Information regarding the coronavirus

Latest update 14 October 2020

The increasing number of infections has forced the government to carry out a partial lockdown. Unfortunately, new additional measures are again needed to reduce the number of infections. Educational activities are not being curtailed any further and we are pleased with that.

In other words, the national restrictions on maximum group size do not apply to education. We do ask our students to keep their stay on campus as short as possible and therefore only stay on campus if necessary. Travel to and from the campus for educational purposes is permitted.

We expect that all students and staff wear face masks on campus when moving through common areas in buildings (including our labs). This means upon entering, when moving between spaces and when leaving a building. Once you are sitting in a lecture hall or workspace, you may remove your face mask. An exception to this rule are the microbiological, chemical and radiological laboratories, where disposable or personal reusable facemasks are not permitted.

We are doing everything we can to ensure that education, research and core processes can take place on campus as much as possible or else online, and that the core processes continue to run smoothly.

We stress that it is important to continue to take the following measures into account:

  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres, carefully observe the hygiene measures, and avoid crowded places.
  • Keep your visit to the campus as short as possible. Only remain on campus if there is no other option.
  • Employees work from home, unless there is really no other option. Employees only come to the campus for location-specific work, e.g. researchers working in a laboratory and teachers giving lectures. Employees who are unable to work from home due to their personal circumstances are also allowed to come to the university.
  • Also for visitors goes, only come to the campus unless there’s really no alternative.
  • If you yourself or one of your housemates are showing symptoms stay at home. More information on what to do in case of infection and symptoms.
  • Since the start of the 20/21 academic year, we strive to offer a mix of online and on-campus education to all students. Studying at home remains the norm. Only come to campus on the advice of your education/teacher. Students are asked to keep an eye on Brightspace.
  • PhD conferral ceremonies, inaugural lectures, graduation meetings and ceremonies can be organized in adapted form, in small groups with a maximum of 30 people. Of course, this number depends on what is possible in a specific room and/or building, taking into account restrictions in corridors, reception areas and entrances, for example.
  • Employees and students who have been in a country or area with an orange or red travel advice for health reasons are expected to spend 10 days in self-isolation. In doing so, we follow the advice of the Dutch government. For employees, self-isolation and its consequences are at their own risk and expense. Read what these consequences can be. More information about when to go into self-isolation and how this works can be found on this webpage of the Dutch government.
  • In order to make the start of the academic year as safe as possible and to be able to guarantee the 1.5 meters distance, monitoring will take place on campus. For example, you can only enter the buildings on campus with your campus card, a rostering system for employees to work on campus will be implemented, and there are cameras on potentially busy places to see if people can keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Unfortunately incoming and outgoing exchange programs are cancelled for first and second semester 2020-2021
  • Study places on campus are only available to a very limited extent. For faculty buildings, the studying possibilities may vary per building; always check the faculty specific measures first. The possibility of extending study places during non-teaching weeks is currently being looked into. 
  • Travel policy for staff and students remains tightened. Until further notice, it is not possible to book trips via TU Delft to high-risk areas or countries with a red or orange travel advice. Travel only if necessary and in consultation with your manager.
  • Catering facilities are basically closed, only a very limited number of canteens have strongly adjusted opening hours.

Finally, this is a complex time for all of us. Know you're not on your own. If you are having a hard time, please seek help. Our employees and students can contact their manager or study advisor at any time.