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Information about Coronavirus at ITU

On this page you will find updated information and recommendations about how to respond to the coronavirus here at ITU plus links to relevant pages from the Danish authorities. The page will be updated continuously.

April 7

FAQ about coronavirus and the ITU lockdown
Find answers to your questions in the new FAQ.

April 6

ITU is closed until May 10

The Prime Minister has announced that the general lockdown of public institutions, apart from pre-school, primary and lower secondary levels of education is prolonged. In response to that a special version of ReadIT has been sent out. Read it here. 

April 3

Video message to you from Vice Chancellor Martin Zachariasen: 

Martin Zachariasen 

April 3

All oral and written Spring 2020 exams will be held online
Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the outbreak, Executive Management has decided that all exams this semester will be held online.
Read about this, the possible extension of the theses deadline and the Student Experience Survey in the new version of ReadIT.

April 2

Possible extension of theses deadline
If you face challenges writing your theses due to the current circumstances, you have the possibility of an extension. Read more

April 1

Free counselling by Studenterrådgivningen (Student Counselling Service)
If you are experiencing psychological or mental challenges, you are welcome to contact Studenterrådgivningen (Student Counselling Service). They offer free counselling and have established special activities to support students under the circumstances of Covid-19. 

Please find more info on their website.
In Danish: https://srg.dk/da/f%C3%A5-hj%C3%A6lp/corona-tiltag/ 
In English: https://srg.dk/en/f%C3%A5-hj%C3%A6lp/ 

March 30

Extended processing time for applications
Due to the current circumstances, exam complaints, applications to exemptions and special conditions for exams take up to 6 weeks to process. Thank you for your understanding. 

March 30

As ITU is in lockdown, The IT Library is closed. Therefore, you can not handle physical books, nor requests or inter-library loans. Access to e-books is not possible either.

You can still use the electronic databases of scientific articles via the search interface searchIT.

Use ITU VPN connection when searching via remote access

A number of publishers have granted (some degree of) open access throughout the international corona-virus lockdown.

These include:

Cambridge University Press (700 textbooks): Read more here

Universitetsforlaget (36,000+ research articles and books): www.idunn.no

JSTOR (6,000+ eboks and 150+ journals; not a lockdown initiative, but still worth mentioning): https: //www.jstor.org/open/

New York Public Library has 300,000+ downloadable books (and more than 800,000 downloadable items): Read more here 

National Emergency Library provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public. There are 2,5 million titles to choose from. Read more here

Directory of Open Acces journals www.doaj.org have more than 14.000 journals available.

ITU has access to IEEE suite of 400 + eLearning courses through to the end of June to help support students and faculty members teaching engineering and computer science. Find them here.

Finally, many researchers share pre-prints of their research on sites such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

This list is not exhaustive. If you know of other resources, please share them with fellow students and bibliotek@itu.dk. 

Remember, you still have access to a wide range of scientific articles through a number of databases. Find the full list here.



March 30

​A new edition of ReadIT has reached your ITU-mailbox
​In this new edition you can, among other things, read about how to write projects during corona isolation and how Scrollbar goes online during the lockdown.
You can also read about the Multi Factor Authentication, that you need to activate to protect yourself and ITU. Read the new edition here.

March 27

Video message to you from Vice Chancellor Martin Zachariasen: 

Screenshot Martin Video Greeting 

March 27 
Contact The Study and Career Guidance
We know that the current circumstances are really challenging for all students. Don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any enquiries or need help or guidance in any way.  

Reach us on studentadvisors@itu.dk. 

March 26

Good advices for you who are writing BSc projects and theses
Writing major projects can feel like a difficult task during these days. We have gathered some good advices and hacks, that can help your workflow. Find them here.

March 23

ITU is closed until April 13
Today the Prime Minister announced that the general lockdown is prolonged. In response to that a special version of ReadIT has been sent out. Read it here. 

March 23

All students at ITU have access to the full version of Zoom
You can upgrade to the full version by logging in via ituchp@zoom.us. With the full version there are no time-restrictions.

If you experience any problems with Zoom, check the Zoom support page.

March 23

How is COVID-19 affecting SU?
Find a FAQ about SU and Coronavirus here.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Student Affairs & Programmes on sap@itu.dk. 

March 20

  • If you hold a Danish passport, please stay in Denmark.
  • If you hold a non-Danish passport, please stay in Denmark or travel to your home country to stay there
  • If you hold a non-Danish passport, and need to enter Denmark, you need to document your residency. For instance with a social security card (the yellow card) or a residence card. You must have a Danish address registered in the Danish Cpr. register. If in doubt about that, send an e-mail to sap@itu.dk and we can check it for you. This only applies as long as ITU is physically closed for teaching.

 

There are also a new special edition of ReadIT, that you can find here.

March 19
Message from the Head of Studies, Aske Kammer, to all MSc students doing their master thesis.

March 19

Tips for doing projects/thesis these days
Many of you struggle to collect empirical data these days. Doing interviews, observation studies, etc., is hard work already; having to do it online does not make it easier. The Head of Studies suggest you have a look at this document about “Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic”.
Also, please have a discussion with your supervisor about whether your project can be tweaked or developed in a fashion that fits the current situation. 

