UG ‘urgently advises’ use of face masks in its buildings
Although the university cannot make face masks mandatory, they do ‘urgently advise’ people to wear them inside UG buildings and when waiting in line for the UB or the Aletta Jacobshal.
Work and study from home
In addition to the face mask policy, everyone also has to study and work from home. Study rooms in the UB will stay available; however, the university does ask students that are able to work from home to actually do so.
Staff members who do location-based work, for example in a laboratory or behind a service desk, or who give lectures in person, may do that in university buildings.
If you’re not able to work from home, you can put in a request with a supervisor to work at the office.
Despite the new ‘work from home, unless…’ rule, the university board wants to offer colleagues the opportunity to work together at the office one day a week. Employees can request permission from their direct supervisor. It’s still necessary, however, for everyone who enters a UG building to register.
Education and exams
All education will still be in hybrid form. Most lectures will be online, and only where possible or necessary on campus. Exams will also be online as much as possible. According to the board, this is essential, as it is conceivable that there will be another national lockdown.
Furthermore all exchange programs for the second semester of this year have officially been canceled. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students and to exchange and internship programs.
The university is trying to arrange alternatives for all outgoing students. According to the board, this differs per student, faculty and program. The alternatives could consist of postponing the exchange, taking a minor, completing elective courses or a project course at the University of Groningen, or following online education at a partner university.
The university asks all employees and students to report a positive corona test result to the university. This is however voluntary. Students can report this to their study programs and employees to their direct supervisors.
Not sure whether you should come to the university or not? You can consult this decision tree.
For a complete overview of the measures, students can visit their Student Portal and employees My University. The new measures that the University of Groningen will introduce on October 1 will in any case apply until the end of this calendar year, unless the situation allows them to be relaxed before then.