Habits which help prevent infection

Guidelines in effect for infection prevention and control

MF is open for students and visitors. Please acquaint yourself with current infection prevention measures before you come.
Updated 20.08.20


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Translated by Andrew D. Wergeland.

MF follows the advice given by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The guidelines may change on short notice. Please keep yourself updated on the current guidelines. 

All students, employees and visitors are asked to respect the following guidelines:

  • Keep at least 1 meter away from others.
  • If you have symptoms of respiratory illness, you are to stay home until you are free of symptoms. 
    • If you suspect COVID-19 infection,
      • SiO has a free test station at Blindern. Read more at SiO's page.
      • If there is no available test time, call the COVID-19 telephone in Oslo, and follow their instructions: +47 21 80 21 82
  • Practice good hand and coughing hygiene: cover your mouth with your arm or use a disposable paper tissue which you immediately throw away.
  • Use the hand sanitizers placed around MF. Always use sanitizer when entering the building.
  • Avoid physical contact, including handshakes and hugs. 
  • We recommend not using public transportation. If it cannot be avoided completely, we encourage you to not travel during rush hour. 
  • Use the stairs - avoid the elevator.
  • Limit time spent in common areas.

You are welcome to be at MF as long as you are well. But you cannot come to work or study in the building if you:

  • have symptoms of respiratory infection, even mild symptoms.
  • are in quarantine or isolation.
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.

MF has implemented additional cleaning of all public areas. We will also make sure it is possible to keep social distance in all classrooms and auditoriums. We ask you to respect this. We have also marked up recommended walking directions inside, to avoid crowding in the stairs and at other meeting places. 

If you notice symptoms while you are in the building:

  • Contact the reception.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Go home as soon as possible. Avoid public transportation. If you require help with getting home, you will be shown to a room where you can wait. Afterwards, rooms, WCs and other places you have been will be cleaned.

Eating areas

  • Avoid food preparation in common areas. Pack a lunch from home instead.
  • Limit how much you share silverware, cups and glasses. Use your own cup or bottle, wash it yourself or use disposable items.
  • Do not leave anything you have used for eating or drinking in any common area.
  • Wash your hands or use surface disinfectant before you use the touch screens of coffee machines.
  • Make sure to maintain social distancing while eating.
  • Wipe tables and chairs with disinfectant before use.

Study rooms and library

  • Wipe the surfaces you touch with disinfectant.
  • If several people wish to work together, the room must be large enough for you to maintain social distancing (1 meter).
  • Dispose of trash and take all personal items with you when leaving.

Classrooms and meeting rooms

  • Allow a distance of 1 meter between participants and use the seat and table arrangement found when entering the room.
  • Use disposable cups.
  • Wipe the table and any keyboards with surface disinfectant before the meeting.

Printers and other shared equipment

  • Wash your hands and/or use surface disinfectant before using the copier or printer.
  • If possible, use your card instead of your finger on the control panel.
  • Wipe surfaces, the keyboard, touch screens, control panels etc. with surface disinfectant before use.
  • Wait your turn, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter.

Shared offices

  • Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter.
  • Wipe keyboards and tabletops with surface disinfectant before use.

The gym, fitness room and locker rooms are closed for the time being. 

The canteen is open, but with limited opening hours.

Classes and courses, fall 2020 

The Ministry of Education and Research has requested that educational institutions plan for a fall with open doors, and, at the same time, ensure study progression for students in risk groups. All activity at the different places of study must of course follow the rules for infection control and prevention that are in effect.

At MF we have arranged for portions of teaching this fall to be at MF, and some to be digital. So that students who cannot participate in person will be able to complete their studies as planned, there will be no required attendace for most courses. It will therefore be possible to complete courses through independent study. In order to make studying this semester as flexible as possible, there will be no compensatory requirements in place of required attendance. You will find information about your classes in the course descriptions.

You will find more information regarding exams and infection prevention on the exam pages.

Division of Responsibilities


  • Are to familiarize themselves with the rules for infection prevention and control and follow them.
  • Are to wipe over surfaces they are about to be in contact with (tables, keyboards, chairs, light switches, etc.) if the room is used by others as well.


  • The rector and director are responsible for the implementation of infection control and prevention measures and compliance with infection control and prevention rules at MF.


  • Are to familiarize themselves with the rules for infection prevention and control and follow them.
  • Are to think over and plan out how the infection control and prevention rules affect their own work and workplace.
  • Everyone is to consider how they can reduce the risk of infection in courses, projects and activities they are responsible for, based on the following:
    • Physical contact and shared materials
    • External activity
    • Travelling
    • Interning and workplace practice
    • Guest teachers
    • The continued use of digital aids for teaching


  • Give information about infection control and prevention and possibly hand out the instructions for infection control and prevention that are in effect.
  • Watch over and prevent crowding in the foyer.
  • Pass on information about the infection situation to the contingency group and rector.


  • Supply surface disinfectant and disposable towels in common rooms, at copiers, in meeting rooms, the library and other places where the risk of infection is higher. Maintenance is also responsible for refilling.
  • Set up and adjust the area around the reception for infection control and prevention and access control.

Cleaning (Intensified cleaning)

  • Disinfect points of contact like easily accessible surfaces, door handles, light switches, railings and touch screens.
  • Wash and disinfect all sanitary rooms twice a day.
  • Refill toilet paper and paper towels.