- The information on this page has been updated on 13 April 2022 -
This page contains a summary of all the information that students and employees need to know about working and studying during the corona crisis. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvements, fill out the corona contact form or send an email to our central information point email@example.com.
Most of the corona rules have been dropped. This does not mean that Covid-19 is fully gone. It is still important to be alert and look out for each other. For example, it is important to follow the basic hygiene measures:
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Ventilate indoors and make sure there is enough fresh air.
It will continue to be important to ventilate spaces well in the upcoming period. We already informed you about this in our previous communication. Some spaces require extra attention, because the users of those spaces contribute considerably to the air circulation. You can read more about this in our December news item (link).
- Get vaccinated and make use of the possibility to get a booster shot.
- Stay home if you have symptoms that fit the coronavirus and test yourself with a self-test. This also applies if you have been vaccinated or have had COVID-19. If the test is positive, stay at home for at least five days until you have been free of symptoms for at least 24 hours. People who cannot take a self-test can still get tested at the GGD.
Read the message from the national government about what other measures are changing. For example, there is no longer an obligation to wear a mouth mask on public transport, Test for Admission for large events is no longer required and the requirements for international travel have been adjusted.
Use the Quarantine Check of the Dutch government to see which isolation or self-quarantine measures apply to you, in case you or someone in your vicinity tests positive.
High number of infections and absences
The number of corona infections is currently rather high. This means that some people are currently in self-isolation or quarantine. At the UT we also notice that staff and students can be absent for this reason. Employees make proper arrangements with their supervisors, students inform the study programme of their absence and make arrangements about how they can still follow their courses in a proper manner.
Education on site will be possible again
As of Friday 18 February 2022, there will no longer be a maximum group size for educational activities. This means that we can once again provide education on site in the buildings of UT. The current teaching schedule will continue to apply. For some rooms, restrictions are still in place because of the ventilation capacity.
The fact that education on site is possible again on a large scale does not mean that online education will disappear completely: we are building on the expertise that we have gained over the past two years in order to maintain the positive aspects.
In the coming period, we will continue to ask lecturers to record or stream lectures, where possible, so that students who are absent due to COVID-19 can still participate as much as possible. We want to emphasize that we offer this possibility for this purpose. If you can come to the campus, please do so.
USEFUL LINKS AND TOOLBOXES FOR LECTURERS
To support educational staff with their online education activities, the TELT team has created a special web page with recommended tools for online education. You can also contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manuals streaming and recording in lecture rooms
Visit the Service Portal page for manuals regarding streaming and recording.
In light of the corona pandemic, various websites contain relevant information for lecturers. CELT has created an overview of relevant websites (and links) and the sort of information they offer.
ADJUSTED BINDING RECOMMENDATION FOR FIRST-YEARS
Like last year, we will lower the binding recommendation for current first-year bachelor students. This happens at all Dutch universities. In this way, we reduce the stress of students who - possibly due to the measures - have been able to obtain fewer credits than they would have done in a normal situation. Students must now obtain 40 EC instead of 45 EC for a positive recommendation. For some programmes specific conditions apply, they will communicate about this with their students. Existing regulations for students who are in facing difficulties because of the binding recommendation and who have to deal with special circumstances will remain in force.
The Dutch national government currently does not have a homeworking advice anymore. Employees make agreements with their managers about a good balance between working at home and on campus. In some cases, there are faculty- or department-wide agreements about working at home that arise from limited capacity in some of the buildings.
In our hybrid work portal, you will find all relevant information about hybrid working, a good combination of physical and digital collaboration.
PhD defences, graduation ceremonies and inaugural lectures can again be held physically
The new relaxation of measures facilitates a great deal of things: activities such as PhD defences and graduation colloquia can be held again without restrictions after 25 February, and there is room to organise activities such as lectures, conferences, and symposia on-site without restrictive measures.
You can make an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination with the municipal health service (GGD) online or by phone by calling 0800-7070. The municipal health services (GGD) has extended the opening hours. Everyone who is registered with the municipality in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP) can also get the first coronavirus vaccination dose without an appointment. Go to the website Walk-in vaccination centre for more information.
Go to Rijksoverheid.nl/coronavirus for all the information regarding Covid-19.
The Dutch Government has adjusted their travel advice for various countries, because the number of infections has become of less significance for travel advice than before. As a result, many countries outside Europe no longer are labelled with orange travel advice, but with yellow travel advice instead. This offers more opportunities for travelling. During the last period, it was required to have your international trip assessed by the International Mobility Covid Committee (IMCC). This is no longer required. Regular travel regulations apply.
Prepare your journey well
Before you leave, check the travel advice on wijsopreis.nl (in Dutch) and reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en. Please note: Face masks must still be worn on aircraft and at airports beyond the security checkpoint.