The national increase in coronavirus infection rates means that UiA is introducing new measures to help students complete their exams and get home for Christmas.
Currently, the rate of infection in Agder is relatively low, but UiA wants to be prepared ahead of any further outbreak. The situation has worsened in our region as well, and it will not be long before the number of infected people increases sharply.
“UiA follows the government’s call to consider implementing precautionary measures. It is important that we all limit the number of close contacts”, says Rector Sunniva Whittaker.
The University of Agder has set strategic crisis management, which has adopted new measures as of Friday 6 November, and is in contact with the host municipalities Grimstad and Kristiansand about the measures.
For UiA, health and safety are the main priority, followed by the students’ progression. An important part of the latter is the exam.
Students whose teaching or exam arrangements are changed, will be notified by their course coordinator/teacher as soon as practicable. Exam arrangements will also be updated on Studentweb, and students whose examination arrangements are changed will be notified via SMS.
“In this way, we also meet students’ requests for predictability and the opportunity to limit physical presence on campus”, says Rector Whittaker.
UiA introduces the following measures for employees:
“The purpose of these measures is to limit the number of close contacts, also at work. If the measures increase the possibility that we can complete the spring semester as planned, it is well worth the effort”, says University Director Seunn Smith-Tønnessen.
Concerns that the students’ mental health will be affected by exposure to the stress of the pandemic, was the reason the issue was raised in the Storting on Thursday 5 November. The Minister of Education and Research has appointed a national committee to propose measures to look after students’ mental health.
“With the same purpose, we have appointed a team at UiA that will work quickly to implement measures to support the UiA students’ mental health”, says Rector Sunniva Whittaker.