Due to the increasing number of coronavirus infections, KU Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel will switch to code orange from Monday 19 October.
KU Leuven has decided that code orange will apply to all thirteen campuses from Monday 19 October. ‘We have always worked hard to organize educational activities on campus as much as possible. The yellow code was of great importance to warmly welcoming new students and offering them appropriate guidance, ‘says Luc Sels, Rector of KU Leuven. ‘We must now give priority to compulsory education. Due to the limited presence on campus, we also limit virus transmission and thus protect those who are most vulnerable to this virus, ‘said the rector.
The VUB will also switch to code orange from next Monday. ‘We need to further reduce the presence of students and staff on campus. We are also preparing for code red, which seems difficult to avoid in Brussels’, says Sicco Wittermans of the VUB.
Code orange does not mean a switch to fully digital education. Nothing will change for specifically equipped practicals, PC rooms and labs. With regard to lectures in larger auditoria, with more than 150 seats, a maximum capacity of one in five will apply from Monday 19 October. 30 students can be present in auditoriums with 60 to 150 seats.
In addition, KU Leuven is taking additional measures to guarantee the safety on campus as well as possible. For example, from next week the university will open a sampling center in Leuven where students can have themselves tested for free by appointment. The center is only accessible to students who meet certain conditions.