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Safety and security on the VU Campus

The VU Amsterdam campus is an open and welcoming place. We, therefore, work actively to identify, prevent and mitigate security risks and incidents.

We seek to guarantee everyone's safety using integrated safety management.

Safety and security on the VU Campus

  • VU Campus safety is assured through various measures
    • 24-hour CCTV surveillance in and around university buildings.
    • 24-hour security on campus, and most buildings also have hostesses. The security staff and the hostesses are hospitable and vigilant and are trained to spot and report different situations and circumstances. 
    • For questions or notifications, employees, students and visitors can contact all receptions or hostesses in the buildings and to the Security Desk located in the basement of the VU Main Building (KC-04).
  • Emergency numbers
    • In case of emergency, security is available on the internal VU emergency number 22222 or on 020 5982222. 
    • For emergency assistance off campus please call 112.
    • For VU Amsterdam students on stays abroad, this is +31 (0) 20 6444117.

    Other situations

    • VU Security Department (internal number): extension 85854
    • VU Security Department (external number): 020 598 58 54
    • No emergency, but police: 0900 8844

    Do you want to make your report personally? Please contact Security in the Main Building (basement KC04), - Tel: 020 59 85854

    What to do in an emergency?

    1. Hit the nearest manual alarm.
    2. Call the emergency number 22222 or 020 5982 222. Also call this number if the national emergency number 112 has already been called, so that the emergency services can be received and accompanied by FCO Security.
    3. Report: name, telephone number, place and type of calamity.
    4. Close windows and doors.
    5. If possible: extinguish fire with fire extinguisher or fire hose.
    6. Stay with the victim until the rescuer is present.
    7. Follow the instructions of Security or emergency response location experts.

    In this handy overview, the Z-card, all numbers and directions are listed together.

    Tips to prevent incidents

    • Take as little valuable property as possible with you to university.
    • Do not leave valuables in sight; carry them with you or put them in a locker.
    • Lock your mobile phone, laptop, tablet and PC with a good pin code.
    • Make sure that the login codes of your devices are not known to others.
    • Log out your PC or laptop. Even if you just leave!
  • VU Campus Safety and Security Reporting Centre

    In addition to emergency situations, other situations in which employees or students might not feel safe are also conceivable. A Campus Safety and Security Reporting Centre has been set up for reporting unsafe situations. Any reports of incidents of social injustice or physical abuse or injury, unsafe situations or threats made in person or online can be reported to this office or on this hotline and will be treated as confidential. You will always receive a reply. Appropriate measures are taken to resolve the situation where possible and prevent repetition. The Campus Safety and Security Reporting Centre is also used to monitor the sense of security on campus. In addition, in the context of shared responsibility, active cooperation has commenced with external bodies such as the police and the municipality.

    Do you need to report an accident?
    Complete the VU Amsterdam campus safety and security reporting centre form.

    Undesirable or unsafe circumstances where someone has been exposed to hazardous materials (such as carcinogenic substances) or biological agents (such as pathogenic bacteria or GMOs), or the discharge of contaminants into the environment (soil, water and air) are all situations that must be reported.

    • Whenever contaminants are discharged into the environment, it may be necessary to notify local government bodies (the local authority, Waternet).
    • Call the VU Amsterdam emergency number 22222 or 020 598 2222 in the event of any serious discharge of contaminants into the environment.
    • You should also contact the HRM and Occupational Health, Safety and Environment departments on telephone number 020 598 9008 immediately after any incident that occurs during office hours.
  • Integrated Safety Management vision

    Within Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam there is an Integrated Safety Management Committee. This committee aims to identify and weigh risks and take measures to make them manageable. This Integrated Safety Management Vision states, among other things, that security is a shared responsibility and that VU Amsterdam has a broad duty of care. This duty of care applies in the first place to the buildings and surroundings on and near the VU Amsterdam Campus, as well as to the student accommodations at Uilenstede. VU Amsterdam is connected to the Uilenstede security platform.

    Naturally, university staff and students have a role to play in ensuring a secure and safe campus. There are various safety awareness campaigns, including the “Together we can keep VU Amsterdam safe" campaign. In addition, there are also workshops on spotting “alarming conduct" for student counsellors and academic advisors. In this regard, awareness and a framework for action are also important.

  • Information security

    The Security and Operations Control Center of VU Amsterdam investigates and coordinates matters pertaining to information security incidents involving staff, students and/or systems at VU Amsterdam. This applies to incidents that appear to have originated within VU Amsterdam, and incidents whereby the university is the victim.

    In the event of a breach of security (or a suspected breach of security), you should contact SOCC immediately at

  • Lost property

    Have you lost anything, or indeed found anything, on the VU campus or in any of the buildings? If you have found anything, please hand it in to any reception desk or a host or hostess.

Security VU Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 59 85854

VU Main Building
Basement KC04