Update on coronavirus – BUas’ perspective

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter. Furthermore, it will give you answers to several frequently asked questions.

BUas follows the general guidelines of the RIVM, and has taken many precautions and prevention measures.

Our main guiding principles are: 1. Taking care of the health and safety of our students, staff and guests. 2. Education continues online, as much and as long as that is reasonably possible.

News updates

20 May: BUas continues its positive operations in online learning and examination. BUas is preparing graduation sessions (oral defence presentations) and degree ceremonies on campus, and is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter.

BUas update (20 May)

BUas, staff and students have been able to positively cope with the difficult corona circumstances, and have been working and studying online including performing online exams. BUas is planning the rest of this academic year, and is preparing the start of the next academic year. The measures of the Dutch government taking effect as communicated on 19 May give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence in the short term.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 19 May the Dutch government communicated further step-by-step easing of the corona measures, if the healthcare situation in the Netherlands stays under control. Below you’ll find an update of some of these measures. Please check the regular government and RIVM websites for the specific measures.

With effect from 1 June: Travellers by train, bus and tram will be required to wear face masks. People may meet others outside, keeping 1.5 metre social distance. Secondary schools will reopen. Museums, concert halls and theatres will be allowed to reopen (pre-paid tickets only), with restrictions (in concert halls and theatres: 30 persons maximum, on reservation only).

Restaurants and cafés may open on 1 June, based on a reservation, with a maximum of 30 people, with broader possibilities in outdoor seating areas. People will be asked if they have corona-related complaints.

With effect from 15 June: Higher education may carefully offer limited possibilities for exams and practical education in their schoolbuildings, all within the 1.5 metre social distancing restrictions,  and within limited time slots. The official guideline remains that people should work from home as much as possible, and that people should only travel by public transport if strictly necessary. Travelling by public transport requires extra conditions such as wearing a face mask. For students, these travel restrictions also involve strict travelling times: no travelling before 11.00 hrs and not between 15.00 and 20.00 hrs on weekdays.

BUas will prolong most measures until the end of the academic year (BUas perspective)

BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5 metre guideline give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year.

At the moment BUas is also required to take the corona guidelines of the ‘safety region organisation’ (Veiligheidsregio) into account, which means that we can only use 20 to 25% of the total campus building capacity. The limited room which we are allowed, will be used for graduation sessions (defence presentations), for practical examinations (for our Hotel Management and Media domains) and for a strictly limited number of students who are allowed at the campus because of urgent and significant personal circumstances.

The impact of this situation for BUas for the rest of this academic year is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year. Online examination, partly supported by online proctoring, will continue. This is extremely important to prevent study delays, and to offer both international students (abroad) and national students the opportunity to perform their exams, and do that based on comparable circumstances. BUas has looked into the schedule, and is confident that we almost entirely can manage the examinations planning as usual, and publish the schedule well in time, which is important for both students and BUas.
  • BUas will facilitate graduation sessions (defence presentations) on campus. BUas is preparing these graduation sessions on campus according to a strict time schedule, with a restricted number of participants. If a student or an examination executive is unable to join or does not want to join these sessions on campus, for example if the student is abroad (at home) or because of health risks, the option is to perform the graduation session online. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
  • BUas will organise practical examinations, which are applicable for our Hotel Management and Media domains.
  • Additionally, BUas will organise graduation ceremonies (degree ceremonies) in the form of a drive-through parade along the campus. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
  • Because of the limited campus capacity, and the travelling restrictions for students, and the aforementioned priorities, we can only organise this based on strict time slots and a flexible mindset of students and staff.

Further optimised and secured online proctoring approach

BUas has further optimised the course of action on online proctoring, specifically from a privacy point of view.

To establish the student’s identity beforehand, when showing the ID, the invigilator only needs to see the full name and photo to be able to check whether it is a legal document. Students are strongly advised to cover their social security number, place of issue, nationality and document number.

Proctoring recordings where no fraud has been established, will be deleted within a maximum of 2 business days after they are received and analysed. The identification photo of a student will be deleted simultaneously with the recording of the exam.

Please check the complete course of action on online proctoring in the attachment

 

BUas is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’

The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:

  • In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. BUas staff has been requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation. We are in the course of organising alternative introduction events for new students and an alternative academic year opening.
  • In line with the call of prime minister Mark Rutte for input from young people, BUas wants to get into contact with BUas students and discuss about the 1.5 metre society. What ideas and potential solutions can you think of for the domain you are studying? What thoughts or proposals do you have for the group ‘students’ in general, from your personal perspective? If you want to contribute to this discussion, please mail to corona@buas.nl, mentioning your contact details and degree programme. Your BUas academy will contact you with further details.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website  https://hub.buas.nl/.

HUB radio runs radio shows every day. Listen to, for example, ‘Time Machine Monday’ (Monday at 12.00 hrs),  ‘Mixed Fruit’ (Wednesday at 10.00 hrs) or ‘Funky Fellas’ (Friday at 18.00 hrs).

The HUB also runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/listen. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

13 May: Successful BUas operations in online learning and examination. BUas is preparing graduation sessions and ceremonies on campus, and is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’

This update serves to keep you informed on the coronavirus and how BUas operates in this matter.

  • BUas students are safely at home or working from their student rooms, and many of them have already successfully performed online exams
  • BUas staff are almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online.
  • BUas is planning the rest of this academic year, and is preparing the start of the next academic year.
  • The measures of the Dutch government taking effect on 6 May give very little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence in the short term.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 6 May the Dutch government communicated a step-by-step easing of the corona measures, if the healthcare situation in the Netherlands stays under control. Below you’ll find an update of most measures.

  • Step 1, with effect from 11 May: primary schools have (partly) reopened, and childcare centres have fully reopened. Libraries are allowed to reopen to the public. Hairdressers, beauticians and physiotherapists may resume work. Outdoor sporting is allowed, 1,5 metre away from other people.
  • Step 2, with effect from 1 June: travellers by train, bus and tram will be required to wear face masks. Secondary schools will reopen. Museums will be allowed to reopen (pre-paid tickets only), as will restaurants, cafés and theatres (30 persons maximum, on reservation only).
  • Step 3, with effect from 1 July: restaurants, cafés, theatres and concert halls will be allowed to reopen (100 persons maximum). Campsites and holiday parks will reopen.
  • Step 4, with effect from 1 September: sport centres and gyms will reopen. Indoor sports including contact sports will be allowed. Sport matches will be allowed, but without spectators in the stadiums.

BUas will prolong most measures until the end of the academic year (BUas perspective)

BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5 metre guideline give very little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year.

 
The impact of this situation for BUas for the rest of this academic year is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year.
  • We are very happy that we can facilitate ‘live’ graduation sessions (defence presentations)  on campus. BUas is preparing these graduation sessions on campus, according to a strict time schedule and with the restriction that, unfortunately, no additional family and friends will be allowed on campus. If a student or an examination executive is unable to join or does not want to join these sessions on campus, for example if the student is abroad (at home) or because of health risks, the option is to perform the graduation session online. You will receive more detailed  information via the academy-specific information channels. 
  • For the graduation ceremonies (degree ceremonies) we have found a live alternative, in the form of a drive-through parade along the campus. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.

Within the announced eased measures, we are exploring options to organise that BUas staff can meet each other on campus, in small groups, and say goodbye just before the summer holidays. More information will follow later.

BUas is preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’
The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:

  • In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. This means that we will have to make choices about what we can facilitate on campus and what we will do online. The AFP (Accommodation, Facilities and Planning) service is taking the lead in preparing this together with academies and many other stakeholders, in cooperation with the BUas HR service.
  • BUas staff will be requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation by means of a survey, which will be sent next week.
  • In the coming 2 weeks BUas will decide about the first period after summer holidays in more detail and communicate these decisions. It goes without saying that new first-year students will have our highest priority at that stage, but massive introduction events will not be possible.

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are being taught online. Academies and their students have succesfully been performing online examinations. We are very happy that we have been able to facilitate many exams in the first weeks of May, which is a major contributory factor in avoiding unnecessary study delays as much as possible.
 
Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (StuComm) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here.

BUas Holiday planning

Library opening

BUas Library has received several requests of students wanting to study in the campus library, individually or in groups. Despite the new guideline for public libraries, which BUas is not, we can unfortunately not allow students on campus due to the corona guidelines for our campus. The previously communicated service to borrow books is still available. Please check the FAQ for more information.

Student wellbeing and study tips

Please remember that BUas offers you study tips to support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. In addition to these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support via the Mirro online self-help modules. If required, please contact your  student counselor for additional support. Please check out the 10 study tips (also in Dutch) and the Mirro self-help modules, available via the BUas student portal, through the BEST Training tile.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.


#stayintouchwithbuas

HUB radio runs radio shows every day. Listen to, for example, 'Time Machine Monday’ (Monday at 12.00 hrs),  ‘Mixed Fruit’ (Wednesday at 10.00 hrs) or ‘ Funky Fellas’ (Friday at 18.00 hrs). 
 
The HUB also runs The Isolation Show: every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, go to the HUB. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

22 April: BUas fully operational in online learning and online examination, anticipated until end of academic year, BUas prepares next academic year in ‘1,5m modus’

BUas students are safely at home or working from their student rooms. BUas staff are almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online. BUas has introduced online testing and examination and is preparing the next steps. BUas is anticipating a prolongation of the corona measures for higher education until the end of the academic year, based on the additional measures the Dutch government announced on Tuesday 21 April.

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On Tuesday 21 April the Dutch government communicated a prolongation of most previously taken  corona measures and some easing of a few corona measures, all in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The Dutch government has announced the next crucial press conference for 11 May.

Some of the newly introduced or changed measures are:

Primary schools will be (partly) reopening, and childcare centres will be fully opening up,  starting 11 May. Secondary schools may begin making preparations to gradually reopen later. Children (up to 18 years) will be allowed to participate in organised sports activities starting 28 April. Municipalities will make agreements on this with local sports clubs. Official matches will not be allowed. Other sectors, such as restaurants and bars, will stay closed at least until 20 May. Events, including music events and professional football, will be prohibited until 1 September. No visits to nursing homes until further notice.

