Facility updates (buildings, IT, University Library)

UMcard payment temporarily out of order on 14 April after 18.00

On Wednesday 14 April after 18.00, it is temporarily not possible to pay with your UMcard. The system will be offline for a maximum of 4 hours due to maintenance.

During this time period, you can still use your UMcard to gain access to buildings and the library.


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FASoS buildings closed during Easter

The FASoS buildings are closed during Easter. This means that GG90-92 is closed from Friday 2 April until Monday 6 April. GG90-92 opens again on Wednesday 7 April.

All COVID-19 measures stay in place until further notice. We hope that despite the lockdown everyone will enjoy their Easter break.

Updated FASoS Assessment Policy

Last winter, the Assessment Support Team updated the FASoS Assessment Policy.

This document presents the three main pillars of the revised UM vision on assessment, and contains an annex with guidelines for online assessment.

The document is available on the FASoS intranet, through the A-Z Education list > keyword Assessment Support Team.

Advice not to use Google Workspace as it is not GDPR compliant

In the Netherlands, a large study has been conducted to look into the privacy and security level of Google Workspace (which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Calendar, etc). The outcome of this study is that Google Workspace does not comply with GDPR rules and thereby does not carefully process data.

We therefore advise all colleagues to not use Google Workspace. Google as search engine can of course still be used.


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Meanwhile at FASoS: the installation of LED lights

On 1 March, Facility Services started with the project LED lighting in the Grote Gracht buildings 76, 80-82, 86 and 90-92.

The lighting fixtures, the supporting structures with fittings for light sources, will be replaced by LED variants. Facility Services will start with the tutorial rooms after which the fixtures in offices, hallways etc. will be replaced. The planning is to have all lighting fixtures replaced by June.


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New journals available at University Library

FASoS subscribed to two new journals: Contemporary Political Theory and Global Perspectives.


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Beware: phishing emails!

This week another phishing email reached some of you. It looks like the email is sent from your own account with the ‘hacker’ claiming to have gained access to your username and password. A ransom payment in bitcoin is demanded for this ‘hacker’ to leave you alone.

When you receive emails like this, don’t panic as this is a very cheap and silly attempt to steal money from people. There are several software programmes that can ‘spoof’ a sender’s email address making it look like the email was sent by somebody else. Please just ignore and delete this email if you receive it.


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Atlas TI license key

The new license key for Atlas TI is available.

The current license will expire by the end of February. Please use this key if it expires: 8C3E4-14BD9-BEAAL-3LOC5-722TV


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Find your way through Canvas with the Canvas guide

The Student Representatives have created a Canvas guide, which will help you navigate through canvas and find your courses.

You can access the guide here.

FASoS closed during Carnival 2021

The FASoS buildings are closed during Carnival. This means that GG90-92 is closed from Saturday 13 February until Tuesday 16 February.

GG90-92 will re-open on Wednesday 17 February. All COVID-19 measures stay in place until further notice.

We hope that despite the lockdown everyone will enjoy their Carnival break!

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