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Information for employees regarding the coronavirus

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Working on campus and remotely

The government and responsible authorities have introduced stricter recommendations from 12 January 2022.

KTH continues to conduct teaching on our campuses in accordance with the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and KTH's "scenario low", which is based on low impact in terms of restrictions on teaching.. Therefore, it is important that employees who must be on site to ensure the implementation and quality of teaching and examination activities do so. However, it is possible to work from home after the manager has approved it and provided that the quality of operations is maintained. This applies until 31 January 2022.

As before when it comes to telework and temporary work from home, the decision lies with the immediate manager. For employees on site, the workplace must be organized so that distances can be maintained, also in meeting rooms and during breaks. Larger indoor gatherings should be avoided.

KTH urges everyone who can to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is still possible to do this during working hours.

Studies and exams

KTH has already taken measures that are in line with the stricter recommendations from the authorities that apply from 12 January, 2022. For KTH, these mean that teaching continues on Campus, but infection control measures should be applied. This could mean access to hand sanitizer and/or opportunities for hand washing, and that larger gatherings of people are carried out in premises where distances can be maintained, also when entering and exiting. The property department at GVS provides hand sanitizer and carries out extended cleaning.

Spring semester 2022

 For the spring semester, teaching and examination continues to be carried out according to the scenario low.

 

In case of infection or illness

The Public Health Agency has recommendations that apply for those with symptoms of respiratory illness.

Call 1177 (Healthcare Guide) for advice if you have symptoms.

If you as an employee have been exposed to COVID-19 in connection with work, your manager is obliged to, without delay, report it to the Swedish Work Environment Authority. Notification of a serious incident must also be made if the manager subsequently becomes aware that an employee has been exposed. It is therefore important that you notify your manager if you suspect that you have been infected in connection with work.

  • Information on reporting sick leave and risk groups can be found on the page In case of illness .

If a student tests positive

In case a student has tested positive for COVID-19, he/she should contact the corresponding study counsellor (who is bound by professional secrecy) or course leader/examiner, who in turn will report to the school’s educational administration manager. Note that KTH faculty and staff shall treat such cases as confidential. Thereafter a decision will be made by the Director of First and Second Cycle Education, in consultation with Vice President for Education and Head of School in question, regarding suitable measures.

Business travel

National and international business trips can be carried out, but they must be in line with current restrictions and recommendations from the government, the Swedish Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All business trips must be preceded by an approved travel order.

As the situation in the world can change quickly, it is important to make a risk assessment before each trip.

Meetings, conferences and events

Physical meetings must take place in line with current restrictions and recommendations from the government and the Swedish Public Health Agency.

KTH's teaching and research are not affected, but conferences, open lectures, concerts and more where the public has access are covered by increased restrictions for public events and gatherings held indoors from 19 January.

For all public gatherings and events with over 20 participants, only seated guests are allowed, a maximum of eight people per party and 1 metre distance between parties, if vaccination certificates are not used. At public gatherings for more than 50 participants, vaccination certificates are also required. There is a maximum limit of 500 participants for public gatherings, but sectioning may be used.

The Public Health agency: COVID-19 infection control measures

Parking

Since 1 January 2022 parking fees apply for all since the free parking option with a parking sticker has been removed. 

Thesis defence

The defense of doctoral theses/dissertations may be held on campus and digitally. Doctoral thesis and licentiate seminars are open to the public and are, where applicable, subject to the Government's restrictions on public gatherings. Digital defense of doctoral thesis/dissertation and licentiate seminars are encouraged partly for quality reasons (increased opportunities for international participation in the grading committee and as an opponent), and partly for sustainability reasons (reduced travel).

All doctoral thesis/dissertations and licentiate seminars must be digitally accessible for spectators.

See also thesis, thesis defence and qualification .