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Coronavirus measures on campus

What to expect when arriving and while in the AUC building

Coronavirus measures being taken in your country may be very different from the Dutch approach. The Dutch government's strategy is based on individual responsibility and accountability. However, everyone in the Netherlands is expected to abide by and respect these protocols in order to protect the health and safety of yourself and your community. These measures may affect your daily routine, may alter the way academic courses proceed and will also have an impact on the accessibility of the AUC building and general life on campus. On this page, you will find an explanation of the basic rules in place by AUC, the UvA and Dutch government and what you can expect when you arrive on campus.

  • Updated measures at AUC until (at least) 4 December 2021

    Last updated: 15 November 2021

    The measures implemented as a result of the coronavirus pandemic continue to have an impact on all members of the AUC community as well as the nation as a whole. An overview of all measures per sector can be found on the Dutch government's official website. The information below highlights the most relevant updates for the AUC community.

    Important general measures

    On 12 November, the Dutch government announced that due to the continued increasing numbers of cases and hospitalisations in the Netherlands, additional measures are needed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Specifically for those coming to the AUC building, this means that from 13 November:

    • You are obligated to wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth while moving around the building. The facemask should be worn at all times inside the building until you have reached your destination. Once seated, you can remove your mask if you like, but you can also keep it on if you prefer.
    • Staff members should work from home unless it is impossible. 
    • The maximum group size on campus, not including staff, is 75 people per room. This does not apply to spaces used for examinations.
    • No more than four visitors are allowed in your home per day.

    Adjusting to on-campus education as restrictions return

    As we adjust to on-campus education amid increasing restrictions, it remains important for us to keep showing consideration and understanding for each other. We also kindly ask that you keep the following in mind: 

    • Students and staff are encouraged to work/study at home when possible and only come to the academic building if it's necessary.
    • If you have COVID symptoms, please stay home and get tested at the GGD.
    • If someone in your household tests positive for coronavirus, that person must self-isolate, and everyone else in the household must self-quarantine, whether they are vaccinated or not.
    • Continue to follow the basic rules for everyone.
    • We will continue to take additional measures related to hygiene. This includes the availability of extra entrances/exits, walking routes, optimal ventilation, additional cleaning efforts and providing disinfection facilities.
    • Students and staff are encouraged to test themselves twice a week (self-tests are still available for free from this national website). Self-tests should not be used if you have COVID symptoms (in that case stay home, and get tested by GGD).

    Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Netherlands

    • International students and faculty can get their vaccination at RAI Amsterdam any time after their arrival in the Netherlands. You will not be required to prove that you have been staying in the Netherlands for at least one month or to have a BSN number. More information can be found on the Public Health Service of Amsterdam's website here.
    • Dutch students and faculty (and residents of the Netherlands with a BSN number) can find more information about getting vaccinated on the Dutch government's website here

    Current AUC students should continue to check their email and monitor announcements on the Student Information Canvas environment for more information and relevant updates.

  • Vaccinations against COVID-19 in the Netherlands

    Like our fellow universities and colleges, we underline the importance of vaccinations and support the VSNU campaign ‘Ga je studeren? Laat je vaccineren!’ ('Off to university? Get vaccinated!’).

    Dutch students

    Dutch students and faculty members (and residents of the Netherlands with a BSN number) can find more information about getting vaccinated on the Dutch government's website here.

    International students without a BSN number

    The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) is offering all residents of the Netherlands who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination the chance to do so for free without an appointment at one of the various mobile units managed by the GGD. You simply need to show up at one of the locations listed below during opening hours.

    No BSN number needed

    You do not need to have a BSN number to be vaccinated at these locations. If you don't have a BSN number, an anonymous BSN number will be used. Additionally, the GGD will not share any information with the IND (immigration services) or other authorities. 

    Is this your first vaccination?
    You do not need to make an appointment at these locations.

    Is this the second time you are going to get a vaccine?
    You do have to make an appointment. The Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD) has set up a special appointment hotline for international students: (+31) 020 5555 202. You can also send an email to coronavragen@ggd.amsterdam.nl. 

  • Free COVID-19 self-tests for students and staff

    All registered students and staff members employed at AUC are eligible for free COVID-19 self-tests. Going forward, self-testing will remain important. Along with the UvA, we're encouraging every student and staff member to perform a self-test at least twice a week, even if vaccinated. These tests can be ordered free of charge at zelftestonderwijs.nl. Self-testing and vaccinations allow us all to contribute to a safe campus and the further easing of measures in the education system.

  • Basic rules for everyone in the Netherlands

    For everyone in the Netherlands:

    • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home.
    • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
    • Work from home for at least half of your normal hours.
    • Avoid busy places and travel outside of peak hours if possible.

