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Coronavirus: Information for students

Remote education now applies for all students at Chalmers. The entirety of teaching in study period 4 is being carried out remotely. We do not yet know if the exams will be on campus. You should be prepared that examinations and other forms of assessment during examination week may occur on campus. We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves healthy. 
 
Information for Chalmers students – see FAQ at the bottom of the page

3 April 16:00

Chalmers has adjusted for all operations – education, research, utilisation and operations support – to carry on, but with all teaching, and the majority of employees’ daily tasks to be carried out remotely, from home. 

Students are strongly recommended to study from home

We all have a joint responsibility for avoiding the spread of infection. For study period 3, all examinations were done remotely, from home. On Monday 23 March, study period 4 started, with teaching performed via digital tools only.  

Prolonged time for grading exams
As the exams for study period 3 were conducted through Canvas and we at the same time are transitioning to remote teaching, the grading of exams will take a bit longer than the prescribed 15 working days. The examiners may grade the exams and register the results in Ladok until 21 April.​

The following applies for study period 4

All teaching should now have been adapted to be carried out remotely, in the best possible way. Methods and ways of working vary between, and even within, courses. It is important that you keep yourself updated in the course rooms on Canvas for what is happening in your course.  

Some extra important information:
  • The entirety of teaching in study period 4 is being carried out remotely. We do not yet know if the exams will be on campus. You should be prepared that examinations and other forms of assessment during examination week may occur on campus. 
  • You should consider that your regular schedule still applies, and that most courses will go ahead as planned.
  • General spaces, group rooms and computer labs are open for students with access cards, until other information is received. This means that those who wish to may use these facilities for individual study. However, the libraries, lecture halls and classrooms are closed. Remember too that teachers may not meet their students on campus, since all teaching should be carried out remotely, even tutorials.
  • You can now connect to the Chalmers student computers remotely so that you can access software from home. Read more in the FAQ on the bottom of this page.

The re-exam period — no “plussning” possible
  • It is very important for Chalmers to know how many students intend to write the exam for each course.​ If you decide not to write an exam that you have registered for, we ask you to cancel your registration as soon as possible. Information how it is done can be found on Studentportalen. ​
  • It will not be possible to rewrite an exam in order to increase your grade (“plussning”) in this re-exam period. 
  • At Chalmers, compulsory exam registration normally is applied, which also applies to these re-exams.​
  • NEW. Before the Easter re-examination period, 5500 students were registered for re-examination in 220 courses (compared with 3000 students in the corresponding period 2019). Against this background, the Chalmers President has therefore decided the following for re-examinations from study period 2019/2020:
    • Re-examination for courses from year 1 may be cancelled
    • The form of examinations may be changed
    • Examination date and time for retakes may be changed
  • NEW. How does this affect the Easter retakes?
    1. ​The exams for most courses from study period 2 in year 1 have been cancelled. Students affected by this were informed on Friday, 27 March. You will be able to retake your exam in the August period instead. A list of cancelled exams can be found in the FAQ further down on this page.
    2. Around 30 examinations with a large number of registered students are moved to the Valborg weekend. This allows preparation time to remotely examine many students in the best way possible. The exams that are moved are listed below. You will find the new exam time for the course in your exam schedule.
    3. Other examinations will be conducted as planned during the Easter re-examination period, in a way that the examiner finds reasonable, while maintaining high quality. You will receive information on how it will be implemented on the course canvas page or from the examiner.
  • NEW. Answers to frequently asked questions about the re-exam period can be found in the FAQ further down on this page.
Management of degree projects and bachelor’s theses during study period 4: 
  • All supervision of degree projects and bachelor’s theses should be done remotely.
  • Degree projects and bachelor’s theses which require access to campus facilities (labs/workshops etc) may be carried out as planned – if you, as student, wish to do so. This is dependent on whether you can carry out the work without putting yourself or others at risk of infection, that is, if the work can be carried out in small groups (2–3 people). This is also on the condition that the work can be carried out without supervision on campus, and that under ordinary conditions, you would have been able to carry out the same task independently. Supervisors should make a risk assessment. Alternatively, the work can be rearranged so that you can carry it out entirely remotely. 
  • Degree projects and bachelor’s theses that are to be carried out at a company can continue as long as the company permits it. If the company does not permit the thesis to be carried out with them or at their premises, contact your thesis supervisor. ​
  • Presentations for degree projects and bachelor’s theses shall be carried out digitally if they are scheduled for study period 4. For presentations during examination week, a decision has not yet been made, but it is recommended that they also be carried out digitally. 
  • NEW. To be able to document that you have passed the compulsory elements of your degree projects or bachelor’s theses, you must create a "digitalt arbetskort" (for 15 credits) or a "Work Card" (for 30 and 60 credits). Instructions can be found in Canvas​.

