Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

FAQ coronavirus

Latest update: 12-10-2021

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 NEW ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022

During its press conference on 14 September, the departing cabinet announced that the one-and-a-half-metre measure will be lifted for the whole of the Netherlands as of 25 September. For higher education, the requirement to wear a face mask, which currently still applies when moving around in corridors and lifts, will be cancelled. Also, the maximum group size of 75 people per room will be abolished. For exams, this is effective from 20 September. The hygiene rules remain in force.

Everything regarding the books you need, your class schedule as well as the start of your introduction week can be found at amsterdamuas.com/startoffstrong.

All teaching and research activities will once again be able to take place at our teaching locations. This means that the student and staff timetables will have been adjusted accordingly and that the normal attendance requirement will once again apply. Only in exceptional cases, such as quarantine, self-isolation when experiencing symptoms or in the case of international students who are not allowed to travel to due to travel restrictions, will degree programmes be able to explore additional options to ensure everyone is able to follow teaching activities.

As of 25 September, the following applies to all employees: work at home if you can, and on campus if it benefits your work. When on campus, you are no longer required to keep a 1.5-metre distance, although obviously you can if you want. Above all, let's work together to organise things so that everyone feels safe to work on campus.

From 25 September, only the hygiene rules remain in force and self-testing is recommended.

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

Students: please contact your academic advisor.

Employees: get in touch with your manager.

Visit the RIVM website to find out if you can go to campus for the exam. If you determine that you can’t come after reviewing that information, you should contact the student counsellor to report this and explain that you cannot take the exam. This is a personal circumstance and the same rules apply concerning illness. You can resit the exam if this is the first time you’ve missed it. If it concerns missing a resit, you can submit a request for another chance to the examinations board. The student counsellor can help you to find an appropriate solution.

If you are unable to take an exam due to quarantine obligations, the 'normal' resit possibilities apply. A maximum of one re-examination will be organised for each examination.

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 for both students and staff in higher education institutions. This means that these are tests that can be taken comfortably at home as a precautionary measure. It is advisable to take a self-test before participating in on-campus education.

If you already have coronavirus-related symptoms you should not take a self-test in this case. If you have symptoms or if you find out that you have been in close contact with someone who is infected then you should always get tested at a Municipal Health Service (GGD) testing facility.

WORKING

As of 25 September, the following applies to all employees: work at home if you can, and on campus if it benefits your work. When on campus, you are no longer required to keep a 1.5-metre distance, although obviously you can if you want. Above all, let's work together to organise things so that everyone feels safe 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 HvA 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 page Illness, Absence and Leave on the website Thuiswerken (Working from Home).

BUILDINGS

Yes, during its press conference on 14 September, the departing cabinet announced that the one-and-a-half-metre measure will be lifted for the whole of the Netherlands as of 25 September. For higher education, the requirement to wear a face mask, which currently still applies when moving around in corridors and lifts, will be cancelled. Also, the maximum group size of 75 people per room will be abolished. For exams, this is effective from 20 September. The hygiene rules remain in force.

From 25 September, there are no additional rules in the AUAS buildings. However, the RIVM guidelines do apply:

  • 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.

The air ventilation in AUAS buildings has once again been carefully assessed based on the latest insights of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM states that current building regulations are sufficient to minimise the aerosol spread of the COVID-19 virus. The installations at the AUAS meet these requirements.

EVENTS

The events protocol is being updated to reflect the latest flexibilities and rules, and will be published here shortly. From 25 September activities that are education-related such as open days can once again be organised for more than 75 people. Here too, we continue to look for a form of blended, where we organise parts online and parts physically.

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 12 October 2021