 

BUas anticipates prolongation of measures until end of academic year (BUas perspective)

BUas anticipates a prolongation of online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. If and when the corona measures for the higer education sector are mitigated by the government before that time, we shall decide which most urgent options of education may be offered on campus, all within the applicable corona guidelines. However, we are not expecting that much room for manoeuvre in this respect.

The impact of today’s situation for BUas is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year.
  • BUas is preparing alternative options for graduation sessions and for graduation ceremonies for the June/July timeframe.
  • All education related events for the rest of this academic year are or will be cancelled, unless offered online. 
  • All non-education related events until the summer holidays have already been cancelled, unless offered online.
  • All field trips until the end of the current academic year have already been cancelled.

BUas is preparing the next academic year in ‘1,5m modus’

In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1,5 meter social distance modus. The AFP (Accommodation, Facilities and Planning) service is taking the lead in preparing this together with academies and many other stakeholders, in cooperation with the BUas HR service.

In the weeks of 6 May and 11 May, draft policies will be determined, and BUas staff and students will be requested to contribute ideas and suggestions.

These new policies will also include alternative scenarios for the introduction events for new students.

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are now being taught online.

Academies have succesfully been performing online examinations. The pilot runs and initial online examinations have been performed with ‘Zoom’ tooling, but this platform will not be used for this purpose anymore. BUas is preparing to apply online invigilation, all within optimal conditions of data protection and privacy. We will communicate about these developments in due time.

BUas academy-specific information about testing and examination will be communicated to you via the regular channels.

Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the full time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here https://www.buas.nl/en/year-schedule.

Student well-being and study tips

Please remember that BUas offers you study tips to support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. In addition to these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support via the Mirro online self-help modules. If required, please contact your  student counselor for additional support.

Please check out the 10 study tips (EN and NL) and the Mirro self-help modules, available via the BUas student portal.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/listen. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

9 April: BUas is open for online learning and online examination, BUas offers study support and mental support in coronavirus times, and of course … Happy Easter.

Practically all BUas students who were abroad have returned to their home base safely. Some are staying abroad for a good reason.
BUas staff are almost all working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online. BUas has successfully piloted online testing and is scaling this up at all academies. BUas wants to prevent delays in study progress as much as possible.
BUas anticipates that the corona measures for higher education will be prolonged – at least until 1 June  – based on the latest measures of the Dutch government announced on Monday 23 March. 

No additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On Tuesday 7 April the Dutch government performed another press conference but did not  introduce new additional measures. Their key message was ‘hold on’, in other words, stay at home and behave according to the current guidelines as this will increase the probability of being able to carefully start mitigating the current ‘intelligent lockdown’ corona measures after 28 April. But ‘no promises made yet’ for the upcoming time frame.

BUas anticipates measures to be prolonged until 1 June or longer (BUas perspective)

Previously taken BUas measures regarding the campus will remain effective at least up to and including the May holidays. In line with the decisions of the Dutch government, BUas will be offering  online education – instead of on-campus education – and BUas anticipates continuing to do so during the time frame after 28 April. If and when the corona measures are mitigated by the government, we will decide if and which options of education and testing may be offered on campus, all within the corona guidelines applicable at the time in question.

The impact of today’s situation for BUas still is as follows:

  • BUas anticipates continuing to offer online education for the rest of this academic year, unless decided otherwise by the Ministry of Education (OC&W).
  • BUas will continue to organise online testing and examination as much as possible, effective for the rest of this academic year, unless decided otherwise by the Ministry of Education (OC&W).
  • Cancelled (unless offered online) are: all education-related events until 1 June; all non-education-related events until the summer holidays; all study trips until the end of the current academic year. 

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of the scheduled classes are being taught online, and lecturers have made great progress in this area. After performing a number of successful pilot schemes, BUas is organising online testing for each academy as much as possible. A team of online testing specialists has been formed to ensure that the tests work well and are conducted to the right quality standards. 

BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation in addition to BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to  testing and examination and how to cope with work placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.

The Academy for Hotel & Facility and the Academy for Leisure & Events have an alternative information channel. If you are a student or staff member of either academy, use one of the the links below.

Specific timetable and class information will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app for students, and via MS Outlook for lecturers. In the timetables BUas takes the expected prolongation until 1 June into account. BUas will integrate the regular holiday schedule as originally planned for this academic year into these timetables. Please note that the academic year ends on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday schedule.

Student wellbeing and study tips

Now that all BUas students are studying in locations all over the world – out of sheer necessity – we thought you could do with a few tips to get to grips with online studying. We want to kindly support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. Please check out these 10 tips:

Besides these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support. You may experience more pressure and stress during this difficult and rather isolated time frame. The Mirro online self-help modules can help you get through these hard and complicated times. The modules are intended to help you with mild psychological complaints. If you have serious psychological complaints, you are strongly advised to seek more (professional) help. The modules help you to become aware of your own mental health through a stepped-care approach, which helps you choose the most effective interventions. You will gradually learn more about yourself and your circumstances, and about your own role. How can you find your balance again? How do you set boundaries? How do you accept what you cannot change? Mirro is based on scientific insights and research. 

The mirro modules are available via the student portal, through the BEST training tile. For international students the modules anxiety, sleeping problems, work related stress and grief are available.

How to avoid study delay because of placement issues?

Together we will do our utmost to avoid study delay because of changes in placement due to the coronavirus. Postponing your work placement is something we want to avoid, since the industry will probably have coronavirus-related issues for a long time. Try to find solutions for your current work placement together with your BUas placement coordinator. 
And for new placements BUas will look with you for alternative possibilities if necessary. We will need to be flexible. From a BUas perspective, international placements - in these circumstances -  are not a must. We continue the regular BUas approach and goals for work placements in order to enable achieving your competencies. BUas flexibility means, among others things, that having finalised more than 50% of the practical work is regarded as an ‘OK’. This could also be home-based online work. The rest can be done with alternative assignments.  

Suggestions and instructions for alternative assignments are already available per academy. This means that instead of a regular period of 24 weeks, 12 weeks may be enough. Special arrangements may be applicable for special target groups (e.g. MBO students). Flipping semesters may be a solution, all depending on available options per degree programme and curriculum. Research options, including projects outside specific companies, but in close connection with the industry, may also be a potential alternative.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website. #stayintouchwithbuas

Please check out this interesting video starring Vanina, one of our international BUas students, coping bravely with her situation in this extreme corona situation.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. It is managed and run by students of the Creative Business programme and aims to serve the entire BUas community. You are invited to participate in creating interesting and engaging content through the various media available (audio, visual, text). Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs The Isolation Show: every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click https://hub.buas.nl/. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

And now we can all take a couple of days off. We wish you all a Happy Easter!

25 March: BUas open for online learning, view on online examination, BUas anticipates a possible prolongation of corona measures to 1 June

Most students abroad have returned to their homebase. Some are staying for a good reason, and a few students are still in transit.

BUas staff are almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are giving the vast majority of their classes online. BUas is in course of organising online testing and examination, with great support from the board of examiners.
BUas anticipates that the corona measures for higher education will be prolonged – at least until 1 June  – based on the additional measures the Dutch government introduced on Monday 23 March. 
Dutch education authorities and BUas are supporting students in preventing delays in study progress as much as possible.


Additional Corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)
On Monday 23 March the Dutch government introduced additional measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The new and stricter measures include that all gatherings are prohibited until 1 June, even gatherings of fewer than 100 people.


BUas anticipates measures to be prolonged  until 1 June  (BUas perspective)
BUas and many other Dutch universities of applied sciences anticipate that the above-mentioned  measures will also have consequences for higher education. We expect the government will decide about this in due time. That is why BUas anticipates a prolongation of online education – instead of on-campus education – for the time frame after 6 April. If and when the corona measures are mitigated by the government, we will decide which options of education and testing may be offered on campus, all within the corona guidelines applicable at the time in question. 

The impact of today’s situation for BUas is as follows:

  • BUas anticipates to continue offering online education for the rest of this academic year, unless decided otherwise by the Ministry of Education (OC&W). We are expecting decisions on this aspect early next week.
  • BUas will continue to prepare for organising online alternatives to testing and examination as  much as possible, effective for the rest of this academic year, unless decided otherwise by the Ministry of Education (OC&W).
  • All education-related events until 1 June are or will be cancelled, unless offered online.
  • All non-education-related events until the summer holidays are or will be cancelled, unless offered online.
  • All study trips until the end of the current academic year are or will be cancelled. 

In addition to these measures it is important to know that the Ministry of Education (OC&W) has cancelled all national central exams for secundary education pupils. They will obtain their diplomas if the pass their school exams.
 

Online learning and online testing & examination: what is the status?
BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. For lecturers, specific training in online education has been organised, as well as a special website about educational innovation, made by our digital education team. The vast majority of the scheduled classes are now being taught online.

BUas is looking for (online) alternatives to still carry out examinations, resits and final exams, despite the BUas campus being closed. BUas will offer testing online as much as possible. We cannot  currently administer tests on the campus, and BUas wants to avoid postponing tests as much as possible, as this would negatively impact students' study flow.
Preparations for online testing are being made, including performing pilot schemes. A team of online testing specialists has been formed to ensure that the tests work well and are conducted to the right quality standards. We will keep you informed about how we will be managing this more specifically.

Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will now be extended, taking the expected prolongation until 1 June into account. In the timetables BUas will integrate the regular holiday planning, as originally planned for this academic year. Please note that the academic year ends on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here https://www.buas.nl/en/year-schedule.

 

How can we together try and prevent delays in study progress?

  • As communicated before, the BSA (binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies) of this academic year will be postponed to next academic year.
  • Let’s do our utmost together to optimise your study progress in this extraordinary situation, and try to limit the consequences of the corona crisis for your studies. As for your placement, exchange or graduation project, you should continue your placement/exchange/graduation project work online as much as possible. Together we will be looking for solutions to avoid study delays. ’Together’ means BUas, you, your placement company and/or your exchange university.


Are you stuck abroad and do you want to return to the Netherlands or your home country?
Of the total of 465 BUas students still abroad 1.5 weeks ago, 70% have now returned to their homebase or will return soon. 24% decided to stay, sometimes with no other option, and always in contact with BUas. About 6% are still ‘in transit’. 

