Coronavirus puts stop to Groningen housing shortage

A room in the Kornoeljeflat. The building will be renovated earlier than planned, because there is less demand for student housing. Photo by Reyer Boxem

Fewer internationals in town

Coronavirus puts stop to Groningen housing shortage

The Stichting Studenten Huisvesting (SSH) will be renting out fewer rooms to international students this semester. The number of rooms is being reduced from 1,900 to 1,200. On top of that, there are still 120 rooms available.
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According to Jolien Stokroos with SSH, the largest student housing company for internationals in Groningen, says the corona crisis is definitely responsible for this change. ‘There are far fewer exchange students or international students that are here for a full four years.’ 

In previous years, the rooms SSH had on offer would be booked solid well before the start of the academic year, mainly because the UG and Hanze University of Applied Sciences would refer new students to the corporation.

Renovations

Before summer had even started, SSH already decided to make fewer units available. They did this on the basis of the number of enrolments at both universities. In coordination with owner Lefier, they’ve started renovations on the Kornoeljeflat which were originally scheduled for next year, and they’ve taken the more than three hundred units in the building off the market. The rooms will however be available in case of emergency. ‘But we don’t think we’ll be having any emergencies’, says UG spokesperson Jorien Bakker.

The building at the Van Swietenlaan is no longer available to students, and 170 double rooms have been converted into single occupancy rooms. This means the number of rooms SSH has on offer has been reduced by seven hundred.

Vacancies

Nevertheless, approximately 120 units are still available. ‘They are very slowly filling up’, says Strokroos. ‘Some people book a room three times, only to cancel it just as often. It’s a bit messy. There seem to be quite a few people decided where to study at the last minute.’

As of yet, the empty rooms will not be available to Dutch students: ‘We think that some international students might wait a while and then come over in October or November. The schools want to make sure we have rooms available for them. We might re-evaluate the policy later.’

In the run-up to the second semester and the 2021-2022 academic year, SSH will make more units available. The Esdoornflat is expected to be finished by March or April of 2021. This building has 320 rooms. The Kornoeljeflat renovation should be done by 2022, although it’s not sure if SSH will manage the property.

Stewards will be used to enforce smoking ban after all

Stewards will be used to enforce smoking ban after all

Stewards will be approaching people who are smoking near a UG building starting August 1. That’s when the new Tobacco and Related Products Act will go into effect, banning smoking on the property of educational institutes.
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The UG has been preparing for the ban over the past few years by creating specific smoking zones near the university buildings. These zones will now be removed.

Smokers who light up anyway will be admonished by a steward. In the city centre, the university will use its own stewards, while at Zernike they’ll be collaborating with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and 4GS. They’ve set up a work placement company to employ students from the security study programme at the Noorderpoort College. Six students will patrol four days a week to enforce the ban.

Last year, board president Jouke de Vries said he wasn’t in favour of a ‘smoking police’. He’d prefer if everyone stepped up and talk to smokers who are lighting up in places they’re not allowed to.

Public areas

One thorny issue is the public areas in between the UG buildings, like the Broerstraat in between the University library and the Academy building, and the bicycle path and roads at the Zernike campus. The UG is in talks with the city about a ‘practical enforcement solution’ in these areas.

One option is a local ban, enforced through a municipal bylaw. When asked, a UG spokesperson could not confirm whether that’s what they’re thinking of.

Commonplace

The UG hopes that in five years, there will be a new student generation for whom a smoking ban on university property is commonplace. They’d also like to create a culture where students and lecturers point out the smoking ban to each other.

When the smoking ban goes into effect, the university will make extra efforts to communicate it. They’ll also promote the campaign ‘Stoptober’. On top of that, the free courses to help people quit smoking will be available to students as well as staff starting next academic year.

SSH residents get their own tenants’ association

Residents of the Upsilon building, among others, can take part in the new SSH tenants’ association.

SSH residents get their own tenants’ association

Next year, international students renting from SSH will be able to take their problems to the new tenants’ association International Student Housing Assistance (ISHA).

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ISHA plans to meet at least once a month to discuss how everything is going at SSH. They won’t just be a hotline for complaints: they want to be involved in policy.

