- The information on this page has been updated on 4 July 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
Self-tests available for pick-up
As you may have noticed, it is no longer possible to order free self-tests for COVID-19 via zelftestonderwijs.nl. This central delivery has been stopped because the advice to test preventively on a weekly basis is no longer active. If you have complaints, it is still important to test, so that a possible infection can be noticed quickly.
We will continue to provide free self-tests in the coming period. You can pick these up during office hours at the service desks of the Horst, Carre, Technohal, Ravelijn, Spiegel, Vrijhof, Bastille, Cubicus, Sports Centre and ITC buildings, or at the Garage building. Make sure you have one or more tests at home, so you do not have to come to the UT when you have complaints.
Self-isolation and quarantine rules
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 still rather high. This means that some people are currently in self-isolation or quarantine. At 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.
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 email@example.com.
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's 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.
Work at home advice
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.
SCENARIO'S FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-2023
COVID-19 has been on the back burner lately, but we are not rid of it yet. This summer, we will develop a number of scenarios to best respond to a possible new wave of infections. We will do this in close cooperation with the other universities, guided by what we consider most important: a good balance between welfare, health and continuity of our important activities. The government has declared that education must, if at all possible, remain open and accessible. The aim is to keep the university open as much as possible for education, research and social activities; only in the most negative scenario will the university be closed almost entirely.