How to deal with COVID-19 symptoms and infection among students

As described in the common set of AU guidelines for handling cases of COVID-19 symptoms and infection among students on the university's campuses, it is the student and the local COVID-19 response team who play the primary role in handling the symptoms and infection at AU. As teaching staff you may be contacted by the students or the local COVID-19 response team. 

As a teacher you should follow the instructions below if there are COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed cases among your students.

1) In the event of symptoms or suspicion of infection among students

The following applies if you have a student who has symptoms, but who has not yet tested positive for COVID-19:

  • If you are contacted by a students who has symptoms or who knows someone with symptoms, simply refer them to the current AU COVID-19 guidelines for students  
  • You might also encourage such students to contact their own GP/the healthcare authorities.
  • If you notice that a student has obvious symptoms, encourage them to go home, as required under AU’s current guidelines, which you may wish to cite.

The university will only take further preventive steps in regard to students with symptoms in the event that they test positive.

2) in case of infection among students

The following guidelines apply if a student tests positive for COVID-19:

  • If you are contacted by a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, ask the student to inform AU as quickly as possible using this online form.
  • After the student submits the form, the faculty’s COVID-19 task force will be informed and will handle the case. As the student’s teacher, you will automatically be contacted to assist in assessing how much the infection might have spread, and whether it is necessary to make adjustments to the way the course is taught. In other words, you do not have to take any steps before you are contacted.
  • The local task force will consult the head of department/school about the case, including on what conditions the course can be allowed to continue.
  • Next, the task force will contact relevant fellow students and give them the necessary information regarding their access to campus.

Please note that if a student tests positive for COVID-19, they – like all other infected persons – will be contacted by the Danish Patient Safety Authority to initiate contact tracing. The infected student must self-isolate at home, and may not return to campus until they have been symptom-free for 48 hours.

AU’s guidelines on handling infection among students