We previously announced that short study-related travel for staff and students would not be permitted up to and including December. Considering the many orange and red areas around the world, this decision will be extended through July 2021.
In March 2021, we will examine whether conditions have evolved in such a way as to allow for exceptions to this policy.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences started recalling all students from abroad who depend on air travel to return. These students have been contacted to this end. If they want to stay abroad after our repeated requests, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences will respect that decision. However, this means that the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences can no longer be held to the duty of care for these students, should their situation abroad worsen unexpectedly. Of course, we will offer help where possible.
In case of (imminent) calamities abroad, a student, or staff member must always call this number: 0031 - 10 794 99 99. At this number, you can reach someone to offer primary support 365 days of the year, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. The officer is either employed by the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (when you call during regular office hours), or is an employee of ISP (International Security Partners). The number must not be used for other questions such as internships, deadlines, or other business that is not urgent. Students and staff can call this emergency number direct, or request to be transferred via a local telephone office by means of a collect call or reverse charge call.
Make sure to report this as soon as possible to the institute's dean, direct manager of a department, research centre or Centre of Expertise. This report will be registered so that we can carefully monitor the number of possible cases of illness.: Flowchart.
Keep an eye out on your health. In case of minor respiratory complaints, RIVM recommends staying at home. If the symptoms worsen, contact your General Practitioner or GGD by telephone. Contact your GP or the GGD immediately by telephone in case of a fever with respiratory symptoms (e.g. coughing or shortness of breath) and agree with the doctor whether you can go to work / to school. If this is not the case, report this immediately to your Study Career Coach (SCC), your Course Director or direct supervisor by e-mail. Report the following: name, student number, date, telephone number that you can be reached at (home/ hospital), if you were tested for Corona, contact person GGD. Please consult the specific Flowchart for reporting illness.
As Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, we cannot determine where our students and staff go on holiday. Keep in mind, however, that the coronavirus is experiencing a peak in some parts of the world and that some countries are experiencing a second wave of the virus. The government has already announced that it will no longer bring back Dutch citizens if they are experiencing problems due to the coronavirus. It is now a matter of personal responsibility. Along those line, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences we can only advise you to use your common sense.