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Health guidelines on campus

Université Laval is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors. Our priority is to act responsibly so that your time on campus is safe and as enjoyable as possible.

Your responsibilities

Be aware of UL’s health guidelines and follow them at all times while on campus.


Face coverings are mandatory inside all UL buildings (in French only).

Assess your health status before coming to campus

It’s very important to assess your health status before you leave home. It’s your responsibility. Go through the COVID-19 self-assessment checklist before you come to campus.

Stay at home if:

  • You have obtained a positive test result at COVID-19.
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 (self-assessment).
  • You are waiting for a test or the result of a test for COVID-19.
  • You are back home or arriving from a foreign country from less than two weeks.
  • You have been instructed by Québec’s public health authority to be in isolation.

*Interns and people working in the healthcare system who have been in contact (within 2 metres) with a COVID-19 patient can be on campus if they were wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) while in contact with the patient.

If you have symptoms


At home

Stay at home. Do not travel to the university. Contact your local public health authority and follow their instructions. When you call, you must tell them that you work at Université Laval. Let your manager know and complete a COVID-19 diagnosis and isolation declaration.

On campus

Isolate yourself from others immediately in a designated isolation room and let your manager know. They will tell you what to do next. See the procedure for people with COVID-19 symptoms (PDF).


At home

Stay home and do not show up on campus. Contact your local public health authority and follow the instructions that will be given to you. When calling, you must mention that you are studying at Laval University. 

If you are absent due to COVID-19, contact your program director so that appropriate accompaniment can be offered to you. Distance options are available to allow you to continue your learning activities. 

In addition, we invite you to fill out the COVID-19 declaration form to help us limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community. Although self-declaration is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to complete the form.  

On campus

Isolate yourself from others immediately and contact campus security (ext. 408500). See the procedure for people with COVID-19 symptoms (PDF).

Sanitize your work or study space

The university has reorganized the areas used by staff and students in order to meet the current public health guidelines.

  • You are responsible for sanitizing your work or study space, as well as any shared spaces or equipment you use.
  • Sanitize the space regularly, before and after each use, or even more frequently. Everyone will have access to sanitizing products.
  • Sanitize all shared equipment (printers, computers, machines, tools, etc.) after each use.

Steps for using shared spaces

  1. Sanitize your hands.
  2. Place the bottle of hand sanitizer on the table.
  3. Take the multisurface disinfectant and a wipe.
  4. Sanitize the surfaces you will be touching.
  5. Sanitize the bottle of hand sanitizer.
  6. Place the used wipe and the multisurface disinfectant on the table.
  7. Sanitize your hands.
  8. Remove your face covering by the elastics, fold it, and place it on the table.

Steps for sanitizing a shared space before leaving

  1. Sanitize your hands.
  2. Put your face covering back on by the elastics, adjusting it if necessary.
  3. Put away your bottle of hand sanitizer.
  4. Put away your things.
  5. Clean the surfaces you touched.
  6. Put away the multisurface disinfectant.
  7. Throw away the wipe.
  8. Leave the room.

Bring and wear a face covering

All university community members, visitors, and service providers must wear a face covering in all Université Laval buildings.

  • Wear yours when you are in shared spaces in campus buildings, including hallways, elevators, stairs, and tunnels.
  • You can remove your face covering once at your work or study space if you can do so while respecting the physical distancing rules (for example: an individual closed office, a classroom, or an enclosed area in a library).
  • We recommend carrying a washable and reusable face covering with you at all times.

Please see where to wear a face covering properly and how to wear a face covering properly.

Wash your hands when you arrive and regularly thereafter

Hand sanitizer stations have been installed at numerous strategic locations on campus.

We also recommend that you bring a small personal bottle of hand sanitizer. Filling stations for hand sanitizer and multisurface disinfectant and brown paper towel distributors will also be installed at the entrances to all university buildings.

Sanitizer kits for students and teaching staff

Students and teaching staff who need to come to campus to give or take a class will receive a sanitizer kit from Université Laval.

  • Students: Prevention teams will distribute sanitizer kits at the filling stations starting August 31.
  • Teaching staff: You’ll receive a kit from your faculty.

Hand sanitizer for staff members

All other staff members who need to be on campus to do their jobs will be provided with a bottle of hand sanitizer as well as multisurface disinfectant. Your manager will also be able to provide you with a face covering.

Bring a water bottle

We recommend bringing your own water bottle. If you fill it at a water fountain, sanitize your hands before and after. We also suggest that you let the fountain run for 30 seconds before filling your bottle.

Follow the indoor guidelines

Follow the guidelines posted at building entrances and inside buildings as well as any directional signage, especially in stairwells and elevators. Keep a distance of 2 metres from other people at all times. Respectez en tout temps une distanciation physique de 2 mètres avec les autres personnes.


Hallways, tunnels, and stairwells

Hallways and stairs are only to be used to get from point A to point B. Do not gather in them, even with just one other person.


Obey the green floor signage indicating elevator capacity. We recommend using the stairs. People with reduced mobility have priority in elevators.

Common areas

Avoid gathering in campus common areas (break rooms, cafeterias, washrooms, etc.) and follow the posted guidelines.

Follow the guidelines for meals and breaks

Some UL food service locations will be open, on a reduced schedule, for the fall semester.

  • Eat your meals in the designated dining areas in the cafeterias.
  • Make sure you are 2 metres away from the people next to you before removing your face covering to eat.
  • Avoid using shared microwaves and refrigerators. If you use either, be sure to sanitize it before and after each use. Try to keep your lunch in a lunchbox (with icepacks if necessary).

Meet online wherever possible

Meetings for group projects should be held online or over the phone wherever possible.

Follow classroom guidelines

For students and teaching staff who must come to campus to attend or teach a class, there is a video explaining how to do so safely. Please take the time to watch it (in French only).

Protect others if you suddenly experience symptoms

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms while you’re on campus, put on a face covering, isolate yourself from others, inform campus security (ext. 555) and go straight home to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.

Do not take public transit unless you have no other option.

Contact your local public health authority or call 1-877-644-4545 to be directed to the appropriate resource.

Our commitment to you


Our campus cleaning services have ramped up cleaning of surfaces in common areas and frequently touched objects.


We’ve added signage on campus and in off-campus buildings to keep UL spaces safe for everyone.

Distribution of sanitizer kits and hand sanitizer

Université Laval will distribute personal sanitizer kits to students and teaching staff who need to be on campus to attend or teach a class. Hand sanitizer and multisurface disinfectant will also be made available to all employees for their workspaces.

Distribution of face coverings

All staff members who need to be on campus to do their job will receive a reusable face covering from their manager.

High-quality virtual environment

As a leader in distance education, Université Laval has been able to make its class options even more flexible. Hybrid learning options create ample opportunities to be on campus while allowing students to pursue their studies remotely.

Student Services

Université Laval has adapted to the current situation by making a number of services available online or over the phone so that you have everything you need to succeed