All the information regarding corona arrangements at Diak can be found on this page. The same information is also published on Tuudo and Moodle. You can contact corona@diak.fi if you have any questions. See also the Q&A from the briefing on 16 March.

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Information for students (last edit 26 March)

The effects of emergency powers legislation on teaching at Diak

Diak’s campuses are closed between 18 March – 13 April and teaching is implemented remotely.

Move to distance learning 

Diak moved to distance learning on 17 March. The lecturer responsible will make the required changes directly in the timetable. You can check your timetable for information on teaching (Collaborate or Teams).  

Make sure that your equipment required for virtual teaching is working properly (internet connection, computer, headset).  

When you participate in distance learning, please use Chrome browser. If you join Collaborate distance learning environments, please connect your headset and other sound equipment before connecting. Make sure that the equipment settings are in default in the computer’s settings and connect to the session only after this has been done. Please follow the briefing in Moodle. Test your own internet connection and log in the distance learning environment early before the start of the teaching. If you have problems with logging in, please check your own email for possible solutions.

Other simulated teaching will be carried out with distance equipment, and the parts that require contact teaching will be carried out later. Please follow your timetable regarding this.

What do I do if I’m on placement or starting a placement? 

  • The placements will be implemented normally if the employer has no restrictions in place. 
  • If a student has to go in quarantine, they will not be allowed to continue the placement or start a new placement during the quarantine. 
  • If you are at risk, sick or have the symptoms of common cold, you cannot go on placement. 

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare definition of those at risk: 

  • A difficult heart disease 
  • A lung disease in bad glycemic control 
  • Diabetes with organ damage
  • A chronic dysfunction of liver or kidneys 
  • Diseases that weaken the immune system like leukemia or lymphoma 
  • A disease for which you are getting treatment that weakens your immune system (for example organ transplant or chemotherapy) 
  • Age 70+

Factors that might increase the risks of the coronavirus for your health are morbid obesity (BMI or Body Mass Index over 40) and daily smoking.

If you have people close to you who are at risk, please follow the instructions by the institutions that treat them and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. 

The cancellation of placements and compensatory studies 

If an employer cancels a placement, each student will make a plan for the continuation of their studies with the study guidance counsellor.

At the moment, cancellations affect a large number of students. 

The Head of Education will decide together with lecturers what other studies can be offered. At least the following will be open for students:

  • YHT4
  • DTA1–4

The registration for these modules is open between 23 March – 26 March. The study modules are available for students whose placements have been cancelled this spring. The registration takes place on MyDiak.

More students can also be taken on the following modules. If you wish to register for these modules, please email the lecturer responsible for teaching as soon as possible.

You can also take study modules from CampusOnline. Please discuss this with your study guidance counsellor.

The cancelled placements will be completed later once the situation makes it possible. The registration for autumn 2020 will also be re-opened.

Cancelled placements will be completed later in the spring, summer or autumn. Placements will be carried out in the same organisation as agreed earlier or in another oraganisation. The study credits of the cancelled placement will be registered on MyDiak. The student should save scanned copies of the up-to-date objectives and assessment form and completed work hours on the module platform on Moodle. The paper versions should be given to the supervising lecturer on campus when the campus opens.

In some cases, graduation might be delayed if placements are cancelled. Compensatory placements may not be possible under the circumstances. 

Many hospitals now require nurses and public health nurses for the work at handWork which is equal to paid internships and its goals can be accepted as a placement in some cases. These situations will be evaluated on a case by case basis with the supervising lecturer. It is advisable that the placement includes a mentor even in these cases, but if that’s not possible, the goals can be agreed on with the supervising lecturer. If the contract for the paid placement cannot be made because of the exceptional situation, it is possible to be more flexible in this regard as well. 

The students on placement must follow the corona instructions given by the employer.  

What do I do if I feel sick? 