If you are still ‘in transit’, please try and return as soon as you can. Since 18 March, BUas is requiring all students who are still abroad to return to their home base, unless (a) The embassy advises it is safer to stay, or (b) Travelling is not possible or has health risks. 

Please check the FAQ about this subject for additional advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and financial support for Dutch students and for students with a residence permit for the Netherlands. Contact airlines (or travel agencies) flying to the Netherlands. If you are unable to leave at short notice: register with the Foreign Affairs platform: https://bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl. The travel industry, insurers and airline companies have joined forces in this platform to take responsibility to support repatriation of travellers abroad, who are destined for the Netherlands. For the return journey, a personal contribution will be invoiced afterwards. This will be €300 per person within Europe and €900 per person outside Europe. Travellers must agree to this during the registration process. Telephone number: +31 247 247 247. 

If you are unable to leave at short notice, make sure that your safety during the rest of your stay is guaranteed. Should you run into any problems in this respect, please contact the embassy via the contact centre of Foreign Affairs at +31 247 247 247 (available 24/7). You can also call this number if you have any other questions to ask the embassy.  

Do you have non-Dutch nationality and want to return to your home country? Contact an airline that flies to your country. Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come. Contact the embassy of your home country.  
 

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (RIVM perspective)
On Monday 23 March the Dutch government introduced additional measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The new and stricter measures include, among other things:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Leave the house only to go to work if you cannot work at home, to buy groceries or to take care of others. You can go out to get some fresh air, but do not do so in groups. 
  • Always keep a good distance from other people (at least 1.5m) and avoid all social activities and groups of people. 
  • At home: limit the number of visitors to 3 and keep sufficient distance (1.5m) from each other.
  • As before, if you have a cough or a cold: stay home. If someone in your household develops a fever, all the members of the household should stay home. 
  • All gatherings are prohibited until 1 June, even gatherings of fewer than 100 people. 
  • Mayors will have the option of enacting an emergency bye-law.

For more specific information and keeping track of updates, check the RIVM website (English): https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19


Our community. How do we stay in touch?
Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. It is managed and run by students of the Creative Business programme and aims to serve the entire BUas community. The entire BUas community is invited to participate in creating interesting and engaging content through the various media available (audio, visual, text). Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.


Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team
 

20 March: BUas Campus closed for educational activities, open for online learning, BSA postponed

As local and global situations are changing rapidly, with airspace lockdowns and changing local circumstances, BUas is requiring all students abroad to return to their home base, unless this is not possible because of safety, health- or travelrestrictions. Make sure you stay safe and take precautions for your health and the health of others.

BUas staff are now almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are making great progress in offering online learning.

BUas and Dutch education authorities support students in preventing delay in study progress.

Are you still abroad? You are required to return, unless ….   Don't wait; do it now.

BUas’ policy principles: we follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIVM guidelines as much as possible. As communicated on Wednesday 18 March, BUas requires all students who are still abroad to return to their home base. You are required to return, unless (within BUas guidelines): (a) The embassy advises it is safer to stay, or (b) Travelling is not possible or has health risks. For more guidelines,  please read the BUas infoflash of 18 March.

No worries about BSA this academic year

BUas and other universities of applied sciences have agreed upon a number of measures with the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen). 

  1. The BSA (binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies) of this academic year will be postponed to next academic year. As a student, your study progress will not be  affected this academic year, for example because of having obtained an insufficient number of ECTS. 
  2. As you know, all planned examinations, resits and final exams have been suspended for the moment. BUas is looking for (online) alternatives to still carry out examinations, resits and final exams, despite the BUas campus being closed. We will keep you informed about how we will be managing this more specifically.

Let’s do our utmost together to optimise your study progress in this extraordinary situation, and try to limit the consequences of the corona crisis for your studies. As for your placement, exchange or graduation project, you should continue your placement/exchange/graduation project work online as much as possible. Together we will be looking for solutions to avoid study delays. ’Together’ means BUas, you, your placement company and/or your exchange university.

Financial issues for students

As a student, you may run into immediate financial problems, caused by the corona crisis, for example because your part-time job ended (temporarily). Dienst Uitvoerend Onderwijs (DUO, the Dutch Education Executive Agency) offers to temporarily increase your student loan amount. This can even be arranged retroactively, back to the beginning of this academic year. Moreover, students may still apply for tuition fee loan. If this applies to you, please contact DUO.
If these options are still insufficient, students may contact DUO about the possibilities. DUO strives for maximum leniency towards students who are facing financial setbacks due to the corona  measures.

No NSE (national student survey) this academic year

All efforts of BUas and other universities of applied sciences are currently aimed at ensuring that  education can continue as well as possible. That is why it was decided not to conduct the NSE (national student survey) this year, as this would require huge efforts on the part of the universities. This decision was made by the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen).

Online/distance learning: how are we progressing?

BUas has rapidly been scaling up in terms of offering online learning. BUas lecturers are teaching the  majority of their courses online, mostly via MS Teams. 
Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app.

BUas Library: we support your information and borrowing requests

BUas Library information specialists are available to you. Please e-mail them if you need support or mail to arrange a live chat session, for example to help you find specific information online. If you need to borrow a book or another physical Library item, please contact BUas Library by e-mail (library@buas.nl) and make a pick-up appointment. Make your reservation 1 day before pick-up. Pick-up location will be at the entrance of the Horizon Building at two specific pick-up times: 10.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. The HUB (BUas Media domain) runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click https://hub.buas.nl/listen. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

Practical information: opening hours

  • BUas Horizon Building and Frontier Building at the campus will stay open for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, within limited opening hours: 07.45-18.00 hrs. From Monday 23 March onwards, Ocean Building will be closed.
  • BUas Servicedesk is (physically) opened, for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, from 10.00-12.00 hrs. BUas Servicedesk is available by telephone and email, from 08.00-18.00 hrs, for students and staff.
  • BUas Reception is physically closed, and available by telephone and email, daily from 08.00-18.00 hrs, Monday through Friday. 
18 March: BUas Campus closed for educational activities, open for online learning

As local and global situations are changing rapidly, with an increase of airspace lockdowns and changing local circumstances, BUas is requiring all students abroad to return to their home base, unless this is not possible because of safety, health- or travelrestrictions.

Make sure you stay safe and minimise the risk of getting infected or infecting others. Please follow the guidelines as indicated in this infoflash update.

BUas staff are now almost entirely working from home. Lecturers are making great progress in offering online learning.


Are you abroad? You are required to return, unless ….   Do it now.

BUas’ policy principles: we follow The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIVM guidelines as much as possible. 

  1. For all students still abroad, BUas requires you to return to your home base, either in the Netherlands or your home country. Return while you still can, because authorities, embassies and flight companies are now organizing repatriation on a larger scale. Make use of those opportunities while you still can. We expect that if such opportunities are created, they may only be offered for a short period of time.
  2. You are required to return, unless (within BUas guidelines): (a) The embassy advises it is safer to stay, or (b) Travelling is not possible or has health risks.
  3. If you are a Dutch student, make sure you are registered at the Dutch embassy. You can do this online at https://informatieservice.nederlandwereldwijd.nl. Keep in touch with the Dutch embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to the Netherlands.
  4. If you are a non-Dutch student, make sure you are registered with the embassy of your own country. Keep in touch with your embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to your home base, either being your home country or the Netherlands. If you have a valid residence permit for Europe, you are still allowed to return to the Netherlands.
  5. If it is impossible for you to return, bear in mind that you may have to count on a prolonged length of stay, as we can not predict how long travel restrictions will continue. Decide wisely and always make sure you can be as safe and healthy as possible, also for a longer period of time.
  6. In all cases, please stay in touch with your placement office or study supervisor.

No worries about study progress now 

Do not worry at this point in time about your study progress, as we will find ways and try to solve any issues. BUas is exploring measures on how to deal with the BSA (binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies) this year, together with the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging voor Hogescholen). We will keep you informed about this.
All planned examinations, resits and final exams have been suspended for the moment and BUas is looking for alternatives as to how we still will be able to make progress in this matter, despite the BUas Campus being closed.
As for your placement or exchange, you should continue your placement/exchange work online as much as possible. Together we will be looking for solutions to avoid any study delays. ’Together’ means BUas, you, your placement company and/or your exchange university. 

Online/distance learning: how do we move on?

BUas is rapidly scaling up in terms of offering online learning. More than half of BUas lecturers have followed additional workshops on e-learning and many of BUas lecturers are teaching their courses online, mostly via MS Teams.
Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

In this extraordinary situation we would very much like to stay in touch with each other and we must  take extra care of our national and international students, in the Netherlands and abroad. 
The HUB (BUas Media domain) has started 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

16 March: BUas campus closed for educational activities, open for online learning

As communicated recently, due to new government and BUas guidelines, the BUas Campus has been closed for students since Friday 13 March for all on-campus educational activities, at least until 6 April 2020. 

Because of airspace lockdowns, local situations can change rapidly. Make sure you stay safe and minimise the risk of being infected or infect others. Follow the guidelines as indicated in this infoflash update.

The BUas Campus will stay open for BUas lecturers and support staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support the continuation of education and other operations as much as possible, but in a very limited way for physical presence. For BUas staff the main rule is: work from home, unless there is an urgent reason for you to be present on campus. Check the specific info for BUas staff in this update.

In this update we inform you about the practical consequences of these new guidelines for BUas students and BUas staff, and how we are organising online/distance learning.

I am abroad. In which circumstances do I have to return?

BUas’ policy principles: we follow The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIVM guidelines as much as possible. Since the situation is rapidly changing and travel restrictions may make return insecure, BUas has given yellow countries the same status as the orange and red countries. Stay up to date on the status (color code) of the country where you are based, via risk areas. 

  1. For all students located in GREEN areas. Staying on location is possible, unless: (a) You feel unsafe, (b) You have other local instructions, from your placement company, host university or local authorities, (c) (Upcoming) travel restrictions, including flight cancellations.
  2. For all students located in YELLOW/ORANGE/RED areas. Your return is required, unless (within BUas guidelines): (a) Safety at your location is better than in the Netherlands, or (b) Embassy  advises it is safer to stay, or (c) Travelling is not possible, very limited, difficult or has health risks.
  3. In general: (a) Make sure you are registered at the Dutch embassy or embassy of your own country. (b) All students returning from risk areas (red or orange), are required to stay at home immediately after arrival for 14 days. (c) In all cases, contact your placement office or exchange coordinator. 

