University of Oslo closes doors to students

University in OsloPhoto: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB

From noon on Tuesday, reading rooms, libraries, and student buildings at the University of Oslo (UiO) will be closed to students.

According to the newspaper Dagbladet, the students received an email about the decision around 11:00 PM on Monday.

“The infection situation is now so serious in Oslo and Viken that we, unfortunately, have to close reading rooms, libraries, and student buildings from noon on Tuesday, March 16. Teaching will take place digitally,” the email stated.

Digital teaching

According to the university’s website, work from home is still recommended. The teaching takes place digitally.

The decision comes after Oslo and Viken announced stricter measures on Monday – at the A level of measures.

“We believe that the measures also apply to the University of Oslo,” Rector Svein Stølen noted in a statement.

Hopes to open up more in April

“We are happy that the students have had access to the university for a few weeks now, but understand that the situation is so serious in Oslo that we must do what we can to reduce the infection. We hope that the measures will help us to open up more in April,” Stølen added.

He understands that people may be upset that the buildings are closing.

“During two semesters, our students have shown that despite strong measures, they have managed to study and take exams. Now we are moving towards brighter times, and we hope you can manage this effort towards the summer,” Stølen said.

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