Corona Measures

As a university, we believe that God takes care of us, even in the present uncertain and worrying circumstances. We pray for our students, employees and people around us. We try to look after each other in these difficult times and help each other.

On this page, we present all relevant information to keep employees and students of the Theological University of Kampen well-informed on the measures with regard to the coronavirus.

The Theological University of Kampen always follows the health recommendations of the the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)  and the travel recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Specific information on the coronavirus and education is to be found here.

Update 15 December 2020: Hard lockdown

Dear students and colleagues,

A ‘hard lockdown’ was announced by the Cabinet on Monday 14 December. This lockdown also affects education and our university. In this message, we will communicate the measures, which will apply in any case for the period from 16 December 2020 to 19 January 2021.

Activities

All activities (education, meetings) are organised online and, as appropriate, according to the existing schedule.

Exceptions to this rule are: exams, final exams and graduation presentations. Exams are taken on site, according to the existing schedule. Presentations are held online, or on location in the presence of the reviewers, but without an audience. Internships can continue as far as this fits within the corona measures of the internship. Promotions continue with the smallest possible audience on location and are organised online.

Working from home

All students and staff work from home. Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Support staff necessary for the implementation of education and the opening of buildings, and staff whose work cannot take place from home.
  • Vulnerable students who are unable to study or attend lectures at home. They can study on the basis of reservation in the study room of the library. Students who are eligible can contact education coordinator Elizabeth Blokland, via eblokland@tukampen.nl or by telephone at 038-4471710. She assesses whether a student is eligible for a place to study and informs the library staff. The student is responsible for reserving a study place in the library. Reservations can be made via bibliotheek@tukampen.nl or by telephone  at 038-4471720.
  • Lecturers/staff who cannot work from home, consult with the Board of Directors whether work on location is possible. This can be done by sending an e-mail to Hugo den Boer, hwdenboer@tukampen.nl.
  • Lecturers who want to give their online lectures from the TU classroom for technical reasons or because of their home situation can report to Hans van Gelder, via hvangelder@tukampen.nl or by telephone at 06-13810016. Hans then takes care of the technical support on location.
  • Video recordings for PEP’s educational activities and weetwatjegelooft.nl.

Opening buildings

The main building on the Broederweg is open daily (only for the permitted employees/activities) and can be reached by telephone between 8:00 and 16:00. After 4 p.m., the phone is automatically switched to the library reception.

The library is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a result, the evening opening will be cancelled.

Library

The library is only open for the collection of pre-requested literature and for its return. For the availability of exam literature, please contact the library staff.

Practical support

  • For technical support in the use of MS Teams, please contact Dima Bintsarovskyi, via  dbintsarovskyi@tukampen.nl or in urgent cases by telephone at 06-19878366. If Dima is unavailable, Hugo den Boer can be contacted, via  hwdenboer@tukampen.nl or in urgent cases by telephone at 06-21253703.
  • For general/other ICT questions please contact the library via bibliotheek@tukampen.nl or by telephone at 038-4471720.
  • If you need facilities for working from home (e.g. office chair, monitor), consult Hans van Gelder about the possibilities, via hvangelder@tukampen.nl or by telephone at 06-13810016.
  • Employees who have a desk phone in their office and want to forward it to their home phone/mobile can send a message to Hans van Gelder, via hvangelder@tukampen.nl. Hans will activate the transmission. For other cases (forwarding calls via the reception of the TU) the telephone list is activated according to the appointments from the first lockdown period.
  • For more information or for other matters, please contact the secretariat, via secretariaat@tukampen.nl or by telephone at 038-4471710.

Update 13 October 2020

On October 13th, the government announced new measures to combat the corona epidemic. Due to the severity of the situation, a partial ‘lockdown’ has been implemented. The signal that this sends out to us as a university community is to all take our responsibility and comply with the measures that are in place.

For institutes of higher education, nothing has changed with the new measures. Lectures can continue in the usual way.

The applicable measures remain in force for working at the university. We would, however, like to emphasize that you only come to university if it is necessary to do your job.

New in the measures is the introduction of mandated masking in universities. The Board of Directors has decided that from Thursday, October 15th, everyone is obliged to wear a face mask in the buildings of the TU. The face mask may be removed when you are seated in a lecture hall, study room, office or library. A face mask is not required outside the buildings.

Remember to bring a face mask when you come to university.

The most important measures in brief:

  • Do you or someone in your immediate vicinity have symptoms or have you been in contact with someone who is infected: follow the guidelines of the GGD and RIVM and stay at home.
  • Only come to the TU if this is necessary or if you have / must give a physical lecture.
  • Wear a face mask when entering the buildings and do not remove it until you are seated or when you leave the buildings.
  • Disinfect your hands when entering the buildings and when using equipment, clean your workplace before sitting down.
  • Always keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Follow the walking routes. Even when no one seems to be around.
  • Stay in the classrooms as much as possible. Avoid grouping.
  • Meetings are only held digitally.

In this way we take responsibility for one another and for broader society and hope to keep the TU healthy and open. We would like to wish everyone the best of luck in the coming period and blessings on the work we are allowed to do despite the circumstances.

Update 15 July 2020

Starting in September, the University will resume its activities in a manner called “blended learning”, that is that lectures will sometimes be given online and sometimes will be given on location.

The tenor of the measures is to avoid social contact as much as possible and making sure there are never too many people in our buildings at once. The following measures will apply:

  1. The applicable hygiene and health measures of RIVM remain in force and are facilitated:
    1. If you have a cold of if you have (mild) cold or flu symptoms: stay at home. In that case, access to the buildings is not permitted;
    2. Do you or someone in your immediate environment have frail health: stay at home and consult with your manager or teacher.
    3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean them with the available disinfection columns;
    4. Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow;
    5. Use paper towels and handkerchiefs.
  2. Work / study at home if possible. Only come to university if necessary and do not stay longer than necessary.
  3. In all cases, keep at least a meter and a half of distance. This also applies in public to people who share one living space.
  4. We are jointly responsible for following the rules so that physical education is possible again; where necessary, talk to each other about your behavior. The rules are enforced. People who break the rules are denied access to the buildings.

Our most important measures in a nutshell:

  • Pay extra attention to personal hygiene: wash your hands well and do not shake hands.
  • Stay inside as much as possible
  • If symptoms of a cold get worse, phone your general practitioner or the local GGD
  • Are you intending to go abroad and travel:
    • report this to the International Office of the university
    • first check the travel recommendations by the government. If your destination regards an area with code yellow then journeys will only proceed after permission. Journeys to areas with code orange and red may not proceed.