June 13, 2020, a Dutch newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad, published an article on the inappropriate behavior of one of C&R’s faculty members, a lecturer book and paper conservation. As C&R staff, we wish to reach out to you, as former students, to express to you how awful we find this situation to be, and how deeply sorry we are that past and present students in our programme have been confronted with this.
We are profoundly upset by the justified feeling of anger and loss of faith in UvA as an institute that this situation has caused. The C&R team does not just want to be a group of people who say that a ‘safe study environment’ is important, we want to provide and guarantee this each and every day, in practice. And while the current situation focuses very much on one particular tutor, and one particular series of events, we want to ensure a safe study environment for our programme as a whole. To help us with this, if you as a former student have experienced any situations during your study with us that cause you worry, not necessarily connected to this example, we would very much like to hear from you, or would like to urge you to notify someone outside C&R, for instance the independent ombudsfunctionaris.
As C&R team we really want to work hard to recover present and past students’ trust in us. We realize that we cannot expect this to happen in one go, but we see possibilities to restore this gradually. We informed our current students that we are taking a number of steps, steps which we would like to share with you as alumni too.
The first steps are:
Finally, we do hope that you will feel comfortable to let us or anyone in our C&R team know any questions or concerns you may have, so that we are able to discuss these in confidence and in a timely manner among the persons involved.
You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you prefer, contacting other staff members you know personally, is of course also an option. If contacting us directly seems too big a step, another route is via the confidential advisors or the ombudsfunctionaris.
On behalf of all of C&R staff,
Piet van Wijk (Programme Director a.i.)
Ella Hendriks (Chair)
This statement was mailed to all alumni we could reach. Due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) we cannot reach all alumni.
We ask all who want to be informed to register at secretariaat-CenR@uva.nl.