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FAQs

Below you will find the answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak.

If your question is not in the list, send an email to corona@leidenuniv.nl or ask your manager or contact person. The university has also opened a central helpline that you can contact with any questions from Monday to Friday: 071 527 1132.

Also see the FAQs for current students.

Work and study

The 1.5-metre distancing rule at the University has been lifted. You also no longer need to wear a facemask in the University buildings. We are pleased that the situation is slowly returning to normal, but do want this return to be safe and gradual. 

We are assuming the following: 

  • Our teaching is gradually moving on campus with hybrid and online options too.
  • The 1.5-metre distancing rule will be lifted at the University from 30 August.
  • The campus is fully re-opened for teaching from that date.
  • The maximum of 75 persons per room no longer applies.
  • You no longer need to wear a face mask when moving around our buildings, as of 25 September. Anyone who wishes to may, of course, still wear one. Lecturers may also ask their students to wear a face mask during lectures or tutorials.
  • Leave the building as soon as your lecture, tutorial or practical has ended, in order to make room for other students.

For all the measures, see the Campus Protocol, our updates page and the information provided by your faculty and study programme. These measures will in principle remain in force for the whole first teaching block of the coming academic year. Please note: additional or alternative rules may apply in LUMC buildings due to the needs of patient care.

Responsible and safe reopening

The university is only a safe place if everyone takes proper responsibility. We urge our students and staff to follow the guidelines and precautionary measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus. This means, for example: 

  • We encourage everyone to get vaccinated. The Regional Health Authority (GGD) is offering the opportunity of having your first vaccination - with or without an appointment -  during separate walk-in hours. Students and staff in Leiden can go to GGD Hollands-Midden, students and staff in The Hague can go to GGD Haaglanden.
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of a cold, and get tested. 
  • Always do the Corona Check before you come to the university
  • As a preventive measure, take a self-test twice a week. Students and staff at our university can order self-tests free of charge via Zelftestonderwijs.nl.

Discuss your concerns with your manager, study adviser or contact person. If they are unable to allay your concerns, they can contact Jaap van Zaanen or Leo Harskamp from the Security Department.

Alternatively, you can call the university’s central helpline at +31 (0)71 527 1132 (Mon-Fri) or send an email to corona@leidenuniv.nl.

Your degree programme will inform you.

Only come to the University for scheduled teaching. If possible, come by bike or car and avoid peak-time travel. In the buildings, follow the instructions on the signs and from the University Facilities Departments. All the rules and regulations are in the Campus Protocol

Always do the Corona Check before you come in to the university. Answer the five questions on the checklist and stay home if the check tells you to.

Yes, you can. All study spaces in the libraries and at faculty locations are available again. You can find detailed information on available spaces and which places require a booking ahead on the student website

Always do the Corona Check before you come to any of the libraries (or any other university building), and once you’re there follow the Campus Protocol.

Always do the Corona Check before you come in to the University. Answer the five questions on the checklist and stay home if the check tells you to.

The rules and regulations for keeping our buildings safe can be found in the Campus Protocol. All the buildings have been adapted to make them as safe as possible and to allow for 1.5m social distancing. Follow the instructions on the posters, signs and screens, as well as from the staff of the University Services Department, traffic marshals and lecturers. Special instructions apply to some areas, such as laboratories. 

The 1.5m distancing rule has been lifted on 30 August and face masks are no longer required when you are moving around in university buildings. It is advisable, however, to maintain some distance from others. And anyone who wishes to, may of course still wear a facemask.

PhD ceremonies may go ahead once again. Here too there is no longer the need for 1.5m distancing. However, because of the limited space in the Academy Building, a maximum number of people still applies for certain rooms.For more details see the section on PhD ceremonies on the staff website. f you have any questions, please contact the Beadle’s Office. This also applies to inaugural lectures. 

Always do the Corona Check before you come to the University (for work, teaching or if you've booked a study space). 

 

The advice on working from home has changed as op 25 September: we should work from home if we can and at the office if we need to. Staff should discuss with their managers how to give shape to this.

For information and help with working from home, see the staff members site. There is also a separate site on remote research and one on remote teaching. The Campus Protocol also contains information on working from home.

The remote teaching dossier provides general information about teaching online. For information about available software and how this works, see teachingsupport.universiteitleiden.nl. This also provides roadmaps for converting courses or specific forms of teaching into online versions. In addition, each faculty has a support team for lecturers and ICLON and the Centre for Innovation delivered a series of webinars on various aspects of online teaching, which can still be viewed. 

