29 June 2020

Coronavirus information

coronavirus

As part of Utrecht University, University College Utrecht follows the guidelines of Utrecht University for coronavirus measures.

Facilities

Our educational buildings will reopen on 17 August, followed by the administrative buildings. The exact dates for reopening College Hall, Dining Hall and the offices in educational buildings will be announced in due course.

The temporary reception in Dining Hall is open during the summer (Monday 29 June to Friday 21 August) from 10:00 to 14:00.

If you feel ill or suspect you are infected

Follow the guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM).

Isolate yourself from others as well as possible: choose an off-campus location if possible, otherwise stay in your unit.

Minimise human contact and thoroughly clean your unit at least once a day.

Inform the Managing Director, email: ucu.md@uu.nl.

Education

All thesis deadlines have been extended until 31 July 2020.

All courses in the Spring semester and Summer term 2020 could be taken as pass/fail. The pass/fail option does not affect your eligibility for distinction (cum laude etc.), but you will not be able to improve your GPA with a pass/fail result.

Outlines of affected courses contain a disclaimer about online teaching and its effects on the learning goals and assessment. You can print outlines in Osiris to use for your application to Master’s programmes.

As one of a number of measures taken to alleviate the effects of the Corona crisis on study progress, the Dutch Ministry of Education has decided that students at Dutch universities who are unable to meet the standards of the ‘Binding Study Advice’ in the current year will get the opportunity to do so in 2020-21. In parallel, University College Utrecht has decided to revise its probation procedure for the current semester: students who do not fulfill the requirements of good academic standing (ARR par. 7.4) in Spring 2020 will get the opportunity to repair their grades in Fall 2020.

Finances

There are options for additional financial support for students in dire need, for example to cover tuition or campus fees, or coronavirus-related essential travel costs. Read more on the UU website.

The UCU Student Aid Fund has a small budget to help out students in dire need. Please explore the central Utrecht University options first; the Student Aid Fund is your 'last resort'. Find out more.

Guidance and counselling

Please contact your personal tutor for discussing general concerns or questions about studying in different ways (online environment, new assignments, deadlines, etc.), or about living in ‘corona times’. Expect this to be via Skype/Teams, email or telephone.

Student Life Office is there for you to talk, individually or in small groups, about whatever issues you are dealing with in these confusing times. If you would like to connect for a conversation via Skype/Teams or phone, please email ucu.slo@uu.nl. Include your full name and telephone number in your email.

Next to consultations about writing and research (including methods and statistics), the Writing & Skills Centre is available also for discussing any topics related to studying in the current new reality, such as ways of keeping yourself motivated for online classes, time management, or planning when there is little going on. Please contact Annemieke Meijer, email: ucu.wcenter@uu.nl to set up an appointment.

The Futures Centre offers online consultations for preparing you for your next steps after UCU. Think for example of a CV review or advice for writing a good cover letter. Email  ucu.futures@uu.nl for an appointment.