‘After the debate in the city council we’ve decided to itemise the rent we charge our tenants’, says Jolien Stokroos with SSH. ‘ISHA can hold us accountable: are we being fair or unfair, what should we do better?’

Topics

Other topics of discussion will be the policy for fines for noise complaints, communication with tenants, and how the SSH properties should look a little cheerier. 

ISHA is an initiative of the Groninger Studentenbond and ESN. The Utrecht branch of SSH already had a tenants’ association, as did Groningen housing corporation Lefier. Yael Steenman, ESN secretary, says ISHA will be able to help a lot. ‘Students enjoy their living situation more if they know what their rent consists of.’

The GSb and ESN will both be part of ISHA, as will three residents from SSH buildings at the Kornoeljestraat, Winschoterdiep, and the Upsilon flat in Paddepoel. They’ll be informed about vacant positions at the start of the academic year.

Corona

Approximately 60 percent of tenants left their SSH residence early over the past few months. The educational institutes and SSH allowed students to return to their own country or family, even though the UG and Hanze University end up paying for vacant rooms. 

‘We’ll be making an invoice soon. It will probably be a considerable amount’, says Stokroos. ‘We’ll be taking on part of the financial responsibility at SSH. We can’t really say how yet. We’ve been having the same issues in other student-heavy cities.’

Give lonely students a common room, city council says

City council: Give lonely students a common room

New student residences should include a common (living) room in an effort to prevent students from getting lonely, the Groningen city council says.
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It wants the municipality to build more housing that includes a common room, rather than just single-person studio apartments.

Marten Duit, faction chair for Student en Stad, says young people are increasingly suffering from loneliness and that a common meeting room could help fight this: ‘If you give students all their own room, they’ll have fewer social contacts and they’re more likely to feel lonely.

Internationals

The city’s focus on building studio apartments over the past few years is also said to be detrimental to the integration of international students. Earlier this week, the Groninger Studentenbond published a study that showed that Dutch and international students tend to live in separate bubbles.

They feel the city should combat this by talking to developers and housing corporations about creating living spaces where international and Dutch students live together.

Short stay

The city is also taking a stance against short-stay contracts. In the future, these controversial contracts, which are only valid for a limited time and don’t provide rent protection, will not be allowed to cover a period of more than four months.

The Groningen city council does want the option of making an exception for corporations like SSH. In order to prevent this exception being used too much, the city council will have to be informed about every instance it’s being used.

Student clubs get corona subsidy

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Student clubs get corona subsidy

The Central Executive Board for Student Organisations (CUOS) is granting Groningen study and student associations a one-time subsidy of five hundred euros to make up for costs incurred for events that have been cancelled because of corona.

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The CUOS hopes to prevent the associations from getting into financial trouble, for instance because they’ve already spent money on speakers or rent. Their insurance doesn’t cover the costs of the cancellation. 

Apply

Association boards have until October 15 to apply for the remuneration. There are a few conditions: the event has to have been planned between March 12 and September 1, 2020, and its cancellation has to be due to the government-imposed corona measures. The boards will also have to show receipts for the costs incurred.

The CUOS and the board of directors have agreed that a maximum of 30,000 euros can be spent on the subsidies. 

Promotional video

The CUOS will also contribute two to three hundred euros to a promotional video that will introduce new students to the Groningen associations during the online KEI week. The video is being produced in collaboration with the online platform StappenGroningen.

The associations are funding the video themselves, with each paying approximately two hundred euros. Since the total wasn’t enough to cover the costs of the video, CUOS has agreed to help out. 

SSH agrees to change short-stay contracts

SSH agrees to change short-stay contracts

Student housing corporation SSH is open to itemising the prices on its rental contracts in the future, so tenants can see exactly how much base rent they’re paying for a short-stay room.
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The Groninger Studentenbond (GSb) says this is a step in the right direction. ‘It will enable us to check whether this base rent is in keeping with the value of the room’, explains GSb chair Jan Willem Leeuwma. ‘If it doesn’t, we can have a discussion with SSH.’

The Groningen city council will have a meeting about the new short-stay policy this Wednesday. They’ll determine whether SSH will be allowed to continue working with the controversial short-stay contracts at all. When someone rents a space for a pre-determined length of time on a contract like this, they cannot cancel it. Tenants also don’t have any rent protection. 

