COVID-19 Measures

All information concerning our COVID-19 approach.
Last update: 8th of October 2021

Code green

As announced by Flemish Minister for Education Ben Weyts, we can once again use 100 percent of our campus capacity in Flanders and offer full-time face-to-face education to all students. In addition, we will continue to focus strongly on our education concept @home@campus.

COVID-19 prevention in academic year 2021-2022

We have started the academic year 20-21 in COVID-code green. Staff members no longer have to work from home, and students have more on campus activities. In short, our campuses are buzzing with activity.

To ensure a healthy environment on campus, we focus on three important forms of prevention: ventilation, face masks, and internal contact tracing.

Ventilation

Sufficient ventilation with fresh air helps preventing the spread of the virus.

In campuses with mechanical ventilation, the installation is set to use 100 % of fresh outdoor air.

In campuses without such installation, you can ensure sufficient ventilation by opening doors and windows.

How is a specific room ventilated? A sticker is attached on the doors to indicate how a certain rooms is or can be ventilated.

Face masks

Along with vaccination, wearing a face mask is an important measure to protect yourself and others against infection. Educational activities can take place without face masks, but if you walk around, we strongly advise you to keep wearing a face mask. It is a small effort, and it does not prevent the normal course of educational activities. In a university of applied sciences, many thousands of students and staff members move around, with a population that differs every day and every hour. That is why we believe it is a good idea to be more cautious than in compulsory education.

Internal contact tracing

We continue to use the central registration form to enable efficient contact tracing. Fill out this form if you had a COVID test at your doctor's, in a test centre, or in hospital.

If you had a positive test result, you will be contacted by our internal H&S Office. They will check if any other persons in the UAS must be informed or have to get tested.

This form was completed 3,046 in the past academic year. About fifty staff members and almost 600 students used the form to notify the UAS of their infection. In 77 cases, via internal contact tracing, quarantine and/or test was imposed on one or several students and/or staff members. Only 12 students (and 0 staff members) turned out to be infected after a risk contact on campus. This low number shows that our preventive measures were effective. This year as well, we will all make an effort to keep the number of infections on campus as low as possible.

We are happy to inform you that the vaccination rate among our staff is 96.6 %. This number was provided to us by the Agency for Care and Health.

This is a very high rate, and this shows that you are all concerned to protect the health of yourself and others. Congratulations! And thank you!

Central contact point: coronavirus core team

You can send all your corona-related questions to corona@arteveldehs.be

A team of staff members from different domains is at your service. Someone is always available to answer urgent questions, even during the weekend. These may concern:

  • Internationalisation / students abroad
  • Education / internship
  • Student support
  • Staff members
  • Prevention and health

What does this mean in practice?

What to do in case of (suspected) infection?

You should inform the university of applied sciences as soon as possible. We will make sure this information is treated confidentially. You can find the complete reporting procedure on My Dinar (accessible for students and staff). With these guidelines, we comply with GDPR legislation.

  1. Call us, or complete the online form.
    By telephone: call your department secretariat or the general number (09 234 90 00). When you call, one of our staff members will run through a report form with you to get all useful information.

    You can also notify the UAS by filling out this online internal report form.
  2. After an internal consultation with our Health and Safety office and your Head, you will be contacted by your department to make further arrangements.