If your purpose of staying on location is ‘placement’, then – within BUas responsibility - you will  continue on location, continue working from home or from a distance, or you may follow an alternative scenario in cooperation with the BUas academy director or staff.
If your purpose of staying on location is ‘exchange’, then - within the partner university  responsibility - you will  continue on location, continue working from home or from a distance. In the event that the partner university is not able to offer all courses (as stated in you Learning Agreement) online, you will need to follow an alternative programme under BUas responsibility.

Students may take decisions that deviate from BUas guidelines and advice, and previously made arrangements. This will be their own responsibility. We will respect your decision. In any case, please stay in touch with your placement office or study supervisor. 

Outgoing trips, including field trips

All outgoing trips, for students and staff, including field trips, scheduled between now and 30 April, will be cancelled.

Online/distance learning: how do we move on?

  • BUas is, in a faster pace, organising online ways of learning. At the moment, we are  upgrading BUas facilities and lecturer training and support to facilitate more intensive working with Teams and other tools.
  • Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

In this extraordinary situation we would very much like to stay in touch with each other and we must  take extra care of our national and international students, in The Netherlands and abroad. Check Elisabeth’s blog, related to this subject, now published on Insight.

Moreover, the HUB will start extra radio activities, starting 17 March: Charlie Hicks will offer live  radio, every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00  to 14.00 hours: 'The Isolation Show'. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/listen. To reach Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.

15 March: BUas Students travelling abroad: how to act

For all students located in red and orange areas

  1. BUas advises students present in these areas (see map) to return to the Netherlands.
  2. In all cases, please contact our Placement office.

For all students located in green and yellow areas:

In all cases where you decide (voluntary or forceful) to return home and you need support, contact your placement supervisor/ coordinator or exchange coordinator. The support will be analysed and given on a case-by-case basis, depending on the actual situation.

BUas is of course aware of the impact this may have on your study progress and take this into consideration in our further decision making. We count on your understanding and flexibility in that respect.
 
Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team

  1. In general, always follow the instructions of your host university, company as well as the local health authorities. Also make sure you are registered at the Dutch embassy or embassy of your own country.
  2. If the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs colour codes your area orange or red due to the number of corona infected individuals, BUas urgently advises you need to return to The Netherlands immediately.
  3. All students who are returning from risk areas (red and orange on the map), are advised to stay at home immediately after their arrival, for 14 days. 
  4. If the country where you are staying comes to an airspace lockdown, this means your return may be insecure. The following may apply: 
  • Your company/ university/ event does not close down and business operations continue. 
    - You may continue your placement / exchange/ event.
  • Your company / university/ event closes down, but you are informed that classes or work continue online or that you can work on other assignments /from home
    - You may continue your placement / exchange / event.
    - You may decide to discontinue your placement /exchange/ event and return home. You will complete your study tasks through alternative assignments.
  • If your company/ university/ event closes down, and you are informed that you cannot work online or you cannot work from home
    - Your placement / exchange / events ends because of the coronavirus and you are advised to return home.
  • You may feel unsafe because of the airspace lockdown, and want to return to the Netherlands. 
    - You may decide to discontinue your placement /exchange/ event and return home. You will complete your study tasks through alternative assignments.

In all cases where you decide (voluntary or forced) to return home and you need support, please contact your placement supervisor/ coordinator or exchange coordinator. The need for support will be analysed and subsequently provided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the situation at hand.
BUas is, of course, aware of the impact this may have on your study progress and we will take this into consideration in our further decision making process. We count on your understanding and flexibility in this respect.
 
Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team
 

13 March: BUas Campus closed for educational activities, online learning continuous

As communicated on Thursday 12 March, due to new government and BUas guidelines, the BUas Campus will be closed for students as of Friday 13 March for all ‘on Campus’ educational activities, at least until 31 March 2020. The BUas Campus will stay open for BUas lecturers and support staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support the continuation of education and other operations as much as possible.

In this update we inform you about the practical consequences of these new guidelines for BUas students and BUas staff, and how we are organising online/distance learning.

The main rule for students is: 

  • BUas Campus is closed for students, at least until March 31. BUas offers online learning, as much as possible.
  • All scheduled final exams, examinations and resits will be postponed until further notice.

Online/distance learning: how do we move on?

  • BUas is, in a faster pace, organising online ways of learning. At the moment, we are checking and upgrading BUas facilities, digital bandwidth, lecturer training and support to facilitate more intensive working with MS Teams and other tools.
  • Specific timetable and lesson information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app. BUas is currently adapting the timetables, so make sure you check your timetable daily!

BUas operations continue in adapted form

  • In order to continue education for students via digital means, BUas Campus will stay open for lecturers and support staff. We do this in a regulated way: limited personal contact, limited movements between Buildings, segmented workspaces, and with a limited number of people in one classroom (the currently advised maximum is 10 people). This is all according to RIVM and regional guidelines. 
  • BUas research can continue as usual, taking into account the previously communicated general coronavirus guidelines. Students may participate in research projects, but not ‘on Campus’. This complies with national guidelines.

Practical information: BUas buildings, restaurant, library

  • All BUas Buildings at the Campus will stay open for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, within limited opening hours: 07.45-18.00h.
  • BUas Servicedesk is opened daily from 08.30-18.00h. For students BUas Servicedesk is available by telephone and email, within the indicated opening hours.
  • The only open catering facility will be the restaurant in the Frontier Building, within limited opening hours: 11.30-13.30h. Staff is also allowed to eat at their desk (for BUas staff).
  • Because students are not admitted to the Campus, studying is not allowed in the Library. If you urgently need to borrow a book or another physical Library item, please contact BUas Library by email library@buas.nl and make a pick-up appointment. Make your reservation 1 day before pickup. Pick-up location will be at the Visitors Centre (Horizon Building).
  • For BUas staff, Library opening hours are 08:00-18:00h (Monday 16 March), and 08:30-17:00h (from Tuesday 17 March onwards).
  • For students, as an exception to the above mentioned main rule, you are allowed to come to the Campus on  Monday 16 March and enter the Library to borrow an item.
  • For students, as an exception to the above mentioned main rule, equipment borrowed from BUas media productionhouse equipment desk, can be returned on Monday 16 March. No new borrow requests can currently be supported.
  • For students, as an exception to the above mentioned main rule, please pick up your laptop or other personal belongings on the Campus on Monday 16 March, if applicable. 
  • If you enter a BUas Building on Monday 16 March, you will need your BUas student card.

These are the guidelines that apply until further notice.

What about Sibelicious and Newways operations?

  • Because students are not allowed on the Campus, until 31 March at least, we have taken  additional measures for specific BUas student training companies.
  • The Sibelicious restaurant is closed as of Friday 13 March.
  • The Newways operations will stop with one exception. Newways Traveldesk will be in operation, managed by an absolute minimum number of Newways personnel at the BUas Campus. Continuation of this operation obviously is very important to support travel movements of staff and students in this extraordinary situation. 

Additional guidelines on travelling, placements, internships

  • Issues about placements and exchanges abroad will be handled and decided on a case-by-case basis, but always within the framework of the guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Field trips due to take place soon will go ahead, under the condition that the code of the destination country is green. As the situation changes rapidly, please keep in touch with your field trip organiser.
  • Travel abroad by lecturers/researchers is suspended, in any case until 30 April 2020.

BUas measures and guidelines (as already communicated on 12 March):

  • The BUas Campus will be closed for students as from Friday 13 March for all ‘on Campus’ educational activities, at least until 31 March 2020.
  • The BUas Campus will stay accessible for BUas lecturers and staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support continuation of education as much as possible.
  • All educational ‘on Campus’ activities, which can not be replaced by online/distance learning  alternatives, will be postponed to a later date. This includes examinations, resits and final exams.
  • BUas intends to offer more online opportunities soon, in order to continue to follow education. Lecturers and BUas support staff of our 5 academies are working together to realise these opportunities for their students as much as possible.
  • Already planned online/distance learning activities on Friday 13 March will continue.
  • Some major lectures already planned for the week of 16 March, will be offered digitally. Students will be informed about which lectures this concerns.
  • Students working on projects can continue to do so with online tools they already have. Lecturers and tutors can also keep in touch with students by telephone and digitally.
  • Specific timetable and lesson information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app.

These new guidelines are at least effective until 31 March 2020.

Further communication related to coronavirus

All BUas information and updates related to the coronavirus, will be posted on the BUas website, including new or changed FAQs. 


Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team

12 March: BUas campus closed for educational activities, open for online learning

The government and the RIVM provided additional guidelines, effective until 31 March at least. This has a direct impact on BUas, in addition to the measures and guidelines BUas has already taken. The Minister of Health made an urgent appeal to all universities to immediately stop all education activities ‘on location’. 

In Noord-Brabant, the Veiligheidsregio (regional safety authority) has extended this appeal to higher education institutions. BUas and other universities of applied sciences in Noord-Brabant comply with this directive. 

What does this mean for BUas students, lecturers and support staff? These are the BUas measures and guidelines, based on the latest government and RIVM guidelines:

  • The BUas campus will be closed for students as of Friday 13 March for all ‘on- campus’ educational activities, until 31 March 2020 at least.
  • The BUas campus will stay accessible to BUas lecturers and support staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support the continuation of education as much as possible.
  • All educational ‘on-campus’ activities, which cannot be replaced by online/distance learning alternatives, will be postponed to a later date. This includes final exams, examinations and resits.
  • BUas intends to offer more online opportunities soon, in order to continue offering education. Lecturers and BUas staff of our 5 academies work together to realise these opportunities for their students as much as possible.
  • Already planned online/distance learning activities on Friday 13 March will continue.
  • Some major lectures already planned for the week of 16 March will be offered digitally. Students will be informed about which lectures this concerns.
  • Students working on projects can continue to do so with the online tools they already have. Lecturers and tutors can also keep in touch with students by telephone and digitally.
  • Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (Stucom) student app.

These new guidelines are effective until 31 March 2020 at least. 
On Friday 13 March, the BUas Executive Board will meet and decide how we can act in the best way in this extraordinary situation, and support BUas students and BUas staff with these challenges. More specific communication and guidelines will then be issued. 

