Coronavirus: No activities at VU campus until 1 June

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03/26/2020 | 5:00 PM

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UPDATE: THURSDAY 26 MARCH - 17.00 HRS. 

No activities at VU campus until 1 June
VU Amsterdam has decided that there will be no activities at the campus until 1 June. This means that all employees in non-vital professions will work from home until 1 June and that study facilities will not be available to students until then. With this decision, VU Amsterdam wants to create clarity and calm in the many data circulating from government and education.

Students: The earlier announcement stating that all lectures and exams will be held online until 29 June still stands.

At present, government measures apply until 6 April. For meetings that can be planned or need authorisations, the measures apply until 1 June. Prime Minister Rutte has announced that on Tuesday, 31 March, the measures applicable until 6 April will be reviewed. Should this give cause to change the measures at VU Amsterdam, we will announce this via this page and other channels.   

Defence ceremonies
There will be no physical defence ceremonies at VU Amsterdam until 1 June. Defence ceremonies until 1 June will take place online. PhD students and other involved parties will be informed about this later by the beadle.

Diploma ceremonies
When you graduate, we'll send you your diploma. Unfortunately, it is not possible to organise a graduation ceremony due to these measures. We will organise a festive celebration on the occasion of current graduates at a later date.

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UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH - 11.00 HRS.

Online lectures and exams until 29 June 
In consultation with the other universities, VU Amsterdam has decided to continue teaching and holding the exams online until 29 June.

Where this is not possible, such as practical or skills training, solutions will be sought to prevent study delays as much as possible. If new government policy makes activities such as practicals on campus possible again before 29 June, we will restart them and inform the students about this.

Due to the circumstances, a lot of creativity, flexibility and willingness comes to the fore among students and staff. This is wonderful! Make sure to share your experiences and help each other.

Information about online education via Canvas
Through Canvas, students are kept informed by their teachers about what online education will look like. If you don't have any information about your subjects yet, teachers will let you know as soon as possible.

There is a Canvas page for teachers with information about the possibilities for online education. There are also faculty contacts available for answering questions and there is a daily online consultation hour from 12:00 to 13:00. You can find more information on the Canvas page.

Extension measures
The government's measures for higher education currently apply until 6 April. These measures also apply to working and research on the VU campus. More clarity about a possible extension of this date will soon be available. Should government policy change in the coming period, we will inform everyone via vu.nl/coronavirus about the consequences of the changes for the activities at VU Amsterdam.

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UPDATE: MONDAY 23 MARCH – 15.30 HRS.

In these bizarre times, VU Amsterdam president Mirjam van Praag gives all employees and students a word of hope. She sees beautiful things happening in the VU community. "I admire your creativity and enthusiasm for finding solutions for working together, studying together and giving lectures and remote exams". The VU campus has become digital!

You can watch her video message here.

Education until summer
In addition to the exams this week, we will also look at the remaining education until the end of this academic year. After tomorrow afternoon, we expect to be able to provide clarity about our education in block 5 and 6.

Tips for working from home
Working from home for a long period of time is not fun, convenient or practical for many of us. With or without housemates and children around you, working from home requires a new rhythm and brings challenges. In addition to your VU workplace, you also miss the daily contact with colleagues during this period. Human contact is very important. Fortunately, nowadays it is very easy to do this digitally. Look for tips on vu.nl/workingfromhome.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Contact and frequently asked questions
What are the consequences of the coronavirus for working and studying at VU Amsterdam? Read our frequently asked questions. The FAQ will be updated as soon as there is new information to share. If your question is not listed, employees and students of VU Amsterdam can contact their information points

Information about the new coronavirus
You can find the most up-to-date information about the new coronavirus on the website of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM is monitoring the situation in the Netherlands and has a questions & answers page available about the coronavirus. VU Amsterdam is following the advice of the RIVM closely, together with other Dutch universities.

Travelling abroad
Business trips and trips for study, internships and research abroad for the period until at least 6 April are not considered necessary by VU Amsterdam and must be postponed or cancelled. Employees can contact their manager for advice and students can contact the International Office (international@vu.nl).

What can people do to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
The most important measures that people can implement to prevent the spread of coronavirus are quite simple. It is important to implement them, as they apply to all viruses related to the flu or cold:

  • Wash your hands with soap regularly
  • Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
  • Use paper handkerchiefs
  • Don't shake hands
  • Keep a good distance from other people (at least 1.5 metres)