Yesterday, the central government announced new measures to reduce the rapid spread of the coronavirus. These new measures will enter into force today at 6 p.m. and will in any case be in force for the next three weeks. What does this mean for VU Amsterdam?
The planned education on campus can continue. We do, however, make an urgent appeal to study and work at home, unless there is really no other option.
Education at VU Amsterdam
Scheduled education on campus can continue and teachers and students may travel to VU Amsterdam to teach and follow education. Teachers can continue to use the available facilities for online education. The six-feet distance rule applies to the organisation of our education, not the maximum group size of 30 people. If, due to circumstances, scheduled education on campus still has to be given online, students will be informed via Canvas. Students who are also attending education at institutions other than VU Amsterdam are advised to keep an eye on the information from both educational organisations.
Research at VU Amsterdam
Research that cannot be done from home can be carried out on campus on the basis of research protocols. For research, too, working from home remains the norm and we ask you to keep your presence on campus to a minimum. Researchers can consult with their manager about conducting their research on campus.
Studying at home remains the norm
A limited number of study places remain available for students who really are not able to study at home. If you come to study on campus, please follow the agreed basic rules at VU Amsterdam. If you are able to study at home, you will do so and not come to campus. Check vu.nl/studyathome for tips on studying at home.
Working from home remains the norm
There have recently been more opportunities to work on campus, but at this stage of the corona crisis, we are now making an urgent appeal to work from home, unless this is impossible. You can only come to campus for location-based work, such as teaching, educational support and carrying out necessary research. Employees who are unable to work from home due to their personal circumstances are also still allowed to come to campus. If you come to the campus, please adhere to the agreed basic rules. Consult with your manager if your presence is necessary. Check vu.nl/workfromhome for tips on working from home.
Academic meetings at VU Amsterdam
PhD defence ceremonies, orations, graduation meetings and graduation ceremonies can be organised in small groups, with a maximum of 30 visitors. Unfortunately, the usual receptions cannot take place at VU Amsterdam afterwards. For other meetings and events, we will initially look at whether they can be postponed or whether they can take place in another form.
VU Amsterdam also has to deal with regional corona measures. In addition to the national measures, mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam advised to wear a face mask in publicly accessible indoor areas. This does not apply to our university. Everyone is free to make a choice when it comes to wearing a face mask at VU Amsterdam and we will respect each other's choice in this.
The new measures are a nuisance, but they are necessary to prevent worse. We must continue our joint efforts to get the virus under control. Continue to adhere to the basic rules and the new measures that have been announced.