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All coronavirus updates published in January.

On Thursday 21 January, the House of Representatives decided that from Saturday 23 January to Tuesday 9 February a curfew will be in place from 21:00 to 04:30. This has various consequences for students and staff at the University.


From Saturday on, University buildings will be closing earlier. An exception will be made for staff who support our critical processes. They will receive a digital employer’s statement from the PSSC, and will also need to fill in their own statement, which can be downloaded from the Rijksoverheid website. More information can be found in the announcement for staff.


Students should also be aware that our buildings will be closing earlier. This also means that study spaces (for example in the libraries) will be closing early.

Exams that have been scheduled in the evening at University buildings may, in principle, go ahead. Students are exempt from the curfew if they are travelling home after an exam. It would appear that no evening exams have been scheduled for the period up to 9 February anyway.

On 20 January the government announced additional measures including the intention to introduce a curfew. We will only be able to determine what exactly this curfew will mean for our students and staff once the House of Representatives has debated and approved this. We are already making preparations, however: for instance, for if we need to reduce the opening times of our buildings or provide employer statements.

The expectation is that we will hear sometime tomorrow whether the curfew will be introduced. We will then inform you as soon as possible about what exactly this means for work and study at the University. Watch this page for the latest news.

Lockdown extended, online teaching until 12 February
The government has extended the lockdown in the Netherlands until 9 February, which means the measures implemented on 15 December will apply for longer. For the University this means the following:

All the teaching will be online up to and including 12 February. The only exceptions are small-scale practicals and the mentor and tutor groups that supervise and support students. These can still be face-to-face according to the guidelines of the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). We had hoped to be able to offer some face-to-face teaching in the second semester. As lecturers and degree programmes now once again have to adjust the prepared teaching to an online format, it may take a short while until you receive more information from your lecturer and/or the timetable information is available in Brightspace. We hope we can count on your understanding.

Study spaces will continue to be available via a reservation system. Please make sure to stick to the rules in the study spaces: do the Corona Check before you come, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when moving around and use the study space for the reserved time only. Think of others and only reserve a space if you have nowhere else to study. Leave these limited spaces for students who really need them. Read more

Everyone must work from home. Exceptions may only be made if you have first discussed this with your manager. Research that can only be conducted at a specific location may be conducted there.

PhD defences will take place in the Academy Building, but with only very few attendants. For the details see the protocol for online PhD ceremonies. In-person degree ceremonies have been cancelled up to and including 12 February.

For more details on the lockdown measures at the University, see the update from 15 December.

Do not travel until after March
In line with the government advice, students and staff may not travel abroad until after March. In exceptional circumstances, the University may grant permission for travel that is essential for work or study. To request permission, follow the procedure for students or staff.

The extension of these measures is disappointing once again: for students who wanted to get started in the new semester, but equally for lecturers who had worked so hard at the end of last year to make in-person teaching possible once again and now have to convert everything online. We understand that this can be frustrating, but these measures our how we as a university can help fight the virus. This demands a lot of our students and staff. All we can do is keep calm and carry on. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work.

BSA norm lowered to 40 study points

Due to the coronavirus situation, Leiden University has lowered the BSA norm from 45 to 40 study credits this year. In addition, study programmes are entitled to further adjust their BSA rules if they feel this is necessary. As always, exceptions can also be made for individual students who run into difficulties. Read more


From 22 January, the video conferencing app Zoom will be available for students and lecturers at Leiden University. This is in response to requests from lecturers and students. Lecturers will soon be able to choose from two systems for online lectures: Zoom and Kaltura Live Room, which was already in use last year and has recently been improved. Over the coming period, Zoom will be added to Brightspace, privacy and security measures will be implemented and training will be put in place. For more information see the announcement about Zoom.

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