General public health guidelines for on-campus activities and behaviour

Aarhus University organises all activities in accordance with applicable public health guidelines and recommendations, as well as instructions from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

The university’s guidelines apply primarily to staff and students. They also apply to guests and other persons affiliated with Aarhus University.


Access to campus

There are still limits on access to Aarhus University premises.

Working from home

From mid-January, staff may begin gradually increasing the amount of time they work on campus. According to plan, working conditions for state-sector institutions, including the universities, should be completely normalised by 21 February.

This gradual return to normal working conditions will be organised and dealt with at the local level on the background of an assessment of what is possible and sensible. Research, educational and consultancy activities and administrative support functions may be carried out on campus if in-person participation is important for the performance of the tasks in question.

For more information about the guidelines that will apply to your unit, contact your immediate supervisor.

Classes and exams

Many exams – oral as well as written – will be held online. There will be some in-person exams; in some cases, holding exams online may be inappropriate or impracticable. Through the end of January, teaching will take place in assigned teams or groups.

See more under guidelines for teaching and exams

See also the guidelines for academic/work-related and social events.

General guidelines

When on campus, everyone must be able to present a valid Covid passport and wear a face mask or shield when moving about indoors, in addition to following the general public health guidelines for the prevention of infection.

If you are not sure about any of AU’s guidelines, please contact your manager or supervisor; students should consult their study portal for updates.

General information on prevention

Everyone is encouraged to follow the  Danish Health Authority's general public health precautionsincluding:

  • practicing good hygiene.
  • airing out communal spaces frequently, if possible with cross-ventilation (conference rooms, offices, classrooms, labs, group rooms, reading rooms, etc.).
  • cleaning or sanitising contact surfaces in communal areas after use. Disinfectant spray or the like is available in classrooms, meeting rooms and other communal areas.     
  • practicing social distancing where possible.
  • complying with the public health guidelines and as well as guidelines for what to do if you have symptoms, as described below.

Infection and symptoms

  • Employees and students should not come to campus if they feel ill and/or have mild symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Employees who test positive for Covid-19 are encouraged to inform their immediate supervisor immediately.
  • We urge students who test positive for Covid-19 to inform the studies administration office by filling out and submitting the  coronavirus form.
  • Registering cases will enable the university to assist the Danish Patient Safety Authority in contact tracing and in handling larger outbreaks. Aarhus University respects and protects the confidentiality of your data.
  • AU encourages students and employees to use the official contact tracing app smitte|stop, which can assist with contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.

Guidance regarding at-risk groups

  • Employees in an at-risk group should discuss their situation with their immediate supervisor, who will make a concrete assessment of what steps should be taken.

  • If you are a student who belongs to a high-risk group, consult the guidelines for classes and exams

Keep updated on how to handle symptoms and infection