Safety on campus
Do you want to come to campus? If so, we urge you to observe all security measures.Our buildings are equipped in accordance with the UM safety protocol. This means, among other things, that we take extra hygiene measures in and around the buildings..
However, your behaviour is a very important factor! So, take responsibility for your own safety and that of the people around you. Follow the rules and use your common sense. Only together can we get corona under control!
Your behaviour determines your own safety
and that of the people around you!
With all the measures we have taken, we are laying a solid foundation for safety at UM. Read more about all the measures here:
COVID-19 Safety protocol UM
UM wants to provide its students and employees with a safe working and learning environment during this pandemic. This protocol shows how (the possibility) of spread of COVID-19 at UM can be prevented as much as possible.
When am I allowed to come to UM?
During the press conference on 13 August, the Dutch government announced new corona measures. For higher education, the most important measures are that the 1.5-metre distance measure will no longer apply as of 30 August and that a maximum group size of 75 students will be allowed. In addition, the government has emphasised the wearing of face masks by students and teaching staff outside classrooms and lecture halls, preventive self-testing twice a week, the enforcement of existing hygiene measures, good walking routes in buildings, optimum ventilation and as many vaccinations as possible. Below, we tell you what these measures mean for our students and staff and how we will continue to create a safe environment at UM.
We've also created a handy flowchart that explains in which cases you are not allowed to come to campus.
The government's new rules mean that, in the new academic year, we can once again provide education on campus and we can have exams on site. For education, however, a maximum group size of 75 people in each separate room with seating will apply from 30 August. This rule also applies to individual rooms at the library. UM employees are not counted among the 75 people. The government is expected to decide in mid-September if the maximum group size can be further increased.
The government has not yet rescinded its recommendation to work from home as much as possible. However, now that the 1.5-metre distance measure has been lifted for higher education as of 30 August, some of our employees can again work primarily on site for educational purposes, and others from home if the nature of their work allows.
On-campus education is only possible with due observance of all RIVM guidelines. Before coming to campus, read the following information carefully. Do a health check and adhere to the safety measures!
If you belong to a risk group, or if you provide (informal) care to someone in a risk group, or if you are pregnant, you are not expected to come to the workplace until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Cold-like symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat
- A light cough
- Shortness of breath
- High temperature or fever
- Sudden loss of smell and/or taste without your nose being clogged
Pain behind the eyes
Loss of appetite
Check your health before you come to UM
It is very important that you do a health check before coming to UM. You can do this by following the steps in this flow chart. Stay home if that is the advice you get from the flow chart!
Have you tested positive for COVID-19 recently?
Have you recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus? Report this to the UM as quickly as possible. Students can report this to their faculty’s Head of Education Office. If you are a UM staff member, you should inform your manager. Reporting a positive test result to UM is not mandatory, but will be appreciated in the interest of the safety of your fellow students or colleagues.
Read more on what to do when you've tested positive
Home quarantine and isolation
Under certain circumstances, you must be in home quarantine or isolation. You do both not only for yourself, but for others. UM considers it very important that everyone takes this responsibility. After all, health and safety come first. But when should you be in quarantine and when in isolation? What rules apply? And what exactly is the difference between the two?
(Hygiene) measures taken by UM
For higher education the 1.5-metre distance measure will no longer apply as of 30 August. For education, however, a maximum group size of 75 people in each separate room with seating will apply from 30 August. This rule also applies to individual rooms at the library. UM employees are not counted among the 75 people. The government is expected to decide in mid-September if the maximum group size can be further increased. In addition, the government has emphasised good walking routes in buildings, so walking routes are marked and for all rooms.
Hygiene measures and means
More than ever, we are putting effort into good hygiene. Contact points such as door handles and handrails are intensively cleaned. The same goes for toilet areas and waste bins. We are keeping doors open as much as possible so that you need to touch them as little as possible.
The ventilation systems at UM meet all requirements and work with freshly-supplied outside air. They have all been checked to see if they work properly and their performance has been optimised. In places where there is no mechanical ventilation system, we indicate this so that you can ventilate these areas manually by opening windows. All meeting rooms should be ventilated for 15 minutes between meetings by the participants. Time will be planned for this when making the schedules.
There is a disinfection station at each entrance. In the toilets, there is always enough soap and paper towels available. In all rooms, there is a 'do-it-yourself' cleaning kit with spray or wipes. Before and after use, you should clean the table/desk, chair armrests and the materials that are there.
In our lives outside UM, the 1.5 metre rule still applies, and we only wear facemasks on public transport. For higher education, the government has decided to relax the 1.5 metre rule, but you must wear a facemask when moving around in our buildings. There may be circumstances in which you have to wear a facemask while seated (in some cases a medical facemask). For example, if a tutor explicitly requests it for medical reasons, or if insufficient distance can be maintained between tutor and students, a facemask may be mandatory in certain educational setups. Also when working with test subjects, face masks may be mandatory for a specific part of your education or research.
We would also like to remind you of the correct use of face masks. You can read more about this on the instruction card of the reusable face mask previously offered by UM to all students and staff at the beginning of the academic year. Forgotten your facemask? For the time being, you can obtain one from the receptions of the UM buildings.
We would like to stress the importance of self-testing. Use the self-tests twice a week to protect yourself and the people around you! As a student or employee, you can order free self-tests by mail, even if you live in Belgium or Germany. The government has decided to continue providing the self-tests free of charge until the end of October. You can order using your UM account at www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. You can order a maximum of one set of four self-tests per person per week.
The use of a self-test is and will remain voluntary. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please go to the GGD for a test. In any case, the self-test should not be a replacement for the GGD test if you are experiencing symptoms!