VIVES closely monitors the situation on the coronavirus (COVID-19), always taking into account the advice of the government and in close consultation with KU Leuven. You will find the latest updates on this webpage.

Message from our president, Joris Hindryckx (04/10/2021)

Dear student

I sincerely hope that you have made a good start with your studies. Students and staff members are no longer obliged to wear a mouth mask, even when moving around on the campus. Of course, you may decide to continue wearing your mouth mask yourself. We ask respect for everyone's choice.

However, it is possible that a lecturer, due to high risk patients in the class or due to certain circumstances (e.g. lack of ventilation), requests to keep the mask on. Please respect this. We ask you to carry a mouth mask with you at all times.

If you take classes at KU Leuven campus Bruges, you need to respect the guidelines of KU Leuven. The mask may only be removed when you are sitting down and when you can keep a distance of 1.5m.

If you show symptoms that indicate a corona infection, make sure to stay at home and contact your doctor. If you test positive, you must of course follow the guidelines for quarantine. In the event of a positive test, report this to VIVES using the reporting form on our website. It is important that in case of an infection you give the names of your close contacts on campus (e.g. the ones sitting next to you during class, during the lunch break, etc.) to the contact tracing.

Kind regards

Joris Hindryckx

 

Message from our president, Joris Hindryckx (17/09/2021)

Dear students

The academic year officially opened on Wednesday.

As Minister Ben Weyts has already announced, the academic year will start in code green. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind. These guidelines also apply to distance learning students.

Mouth masks

In short, a mouth mask is mandatory when moving around the campus and when standing up.

This means that you can take off your mask when you sit down (e.g. during the lessons/examinations, in the student restaurant, etc.).

In order to ensure smooth contact tracing in case of contamination, we do ask for your cooperation. Make sure you know who is sitting around you at the start of each lesson or exam. The latter does not apply to distance learning exams in the exam centre as seat numbers are allocated by name. It is no longer compulsory for lecturers to wear a mouth mask while teaching at the front (both sitting and standing).

However, it is possible that a lecturer, due to high risk patients in the class or due to certain circumstances (e.g. lack of ventilation), requests to keep the mask on. Please respect this. Of course, you may decide to still wear your mask during classes or exams. We ask you to respect everyone's choice.

In addition, we ask you to keep your mask on during labs and teaching activities with a lot of interaction and when circulating in the corridors and buildings.

If you take classes at KU Leuven campus Bruges, you need to respect the guidelines of KU Leuven. The mask may only be removed when you are sitting down ánd when you can keep a distance of 1.5m.

Precautions

In many rooms, mechanical ventilation ensures sufficient air exchange and the CO2 value is automatically monitored. For the rooms without mechanical ventilation, VIVES has invested in CO2 meters which can help determine whether extra ventilation is necessary. Leaving a window and a door (best on opposite sides) ajar in these rooms will ensure that the air quality remains good. The meters will be installed in the upcoming weeks. Precise instructions will be available in each classroom.

If you show symptoms that indicate a corona infection, make sure to stay at home and contact your doctor. If you test positive, you must of course follow the guidelines for quarantine. In the event of a positive test, report this to VIVES using the reporting form on our website. It is important that in case of an infection you give the names of your close contacts on campus (e.g. the ones sitting next to you during class, during the lunch break, etc.) to the contact tracing.

Thank you for respecting the above measures and guidelines.

I wish you a wonderful academic year and above all a very happy student life. 

Kind regards

Joris Hindryckx

President

Message from our president, Joris Hindryckx (24/08/2021)

Dear student

As you most likely already know, the decision was made last week to start the new academic year with full contact education. Thanks to the success of the vaccination campaign in Flanders, certainly also amongst students, we can use the full capacity of our campus at the start of the 2021-2022 academic year and offer full-time contact education to all students. Practicals and lab exercises can also continue with full capacity use. All internships can continue according to the rules applicable at the internship setting.

We are very optimistic about this decision. Many students and staff members are looking forward to the return to a normal social student life and a vibrant campus life. The many sacrifices and efforts of the past few months are finally bearing fruit.

We will of course continue to invest in digital forms of education and we will continue to implement the knowledge that the corona crisis has taught us, in the field of digital technology in our education.

The decision on wearing mouth masks during the lessons and other educational activities will be made later on, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

You will be kept informed via your study programme about the concrete start of the coming academic year.

I wish you a very sparkling academic year!

 

Kind regards

Joris Hindryckx

Message from our president, Joris Hindryckx (24/06/2021)

Dear student

 

We are at the end of the month of June. I sincerely hope you had a good examination period. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we are making the necessary preparations for the start of next academic year. Now that the corona figures continue to evolve in the right direction, we can look forward to a normal start of next academic year.

 

Earlier this month, in consultation with the Minister of Education Ben Weyts, agreements were made regarding a plan of action that offers perspective to higher education, in the short and somewhat longer term. We are happy to inform you further about this approach.

 

At this moment, most students and staff members have not yet been vaccinated. The higher education sector therefore remains vigilant and cautious. The exams in 2nd period are therefore organized according to the measures that were already in place during the exam period of January 2021 and June 2021. Activities such as proclamations and information days can take place on campus from this month onwards, provided that the corresponding safety protocols are respected. We deliberately schedule most proclamations in September so that there is a greater chance that they can take place under normal circumstances.

 

If the corona figures continue to evolve favourably, the next academic year (2021-2022) will be launched in code green, with no special corona measures required. This makes us hopeful. After the summer break, you will receive concrete information about the start of the next academic year.

 

I wish you a well-deserved and relaxing holiday in the very near future. Let's hope that the flexibilization process goes smoothly and that together we can take further steps towards a return to a more normal life at home and on campus. For the first time in a long time, this return seems very near. It has been a long road, which we have travelled together for the majority of the time. Thank you for your commitment and flexibility.  

 

Take care and enjoy your summer leave.

 

Kind regards

Joris Hindryckx
President

Preventive measures

What can you do yourself to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (and other diseases such as flu)?

  1. Be sure to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (40 to 60 sec.) with soap and water.
  2. Do you have to cough? Put it in a paper handkerchief or in the inside of your elbow.
  3. Use paper handkerchiefs when sneezing or sniffing and throw them away in a lockable bin.
  4. Avoid giving hands. Greet each other with a wave or elbow.
  5. Be sure to stay home when you are sick. Don't go to work or school.
  6. Avoid close contact with sick people yourself.
  7. Try to be careful not to touch your face with your hands as much as possible.

More information

 

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