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Update 3 February 2022: Start of second semester on campus

3 February 2022

The second semester is about to start. Teaching will start again next week and we are pleased that this will be possible again in-person on campus. Nevertheless, we remain aware that we must continue to work in a responsible manner and we have to do this together. Please note the most important points below.

The faculty - a safe place to work

The University is a safe place if we all act responsibly. This means:

  • Always do the Corona Check before coming to our buildings. The latest government guidelines on self-quarantine are available here.
  • Do a (preventive) self-test twice a week. Students and staff at our University can order free self-tests via Zelftestonderwijs.nl. Note that it may take a few days to receive the tests.
  • Keep to the Campus Protocol and follow the instructions inside the buildings.
  • Ventilate your classroom/workplace regularly.
  • Give each other space in the corridors and other busy passing areas.
  • We urge everyone to get vaccinations and boosters to protect against the coronavirus. Students and staff in Leiden can arrange this via GGD Hollands-Midden. Students and staff in The Hague should contact GGD Haaglanden (Dutch website only).
  • If you have any concerns, please contact your manager.

Face masks must be worn in our buildings – when sitting and moving around

Students and staff must wear a face mask at the faculty, when both sitting and moving around. An exception can be made when sitting and 1.5m distance can be kept from other people. This makes it possible to work or study in the library without a face mask. Disposable face masks (type II) are preferred. Teaching staff and students can decide if it is safe to teach or give a presentation without a face mask.

Teaching from Monday 7 February  

  • Everyone is welcome again for teaching activities, though capacity is limited to max. 75 students per room.
  • Scheduled teaching for the second semester stays as planned.
  • Make sure all up-to-date information about courses is provided on Brightspace.
  • It remains important that people for Covid-related reasons do not come to the faculty for teaching/exams so that we can ensure a safe work environment for everyone.  Until further notice, the deregistration option for students related to Covid will therefore also remain.
  • Booking a study space at the library must still be done via SharedDesk.


  • For the time being, working from home will remain the norm for staff not directly involved in teaching or in a teaching-support role. If you do have a good reason to come to the faculty, please discuss this with your manager. The University is hoping this situation can soon be relaxed so we can meet each other again.
  • It is important to ensure sufficient fresh air. Note that all University teaching areas are ventilated in line with RIVM requirements.

Events and graduation ceremonies

  • Inaugural lectures and PhD ceremonies may proceed with max. 75 people. Catering is allowed again at such events.
  • Other educational events are also possible again with max. 75 people. Staff and study associations can make a request via the service desk.
  • The easing of measures also applies to graduation ceremonies. For each event, the preconditions will be stated in the invitation and the programme.

Travel for students

The University has relaxed its travel policy for students. See the student website.

Keep informed

For the University, the most recent government guidelines and measures on coronavirus will always be leading in relation to our teaching and research. All up-to-date information is provided via the University Coronavirus dossier.

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