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.

General measures:

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.

Information on specific events can be found below, with the updates.

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.

Important dates:

  • August 31st
    • Opening of the academic year in the presence of staff and any additional guests (based on registration)
  • September 1st
    • Restart lectures and other activities on location insofar as the rooms allow this;
    • Promotions take place in accordance with a promotion protocol, which also describes who can be present. The maximum number of attendees is determined by the available space.
    • Evening opening of library resumes (until 9pm).