For BUas lecturers and support staff: the Executive Board will meet on Friday 13 March, and specifically discuss the subject of online education resources. For some initial inspiration, please check this site with alternatives to education. The BUas campus will stay accessible to BUas lecturers and support staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support the continuation of education as much as possible. 

Practical appeal: Please make sure you have or pick up your laptop, charger or other necessary materials at the BUas campus if applicable. Make sure you have the necessary software installed. 


Information session on coronavirus for international students: 13 March, 12-13h ONLINE

We have noticed that international students are looking for extra information and support about the coronavirus, e.g. about how Dutch authorities, health services and BUas are operating in this matter. BUas offers additional support with an ONLINE information session on Friday 13 March, from 12.00 to 13.00 hours. We support this with an additional FAQ document and with an Instagram session which you can follow via the BUas Instagram account (Stories). Ask your questions, and they will be answered by Student Office. 

Situation with BUas students and staff:

2 known Corona infections In addition to the BUas lecturer whose coronavirus infection was previously communicated, today another case of infection was revealed to BUas. An AT student was positively diagnosed with the coronavirus. The last day this student was present at the BUas campus was Friday 6 March. The GGD (local health service) has done tests and contact research with this student, and has reassured BUas management that there is no risk of this student having spread the virus at BUas. Luckily this student is recovering and feeling better already. 

Further communication related to coronavirus

All BUas information and updates related to the coronavirus will be posted on the BUas website including new or changed FAQs.
 

Source: ​BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team.

10 March: Decisions of the Executive Board


Today the Executive Board reviewed the coronavirus related issues from several angles and took several decisions, operating within the latest guidelines of the RIVM.

Below you will find the summary of these decisions. A complete set of FAQs has been posted on the BUas website. Make sure you take notice of all FAQs.

  • Examinations and final exams will go ahead as planned. Education will continue as usual, which means that examinations (including resits) and final exams will go ahead as planned too. If you are unable - in the coming period (up to 31 March at least) - to attend an examination or final exam, you will be offered an extra opportunity.
  • Placements and exchanges abroad will continue as usual, within the framework of the guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Field trips due to take place soon will go ahead as usual, if the code of the destination country is green.
  • Travel abroad by lecturers/researchers will be suspended, in any case until 30 April.
  • All events organised by BUas that fall outside the scope of education, both at BUas Breda and outside, will be cancelled by BUas. This applies to events in the coming period up to 30 April.
  • Orientation days, selection days and matching days will take place as planned.

BUas follows the general guidelines of the RIVM, and has taken many precautions and prevention measures. Our main guiding principles are:

  1. Taking care of the health and safety of our students, staff and guests.
  2. Education continues, as much and as long as that is reasonably possible.

Information session coronavirus for international students: 13 March, Chapel.

We have noticed that international students are looking for extra information and support about the coronavirus, e.g. about how Dutch authorities, health services and BUas operate in this matter.

BUas offers additional support with an informationsession on Friday 13 March, from 12.00 to 13.00 hours. Location: Chapel (Horizon Building). All your questions will be answered by Student Office.

Further communication related to coronavirus

From now on, all BUas information and updates related to the coronavirus, will be posted on this page on the BUas website, including new or changed FAQs. We will alert BUas students and BUas staff on new information via the BUas student portal, the BUas staff portal, and via informationflashes if applicable.

The BUas website will be the unique place for coronavirus information for BUas students, BUas staff, parents and other stakeholders. Via the internal BUas portal you will be linked to the BUas website. In the event of news or major changes you will be alerted via the portal and/or informationflashes.

Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas Corona virus core tea

9 March: Education will continue

On Monday evening 9 March, the government and the RIVM formulated the following additional policy, in addition to 'no shaking hands': 'Employers are now asked  to make it possible for residents of Noord-Brabant, and people who work in Noord-Brabant, to work at home wherever reasonably possible. You will also be asked to spread your working hours. These additional policies can contribute to preventing further infection, and also apply to the next seven days.'

In the news coverage it has also been stated that in principle schools remain open.

  1. The new guideline requires additional guidance from BUas, as not every employer is in the same situation, and that BUas essentially is a school.
  2. In addition to the RIVM guidelines, BUas presents the principle: “Education will continue if this is reasonably possible”.
  3. This means that we expect teachers to continue with their teaching duties, in accordance with the scheduled class timetables, “unless…”.
  4. This means that we expect students to continue to attend their classes at BUas on the Campus, “unless…”.
  5. This means that we facilitate support staff to work at home, if that is reasonably possible. Employees coordinate this with their supervisor.
  6. This also means that we facilitate teaching staff to work at home, if that is reasonably possible, if they are at that time or day in question not scheduled “live at BUas” and involved in teaching duties of student coaching. Employees coordinate this with their supervisor.
  7. ‘Unless…” applies: we urge employees or students who cough, sneeze, have flu symptoms or a fever to stay home anyway. This is a guiding principle in all cases.

This guideline applies until further notice, at least during the period of this additional RIVM recommendation.

The Executive Board will communicate more guidance in due time with regards to exams and work placements/internships.

Update from BUas: protocol if symptoms arise

Students and staff who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems are anyway advised to stay at home. If this situation arises, please act according to the communicated protocols (BUas March 7). 

General perspective

We act in accordance with the directives of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. 

As communicated before, BUas has taken various preventive measures, and is providing extra support in prevention, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

For information about international contacts, exchanges and work placements/internships, and for information about individual stays, please read the BUas coronavirus updates of 4 March. 

For more information

Do you have any specific questions about the coronavirus? Please contact the RIVM via the designated telephone number 0800-1351 (available every day from 08.00-20:00h), or check the RIVM website.

If you have any additional questions, you can reach BUas by phone at +31 76 533 2275 (available from 08.00-18.00h).

Please also stay tuned on the information BUas provides.

Source: BUas Executive Board & BUas coronavirus core team
 

7 March: Protocol if symptoms arise

Latest news: RIVM directives for Noord-Brabant

Since Friday evening  6 March, the RIVM​ (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)  has advised residents of the province of Noord-Brabant to limit their contacts if they have a cold, a cough or a fever.  

This means: stay at home, do not come to BUas, do not visit others or places where many people gather. Contact your general practitioner (huisarts) only when your complaints are getting worse. 

Update from BUas: protocol if symptoms arise

Students and staff who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems are advised to stay at home. If this situation arises, please act according to the protocol for BUas students or BUas staff.

General perspective

BUas is open as usual. We act in accordance with the directives of the RIVM​ (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. 

As communicated before, BUas has taken various preventive measures, and is providing extra support in prevention, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

For information about international contacts, exchanges and work placements/internships, and for information about individual stays, please read the BUas corona virus update of 4 March. 

For more information

Do you have any specific questions about the corona virus? Please contact the RIVM via the designated telephone number 0800-1351 (available every day from 08.00-20:00h), or check the RIVM website​.

If you have any additional questions, you can reach BUas by phone at +31 76 533 2275 (available from 08.00-18.00h).

Please also stay tuned on the information BUas provides. 

4 March: We act in accordance with the directives of the RIVM​

General perspective

BUas is open as usual. We act in accordance with the directives of the RIVM​ (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the Corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. A BUas Corona virus core team has been established to coordinate, take appropriate measures and provide communication.

We care, you care

The RIVM and GGD also advise you to take your own preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis, at least for 20 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow, not in your hand
  • Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately
  • Do not shake hands 


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BUas is providing extra support in prevention:

  • Extra cleaning, of door handles and stair railings for example, as a part of the daily cleaning schedule (since Tuesday 3 March).  
  • Paper towels, available in places where the Dyson hand dryers and towel dispensers are (since Monday 2 March).
  • Extra supplies of hand sanitizer (expected at the beginning of the week of 9 March). 
  • Disinfectant wipes for desks, available and distributed from 4 March in regular office spaces, with another distribution round on 9 March (after that, available upon request via Service Desk).​

If you have any questions or complaints about preventive products, please contact the Service Desk​.
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Students and staff who visited one of the areas where the corona virus exists and who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems are advised to stay at home and contact their general practitioner (huisarts) promptly.
 
If you suspect you (or your household members) may have caught the Corona virus yourself, please be extra careful and contact your general practitioner (huisarts). What’s more, you should also contact the Service Desk (if you are a student) or your manager (if you are a BUas employee).

International contacts, exchanges and internships

BUas’ key concern in taking decisions is protecting the health and safety of its students and staff. BUas policy is to follow the travel advice published by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Dutch) as the guiding principle. We observe their colour coding system. Areas coded green and yellow are permitted to travel to. Areas coded orange and red are prohibited destinations. If necessary, we will assess every stay/trip on an individual basis.

However, we want to stress the importance of your own responsibility when travelling abroad. You can make your own decision as to whether or not to travel to green and yellow destinations, but always keep in mind that the situation may change while being abroad, which can lead to additional costs of possible repatriation.

BUas is making an list of all international exchanges, to enable appropriate decision making if circumstances change. As a student, please stay in touch with your student counsellor. As a BUas staff member, please stay in touch with your (programme) manager. BUas will take all reasonable action in supporting students with study continuity in examinations and international exchange situations.

Status of individual stays

If you are located in a country where the virus is detected but you are not in the direct vicinity of the outbreak, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs still gives out a positive advice (Dutch) (green and yellow), you are still able to continue your stay. If you are staying abroad in an area that is not yet affected, but is faced with a new corona outbreak while you are there, you are urged to contact us as soon as this situation occurs.
If you are hesitant about an upcoming stay abroad or feel worried while being abroad, please feel free contact us any time.

Since we do not know, nor can we predict the near future, we will keep monitoring the situation closely and swing into action when there are any new updates to be reported.

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Do you have any specific questions about the corona virus? Please contact the RIVM via the designated telephone number 0800-1351 (available every day from 08.00-20:00h).​
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If you have any additional questions, you can reach BUas by phone at +31 76 533 2275 (available from 08.00-18.00h).

For more information please check the website of the RIVM​. Please also stay tuned on the information BUas provides.

FAQs

Last updated: 20 May

How does BUas anticipate the changed measures?

