Like all other Dutch universities, the UG is following the guidelines and measures set out by the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and the Cabinet concerning the coronavirus pandemic. We are also in regular contact with the Veiligheidsregio Groningen (Safety Region Groningen) and the Municipal Health Service of Groningen (GGD Groningen). We may take extra measures should this become necessary.
On 12 March, we decided to cancel all in-person teaching until the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. In the days that followed, we introduced online teaching and assessments. In many cases, online versions of lectures, seminars, examinations and assessments were designed in a relatively short space of time, and everyone is now studying or working from home or remotely.
This has had a huge impact on both staff and students. We are doing our best to find solutions. Although communicating with each other via a screen is not always ideal and we have been unable to find a good alternative for practicals, we are inventive and are getting closer to a new normal with every day that passes. Our academic community thrives on sharing knowledge and experiences, and seeing each other face-to-face is a great source of inspiration! So, we will be the first to embrace this as soon the measures are relaxed.
On 12 March, all events and meetings were cancelled and the University buildings closed. Since then, almost all staff members have been working from home. The University Library, Studium Generale and Usva are also (partially) closed. The ACLO Sports centre reopened its doors on 18 May, though with limited capacity, and the University Museum reopened on 23 June. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, working from home and avoiding crowds will remain the UG’s starting point after 15 June. Exceptions will be made for key processes and laboratory research, including taking care of laboratory animals and continuing ongoing research projects and experimental set-ups.
With the new Cabinet measures, which were announced on 19 May 2020, some leeway is created for the University, allowing us to take up important matters that are essential for preventing study delays. With this leeway, we can look ahead to the new academic year. The University is looking into the best hybrid solution for teaching after 1 September 2020. We guarantee high-quality online teaching, and at the same time expect that there will be more possibilities for in-person teaching. We will take the one-and-a-half-metre measure and any other government measures into account for as long as they are in place.
We are also working on an attractive range of courses for new students and on an introductory period which combine the best aspects of digital and small-scale in-person activities. Intense discussions about the extra space that is needed to get universities off to a flying start in September will be held with the government and public transport companies.
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