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COVID-19: Situation update

Published on September 24, 2020 Updated on January 8, 2021

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




Update - 11 December 2020

The January 2021 exams will mostly be held remotely. Part of the written examinations will be organised face-to-face, provided there are no negative changes in the health situation.
You will find the compulsory steps to be taken to sit your exams in the protocols below. Read them carefully before your session.

Update - 31 October 2020

Summary of the measures for our university that are in force from Monday 2 November to 13 December, included.

Teleworking remains the ground rule if your position so permits. The impact of child care on the ability to comfortably work from home is dealt with in the "work organisation" protocol. Meetings are held online. Classes are held online. Laboratories, practical work and project workshops that require special equipment only accessible on-campus and that can under no circumstances be held remotely, may be held face-to-face provided the mask is worn at all times. internships are maintained. Assessments and MA vivas are held online or otherwise postponed.

Update - 24 October 2020

From 26 October to 19 November, all face-to-face teaching activities are suspended and must be held online.
The authorities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation announced on Friday 23 October the suspension of all face-to-face courses, including those of BA1, for higher education from Monday 26 October until 19 November 2020 included

Protocols on teaching activities and on work organisation were updated to include the 24 October's Concertation Committee's decisions.

Update - 23 October 2020

Suspension of all face-to-face teaching from Monday 26 October until Thursday 19 November included

The authorities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation announced on Friday 23 October the suspension of all face-to-face courses, including those of BA1, for higher education from Monday 26 October until 19 November 2020 included. We will keep you informed of the practical consequences of this decision as soon as possible.

Update - 21 October 2020

Due to the exceeded testing capacity, new quarantine (10 days) and testing rules for asymptomatic high-risk contacts apply from 21/10/2020 to 15/11/2020. Asymptomatic high-risk contacts will no longer be tested, with the exception of healthcare professionals.

Update - 17 October 2020

We updated the protocols on teaching activities and on work organisation bearing in mind the latest recommendations of 16 October's Concertation Committee. They are only available in French for the time being, but an English version will be available soon.

Update - 15 October 2020

Code orange in full force as of Monday 19 October 2020

An exception is made for first-year students (BA1)
, bearing in mind their overriding need to further adapt to their new university environment. The organisation of BA1 teaching activities remain unchanged. All other theoretical courses, on the other hand, will only be held remotely for all other cohorts. Practical teaching activities will continue to be organised face-to-face, in full compliance with health measures. With regard to the work organisation, the guidelines remain unchanged to date, while continuously being assessed.
We will get back to you this Friday at the end of the day to clearly outline what measures will be taken.

Update - 8 October 2020

Cultural and recreational activities: reactional spaces (gazebos, "guinguettes") are closed until further notice.

Update - 7 October

Updates were made regarding :

Update - 24 September 2020

The National Security Council measures effective from 1 October: Read the Prime Minister's press release.  The measures specific to ULB remain in force but are regularly re-evaluated.

Update - 23 September 2020

Travel abroad: Travel bans in the red zone are replaced from 25 September onwards by warnings strictly advising against travelling.

More information on the decisions of the National Security Council

UPDATE September 18

Consult the updated information about quarantine and diagnosis

UPDATE September 1

Consult the updated information about ULB's sanitary rules for the new academic year.

UPDATE August 24

In consultation with health experts and higher education stakeholders, the Minister for Higher Education, Valérie Glatigny, has decided that the academic year will be coded "yellow". Wearing a mask will be mandatory at all times on all premises of the institutions as well as in the classrooms. As previously stated, ULB will endeavour to offer as many face-to-face classes as possible.

Read the press release (FR)

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).


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)