Coronavirus: Updates and FAQs
Last change on Thuesday 13 April: update on the delay of the partial reopening of the higher education in The Netherlands.
04/13/2021 | 8:00 PM
VISITING VU CAMPUS IN TIMES OF CORONA
The flyers below give an overview of the rules that currently apply on campus for visitors, staff and students. Extensive protocols for teaching and research are published on VUnet.
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Working at VU Amsterdam
Studying at VU Amsterdam
VU Amsterdam is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus closely and will post updates here when they affect our education, research and business operations.
UPDATE: THUESDAY 13 APRIL - 20.00 HRS
On Tuesday 13 April the Dutch government postponed the decision for the partial reopening for higher education for the end of April. This means for teaching, research and working on campus all existing measures will stay in effect. As soon as the Dutch government has made a final decision in reopening higher education more information will follow on this page. Students and employees will be informed by email.
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH - 13.00 HRS
The government announced on Wednesday 23 March that the lockdown will be extended until 20 April 4.30hrs. The measures for education, research and working on campus which were already taken to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, will remain in effect.
However, there is the prospect that at the end of April, while retaining one and a half meters and with the use of self-testing, we can partially restart education on campus. In the coming weeks, together with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, we will investigate what this means for education on campus. Detailed information about the use of self-testing and rapid testing will follow soon. The start of education in period five (April – May) remains online for now, with the exception of location-based education.
On March 31, the curfew will start at 10 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. The opening hours of our buildings will then be adjusted. For now, the current opening hours will stay in effect.
Here you find a summary of the current measures:
UPDATE: THUESDAY 9 MARCH - 11.30 HRS
The government announced on Monday 8 March that the curfew will be extended until 31 March 4.30hrs. The measures for education, research and working on campus which were already taken to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, will remain in effect. A summary of all the current measures can be found in the previous update of 23 February.
In preview to April, the government indicated that there might be an expansion possible for higher education. Of course taking into consideration the developments on the number of Covid-19 infections. We follow this closely. We are very much looking forward to this, but nevertheless, we must continue to appeal to you to stick to the current guidelines in order to get the virus under control. This will increase the possibilities the relaxation for higher education can continue. The next press conference is scheduled for March 23. We then hope to be able to share more detailed information what these options will entail for VU Amsterdam.
UPDATE: THUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY - 20.00 HRS
The government announced on Tuesday23 February that the curfew will be extended until 15 March 4.30hrs. Unfortunately this means no relaxations. The measures which were already taken to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, will remain in effect.
Here you find a summary of the current measures:
- Online education and exams continue. Check Canvas for information about your study programme
- Location-bound teaching (e.g. practicals) for which there is no suitable online alternative will continue.
- Students who request an exam place can make use of this. These places are intended for students who do not have a suitable place at home. If an exam ends after 20:00, an exception applies to these students under strict conditions. They must fill in a ‘curfew statement’ from the central government. VU Amsterdam will also provide a statement to allow travel after the curfew starts. The students concerned will be informed of this, after they have registered for an exam place
- For internships, the rules that apply to the company where you do your internship are leading. If your internship requires you to walk the streets at night, you must discuss this with your internship company; they will provide you with an employer's statement
- Work at home, unless this is impossible
- Location-bound teaching (e.g. practicals) for which there is no suitable online alternative will continue
- Location-bound research is still scaled down to the strictly necessary level
- Studios for recording education are available within the changed opening hours
- Employees who need to be on campus during the curfew due to vital or business critical processes have received an employer's statement. This process is carried out via the corona coordinator of the faculty/department and is provided by the HRM Service Desk. It is not possible to request a statement independently from the HRM Service Desk. Please also note that you should bring a ‘curfew statement’ from the central government. This is your own responsibility
For everyone who visits VU Amsterdam:
- Follow the rules for working and studying at VU Amsterdam
- Bring proof of registration or student card
- Employees must take their employee pass to enter our buildings
- Due to the curfew, our buildings will close at 20.00 hrs during the week and in the weekendsat 18.00hrs. Students and staff who need to be on our campus should take their travel time into account so that they can get home in time.
Studying and taking exams on campus
Our message remains the same for studying on campus: if you can study at home, then do so and don't come to VU Amsterdam. We assume that you make a careful assessment yourself and only use these places if there are insurmountable obstacles in your private environment. The study places are available for individual study. Studying in groups is possible via the various online possibilities.
All planned exams will continue. For students who really can't take an exam at home or in their own environment, VU Amsterdam offers a limited number of exam places. These places have to be reserved. We assume that you will make a careful assessment yourself and only use these places if there are insurmountable obstacles in your private environment. If an exam ends after 20:00, an exception applies to these students under strict conditions. They must fill in a ‘curfew statement’ from the central government. VU Amsterdam will also provide a statement to allow travel after the curfew starts. The students concerned will be informed of this.
Educational activities and internships
Remote education is the norm during lockdown. This applies to all education with the exception of location-based education (o.a. practicals) for which there is no suitable online alternative. Students will be informed on Canvas.
For internships, the rules that apply to the sector/industry in which the internship is done are leading. If these activities continue, the internship will also continue. VU Amsterdam does everything in its power to ensure that students are not delayed in their studies or are delayed as little as possible. That is why the research internships at our campus will continue.
Education outside VU Amsterdam
Students who also take courses at institutions other than VU Amsterdam are advised to keep an eye on the information provided by both educational institutions.
Working at campus
Working from home remains the norm. That is why we repeat our urgent appeal to all employees to work from home, unless there is really no other option. This call also applies to (study) associations and employee/student participation. A number of study associations and FSRs have previously made agreements with the faculty about working on campus; they are asked - in light of the lockdown - to coordinate any necessary work on campus with the faculty. Check vu.nl/workfromhome for tips on how to do this in a good and healthy way.
Recording and live streaming of education
Teachers who want to record their online lessons or stream them live can still reserve the teaching studios for this purpose. The initial teaching rooms with hybrid facilities will also remain available - if reserved - for streaming and recording teaching.
Research on campus
Research activities on campus can continue if they are strictly location based. Research is scaled down to the minimum necessary level. Within this, the following prioritization applies on campus:
- Interns, researchers and supervisors who are needed to make the internship safe
- PhD students - priority within this group will be judged on the possibility of delay
Meetings and events
Only meetings related to location-based education (o.a. practicals) may take place. Activities of study associations, promotions, orations, graduation ceremonies and farewell speeches can be given online or they can be postponed. These measures will remain in effect for at least the duration of the current lockdown.
Books and publications remain available for teaching and research. Check the UB website for more information.
Please note! Students and employees of ACTA and VUmc follow the information they receive from their own faculties.
UPDATE: THUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY - 09.00 HRS
The government announced on Monday 8 February that the curfew will be extended until 3 March 4.30hrs. The measures which were already taken to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, will remain in effect. Due to the curfew, our buildings will close at 20.00 hrs during the week and in the weekends at 18.00hrs. Students and staff who need to be on our campus should take their travel time into account so that they can get home in time.
You can find a summary of the current measures in our previous update of 22 January.
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.
The central government has introduced an app that warns you after you've been near someone with coronavirus: CoronaMelder.
Consult the FAQ page if you have a question about travelling abroad on behalf of VU Amsterdam. Everybody is advised to visit the websites of the central government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for general guidelines and travel advice before departing abroad.