. To be on the safe side, School of Business and Economics in Tromsø is still extending its infection prevention measures until and including Wednesday 4. November, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

This means:

  • all lectures at the School of Business and Economics are digital until and including Wednesday
  • students and staff at the School of Business and Economics are encouraged to study and work from home and not come to the campus in Tromsø. Note that this applies to all premises at UiT's campus in Tromsø, including the university library

Affected students and employees will be kept informed of any consequences for lectures and access to facilities on campus from the School of Business and Economics.

After consultation with the infection control authorities, lectures and other activities at UiT in Tromsø will continue as planned.

The measures will not affect lectures and operation at the School of Business and Economics in Harstad, Narvik and Alta.

The situation is closely monitored and the University Director urges everyone to pay special attention and contact the corona center for testing if they have symptoms.

Contact
For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no.



The Municipality of Tromsø has today introduced local infection control measures and recommendations as part of preventing a COVID-19 increase. As a result, UiT encourages employees in Tromsø to use a home office more extensively, as long as the nature of their work allows for tasks to be performed from home. The closest leader may approve the use of home office for each employee.

The call for an increased use of home offices will at present not have consequences for the educational activities offered to our students. The tuition is, and will continue to be, a combination of digital lectures, group activities and curricular gatherings in small groups on campus. The University library will be open as usual.

Where practical and academically feasible, planned school examinations at all campuses will be converted into home examinations. Students will be informed in more detail about the form of the exam from their study program. Dissertations will continue as planned, until further notice, and candidates are asked to contact their faculty for further information.

The Municipality of Tromsø also recommends the use of face masks on public transportation when it is not possible to maintain a one meter distance.

There is an increasing infection rate in the population and the development in the coming days and weeks will show whether it is necessary to implement further measures. It is therefore very important that all students and staff comply with current infection control rules to limit the infection rate.

In dialogue with the Municipality of Tromsø, UiT will consider pertinent measures related to the implementation of teaching.

UiT also has a close dialogue with our other host municipalities related to COVID-19. As of today, Harstad Municipality also has local infection control measures that affect our business. The University Director asks all staff and students to stay informed about current national and local measures and comply.

Contribute to maintaining the one meter rule!

We have received several reports of concern from staff and students related to missing compliance with the one meter rule. The one meter rule is absolute, and a breach of this provision could result in the closing down of premises at our campuses. Your contribution is essential to the collective reduction of the spread this virus.

Questions can be directed to your nearest leader.



As of today, November 4th, UiT has decided that the measures established for employees and students to work and study from home will continue until and including Sunday, November 8th. The teaching is digital during the same period.
 
As a result of the confusing infection situation in Tromsø municipality, the management at UiT has decided to continue the implemented measures at the School of Business and Economics until and including Sunday, November 8th.
 
It means that:
• all teaching at the Tromsø School of Business and Economics is digital up to and including next Sunday
• students and staff at the Norwegian School of Management are encouraged to study and work from home and not come to the campus in Tromsø. Note that this applies to all premises at UiT's campus in Tromsø, including the university library
 
The School of Business and Economics will inform affected students and employees of any consequences for teaching and access to campus facilities.
 
The measures will not affect teaching and other activities at the School of Business and Economics' locations in Harstad, Narvik, and Alta.
The situation is being monitored closely, and the university director asks everyone to pay special attention and contact the corona center for testing if they have symptoms.
 
Contact
For questions, contact University Director Jørgen Fossland, tel. 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no.


The Norwegian government and several of our host municipalities have today presented a number of new recommendations and restrictions related to an increasing infection rate of covid-19.

UiT will therefore from Friday November 6th introduce the following measures:

  • Employees, with work tasks that can be performed from home, are encouraged to increase the use of home offices. Managers must ensure that an increased proportion of employees work from home.
  • Work meetings and the like should as a general rule be digital.
  • Business trips that are not considered strictly necessary should be cancelled.
  • Students and staff are recommended to avoid using public transport.

The educational program for students at UiT will continue to be a combination of digital lectures, group activities and physical gatherings in small groups within the framework of current infection control rules. Students are informed in more detail by their study programs.

University libraries on our campuses will remain open.

Where practical and academically feasible, planned school examinations at all campuses will be converted into home examinations. Dissertations will continue as planned. 

NEW: The special measures at the Norwegian School of Management at UiT in Tromsø will be discontinued and the school will follow the general guidelines that apply to the Tromsø campus.

UiT will reduce the number of physical events. All events must be risk assessed. 

Events of a non-professional nature must be cancelled, unless administrated by a professional organizer.

Assessment of the need for implementation of new measures related to outbreaks is made on an ongoing basis.

– The development of infection is alarming, and we are in a very demanding situation. To avoid a full closure of our campuses, it is important and necessary that all employees and students comply with all central and local infection control rules, says University Director Jørgen Fossland.

