Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MAY 14, 2020 | deconfinement phase 2

The crisis we are undergoing points out numerous uncertainties we all have to face daily.  The defining of a specific date for a total deconfinement in our institution is currently impossible.

This is the reason why we have decided to carry on our guideline, privileging remote working, in the current conditions, until 30 June 2020. The services, which have recovered partial activity since 4 May (the BUMP, some labs, the kindergarten, the reprography, the commissary and some construction sites) will carry on.  Other services or faculties will have to restart some on-site activities if necessary, according to the activity. The staff representatives as well as the concerned staff will be informed.

We privilege the precautionary principle, which seems the more responsible and the more adapted to circumstances.

In case of an emergency or imperative need, these measures will be revalued in agreement with the hierarchical line (punctual on-site meeting organization, for instance, for greater efficiency). It is obvious that these initiatives must remain an exception in the framework of the most strict elementary sanitary rules (see good practices guide: barrier actions, social distancing…).  We call out for each and everyone’s responsibility.

While maintaining the general guideline, these measures will be revalued and could thus be changed in the following weeks.  We commit to revalue the situation if needed and will get back to you according to evolution.

As a reminder, this webpage is still available to give you all the information and necessary recommendations.  You will notably find the new version of the good practices guide.

You can use the email for any question or complementary information.

May 5, 2020 | Deconfinement - good practices guide

Some staff members have come back to work on the campus since 4 May.  Others will start later, maybe as soon as 18 May, at the beginning of the second deconfinement phase, for which our university still needs to define measures.

To support you and invite you to adopt, when the moment comes, the adequate acts and behaviours towards the exceptional circumstances we are experiencing, the Prevention service has written a good practices guide.

It comprises the prevention measures applicable, at your return, on your workplace or during displacements on the campus.  This guide is as comprehensible as possible.

A video, created by the Faculty of Medicine, will also help you apprehend a progressive deconfinement.  It mentions elementary recommendations and can be viewed on TerraNostra (FR version only)…

Sensitizing posters will also be displayed at strategic places of the University.

We remind you generalized teleworking (when possible) is still the rule until 17 May minimum.

April 29, 2020 | deconfinement modalities - Phase 1

On 4 May, the first deconfinement phase will begin at the UNamur, as it will also in our society.  At the UNamur, it means carrying on general remote working, where it is possible, as well as limited reopening of some services, additional to those who had to maintain activities during the confinement.

This limited reopening affects:

  • The BUMP: only for returning and borrowing books;
  • The laboratories with infrastructures implying a presence on site (equipment/reactives) for all researchers, including undergraduates, according the concerted modalities with Stéphane Lucas and the Vice-rector in charge of Research;
  • The kindergarten: according to the needs of the staff required on site;
  • The reprography service - upon request;
  • The commissary (économat) – upon request;
  • Some of the construction sites.

The modalities for the recovery plan are defined according to the measures enforced since the beginning of the crisis, plus compliance to the sanitary rules. A guide of good practices is being finalized and will be communicated shortly.

This first phase will last until 17 May 2020.  During this fortnight, exchanges carry on between deans and directors to determine the principles and modalities of the second phase, which will start on 18 May, while regularly consulting representatives of the staff. This reflection includes the opening of some infrastructures for students who encounter material difficulties for remote examinations.

APRIL 25, 2020 | Communication of the rector

On Friday 24 April, the National Security Council presented the major axes of deconfinement.  We now know more about national deadlines and progressive measures.

At the UNamur, we will also proceed to progressive deconfinement from 4 May. 

As far as teaching is concerned, remote teaching carries on and the June exam session will also be organized remotely, as already announced.  The students will be informed of the specific exam modalities for each course by Monday 27 April at the latest.

This outstanding situation means a great commitment for teachers and support services, but also adaptation for students.  Even if some difficulties, of which we are conscious and are trying to solve, remain, the comments we are receiving prove values at the UNamur are not only words.  The proximity, motivation and competences of all the actors are a force, which enables us to organize the end of the academic year in the best conditions possible.

As far as the organization of the work is concerned, we confirm that remote work is still the rule until further notice.  Nevertheless, from 4 May, limited access to the campus will be authorized, under strict conditions.  You will be informed about the principles and modalities beginning of next week.  It will be a question of complying with vital rules to protect yourself and your colleagues.  A guide is being finalized and will be sent in the following days.  This resumption of activities is thus extremely limited, for the sake of everyone’s health.

We carry on together by maintaining our guideline, defined since the start of this pandemic, by finding the good balance between fighting the virus and continue our activities. 

