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Approving strictly necessary travel

Approving strictly necessary travel

Employees who live in the 25 municipalities with strict coronavirus measures in Eastern Norway can make strictly necessary trips to INN University's campuses, for example when it is necessary to ensure students' progression. (Photo: Karen-Ingrid Fryjordet / INN University.)

Employees in 25 municipalities with strict coronavirus measures in Eastern Norway can travel to INN University's campuses in Inland County when it is strictly necessary to carry out teaching.

Employees in 25 municipalities with strict coronavirus measures in Eastern Norway can travel to INN University's campuses in Inland County when it is strictly necessary to carry out teaching.

“The main rule is still that teaching should be done digitally if possible. At the same time, some teaching cannot be carried out digitally, and which involve lecturers who live in the affected municipalities. In such cases travel may be necessary to ensure the students' progression in their studies,” says vice-rector for education at INN University, Stine Grønvold.

Strict measures

It was during the weekend that the government introduced strict measures after the discovery of a mutated variant of the coronavirus. First, measures were introduced in 10 municipalities on Saturday, then in another 15 municipalities on Sunday.

As a result of the measures, INN University chose to ask students and employees in the affected municipalities not to come to the campuses in Inland County. It is this specific decision that is now being softened, when it is deemed strictly necessary to travel.

Read about the measures INN University introduced on Saturday 23 January.

Read about the measures INN University introduced on Sunday 24 January.

Facilitating practical experiential learning

At the same time, INN University stopped carrying out practical experiential learning in the 25 aforementioned municipalities, as well as for students who live in these municipalities.

This decision is also now being softened by the fact that travel to places of internship will be considered a necessary trip. This has been decided, among other things, on the basis of guidelines given by the Ministry of Education and Research.

INN University will ensure a dialogue with the relevant internship locations to discuss when and how internships can be carried out. Each individual faculty will inform its students about how to proceed.

INN University’s resolution

The resolution made by INN University’s emergency preparedness organisation on Tuesday 26 January reads as follows:

  1. The applicable decision that the main rule is home-office-based work still applies.
  2. INN University has decided to switch to as much digital teaching as possible until the end of January. By the end of February, the transition to digital teaching will still be necessary. Activities and exercises that cannot be digitised, and which must be carried out to ensure students' progression, are prioritised in the planning of on-campus teaching.
  3. Strictly necessary travel from the 25 affected municipalities is understood as: travel to campus in order to carry out teaching that cannot be converted into digital solutions, and which is necessary to ensure the students' progression.
  4. Internship / practical experiential learning is defined as necessary travel regardless of from where students commute. Information will be given by each individual faculty regarding how students should proceed as implementation depends on conditions at the individual internship site.
  5. The decision applies until new national rules and recommendations are available and are considered in a meeting on 1 February.