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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): information and safety measures

Published on March 3, 2020 Updated on March 24, 2020

Last updated: Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 7:50 PM.

In the context of this health crisis, 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. Remote learning and teleworking are, therefore, to this day, the ground rule for the functioning of our University.
These measures come into force on March 18 and apply to activities scheduled up to and including Sunday, April 5. They may, however, be updated depending on how the situation develops.
All members of the university community, students, staff members and visitors are invited to read and apply them. These measures, which include a reduction of on-campus activities, are intended to improve the protection of all students and staff members while ensuring that the University’s activities and services are not suspended.

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UPDATE March 24 at 7:50 AM

The measure to extend distance learning until the end of the term, announced on Monday 23 March, is the result of consultations between French-speaking universities and the meeting with the office of Valérie Glatigny, Belgian Minister for Higher Education. This measure was undertaken, mainly to ensure the protection of the health of all and to specify the context in which the term will continue, whatever the duration of the confinement or subsequent health measures. 

Since uncertainty is a source of anxiety and loss of energy for both students and teaching staff, it seemed essential for ULB to alleviate it. We were able to quickly ensure the continuity of our teaching in the context of this health crisis and we can be proud of what has been achieved. Nearly 7,000 virtual classes have already been made available and all our monitoring tools indicate that the system set up in record time has been a real success. Problems obviously remain in a few places, and all the attention of our teams is focused on providing full support to teaching staff and students.

As such, teachers should not hesitate to reach out to cap@ulb.be or uv@ulb.be for any questions related to their teaching activities. We have also made sure, and this remains one of our key concerns, to provide support, both pedagogical, social and psychological, to students and all staff members. 

With respect to the end-of-term evaluations, we are working on the best way to prepare them and will get back to you as soon as possible in this regard. The aim is to maintain them without significantly deviating from the initial timeframe, but taking into account the particularity of the end of the academic year.