Updated 26 November 2021

The university buildings are open to the UNIGE community as well as to the external public, without a COVID certificate but with the obligation to wear a mask.

In addition, many indoor spaces (classrooms, library, cafeterias) are also subject to the COVID certificate or UNIGE negative test certificate requirement.

> Wearing a mask at the UNIGE

Updated 26 November 2021

The cafeterias are open to the university community and external visitors but subject to a COVID certificate or UNIGE negative test certificate.

The UNIGE encourages the members of its community not to take their meals in the relaxation or work areas but only in the cafeterias. Their capacity is improved so that everyone, whether a client or not, can have a meal there, including those brought in from outside. The cafeterias are subject to the protection plan for the catering sector which provides for :

  • Wearing a mask: it is compulsory to wear a mask indoors, including in queues and when moving around. It can only be removed once seated. It can also be removed on the terrace.
  • Seated consumption indoors: drinks may only be consumed while seated.

  > UNIGE cafeterias page

> Menus and timetables on the UNIGE mobile application

Updated 26 November 2021

During the 2021 fall semester, classes are taught in person; students and teaching staff must hold a COVID certificate or a UNIGE negative test certificate. Classrooms and lecture halls can be used at their normal capacity and face masks are compulsory. UNIGE will ensure audio or video recording or streaming of all classes for those unable to attend throughout the academic year. There may be exceptions to in-person classes where this is in keeping with specific teaching approaches.

All of the above also applies to continuing education, to UNI3 and to anyone auditing classes.

Updated 26 November 2021

A COVID certificate or a UNIGE negative test certificate is required to access the workplaces in all the reading rooms The UNIGE Library is open to all and wearing a face mask is compulsory. Users are asked to disinfect their workplaces before and after use using the disinfectant wipes and products provided.

Health protection measures: wearing a mask, respecting distances and disinfecting one's workstation before and after use using the disinfectant wipes and products provided.

The occupancy rate of the Library areas can be consulted here or via the UNIGE mobile app

The loan operates under standard terms and conditions.

> Opening hours and receptions conditions

Updated 26 November 2021

These areas are still available and face mask must be worn at all times. These spaces cannot be used to eat food that must be consumed in the cafeterias.

"Kitchen" areas used by staff only may be used without masks for taking a meal, provided the 1.5 metre distance is maintained and all the people in the room are seated.

Udpated 26 November 2021

The face mask is compulsory but the COVID certificate is not required.

There are no restrictions on the use of offices and open spaces, provided that a distance of 1.5 meters is maintained between employees present at the same time.

In offices and open spaces, employees must wear their masks even if the distance of 1.5 metres from other people present is respected. The same rule applies during working meetings.

In laboratories, the current protection plans apply.

Updated 3 September 2021

Ventilation of UNIGE buildings is generally provided by two different systems, depending on the building: mechanical ventilation by means of air supply and extraction or natural ventilation through the façade and windows.

For mechanically ventilated rooms, air renewal is subject to the standard of 30 m3 of fresh air per hour per person at full auditorium capacity. These standards are respected at UNIGE.

In manually ventilated rooms, the standard provides for ventilation by opening the windows for ten minutes, 4 times a day, allowing for efficient air renewal. Ventilation maintenance is carried out regularly, by the Régies for rented buildings, by the OCBA for state buildings and by the University for UNIGE buildings.

Analyse ot the air quality

As of as 2021 autumn semester, the UNIGE will take daily random air samples using mobile CO2 detectors to measure the quality of the air on campus. This is a key indirect indicator of the risk of being exposed to SARS-CoV-2 on site. According to current standards, air quality is considered good up to 1400 ppm.

Failure to comply with the air change or CO2 concentration standards will lead to a limitation of the rooms capacity by STEPS in the rooms concerned, down to a level that will ensure compliance with the limit values.

The technical monitoring of our ventilation systems has also been stepped up.

12 Mar 2020