Updated 13 October 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.
Many indoor spaces (classrooms, library, cafeterias) are nevertheless subject to the COVID certificate or UNIGE negative test certificate requirement.
There is no accumulation of measures. When the certificate is required, the mask is not mandatory.
Updated 20 September 2021
The cafeterias are open to the university community and external visitors but subject to a COVID certificate or UNIGE negative test certificate. They are for catering use only.
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.
Updated 22 September 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 not compulsory once seated. 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 4 October 2021
A COVID certificate or a UNIGE negative test certificate is required to access to the workplaces in all the reading rooms of the UNIGE Library is open to all. Inside, people can remove their masks. Users are asked to disinfect their workplaces before and after use using the disinfectant wipes and products provided.
Health protection measures: wearing a mask when moving around, respecting distances and disinfecting one's workstation before and after use using the disinfectant wipes and products provided.
The loan operates under standard terms and conditions.
Updated 13 October 2021
These areas are still available and face mask must be worn as the COVID certificate is not required. 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, provided the 1.5 metre distance is maintained.
Udpated 10 September 2021
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 may remove their masks once they have reached their workplace, provided that 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.