Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

FAQ coronavirus

Latest update: 14-01-2022

The AUAS adheres to the advice issued by the Dutch government and communicates about corona measures via the corona update page (see left-side navigation) and this FAQ page. Students can contact Student Info if they need help, support or a listening ear. They are eager to assist you. If you can’t find an answer to your question please contact studentinfo@hva.nl (for students) or redactie@hva.nl (for employees).

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 IN THE NETHERLANDS

  • Current information and Q&As from concerning the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands are available on the RIVM website
  • The government of the Netherlands is taking various measures to control COVID-19. Find out more on this website
  • Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on international education

THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022

You can contact Student Info. We are here to offer you a listening ear or a referral so you can get the best possible help for your particular situation. This may be your student counsellor or, for example, a student psychologist.

Student Info is available to help every workday between 9:00 and 16:00 via:

Contact the student counsellors serving your programme, preferably before you get behind. You can talk to your student counsellor about all kinds of personal problems and topics. These conversations are confidential. Your student counsellor will review what is going on with you, how it’s affecting your studies, how you can prevent further delays or a dropout, whether you would like additional support and where you can access it, etc. We urge you to visit us quickly if your circumstances are leading to delays.

Effective 6 November, it’s mandatory to wear a face mask when you’re moving around in our buildings. You can take the face mask off when you sit down. Remember to take a face mask with you! If you forget your mask you can also pick up one for free at the AUAS vending machines. Be aware that you may be denied access to the buildings if you refuse to wear a face mask and do not have a medical certificate stating the reason for your exemption.

During the lockdown all educational and research activities will be moved online. You can only come to AUAS for practical training activities, exams and tests. Check the information and schedule provided by your programme to see what applies to you.

View our tips for students studying remotely.

The following rule is in effect since 19 November: work from home unless you have no other option. If you are on campus due to an exception: adhere to the basis hygiene rules. Keep your distance, wear a face mask when you’re moving around in our buildings and wash your hands regularly. If working from home is really not an option for you discuss this with your supervisor so you can organise things so that everyone feels safe when working on campus.

Effective 6 November, it’s mandatory to wear a face mask when you’re moving around in our buildings. You can take the face mask off when you sit down. You’re also advised to use the self-tests and to adhere to the basis hygiene rules.

In addition to this, a maximum group size of 75 people per room also applied at AUAS. Examinations and tests are exempted from this rule.

No, you don't have to show a vaccination certificate or negative test result to be permitted to use AUAS facilities.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to take your exams. In the case of corona-related circumstances, you retain the right to two assessment opportunities. Does a corona-related circumstance apply to you and are you therefore unable to attend your exam? Then stay at home and do not come to the HvA to take the test. If you are suffering from corona-related symptoms, you will still be able to sit two tests. This rule applies from now on and is currently only applicable to examinations in block 2.

You have to cancel your examinations beforehand with the examination board serving your programme. You can refer to the MyAUAS page on the Examination Boards for an overview of the boards for each faculty. Click on the relevant board and notify the board via its website that you are unable to sit your exam due to corona-related complaints. To do so, use the option 'request an extra resit'. Describe your situation and which exams you are referring to. Please note that you can only do this prior to an exam and not afterwards.

If you cannot use the first examination opportunity because of the circumstances mentioned above, you will first be referred to the regular second examination opportunity. If that second opportunity is not completed with a pass, an additional resit may be granted by the examination board. In certain cases, the examination board may consult the student counsellor concerning resit requests.

SELF-TESTS

The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science offers students and lecturers free coronavirus self-tests via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. These tests give you, and others, peace of mind knowing that you are not infected with the Covid-19 virus. Testing is not compulsory, however the guidance for students and staff is to be tested twice a week. The self-tests will be made available through SURF.

Please refer to the RIVM website for more information on self-tests.

