Coronavirus: updates and guidelines
Update 23 March: all campuses remain closed until the 18th of May
In order to limit the further spread of the Corona virus, all campuses of our college remain closed until the 18th of May.
- This week we are working on a new schedule that will apply until the end of the academic year in September.
- Friday 27 March you will receive news for each programme.
- In the meantime, the lessons will continue online.
Our services, such as STUVO, tutoring and student administration also remain available to you online. Don't hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.
Update 18 March: all campuses are closed
From now on all campuses of our college are closed. This means that campus Kaai and het Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, which were open until now, are now also closed. This measure applies until 3 April, after which evaluation will follow.
Update 16 March: all measures are extended until 3 April 2020.
Update 14 March: students can't go abroad on an internship
Foreign Office advises against all travel.This means that no one can go abroad on an internship as long as this advice remains in force.
- Contact the head of your study program to evaluate what alternatives are possible.
- See what the possibilities are with regard to your flight, your stay, .... (cancel, refund, postpone, ...)
- If you received a grant for your stay abroad, please contact email@example.com.
The university college is in permanent contact with the crisis centre of the FPS Foreign Affairs to monitor instructions on staying in or returning from abroad.
Those who are abroad, are asked to get in touch
We urge you to contact the consulate or embassy in your country of residence as soon as possible and mail them the following information, with firstname.lastname@example.org in cc:
- Surname & first name
- Date of birth
- National registration number
- Cell phone number
- Scheduled period of stay
- Concise state of affairs of your internship or study: can you still do an internship or has the internship been suspended, is there still teaching (virtual or not), ...
Contact details can be found at https://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/ambassades_en_consulaten/belgische_ambassades_en_consulaten_in_het_buitenland.
Update 12 March: as of tomorrow (13.03) campuses are closed for students and staff
As a result of the most recent developments, the management has decided to take new measures to help slow down the corona-epidemic. These measures will apply until Friday 27 March, after which an evaluation will follow.
- From Friday 13/03 there will be no more lessons on campus.
- From Monday 16/03 we will provide distance learning.
- From Monday 16/03 campus Jette, Bloemenhof, Kanal and the campus in Diest are closed for staff and students.
- Campus Kaai and Volt (Leuven) will remain open until further notice for students who do not have facilities at home to follow online activities.
Update 11 march: cancellation infoday 14 March
The college has decided to cancel the infoday on Saturday 14 March. This for our bachelor's programmes, graduates as well as Schools of Arts RITCS and het Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. In doing so, we are following the guidelines of the federal government and the Department of Education. As a university college, we want to show solidarity with the at-risk groups in our society and in this way do our bit to contain the peak of this epidemic.
We are examining whether we can offer a (virtual) alternative. We will keep you informed via this page, our social media and via e-mail.
Update 6 March: new mailbox
The university college closely monitors the situation and follows up the official reporting. We also work out procedures in consultation with all departments involved. In addition, we are prepared to deal with concerns and questions.
To this end, an e-mail address email@example.com was created. This e-mail address is managed by all those who take on the role of safety anchor on your campus. You can go there with questions or notifications:
- in case of a confirmed coronavirus infection
- in case of suspicion of contamination
- with questions of all kinds about the coronavirus
On top of that, we also take some proactive, concrete measures: for example, the cleaning crews take extra hygienic measures: door handles, light switches, water taps, etc. are cleaned daily with disinfectant product.
As far as travel advice is concerned, we continue to refer you to the official government page of FPS Foreign Affairs. Students or teachers who have individual questions about travelling abroad contact their head of training.
In addition, we call for general hygiene precautions to be observed:
- Apply good hand hygiene: wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Preferably use a disposable handkerchief and throw it in a garbage can immediately afterwards. Do the same as you muzzle your nose. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
As I'm sure you've heard, the symptoms are the same as with a regular seasonal flu: high fever and coughing. Do you feel sick and have you recently been in a region where the coronavirus reigns, or do you think you have had contact with someone who recently returned from those areas? If so, contact your family doctor by telephone (so do not sit in the waiting room or go to the emergency room).