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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): information and safety measures

Published on March 3, 2020 Updated on April 10, 2020

Last updated: Friday, 3rd April 2020, 6:30 PM. 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

This webpage is going to be updated over the course of the day - watch this space. 

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. 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.



UPDATE April 3rd at 6:30 PM

Many of you are going above and beyond for your students, in spite of personal and organizational difficulties, and we express our heartfelt gratitude to you.
In this context, we remind you that all our communications to you are issued in cooperation not only with the deans and the president but also with the authorities of other institutions of higher education.

The reality of what we are experiencing is especially difficult for students whom we did not have time to prepare to live independently. It is essential that you keep in touch with these students and remain available to them.

According to our observations, it is important to ‘teach classes’ according to the regular schedule whenever possible, while recording sessions for students who do not follow online classes in real-time. While teachers remain free to use any virtual platform that suits them and with which their students are familiar, we remind you that ULB suggests using Teams. If you must reschedule a class, please notify your students as you would for in-person classes. If you are teaching all your classes asynchronously using the Virtual University (VU), please include a forum for student questions and make sure you provide timely answers. In this difficult end of the year, do not hesitate to focus only on essential content!

We understand that the past two weeks have been very challenging for all of us. The two-week spring holiday will give you an opportunity to take a breather, catch up with your students’ assignments and prepare the four final weeks of classes.

The rectors of the six universities in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation have agreed on a series of key principles:

  • Continue to teach, to the extent possible, the content of the six final weeks of classes;
  • Adapt course contents and offer alternatives to activities that cannot be held due to the crisis;
  • Complete the second term on time;
  • Organize student evaluations taking into account the current situation;
  • Complete the first session of exams in a timely manner, in order not to affect the second session;
  • Complete this unconventional year without affecting the 2020–2021 academic year, which must not bear the consequences of the current crisis.
These principles will be implemented in cooperation with all of the University’s faculties and other entities, taking into account the specificities of each. Particular attention will be paid to our teachers and students who are currently mobilized in hospitals, and who are not afforded this availability and ability to adapt.

Information and reminders on classes, suspended activities (practical work, labs and (sometimes) internships) and on the organisation of end-of-term exams and of dissertations are available in our FAQs.