Update: June 23rd, 2021
AMS is a dynamic community of international students, faculty, staff, and partners. Protecting their health and safety remains our top priority, as well as the well-being of our society in general. The only effective way to do so is to minimize the risk of transmission.
That is why we strictly follow federal and local safety regulations. On top of that, we apply the specific protocol drawn up by VLIR (the Flemish Interuniversity Council) in joint consultation with the Flemish Ministry of Education.
Update academic year 2021-2022
AMS is more than ready to start the new academic year 2021/2022 and all educational and research activities in code green on campus, provided that the coronavirus statistics continue to develop favorably.
We will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and at the start of the academic year. Please check this web page regularly for updates.
(for the current measures until August 31th 2021, please read below in the orange text box)
How will we start the new academic year 2021-2022 in code green on campus?
- All AMS activities can take place in code green. This means that we are allowed to welcome all course groups on campus at full capacity.
- As an extra safety measure, our activities will take place in large classrooms so that we can still maintain physical distance.
- Thanks to everyone's efforts, AMS is a safe environment. So far, COVID-19 has not been transmitted on campus. All activities on campus and within the learning pathway are done according to high safety standards.
- Hand hygiene rules still apply. The air in all rooms on campus is being constantly refreshed through a balanced ventilation system, thus eliminating the need for additional CO2 monitoring. The use of face masks will be evaluated. If necessary, it will be mandatory to wear a face mask.
- Rapid antigen tests and self-tests do not necessarily contribute to safety on campus, as they are not always accurate and may create a false sense of security. Thus, they often even have the opposite effect and end up making a safe environment that strictly follows the rules, less safe. That is why AMS will only apply a limited incremental testing policy in strictly controlled conditions in the case of high-risk activities.
- Should an outbreak occur despite all safety measures, high-risk contacts will follow the Sciensano policy. In addition, low-risk contacts may also be tested (self-tests or rapid antigen tests) to eliminate all risks.
- At large events, self-tests or rapid antigen tests may be conducted except for people belonging to one of the following three categories:
- people who have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or who have been fully vaccinated
- people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 6 months and have thus built sufficient immunity
- people with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test <72h
These 3 categories also apply for obtaining an EU Digital COVID Certificate (https://reopen.europa.eu/).
- AMS actively supports Belgium's vaccination policy, and encourages staff, faculty, students, and participants to get a COVID-19 vaccine to obtain the COVID Certificate. Also people who built sufficient immunity by testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 6 months will obtain the COVID Certificate. If not, a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test may also allow one to start the academic year. However, there are also numerous additional activities throughout the academic year during which we want to eliminate all possible risks. The COVID Certificate will provide access to social life in Belgium, extra- and intra-curricular activities, and international trips.
- International students are advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine in their home country. Students who did not have the opportunity to do so and who are studying and living in Belgium for at least 3 months can join the Flemish vaccination program during their studies.
Please check and respect the Belgian travel rules before arriving on campus: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/travels/
The pandemic situation will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and at the start of the academic year. Please check this page regularly for the latest updates.
At this moment the following measures apply:
- Face-to-face (learning and research) activities will be organized on campus with a 50% capacity limit.
- All safety measures stay in place: face masks, social distancing, hand hygiene, ….
- Catering services will align with the Horeca protocol: seated lunches and dinners with 4 people at the table.
- Receptions/events (e.g. graduation ceremonies, closing activities/receptions)
are organized with a professional caterer who follows the Governmental guidelines for the sector:
Period 9th June ➔ 1st July max. 50 persons
Period 1st July ➔ 31st July max. 100 persons
Seated, served at the tables, max. 4 people per table (as from June 27th max 8 people), 1,5m distance between table groups needs to be respected.
All staff and faculty will work from home and their attendance on campus is only allowed to support above-mentioned activities. Once a week they are also welcome to come to work on campus for non-essential activities.
Please respect all general safety measures and adhere to the guidelines in case of infection, high risk contact or return from red zone. You can find all detailed information here below.
Take care of yourselves and of each other.
We are constantly monitoring the situation and we will adjust measures as necessary. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your program manager or email@example.com .
In case you test positive for COVID-19, we ask you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. In case you had a high-risk contact or you have symptoms, please contact your program manager.
Safety and hygiene are our highest priority. Each and every one of us is jointly responsible and contributes to the well-being of the AMS community and society through appropriate behavior. Together we strive to create an environment in which low risk contacts are the starting point. In this way, we can help to prevent the spread of the virus.