Coronavirus: No activities at VU campus until 1 June

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04/09/2020 | 5:00 PM

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UPDATE: THURSDAY 9 APRIL - 17.00 HRS

New information is available for students about studying at home and for employees who want to help each other.

Study & Corona
Now that VU Amsterdam is closed until June 1, you can no longer study at the study places, library or other places on campus. You’re currently studying at home, which might be different than you are used to. To help you with this, VU Amsterdam has set up a page on VUnet to help you study at home. This page includes tips about your workplace and the best way to study there.

Should you run into problems with your studies due to the corona crisis, you can find the contact details of the study advisor of your course on this page. They can help you if necessary. On this page you will also find information about arrangements with regard to financial matters, housing and your secondary job.

VU Support: help your VU colleagues in this exceptional period
Since we have all been working from home together, the workload has increased considerably for some employees and decreased for others. In order to support each other in this unusual situation, the VU Management Pool is starting a temporary initiative together with HRM and Occupational Health and Safety: VU Support.

Via VU Support, we make an inventory of where there is currently a need for temporary extra capacity within VU Amsterdam, and where there may be extra capacity that we could use. We will then look at whether supply and demand can be brought together. Read more on VUnet.

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UPDATE: MONDAY 6 APRIL – 17.00 HRS

Video message Mirjam van Praag
After a couple of weeks of working and studying at home, president of the Executive Board Mirjam van Praag sees that we continue as much as possible. VU Amsterdam keeps on going and innovating, although that is not always easy. “I am very happy with your resilience and the resourcefulness with which you continue. This is incredibly hard for a lot of people. Vinod, Marcel and I appreciate your efforts and warmth enormously.”

Watch the complete video message here.

IT support working at home
IT has been working hard on IT support for employees at home. On the VUnetpage Working at Home Facilities IT you can find which types of Home Office Equipment Bundles you can order and what the terms are. You can also find the link to the order form there.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The frequently asked questions and answers are being updated continuously. Is your question not listed? Get in contact with one of the servicedesks.

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UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL - 17.30 HRS  

Extension coronavirus measures central government 

As Prime Minister Rutte announced yesterday, the current measures from the central government have been extended until 28 April. For education, staff and students of VU Amsterdam, nothing will change for now: the previously communicated date of 1 June remains unchanged. This means that no activities will take place on the campus until 1 June and employees will work from home until then. Until 28 June, students will only follow education online.

The purpose of extending the measures taken by the central government is to control the coronavirus and protect public health. These measures have consequences for everyone in their daily lives. It means for example that employees with children will have to organise home schooling for a longer period of time and we will only be able to go outside sporadically. Students also feel these measures: unfortunately, studying as we are used to cannot be done for the time being. Social life as we know it still has to be fulfilled in other ways.

VU Amsterdam is here to help
We want to be there for everyone. Especially in these times, the welfare of our employees and students is paramount.

VU Amsterdam is still available to everyone, albeit in a slightly different way than we are used to. Employees can contact their supervisor if they have questions, for their well-being - or that of a colleague - or if they are worried about their private situation. Students can contact the student advisors and the student psychologists are also available.

Working from home
Working from home can raise different questions and difficulties for everyone. For example, are you comfortable at your desk? How do you get the right software? That's why we created the page vu.nl/workfromhome. Here you will find tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions about working from home.

Everyone works hard to get everything done and that's not always easy. We really appreciate the great effort from everyone. We are seeing great initiatives emerge, colleagues encouraging each other and students visiting each other virtually. If there is one thing we have learned recently, it is that we are exceptionally resilient and, above all, very human. We are quite proud of that. Together, we can come a long way in helping each other out.

Updates on the latest state of affairs also appear almost daily on www.vu.nl/coronavirus. Here you will also find links to the FAQ for staff and students, and the right contacts.


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UPDATE: MONDAY 31 MARCH - 15.30 HRS 

Do you have any questions about your studies or just want to talk?
 VU Amsterdam is stillavailable.

Although the physical campus is no longer open, our student counselling services are still available for you. Especially now. The faculty study advisors can still be reached for any questions you may have about your studies.

Study progress
Are you worried about your study progress? Do you have questions about what effect this period can have on your studies? Or do you have other questions that you cannot answer yourself? The study advisors can be reached by phone or email. On VUnetyou will find the right information for your study programme.

We know that this time can also cause a lot of uncertainty and unrest. Do you feel the need to talk to someone? The student psychologists are also there for you. You can reach them best on [email protected] or via VUnet.

Safety
If you are acutely worried about your own safety or someone from the university you know, contact our security officers

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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
Under the current circumstances, business trips and trips for study, internships and research abroad 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 ([email protected]).

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)