During the first three weeks of the semester, students and staff can get a rapid test kit for self-testing for COVID-19 at our campuses.
Rector Peer Jacob Svenkerud was among those who welcomed the new students and handed out test kits at the Lillehammer campus on Monday 16 August.
“It is very good to see many students at the start of the academic year, but still both students and staff must follow infection control guidelines. We have worked through the weekend to distribute rapid tests at the start of the academic year in order to detect possible infection early on and to avoid infection spread. This will serve as an extra layer of security,” says Svenkerud.
Rapid tests for self-testing are distributed the first three weeks after the start of the academic year in order to reduce the risk of infection. This is a supplement to the infection control measures that are already in place. INN University recommends that as many people as possible get tested, but testing is voluntary. The offer applies to both students and staff at the institution. If you have symptoms of respiratory infection, you must contact the municipality's coronavirus testing telephone for an ordinary test.
“The last year has been demanding for our students – both academically and socially. Many have been routed to digital education with limited opportunities for establishing a social network. Hopefully we can look back on this semester start as a first step towards a far more normal academic year,” says Svenkerud.
The rapid test is free, and each individual student is to complete the test themselves. The test is easy to perform, and an instruction manual is included. The test itself is to be taken at home, and you can read the answer on the test cassette after fifteen minutes.
“Those who test positive must contact the municipality to get further guidance and an appointment for an ordinary coronavirus test,” says Svenkerud.
INN University has planned for all students to partake in on-campus learning from the beginning of this academic year. Some study programmes will follow a combined format, in which the students will partake in some digital learning. On 13 August, the government announced an exception to the distance requirement for students during classroom activities. For the time being, INN University will maintain the one-meter rule in the classrooms as well before an internal assessment is made on how to implement the adjustments stipulated by the authorities.