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Dear students and colleagues,

This is the coronavirus update of Wednesday 19 January 2022.

Now that education on location has restarted, we see students and teachers back on campus. There is more personal contact and that gives new energy. At the same time, we see that students and staff are concerned, for example about their health or about the flexibility required if education on location turns out not to be possible as planned. In the coming period, this will also require adaptability and keeping an extra eye on each other.

This update informs you about education in block 3, (lab) research on location, the use of face masks, working from home and small-scale activities on location.

We are looking forward to a spring with hopefully more possibilities.

Kind regards,
The Executive Board

Anton Pijpers, President
Margot van der Starre, Vice President
Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus
Merel Dekker, student assessor
 Current state of affairs
Education in block 3
Education in block 3 can take place on location. The maximum number of people per room is 75. In accordance with government guidelines, more people are allowed only during exams. Where possible, we maintain a distance of 1.5 metres. In the examination rooms, seats are placed one and a half metres from each other.

Some seminars and lectures will have to be organised online or hybrid due to the maximum of 75 people per room, or due to absence of teachers and students who have corona-related complaints or are in quarantine. In that case, you will be further informed by your own study programme or faculty.
Face masks
The government requires us to wear face masks in educational buildings. We ask you to take this to heart. The main principle is: wear a face mask always and everywhere in the UU buildings. This applies for moving around, but also when you are sitting or standing still.

Teachers who can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres don’t need to wear a face mask during lectures if this impedes the lecture. An exception also applies to practicals where wearing a face mask could pose a safety risk. In these cases, the teacher decides what measures are necessary.

In circumstances in which a face mask is a great hindrance, exceptions may apply.

The advice is to use disposable face masks, preferably type 2 at minimum. Face masks are available at the reception desks of UU buildings and in examination rooms, should you unexpectedly not have them with you.
Education-related activities in block 3
Education-related activities can again take place on location with a maximum of 75 people per room.
Graduation ceremonies
Graduation ceremonies are held online or on location with a live stream and a maximum of two guests per student. Students will be further informed by their faculty.
Small-scale meetings for students
The current measures allow small-scale meetings of students to take place on location, for example mentor and tutor meetings, welfare training and small-scale educational activities for study associations. The associations may organise small group meetings in (former) canteens, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres. Study associations have been informed about this possibility.
On-site (lab) research
On-site (lab) research continues. However, we are running up against capacity limits in some places. This may make it necessary to set priorities, for example in case of research in which keeping a distance is difficult or involving test subjects. The deans will decide which (lab) research can take place responsibly, and which will be prioritised. In case of the need to prioritise, you will be informed by your faculty.
Working at home and small-scale work-related activities
We work at home. At the same time, there is a great wish to meet each other in person. If you feel this way, please feel free to work on location occasionally, in consultation with your manager. It is important that not everyone is at the office at the same time. If you can’t work from home, due to circumstances, the nature of your work or a difficult home situation, you may work in the university buildings more often. Discuss your situation with your manager.

Small-scale work-related activities are occasionally possible with a maximum of 15 people in rooms allowing a distance of 1.5 metres. Examples of such activities are a brainstorm session or a meeting with your entire team. Regular (departmental) meetings, events and conferences remain online.
Pay attention to your (international) fellow students or colleagues
The lockdown is no fun for anyone, but for example for international students and parents with young children it may turn out particularly difficult. We ask everyone to pay extra attention to each other. Help each other and don't forget to exchange tips for available support and (social) activities, such as a course at Parnassos or sports at Olympos.
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