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The new measures announced by the cabinet to limit the consequences of the coronavirus also have major implications for the UvA. It has been decided that for the rest of this month teaching activities will be provided in digital form as much as possible, staff are advised to work from home and large-scale events such as the Bachelor’s Day will be cancelled.

Consequences for teaching activities

From Friday 13 March, at least until the end of this month, no teaching activities (lectures, tutorials, etc.) will take place on location at the UvA. All teaching activities will, as far as possible, be provided in digital form. More information on this will follow as soon as possible.  

Any exams planned this month will not go ahead, unless there are exams that can be taken remotely. The UvA feels this situation should not be allowed to affect your study progress and we are doing our very best to find a fitting solution. For further information we advise you to keep a close eye on Canvas.

The aim is that more information will follow on this as soon as possible. This will be communicated via, on Canvas and/or via your programme.

Placements or internships may be able to continue, depending on the location. This is up to students and the organisations where they are doing their placement to decide this on an individual basis.

If decisions are taken specifically affecting your programme or department you will be informed of this separately. If you are a student of medicine or dentistry special rules and guidelines apply; you can find these on Tulp Intranet and Actanet.

Consequences for events

All UvA events will be cancelled, regardless of the location. This will also have major consequences. Earlier on the decision was already taken to cancel the Bachelor’s Day, but this also means that until 1 April events such as inaugural lectures and conferences cannot go ahead either. This also applies to events organised by student associations. At this moment expectations are that PhD defence ceremonies will go ahead, although the number of people who can attend will be restricted.

Consequences for research and working from home

All staff are advised to work from home as much as possible. This will require consultation with your supervisor. UvA buildings will remain open. One reason is that in certain locations ongoing research and other activities require people to be present on location.

Staff who have a cold, cough or fever must stay home.

The capacity of our VPN connection will be extended so that it will also be possible to connect to network drives, SAP, CORSA and other systems from home. We do urgently ask you to avoid keeping your VPN connection running unnecessarily when you are not using it. Naturally we advise you to take your laptop home with you.


There are still many questions and issues to answer and resolve. We will continue to inform everyone as soon as possible via the website, newsletters and Canvas.