Avoiding infection and spreading infection – our joint responsibility 

 To avoid becoming infected and infecting others:
  • Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before mealtimes, handling food and after using the toilet. Hand sanitiser can be an alternative.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a paper tissue. 
  • Keep yourself updated via krisinformation.se and the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website.

Your contributions and loan from CSN

The government has announced that while universities teaching is carried out remotely due to the coronavirus, students can retain already granted study support. Read more on CSN’s website.

Chalmers is not closed – but is only open for employees and students

Chalmers has not closed its campuses. Until other information is received, facilities are open for students and employees, and all people with pass cards. Group rooms and computer labs remain open for now. 

Chalmers has, however, closed its three libraries (the Main Library, Kuggen Library, and the Architecture and Civil Engineering Library) from Wednesday 18 March. Instead, library service is available only online and by phone. The library’s electronic information resources and support channels are not affected by the closures. 

Study from home if you have been abroad

If you as a student have been abroad and returned home after 14 March, you should study from home even if you are healthy and do not have any symptoms. You should also contact your programme director to plan ahead. If you as a student do not know who to contact, mail patrik.hostmad@chalmers.se .

Stay home in case of illness 

If you as a student have influenza-like symptoms, fever or respiratory difficulties but wish to continue studying – do it from home. As a student you should contact your programme director if you are sick. If you as a student do not know who to contact, mail patrik.hostmad@chalmers.se. You should stay home for two days after you are completely symptomless. 

If you have influenza-like symptoms, fever or respiratory difficulties, you should follow the healthcare system’s advice: 1177 for Västra Götaland

Student travel arranged by Chalmers

Study visits and other student travels arranged by Chalmers are cancelled from now until 31 May. Students are encouraged to follow the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ travel advice for private journeys.

Help for students abroad

  • ​Students who are travelling abroad, within a framework for their studies, should return to Sweden and study from home.  
  • Students who are on vessel-based education should contact their internship coordinator. 
  • Students who are abroad and need help should primarily turn to the Student ut insurance acute number. Contact Falck Global Assistance (Student ut) via telephone: +46 8-587 717 49, or email: fga@se.falck.com

Specifically for exchange students who are currently abroad, spring term 2020

  • At the moment, Chalmers does not request students who are abroad to return home. Currently, you can choose to remain where you are, which may be a safer option given the risk of getting stuck during the journey back to Sweden. Chalmers is following the developments and if a different decision is made, you will be informed. 
  • Students who need or want to travel back to Sweden should visit the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency’s website for information. If students have questions regarding insurance or need assistance in some way, they can contact Falck Global Assistance via telephone: + 46 8 587 717 49, or email: fga@se.falck.comYou can always contact your contact person at Chalmers International Mobility for advice and support. 
  • Those who do not have the possibility to take part in teaching at their host university are able, as far as is possible, to take a course of 15hp at Chalmers, through the framework of the distance courses offered during study period 4. Speak to your contact person at Chalmers International Mobility
  • If the student or host university cancels the exchange, we cannot offer an alternative exchange. Neither can we prepare a place for you on a future exchange, though you can apply for a new exchange through the ordinary application process, according to the relevant regulation for exchange students, diary number C2018-1819, which is also published on Studentportalen under international studies.

Help for students normally resident abroad

  • ​Students who wish to can of course stay and take part in distance education. 
  • Students who wish, or have been requested, to return to their native countries, should follow the instructions from their native country. They should also message their coordinator at CIM​ if they cancel the exchange or if they need support.
  • Students needing advice on potential journeys home should contact their home nation’s embassy in Sweden. 

Students planning exchange studies during autumn term 2020 

Exchanges scheduled for autumn term 2020 are currently planned to go ahead. If the exchange is not possible in the autumn, it can potentially be moved to the spring term 2021, provided the partner university can offer an extra place without affecting other exchange places, and if it can fit into your plan of studies. We do not have the possibility to offer an alternative exchange/university. 

Do you have questions?

If you as a student have questions, you should turn to your programme director

Information from Chalmers Student Union

On the Chalmers Student Union website you can find more information about the coronavirus and the Student Union's activities, including a guide with tips on studying from home.

