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Students

17 November 2020

What do you have to take into account as an student? Read more in the frequently asked questions and answers, divided into categories:

LESSONS AND EXAMINATIONS
1. What effect do the corona measures have on my study?
2. How can I apply for a curfew exemption statement if I have to be at an Avans location for an exam, practical exam or for practical education?
3. I still have to complete a practical assignment or take a practical test? What possibilities does Avans offer?
4. What do the corona measures mean for my exams?
5. Due to the nature of my study programme, I need to sit my preliminary examinations at Avans. However, I have to stay at home because of COVID-19 rules, and I don’t want to miss my preliminary examination. What should I do?
6. Will the binding study advice (BSA) continue to apply?
7. Can I borrow books, materials and equipment from Avans?
8. Can I take recordings of lessons?
9. Do I have to wear a facemask in the buildings of Avans?
10. Can I work together with other students in Xplora?

INTERNSHIP AND GRADUATION
11. Do the corona measures affect my internship and/or graduation?
12. My internship company advised me not to come. I do not have any health problems myself. What should I do?
13. Will the planned graduation ceremonies take place? 

TRAVEL
14. Can I travel by public transport during rush hour?
15. I would like to go to a country within Europe for my minor, internship or graduation  Is that allowed? 
16. I would like to go to a country outside Europe to complete a minor, a work placement or my graduation project. Am I allowed to go?
17. I've been in 'orange/red area' and have to spend 10 days in home quarantine. Can I come to Avans for my studies?

CARE AND QUESTIONS OF STUDENTS
18. Do I have to report it to Avans if I have the coronavirus as a student? 
19. I have or will have financial problems because of the coronavirus. What can I do?
20. Can I throw a party back home? And other pressing student questions about the corona crisis.
21. I'm under stress because of the corona crisis. What can I do?
22. I can see that another student isn’t following the COVID-19 rules. How should I tell them to follow the rules? 

LESSONS AND EXAMINATIONS

1. What effect do the corona measures have on my study?

We will be providing students with a online learning experience until 22 April 2021. Students will hear from their own study programme how the curriculum will be presented. Avans is making every effort to limit the negative consequences of the coronavirus measures, and where possible to provide customised solutions to problems that may arise, for example by relaxing the rules for the binding study recommendation. Your study programme will communicate with you about the relevant customisations.

2. How can I apply for a curfew exemption statement if I have to be at an Avans location for an exam, practical exam or for practical education?

Students who have to be at an Avans location during the curfew - between 9 p.m. and 4.30 a.m. - or who have to travel after 9 p.m. need both to fill in a personal curfew exemption statement and to obtain a curfew exemption statement from Avans University of Applied Sciences. The Avans statement can be obtained from the exam invigilator. These will be made available from Monday 25 January. Students are responsible for completing their own curfew exemption statement, using the form which can be downloaded from the government’s website at this page.

3. I still have to complete a practical assignment or take a practical test. What possibilities does Avans offer?

We researched the possibilities of taking practical assignments and tests on location in phases. Of course taking into account the 1.5 meter distance rule. Your course will tell you if, how and when you can complete assignments in the laboratories or workshops.

4. What do the corona measures mean for my exams?

We will take tests online as much as possible. We will also use alternative forms of testing, such as open book exams, oral examinations or handing in assignments such as an essay. Of course, this will be carried out according to RIVM guidelines.

Last academic year we decided not to apply 'online proctoring' when testing online. This is remote surveillance, for example using webcams. There are now too many risks in terms of both privacy and technology. In the case of online testing without surveillance, we place great demands on the responsibility of students not to commit fraud.


5. Due to the nature of my study programme, I need to sit my preliminary examinations at Avans. However, I have to stay at home because of COVID-19 rules, and I don’t want to miss my preliminary examination. What should I do?

We know that it's an inconvenience, but you really must stay at home. We understand that you really want to sit your preliminary examination, particularly if you prepared hard for it. Nevertheless, we must ask you to stay at home if you:

  • have (mild) cold symptoms
  • are waiting for your COVID-19 test
  • have tested positive
  • are in self-isolation, for example if your roommate has COVID-19.

In addition to your regular exam, you are also entitled to a re-sit. Please make use of this entitlement! If the re-sit doesn't go well and you don't pass, you can lodge an appeal for an extra re-sit with the examination board of your study programme.


6. Will the binding study advice (BSA) continue to apply?  

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has called on all educational institutions to suspend the binding study recommendation (BSR) for a year. Avans will comply with this request. This means that the BSR will be postponed for all first-year students who did not meet the standard of 52 ECTS credits at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year until the end of their second academic year (31-8-2021). The BSR will be also postponed until 31 August 2021 for students who did not meet the standard of 52 ECTS credits at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year and who received a postponement at that time.

The Avans Executive Board has issued a decision to suspend the binding study recommendation for first-year students in the 2020-2021 academic year. Students who do not meet the BSR standard by the end of that academic year will be given the opportunity to earn the minimum number of ECTS credits by the end of their second academic year (31 August 2022). However, 2 conditions have been set for this: closer monitoring of the study progress of first-year students and extra study development counselling for this group.  
 

7. Can I borrow books, materials and equipment from Avans?

The books in Xplora are available for graduates. They can register via xplora@avans.nl. 
When it comes to making equipment or materials available, this involves customisation. So if you do need it, please report to your academy office.
 

8. Can I take recordings of lessons?

We receive signals that students are recording (parts of) lectures and posting them on social media. This is not allowed. We ask you to respect the privacy of your lecturer and your fellow students by not making recordings. It is your instructor's choice whether he/she wants to record the lecture and share it via, for example, Blackboard.
 

