Haaga-Helia's COVID-19 policies
Our primary goal is to ensure a safe and healthy study and work environment for our higher education community.
The orientation for new students will be organised on campuses taking into consideration health safety, but other teaching and guidance activities will take place remotely until 30 January 2022. Remote work is recommended for administration and support staff until 30 January 2022 if duties permit. Campuses remain open and services are open with certain limitations on campuses and online.
From Monday 31 January onwards, we aim to return back to normal operations as much as possible if the coronavirus situation allows. We follow authorities' instructions and guidelines in our decision-making and make risk-based assessments on the current circumstances and modify our policies when necessary.
Events can be arranged on campuses on a case-by-case basis if they follow the authorities' instructions, and safe distances and other safety instructions are followed.
Safety instructions on campuses
No one is allowed to enter the campuses when sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Everyone who works on campus, including those who have been vaccinated, should maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Haaga-Helia strongly recommends wearing a face mask on campuses
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences strongly recommends the use of face masks on campus. The recommendation also applies to people who have received a full dose of two vaccinations or who have already had COVID-19.
Haaga-Helia will continue to provide face masks to both staff and students, and they can be found on campuses' info desks.
Policies related to studies and students (31 Jan onwards)
From 31 January 2022 onwards, we want to continue to offer contact teaching opportunities widely to all students to ensure their smooth progression of studies, and their grouping and well-being.
In teaching, the majority of the implementations will be offered as contact teaching. Some of the courses can also take the form of online teaching and a combination of contact and distance learning.
Students belonging to risk groups should avoid close contact during the epidemic and are therefore not recommended to participate in contact teaching. (THL: Risk groups for severe coronavirus disease)
Organising exams: on campus, using Exam, or in an online environment. The thesis process and related supervision tasks are arranged in face-to-face meetings and/or online. Student welfare services are provided either on-campus or online.
Services and facilities on campuses
Libraries and computer classes are open.
Student services, IT services, etc. are open on campuses and also online.
Restaurants and caféterias are open on campuses. There is no unified policy for lunch, as the restaurants decide independently on their own operations. Check out your campus lunch options and possible staggered lunchtimes on the restaurant’s own website.
Student exchanges and work-related travel abroad
Students’ and staff members’ work or study-related travel abroad might be carried out taking into consideration the national and international safety instructions. We welcome exchange students at Haaga-Helia and Haaga-Helia’s degree students can also go on an exchange if the coronavirus situation and travel instructions from the authorities allow it. As a general rule, so-called short exchanges are not yet conducted.
When traveling, one should follow the recommendations of countries to which it is currently safe to travel according to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). A risk assessment should be made if travel is necessary. Any quarantine regulations must be followed.
In our decision-making, we follow the regulations and instructions of the authorities, and carry out a risk-based assessment of the prevailing conditions and modify the guidelines as necessary.
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences will continue enhanced cleaning, and the cleaning staff will wipe the tables daily in both work and study spaces. Enhanced cleaning of sanitary facilities on campuses will also be continued.
In addition, disposable face masks are available for students at information desks on campuses. However, everyone must keep in mind that the responsibility for our safety lies first and foremost with ourselves.