How to handle COVID-19 symptoms and infection among students

Aarhus University complies with all official guidelines for the handling of infection. These guidelines can be accessed via coronasmitte.dk.

The procedures for handling infection are conducted in cooperation with the infected person and the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

It is AU’s responsibility to assist infected students in determining whether they have contacts among their fellow students and teachers who should go into self-isolation and/or get tested. This responsibility lies with the local Covid-19 response teams in the individual faculties, who coordinate with the Rector’s Office to the extent that is deemed necessary.


1. Procedures regarding students with symptoms of COVID-19

Students with symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to campus. Students who are on campus when their symptoms emerge should go home as quickly as possible. The university’s employees may direct students with obvious symptoms to leave campus. Students with symptoms must follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines for people with symptoms of COVID-19. 

No immediate steps will be taken in the event that a student has symptoms on campus. The procedures for handling cases of Covid-19 will only be initiated in the event that a student tests positive.

2. Procedures regarding students who have tested positive for Covid-19

Students who have tested positive for Covid-19 must:

  • Follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines for people who have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Notify studies administration by filling out AU’s coronavirus form. This will enable the university to take steps to prevent the spread of infection via contact tracing.
  • Cooperate with the Danish Patient Safety Authority to start the contact tracing process.
  • Cooperate with AU to trace contacts at the university and map movements on campus during the period of infection.

3. The role of the local infection response team

In the event that a student tests positive for Covid-19, the local infection response team must:       

  • Contact the student and assist them with defining and mapping close contacts as well as other contacts on campus, in addition to determining how these contacts should be notified.
  • Establish an overview of the classes, etc., in which the student participated in the period leading up to the positive COVID-19 test.
  • Inform affected classes, classmates, etc., with due regard for GDPR and the protection of personal data.
  • Ensure that contact surfaces in affected rooms are cleaned immediately as needed.
  • Assess whether there are grounds for additional measures to prevent infection in light of the individual case.    

4. Additional measures in response to an outbreak

As a general rule, no additional steps will be taken in the event of infection other than the contact tracing described above.

When deciding whether to take additional measures, the following guidelines apply:

  • The local response team is responsible for the assessment of the situation and the decision, in consultation with the dean.
  • Any measures must be coordinated with local line managers, the rector/pro-rector and the central communication and press office.

Situations that are not confined to one faculty (because of shared facilities, co-taught subjects, etc.) should be handled by the rector/pro-rector, who will make a decision in consultation with the relevant deans.

5. Contact tracing app

In connection with going to classes, using study spaces, and so on, students typically have a wide variety of more peripheral interactions with others that do not qualify as close contacts. For this reason, AU encourages all students to use the official contact tracing app [smitte|stop], which is designed to support more distant/peripheral contract tracing.