    Hygiene

    • Wash your hands often.
      • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, then dry them thoroughly.
      • Wash your hands before you go out, when you return home, after blowing your nose and of course before meals and after going to the toilet.
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
    • Touch your face as little as possible.
    • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use and then wash your hands.
    • Don’t shake hands with others.

    The 1.5-metre rule

    • Try to stay 1.5 metres (approximately 2 arms lengths) away from other people.
      • You should keep your distance from people you do not live with, including relatives and friends. 
      • Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres reduces the chance of people infecting each other.

    Wear a face mask where required, such as on public transport, in certain public buildings and on planes.

  • Facemasks on public transport and on airplanes

    Public transport

    From 26 June 2021 facemasks are required on public transport and other passenger transport, at stations and airports. You must wear a face mask even if you have been vaccinated. When travelling by public transport, taxi, coach or car, a facemask that does not have a filter and is made of a material such as cotton is enough. 

    Please note that you may not use a scarf, face shield/visor, bandanna, the collar of a jacket, or a non-medical face mask made from a sock, for instance. Gas masks should also not be used. 

    Airports

    At airports, it may not always be possible to stay 1.5 metres from others at peak periods or during security checks. So airports are asking travellers to wear non-medical face masks at check-in, security and when boarding, for instance. Additionally, all passengers aged 13 and above travelling to and from Dutch airports must fill in a Health Screening Form. The airline you are flying with will provide you with a Health Screening Form.

    Advised to wear a facemask in indoor public spaces

    Everyone aged 13 or over is advised to wear facemask in indoor public spaces such as:

    • shops, museums, town halls, stations, airports, covered car parks and petrol stations
    • restaurants, bars, cafés, theatres and concert halls
    • locations where contact-based professions are carried out (both customers and staff should wear a mask).
  • AUC Academic Building and measures on campus

    Come to the building only when necessary

    Generally speaking, if you do not have class in the AUC building, you should avoid visiting the building. While there are limited study spaces available for student use, you should try to not be in the building for longer than necessary. Furthermore, AUC staff members should work from home unless it is impossible, and only come to campus when it is essential (teaching a class, for example). It is expected that you leave the building following your class or reason for being on campus.

    Maximum of 75 people per space

    In secondary vocational (MBO) and higher education (HBO and universities), the maximum group size (not including staff) is 75 people per room or space. This does not apply to spaces where examinations are sat.

    AUC academic building opening hours

    Update: 16 November 2021

    The AUC academic building (Science Park 113) is open during the following hours:

    • Monday - Thursday: 08.00 - 22.00
    • Friday: 08.00 - 19.00
    • Saturday - Sunday: closed

    Ventilation system

    The ventilation system of the AUC building meets all requirements in line with providing a safe work environment. The UvA (which manages the AUC building) has made sure that the ventilation systems in their buildings  (including AUC) are up to code, have regular maintenance and meet the RIVM guidelines. They have also taken additional steps to optimise ventilation, such as switching off the central recirculation of the air-treatment system at the building level and prioritising ventilation over heating and cooling systems. Please note that mobile air-conditioning units and table fans are not allowed, as they can cause a direct flow of air from one person to another. It is allowed to open a window in the academic building to allow for even more fresh air from outside and this will not adversely affect the ventilation.

    Restricted use of lifts

    All visitors in the AUC building are strongly encouraged to take the stairs unless using the lifts is absolutely necessary. If using a lift, only one person should be inside at a time and priority will be given to those who cannot use the stairs.

    Limited opening of campus canteen

    The canteen in the AUC Common Room is open during the semester, but opening times and range of items are limited.

    Use of outdoor spaces 

    Both staff and students are encouraged to make full use of the grounds for activities, including classes and meetings, when possible and weather-permitting. Please note that even when outdoors, the basic guidelines still apply.

  • Additional hygiene measures in the AUC building

    Hand sanitiser stations

    Hand sanitisation stations are available for staff and students at all entrances and near the toilets. All students and staff should sanitise/wash their hands regularly and thoroughly.  In classrooms, there are paper towels and disinfectant spray that staff and students can use to sanitise their table/chair. 

    All bathrooms gender-neutral, entrance doors removed 

    All bathrooms in the AUC building have been made gender-neutral and the initial entry doors removed. This was done in order to make it easier to maintain distance when entering and exiting bathrooms, and to reduce the number of surfaces visitors need to touch. Please note that the doors to the stalls remain; just the main entry door has been removed. 

    Extra cleaning of common surfaces

    Extra cleaning of common areas and frequently touched surfaces will take place throughout the day. Special attention will be given to all doors, handles, handrails and other surfaces that multiple students or visitors may touch in shared spaces. 

