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LUC The Hague: A Message from the College Board regarding the Corona (COVID-19) Virus

11 March 2020

Dear colleagues,

We have received several questions from students and faculty in relation to the current outbreak of the corona virus (COVID-19) and classes at LUC. We do understand your concerns about your own health as well as the health of others. As part of Leiden University LUC follows the University policies and classes will continue as usual. Please check the general Leiden University guidelines, available here and updated daily (top of page and question 7 relate to the below).

Given that we have received a certain number of questions from students relating more specifically to the rules in place at LUC, the following change to regular policy has been made to ensure as much as possible the continuation of teaching as well as the health of our community. The policy below has been discussed with the Study Advisors and the Chair of the BoE and has also been shared with the students via email and newsletter.

Attendance Policy

All students who have symptoms similar to those of the corona virus (COVID-19) as determined by the RIVM (including coughing or  a cold (sneezing, runny nose) or a fever) should refrain from going to their classes. In case a student comes to class with these symptoms, you may refuse you entrance to the class, but be aware that students can show these symptoms also due to other reasons like hayfever. 

  • Students should contact their professors directly when they can’t attend class due to these symptoms. They should send a mail with the study advisors in cc (studyadvisor@luc.leidenuniv.nl).
  • If possible and when they feel up to it, students attend the class via Skype (for example on the laptop of a classmate), after consultation with the professor.
  • Missed classes will be listed.
  • Due to the current pressure on the health system a note from the doctor is not required in these exceptional circumstances.
  • If students already have absences due to extenuating circumstances and these additional absences mean that they will exceed the absences per class, students should be given a replacement assignment to be determined by the professor. Students will hence, exceptionally, not fail the course as a consequence of these additional absences. We do realise that this puts extra workload on the professors, yet we do feel it is justified because students should not have to weigh the risk of failing the course against complying with the guideline to stay home in case they have these symptoms. At the same time, it is important that students use this option only in case they are actually having symptoms, and not take the decision to skip class for other reasons too easily.

Deadlines

Regular rules continue to apply for deadlines. In case that students are not able to complete assignments (essay, presentation, webpost etc) in time caused by any illness, they should contact their professor directly to make arrangements.

In all cases

If students have the symptoms mentioned above, they should avoid social contact when they can. They should replace in person meetings with skype meetings or email. If a student comes to your office hours with these symptoms, you can ask them to leave.

We are aware of the possible impact of these measures on your workload, and we much appreciate the cooperation, compliance and patience of our colleagues and students.

On behalf of the College Board,

Lieke Schreel

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