Expensive vacancies

SSH, the UG, and the Hanze University for Applied Sciences are in favour of continued use of the short-stay contracts. If students are allowed to leave before their contract is up, the UG and the Hanze are responsible for covering the cost of vacant properties until the next academic year. This would be a financial burden. 

Only short-stay contracts can guarantee a sufficient number of rooms available for (international) students come September, they say. 

Pressure

Over the past few months, student organisations and political parties have put pressure on SSH to do something about the contracts. In a letter to the city council, the corporation has promised to no longer charge a singular price for its properties, but to differentiate between base rent and service costs. 

The corporation is also open to removing the strict termination clause from its contracts. Right now, students can theoretically be kicked out of their rooms for fairly insignificant things, like a single loud party or a broken piece of furniture. SSH says this never actually happens, rendering the clause unnecessary.

Unwanted

While the GSb is happy with the steps SSH is taking, Leeuwma emphasises that short-stay contracts are still unwanted: ‘Students are stuck with these contracts and they can’t go to the rental committee.’ 

Legal proceedings would be an option in this case, says Leeuwsma. Last year, the court decided that a ten-month contract for the Upsilon flat in Paddepoel counted as a regular rental contract. 

Student party SOG: ‘Don’t forget about us!’

Marieke Klijnstra: ‘We feel like students aren’t being appreciated.’

Student party SOG is worried

‘This is our cry for help. Don’t forget about us!’

It’s not just teaching and support staff that are making great sacrifices during the corona crisis; students are suffering as well. Marieke Klijnstra with student party SOG is asking the board of directors to take their situation into consideration as well.
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During the last university council meeting, you said that the university needs to put more stock into the students’ perspective. What did you mean by that?

‘Right now, so many students are feeling lonely, or are having financial issues. Informal conversations tell us that a lot of students are having trouble wrapping their heads around the fact that each faculty has different policies, for instance when it comes to testing. Some students have trouble focusing right now, or they don’t have the necessary facilities for it at home, like internet or a good laptop. We’re worried about them.’

What can the UG board do to help?

‘What we’re seeing in this crisis is that the board of directors determines policy before submitting it to the relevant parties. We’d like them to consider the potential effects of policy on students in an earlier stage. The pride in and appreciation of lecturers in this time is certainly justified: they’re doing amazing work. But we feel like students aren’t being appreciated as much.’

How should the board show its appreciation for students?

‘They need to take the students’ situation into account even more than they do now. The morning of the university council meeting, NRC published a piece by these Amsterdam lecturers who spoke up for the students’ interests. The board could play a more active role, by addressing the issues with the minister of Education, for example.’

Is there anything else that would help out the students at this time?

‘When the crisis started, we asked if there was any room in the budget to provide students with computers if they didn’t have one themselves, or if there were any spare laptops they could borrow. This is something staff members have access to, so why not expand it to students? SOG is also involved in the ‘Students for the City’ project, in which students help out people in need. Maybe we should set up a ‘Students for Students’ initiative.’

How did the UG board respond?

‘I think they got the message, although we’re not sure what, if anything, they’ll do with it. This is a cry for help: this is what it’s like for students, please don’t forget about us! I hope it works.’

Oh good, the Games are finally cancelled

Thijmen Kupers. Photo Reyer Boxem

UG’s top athletes’ schedule cleared

Oh good, the Games are finally cancelled

The Olympic Games, Diamond League competitions in China, and the Ronde van Drenthe have all been cancelled. Top UG athletes Thijmen Kupers and Lonneke Uneken, as well as Aegir rower Melvin Twellaar can throw their training schedules in the bin.
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Funnily enough, Thijmen Kupers, an 800-metre runner, had been hoping for a while that the Olympic Games would be cancelled. Not that he hadn’t been training. Officially, he was still trying to qualify for this year’s Games. Nevertheless, the student of human machine communication had toned his training activities down already. 

He was preparing for the Games being cancelled. While others continued their training unabated, reasoning that it would give them an edge, he felt this wasn’t smart. ‘Training too hard can damage your immune system. That would be a bad thing right now.’

He was relieved, therefore, when the International Olympic Committee finally made up its mind last week. The Tokyo Olympic Games will be moved to the summer of 2021. The outbreak of the coronavirus has made it impossible for the event to be held safely.

