However, the guiding rule will still be that as few students and staff as possible should be on campus, and that as many people as possible should work or study from home.
Following the government's press conference on April 7, in which a gradual easing was introduced in some of the measures relating to the education sector, the Ministry of Education and Research has sent a letter to rectors in the higher education sector on how the decisions that affect us should be understood.
The guiding rule is that as few students and staff as possible should be on campus, and that as many people as possible should work or study from home even after April 27.
It has been decided that educational institutions can open for physical activity from Monday 27 April 2020, provided that the activity can be carried out in accordance with the infection perversion recommendations from health authorities that apply to working life. This means, among other things, keeping a physical distance of at least two meters between individuals, avoiding gatherings of more than 5 persons, and being diligent about washing one’s hands thoroughly and often. https://helsenorge.no/coronavirus.
This decision entails that INN University campuses will not be open for regular classroom and auditorium teaching for the rest of the spring semester.
This provides the possibility for a small group of students or staff to have access to campus if it is crucial for them in order to execute their education or research this spring. Such access should also be weighed against infection prevention considerations.
INN University will return with information in due time before April 27 about which student groups and staff can prepare to gain access to the campuses again in order to carry out educational activities or to facilitate such activities.
Balancing safety and necessity
The wish of the Ministry of Education and Research is to strike a balance between infection prevention measures and the need to continue crucial academic operations that cannot be done remotely (e.g. laboratory access).
At this stage, academic institutions can only grant access to their campuses to students and staff within the following areas:
- Health care
- Mathematics, natural sciences and technological subjects
- Media and design
- Music and performing arts
In addition, access will be granted to employees who are crucial in ensuring that the aforementioned persons can execute their education or qualifying work in the spring of 2020.
It is important to note that this does not mean that access would be granted to all those who fall under the above categories. The decision to grant access to INN University campuses will be done on the basis of necessity, and those who will be granted access must strictly adhere to infection prevention measures as instructed at the time.
Read the full letter from the Ministry of Education and Research here (in Norwegian).
With this small, hopeful harbinger of brighter times, we wish all our students and staff a very Happy Easter!