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Open campuses, but limited activity

Open campuses, but limited activity

Students can still access INN University's campuses, even though only digital teaching will be conducted in the coming weeks. (Photo: INN University)

INN University will keep its campuses open in the coming weeks, but with limited activity. This has been cleared following meetings of INN University's crisis management team on Monday.

INN University will keep its campuses open in the coming weeks, but with limited activity. This has been cleared following meetings of INN University's crisis management team on Monday.

“We perceive that the government gives a clear signal to allow the gathering of as few people as possible in the near future. We will therefore only conduct digital teaching during the next two weeks. No exceptions are given for other teaching activities that have been planned with physical attendance,” says Rector Kathrine Skretting.

It was on Saturday night that the government decided that all on-campus teaching will be converted to digital platforms until 18 January. On Sunday, the government advised on home-office-based work for everyone who has the possibility to do so.

On Monday, the crisis management team at INN University discussed the practical consequences that this tightening of measures has for the institution, which already before Christmas changed most of the teaching at the start of the semester to digital channels.

Open campuses 

“This weekend, the government emphasised our responsibility to counteract the negative psychosocial consequences of the pandemic among students. We therefore choose to keep our campuses open in order to give students the opportunity to get out of the dormitories and use, among other things, reading rooms and a library,” says Kathrine Skretting.

Studentsamskipnaden i Innlandet (the student association) also keeps bookshops and cafeterias open, the latter with a reduced operation. SINN Bookstore accepts digital orders, as well ( click here for more information).

As for INN University's premises, the exterior doors are kept open from 07:30 to 15:30 on weekdays. Access beyond this is provided with a card and PIN code for both students and staff.

Strong recommendation of working from home

Employees who must be at work in order for the campuses to be kept open are to be notified by their managers of this and can arrive on campus as usual. This applies, among other things, to maintenance staff and employees in service points and libraries.

Other employees should work from home, in line with the government's recommendation for a home-office-based work for those who can do so, unless an employee’s physical presence on campus is necessary and this is clarified with the employee’s immediate superior.

INN University would like to remind managers at the institution of the responsibility they have for maintaining academic and social digital arenas that include all employees.

“This is not an ideal start to a new semester, but to use the Prime Minister's words in yesterday's press conference: ‘Together we must take action to prevent the infection from spreading. If we all do our duty now, in fourteen days we can return to what has been normal in recent months’,” says Skretting.

See also information from INN University about the government's decision, published on Monday 4 January.

Contact: 

Rector Kathrine Skretting

Director of Communication Tore Høyland

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