March 19

Protect ITU, and protect yourself
Coronavirus is not the only virus spreading. ITU has experienced a cyber attack. It is under control, but we kindly ask you to get started with the Multi-Factor Authentication. Get started

March 18

Information about exams during the lockdown - No changes, just a reminder on how they will be carried out

Oral exams
Re-exams with an oral component (B- and D-exams) will be held as video conference exams. Your examiner will contact you to make the arrangements. Please see ITU-guidelines on video conference exams

Exams on premises
Written re-exams on premises (A-exams) will be rescheduled and held later.

Submissions
Submission re-exams (C- and D-exams, projects and theses) will continue as planned.

March 17

We are sorry, but you are not able to enter the building while the closedown is in effect, even if you if I need to collect items for your studies. Only staff who are part of the emergency preparedness team is allowed on the premises. 

March 16

ITU is aware, that our students with children are facing even more challenges, as schools and childcare institutions are closed. Teachers have been recommended to record and upload their online teaching, so you can access it at other points in time.
As all teachers have to make major changes to their teaching and learn new online tools in no time, we kindly ask you to be patient, if things are not perfect from the start. 

March 15

Restrictions for entering Denmark
The Danish Government has decided to make restrictions for entering Denmark. If you live and study in Denmark, you will still be able to enter.
If you have at non-Danish passport and you are outside Denmark: Make sure you can proof that you live and study in Denmark, if you would like to enter.
 
If you are travelling back to your home country
You can still leave Denmark and travel back to your home country. 

However, these measures may have an impact of flight schedules and availability. We recommend all students who are travelling back to their home country to check with their airlines whether these measures will affect their flight. 

Also, as the situation develops, countries are implementing additional restrictions. If you are travelling back to your home country, please check to see what measures apply to you.

Reduce all travels
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark is advising against all non-essential travel outside Denmark (e.g. short trips, holidays).
In short: If you hold a Danish passport, please stay in Denmark. If you hold a non-Danish passport, please stay in Denmark or travel to your home country to stay there. 

March 13
The Study and Career Guidance and SAPfront desk are closed for calls and personal sessions - send us an e-mail!

As the University building is closed we can not receive you in person or receive your calls. If you send us an-email, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

SAPfront desk: sap@itu.dk 

The Study and Career Guidance: studentadvisors@itu.dk

March 12

Information about exams 
I have a planned reexam – what do I do?

Oral exams
Re-exams with an oral component (B- and D-exams) will be held as video conference exams. Your examiner will contact you to make the arrangements. Please see ITU-guidelines on video conference exams

Exams on premises
Written re-exams on premises (A-exams) will be rescheduled and held later.

Submissions
Submission re-exams (C- and D-exams, projects and theses) will continue as planned. 

There are also a new special edition of ReadIT, that you can find here.

March 12

Teaching at ITU will migrate from the physical space to online on Monday, March 16.
ITU will still offer teaching and supervision to our students. It will just have to happen remotely through devices rather than in physical proximity. The normal schedules for teaching will still stand.

How do I participate in teaching?
Lectures will primarily take place in the conferencing and meeting platform Zoom, supported by other activities in learnIT. Check the course page in learnIT. However, please be patient about updates.  

How do I get started with Zoom?

On the course page in learnIT the course manager will provide the unique link for the session. But first, you should test the setup. We recommend that you test the system asap following the guidelines below: 

Instruction to getting started with Zoom

  1. Open asap one of the test meetings to download the client: https://itucph.zoom.us/j/492786864
    If the download doesn’t happen automatically then use this link: https://zoom.us/support/download

  2. Use the test meeting to check that your audio and video is working. 
    See here how: https://www.youtube.com/embed/HqncX7RE0wM?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1
    If possible use an external headset or microphone

In case you have any problems with zoom we recommend to check the zoom support page:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

March 12

Todays re-exam in Linear Algebra and Optimisation will be postponed. You will receive further information on your ITU-mail. 

March 11

The press conference held by the Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen this evening (March 11) has raised doubts about whether study activities will go forward as planned tomorrow (March 12).

 

All activities will continue as planned.

 

The building will close down from Friday and onwards. However, study activity such as classes, supervision etc. will move online.

 

Read the full message here 

 

March 11

Wednesday, March 11, a message went out from University Director Georg Dam Steffensen. In this special edition of ReadIT, he informed that the following precautions are being taking at ITU:

•    All events with participants that are neither employees nor students at ITU, have been postponed till the start of April at the earliest. Other events might be cancelled as well if they pose a risk of spreading the virus. 
•    There will be enhanced cleaning during the day.
•    All study-related travels planned to take place before Easter will be cancelled.

March 10

ITU is following the recommendations of the Danish Health Authorities’ regarding the coronavirus and asks all students to do the same. To prevent infection, we encourage all students to focus on: 

  • Good hand hygiene

  • Avoid contact with people with symptoms of cold and / or respiratory infection

  • Cough or sneeze in disposable handkerchief, alternatively in the elbow bend

All teaching, supervision and exams are held as usual. ITU is working on the possibility of distance teaching, if this will be needed. 

March 4

Wednesday, March 4, a message went out from University Director Georg Dam Steffensen. In this speciel edition of readIT, he informed that: 

"ITU acts in accordance with the Danish Health Authorities’ recommendations regarding the coronavirus and asks all students and staff to do the same.

The management is attentive to changes in the health authorities recommendations and urges all students and employees to keep themselves updated on the official website." 

If you have returned home from an area affected by coronavirus on March 2, 2020, or later, the health authorities advice that you stay at home for two weeks.