As of 16 August, the general recommendation on working from home no longer applies. Instead, a gradual return to working on campus is planned, which means that working from home will still partly be applicable for some employees during the transition period. The goal is that all teaching will be conducted without restrictions from study period 2.
Updated 13 August 2021
Planning takes place for an adjusted return to campus, in such a way that crowding can still be avoided. Although the restrictions due to the pandemic are easing, the risk of spreading of infection is far from over. It is still the case that every employee and student must exercise personal responsibility when it comes to staying home when feeling sick, getting tested when feeling unwell, keeping a distance and maintaining good hand hygiene. Chalmers is conducting ongoing risk analyses, is in contact with VGR, and is monitoring how further recommendations from the authorities may impact the University.
This applies from 16 August 2021
Adjusted return for employees
- The head of department or equivalent is responsible for planning operations in consultation with line managers in such a way that crowding is avoided. This applies until the Swedish Public Health Agency and/or the government announce that Sweden has reached level 5 in the national plan for return.
- If crowding cannot be avoided, the priority groups for campus based activities are doctoral students, post-docs, laboratory staff, teaching staff on campus, staff who during the pandemic had tasks that required location on campus, and staff conducting the reception of new employees and recruits.
- Departments must plan for new employees, or employees who have been working remotely from abroad due to the pandemic, to come to Chalmers as soon as possible.
Employees will find more information on Chalmers intranet.
Conferences, meetings and thesis defence
- Conferences may be held but must be risk assessed beforehand. Pay special attention to how to avoid crowding when entering and exiting for breaks and lunches. Conference refers to a major event with external guests and speakers. Meeting refers to smaller gatherings, often internal, with up to about 20-30 participants.
- Thesis defences, open lecture, seminars, or similar events which the public may attend must always follow the guidance on public gatherings.
- Until the government announces that Sweden has reached level 5 in national plan, each major meeting (e.g. departmental meetings, kick-offs, farewells) must be risk assessed, with relevant measures taken.
- Participants in external meetings, conferences and similar – ensure that the arranger has taken the relevant measures, as well as carried out a risk analysis together with their line manager.
- Business trips should be undertaken in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ recommendations, and there should be operational awareness that these can change rapidly. For all business trips, the line manager is responsible for carrying out a risk analysis, together with the employee.
- Quarantine – eventual recommendations/rules on quarantine at the destination, or on return to Sweden must always be followed.
Adjusted return to campus for students
The return for students will also be adjusted. Teaching will be conducted in a hybrid format during study period 1 (30 August–31 October 2021). The goal is for students to have at least half of their scheduled time on campus during study period 1. During study period 2 (1 November 2021–16 January 2022) the goal is that all teaching will be conducted without restrictions.
More information on how education will be carried out at Chalmers autumn 2021: