Coronavirus: Updates and FAQs

Last change on Friday 22 January: information on the curfew during the lockdown

01/22/2021 | 11:30 AM

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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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VU Amsterdam is monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus closely and will post updates here when they affect our education, research and business operations.

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UPDATE: FRIDAY 22 JANUARY - 11.30 HRS 

The government has introduced a curfew to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. This curfew will take effect on Saturday 23 January at 21:00 and will last until at least Tuesday 9 February. Due to this curfew, our buildings will close at 20:00 during this period. 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.

Despite the fact that most educational activities take place online and are carried out from home, the implemented curfew has implications for necessary research and location-bound teaching on our campus. The measures that took effect on 16 December remain in force.

Below is an overview of the measures resulting from the curfew, supplemented by an overview of the measures already introduced.

For students

  • 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. These activities end one hour before curfew. If you need more time to travel, please consult with your teacher to find a solution
  • Students who request an exam place can still use this within the changed opening hours. These places are intended for students who do not have a suitable place at home. The part of the campus that is reserved for exams will remain open. 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 these activities continue, so does the internship. 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
  • When visiting VU Amsterdam, please take travel time into account so that you will be home in time


For employees:

  • Work at home, unless this is impossible
  • Location-bound teaching (e.g. practicals) for which there is no suitable online alternative will continue within the changed opening hours
  • Location-bound research is still scaled down to the strictly necessary level
  • Studios for recording education remain available within the changed opening hours
  • Employees who need to be on campus during the curfew due to vital or business critical processes will receive 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
  • When visiting VU Amsterdam, please take travel time into account so that you will be home in time
  • 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
  • When visiting VU Amsterdam, please take travel time into account so that you will 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.

Exams
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. Students who have already booked a place, can use it. 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 who follow location-based education will be informed personally.

Internships
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. Students who are doing an internship at VU Amsterdam will be informed about this.

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 participationA 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. Researchers will be informed about this by their faculty. Research stays 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
  • Postdocs

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.

University Library
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.

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UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY - 18.00 HRS 

The Cabinet has announced new coronation measures and will debate with the House of Representatives the introduction of a curfew. The following measures have implications for education and research: 

 Entry ban and compulsory quarantine on arrival in NL
An entry ban has already been in place for certain groups of travelers from countries outside the EU since March 2020. From 23 January 2021, additional measures will take effect to further restrict travel:

  • Entry ban from the countries of UK, South Africa, Cape Verde and parts of South America.
  • Departure from other high-risk countries to the Netherlands will be subject to a double testing requirement (PCR and rapid test). This means that it will also be more difficult to return to NL.
  • The list of exceptional target groups for the flight ban has been shortened. This means that students and highly skilled migrants who come to the Netherlands for short stays (up to 90 days) are no longer allowed to travel.
  • After arrival, all travelers must spend 10 days in quarantine. 

More details can be find at: https://www.government.nl/topics/c/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad 

Possible curfew
Despite the fact that most educational activities take place online and work is carried out from home, a curfew has consequences for research and education on our campus. Think about the use of the study and examination areas in the evenings and location based research. Because the Cabinet must find agreement with the House of Representatives on this measure, it is not yet clear if and under what conditions a curfew will be implemented. As soon as there is more clarity on this, the measures will be published on this site and staff and students will be informed by email. 

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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.

CoronaMelder
The central government has introduced an app that warns you after you've been near someone with coronavirus: CoronaMelder.

Travelling abroad
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.