2020-2021 academic year: Color codes and practical measures

Our planning is based around four 'pandemic levels'. These levels relate to practical health and safety measures for on-campus educational activities, and are always applied in conjunction with the general corona measures.

Pandemic response matrix

At Ghent University we plan according to the pandemic response matrix of the Flemish Universities (in Dutch). This consists of four colour codes, which indicate the current risk:

  • Zero risk: code green
  • Low risk: code yellow
  • Moderate risk: code orange
  • High risk: code red

Each week, the situation for teaching will be evaluated locally and a decision made on the colour code together with the government. If we have to shift to a different colour code, we will have at least one week's notice to adjust how lessons are organised.

We will have to be flexible this academic year and be prepared to quickly shift between the different 'pandemic levels'. This is the only way to ensure that everything happens as it should.

We will start the academic year in code orange.

Rules for pandemic levels

Lab exercises and practice sessions

Lab exercises and practice sessions can continue under code yellow, orange and red. These can be held with an occupancy rate of 1 / 1.

Small-group sessions (50 people or fewer)

  • In the case of code yellow and code orange, small-group lessons can take place with an occupancy rate of 1 / 2 (with masks) or with an occupancy rate of 1 / 5 (without masks).
  • In code red, lessons will take place via distance learning.

Education in large auditoria

  • In the case of code yellow, lessons take place with an occupancy rate of 1 / 2 (with masks) or with an occupancy rate of 1 / 5 (without masks).
    • You should regularly check for updates before each lesson to find out which rules are in force.
  • In code orange, lessons take place with an occupancy rate of 1 / 5 (with masks).
  • In code red, lessons take place via distance learning.

Internship

  • If you are doing an internship, you must follow whatever rules are in place at your host organisation.