Based on the government guidelines of 19 May and our priorities, BUas will prolong online education and examination – instead of on-campus education – until the end of this academic year. The latest measures of the Dutch government and the 1.5 metre guideline give little room for manoeuvre for physical on-campus presence for the rest of this academic year.

At the moment BUas is also required to take the corona guidelines of the ‘safety region organisation’ (Veiligheidsregio) into account, which means that we can only use 20 to 25% of the total campus building capacity. The limited room which we are allowed, will be used for graduation sessions (defence presentations), for practical examinations (for our Hotel Management and Media domains) and for a strictly limited number of students who are allowed at the campus because of urgent and significant personal circumstances.

The impact of this situation for BUas for the rest of this academic year is as follows:

  • BUas will continue offering online education and online examination for the rest of this academic year. Online examination, partly supported by online proctoring, will continue. This is extremely important to prevent study delays, and to offer both international students (abroad) and national students the opportunity to perform their exams, and do that based on comparable circumstances. BUas has looked into the schedule, and is confident that we almost entirely can manage the examinations planning as usual, and publish the schedule well in time, which is important for both students and BUas.
  • BUas will facilitate graduation sessions (defence presentations) on campus. BUas is preparing these graduation sessions on campus according to a strict time schedule, with a restricted number of participants. If a student or an examination executive is unable to join or does not want to join these sessions on campus, for example if the student is abroad (at home) or because of health risks, the option is to perform the graduation session online. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
  • BUas will organise practical examinations, which are applicable for our Hotel Management and Media domains.
  • Additionally, BUas will organise graduation ceremonies (degree ceremonies) in the form of a drive-through parade along the campus. You will receive more detailed information via the academy-specific information channels.
  • Because of the limited campus capacity, and the travelling restrictions for students, and the aforementioned priorities, we can only organise this based on strict time slots and a flexible mindset of students and staff.
Student wellbeing and study tips
Now that all BUas students are studying in locations all over the world – out of sheer necessity – we thought you could do with a few tips to get to grips with online studying. We want to kindly support you in staying motivated and concentrated when studying at home all week. Please check out these 10 tips:

Besides these practical tips, BUas offers you additional mental support. You may experience more pressure and stress during this difficult and rather isolated time frame. The Mirro online self-help modules can help you get through these hard and complicated times. The modules are intended to help you with mild psychological complaints. If you have serious psychological complaints, you are strongly advised to seek more (professional) help. The modules help you to become aware of your own mental health through a stepped-care approach, which helps you choose the most effective interventions. You will gradually learn more about yourself and your circumstances, and about your own role. How can you find your balance again? How do you set boundaries? How do you accept what you cannot change? Mirro is based on scientific insights and research. 

The mirro modules are available via the student portal, through the BEST training tile. For international students the modules anxiety, sleeping problems, work related stress and grief are available.

How is BUas preparing the next academic year in ‘1.5m modus’?

The impact of the situation for BUas for the new academic year is currently as follows:

  • In anticipation of a new societal and working modus, BUas is preparing the next academic year, taking into account that we will have to implement working and studying based on a 1.5 metre social distance modus. BUas staff has been requested to contribute ideas and suggestions for the new situation. We are in the course of organising alternative  introduction events for new students and an alternative academic year opening.
  • In line with the call of prime minister Mark Rutte for input from young people, BUas wants to get into contact with BUas students and discuss the 1.5 metre society. What ideas and potential solutions can you think of for the domain you are studying? What thoughts or proposals do you have for the group ‘students’ in general, from your personal perspective? If you want to contribute to this discussion, please mail to corona@buas.nl, mentioning your contact details and degree programme. Your BUas academy will contact you with further details.
Are the BUas buildings still accessible? How about Library services?

Practical information about opening hours:

  • BUas Horizon Building and Frontier Building at the campus will stay open for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, within limited opening hours: 07.45-18.00 hrs.
  • Since Monday 23 March onwards, Ocean Building has been closed.
  • BUas Servicedesk is (physically) open, for BUas staff, Monday through Friday, from 10.00-12.00 hrs. BUas Servicedesk is available by telephone and email, from 08.00-18.00 hrs, for students and staff.
  • BUas Reception is physically closed, and available by telephone and email, daily from 08.00-18.00 hrs, Monday through Friday. 

If you need to deliver an envelope or a package to a BUas lecturer, please arrange to send this by regular mail or parcel service.

BUas Library information specialists are available to you. Please e-mail them if you need support or to arrange a live chat session, for example to help you find specific information online. If you need to borrow a book or another physical Library item, please contact BUas Library by e-mail (library@buas.nl) and make a pick-up appointment. Make your reservation 1 day before pick-up. Pick-up location will be at the entrance of the Horizon Building at two specific pick-up times: 10.00 hrs and 14.00 hrs.

BUas Library has received several requests of students wanting to study in the campus library, individually or in groups. Despite the new guideline for public libraries, which BUas is not, we can unfortunately not allow students on campus due to the corona guidelines for our campus. The previously communicated service to borrow books is still available.

What is the general BUas perspective on the coronavirus?

BUas acts in accordance with the directives of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the GGD (Local Healthcare Organisation). We are closely following the developments concerning the corona virus and will provide any relevant updates. 
As communicated previously, BUas has taken various preventative measures, and is providing extra support in prevention, such as extra cleaning, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

Is BUas open or closed?

As communicated on Thursday 12 March, due to new government and BUas guidelines, the BUas Campus will be closed for students as of Friday 13 March for all ‘on Campus’ educational activities.

This closure will be effective at least until 28 April 2020. The BUas Campus will stay open for BUas lecturers and support staff in order to organise online/distance learning, and support the continuation of education and other operations as much as possible. Advice for BUas staff: work from home unless you urgently need to be present at the BUas Campus.

Academy-specific information about coronavirus 

BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation, in addition to the BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to, for instance, examination and testing and how to cope with placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.
The Academy for Hotel & Facility and the Academy for Leisure & Events have an alternative information channel (currently being developed). If you are a student or staff member of one of these academies, use one of the the links below.

Will BUas events in and outside BUas continue? 

All on campus events and other physical events organised by BUas, with students and/or guests,  will be cancelled by BUas. This applies to these types of events in the coming period up to 30 April. In line with the RIVM recommendations (RIVM) we want to minimise the risk of our students, staff or guests getting infected. 

How about individual appointments with BUas Student Counsellors or BUas Student Psychologist, while BUas campus is closed?

Student wellbeing is very important to BUas. The BUas Student Psychologist and BUas Student Counsellors are  available, despite of the BUas campus being closed. They can be contacted via the regular channels. This means that appointments and conversations with Student Counsellors or the Student Psychologist will be done by telephone or online (MS Teams or Skype call). However, in the exceptional case under these circumstances, if the Study Counsellor or Student Psychologist chooses to plan a face-to-face meeting, this meeting may take place at the BUas Campus or another location, of course taking sufficient social distance. This may be applied as an accepted exception to the BUas main rules, and is fully supported by the Executive Board.

Will BUas continue research activities?

BUas research can continue as usual, taking into account the previously communicated general coronavirus guidelines. 
Students may participate in research projects, but not ‘on Campus’. This complies with national guidelines.

Will BUas continue meetings with Industry partners?

For the time being, at least until 28 April 2020, BUas staff or students will not initiate meetings with Industry partners. We take our responsability and take this measure in line with the general BUas coronavirus policy, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of students and staff (and our partners). Ofcourse these meetings may continue in a digital way.

Our community. How do we stay in touch?

Please stay in touch with each other. BUas is facilitating several (online) events for community building. These events will be communicated via the BUas student portal and via the HUB website.

HUB is the BUas campus entertainment network, and a great new platform to stay connected in this extraordinary corona situation. It is managed and run by students of the Creative Business programme and aims to serve the entire BUas community. You are invited to participate in creating interesting and engaging content through the various media available (audio, visual, text). Check https://hub.buas.nl/.

The HUB runs 'The Isolation Show': every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs. Live music from the BUas HUB studio, with the option to call in, have a chat or make music requests. To listen to BUas radio, click here https://hub.buas.nl/. To reach DJ Charlie, call +31 (0)76 533 23 23.
 

 

I am abroad. In which circumstances do I have to return?

BUas’ policy principles: we follow The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIVM guidelines as much as possible. This is the BUas guideline since 18 March 2020: 

  • For all students still abroad, BUas requires you to return to your home base, either in the Netherlands or your home country. Return while you still can, because authorities, embassies and flight companies are now organizing repatriation on a larger scale. Make use of those opportunities while you still can. We expect that if such opportunities are created, they may only be offered for a short period of time.
  • You are required to return, unless (within BUas guidelines): (a) The embassy advises it is safer to stay, or (b) Travelling is not possible or has health risks.
  • If you are a Dutch student, make sure you are registered at the Dutch embassy. You can do this online at informatieservice.nederlandwereldwijd.nl. Keep in touch with the Dutch embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to the Netherlands.
  • If you are a non-Dutch student, make sure you are registered with the embassy of your own country. Keep in touch with your embassy pro-actively, in order to receive adequate support in travelling back safely to your home base, either being your home country or the Netherlands. If you have a valid residence permit for Europe, you are still allowed to return to the Netherlands.
  • If it is impossible for you to return, bear in mind that you may have to count on a prolonged length of stay, as we can not predict how long travel restrictions will continue. Decide wisely and always make sure you can be as safe and healthy as possible, also for a longer period of time.
  • In all cases, please stay in touch with your placement office or study supervisor.
Are you stuck abroad and do you want to return to the Netherlands or your home country?

For all students and staff with Dutch nationality, and students with a residence permit for the Netherlands and an enrolment with a Dutch higher education institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises the following: 

  • Contact airlines (or travel agencies) flying to the Netherlands or Europe.  
  • Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come.  
  • If you are unable to leave at short notice: register with the platform https://bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl. The travel industry, insurers and airline companies have joined forces in this platform to take responsibility to support repatriation of travellers abroad, who are destined for the Netherlands. For the return journey, a personal contribution will be invoiced afterwards. This will be € 300 per person within Europe and € 900 per person outside Europe. Travellers must agree to this during the registration process. Telephone number: +31 247 247 247. 
  • If you are unable to leave at short notice, make sure that your safety during the rest of your stay is guaranteed. Should you run into any problems in this respect, please contact the embassy via the contact centre of Foreign Affairs at +31 247 247 247 (available 24/7). You can also call this number if you have any other questions to ask the embassy.  