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

Yes, it's mandatory to wear a face mask in the Avans buildings. If you are seated in a classroom or work space with a distance of 1.5 meters, the face mask can be removed. In rooms where practical and skills training takes place and it is impossible to keep a distance of 1.5 meters, you are also required to wear a face mask, as long as this is safe and no other specific rule applies in the lab or workspace.

Wearing face masks is explicitly an addition to the basic rules and not a replacement for them. So it remains important to keep your distance, disinfect your hands, cough in the elbow and stay at home in case of complaints. Read more information about wearing face masks and making them yourself (only in Dutch).
 

10. Can I work togehter with other students in Xplora?

You can work together on group assignments in Xplora. Please observe the following rules:

  • You can only do this on the day that you are at school for a lesson anyway. This is not possible on other days.
  • You keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other and also follow the other corona guidelines.

Booking in Xplora is not (yet) necessary. So we rely on your own sense of responsibility. Use the spaces wisely and keep your distance.

INTERNSHIP AND GRADUATION

11. Do the corona measures affect my internship and/or graduation?

The crisis team is receiving  a lot of questions about internships and graduation. Until now, the assumption is that your internship or graduation can in principle continue, provided that the internship company also offers that space and the nature of the graduation research permits. However, we see more and more situations in which this is no longer possible. Therefore, we are looking for a tailor-made solution for each internship or graduation question. 
If you have any questions about this, please contact your internship or graduation supervisor.
 

12. My internship company advised me not to come. I do not have any health problems myself. What should I do?

Follow the instructions of your internship company and contact the contact person of your study programme, so that you can go through the next steps together.

13. Will the planned graduation ceremonies take place? 

A number of graduation ceremonies are planned at external locations in the coming period. These graduation ceremonies can continue as usual. Of course, with due observance of the corona guidelines.

TRAVEL

14. Can I travel by public transport during rush hour?

Yes, it is possible to use public transport during rush hours or parts thereof. Travelling by public transport is possible if necessary. However, agreements have been made with the educational institutions to schedule tests and practical training outside rush hours, so that public transport is spared. This will prevent an excessive flow of students travelling at the same time by train or bus at the already busy times. You can therefore travel with public transport during rush hour or part of it if you have to be present in time to take a test on location.
 

15. I would like to go to a country within Europe for my minor, internship or graduation. Is that allowed? 

Do you want to go abroad for a studyperiod? Check the special 'Flowchart Corona' on goingabroad.avans.nl for clear directions about what is and isn’t possible. 

You can continue to prepare for your trip within Europe. But there are still many uncertainties. So make sure you have a plan B together with your course. Plan B may vary per person and per programme and must be approved by your academy. Examples of a plan B are: taking your minor in the Netherlands, an exchange programme at another European educational institution, an internship as an alternative or, if possible, shifting your semesters. 
Read more about Avans' international travel policy in the news article of 21 August.

16. I would like to go to a country outside Europe to complete a minor, a work placement or my graduation project. Am I allowed to go?

Avans University of Applied Sciences strongly advises against making plans to travel outside Europe this autumn for study purposes (minor), work placements or graduation projects. We believe that the risks associated with a stay outside Europe are considerable. For example, you may not be able to return to the Netherlands in the event of another lockdown, and the healthcare provided in non-European countries varies enormously. This could result in financial difficulties and delay your study progress. 

Avans University of Applied Sciences will not provide support to students who decide to travel to a country outside Europe that has the status ‘code orange’ or ‘code red’. This means that students will not be nominated to go on an exchange at a partner institution outside Europe. Work placement and graduation requests in Osiris will not be approved and your school or Student Information Desk will not sign any forms for stays outside Europe. 

If you do decide to make arrangements to travel to a ‘code orange’ or ‘code red’ country, this will be entirely at your own risk. You also need to come up with your own backup plan. The Corona Flowchart at goingabroad.avans.nl contains more information on what is possible and what is not.

An exception to the above will be made for students who are staying in their country of origin (not the Netherlands) for study purposes (minor), work placements or graduation projects. This would apply to a Canadian student visiting Canada, for example. However, the student concerned is still obliged to sign a statement provided by their department.
 

17. I've been in 'orange/red area' and have to spend 10 days in home quarantine. Can I come to Avans for my studies?

No, stay at home and report to your course that you cannot come to Avans.

CARE AND QUESTIONS OF STUDENTS

18. Do I have to report it to Avans if I have the coronavirus as a student? 

If you have tested positive, please inform your own course of study so that we can inform fellow students and/or lecturers of your infection. This is anonymous.


19. I have or will have financial problems because of the coronavirus. What can I do?

It may be that you have or foresee financial problems, for example because you no longer have any income or because you suddenly have to travel back from abroad.
DUO will make every effort to help students when they experience financial problems due to the coronavirus. Despite this, if you experience financial problems, we advise you to report to the Student Information Desk: 088 - 525 7550. 
 

20. Can I throw a party back home? And other pressing student questions about the corona crisis.

In this article you will find answers to all kinds of questions that are not directly related to your studies at Avans. Punt regularly refreshes this article.
 

21. I'm under stress because of the corona crisis. What can I do?

Avans offers various online self-help modules, including the 'grip on corona stress' module. The purpose of this module is to support you in different areas during the corona crisis. In this module you will teach yourself skills, allowing you to effectively carry out your work and/or study at home and you will start working with positive thoughts. You will receive practical tips, perform exercises and watch videos from an expert.
Go to the online self-help modules and click on the tile 'grip on corona stress'.
 

22. I can see that another student isn’t following the COVID-19 rules. How should I tell them to follow the rules? 

It is important to remind this person to follow the rules, even if this is not easy. These tips may be useful. 

Last updated on 26 March 2021.