Published on September 24, 2020 Updated on February 11, 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

FRENCH VERSION

Our COVID-19 FAQ

If you are or feel ill, stay home.

Wash your hands regularly.

Keep a minimum distance of 1.50m (5 feet) between people.

Wearing a mask is mandatory.

Respect the flow of traffic on campus, keep to the right and follow the entrance and exit signs

Stay in the same area in the auditoriums and classrooms.

 

Disinfect your work surfaces before and after use.

Clean your equipment regularly.

If you test positive for Covid, report it to covid@ulb.be


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Visitors 


Thank you to our visitors for respecting the sanitary instructions in force on campus:

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory
  • Physical distance
  • Hand cleaning

Consult the practical information available on this page about the services offered to the general public and institutional and cultural events.
 

Practical information

Get in touch with ULB services

Please communicate by way of an email. 
Use the search tool, 'directory' option to find your correspondent.

Libraries

Our libraries will reopen on 4 January 2021. This reopening will follow the same rules laid out in September (seating booking via the Affluence App, seatings limited as a social distancing measure, ... more information can be found on the dedicated webpage).  Opening hours can be found on the dedicated webpage.

Until 3 January, the current regulations (laid out on 4 November) remain in force

Most areas of the libraries are no longer accessible; however, a system is being put in place to ensure access to the collections and the availability of a sufficient number of workplaces.

A "Click-and-Collect" system has been set up to grant access to our resources. This system will be completed by extended on-demand scannings and an appointment system will be put in place to get access to resources otherwise inaccessible via the "Click-and-Collect" and scanning systems.

Regarding access to workplaces, two library areas are accessible:

  • The "Hall des Marbres": Solbosch campus, building A, access via avenue Franklin Roosevelt; Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • The E Area of the GE building: Erasmus campus, access via the covered passageway connecting to the Health Sciences Library; Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

All useful information can be found on the libraries' website.

Study halls are open but with limited seating. These spaces are entirely dedicated to individual study. Sanitary measures (a 1,5m distance, use of a mask) must be strictly respected. No group meetings are allowed on-site.
 

Restaurants

The University’s restaurants are closed and turned into study halls where you may interact, digitally, with your professors and classmates.
  • These spaces are entirely dedicated to individual study and are in no way meeting places.
  • Sanitary measures (a 1,5m distance, use of a mask) must be strictly respected.
  • Group work cannot, therefore, be carried out via physical meetings of several students in these premises.

Please check our Restaurants and shops page.

Sports

All ULB Sports activities are suspended from 26 October to 19 November 2020, included. 
 

ULB Medical services

The Medical Service of the Solbosch campus is open by appointment only and under certain conditions.

Before going to the Medical Service, please note that:
  • you must make an appointment by telephone only (02 650 29 29, Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM). No access will be allowed without an appointment;
  • you must go into the consultation alone;
  • you must wear a mask to enter the building;
  • if you present COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be admitted in the waiting room. You will be able to contact a general practitioner during his consultation hours (call 02 650 29 29).
Sanitary measures will be put in place in the building (regular cleaning of the premises, systematic disinfection of equipment and furniture, etc.).

Outside calling hours, three useful numbers are available:
  • On-call GPs in Brussels: 02 201 22 22
  • On-call GPs: 1733 (more info: www.1733.be)
  • FPS Health: 0800 14 689
 

Partner universities

Incoming students

  • ULB will welcome incoming students in person at the beginning of the next academic year. ULB will strictly follow and abide by the national recommendations and all measures taken thus far are subject to change according to the National Security Council's decisions. In the meantime, we invite students to get their Erasmus exchange process started whilst remaining cautious (do not sign any binding contract without an explicit green light or any kind of insurance). For more information, please contact your faculty coordinators.
 

Teaching arrangements

  • 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. Laboratories, practical work and project workshops that can under no circumstances be held remotely may be held face-to-face provided the mask is worn at all times. Other teaching activities (seminars, reverse classes, etc.) must be held remotely.
  • It will not be possible for students to only follow their classes online, we kindly encourage them to be present on-campus for all teaching activities that require an on-site presence.
  • We fully understand if your students may have a change of heart and decide to cancel or postpone their stay. If this is the case, please notify us via the usual nomination contacts.
  • This information may change according to the instructions of the Belgian Federal and Regional authorities. 

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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).
 

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)