Information from Swedish authorities:


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


General questions
 
Is Chalmers closed? What will happen with my teaching?
All teaching during study period 4 is being carried out remotely. Chalmers’ campuses, however, are not closed. Lecture halls and classrooms are locked, but group rooms and computer labs are open to students with pass cards, until further notice.
 
What will happen to my study grants/loans from CSN?
Information in Swedish is available on CSN's website.
 
How is the university managing the risks of the coronavirus outbreak?
Chalmers is continuously monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and following recommendations and decisions from the Swedish authorities. Preparations are currently being made for different scenarios and their impact on Chalmers’ operations. 
 
I feel worried. Can I get help from Student Health?
Students who feel anxious can turn to Student Health for support. Student Health is open as usual but will offer telephone and video visits to a greater extent than usual. 

If you are worried about being infected, see first and foremost: the 1177 healthcare Guide​
 
How are students being informed about the situation?
All students are encouraged to stay updated on www.chalmers.se/info for general information about Chalmers’ handling of the coronavirus. In the course rooms in Canvas you can stay updated on what applies to your specific courses.

NEW. Questions about the re-exam period​

Will my exam look the same as a normal exam?
No, probably not. The President has decided that the examiner for a course may change the form of the examination. The reason for this is that when the examination is done remotely, alternative forms may be more appropriate, such as oral exams or a combination of different types of examination.

Will I have as much time as a regular exam?
This is not certain. The examiners have been given the opportunity to use alternative forms of examination, and this may mean that the examination time is adapted to suit the new form.

Is it possible to double-test during the re-examination period?
No, it is not possible to double-test (take two exams that are scheduled to go at the same time by delaying the time of one of the exams) during the re-examination period. This is because it is not possible to prevent a student from having access to the exam test in the morning, even if the exam is to be done only in the afternoon.

Can I take an exam without being registered for it?
No. Unlike in study period 3, it is not possible to take an exam in the re-examination period without having registered for it. Registration for exams during the re-examination period is closed.

Is it possible to ‘plus’ during the re-examination period?
No. ‘Plussing’, that is, retaking an exam in a course you have already passed, to raise its grade, is not possible during the re-examination period as we need to reduce the number of students who are taking exams for capacity reasons. Plussing will be allowed again when we have greater capacity for examinations.

Will the examination be anonymous?
No. The exam will not be anonymous as it is conducted remotely and alternative forms of examination may be used. Chalmers has no tools for maintaining anonymity under these conditions.

What tools will I be able to use in the exam?
As the examination takes place at a distance and it is not possible to check which aids students are using, all aids will be allowed. However, cooperation or help from other people is not permitted.

Please note that there may be other conditions in place for those exams being moved to the Valborg weekend. This will be announced later.

Are students with the right to an extended examination time also entitled to it during the re-examination period?
Yes, students with NAIS certificates who qualify for extended exam time have the opportunity to test with extended exam time, or receive other adaptations, even during the re-examination period. The student sends his / her NAIS certificate to the examiner, who will make the appropriate adaptations.

Will it be possible to get the highest grades (4 or 5)?
Yes. For graded courses, it will be possible to get the highest grade in these examinations. There may, however, be other forms of examination required to reach the grade boundaries. 

I don’t have access to this year’s Canvas page because I took the course at an earlier time, what can I do?
Contact the examiner for the course.

I will take an exam in a course which has closed, what can I do?
You will either be given access to a Canvas page on a course from autumn, or a special Canvas page will be created just for this re-examination. The examiner can answer questions about the exam. 

NEW. How will Chalmers make sure no one is cheating when having remote exams?
Different methods are now being tested for how we are going to conduct identification controls during the exams. Further information will be available shortly. The examiner has the right to check that the students doing the exams are the correct ones, and to ask specific control questions.

NEW. When and in what way will I receive information about my exam?
The re-exams will be different from course to course. In some courses more oral components will be included for example. You will find information about your exam in the Canvas course room. If you don’t know what course room you belong to, please contact your examiner.

In some cases, students from previous years haven’t yet been registered in the right course room, in those cases you may have to wait a little more before getting the information. Please contact your examiner if you have any questions. 

What courses will have their re-examination moved to the Valborg weekend?
The exams in the list below are moved to the Valborg weekend. You will find the new exam time for the course in the exam schedule​.