    Additional advice: frequent handwashing & personal sanitiser

    When visiting the AUC building, students and staff should remember to respect the hygiene guidelines for all people in the Netherlands (wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your elbow, use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use, and no handshaking) and may also wish to bring their own hand sanitiser and/or disinfectant wipes to clean any surfaces or spaces before use.

  • Who needs to self-quarantine and when

    What is self-quarantining 

    Generally speaking, self-quarantining means that you do not leave your house, receive visitors, travel to other locations, use public transport or come into contact with others during a certain period of time. In certain circumstances, a period of 10 days is recommended. If you don't develop symptoms that could be caused by the coronavirus within those 10 days, you can end the self-quarantine after that time. If you get tested on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period. You can find more information on in which situations you need to self-quarantine via the links below.

    Who needs to self-quarantine and when

    You can read more about the various situations when you need to quarantine by visiting the Dutch government's website:

    Please note that there have been updates to who needs to self-quarantine and when, also taking into account if you are considered 'optimally protected' (you have had COVID-19 in the last six months or you are fully vaccinated). If someone in your household tests positive for coronavirus, that person must self-isolate, and everyone else in the household must self-quarantine, whether they are vaccinated or not.

    Who to inform if you are self-quarantining

    When you are advised to self-quarantine, you cannot come to classes or the AUC building. This is important for AUC staff to know and you should inform your lecturers accordingly. 

  • Quarantining upon arrival to the Netherlands

    You can check who is advised to quarantine upon arriving in the Netherlands on the Dutch government's website.

    Guidelines for quarantining

    If you are travelling from one of the countries for which it is advised to quarantine or you have symptoms (or have been in contact with someone who may have symptoms), this means that for the first 10 days:

    • Don’t leave your accommodation.
    • Do not receive visitors.
    • During the self-quarantine period do not travel or go to another location in the Netherlands. People arriving from abroad may not return to their country of origin.
    • Study from home and do not use public transport.
    • If you need medical assistance, do not go to the doctor or the hospital, but phone the doctor instead.
    • Ask other people to do grocery shopping for you.

    If you get tested on day 5 you might be able to shorten the quarantine period. You can find more information on the Dutch government's website here.

    Quarantining in the dorms

    We understand that you may have some reservations or questions on how you are supposed to quarantine (if applicable) when moving into the dorms or returning to the dorms. If you are living in a single room, these measures are less complicated than if you're living in a shared room. For some general information on DUWO’s policy on quarantining, please view the DUWO website.

    If receiving deliveries in the dorms, please be careful about the security doors in the dorms. While you can let people into the mail area, the delivery person may not be able to get to your room. When quarantining, you should not leave your room to open the doors to the building. This means that you should coordinate with a neighbour or fellow student that deliveries go to their room first and that they can leave any deliveries in front of your doorstep

    If you are living in a shared room, we suggest that you reach out to your roommate beforehand to make arrangements for returning and quarantining, as you would have to avoid any contact with them during the 10 day quarantine period.

    Tips on quarantining in shared rooms

    Below you will find some of the tips that we've shared with our students regarding sharing a room when one must quarantine during the coronavirus:

    • If you have separate bedrooms, encourage your housemate to stay in their bedroom as much as possible and keep your distance from each other.
    • If you share a bedroom, you may like to consider moving your mattress temporarily into another room if possible or moving the beds as far away from each other as possible.
    • If you are sharing a kitchen, do not use it at the same time as your housemate and you should both clean it thoroughly between uses.
    • If you share a bathroom, clean it thoroughly between uses.
    • You can offer to do grocery shopping for your housemate and could think about offering to cook for them so they don’t have to use the kitchen and leave their meals for them at their bedroom door.
    • You can also consult the RIVM website and FAQs on what to do if your housemate is sick. If you are anxious about your situation or your housemate’s condition, please contact the Student Life Officer.

    Please note that the above also applies to anyone who was informed through contact tracing or otherwise that they should self-isolate due to a potential risk of infection.

  • What to do if you test positive for coronavirus

    If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow all of the official medical advice that is given to you by your doctors or medical staff. You are also kindly requested to inform AUC directly by emailing Prof. Martin van Hees and the College Secretary via collegesecretary@auc.nl. AUC will treat your case confidentially and will not do anything with (nor disclose) any information you provide without your consent. Any informing of close contacts of a confirmed case will be done anonymously, and only after AUC is instructed to do so by the GGD. 

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to continue self-isolating and inform your close contacts that they need to self-quarantine in case you have infected them. Follow the advice of the GGD or your doctors with regard to when you can end your self-isolation once you have recovered. Usually, once you have been completely free of symptoms for at least 24 hours and it is at least seven days since you fell ill, you should not be contagious anymore.

    Please note that in the case of a positive test result, household members who do not have symptoms should also stay home. You can find more information about what to do if you test positive via the link below.