University extends online learning until the end of the academic year

Studies will continue at the university in the form of distance learning until 30 June 2021. As an exception, students may defend graduation theses or take final exams before they have completed all mandatory courses.

Like in April, no in-class lectures or seminars are organised in May or June until the end of the academic year. To conduct practicals, tests, exams and pass/fail assessments in the classroom, the permission of the head of institute is needed (or, in case of faculty-based courses, the permission of the vice dean for academic affairs, head of a non-faculty institution or non-academic unit). Such permission must be coordinated with the vice dean for academic affairs.

What to bear in mind when organising in-class work?

  • People with virus symptoms must not participate in the classes, and the terms for completing the course should be agreed with them individually.
  • Good ventilation and distance between people must be ensured in the room and masks must be worn.
  • The room may filled be up to 25% of its full seated capacity, and no more than 20 people may gather in one room.
  • Information about courses in which in-class work takes place, and when and where it takes place, must be sent to course participants with sufficient notice.

What special conditions apply to in-class assessment and assessment of resits?

  • If there is a permission to organise assessment in a course in-class, but a student cannot take part in it because of illness or self-isolation, or the student needs a resit for another reason, the new assessment can be organised online.
  • The methods of assessment of an in-class exam or pass/fail assessment and an online exam or pass/fail assessment may not be equal in their level of rigour and control. Therefore, if a resit exam or pass/fail assessment is organised online, the teacher may choose a different, yet equivalent method of assessment.
  • If the assessment of an online resit exam or pass/fail assessment is organised differently from the regular assessment, it must be communicated to all learners at least five days before the first scheduled exam or pass/fail assessment.

How are thesis defences and final exams organised this year?

  • If mandatory courses do not end before the summer months, it is possible this year to defend a graduation thesis or take a final examination before all mandatory courses have been completed.
  • The permission to defend a thesis or take a final exam earlier is given by the programme director in case mandatory courses scheduled for the spring semester 2020/2021 are postponed into the summer months and the final assessment of learning outcomes in these courses takes place later than the date of the thesis defence or final exam.
  • All courses needed for completing the curriculum must be passed by the end of the 2020/2021 academic year.
  • The diploma will be issued after all courses specified in the curriculum have been passed.
  • It is important to explain to the final-year students that after passing the last course it takes a few more days to prepare the graduation documents and delete the student from the matriculation register.
  • To apply for next-level studies at the University of Tartu, the result of the last course must be entered in the study information system on 24 August 2021 at the latest.

Read also the rector’s decree that establishes exceptions to the Study Regulations for the spring semester of the 2020/2021 academic year.