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Update 7 August: Introduction weeks to go ahead with restrictions, but no in-person introductions to student associations
On Thursday 6 August, the government announced measures relating to the introduction weeks for universities and student associations. These can go ahead under certain conditions. For the students of Leiden University and Leiden University of Applied Sciences this means the following:
The EL CID, HOP and OWL introduction weeks can go ahead. Very careful preparation has gone into these programmes in recent months so that they already take into account all the necessary measures. Intensive coordination has also taken place with the local councils and the Municipal Public Health Service. As a result, programmes have been devised that include an online component and in all three weeks an in-person component of at least one day. For this part of the programme students will come to Leiden or The Hague in small groups to meet one another, get to know the city and their programme and find out more about student life. These days will not have an evening programme and all the activities will be arranged so that the 1.5-metre distance and other precautionary measures are complied with at all times. This means that the programmes for our introduction weeks already meet the restrictions set by the government.
The in-person introduction to the student associations cannot go ahead. The student associations will each inform their own members and aspiring members. Obviously, the university is in close contact with the student associations.
We strongly urge our students, both the new first-year students and our current bachelor’s and master’s students, to comply with the corona measures, to refrain from organising activities outside the official programme and to limit their social contacts. This will help reduce the risk of a further spread of the virus.