List of courses:
  • BOM225 Management and organisation in the construction sector
  • DAT037 Data structures
  • DAT038 Data structures and algorithms
  • EEF031 Theory of electromagnetic fields
  • EEM015 Electromagnetism
  • ENM061 Power electronic converters
  • ENM160 Energy technology
  • ERE033 Automatic control
  • ERE103 Control theory
  • ESS116 Electrical circuits and systems
  • KAA060 Transport phenomena in chemical engineering
  • KBT020 Chemical environmental science
  • KKM051 Chemical environmental science
  • KKM052 Chemical environmental science
  • KKM081 Biochemical environmental science
  • LKT325 Mathematical statistics
  • LMA521 Statistics with applications
  • LMT968 Industrial economics and organization
  • MMF062 Vehicle dynamics
  • MPR095 Material and manufacturing technology
  • RRY135 Electric circuits and electric power
  • TDA352 Cryptography
  • TDA416 Data structures and algorithms
  • TDA417 Data structures and algorithms
  • TDA452 Functional programming
  • TDA550 Object-oriented programming, advanced course
  • TEK720 Industrial economics and organization
  • TIF085 Physics for engineers
  • TIF101 Applied quantum physics
  • TMA683 Applied mathematics

Which exams during the re-exam period have been cancelled?

The exams for most courses from study period 2 in year 1 have been cancelled. Students affected by this were informed on Friday, 27 March. You will be able to retake your exam in the August period instead. Cancelled exams: 

  • ACE035 Byggnadsmaterial
  • BOM195 Byggnadsmaterial
  • BOM221 Fysik och kemi för samhällsbyggare
  • EMI084 Kretsanalys
  • FFM516 Mekanik 1
  • IDY023 Ekonomisk analys 1: Ekonomisk kalkylering och styrning
  • IDY024 Lönsamhetsanalys och styrning
  • LEU432 Grundläggande datorteknik
  • LEU470 Elektriska kretsar
  • LEU482 Programutveckling
  • LEU483 Programutveckling
  • LKT105 Organisk kemi
  • MMF176 Ingenjörsmetodik
  • MMS090 Lasthantering och farligt gods
  • MMS095 Handelsrätt
  • MVE017 Matematisk analys i en variabel
  • MVE465 Linjär algebra och analys fortsättning
  • MVE525 Matematisk analys
  • MVE570 Linjär algebra och differentialekvationer
  • MVE580 Linjär algebra och differentialekvationer
  • PPU156 Datorstödd maskinkonstruktion (CAD)
  • SJM005 Terresternavigation och sjömanskap
  • SJM010 Introduktion till lasthantering och fartygsstabilitet
  • SJO151 Handelsrätt
  • SJO561 Fartygsmaskinsystem
  • SSY032 Grundläggande elteknik
  • TDA540 Objektorienterad programmering
  • TEK330 Arbetsorganisation
  • TEK685 Produktionsutveckling
  • TIN213 Programmeringsteknik
  • TMA976 Matematisk analys, fortsättning
  • TMV137 Matematisk analys i en variabel
  • TMV138 Matematisk analys i en variabel
  • TMV151 Matematisk analys i en variabel
  • TMV181 Matematisk analys i en variabel
  • TMV216 Linjär algebra.​

Practical questions about remote education in study period 4

What does it mean that all teaching must be done remotely?
This means that you should be able to complete a whole course remotely, without having to come to campus. All teaching contact should be done remotely.
 
Is there anything in particular that I should think about regarding remote learning?
As a student, you are responsible for your own study situation and it is important that you establish good routines and a functioning structure for your homework, and that you take advantage of the information and instructions which are being continuously updated on websites and platforms.
Studentportalen has tips on how to make your studies work as smoothly as possible. The Study Counsellor for your programme can also support you in this situation and is available on weekdays via email or phone. Contact information can be found here.
 
Will my courses in study period 4 be affected or cancelled?
All teaching during study period 4 take place remotely. No educational activities will be carried out on campus. The examiner for each course will inform students via course rooms in Canvas about how the teaching will be conducted.
 
Is my schedule still valid?
You should consider your schedule to still apply, and that most courses will go ahead as planned. The scheduled times will be used for example live streaming of lectures, teacher contact or for tutorials. Stay informed through the course rooms in Canvas for how your course will proceed.
 
How and when do I get information on how my course is organised?
Stay informed through the course rooms on Canvas, where your examiner will inform you.
 