– The Prime Minister wants us to stay at home and reduce our social contact. At the same time, it is more important than ever that we maintain contact with colleagues, fellow students, friends and family, as long as we follow the current infection control rules. For example, through active use of telephone and other digital solutions, says Fossland.

For questions, please contact:

Universitety Director Jørgen Fossland, phone 951 50 414 and e-mail jorgen.fossland@uit.no
Rector Anne Husebekk, phone 481 41 286 and e-mail anne.husebekk@uit.no



UiT The Arctic University of Norway has updated the guidelines for stays abroad for employees. See the updated guidelines here.



Based on increasing infection rates of Covid-19 in Norway, the Government has decided that all lectures and educational activities, except from practicums, will be carried out digitally until (and including) January 19, 2021.

(The decision was originally valid until Januar 18, but was prolonged until (and including) January 19, 2021.)

Students will be notified in more detail from their study program if the decision entails changes in planned educational activities.

Planned practicums will not be affected by the decision, and students who will commence practicums in the period before January 20, will follow the practicum site regulations for infection control.  

Although lectures are digital the first two weeks of the semester, the University Campus will be open for both students and staff. Everyone who enters one of our campuses must comply with the current infection control rules at UiT, as well as the rules in the relevant municipality.

During the period before January 20, all physical events on campus will be postponed or carried out digitally.

For the period January 4–19, 2021, the Government has encouraged the use of a home office for everyone who has the opportunity to do so. UiT will follow up on this recommendation, and requests that all employees clarify with their closest leader whether work tasks can be performed in whole or in part from home during this period. Both parties must emphasize flexibility, so that UiT as a whole can achieve a significantly reduced presence in the workplace, and reduce the pressure on public transportation.

Students and staff who have been traveling in areas where there is a higher level of infection are encouraged to get tested as soon as possible after returning to Tromsø. Check NIPH's website, which is updated daily, of municipalities with high infection levels. You may find the list here.

We hope that the national and local measures that are implemented are sufficient to slow down the development of infection, and that we can welcome all planned activities - both digital and physical – after January 20.



As a result of the unresolved situation nationally, digital lectures and use of home offices, introduced at UiT January 4–18, will be extended until 31 January 2021.

For selected student groups, on campus education in person will be provided during this period. The students in question will be notified by their study program. Notice will be given well in advance for the students that have to meet in person.

Although most of the lectures are digital throughout January, the University Campus is open to both students and staff. Everyone who stays at one of our campuses must comply with the current infection control rules at UiT as well as the restrictions in the relevant municipality. We point out that some of our host municipalities have more intrusive infection control rules than the national regulations. For current rules at Campus Harstad see this link.

Planned practicums will not be affected, and students who will commence practicums will follow the practicum site regulations for infection control.  

We all want more predictability and decisions that apply for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, this is not possible today. UiT follows national and local advice and guidelines for operation and infection control and these may be changed on short notice.

The university leadership would like to thank students and staff once again for their great patience and extraordinary efforts during a very demanding time.

Sincerely,
Anne Husebekk, Rector
Jørgen Fossland, University Director



UiT is gradually opening up for face-to-face instruction opportunities at our campuses. The majority of the course delivery will continue to be digital. The current scheme for the use of home offices for employees will continue.

After 1 February, several selected student groups at UiT will be offered face-to-face instruction opportunities at least once a week. The face-to-face instruction will take place in small groups and in line with current infection control rules. The decision is in accordance with the Government's recommendations and advice from local infection control authorities. The scheme will be introduced gradually, and students will be notified about their schedule through their study program.

We encourage employees and students who have stayed in areas with higher levels of infection for the last ten days get tested in accordance with the municipality of residence’s advice for testing, after arrival on campus. We also recommend reducing social contact with others during the first ten days.

We encourage everyone to pay extra attention to potential covid-19 symptoms. If you are unsure of whether you should get tested or not, you may go through the «Corona-check» on Helsenorge’s website. You may find information from the municipal health service at UiT's campuses here.

Our campuses are currently considered to be «municipalities with low infection». We know from experience that the level of infection can change quickly both locally and nationally, and the established measures will therefore apply until further notice. Follow the website of your municipality of residence for local advice, recommendations and contact information for testing. For more information about measures at UiT, see en.uit.no/corona.

Please contact your study program if are a student and you have any further questions. Employees may contact their closest leader.

Sincerely,

Anne Husebekk, Rector
Jørgen Fossland, University Director



UiT's guidelines for travel, work from home, and meetings and events have been updated. The updated guidelines can be found under separate tabs under Students and Employees here at uit.no/corona.



The Municipality of Tromsø has implemented local measures to limit the infection of Covid-19. The measures have been implemented from midnight on 5 March and will last until 18 March.

One of the measures is a requirement to use facemasks on public transportation. All students and employees who use public transportation to and from UiT must therefore use face masks.

