Corona

Tilburg University & corona

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 18th June 2021

Because we at Tilburg University understand that the development of the coronavirus has a great impact on you as a student, employee or campus visitor, we try to share as much information as possible about the guidelines of Tilburg University on this website. The information is regularly updated and updated based on the questions we receive.

Update June 18, 2021, 20:00 hrs
Update May 12, 2021, 12:30 hrs
Update May 06, 2021, 17:00 hrs

This page contains all important information about campus, education, working on campus and events.

The same goes for everyone:

  • Stay at home with corona symptoms
  • Follow the guidelines from the National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection
  • Employees work at home as much as possible
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Campus

Opening hours buildings

  • Everyone must follow the guidelines of the government and the RIVM. In addition to the hygiene measures of the RIVM, Tilburg University's guidelines have been drawn up. The rules of conduct of Tilburg University can be found at the entrance to the buildings. The walking routes are marked on the ground. Also note the signposting and stickers that indicate what is allowed or possible in certain places.
  • Students, staff, suppliers, and visitors moving in or through indoor spaces must wear face masks. In class, during exams, and when seated at a study place or workplace, face masks may be removed, provided the 1.5 meters distance is observed.
  • Home test kits will be made available to students and staff as an additional safety measure. Use of home test kits is voluntary and unsupervised. Individual students’ or lecturers’ access to educational activities is not conditional on their taking a home test. Tilburg University recommends using home test kits. Home test kits can be ordered via a nationwide portal www.zelftestonderwijs.nl, which students and staff of Tilburg University can access through their Tilburg University accounts. Ordered home test kits will be sent free of charge to the specified address. More information on using home test kits can be found under ‘home test kits’ in the FAQ section.
  • In principle, all meetings are digital. 
  • Library is open for visitors (loan/return/study places). Access is only possible upon presentation of your Tilburg University card.
  • As of Monday June 7, you can participate in more sports at the Sport's Center. Visit the Sports Center's web page for more details. Showers, changing rooms and lockers remain closed until June 26. Sports memberships are reactivated as of May 19.
  • The restaurant is open for (take-away) lunch and more restaurants are opening up. 
  • The lifts are included in the central cleaning program and are cleaned at the beginning of the working day. We advise you to wash your hands after using the lift and before entering the pantry. Elevator shafts are ventilated. 

FAQ on coronavirus on campus  

Education | On campus if we can, online because we can

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Within the frameworks set by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the government, Tilburg University is working on scenarios to allow its academic education to continue on campus as much as possible. In our opinion, physical proximity among the university community is an important part of academic education.

Tilburg University takes the following as points of departure.

  • We guarantee that we will offer ALL our education online this academic year (2020/2021). However, in our opinion, physical proximity within the university community is an important part of academic education. Therefore, we strive to provide some small-scale classes (e.g., seminars) on campus if possible.
  • As of August 30, 2021 (academic year 2021/2022), in-person educational activities will take place on campus, if the situation permits. Of course, we will always maintain in a safe environment for our students and staff. We therefore ask our students and prospective students to prepare for classes on campus. We expect our students to be in the Netherlands before the start of the academic year. In the event that students are not able to come to the Netherlands in August due to an entry or flight ban, we will provide alternative education for the term of the entry or flight ban. Students who are not subject to an entry or flight ban are expected to come to campus for classes and exams.
  • Keep in mind that education, activities and exams can also  take place online. This means that you must have a stable wifi connection (pay attention to this if you are looking for a room!) and a suitable PC or laptop with up-to-date software. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements. Also make sure your table or desk and your chair are suitable for study, and that it is not noisy.
  • This academic year (2020/2021), both online and on-campus examinations will be administered. All on-campus exams can also and simultaneously be taken online by those students who are unable to come to campus due to COVID-19 restrictions. The online exams will be taken using TestVision and Canvas. Where necessary, online proctoring will be used for the online exams.
  • If a student is not able to take examinations online or on campus, he or she can sign up for exam regulation I or II. Regulation I: taking an on-campus examination online in connection with restrictions by COVID-19. Regulation II: taking an online examination on campus in connection with privacy concerns, technical circumstances or special personal circumstances. More information can be found on the page Exam regulations in academic year 2020-2021.
  • In weeks 22-28 (May 31-July 18), some Tilburg University exams will be administered at the Ireen Wüst ice skating rink in Tilburg. The reason for moving to this location is to ensure that in person exams can be administered safely, taking into account the distancing rules.
  • On the page FAQ on coronavirus for students you can find more information about education and exams. This page contains the latest information. 
  • We prioritize a safe and inclusive university community at all times, online and on campus.
  • It is possible for all students to reserve a study space or group space on campus. 
  • LocHal also has workplaces available for students.
  • The contact between students and teachers is by e-mail. Students are not allowed to visit the department on campus.