Staying fit

‘Now it’s just a matter of staying fit’, Kupers says. ‘I run and cycle, and my sports club loaned me a few dumbbells.’ Nevertheless, the cancellation of the Games is a bitter pill. The athlete was forced to delay his debut once before; he failed to qualify for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 by just three hundredths of a second.

This year, he was determined to qualify. When the Diamond League in Shanghai, set to take place in May, was cancelled, he saw the writing on the wall. The virus could potentially impact the rest of the season severely: ‘I realised fairly quickly that we were training for something that wasn’t going to happen. I had originally planned to graduate in 2021, after the Games. I’ll probably have to move that, too.’

1.5 metres

Aegir rower Melvin Twellaar was even more disappointed. While Kupers still had to qualify for the Games, he and rowing partner Stef Broenink were set to compete in their double scull. 

Twellaar did see it coming, though: ‘For me, the news came on time. Originally, the IOC was set to make its decision only two months ahead of time, which would leave us with very little time to prepare. Now we know what to expect.’ Besides, he emphasises, ‘health comes first’. 

I was training for something that wasn’t going to happen

He will continue his training, albeit differently. Fortunately, the Bosbaan in Amsterdam is still open to rowers, as that is where he trains. Other facilities have closed down. ‘They only allow boats of max two people, and only permanent rowing partners’, he explains. ‘In the boat, you’re approximately 1.5 metres apart, that’s why.’

The rowing union quickly responded to training complexes shutting down. ‘We were sent an ergometer and a bicycle. I was pretty well prepared. I just wasn’t doing any strength training, but I don’t need to anymore now that the Games are cancelled.’

Bright spot

Now he suddenly finds himself having time off. ‘There might be an alternative competition in October. That way we have something to look forward to.’ 

There is one bright spot, though. The Games may have been delayed, but he won’t have to qualify again. His Olympic ticket will remain valid, even if he doesn’t have to keep up his training. He’ll continue training in order to keep up. ‘I have to stay at the level I’m at now. I’ll get back to strength training as soon as I can.’ 

Sensible decision

For some, the delay might actually be a good thing. Cyclist Lonneke Uneken debuted last season, switching to top team Boels-Dolmans this year. She was also named Groningen sports talent in 2019. She really wanted to ride at the Games, but they would have come too early for her.

On March 11 and 12, she and her teammates were staying in a hotel in Drenthe. The parcour recon of the Acht van Westerveld and the Ronde of Drenthe, two international tracks, continued as planned. The organisation hadn’t yet made any decisions about cancelling the event. In the meantime, the famous classic Strade Bianche in Italy had been cancelled.

Teammates who live in Spain have to stay inside

When they returned to their hotel on the twelfth, Uneken and her teammates were told that their track weekend was cancelled as well. ‘The decision made sense’, says Uneken. On the day she was supposed to ride the Ronde van Drenthe, she rode an individual tour through Groningen of 187 kilometres.

Since then, she too has switched to her ‘winter training schedule’, she said. For Uneken, it’s no problem. ‘Fortunately, I’m allowed outside and the weather is nice. Some of my teammates live in Spain, and they have to stay in.’ 

Exams

She is having trouble staying motivated, though. It’s not usually a problem, ‘but that’s because I’m on a strict training schedule, working towards a race. Now I’m just riding my bike around’, she says. To keep it up, she reminds herself that ‘every training is good for something. If I can’t compete this year, I’ll do it next year.’

At least now I can concentrate on my studies again 

For now, her first race will take place in June: the National Championship on the VAM hill in Drenthe. If that’s happening. In the meantime, Uneken is using her extra time to focus on her studies. ‘I’ve been abroad so much that I didn’t have time. Now I can concentrate on it again. Although the exams I was supposed to have two weeks ago have been delayed.’

Then, maybe, just maybe, she can race at the Games, albeit in 2021. The delay could be an opportunity for her, couldn’t it? She laughs. ‘My chances might have increased a little. But only a little. The other Dutch women cyclists are still training as well.’

