Current directives

This plan will be in effect until 30 September 2021 (adopted pursuant to an upper management decision made in consultation with the scientific committee).

Any measures introduced by the authorities that are more restrictive than those set out in our continuity plans will take precedence.

The Continuity Plan is an integral part of the Directive Setting out the Conditions Underpinning EPFL’s COVID-19 Protection Plan.

Measures currently in effect under the Continuity Plan
(Level I)

Health & safety guidelines

Detailed information on the health and safety guidelines can be found on the Hygiene and behaviour rules webpage. Here are the main measures you need to follow:

The EPFL community no longer needs to be tested weekly in order to come to EPFL’s campuses. Self-tests can still be picked up free of charge, and we continue to encourage people who do not have a COVID certificate to test themselves regularly.

  • A distance of at least 1.5 meters must be kept between people in order to protect yourself and others.

Until Saturday, 10 July, when the exams end, you must wear a mask when moving around within buildings and when you are in a group (such as a waiting line). You can remove it once you’re seated at your place of work (or for an exam) as long as you can maintain social distancing.

Once the exams end, unless you received a COVID certificate indicating that you have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease, you are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask when moving around inside buildings, when at meetings and, if you cannot maintain the appropriate distance from other people, while you are at your place of work or study.

Study-related activities

The situation is expected to return to normal for the fall semester, with everyone back on campus. Some courses may continue to be offered in hybrid mode in order to maintain flexibility in learning methods.

Q&A: Coronavirus, classes and exams

Work- and association-related activities

Remote working is no longer mandatory; it continues to be recommended, however, if it is not overly complicated.

For employees (and members of associations recognized by EPFL) whose work does not require access to physical infrastructure (theoretical research, administration), their unit heads are encouraged to establish a rotating schedule with up to half of staff working on site and the remaining half working remotely on any given day. The goal is to allow every employee to return to campus.

In all cases, unit heads must keep an updated attendance list.

Other HR-related information

Employees who must use campus facilities (experimental research, technical equipment) can work entirely on site.

In all cases, unit heads must keep an updated attendance list.

Other HR-related information

Remote working is no longer mandatory; it continues to be recommended, however, if it is not overly complicated.

For employees whose work does not require access to physical infrastructure (theoretical research, administration), their unit heads are encouraged to establish a rotating schedule with up to half of staff working on site and the remaining half working remotely on any given day. The goal is to allow every employee to return to campus.

In all cases, unit heads must keep an updated attendance list.

Other HR-related information

Within units

No special measures.

Other HR-related information

Visiting students

No special measures.

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Work-related meetings, events

Please refer to the Events webpage.

Travel and time spent abroad

Please refer to the Travel webpage.

Services for EPFL students, staff and units

Students are permitted to come to campus.

Partially open (info provided online).

By email only: [email protected].

No special measures.

Campus eateries are open, although the health and safety measures continue to apply.

Paid.

Operations

Access only for EPFL community according to the rules and procedures set out by the head of Safety, Security & Operations.

No special measures. 

As little air as possible should be recirculated (as much fresh air as possible should be brought in).

CO2 monitoring is required in lecture halls that are made available for studying; other rooms should be in minimum operations mode.

Work places should be marked so as to maintain social distancing.

Disinfectant should be made available for hands and surfaces.

Facilities management staff are responsible for posting the official health and safety guidelines and for installing the required hand sanitizer dispensers at the main entrances.

Facilities management staff will also carry out additional sanitization procedures for classrooms and study rooms and conduct checks to make sure that hand sanitizer is available in public areas.