The self-tests are easy to administer, as they do not require deep insertion in the nose. The instructions for administering the test are included in an instruction manual, which comes with each test. In order to help ensure that the self-tests are conducted carefully and correctly, the Dutch government is developing national instruction material on how to use them. This material will be available in both Dutch and English.

More information regarding self-testing on the website of the RIVM.

Self-tests are being used preventively, and in cases where people have symptoms, for both students and staff in higher education institutions. This also applies if you are fully vaccinated or if you've already contracted Covid-19. If your self-test is positive you must always take another test at the GGD.

WORKING

As of 13 November, the following applies to all employees: work at home, unless there is no other option. If working at home is not possible, you can work on campus. Be sure to discuss how you're going to organise this with your manager so that it feels safe for everyone to work on campus.

Yes. A special site focuses on this. This is the place to find information that will help you to work and collaborate with others from home, how to take care of yourself physically and mentally, digital security and regulations concerning illness, absence and leave. Visit the site for more information.

Should the circumstances for working from home still be unsuitable, please consult with your manager. Employees can order the equipment they need for a safe and healthy workplace from the AUAS and have it on loan. Your manager can help with this.

During this exceptional time it is important to discuss and address your personal situation with your manager. Your workload can be reviewed: can the work be distributed differently or can a colleague take on some of your work? If that is not possible, other solutions can be considered. It may also be possible to take different forms of leave. Please also see the website Thuiswerken (Working from Home).

BUILDINGS

No, the AUAS buildings are closed. There are a few exceptions: practical training activities, exams and tests; as well as for employee and students who are unable to work or study at home. Face masks are mandatory in all buildings when moving about in the hallways and elevators. There is also a group limit of 75 people per room, with the exception of tests and exams. The hygiene rules remain in force.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in all AUAS buildings. From 13 November onwards, a group limit of 75 people per room will also apply, with the exception of interim examinations and final exams. Obviously, the RIVM still apply as well:

  • Stay home if you (or those you live with) have cold symptoms.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Yes. Students can contact their student counsellor; employees can contact their manager.

Some staff and students have questions about the ventilation of our campus buildings, which we completely understand. Our buildings adhere to the RIVM guidelines. We take measures in the event that they do not meet compliance requirements. Maintenance contracts are in place for all ventilation systems to ensure that these systems are safe and reliable. We stay on top of replacing filters quickly and adapting the systems according to the RIVM guidelines. We also systematically carry out random ventilation volume measurements and CO2 measurements.

We investigate locations if there are concerns or malfunctions. We can also decide to carry out an (extra) ventilation-volume measurement or a CO2 measurement to check the air quality. Where necessary, we install CO2-meters so that lecturers in certain rooms can determine when ventilation is required.

Following such an investigation, we then proceed to take further technical or organisational measures, such as

- Implementation of technical adjustments to the ventilation system;

- Issuing advice to ventilate rooms during breaks in between lectures.

- Adjusting the maximum capacity of a room;

- Closing rooms if necessary.

The AZ contains more information about ventilation.

o Ventilation information for students.

o Ventilation information for employees.

- If you have any questions about ventilation, you can contact your occupational health and safety coordinator.

- In the event of malfunctions or complaints, please contact the FS Service Desk via 020 595 1403 or servicedesk-fs@hva.nl.

- Employees can also report issues or concerns directly using this form.

EVENTS

During the hard lockdown events are not permitted at AUAS.

If you have any questions about organising an event, please contact the Service Desk FS at 020 595 1403 or servicedesk-fs@hva.nl.

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE AND TRAVEL

Semester 2 2021/2022

The conditions for the current semester concerning the international mobility of students and staff will be largely extended to the second semester of the 2021/2022 academic year. More information is available here.

Semester 1 2021/2022

International mobility is possible for incoming and outgoing students as well as employees under certain conditions in the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic year. Please see this announcement.

Please visit the website of the governmen t for information concerning the mandatory negative test declaration and related requirements.

Published by  Communication 14 January 2022