UiT has been in dialogue with the chief infection control doctor in The Municipality of Tromsø and clarified that it is not necessary to make changes to current regulations at UiT as a result of the new local measures. For a complete overview of current regulations, see uit.no/korona

Encourages students and employees to test themselves

Due to the fact that there is probably some hidden infection, the emergency team for Covid-19 in The Municipality of Tromsø has asked UiT to encourage employees and students to test themselves at the Municipality's new drop-in center in Breivikahallen.

Samskipnadens services at Campus Tromsø

Kraft sports center
From March 5 – 19, Kraft sports center and Kraft Elverhøy will be closed to members. The reception will remain staffed during the day for this period.

Food and drink
Samskipnaden asks all cafeteria and coffee shop visitors to register, as well as use face masks if it is not possible to comply with the 1-meter rule.

Follow the situation and stay updated on samskipnaden.no



The Municipality of Tromsø has decided not to extend the local regulations for limiting COVID-19 infection. Today's regulations apply until midnight on March 19.

As a result of the high infection pressure in other parts of the country, the Municipality has the following recommendations for residents and visitors, valid from March 20 onwards:

  1. Face masks are recommended when distance cannot be maintained on public transportation, in shops and other places where people gather.
  1. People who come to Tromsø from municipalities with higher infection rates are recommended to be tested on day 5 after arrival. Possibly earlier for short stays.

  2. The first 10 days after arrival in Tromsø it is recommended to:

- Limit social activities

- Keep at least two meters distance from people in high risk groups

- Avoid going to the gym or participating in indoor training with others

 

For a complete overview of current infection control rules at UiT, see en.uit.no/korona



UiT supports the Norwegian Government's recommendation to reduce the spread of infection and offers digital education the first week after Easter. Exceptions are made for those of our students who are dependent on access to campus for conducting experiments or skills training that cannot be completed digitally, and where physical attendance is necessary to maintain progression in the study.

The decision on digital course delivery does not in theory affect planned practicums during the same period. Practicums can be carried out in accordance with current infection control measures. UiT will clarify what is possible to implement with the affected Municipalities and locations of the practicums.

Over the next few days, all students will receive further information from their study program about course delivery offers and any consequences for planned practicums in week 14.



The government will introduce stricter national measures from March 25. The UiT management is working to interpret the practical consequences of the new measures for the university. More information to come.



On Tuesday March 23, the Norwegian Government implemented new national measures. The new measures will be in effect from midnight, the night before Thursday March 25 until further notice. The Government will make a new assessment by April 12.


The measures have the following consequences for UiT:

  • New distance rule and use of face masks
    The distance rule at our campus changes from one to two meters. The use of face masks applies in all places where it is not possible to keep a distance of 2 meters.

  • Lectures and course delivery
    Digital course delivery will be introduced in the period from and including March 25 until further notice.

    Exceptions are made for those of our students who depend on access to campus for completion of experiments or skills training that cannot be completed digitally, and where physical attendance is necessary to maintain progression in the study program.

    The decision on digital course delivery does not in theory affect planned practicums during the same period. Practicums can be carried out in accordance with current infection control measures. UiT will clarify what is possible to implement with the affected Municipalities and locations of the practicums.

    Students who are in the target group are asked to contact their study program for further clarification.

 

  • Work from home and presence in the workplace
    Employees must work from home as long as is practically possible. There must be a dialogue between the leader and the employee about how this can be implemented. The nearest leader must make an agreement with the individual employee on what kind of presence at the workplace is necessary.

 

  • Meetings and events
    All planned physical events organized by UiT must be cancelled or postponed. If this is not possible, up to 20 people are allowed at indoor events with fixed, designated seating. This also applies where a professional organizer is used.
    Dissertations should be carried out within the current infection control rules.

 

  • Lab, field and cruise
    UiT will seek to maintain ongoing and planned activity and skills training in the lab, on field work and on cruises, provided that current infection control rules can be complied with. Further information is available by contacting your study program or immediate supervisor.

 

  • Travel
    The new restrictions do not entail any change in existing regulations and practices. All unnecessary business trips must be postponed or cancelled. The employer decides whether the trip is necessary or not.

     
  • Access to Campus
    Students and staff will have access to Campus to be able to use the library and study spaces, and to carry out work and activities that are allowed. When on Campus, infection control rules must be followed.

 

  • Student cafes
    As a result of the national restrictions, some student cafes will be closed. More information about which cafes are open can be found at samskipnaden.no

 

  • Our museums
    Our museum is open. New infection control rules will be introduced from March 25.

 

  • Follow en.uit.no/korona for updated information.


The Norwegian Government has extended the strict national measures by two days, from the 12th to the 14th of April. This is because they want more information in order to assess how the Easter holidays have affected the infection situation, before they make new recommendations. Read more here.

Here you will find information about the rules that apply at UiT.