FAQ on coronavirus for staff

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 19th April 2021

A lot has changed for you as an employee since the coronary measures. We work from home. This new situation raises a lot of questions. We want to inform you as clearly as possible about the measures and developments. We do this by working out Frequently Asked Questions for you. The questions are regularly updated and complemented on the basis of the questions we receive. Do you have a question that is not listed here? Please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have set up questions and answers about the coronavirus. The  questions and answers will be updated regularly.

(Mental) health

The current situation puts a lot of pressure on me as an employee. How do I stay physically and mentally healthy?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | I have tested positive for corona. What should I do?
A person I have been in contact with has tested positive for corona. What should I do?
I either have or one of my household members has (respiratory) complaints. Can I come to campus to work? And what should I do?
I am currently on campus and developing (respiratory) complaints. What should I do?
A colleague or student reports to me that he/she has tested positive for corona. What should I do?
I want to go to the occupational health physician for consultation, what do I do?
I have no registration with a general practitioner. Where can I find one? 
I’m currently not insured, what can I do?
As an international employee, can I get a COVID-19 vaccination?
I am experiencing discriminatory behavior in connection with the coronavirus. What can I do? 

Working on campus

In accordance with the government's advice, employees work from home as much as possible, unless there is no other option. 
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. The walking routes are marked on the ground. Also note the signposting and stickers that indicate what is allowed or possible in certain places.

Opening hours buildings

Under no circumstances, you come to campus when:

  • You have complaints that are compatible with corona or when you have tested positive for corona; 
  • Your household member has complaints that are compatible with corona or if your household member tested positive for corona; 
  • You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for corona;  
  • You come back from a risk area indicated by the Dutch government and there is a compulsory home quarantine. 
*UPDATED, MARCH 31* | I need to go outside to go to work during curfew hours (22:00-04:30 hrs.). What do I need to do?
*UPDATED, APRIL 19* | I want to work on campus. What am I supposed to take into account?
I didn't register with our corona coordinator, but I want to come to campus this afternoon. Can I arrange that with him/her?
What do I have to bring with me if I want to go inside?
May I refuse to come to campus for work?
I brought home my chair and monitor. Do I have to take it back for the one day I come to work or can I sit in another office/flex desk?
Can I also have meetings with a number of people and how does that work?
I have an appointment with someone who doesn't work at Tilburg University. Can he or she also go inside?
Can I order catering?
Can I get lunch or food on campus?
Do the coffee machines at the offices work?
Can I get a mouth cap or latex gloves or do I have to take care of this myself?
Does the ventilation in the building need to be adjusted because of the coronavirus?

Travel to / visiting / return from abroad

Here you find more information about when you 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 you must follow in doing so. Information about when mandatory (home) quarantine applies is also included in FAQs. 

*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | I have been to a risk area. What should I do?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | I am a border worker. Can I come to campus?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | I live in Belgium. What do I need to take into account?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | I am a (new) employee and am currently staying abroad, other than as a result of holidays. What applies to me?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | I go on holiday to an area for which the travel advice is red or orange. What should I bear in mind?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | The travel advice for the area where I am on holiday has changed during my stay from green or yellow to red or orange. What should I take into account?
Can I still make business trips?
Who will pay my cancelled work-related trip?
Can I still receive guests from abroad for work?
I am currently abroad and cannot return to the Netherlands. What should I do?

HR and working from home

*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | The after-school care has been closed and I do not have childcare for my children. Or I do not have childcare for my child who is not allowed to attend elementary school or childcare because of cold symptoms. Can I take leave?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 17* | What are crucial sectors? Do I have a right to childcare?
I want to work from home, what facilities are available?
I receive a commuting allowance and I am currently working from home. Will I continue to receive the allowance?
What possibilities do I have to spend my holiday leave?
How do I sign my R&D form when I am working from home?
How will R&D interviews take place in the current homework situation?
I am involved in a job application procedure in progress. How do I handle this?
I have a training or meeting. Can I go?
*UPDATED, FEBRUARY 1* | How do I sign and hand in my Options Model form when I am working from home?

Education and exams

Educational activities until April 28, 2021
What can I do as a lecturer if students do not follow the health instructions during my lecture?
Where can I find more information about education in this current situation?
Where can I go if I have problems providing online or blended teaching?
I'm a lecturer and I want to record a video lecture in a lecture room. What am I supposed to do?
Where can I find more information about exams in this current situation?


*UPDATED, APRIL14* | Will PhD defenses, inaugural and valedictory addresses still take place? 
How do funding organizations deal with the consequences of COVID-19?
What should I do when I have a coronavirus-related question about a grant call or application?
What should I do when I have a coronavirus-related question about an externally funded project?
When should I contact the ethics review committee about changes in the project due to the coronavirus?
What software can I use to conduct interviews for my research?
I am a researcher and/or PhD candidate and I am worried because of the corona crisis that I will not be able to complete my research within the period of my employment contract. What should I do?

Contact details 

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

  • Are you an employee and do you have a question regarding the coronavirus and Tilburg University? Then please contact your manager or send an e-mail to

Take care and look out for each other

The current corona situation demands a lot from us.
How do I stay in touch with my study mates or my colleagues?