Students at the University of Brussels (VUB) with an appointment for a coronavirus vaccination on the same day or the day before an exam can ask to reschedule it, the university announced on Monday.
Both the vaccination appointment and the experiencing of symptoms due to vaccination will be considered a legitimate day of illness, and students will be able to schedule a catch-up exam.
"We want to encourage all our students to get vaccinated. In addition, we also want to give them the opportunity to start their exam at full strength," Vice-Rector Jan Danckaert said in a press release.
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Preferably, students should schedule their vaccination appointment to ensure there is no overlap with an exam, however "if there is an overlap with an exam, we can look at whether a catch-up exam is possible. In most cases, this will be possible," Danckaert said.
If rescheduling the exam date is not possible, students will have to prove their absence with an invitation from the vaccination centre or a doctor's certificate.
Exams cannot be rescheduled for students who have placed themselves on a reserve list and are called up at the last minute, the university emphasised.