Haaga-Helia's COVID-19 policies for the start of the autumn semester

Haaga-Helia's Management Group has decided that the academic year 2021-22 will start in a hybrid model that emphasises contact teaching. Orientation days will be organised safely in small groups on campus, following safe distances and other guidelines on health safety.

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The academic year will start in a hybrid model that emphasises contact teaching

​Our primary goal is to ensure a safe and healthy study and work environment for our higher education community. The general restrictions on gatherings and meetings do not apply to educational institutions' teaching and other statutory activities.

We allow up to about half of our staff and students on our campuses at the same time. Each area of ​​responsibility and campus independently decides on the appropriate implementation of remote and on-campus work. We prioritise activities on campus for studies and operations that require presence on campus (for example, work assignments that require going to campus due to the nature of the work or access to necessary equipment). 

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.

Everyone who works on campus, including those who have been vaccinated, should maintain safe distances, good hand and respiratory hygiene, use a face mask, and follow other guidelines. (source: THL, Finnish institute for health and welfare) Everyone who works on campus must keep a safe distance to others in elevators, classrooms, meeting and work rooms, as well as in staff break rooms and restaurants.

Policies related to studies and students

We prioritise contact teaching with first- and second-year students. The aim is to offer all students contact studies during the autumn, so that their studies are not carried out only remotely. 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)

Orientation days, the start of studies and team-building of new students starting in autumn 2021 will be organised safely in small groups on campus, following safe distances and other guidelines on health safety. It is also good to be prepared for a partial blended model. Unfortunately, we cannot organise the new students' recreation day in Vierumäki.

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 are open with limited services. Computer classes on campuses with some limitations, taking into account safe distances and other safety guidelines.

Student services, IT services, etc. are open with limited services on campuses and also online.

The aim is to reopen restaurants and cafés, taking into account safety regulations. The number of seats in restaurants may be limited and some restaurants might not be open normally. There are no common policies on serving lunch, as the restaurants decide themselves of their operations. Check the restaurant’s own website for more information on opening hours and lunch times on your own campus.

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 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 office information, janitors and staff facilities. However, everyone must keep in mind that the responsibility for our safety lies first and foremost with ourselves.