If you have any technical questions, please contact the ISSC helpdesk via the helpdesk portal or at (071 527) 8888. Alongside the website, a support team is available to help you with remote teaching. For any other questions, please use the remote teaching tile in the helpdesk portal.

The advice on working from home has changed as op 25 September: we should work from home if we can and at the office if we need to. Staff should discuss with their managers how to give shape to this.

Each time you want to come to the university to work or teach, do the Corona Check beforehand. 

For more information, please see the information and support on working from home in the Campus Protocol, the website on working from home and the website on remote research.

It is well known that ventilation is very important in combatting the virus, particularly in closed areas where a lot of people come together. Ensuring that our buildings are well ventilated is one of our continuing priorities. All teaching areas within the University are ventilated in line with RIVM requirements. It is important to open windows in work areas and meeting rooms. You can find a detailed explanation of the ventilation systems in the Campus Protocol or here

No, our education must be accessible for all students, so we do not work with Test for Access and/or the government’s Corona check app. In addition, we want to make university meetings or ceremonies open for everyone. In doing so, we are adhering to government policies. 

Please note: before every visit to the University (for your work, teaching, a reserved study period and events), first do the corona check! If you are organising an event, please bring this check to the attention of your visitors.

Health and hygiene

Follows the rules and instructions from the GGD/RIVM on a coronavirus infection. 

If you test positive for coronavirus, we could like you to report this to us. Students can inform their study adviser and staff can inform their manager. Together – students and staff – we are a community where we have close contact with one another. It is in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety to know if there are clusters of infections – whether these are confirmed or threatened.  This is why we are asking you to let us know if you test positive for coronavirus.

There is no obligation to report infections. They are not recorded and there is no database where information on infections is kept. The information on infections will only be passed on to our Security Department, and always in anonymous form, so that if necessary we can discuss with the Municipal Health Authority (GGD) any additional measures that may be needed. A logical consequence of this is that we will not publish on our website any overview of infections, nor will we communicate about infections in any other way throughout the university.

If you have been in the university and you discover shortly afterwards that you have been infected with Covid-19, make sure that you inform the people in your surroundings as soon as possible (including fellow students or colleagues). They can then quickly take the necessary measures themselves. 

If everyone follows the Campus protocol and the general precautions the risk of infection is low. Together, we will make sure the university remains a safe and healthy workplace for our fellow students and colleagues, and at the same time we will play our part in fighting coronavirus. 

As of 25 September, it is no longer required to wear a mask again when moving around in University buildings. Anyone who wishes to wear a face mask may, of course, continue to wear one. Teachers may ask their students to wear a facemask during a lecture or tutorial.
Please note: Please note: additional or alternative rules may apply in LUMC buildings due to the needs of patient care.

The safety measures for our buildings, such as walking routes and right of way on stairs continue to apply. One important piece of advice is to avoid busy areas. Make room for others in corridors, lecture halls and at the entrance to buildings.

Call 0800-1202 to make an appointment for a corona test. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms or who may have been infected can get tested. The symptoms are: 

  • Cold-like symptoms (such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Elevated temperature or fever
  • Sudden loss of smell and/or taste (without nasal congestion).

Stay at home until you get the results. If you also have a fever or shortness of breath, the other people in your household must also stay at home until you have the test results. If other members of your household also have symptoms, they must also get tested.

For more information about coronavirus testing, see the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

We encourage everyone to get vaccinated. The Regional Health Authority (GGD) is offering the opportunity of having your first vaccination - with or without an appointment -  during separate walk-in hours. Students and staff in Leiden can go to GGD Hollands-Midden, students and staff in The Hague can go to GGD Haaglanden.

For more information on the Dutch COVID-19 vaccination programme, see the government website.

As a preventive measure, we are asking our students and staff to take a self-test (rapid antigen test) twice a week or at least on the days when you come to the University. Students and staff at our university can order free self-tests from zelftestonderwijs.nl. We are asking our students and staff to make use of this option: this will increase the safety of your fellow students, lecturers and colleagues. Self-tests and PCR tests are not compulsory.

  • As a preventive measure we are asking our students and staff to do a self-test (rapid antigen test) twice per week. If the result is positive, you should do two things:Get tested by the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) to confirm the result: make a result at coronatest.nl or call 0800-1202. Stay at home until you have the result of the GGD test.
  • Inform the GGD Schools Team of your positive self-test result by calling 085-0782876 (open daily 9:00-17:00). The GGD will give you the right advice, and a separate GGD team will monitor the infection rate at educational institutions and take any necessary steps.