APRIL 17, 2020 | Remote working, june evaluations, open door day: confirmation of the measures

The National Security Council has decided to extend the confinement period until 3 May 2020 minimum.  This period will be followed, at an undetermined date, of a progressive deconfinement, which will not enable a return to normal situation immediately.

The consequences of this situation upon the UNamur staffare the following:

  • The remote working measures, as defined by each service or faculty since 16 March 2020, in agreement with the authorities, are applicable until further notice.
  • As far as the June evaluations are concerned, as mentioned in our email on 10 April 2020, remote evaluations must be considered the rule.  As a reminder, the TICE and PUNCH teams have developed a teachers’ guide, which enable you to apprehend the potential modalities.  If necessary, the pedagogical counselors, in your faculties or at the DET can help you find the best modalities linked to your teaching aims.  These modalities must be communicated to students on 27 April 2020 at the latest. 
  • The Open Door Day on 20 May 2020 will be virtual.  The Administration of Communication (Info-Etudes) is currently building the modalities.

Furthermore, a work group is currently elaborating a specific project about “the well-being at work during the confinement period”. We will keep you informed in the following days.

April 10, 2020 | Remote exams modalities

You are all questioning yourself about how the June evaluations will take place.  We still cannot give a definite answer, as the potential dates and conditions of deconfinement remain undetermined.  It is likely that we will be fixed in the following weeks.  We thus need to maintain our position regarding the exams by considering various scenarios.  This will enable everyone to prepare at best, whether it comes to teachers, administrative staff or students. Read more...

MARCH 24, 2020 | Towards remote teaching modalities until the end of the second term

Following the meeting with the Minister Glatigny, the rectors of the French-speaking universities unanimously agreed that universities carry on with remote teaching modalities until the end of the second term. 

At the UNamur, as far as the organization of exams is concerned, no decision has yet been taken but all the universities aim at closing the second term, examinations comprised, without significantly derogating to the initial calendar.

From the analyzed records, which compile all the measures and problems met since remote teaching was implemented, it appears that the study programmes are followed, in a modified way but delivering, for the great majority, the expected education units (UE).  There are a few exceptions and they will be managed case-by-case.

Hoping the situation will be restored by the end of the 2nd term evaluation period, the UNamur must, since it has from the beginning of this crisis, anticipate an alternative scenario in case the exams cannot be organized in normal conditions. The deans and directors of departments have been asked to coordinate with the pedagogical teams to go forward, with the support of the ADEN, in elaborating remote solutions.

This work is prospective: we hope we can organize traditional examinations.  It means that the making of exam schedules must go on and that schedules must be communicated to students as usual.  The students will be advised that changes could happen given the Covid-19 crisis context.  The students would be informed of any changes without delay.

march 18, 2020 | message of the rector naji habra to the members of the university community and to students


March 17, 2020 | UPDATE | Coronavirus, the UNamur supports the country with another diagnosis method in collaboration with the KUL

The UNamur has developed a diagnosis tool and a new work method, which avoid the use of reagents in shortage. The technique enables diagnosis in support to reference laboratories.

The available space for diagnosis is applicable in laboratories worldwide.  The method is sharable.  Its implementation relies on chemistry, working force and solidarity between researchers.  It can be developed anywhere in the world.

Six laboratories are collaborating at UNamur

This collaboration, with 12 researchers, helped by 12 research logisticians, enables to rise the number of daily tests to 480.

This significant increase will enable to target the new propagation cores, and in particular, to test the most exposed people: physicians and the front line health staff.

The UNamur as subcontractor

The tested samples come from the reference centers of the KUL or the CHU UCL Mont-Godinne and go back as soon as the diagnosis is completed.  No sampling will be performed on the UNamur premises.

The UNamur has been accredited the necessary biosecurity certification, which enables optimal security conditions for the manipulations and has just received the agreement of AFMPS (Federal Agency for Medicine and Health Products).

MARCH 17, 2020 | MInimum service implementation

HR hotline: +32 (0)81 72 4600 (from 10 to 12 am & from 2 to 4 pm). 

Our funding conditions are not modified for the moment so we have made the choice to maintain all wages conditions, whatever the staff category.

17/03/20 | Adaptation of the BUMP services

Teaching and remote resources ; Access to computers | More info here....

17/03/20 | DET (TICE & PUNCH) Remote teaching information

Survival remote teaching kit, live teaching and differed broadcast | More info here...

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  • Regularly wash your hands with soap
  • Cough or sneeze in the crook of you elbow
  • Avoid contact with persons presenting respiratory symptoms
  • Wear a mask if you are sick

If you suspect an infection, it is important to call a doctor.  Do not go to a waiting room or a hospital.

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