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House rules and code of conduct

At the UvA, and on our campuses, we treat each other with respect - within our work and study environments as well as special activities such as events.

Everyone feels comfortable when we are not inconvenienced by each other and when we respect each other's presence, as well as each other's properties or those of the UvA. All UvA campuses and buildings are smoke-free. There is no room for drug use and alcohol consumption is regulated.

In some areas additional rules apply, these are listed in that specific section.

Report something or ask a question

You can contact the receptionist or security guard if you have questions, experience nuisance or for lost/found items.

Sign with smoke-free image and message
Sign with smoke-free image and message

In and around the buildings

The buildings, the spaces and facilities therein or associated with them, and the grounds can only ne used for their intended purpose: for education, research and all related activities. It is not allowed to bring and use private kettles, coffee machines, sandwich makers, etc. in the office and other work spaces or in the pantries.


All UvA campuses and buildings are smoke-free. Since 1 August 2020 all educational institutions in the Netherlands have been smoke-free. This applies to everyone who uses the buildings and locations, including students, employees and visitors. You can recognise this area by the sign, banner or poster with the smoke-free image and the message: 'This area is smoke-free'. We ask smokers to also observe this rule in the vicinity of the campus and not to cause nuisance for local residents. The security guards can tell you exactly where the smoking ban begins and ends.

Alcohol (alcohol policy)

The focus of the UvA alcohol policy is on discouraging alcohol consumption at the university. Alcohol will continue to be available on campus, but the new policy requires caterers, campus hospitality and event organisers to offer attractive non-alcoholic alternatives. In the coming years, the UvA will also pay attention to raising awareness of the consequences of problematic or excessive alcohol consumption and offering help to heavy drinkers.

Infographic 'Alcohol consumption is not essential'
Infographic 'Alcohol consumption is not essential'

Text in infographic 'How can we make alcohol less of a given in an academic environment'?

  • 1. What steps is the UvA taking?

    Endorsed the National Prevention Agreement

    The National Prevention Agreement sets out specific long-term goals for the improvement of public health. Universities have agreed to reduce the number of excessive and problematic alcohol users. The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), of which the UvA is a member, has committed itself to this objective.

    Agreements on non-alcoholic options with campus catering facilities and caterers

    A wide and appealing range of non-alcoholic beverages are provided at campus catering outlets, drinks receptions, conferences and events.

    Covenant agreements with study and student associations

    A covenant on 'alcohol and social safety' has been signed with student associations and agreements on the consumption of and approach to alcohol are being made with student associations.

  • 2. What can you do?

    Want to reduce your alcohol consumption?

    Don't be afraid to ask for help, you don't have to do it all by yourself. The sooner you deal with your problems, the better it will be for your health.

    Students can contact their own GP, the UvA General Practitioners Practice, a student psychologist, student counsellor or the study adviser at their own degree programme. Staff members can contact their own GP and/or the occupational physician, who holds preventative consultations (see Occupational Health and Safety matters in the A-Z list in the staff sites). 

    Take part in the Ikpas (I'll pass) challenge

    Have you unconsciously developed a pattern of drinking alcohol almost every day? Have you ever wondered what kind of influence this has on you and what would happen if you broke the pattern? Or maybe you have an important test, paper or sports match that you want to be at your best for and you'd like to try not drinking for a month. If any of these situations apply to you, you should definitely consider trying an IkPas-challenge.

    IkPas (I'll pass) is motivational platform that challenges you not to drink for a month. The platform is free to use as a UvA student and not only has the option to join on your own but also to join as a group. Not only does an IkPas challenge give you real-life insight into the benefits of not drinking alcohol for a while, it is also a good opportunity to reflect on your own alcohol consumption and to practice abstaining from alcohol.

    Want to read more about alcohol?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse and Audit  offers information, self-tests and offline self-help tools to help you stop drinking or reduce your alcohol intake. Free apps such as the Try Dry-app can help you prepare for situations in which you might struggle to avoid drinking altogether or avoid drinking too much so that you can stick to your own limit. Check out BBC GoodFood for inspiring non-alcoholic alternatives.

    How can you learn to recognise alcohol abuse issues and discuss them openly?

    Signals of potential alcohol abuse include showing up late on a regular basis, self-neglect, changes in terms of behaviour, emotions or interests.

    If you suspect that your co-worker or fellow student is abusing alcohol, try to discuss this with them. You can start the conversation by telling them that you are worried and asking if it would be alright to discuss the situation together.

    Alcohol abuse is still a taboo subject, so be mindful of the words you use to describe the situation. Figure out the best follow-up steps together. If you need help in how to have this conversation, read the conversation guide. (PDF, 4 p.)

Clean and tidy

To ensure that our campus environments stay clean, tidy and liveable for everyone, please leave your work or study place clean and park bicycle, scooter or car in the designated areas. It is not permitted to make changes on doors, windows and walls. Posters and other information material can be put up on the assigned wall notice boards.

Escape routes

For everyone's safety it is imperative that escape routes are kept clear at all times.

Opening hours

All buildings and facilities are accessible during opening hours. The sites are open to the public, parts of them may be closed at some times.

Events and distributing information

Not permitted are expressions of a cultural, political and/or religious nature or with commercial purposes and the organization of activities and/or the distribution of written or oral information with the above purpose, such as putting up posters, handing out flyers, submitting magazines or placing stands.

Under certain conditions the following is allowed:

  • Making video and sound recordings. You need prior approval for this. Please contact the Facility Services event coordinator for this. See film and photography at the UvA.
  • Organizing events. Please contact the Facility Services event coordinator in advance. See Event coordination (facility support).
  • Flyering and similar activities for education and research related topics. Please contact the Facility Services event coordinator in advance. See film and photography at the UvA.


In the event of nuisance or violation of the law, the UvA can deny access to work, education or building/facility/site in accordance with the collective labour agreement, WHW or current legislation.

During enforcement, clothing and accessories should not hinder identification.

House rules and Code of Conduct

The 'UvA-wide framework for house rules and code of conduct for UvA buildings, facilities and sites' outlines how this safe and agreeable environment is created and maintained.

House rules and Code of Conduct for Roeterseiland Campus

Below you can find the house rules and code of conduct that are specifically applicable to the Roeterseiland Campus.