Follow the precautionary measures above and stay away from people who are ill. If you develop health problems, a fever and breathing problems in particular, contact your doctor. Also see the advice from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

You can contact the local branch of the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD). If you live in Leiden, this is GGD Hollands Midden at 088 308 30 00. If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and call 0800-1202 to make an appointment for a corona test.

 

Travel advice and events

Leiden University students and staff who are returning from abroad must Students and staff from Leiden University who have returned from abroad must take the quarantine rules into account. The University follows the rules of the Government of the Netherlands on quarantining when entering the Netherlands. For the list of mandatory quarantine regions and any other rules, see the Government website. For the latest travel advice, see nederlandwereldwijd.nl. See here for more information on quarantining for students and staff.

And always do the Corona Check before you come in to the University. Answer the five questions on the checklist and stay home if the check tells you to.

If you are an international member of staff, you may also have questions about returning to your home country and whether this or remaining here will have implications for your residence permit, health insurance, employment contract, accommodation and so on. The Service Centre for International Staff can help you here.

From 15 May 2021, students may go abroad for study-related activities to countries that are classed as code yellow or green, according to Dutch government travel advice (in Dutch). This means that you may go abroad for internships, research programmes, fieldwork, clinical clerkships, summer/winter schools and independent study abroad (as a free mover) from 15 May onwards. Exchange programmes can recommence in the first semester of 2021-2022.

Your stay abroad is at your own risk and is your own responsibility, also in financial terms. If your destination changes to code red or orange during your stay, you are responsible for arranging and financing your return to The Netherlands. Make sure to take out a good insurance policy that will cover any costs incurred.

You are expected to familiarise yourself with any quarantine and vaccination requirements  in your intended destination.

The Executive Board has decided that business trips abroad will be allowed under certain conditions after 1 June. If you wish to make a trip abroad, you will first need written permission and must apply for this at least eight weeks in advance. The necessity of these trips and the need to make them at this particular time will be carefully assessed. This new procedure applies to all business trips abroad that are made from 1 June. For more information see the announcement on the staff site.

We have listed all information and FAQs for exchange students, for example on what to do if you want to return home, on our student website.

Events can once again be organised at the University, provided the current rules are observed. All the current measures can be found in the government’s event protocol.  

PhD ceremonies and inaugural lectures may go ahead once again. Here too there is no longer a maximum group size and/or the need for 1.5m distancing. For further information see the protocol for PhD ceremonies or contact the Office of the Beadle

Always do the Corona Check before coming to the university.

If visitors are coming to the Netherlands from abroad, please refer them to the travel advice page. Also, always have your guests consult the checklist for travel to the Netherlands, on the Dutch government website. The rules that apply to travellers entering the Netherlands may differ based on which country you are travelling from - for some countries a period of quarantine is required.

See the University Sport Centre website for information about which sport facilities are currently available. 

Our cafés and restaurants are open to all, the maximum number of persons in a room no longer applies and it is no longer requires to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between the tables. Catering services in the buildings of educational institutions whose target group is students and staff (canteens, for instance) will not need to check whether people have a covid certificate (the government's CoronaCheck-app). This also applies to the Faculty Club.

Please note: before every visit to the University (for your work, teaching, a reserved study period and events), first do the corona check! If you are organising an event, please bring this check to the attention of your visitors.

General

The coronavirus outbreak is a major public health problem. We as a university are taking measures to help contain and solve this problem, and are following the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and central government.

At the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, on 31 August, we were able to teach on campus once again, and more students, lecturers and other members of staff were allowed to come to our buildings. To ensure that this is done safely and according to the guidelines, we have drawn up a Campus Protocol. This contains the rules and regulations that apply at the university to protect our students and staff and prevent the further spread of the virus.

We regularly update the information on this site and urge our students and staff to follow the precautionary measures.

We monitor the information from the Dutch government, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The university and the LUMC also has its own Health, Safety and Environment Office, which closely monitors national and international developments.

For more information about the Dutch government’s coronavirus strategy, see the English section of the government website. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) website also has an English section about coronavirus: rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus. Its guidelines have also been translated by volunteers into several other languages and are available at ludejo.eu/corona. There are already translations in Arabic, French, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.

Yes, the RIVM website has an English section about coronavirus: rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus. Its guidelines have also been translated by volunteers into several other languages and are available at ludejo.eu/corona. There are already translations in Arabic, French, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.

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