De Vrije Student stands for serious student representation. We put the interests of students who want good quality education first. That is why we focus on issues that really benefit as many students as possible and we leave non-essential issues for what they are.
During the crisis, education at the university has become completely digital in a short time. Workgroups, lectures and response lectures are online. In order to promote the study climate of the students, it is necessary that education is free and constantly accessible. Do not hand in time slots for lectures or make compulsory assignments before access is granted to workgroups. Privacy protection is always a minimum requirement when using digital resources. That is why DVS is AGAINST procotoring.
During Corona, De Vrije Student asks the faculties to deal 'flexibly' with deadlines, attendance and other (normal) obligations. By entering into a proper conversation with the faculties, we have experienced that we can mean a lot to students. Mails from lecturers and from the faculties showed this. For the mental state of the students, a benevolent flexible attitude from the university is necessary to keep studying workable for students.
At the moment, the problems due to Corona at faculties only seem to accumulate. Many complex issues now lie before us. How do we deal with study spaces? Can we travel to the faculty with the new travel restrictions for students? Is the quality of education not lost with fewer contact hours?
These are questions that require concrete answers quickly. Direct, transparent communication is required for this. DVS puts the interests of the 'standard' student first and thinks about short-term solutions. In recent weeks, DVS has collected letters from students at various faculties to fight for the relaxation of the BSA scheme, the introduction of the 'soft cut' and for the continued use of proctoring.
De Vrije Student is an advocate of 'flexible learning' and is pleased to see that more pilots are being carried out at various faculties. Simply put, 'flexible studying' means paying per course. Have you done a board year and studied but missed a subject? Have you always had a busy part-time job, but did not pass a course? Then flexible studying would offer a solution. After all, you don't have to pay a whole year for just getting a course. We encourage active students who contribute to the faculty, which is why the UvA must also accommodate these students.
De Vrije Student has been fighting for online lectures for years and has been debating this with faculty boards for some time. Even after measures have been relaxed and any lectures on location, lectures must be able to be viewed (back) online.
De Vrije Student is against symbolic politics and is opposed to this way of reasoning. Making a canteen 'vegan' or installing a new 'quiet room' on campus is not something that benefits every student. It is of course important that these points are discussed, and DVS also likes to think along about solutions to existing problems.
However, with DVS the greater importance is always on the agenda, how many students does this affect? What do students really run into? DVS previously thinks of making the canteen cheaper, now that there is a widely shared opinion that the canteen is much too expensive. In addition, DVS is thinking about increasing the number of sockets on the campus now that there are still many spaces on the Roeterseiland Campus and also OMHP without (working) / nearby sockets.