Internationals can dissolve their rental contracts

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Internationals can dissolve their rental contracts

The UG has decided that internationals renting a room from SSH or a container from Rizoem, can have their continuing contracts dissolved. The university will cover the cost of the vacancies.
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Many internationals went home when the coronavirus broke out, with many of the remaining ones strongly considering doing so. Since there will be no more physical classes taught this academic year, there is no reason for them to stay or return.

The students who rent from SSH or Groningse Panden, which manages the container units at the Suikerlaan on behalf of Rizoem, had to wait and see whether they’d be able to cancel their contracts. Under normal circumstances, students can only cancel their short-stay contracts when they unenroll from their educational institute.

The UG has now decided that the students can cancel their contracts, even though they’ll continue to study at the university from afar. Their rental contract will end on the first day of the next month. Sander van den Bos, with the student administration department, says that ‘between a hundred and two hundred students’ have come forward.

Other landlords

Students who live elsewhere, for example at The Student Hotel, are still in the dark on what they’re allowed to do. The company says it doesn’t have an overarching policy when it comes to dissolving contracts and that it will evaluate the situation for each individual student.

The Student Hotel has been lenient on students who are having trouble making rent because they haven’t been paid. Other rental organisations in the city have done the same. A spokesperson for Groningse Panden says they’re open to agreements. Lefier and Nijestee, which rent to more than just international students, also write on their websites that they’re willing to ‘look for a solution’, like a payment scheme.

The decision to let students leave will cost the university money. They are responsible for covering the cost of vacant SSH properties and the container units. ‘We made this decision to give the student peace of mind’, says Van den Bos. ‘We’ll deal with the financial implications later. We’ll talk to SSH and Groningse Panden about that.’

Students with no income: ‘How will I pay my rent?’

Students with no income: ‘How will I pay my rent?’

The coronavirus is losing many students their income over the next few weeks. Because they often have flex contracts, they don’t get paid while the pubs or companies they work at are closed. But they need the money.
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Italian Sari Mangia Woods (27) works approximately sixty hours a month as a bartender at Lust, a café in the Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat. He needs every penny he makes to pay for his master in marine biology. On top of that, without a job, he doesn’t qualify for a loan from DUO. He only gets the money from them if he works at least 56 hours a month.

The coronavirus outbreak and forced shutdown of Lust last week have him seriously panicked. ‘How will I pay my rent? Or any of my other bills? I was looking at ways to cheat the system. To show DUO that I did work 56 hours even when I didn’t.’

DUO has good news for him as well as other international students. If they can prove that circumstances beyond their control means they can’t work or can work less, their loan will not be cancelled.’ ‘An employee letter that mentions the time period and the coronavirus as a reason is sufficient evidence’, a spokesperson said.

Financially independent

DUO’s promise will also help out Miruna Lucaci (27), who works customer service for a small webshop. She has a zero-hour contract. ‘They already told us they’re expecting a lighter workload. People might start shopping online more, but they probably won’t prioritise things that aren’t essential to their survival. I’m worried about the loss of income.’

The arts, media, and literary student had just reached a point in her life where she was financially independent from her parents. ‘I know my parents in Romania will have less money. That also worries me. I don’t want to be an extra burden if I can’t make it here financially.’

Buffer

Dutch Lukas de Ruiter (26) combines his master in history with teaching coding classes at the Thorbecke Scholengemeenschap in Zwolle. Last Thursday, he watched prime minister Mark Rutte talk about how the schools would stay open. On Sunday, it was decided the schools would close after all, and De Ruiter had to stay home.

That didn’t mean he would just be able to teach his classes online. ‘I work at Lyceo, a private organisation the school has hired. It would probably be too expensive to convert the programme to online classes.’

For now, De Ruiter can subsist on the buffer he has. He has decided to cancel his planned trip to Iceland in the summer: ‘That’s got nothing to do with a fear of the virus, but everything with my income. I’m missing out on at least three weeks. That’s a couple of hundred euros.’ 

Time to study

Around him, other students are even more worried than he is. Lucaci also knows a lot of them who are concerned: ‘Students need their income. But even if they depend on their parents, it can affect their studies if they get into financial trouble.’

Mangia Woods is just trying to make the best of it. ‘With my DUO loan secured, I can finally spend the entire month working on my thesis without having to work 56 hours. I might have to spend less over the next few weeks, but I think I can make it work.’