According to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare instructions (13 March), if the symptoms are mild, you treat the infection at home until you are healthy. You should not contact health centers if you experience mild symptoms because the infection isn’t dangerous for most people. You should contact a health care provider if the symptoms are severe. Unnecessary calls burden the health care system. 

What does the campus closure mean? 

Because of the emergency powers legislation, the government has closed all schools and campuses. 

Only a few final phase health care simulations will be organised live so that graduation won’t be unduly delayed for the students concerned. The simulations will be carried out in groups of eight students. The lecturers will inform these student groups separately. If a student has a cold or is otherwise sick, they are not allowed to participate. 

Information on final exams in interpretation for the students of sign language and alternative and augmentative communication will be sent to students on 25 March. The exams will be implemented partly as distance learning and partly on campus. The implementation will follow the government’s 10 person rule. 

The Turku campus interpretation studio is accessible for thesis work. The room can be reserved via MyDiakInform Raija Roslöf about the reservation also by email (raija.roslöf@diak.fi) for additional information.  

The campus libraries are closed but their services are available remotely. The lecturers have asked the library personnel to find alternative e-materials to replace exam materials. 

The study office services are available remotely.  

Can I come to the campus for a reserved appointment (for example, to see the student counsellor)? 

The meetings will be held remotely at the agreed time. The study guidance counsellor or student councellor will inform you of the remote connection you can use. 

The days meant for unfinished work

The days for unfinished work are carried out remotely. The Helsinki campus students have been informed about the details for the day (27 March at 12pm-4pm) in Moodle, Tuudo and by email.

Exam retakes and electronic registration

Because campuses are closed, the general exam retakes will take place on Moodle. Registration will be done electronically. More detailed instructions can be found here.

The next general exam day is 2 April at 4pm – 7pm.

How can I complete an exam if I can’t get the exam books?  

The library is looking for options concerning e-materials. If the materials you need in preparing for the exam are not available, please contact your teacher.

I have just returned from abroad, can I go on placement? 

All travel related to work and studying abroad is forbidden until 31 May. The government’s decision also means that all international travel is forbidden until further notice.  

If you have recently returned to Finland, you are not allowed to go on placement for 14 days. 

I’m on student exchange or planning to go on exchange. What do I do? 

The Finnish government has instructed all Finnish people abroad to return to Finland immediately. We encourage students who are on exchange to return to Finland. The international office will contact all students who are on exchange. You do not need to pay back your stipend. 

All student exchanges will be cancelled for the spring. 

The coronavirus pandemic might affect the autumn 2020 student exchanges

There will be an info session about this 25 May 2020 10-12 o’clock at Collaborate via this link. Exchange arrangements will be agreed case by case with students.

More information about student exchanges from International Services international.office@diak.fi and about autumn 2020 studies from the academic advisor of the degree programme.

Issues regarding theses

In case you cannot collect research material as originally planned, the alternatives are:

  • The collection of material will be carried out in an alternative way (for example face-to-face interviews are carried out over the telephone or online)
  • The collection of the material will be carried out later. During the wait, you can strengthen the theoretical elements and focus on other studies.
  • You can research the subject from another perspective.

We do not recommend choosing a new subject after you have presented your research plan. The idea paper and the research plan will only be presented once in the seminar. Any possible changes in the process should be discussed with the supervisor via email or by telephone.

Thesis seminar groups

Seminars will be held on Collaborate. Lecturers will brief students on Moodle.

The maturity test will be completed as an online exam on Moodle. The web implementations will be done according to the timetable agreed earlier.

Publication seminars

Seminars will be held on Collaborate. The web implementations will be carried out according to the presented timetable.

Lecturers will send more detailed information to students.

Evaluation of theses

The evaluation forms will be sent to students after campuses open. For now,  students will receive their grades by email. You will receive the overall grade, the grades for different sections and the written evaluation. The official statement with signatures will be sent to students after campuses open.

Student services at Diak between 18 March – 13 April 2020 

Where can I find more information? 

When needed, you can contact corona@diak.fi. Regarding the completion of your modules, please message you lecturer on the MoodleRooms module platform. 