Do you have non-Dutch nationality and want to return to your home country?

  • Contact an airline that flies to your country.  
  • Make use of the flight possibilities that are still available or still to come.  
  • Contact the embassy of your home country.  
What about placements, exchanges, graduation-projects and study progress?


BUas and other universities of applied sciences have agreed upon a number of measures with the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen), on 19 March.

  • The BSA (binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies) of this academic year will be postponed to next academic year. As a student, your study progress will not be  affected this academic year, for example because of having obtained an insufficient number of ECTS. 
  • As you know, all planned examinations, resits and final exams have been suspended for the moment. BUas is looking for (online) alternatives to still carry out examinations, resits and final exams, despite the BUas campus being closed. We will keep you informed about how we will be managing this more specifically.

Let’s do our utmost together to optimise your study progress in this extraordinary situation, and try to limit the consequences of the corona crisis for your studies. As for your placement, exchange or graduation project, you should continue your placement/exchange/graduation-project work online as much as possible. Together we will be looking for solutions to avoid study delays. ’Together’ means BUas, you, your placement company and/or your exchange university.

How to avoid study delay because of placement issues?

Together we will do our utmost to avoid study delay because of changes in placement due to the coronavirus. Postponing your work placement is something we want to avoid, since the industry will probably have coronavirus-related issues for a long time. Try to find solutions for your current work placement together with your BUas placement coordinator. 

And for new placements BUas will look with you for alternative possibilities if necessary. We will need to be flexible. From a BUas perspective, international placements - in these circumstances -  are not a must. We continue the regular BUas approach and goals for work placements in order to enable achieving your competencies. BUas flexibility means, among others things, that having finalised more than 50% of the practical work is regarded as an ‘OK’. This could also be home-based online work. The rest can be done with alternative assignments.  

Suggestions and instructions for alternative assignments are already available per academy. This means that instead of a regular period of 24 weeks, 12 weeks may be enough. Special arrangements may be applicable for special target groups (e.g. MBO students). Flipping semesters may be a solution, all depending on available options per degree programme and curriculum. Research options, including projects outside specific companies, but in close connection with the industry, may also be a potential alternative.

Will field trips go ahead? 

All outgoing trips, for students and staff, including field trips, scheduled between now and 30 April, will be cancelled.

What if you visited one of the corona-infected regions abroad? 

Students and staff who visited one of the areas where the coronavirus exists and who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems must  stay at home and contact their general practitioner (huisarts) promptly.  

Why will the NSE (national student survey) not be conducted this academic year?

Why will the NSE (national student survey) not be conducted this academic year?

All efforts of BUas and other universities of applied sciences are currently aimed at ensuring that  education can continue as well as possible. That is why it was decided not to conduct the NSE (national student survey) this year, as this would require huge efforts on the part of the universities. This decision was made by the Ministry of Education (OC&W) and the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen).

 

Online proctoring: why and how? 

In this coronavirus impacted situation, only partly being able to take exams at the BUas campus, online proctoring is the ideal way to still perform examinations and prevent study delays. The online proctoring system BUas applies, will take over the invigilation tasks in a respectful and data-safe manner. The system will be recording you during the exam, using the webcam and the microphone. It registers all actions on your computer, including potential actions which are not allowed during the exam. 

The reviewing of the exam and all the actions will mainly not be done during the exam, but afterwards. The ProctorExam system generates a report for each candidate, which enables BUas to investigate whether fraud was committed during the exam. 

BUas respects the privacy of students. BUas has legally assessed the privacy aspects of applying ProctorExam, and this is the best possible and acceptable way to perform online proctoring, taking applicable privacy regulations (GDPR/AVG) into account.

For more specific information about BUas proctoring, privacy and our guiding principles for examinations and online proctoring, please read this bulletin.

Online proctoring : how is the privacy of students guaranteed?

The proctoring platform which BUas selected after this careful consideration, ProctorExam, supports all our requirements:

  • It enables online invigilation, in a respectful and data-safe way. During the corona crisis, when you choose to take a digital exam, we base the processing of your data on the legitimate interests of BUas to offer the possibility to take exams in an alternative way.  The purpose of processing your personal data is to help you take exams in an alternative way, and to help you stay on track with as little delay as possible. BUas wants to prevent study delay for its students as much as possible.
  • The system will be recording students during the exam, using the webcam and the microphone.  A student’s behaviour will be processed, as well as the use of websites other than those allowed during the exam, to see if these have been used illegitimately.
  • To establish the student’s identity in advance, he/she will have to identify him/herself by showing the ID card, take a picture of him/herself and submit these. When showing the ID, the invigilator only needs to see the full name and photo and he/she must be able to establish whether it is a legal document. Students are therefore strongly advised to cover their social security number, place of issue, nationality and document number. They will also be requested to show the materials they are allowed to use during the exam.
  • A 'room scan', and the use of a second camera, e.g. of a smartphone, are not applicable. A student will not have to show the room. He/she is advised to provide a neutral environment and put special or personal items out of sight.
  • The recording of the exam will be analysed by an external proctor of ProctorExam. The use of an algorithm or ‘machine learning’ is not applicable. Only ‘real people’ carry out the proctoring and they have been trained to analyse the recordings at a speed of 6 times the normal play mode. Within 48 hours after students have ended their exams, the recording will be proctored and sent to BUas. A report will be sent to BUas with a colour code. ‘Green’ means: no irregularities; ‘orange’ means: there are some irregularities that possibly need closer examination; ‘red’ means: the invigilator has seen behaviour that needs to be reviewed. Recordings with code ‘green’ are deleted from the server (based in Europe) immediately. Code ‘orange’ recordings will be reviewed by BUas as soon as possible, to decide if the deviant behaviour gives reason for further investigation. Code ‘red’ recordings will also be reviewed in order to make sure if code red was indeed applicable. ‘Orange’ and ‘red’ recordings will be deleted if BUas decides that there has been no fraud. Recordings where no fraud has been established are deleted within a maximum of 2 business days after they are received and analysed. The photo a student made to identify him/herself at the beginning of the exam will be deleted simultaneously with the recording of the exam.
  • If fraud has been committed, those recordings will be saved by BUas, only for as long as necessary, e.g. to serve as evidence in the case of an appeal.
  • BUas has made privacy agreements with ProctorExam in a processing agreement that is based on the GDPR. Therefore, ProctorExam is only allowed to process the data based on that agreement. The recordings and other personal data are processed confidentially. Sharing these recordings or any other personal data with third parties without the written consent of BUas is strictly prohibited. The same strict privacy and confidentiality rules apply to all ProctorExam employees and sub-processors. The external proctors can be compared to the normal on-campus proctors (invigilators) during an on-campus exam. Both BUas and Proctor Exam (and its sub-processors) have implemented technical and organisational data security in their systems to ensure that the processing of your data is being carried out safely.
  • Only BUas can decide if fraud has been committed and these decisions are always made by the board of examiners, not by a computer system or ProctorExam. So, no automated decision making is applicable. The TER is, as always, applicable.
  • After submitting the test, and having performed the required ProctorExam actions, the student can shut down the web browser. After that moment nothing will be registered anymore.
  • Student data, recorded by ProctorExam, will be exclusively available to the appointed ProctorExam and BUas invigilators, and will be saved according to the period mentioned above, by ProctorExam and BUas.
  • The BUas legal officer has assessed the privacy perspective of applying ProctorExam, and concluded that the use of ProctorExam is the best possible and acceptable way to perform online proctoring, taking applicable privacy regulations (GDPR/AVG) into account.
  • The general privacy regulations of BUas are, as always, applicable. In this document more in-depth information can be found on the rights regarding privacy matters, and how to file a complaint if needed.
How can you work online? 

BUas students and staff have access to Microsoft Teams, which facilitates online teamwork. Meetings that cannot take place at the campus, due to staff working from home, can also be held online by means of this tool.

Does BUas offer e-learning and digital testing possibilities?

BUas has rapidly made the transition from on-campus education to distance education. The vast majority of scheduled classes are being taught online. Academies and their students have succesfully been performing online examinations. We are very happy that we have been able to facilitate many exams in the first weeks of May, which is a major contributory factor in avoiding unnecessary study delays as much as possible.

BUas academies may have specific information related to the coronavirus situation in addition to BUas corporate information. This academy-specific information for students (and staff) relates to  testing and examination and how to cope with work placements or academy-specific events. Most academies inform students about these academy-specific topics by email or academy newsletter.

AHF and ALE have an alternative information channel. If you are a student or staff member of either academy, use one of the links below.

Specific timetable and class information for students will continue to be available via the BUas (StuComm) student app and via MS Outlook for lecturers. The timetables will cover the time frame until the end of this academic year. Please note that the academic year will end on 17 July and that your presence may be required for educational activities until that date. Check the current BUas holiday planning here https://www.buas.nl/en/year-schedule

Do not hesitate to apply as a new international student because of coronavirus issues. How will BUas support you? 

We fully understand that you may feel insecure about planning to study abroad. Times are insecure and nobody can exactly predict when safe air travel will be available again. If you would like to choose to study at BUas, we can and will support you anyhow. Since March 2020, BUas has rapidly and successfully made the transition from on-campus education to online learning, forced by the corona crisis. If you cannot be available on-campus during the first period of the new academic year due to continuing corona issues, BUas will offer international applicants online education. Of course we prefer to welcome you to our inspiring and pleasant BUas campus from the start, but that may be impossible at that very moment. So please do not hesitate to apply because of the corona crisis. We will support your e-learning start for the BUas degree programme of your choice, and will welcome you in the flesh at a later stage. 

BUas is also aware of issues you may run into such as the timing of the required English language tests and the timely availability of diplomas or other required documents. Working with Dutch and international authorities, BUas tries to find solutions for applicants who may be confronted with such issues. Please feel welcome to contact us about these matters. 

How can I familiarise myself at the moment? Does BUas offer any online study orientation activities?

In this extraordinary situation, BUas is looking into online replacement of the planned orientation activities such as orientation days (kennismakingsdagen) and join-a-student days (meeloopdagen). Check the BUas website for more information and new events.

I am a Dutch prospective student and I would like to take part in a matching day. Do these still take place on the campus?

