Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Studying together safely: how do we do it?

In the new academic year, the AUAS aims to offer on-campus education and in-person meetings as much as possible. However, capacity in our buildings is scarce due to the 1.5 metre distancing measures. This means that the majority of education still has to be held online. Are you on one of the campuses? Find out how to study together safely at AUAS here.

What we'll do from 31 August

  • Don't forget your Student ID card because you have to ‘check in’ when you arrive. This way we’ll always know how many people are in the buildings.*
  • We’ve set up our classrooms and buildings according to the 1.5 metre guidelines.

Need help?

  • Use the stairs as much as possible, unless you need to take more than six flights. Are you unable to use the stairs, for example because you have difficulty walking, chronic fatigue or are pregnant? Then of course you can also use the elevator for smaller distances. Employees working on-site are aware that not all disabilities are visible.
  • Is it difficult to follow the signage, for example because you are in a wheelchair, have poor eyesight or can't see? Ask one of the security guards for help.
  • Contact your student counsellor if you need other types of assistance or if you fall into a high-risk group.

*The system is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your data will be pseudonymised immediately after check-in. The system registers and encrypts data, so that these cannot be traced back to individuals. The pseudonymised data will be stored for analysis and insight for one day, after which they will be deleted. The only data that will be retained are the total number of visitors and their check-in and check-out times.

  • We ask you to please leave the campus after your class or session to make room for the next group of students.
  • Are you leaving the building? Please check out!

  • Don't have a suitable study space at home? Then you can study on campus. However, you must reserve a spot in advance. Info on how to make a reservation will be available soon.

  • Please clean your table and chair before and after your class. Your teacher has cleaning products for this.

  • Do you live in Amsterdam? If possible, walk to campus or ride your bike or scooter. The bicycle garages are open on campus.

And of course, the national health guidelines still apply:

  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap
  • Stay home if you or your roommate(s) have cold symptoms

  • Show up on time, but not too early.
    About 5 to 10 minutes before the start of your lesson is ideal. Keep in mind that it might take some time to get inside the building.
  • Follow the instructions provided by staff.
    If you do not abide by the rules, we will report this to the faculty dean or your degree programme manager.
  • Fewer than 6 floors? Please take the stairs.
  • Report unsafe situations.
    Don't feel safe? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Please share this with the security guards (at reception).
  • Do you want to talk to your fellow students?
    Then find a quiet place outside the building where you can chat. Otherwise you will be preventing someone else from accessing the building. Each building has a scarce maximum capacity due to the 1.5 metre rule.
  • Make sure you are aware of the national COVID-19 rules of conduct.
    Then you’ll know exactly what to do and what not to do.
  • Clean your study area, materials and tools yourself.
    We will ensure the equipment is ready for you in the practical classrooms. The following applies to all study spots: tidy up the table where you were studying before you leave. Do not leave any papers, food scraps or other rubbish lying around. This small effort makes a big difference in promoting a healthy learning environment!
  • Be respectful and helpful to others.
    Now, more than ever, we are counting on everyone's cooperation and accountability.

  • We provide hand sanitiser.
    It’s available at all entrances, at the exits by the toilets and in the hallways.
  • We clean everything extra carefully.
    We observe the hygiene and safety regulations and ensure that the buildings are properly cleaned.
  • We ensure good ventilation in our buildings.
    Good ventilation is important according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) guidelines and contributes to a healthy indoor climate. All rooms that are currently used for education exceed the requirements for ventilation. All buildings are therefore well ventilated or have sufficient air treatment systems. If possible, we also open windows to let in fresh air.
  • We provide route signage.
    We have installed route signs in order to properly guide the flow of people in our buildings. Follow the indicated routes, stick to the one-way traffic system and pay attention to the maximum occupancy in each room.
  • Our restaurants are open!
    The restaurants are open, but are set up a bit differently. Pay close attention to the signs and follow the staff’s instructions.

Do you have questions about how we can study together safely?

Send your questions to servicedesk-fs@hva.nl.

Where can you find information?

Published by  Communication 21 September 2020