The instructions for personnel

Diak’s all fives campuses are closed from 18 March to 13 April 2020. Diak’s restaurants also have exceptions in their opening hours. The library and study office services are implemented as digital services and study guidance counselling and counsellor services are organised remotely.

Meetings of over 10 people are not organised during this period.

If you come to the campus, please note the following:

  • There are changes to restaurant opening hours (for example Kalasatama campus is closed.)
  • The guard and porter services have been reduced. We will pay more attention to doors being closed and not let outsiders in.
  • We have reduced the cleaning services/we have reduced the cleaning services of the silent parts of the campus.
  • Entering the campuses through the doors meant for personnel (the campus contact people will help when needed).
  • Please pay attention to your own well being and use good hand hygiene.

Corrections and additional instructions

  • Work from home will be done if possible in agreement with your supervisor. Under the exceptional circumstances, remote work contracts do not need to be updated.
  • Travelling between campuses is forbidden until 13 April. If you are required to travel, you need permission from your supervisor.
  • Personnel can borrow docking stations and screens from the campuses. You have to report all the borrowed equipment to ICT (support@diak.fi).

Absence and salary payment

Please follow the normal absence practices if possible. There are many exceptions to absences due to the corona situation and it is very important to estimate the absence with your supervisor and when needed with HR personnel.

  • If you are travelling abroad in your free time and go under quarantine there or cannot return to Finland and cannot work remotely, it is considered an unpaid absence (possibility to sickness allowance if it is an official quarantine). In this case it is possible to use annual leave or time off in lieu. You have to discuss this with your supervisor.
  • The employer has no (Sivista instruction 17 March) responsibility to pay a salary for the time period (the infection daily allowance will be paid to the employee during the time period). If remote work is possible, the employer will pay the salary for the work done during the quarantine. The amount of work meant to be done remotely is evaluated with your supervisor on a case by case basis.
  • If it is not possible to organise care for a healthy child due the closure of a care care or school, the employee has a right for temporary unpaid absence (Employment Contracts Act fourth count 7 §). In these cases, you evaluate with your supervisor the following alternatives:
    • unpaid absence for the days when child care cannot be organised
    • shorter working days
    • annual leave

Quarantine or sickness of a child

If a child under 16 gets sick or is instructed to quarantine, the employee has a right to be out of work (the child’s age will be taken into account). In this case, salary payment is aborted and the employee has a possibility to get sickness allowance.

  • Temporary nursing leave: in the event of a sudden sickness of a child under 10, it is possible to get temporary nursing leave for a total of four working days. The salary payment obligation will be defined according to the work contract. For example, in the private education sector, the obligation for salary payment is three working days.
  • If the child is between 11-16, there is no obligation to pay salary. The alternatives:
    • remote work taking into consideration the child’s age and well being
    • unpaid absence, when the parent can seek sickness allowance
    • annual leave or balance

In the case of an absence, please contact your supervisor immediately. Every situation is now different and we have to consider them on a case by case basis together. 

Paying attention to the risk groups

If you have people at risk close to you, you have to follow the instructions of the institutions that treat them and THL.


THL 15.3.2020

What are the risk groups of the coronavirus?

Some groups are due their sicknesses or the treatment of those sicknesses more vulnerable to get a serious coronavirus infection. According to up-to-date information the risk groups are:

  • A difficult heart disease 
  • A lung disease which is in bad glycemic control
  • Diabetes associated with organ damages
  • A chronic dysfunction of liver or kidneys
  • Diseases that weaken the immune system like leukemia or lymphoma
  • A disease for which you are getting treatment that weakens your immune system (for example organ transplant or chemotherapy) 
  • People over the age of 70

Factors that might increase the risk of the coronavirus for your health are morbid obesity (BMI or Body Mass Index over 40) and daily smoking. They weaken the functioning of the lungs. 

Official websites where you can find updated instructions for the corona situation