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Corona/Covid-19 and the education at the Department of Biology

This information was updated on May 19, 2021.

Based on the situation with Covid-19, Lund University and the Faculty of Science have set up rules and recommendations for teaching during the pandemic.

During the spring semester and summer 2021 (until August 29) students on courses given at the Department of Biology are allowed on campus for practical compulsory course components (primarily lab- and field work, and this includes necessary laboratory/field work for degree projects), and to access information, references and technical resources needed for examination.

In special cases, if you are taking courses at the Department of Biology and have problems studying at home because of an unstable internet connection or other reasons, contact your study advisor (Lotta Persmark or Tina Ledje) and we will try to arrange a place to study for you. However, no group work is allowed on campus!

The doors to our buildings are locked and you need to use your LU-card to get in. The library will be have reduced opening hours (check, primarily for handing out and in books.

Lunchrooms will be open with restrictions (keep 2 m distance, one person per table, maximum number in locality) so you can eat if you e.g. have a full day lab, but if possible find other alternatives, e.g. go home and eat, go out and buy lunch, bring a pick nick and eat outside etc.

The basic principle is teaching that can be carried out on-line with maintained quality takes place on-line. Practical, compulsory components (such as laboratory work and field exercises) are therefore carried out on site. For all components carried out on-site, we have performed a risk assessment, which also includes the need for protective equipment.

The following applies to courses at the Department of Biology:

  • We give lectures online, generally in Zoom
  • We carry out group exercises and seminars in Zoom
  • We carry out laboratory work on campus, with more space and extra protective equipment
  • We carry out field exercises and excursions, although some may take place near Lund
  • We conduct examinations (e.g. written exams) in Zoom

We take the following precautions to minimize the risk of infection:

  • Reduced number of students in classrooms, labs and public areas
  • Everyone must keep a social distance, in classrooms and foyers, as well as in libraries and lunchrooms
  • Everyone must avoid congestion when entering and leaving teaching localities
  • Hand wash and hand disinfectant are available
  • You must wear a lab coat and mouth guard in our labs (additional protective equipment may be required during certain laboratory work)
  • Signs that remind you to keep a social distance are placed out in our buildings
  • During transport by bus (for excursions, for example), mouth guards must be used and there must be at least twice as many seats as there are passengers

Teaching autumn 2021: All courses given during the autumn semester are planned to be on campus. This means that exercises, labs, seminars etc. are performed with students present on site. Lectures will initially be given on-line. We then aim to start having lectures on campus asap, but this depends on the covid-situation and access to localities.