BUas only offers an online assessment at the moment. You’ll be sent an invitation for this assessment after your registration with Studielink. The results of this assessment will be sent to you as a student, and to the degree programme of your choice. At this point, the study choice check has been completed. The degree programme staff will take the initiative to contact you to provide additional information, if necessary, or to answer questions.

By what date do I have to apply?

For bachelor's programmes (and the Ad Tourism) with a regular application deadline of 1 May (normal deadline), the application deadline has been postponed to 1 June. For the deadline that applies to you, please check out the degree programme of your choice:

I am an international applicant and have been conditionally admitted. What if I cannot submit my final diploma or English test documents before the deadline?

English language tests

In several countries, exams and English language tests are being postponed because of the coronavirus. In these extraordinary circumstances, we will do our utmost to find solutions to enable applicants to start their bachelor’s or  master’s programme at BUas after all. 

Diplomas

We are aware that applicants are concerned about not being able to deliver the requested documents in time. The problem is well known and the government organisations concerned, such as in the Netherlands, are currently discussing possible solutions. BUas will continue to monitor the situation, and  expects solutions to be found, depending on the country and education system in question. As an example, the Dutch government has decided to cancel the Dutch state exams and that diplomas will be awarded based on school exams. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) decided to award their diplomas based on the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise already bult into the programmes. We expect other countries to take similar decisions, aligning with their specific education system. If needed, we will evaluate your individual situation in due time. For now, we will wait for further developments.

English test results

English tests have been postponed in some countries due to public health concerns. Please note that BUas  will monitor this situation. We know that IELTS and Cambridge are putting detailed plans in place to ensure that test takers are able to take their test as soon as possible, once the official restrictions are removed. Since it is still uncertain  when this will take place, TOEFL has designed an online test which we have accepted (TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition). This online TOEFL test is available at the locations where TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Iran and mainland China. Check out if this applies to you. For now, we will wait for further developments. However, please contact us by the time you know for certain that registration for an English test will not be possible one month before our deadline (1 September EU, 1 July non-EU). 
For our non-EU applicants for whom we need to apply for visas
The problem is well known and the government organisations concerned are currently discussing possible solutions. BUas will continue monitoring the situation. This is a worldwide problem and BUas expects solutions to be found.

For EU and non-EU applicants

Under normal circumstances our deadline for submitting diploma documents and English test results is 1 September for our EU applicants and 1 July for our non-EU applicants. We may decide to deviate from these deadlines based on future developments and on an individual basis. For now, we will wait for the developments in the coming months and we will inform you if anything changes. Do not worry and know that you are always welcome to contact us. We will hopefully see each other in September!

 

What if I need health care due to the coronavirus? AON Student Insurance

For all questions about health care insurance, please read the flyer of the Zorgverzekeringslijn.

If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact Zorgverzekeringslijn by chat (www.zvl.tips) or email (info@zorgverzekeringslijn.nl).  They can also be reached at 0800 64 64 644, and from abroad please call +31 88 900 6960.

If you have an AON Student Insurance and have any questions, you can always contact them via info@aonstudentinsurance.com or give them a call at +31 (0)10 44 88 260.
When you have returned to your home country, please note that your AON insurance covers your stay until 31 August 2020. However, specific conditions apply to extending your insurance coverage: 

  • The student needs to remain enrolled at his/her educational institute;
  • The student needs to demonstrate he/she attends online education (study progress);
  • Extension of insurance only provides for covering (medical) costs in the event of an emergency (matters than cannot be postponed);
  • Coverage will be extended until 31 August 2020 at the latest. If insurance expires at an earlier date than 31 August 2020, extension of coverage will apply until expiry date of the insurance; 
  • Medical costs will be compensated max twice the Dutch basic care rate (Nederlands Basiszorgtarief).
What if I run into financial problems?

Duo student loan

As a student, you may run into immediate financial problems, caused by the corona crisis, for example because your part-time job ended (temporarily). Dienst Uitvoerend Onderwijs (DUO, the Dutch Education Executive Agency) offers to temporarily increase your student loan amount. This can even be arranged retroactively, back to the beginning of this academic year. Moreover, students may still apply for tuition fee loans. If this applies to you, please contact DUO. If these options are still insufficient, students may contact DUO about the possibilities. DUO strives for maximum leniency towards students who are facing financial setbacks due to the corona measures. More information.

Payment of tuition fees

Students still need to pay tuition fees because this is legally required for enrolling at Breda University of Applied Sciences. In March, no accounts will be blocked, neither will administration fees be charged due to late payments. If you have problems paying your tuition fees because you have lost income due to the consequences of the corona crisis, you can contact BUas via finance@buas.nl.

Room rent

The Government has announced that tenants who have lost their income due to the coronavirus and as a result, are unable to pay the rent cannot be evicted from their homes temporarily. More information.

Job on the side

Employers have been able to request the new temporary Emergency Measure for the Preservation of Jobs (NOW). The NOW is intended to compensate employers who are faced with loss of turnover. As a result of this measure, they can continue to pay the salary of staff on a permanent contract or a flexi contract. Ask your employer whether you will be eligible for this arrangement.

Financial issues?

If you are in immediate financial straits and are unable to work it out with the above-mentioned solutions, please send an email to corona@buas.nl, so we know about your situation, and perhaps we could find a solution together. 

What about my Erasmus+ scholarship when exchange/placement is interrupted or prematurely ended?

The European Commission has decided to be lenient and introduced a so-called Force Majeure procedure. If you are awarded an Erasmus+ scholarship via BUas Student Office, you will receive information about this procedure via your BUas email address. Please check if this Force Majeure applies to your situation. Stay alert for further updates through the BUas LMS: ‘Info sources/ general BUAS information/ Student Office/ Scholarships’. Exchange students of BUas partner institutions are advised to contact the scholarship coordinator of their home institution.

 

 

Additional corona measures in the Netherlands (national and RIVM perspective)

On 19 May the Dutch government communicated further step-by-step easing of the corona measures, if the healthcare situation in the Netherlands stays under control. Below you’ll find an update of some of these measures. Please check the regular government and RIVM websites for the specific measures.

With effect from 1 June: Travellers by train, bus and tram will be required to wear face masks. People may meet others outside, keeping 1.5 metre social distance. Secondary schools will reopen. Museums, concert halls and theatres will be allowed to reopen (pre-paid tickets only), with restrictions (in concert halls and theatres: 30 persons maximum, on reservation only).

Restaurants and cafés may open on 1 June, based on a reservation, with a maximum of 30 people, with broader possibilities in outdoor seating areas. People will be asked if they have corona-related complaints.

With effect from 15 June: Higher education may carefully offer limited possibilities for exams and practical education in their school buildings, all within the 1.5 metre social distancing restrictions,  and within limited time slots. The official guideline remains that people should work from home as much as possible, and that people should only travel by public transport if strictly necessary. Travelling by public transport requires extra conditions such as wearing a face mask. For students, these travel restrictions also involve strict travelling times: no travelling before 11.00 hrs and not between 15.00 and 20.00 hrs on weekdays.

What to do if symptoms arise?

Students and staff who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems are advised to stay at home. If this situation arises, please act according to the protocols communicated: 

What preventative measures can you take yourself?

The RIVM and GGD also advise you to take your own preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis, at least for 20 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow, not in your hand
  • Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately
  • Do not shake hands
What preventative measures has BUas taken?

Apart from following the RIVM and GGD guidelines, BUas is providing extra prevention support on the  campus:

  • Extra cleaning, of door handles and stair railings for example, as a part of the daily cleaning schedule. 
  • Paper towels, available in places where the Dyson hand dryers and towel dispensers are.
  • Extra supplies of hand sanitizer. 
  • Disinfectant wipes for desks, available and distributed in regular office spaces, and on  request via Service Desk).

If you have any questions or complaints about preventive products, please contact the Service Desk.

What if you visited one of the corona-infected regions abroad?

Students and staff who visited one of the areas where the coronavirus exists and who start showing any symptoms of the virus such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever and/or lung problems must  stay at home and contact their general practitioner (huisarts) promptly.  

I don’t have a general practitioner (GP); can you help me?

We are in good contact with the general practitioner at the Mgr. Leijtenstraat. Please send an e-mail to studentoffice@buas.nl and ask for the GP’s online flyer.

However, if you suspect you have the coronavirus, please contact the GP's office by telephone at the following number 0031765216733 and inform them you are a student of BUas.

My partner is infected; what do I do?

According to the RIVM guidelines you (being a housemate of a patient with novel coronavirus) are asked to limit physical contact with others (social distancing) as you may have become infected with the coronavirus. This means that you are not allowed to go to work or school. However, you may be able to work from home. You are allowed to go outside to do some shopping, for example, but have to make sure that you stay at a distance from others and do not make physical contact. 

Where can I find more information of the RIVM, Foreign Affairs, Noord-Brabant and BUas?

Do you have any specific questions about the corona virus? Please contact the RIVM via the designated telephone number 0800-1351 (available every day from 08.00- to 20:.00h hrs), or check the RIVM (Dutch) or the  RIVM​ (English) website.

For more information and guidance on international travelling, check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (information is in Dutch): https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/02/27/reisadviezen-voor-landen-of-gebieden-waar-het-coronavirus-is-gevonden

For more information, specifically about the situation for Noord-Brabant, please check the FAQs of the Dutch government (information is in Dutch):  https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/veelgestelde-vragen-over-de-situatie-in-noord-brabant

If you have any additional questions, you can reach BUas (Corona ServiceDesk) by mail at corona@buas.nl or by phone at +31 76 533 2275 (available from  08.00- to 18.00 hrs).

What are the specific RIVM directives for Noord-Brabant?

Thursday evening 12 March, the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the government indicated that measures for the whole of The Netherlands also account for Noord-Brabant. Check the specific government website, in case new specific guidelines are issued for Noord-Brabant. 

The advice to employers is to support working from home as much as possible, at least until 31 March. 

BUas facilitates staff to work from home if that is reasonably possible. Employees are to coordinate this with their supervisor. If you suffer from sneezing, light forms of coughing, a soar throat or fever above 38 degrees, you should stay at home and not come to work. Limit your social contacts.

These guidelines will apply until further notice.