How will retakes be managed during the Easter period?
It will not be possible to rewrite an exam in order to increase your grade (“plussning”) in this re-exam period. The exam registration is closed. At Chalmers, compulsory exam registration is applied, which also applies to these re-exams. If you decide not to write an exam that you have registered for, we ask you to cancel your registration as soon as possible. Information on how to do this can be found on the student portal
 
We are working on new methods for distance examination in the re-exam period. More information will follow. Keep yourself updated on this page!
 
What is the situation for those who have degree projects or bachelor’s theses ongoing?
Contact your examiner to make an individual assessment.
 
What if I miss other forms of compulsory assessments because I get sick?
The same rules apply as for courses on campus. That is, if you miss compulsory assessments due to illness, you need to compensate for them later. Contact your examiner to discuss further if this occurs.
 
I don't have my own computer, what should I do?
As a student with a pass card, you can use the computer labs on campus as usual.
 
I need special programs to continue my course, that I do not have on my personal computer, what should I do?
The computer labs on campus are still open and you can work there if you need to. You can also connect to the Chalmers student computers remotely so that you can access software from home.

There are also several software programs that you can download and install on your own computer, see more at Studentportalen / Contact / IT support / Software​.

 
Does my insurance apply when I study remotely?
Personal injury insurance for students, which is accident insurance that you, as a student, are covered by during school hours/internships in Sweden, does not apply if you study or participate in online education from home, at city libraries and so on. For accidents at home, you must have your own insurance.

For students who are covered by one of the policies Student IN / FAS / FAS plus and choose to stay in Sweden and participate in distance education, the insurance applies as usual. If you want to cancel your studies or participate in distance education from your home country, the trip to your home country is not covered. You are also not covered by any insurance from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency in your home country, even if you conduct remote study at a Swedish college or university.
 
What tools should we as students use to collaborate?
Chalmers has no specific recommendations here. It is possible to form groups in Canvas and also use Microsoft Teams, which contains many functions for sharing information, having digital meetings and communicating. Log in with your Chalmers account. It is also possible to use other communication and collaboration platforms which are available.

Students with special requirements

How will my note-taking support work?
It will work as usual. The note-taker will share his notes after the lecture.
 
How will my mentorship work?
Mentoring will continue. But you, together with your mentor, need to agree on alternative forms of meeting, for example via Skype or telephone.
 
How do I get in touch with a FUNKA coordinator?
The best way is to email funka@chalmers.se. There will be the opportunity to meet the coordinator via Skype.
 

Students on exchange or travelling

I am on an exchange programme abroad, should I travel home to Sweden?
At the moment, no decision has been made as to whether Chalmers requests students who are abroad to return home. Currently, you can choose to remain where you are, which may be a safer option given the risk of getting stuck during the journey back to Sweden. Chalmers is following the developments and if a different decision is made, you will be informed.

Those who need or wish to travel back to Sweden should view the Legal, Financial and Administrative Service Agency’s website for information.

If you have questions regarding insurance or need assistance in another way, you can contact Falck Global Assistance tel: + 46 8 587 71749 email: fga@se.falck.com​
 
I am on an exchange programme abroad and cannot take part in the teaching. What shall I do?
Those who do not have the possibility to take part in teaching at their host university are able, as far as is possible, to take a course of 15hp at Chalmers, through the framework of the distance courses offered during study period 4. Speak to your contact person at Chalmers International Mobility​.

If the student or host university cancels the exchange, we cannot offer an alternative exchange. Neither can we prepare a place for you on a future exchange.
 
I normally attend a partner university and am on exchange at Chalmers. What shall I do?
Students who wish to can of course stay and take part in distance education. Students who wish, or have been requested, to return to their native countries, should follow the instructions from their native country. They should also message their coordinator at Chalmers International Mobility if they cancel the exchange or if they need support.
 
I plan to travel abroad during the spring. Can I proceed with my journey?
Study visits and other student travels arranged by Chalmers are cancelled from now until the 31 May. Students are advised to follow the Ministry for Foreign Affair’s travel advice for private journeys.
 
I have recently been abroad. Can I move around the university premises?
Lecture halls and classrooms are locked, but group rooms and computer labs are open for the time being. If you have been abroad, and have returned home after 14 March, you must wait at least 14 days before you study with others, even if you are healthy and do not show symptoms.
 
I am planning an exchange studies this autumn. Will this be possible?
Currently, exchanges for autumn term 2020 are planned to go ahead. If the exchange is not possible in the autumn, you can move it to spring term 2021, provided that it fits in with your plan of studies and the partner university can offer an extra place without affecting other exchange places. Alternative exchanges/universities cannot be offered.
 
 

Published: Fri 03 Apr 2020.