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Please find here our latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19). The information was updated on 04.04.2022

Last week the Government of Estonia eased the coronavirus restrictions. Due to that it is once again possible to organize events in the university and no covid pass is needed anymore in the university premises nor in the Sports club. 

As of 03.03, wearing a mask is not mandatory on the university premises anymore. 

Tallinn University of Technology advises its students and staff who are not yet vaccinated to get immunised as soon as possible. For additional information about vaccination, visit the website vaktsineeri.ee. 

Access to the university

The doors of the university are open, but entry is permitted only to university staff and persons participating in research or learning activities.

Students and staff, whether unvaccinated or vaccinated, who are experiencing symptoms of a viral illness must stay at home and immediately contact their family physician.

The library is open to all visitors without any restrictions, but physical distancing rules must be observed. For more information on opening hours, see Library opening hours (taltech.ee).

General Instructions

In order to prevent infection, the instructions issued by the Health Board must be followed.

  • It is recommended to wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands often. Use warm water and soap for washing hands; in public places, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a single-use tissue. Throw the used tissue into the bin immediately after, then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (the inside of your elbow), but do not use your bare hand.
  • Avoid contact with people who have symptoms of illness.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you are ill, stay at home, even if the symptoms are rather mild.
  • If you have any symptoms, you should suspect the coronavirus and call your family doctor.

TalTech provides hand sanitisers for general use in public places. The university ensures that public areas are cleaned on a daily basis.

Studies

Conducting studies

  • Teaching staff have the right to choose the teaching method that they believe is best suited for achieving the learning outcomes of their subject. 

  • The university is not required to provide online learning opportunities to students who cannot participate in learning activities due to isolation rules.

  • When conducting classroom learning activities, physical distancing practices must be employed for students if possible. Wearing a mask ensures added safety.

Sports Center Visitors

Wearing a mask (as of 03.04) is not mandatory anymore. 

Instructions in case of illness or suspicion of illness

In the event of a case of infection among students and staff, the same procedure must be followed as in the previous academic year.

The Office of Academic Affairs / Human Resources Office will then identify any close contacts and forward the information to the Health Board, as well as notify anyone who may have come into contact with the infected person. Based on the information received from the university, the Health Board will contact any unvaccinated close contacts and order them to self-isolate.

Instructions for dormitory residents in case of illness or suspicion of illness

If a student who resides in the Student Campus receives a positive test result, the student must inform both the head of the dean’s office or study centre and the representative of the Student Campus and stay in their room. The university, in cooperation with the Health Board, identifies the next steps for preventing the risk of infection and impede the spread of the virus.

Contacts for specific questions and problems

Student
If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Student Counselling Office at studenthelp@taltech.ee; in matters concerning your studies, please contact the lecturer of the subject.

Employee
If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Human Resources Office at liina.vossotskaja@taltech.ee; in matters concerning the organisation of work, please contact your immediate supervisor.

Member of cultural collectives helen.tamm@taltech.ee

Sports Centre visitor – rait.kabin@taltech.ee  

FAQ

The recommendations of the Health Board must be followed.

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands with warm running water and soap; if necessary, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid contact. Avoid contact with people who are coughing or sneezing. If you stand too close to a person with symptoms, you may become ill yourself.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands, there is a chance that the virus will be transmitted to you.
  • If you have a fever, are coughing and experiencing difficulty breathing, seek help in a timely manner. Monitor your health and stay at home. On weekdays, call your family physician; on weekends between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., call the family physician advisory line at 1220. The doctors of the advisory line can only issue referrals for testing to people with suspected illnesses if they can be identified with Smart-ID or Mobile-ID.
  • If you have mild symptoms of respiratory illness, carefully follow the usual hand hygiene requirements and, if possible, stay at home until you recover.
  • Maintain good respiratory hygiene. When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a single-use tissue. Throw the used tissue into the bin immediately after, then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (the inside of your elbow), but do not use your bare hand.
  • Covering the mouth and nose prevents the spread of germs and viruses. If you use your bare hand for covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, you may spread germs and viruses to other people and objects you touch.

Dormitories have informed all of their residents of self-isolation rules. Find out more from the Student Campus.

Restriction of freedom of movement or self-isolation means that a person is required to avoid all non-essential contacts for 14 days after arriving in Estonia and can only leave their home or permanent place of stay to visit a doctor, buy food, basic necessities, and medication, or in case of an emergency. People who have received corresponding instructions from the Health Board are to stay in quarantine.

Please write in the description of grading methods that if the exam takes place orally online, students are obligated to use a camera during the exam. If a student refuses, the lecturer has the right to give a MI. Exams using Proctorio cannot be conducted without a camera. A precondition for choosing a proctored exam is that all of Proctorio's technical requirements are fulfilled. If the student does not do this, they will get a MI.

In accordance with clause 32 (1) 3) of the Academic Policies, the university has the right to exmatriculate students who deliberately violate the rules established by the Health Board and a foreign student will be expelled from the country within 30 days by the Police and Border Guard Board. The prevention and control of communicable diseases is regulated by the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Act.

Student

If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Student Counselling Office at studenthelp@taltech.ee; in matters concerning your studies, please contact your professor.

Employee

If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Human Resources Office at liina.vossotskaja@taltech.ee; in matters concerning the organisation of work, please contact your immediate supervisor.

Member of a cultural collective helen.tamm@taltech.ee   

  • Put the mask on with clean hands.
  • Insert your fingers through the earloops. The nose clip must be at the top. Place the earloops behind your ears. The mask must cover your nose and mouth properly. Form a nasal clip at the base of the nose to minimize air leakage.
  • Keep the mask clean: Do not touch it during use.
  • During use, the mask should not be removed or worn around the neck for eating or drinking, for example.
  • When removing the mask, hold only the eyelets.
  • Wash your hands after removing the mask.
  • Wash the mask after each use according to the care instructions.
     

Cleaning: The masks are reusable and should be machine washed at 60 ºC. The product must be cleaned after each use and then checked to ensure that it is clean. Do not keep a dirty product. Do not bleach. Do not use tumble dryers. Do not use dry cleaning. The product is not suitable for use if it cannot be cleaned during cleaning process.