Safety at VU Amsterdam


Our university has an open and welcoming campus, and we play an active role in identifying, preventing and mitigating security risks.

  • 24-hour CCTV surveillance in and around university buildings.
  • 24-hour security on campus, and most buildings also have hostesses. The security staff and the hostesses are hospitable and vigilant and are trained to spot and report different situations and circumstances. 
  • For questions or notifications, employees, students and visitors can contact all receptions or hostesses in the buildings and to the Security Desk located in the basement of the VU Main Building (KC-04).
  • In case of emergency, security is available on the internal VU emergency number 22222 or on 020 5982222. 
  • For emergency assistance off campus please call 112.
  • For VU Amsterdam students on stays abroad, this is +31 (0) 20 6444117.
In addition to emergency situations, other situations in which employees or students might not feel safe are also conceivable. A Campus Safety and Security Reporting Centre has been set up for reporting unsafe situations. Any reports of incidents of social injustice or physical abuse or injury, unsafe situations or threats made in person or online can be reported to this office or on this hotline and will be treated as confidential. You will always receive a reply. Appropriate measures are taken to resolve the situation where possible and prevent repetition. The Campus Safety and Security Reporting Centre is also used to monitor the sense of security on campus. In addition, in the context of shared responsibility, active cooperation has commenced with external bodies such as the police and the municipality.

The VU campus is an open and welcoming place. We therefore work actively to identify, prevent and mitigate security risks and incidents. We seek to guarantee everyone’s safety using integrated safety management. Appropriate conduct is an integral aspect of creating a safe and pleasant environment. VU Amsterdam does not tolerate any form of discrimination, intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment or other behaviours that violate our Principles. These constitute undesirable conduct, and they have no place at VU Amsterdam.

To report an unsafe situation or for questions
Any form of behaviour or communication that makes you feel unsafe or that makes you afraid is worth reporting. To report this kind of behaviour, or to ask a question, contact Safety Advisor/Undesirable Conduct Manager Rob Pel, tel. +31 (0)6 55121267,, or Rosanne van Kampen, tel. +31 (0)6 15832514, You can also send a WhatsApp message. Reports can be made anonymously and will of course remain confidential. VU Amsterdam has its own Undesirable Conduct Expert Team. The team member are university employees whose own areas of expertise correspond to the safety themes. Where necessary, and with your consent, we can discuss the situation with one or more members of the Undesirable Conduct Expert Team. We also liaise regularly with external partners such as the local police and municipal authorities.

Within Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam there is an Integrated Safety Management Committee. This committee aims to identify and weigh risks and take measures to make them manageable. This Integrated Safety Management Vision (PDF) states, among other things, that security is a shared responsibility and that VU Amsterdam has a broad duty of care. This duty of care applies in the first place to the buildings and surroundings on and near the VU Amsterdam Campus, as well as to the student accommodations at Uilenstede. VU Amsterdam is connected to the Uilenstede security platform.
Naturally, university staff and students have a role to play in ensuring a secure and safe campus. There are various safety awareness campaigns, including the “Together we can keep VU Amsterdam safe" campaign. In addition, there are also workshops on spotting “alarming conduct" for student counsellors and academic advisors. In this regard, awareness and a framework for action are also important.

The Security and Operations Control Center of VU Amsterdam investigates and coordinates matters pertaining to information security incidents involving staff, students and/or systems at VU Amsterdam. This applies to incidents that appear to have originated within VU Amsterdam, and incidents whereby the university is the victim.

In the event of a breach of security (or a suspected breach of security), you should contact SOCC immediately at

Always report inappropriate conduct
What can you do if you experience or witness inappropriate or transgressive behaviour? Any form of behaviour or communication that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe is worth reporting. To report this kind of behaviour, or to ask a question, please read the information on VUnet.
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