The text below is subject to additional government measures
At VU Amsterdam, the following advice applies:
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- The government advice is to test yourself twice a week. Symptoms? Stay home and do a self-test. In case of a positive self-test, stay home for at least 5 days until you are symptom-free for 24 hours. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal cold, fever. Information on staying home in isolation can be found on this page from the central government
- Wear a face mask when moving around in our buildings and in places where a distance standard cannot be kept.
- Follow the walking routes and directions of the stewards.
Activities at VU Amsterdam
A maximum of 50% of the seating capacity may be used in teaching rooms. Students will be informed through Canvas by the lecturer what this means for them. Practicals and work groups will continue as scheduled. If the 50 % attendance per room is exceeded, other options on campus will be considered.
Physical exams takes place on campus and at external exam sites. Wherever possible, the applicable distance standard is maintained. If this is not possible and when you’re moving around, you should wear a face mask. An alternative exam is considered for some subjects. Students are informed of this by their teacher through Canvas. No collective third occasions will be organised for an examination, including in case of a quarantine.
Study places for studying and online teaching are available. A face mask is worn when moving around and where keeping the then applicable distance standard is not possible.
The activities below are indicative and will be updated as necessary in case of national measures.
VU Amsterdam follows national guidelines for 'working'. As long as there are no guidelines, the principles and agreements on hybrid work are leading. In the event of any measures for 'working', employees working in education or vital processes on campus, such as the energy supply, security and technical systems, hygiene, company emergency organisation will continue to work on campus, possibly with weekend and holiday staffing. Further arrangements will be made with the relevant teams in this regard. In the case of scenario red, it is obvious that working from home is the norm.
Consult with your supervisor when you have to perform necessary work outside teaching or research on campus. If there are serious personal circumstances that prevent you from coming to campus, coordinate this with your supervisor as well.
See note under 'Working'.
Events and ceremonies
Academic ceremonies, information events and graduation ceremonies may go ahead with 50 % a room's seating capacity. For larger rooms, a maximum of 75 people may possibly apply. Receptions are, however, not allowed.
Activities of study associations, USR, FSR
Activities of study associations, the university student council and faculty student councils that focus on meeting/entertainment may not be organised. However, the following are allowed: board activities, meeting activities and on campus related to education/research, where a maximum of 50 % of the seating capacity of the room may be used with a maximum of 75 persons per room. Student societies are asked to make conscious choices in this regard and inform the faculty administration accordingly. However, receptions and other social aspects are not allowed.
Sports, culture and catering
National guidelines apply to Sportcentrum VU, cultural events and catering establishments. Dining facilities for staff and students in VU buildings will remain open.
Other important information
If you want to get vaccinated, this is easy to arrange. There are a number of GGD locations where you can get a corona vaccine with and without an appointment. For more information, visit the central government website.
The government encourages self-testing to prevent the virus from spreading further. In case of a positive test result, please follow government guidelines. Self-tests are available at the hosts in the entrance area of our buildings. If you need a self-test, you can ask the hosts for one.
Our buildings are well ventilated. You will find more information at the bottom of this page.
It is important to us that our education is accessible to everyone and that our staff can work on campus without worries. If there are weighty circumstances that prevent you from coming to campus when you should be there, such as a medical reason, please discuss these with your academic advisor or supervisor.
What else can you do yourself?
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Give each other space where possible.
- Do you have symptoms and a negative test? Even then, just to be on the safe side, you could wear a face mask.
Together, we keep VU Amsterdam safe.