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Frequently Asked Questions

You will find below general questions about the coronavirus. Specific questions that only apply to students, employees, suppliers or visitors can be found via the links below:

Stay alert

We see that students and employees sometimes find it difficult to keep their distance from each other. For example, they move chairs together because that makes communication more pleasant. Or they come to school an hour before class starts to meet fellow students. It also happens that there are more people in a classroom or meeting room than allowed. It's all understandable, but it's really not the intention. Stay alert and talk to each other about it. Read the most important guidelines for what you can do.

We regularly update the frequently asked questions. Below are the general questions, divided into the following categories:

BUILDINGS & ACCESSIBILITY
1. Are the Avans buildings open?
2. Do I have to wear a face mask in the Avans buildings?
3. Can I enter an Avans University of Applied Sciences building if I suffer from hay fever?
4. Do the ventilation systems in the buildings comply with RIVM guidelines?
5. How can I reach the Student Information Desk and the Student Counselling Office?

EDUCATION
6. How will Avans organize the education and the exams this academic year?

EVENTS
7. Will Avans' events still take place? 

BUILDINGS & ACCESSIBILITY

1. Are the Avans buildings open?

Working from home is still the preferred option. During a lockdown or partial lockdown, employees may only be present in the Avans buildings for location-specific meetings, to teach, or if they have a site-specific job.

If you are on location, you should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from each other
  • wear a face mask
  • do not shake hands
  • wash your hands regularly
  • sneeze or cough into your elbow
  • avoid direct contact with others
  • use paper handkerchiefs and then throw them away immediately.
  • stay at home if you have a nasal cold, cough, sore throat or fever and get tested for corona.
  • stay home when a roommate has a fever and is congested.
     

2. Do I have to wear a face mask in the Avans buildings?

Yes, it's mandatory to wear a face mask in the Avans buildings. If you are seated in a classroom or workspace and keeping a social distance of 1.5 metres from each other, you may remove your face mask.
In accordance with government guidelines, you may not wear a face shield instead of a face mask. Eating or drinking in an Avans building is allowed, but only while sitting in a classroom, workspace or in the canteen. Your face mask may be removed. Make sure that you keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.

Wearing face masks is explicitly an addition to the basic rules and not a replacement of them. It will therefore remain important to keep your distance, to disinfect your hands, to cough in your elbow and to stay at home in case of any symptoms.
 

3. Can I enter an Avans University of Applied Sciences building if I suffer from hay fever?

You may do so once the lockdown or partial lockdown has been lifted. This is in line with the guidelines issued by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). If you suffer from hay fever, you display the same symptoms around the same time each year.
 

4. Do the ventilation systems in the buildings comply with RIVM guidelines?

Yes, all ventilation systems in our buildings work with fresh air from outside. And the amount of clean air is more than required by the Buildings Decree 2012 (only in Dutch). The RIVM advises against recirculation of air. This means that some of our cooling and/or ventilation systems are switched off. In those areas, people can still work or study safely, provided they adhere to RIVM guidelines.

Our advice is to open windows for natural ventilation whenever possible. For Avans, the safety of our students and staff is paramount. We will follow the RIVM guidelines in this respect.
 

5. How can I reach the Student Information Desk and the Student Counselling Office?

The Student Information Desks at the Hogeschoollaan in Breda and at the Onderwijsboulevard in Den Bosch are open from 09:00 to 16:00. Appointments with a student counselor also go through the Student Information Desk. 
You can reach the Student Information Desk by phone and via WhatsApp at 088 - 525 75 50.

EDUCATION

6. How will Avans organize the education and the exams this academic year?

Until 7 February 2021 students will receive online education.
Students will hear from their own course what their education will look like.

There are students for whom it is really not possible to study at home or take tests online. We will make an exception for these students. They can go to one of the Avans buildings, but have to request this from their study advisor.

EVENTS

7. Will Avans' events continue? 

A number of major events will not take place or will be organised in a different form. 
Cancelled events will not be moved to a new date until further notice. It is also not allowed to schedule new events. We will use the event rooms as much as possible for educational purposes. The distribution and allocation of these rooms will be organised centrally. This means that in period 1 and 2 we will not organize events internally.


Is your question not listed here?

Then send a mail to veiligheid@avans.nl.


ATTENTION: Phishing mails in circulation

Internet criminals are taking full advantage of the corona crisis. There are all kinds of phishing emails going around. The fake e-mails, for example, look as if they come from the RIVM or providers of help with digital education. Be alert to this!

Last updated on 16 January 2021.