Student exchanges

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact students' plans to go on exchange abroad or to come to Tilburg for an exchange. Exchanges in the academic year 2021-2022 are therefore only possible in line with the development of the pandemic as well as national, Tilburg University and partner university guidelines.

On April 20, 2021, the Executive Board of Tilburg University decided on the exchange policy for fall 2021 incoming and outgoing exchanges. The spring 2022 exchange policy is not yet known and will be decided on by the Executive Board in line with the development of the pandemic.

Please find an overview of current spring 2021 exchange policy, fall 2021 exchange policy and answers to related questions in the FAQ section on exchanges.

FAQ section on exchanges

Practical matters on (self-)quarantine

  • All students traveling from countries and regions mentioned on the following website of the Dutch government are strongly urged to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You are requested to stay in your accommodation during those 10 days and not to leave it at any time. More information about what self-quarantine means, can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
  • More information about (self-)quarantine can be found on the page FAQ on coronavirus for students.

FAQ on coronavirus for students 

FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students 

Working on campus

  • Employees work from home as much as possible. Please make agreements about this with your supervisor. Read the important information regarding working from home. Rules on working from home have been tightened as long as the new measures apply. Employees work from home, unless there is really no other option. Employees only come to campus for location-based work. Think of lecturers lecturing. Employees who cannot work from home due to their personal circumstances are also allowed to come to the university. The university will ensure that only employees who meet the following criteria are allowed to work on campus. This will be inventoried per unit and directed by the directors and corona coordinators:  
    • Providing or supporting physical education, recording digital education, and testing;
    • Carrying out site-specific (lab) research;
    • Executing business critical processes and processes that are necessary to maintain the overall business operations;
  • Employees who move around in the indoor spaces wear a mouth mask.
  • Home test kits will be made available to students and staff as an additional safety measure. Use of home test kits is voluntary and unsupervised. Individual students’ or lecturers’ access to educational activities is not conditional on their taking a home test. Tilburg University recommends using home test kits. Home test kits can be ordered via a nationwide portal www.zelftestonderwijs.nl, which students and staff of Tilburg University can access through their Tilburg University accounts. Ordered home test kits will be sent free of charge to the specified address. More information on using home test kits can be found under ‘home test kits’ in the FAQ section.
  • The page FAQ on coronavirus for staff provides more information about when employees are allowed to visit the campus (e.g. for border workers, employees returning from a high-risk area, or employees staying abroad other than on vacation) and what rules they must follow in doing so. Information about when mandatory (home) quarantine applies is also included in FAQs. 
  • Do you come to campus? Then you follow the RIVM national general guidelines. In addition to the RIVM hygiene measures, the employee must observe the Tilburg University Guidelines. The Tilburg University rules of conduct can also be found at the entrances to the buildings.
  • Lecturers can use the Video Lectures & Recordings Request Form if they want to live stream a lecture from a lecture room or if they want to have a lecture recorded on campus. 

FAQ on coronavirus for staff 

Events

  • PhD defenses are allowed to have a maximum of 30 guests. Inaugural and valedictory addresses are allowed to have a maximum of 75 attendees. For extra security, we ask visitors at these events to take a self-test before coming to our campus.
  • Meetings of student associations regarding their study subject, symposia and congresses are allowed to have a maximum of 30 guests. We ask students to take their own home test on these occasions before coming to our campus.
  • Other events and social gatherings such as drinks parties remain prohibited. Conference & Event Support will help organizers search for alternatives.

FAQ on coronavirus and events

Contact details 

If the answer to your question is not listed in the Q&A, you can contact us in the following ways:

Mail
Phone

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