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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): information and safety measures

Published on March 3, 2020 Updated on August 12, 2020

Last updated: August 12. ULB follows the instructions of the National Security Council and invites all members of the university community to follow these instructions in a scrupulous and responsible manner

FRENCH VERSION

Our COVID-19 FAQ

UPDATE August 12


Following the decision of the Brussels Government, it will be mandatory to wear a mask in public spaces and in private spaces accessible to the public as from Wednesday 12 August. As a result, it is compulsory for one to wear a mask when on our Brussels campuses.

On the other campuses, the recommendation issued on 28 July still applies, namely that masks must be worn in auditoriums, libraries and study rooms, but that they are only recommended in outdoor areas, mainly when moving around and, in particular, when the physical distance of one and a half metres can no longer be respected.



UPDATE August 7
 

Libraries and study rooms will gradually reopen as of Monday, August 10. Check out the dedicated webpage for more information.


UPDATE August 6

The university will not resort to temporary unemployment should an employee be put in quarantine upon their return to Belgium from an orange or red-labelled zone. The university encourages all its personnel to give priority to everyone's safety and ensures that salaries will be paid during an eventual quarantine. 

In the event that quarantine is imposed or recommended, we ask you to communicate transparently with your superiors. Teleworking shall be implemented as far as possible.

If teleworking is not possible, your hierarchy will inform the Human Resources Department. Note, however, that this circumstance will have no impact on your administrative and financial situation, as the university has decided not to start temporary unemployment in case of quarantine for up to 15 days.

Consult the recommended provisions for travelling abroad and returning to Belgium.


UPDATE July 29 

The National Security Council on July 27 has strongly recommended teleworking in order to avoid excessive contacts with colleagues.
We have taken this opportunity to update the protocol on work organization logistics (in French), by highlighting two measures: a rotating schedule system and a general mask mandate.
The main measures reinforced are the following:

  • Teleworking, as defined in early July, is now recommended.
    On-site presence for 1 to 3 days remains applicable, and distance rules - which are clearly presented in the protocol -must be followed.
    A rotating schedule system that limits the simultaneous presence of staff members must be enforced, taking into account the size of shared offices.
     
  • Masks are now mandatory:
    - in all indoor common areas: corridors, lavatories, lift, stairwells, etc.;
    - during meetings, whether with one or several colleagues;
    - if you move around the building as part of your duties. This applies to sanitation workers, security guards, etc.

    In shared offices, you are not required to wear a mask when sitting at your desk, provided that the sanitary measures described in the protocol are followed.
    On campus (outdoors), masks are recommended, mainly when walking between buildings; this is especially true when a physical distance of 1.50 metres cannot be maintained.

We would like to emphasize that wearing a mask is, more than anything else, a way to protect others, including your colleagues and contacts. In a spirit of solidarity, we therefore encourage you to adopt this protective measure.


UPDATE July 10

As instructed by the National Security Council, it will be compulsory to wear a mask in all classrooms, in the libraries and in the study rooms. This measure comes into force on July 11. We strongly recommend wearing one in other situations. 

Updates were also made regarding all travel matters (departing from and returning to Belgium).
 

UPDATE July 9

Check out the latest measures on the study rooms at students' disposal throughout the summer. 


UPDATE June 30

ULB carries on its deconfinement and organises the return of students to its campuses in September. For more information, read our latest news

UPDATE June 25

Consult the newly-updated measures on the partial and alternating resumption of on-site activities for staff members.


UPDATE June 24

Following the National Security Council held on June 24, Belgium will officially enter the fourth deconfinement phase on July 1 - more info (in French)


UPDATE June 22

Consult the updated information about the Libraries


UPDATE May 13 

Consult the updated information on the hotline support set up during the exams.

UPDATE May 8 

Check out the latest general updates for all staff members:

 

More specifically, were also updated: 


UPDATE April 30

As announced by the National Security Council last Friday, the deconfinement will begin in phases as of Monday, May 4.
We aim to maintain a delicate balance between resuming our activities and maintaining the measures intended to contribute to the fight against the epidemic.
Teleworking remains, until further notice, the rule within the University as in the rest of the country. This measure applies to all staff members and to the teaching and evaluation activities.


UPDATE April 28

Check out the oral exams procedure run-through

UPDATE April 27

On the basis of a recommendation from the Group of Experts in charge of the Exit Strategy (GEES), the National Security Council met on Friday 24 April at the Palais d'Egmont to define Belgium's deconfinement strategy in relation to the coronavirus crisis. The strict confinement measures are maintained, until, at the earliest, 3 May inclusive. After that date, Belgium could begin its deconfinement process, if conditions allow it. More info on https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/.


UPDATE April 23

Regarding end-of-term exams, students will be notified of specific arrangements for each course by April 27. We will also send them their evaluation schedule as soon as possible. This information will be provided through MonULB; some teachers may also share information using their regular channels, including the Virtual University. We, therefore, encourage all students to check their inbox regularly.

University-supported tools—namely Teams and the Virtual University—will enable students to sit their oral and written exams. In order to ensure they do not experience any technical problems, instructions will be sent by e-mail and through MonULB next week, in order for them to connect to the platforms by May 4; a specific helpdesk will be set up to provide any support should the need arise. Students, it is essential that you sign in and follow the proper procedure!

ULB will set up rooms dedicated to remote exams, for students whose home environment does not allow them to sit exams. These rooms will not offer more services than what is available at home: tables, chairs and Wi-Fi signal, so that they may sit exams using their own computer. This resource will be offered only to students who absolutely need it; you must contact us in advance to book an exam room. A registration form will soon be available on MonULB.

Students who do not own or have access to a computer should not hesitate to contact us: we have already loaned a number of computers to students in need! The Student Welfare Office can be reached at sse@ulb.be.


UPDATE April 16

The National Security Council (NSC) has extended the containment measures currently in effect until 3 May, included.  More info: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/.


UPDATE April 14

The University authorities have decided that the first-session evaluations will be taken remotely. Your teachers, who have been working on them for several weeks, are to inform you of the adapted evaluation conditions by April 27. You will also be informed of the schedule of your evaluations as soon as possible.

Each class syllabus and its related exam content are currently being reassessed by your professors bearing, at all times, the exceptional circumstances in mind.

We are actively working on making rooms specifically dedicated to the remote examination available to those who are unable to sit their exams at home. As the number of seats is limited, priority access will be given to those for whom this is a genuine and indispensable necessity. Should it be your case, we kindly ask you to notify your professors.

MA theses are maintained and will be held remotely