23 October - In coordination with the cantonal and federal health authorities, University of Geneva has added three major measures to its protection plan: the switch to remote teaching for the rest of the 2020–2021 fall semester; the priority will be for all UNIGE staff members to work from home; and there will be no in-person public events in University buildings. The aim of all these measures is to limit contacts between individuals and considerably reduce the number of people in University buildings. > Read more
18 October - Following the new measures announced by the Cantonal and Federal Governments, the University of Geneva is strengthening its protection plan. As a reminder, wearing of masks is compulsory, including in classrooms. The ban on gatherings of more than 15 people also applies to building entrances. In order to support remote working as recommended by the Federal Government, the rules on remote working at UNIGE have been relaxed since 19 October. Social events such as end-of-year dinners are cancelled until further notice. Students are encouraged to make use of distance learning when the conditions are met at home, particularly for courses given in auditoriums, all of which are recorded. > More information
6 October - In order to guarantee the wearing of the face mask everywhere and at all times, UNIGE encourages members of its community to take their meals only in the cafeterias. These areas are subject to the catering protection plan including contact tracing. As of October 12, the cafeterias increase their capacity where everyone can now eat even if they bring their own lunch and don’t purchase anything there. Wearing a face mask is also compulsory in the library areas. The University asks everyone to follow health and safety rules at the entrances of the buildings too. > Use of face mask at UNIGE
In order to protect oneself and others, following the recommendations in terms of personal hygiene and social behavior is the most effective tool. Each and everyone can become an ambassador for preventive measures in his or her family and social circle, inside and outside the University. > Protective measures
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In her management of the coronavirus crisis, the University of Geneva applies the recommendations of Federal and Cantonal authorities, in particular those of the cantonal doctor, derived from those of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). These are the only health authorities to which it refers.
UNIGE is carefully monitoring this quickly-changing situation. The University may adapt its policies at any time in response to new recommendations. Any change will be immediately reflected on this page. Should a major change take place, members of the University community will be informed by e-mail.
As an academic institution, we have a particular responsibility in our management of this crisis and the reactions it generates. In a serene and exemplary fashion, we must broadly disseminate scientifically valid information, ensure that the voices of our researchers are heard, and soothe excessive fears through objective and factual information. Demonstrate serenity and exemplarity.