Parliamentary questions about skiing trip Vindicat

Parliamentary questions about Vindicat skiing trip

Vindicat’s skiing trip to Sestriere is drawing attention due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in northern Italy. Political party PVV asked the minister of education parliamentary questions.

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One of the things they’d like to know is whether the minister agrees that ‘Vindicat travelling to an area where hundreds of people have been infected with the coronavirus is unwise’.

The PVV also wants the minister to take action to ‘protect the Groningen university community against infection’ when the association returns.

Anniversary trip

Vindicat left for its anniversary trip to Sestriere with nine hundred members last Saturday. The Italian resort is approximately two hundred kilometres from the closest case of corona infection. ‘Things are fine here’, says Vindicat rector Floris Hamann. ‘Pubs and restaurants are open like any other day.’

Hamann understands the fuss, though. ‘It’s everywhere, and the media hype is scaring people. But we’re in daily contact with the RIVM, Foreign Affairs, and the GGD. If at any point they declare the region unsafe, we’ll leave immediately. We obviously don’t intend to bring the disease with us. We’re taking this very seriously.’

Decision

UG spokesperson Jorien Bakker says it was Vindicat’s decision to go. The UG and Vindicat have been in contact, but that was because of how things were being reported in the media. ‘The association is working off of the RIVM and Foreign Affairs advice’, Bakker confirmed.

The university updated its own advice concerning the coronavirus on Monday. Classes and exams will continue as normal. The UG does advise against shaking people’s hands, in addition to the RIVM advice on hand washing and sneezing into your elbow.

The university will also take extra measures when it comes to cleaning. The buildings will be cleaned more often, and extra hand sanitiser will be supplied.

City wants to curtail use of short-stay contracts

City wants to curtail use of short-stay contracts

The city of Groningen has announced it will take action against the use of short-stay contracts. In the future, if someone is staying somewhere for longer than four months, they should get a regular contract.
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The proposal by the executive board of the municipality (B&W) to the city council will be discussed on Wednesday. 

Over the past few years, the number of properties using short-stay contracts has rapidly increased, as the housing shortage led to rooms and studios being built in locations that weren’t zoned for residential use. Short-stay contracts were a solution because they didn’t require a change to the zoning plan.

However, students with a short-stay contract don’t enjoy rent protection. This means that they can’t go to the rental committee when something is amiss in their residence. They also end up paying more rent. The city wants to put an end to this. 

Exempt

B&W would like Stichting Studenten Huisvesting (SSH) to be exempt from the four-month rule.

SSH has an agreement with the UG and Hanze University of Applied Sciences to have rooms available for international students at the start of the academic year. When students leave in the few months before September, SSH does not attempt to find new tenants. The RUG and Hanze cover the costs of the vacancies. 

By using contracts that can’t be cancelled, the outflow of residents is limited. Students can only move out before their contract is up if they’re leaving the university or for personal reasons. If this changes, the UG and Hanze will probably have to pay more to cover the vacancies. 

Current contracts

On Tuesday, the city responded by saying that the new rules would not apply to existing properties like The Student Hotel and De Suiker. ‘We can’t change the rules halfway through the game. That wouldn’t be fair.’

The city will only be testing new initiatives. ‘That doesn’t mean the use of existing properties for new guests.’ They’d like to keep the option open of exempting new properties of the new rules.

This article has been updated with a response from the city concerning how the new rules will impact existing contracts. Earlier, it said that the city was unable to respond and didn’t know what impact the rules would have.

Don’t worry about Citrix

RUG: Don’t worry about Citrix, you can still work from home

In spite of the security leak at Citrix, staff and students at the RUG will be able to work from home. While the university makes use of the software, it doesn’t use the components that are compromised.
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Last week, on Friday, the National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS), acting on advice issued by the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), called for a shutdown of all Citrix systems.

The Lower House, Schiphol, the Vrije Universiteit, and the University of Leiden all did so. 

Working from home

The RUG uses the Citrix Workspace App, which enables people to log onto the university network. The university doesn’t use the affected servers, which host Citrix ACD and Citrix Gateway. Spokesperson Jorien Bakker says that staff need not worry.

Last week, on Tuesday, the RUG suffered IT problems, resulting in 14,000 people being unable to log in to their accounts. These problems were caused by a technical malfunction in the login system.