COVID-19: Campus adapts to new measures
May 14 marks the end of mandatory masks on campus, in accordance with the recent decision of the Public Health Department. Members of the university community will be able to move around campus and go about their business with a smile on their face, starting this Saturday.
However, the obligation to wear it remains in effect in certain situations. We invite you to read about these exceptions to see if they apply to you.
Here is a list of situations where wearing a mask remains mandatory:
- During social interactions and when moving around in common areas, for individuals who have had COVID-19 and are returning to campus after a 5-day isolation, and for individuals living with someone who has COVID-19. For more details;
- In vehicles (car, bus) when staff members are traveling for work;
- When travelling by bus;
- During activities whose nature usually requires the wearing of a mask.
In addition, staff members should note that masks should be worn when gathering in a confined space or when interacting with people at risk.
Masks are mandatory in four faculties
Special considerations apply to the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing. Masks will continue to be mandatory for all faculty members until June 23, 2022 during teaching and training activities.
- This decision is based on the fact that the members of these faculties interact with care environments where there is the potential presence of vulnerable clients.
- It also takes into account the high volume of teaching activities concentrated in the first period of the summer session of these faculties.
- The policy is applicable in classrooms, laboratories and teaching clinics. Further clarification could be disseminated by these faculties to their members depending on the context.
Reminder regarding self-assessment and isolation reporting
You should not report to campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test result, or due to any other situation recognized by public health authorities. When in doubt, it is important to do a self-assessment of your health status before leaving home.
It is important to apply all of these simple rules for the well-being of everyone.
Activities that are organized after May 14 will no longer have to be submitted to COVID-19 for approval. Only the rules normally in force on campus, notably regarding the consumption of alcohol, will apply from now on. For any activity organization, please contact the Student Services Department or your faculty or department head, according to the procedures in effect before the pandemic.
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Mandatory wearing of masks until the end of the session
The wearing of masks in indoor public places on campus remains mandatory until the end of the session. This measure, deemed effective in limiting the increase in cases of COVID-19, follows the most recent recommendation of the Quebec government to slow the sixth wave of the current pandemic.
Student success is at the heart of our mission. Our greatest wish is that teaching and research activities and the upcoming exam period will be trouble-free for most members of the community.
In this context, everyone must make a final effort for the final sprint. Wearing masks in class and on the road will ensure that face-to-face activities are maintained in a setting where the well-being and safety of all community members is respected.
Reminder regarding self-assessment and isolation reporting
You should not report to campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test result, or due to a high risk situation. When in doubt, it is very important to do your self-assessment of your health status before leaving home. This is your responsibility.
If your situation requires isolation, we ask that you complete the declaration form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member.
Help is always available
Are you feeling tired? That's normal. We understand. To encourage you, we remind you that the good times are upon us and that they will help put a balm on the worries of the past few months. In the meantime, if you feel that your psychological health is affected, do not hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Centre or the Employee Assistance Program.
For a successful end of session
It is clear to everyone that life on campus has returned to normal with the lifting of most health measures. However, the increase in cases of COVID-19 over the past few days is a reminder to remain alert to finish the semester without complications.
The increase in cases can be seen among members of the university community as well as in the general population. This is why we would like to remind you that it is always necessary to wear a mask on campus, including student residences. The mask can also be useful in other circumstances where it is optional.
Wearing masks ensures that all activities on campus continue to be safe. The current increase in cases is primarily associated with off-campus social events. Therefore, caution is still advised at these gatherings.
The responsibility to protect oneself and others now rests on the shoulders of each individual. Compliance with health measures will ensure that as many members of the community as possible remain on campus until the end of the semester.
Until then, we encourage you to enjoy the freedoms you have regained while respecting the rules that are still in place and the people around you.
Reminder concerning the declaration of isolation
We remind you that, in accordance with government requirements, you may not report to campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test result, or because of a high-risk contact.
In either of these situations, you must complete an isolation statement, filling out the form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member.
New easing of health measures that feels good
The gradual lifting of health measures announced by both the governments of Quebec and Canada continues, with new positive effects on Université Laval's activities and campus life.
All international university activities can resume as of February 28. Indeed, the federal government has announced the lifting of its warning to avoid all non-essential travel.
Members of the university community who travel internationally must continue to register with Université Laval mobility registry before their departure. All international activities for students must also respect the specific conditions of the COVID-19 context.
At all times, consult the important information and guidelines for international and domestic travel and trips, which are continuously updated on the Voyages et Déplacements page.
Field Research Activities in Quebec and Canada
People responsible of a field research trip to Quebec or Canada can consult the conditions for such trips to obtain information on the organization of work, the authorizations to be obtained and the health measures to be followed.
Sports, meetings and teamwork
Since February 28, the Government of Quebec authorizes the resumption of competitions and tournaments. For more information, visit the PEPS website.
Since February 28, it is possible to hold conventions, assemblies and meetings at full capacity.
Also, teamwork is allowed with the wearing of masks and a distance of one meter between participants.
Health guidelines change rapidly. Please be sure to follow the current ones by visiting the Health guidelines on campus page, which is updated on an ongoing basis.
Reminder regarding the declaration of isolation
We remind you that, in accordance with government requirements, you may not report to campus in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result, symptoms, or due to a high-risk contact.
In either of these situations, you must complete an isolation statement, by completing the declaration form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member. For the student community, the declaration form allows you to inform your program director of the duration of your period of isolation and to facilitate accommodations in case you are absent from an evaluation.
Further easing of health measures to come
The decontamination schedule announced Tuesday by the Quebec government marks a gradual return to a more normal life by mid-March.
One of the expected relief measures concerns the student sports community. As of Monday, February 14, sports activities will resume, including team sports, still without competition or tournament for now, and with a vaccination passport. The resumption also affects sports and leisure activities for the general population. For more information, visit the PEPS website.
After-school activities may also resume beginning Monday, February 14. As health conditions apply, they must be approved by the faculty and COVID-19. Our team will assist you in planning sanitary measures.
Most importantly, stay tuned! We will keep you informed of any relaxations that affect the University as they go into effect.
A welcome return
Just a word to let you know how good it is to see more members of the University community back on campus. We are finding that this return is clearly appreciated.
Even with the upcoming lifting of several measures, we must remain vigilant. We remind you that wearing a mask at all times is the best way to protect our community and our educational activities on campus. You can consult all the applicable health guidelines.
In this regard, we would like to thank you and acknowledge your cooperation since the beginning of the pandemic, even if the situation is difficult and changing.
- To the student community: thank you for maintaining your motivation and perseverance.
- To the faculty and teaching staff: thank you for preserving the training and research mission of Université Laval in all circumstances.
- To the staff: thank you for maintaining the smooth running of the University and the services to students.
Reminder concerning the declaration of isolation
Managing contacts and respecting the duration of isolation periods will help control the spread of the virus. As a reminder, in accordance with government requirements, you may not report to campus if you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or have a high risk contact.
In either of these situations, you must complete a declaration of isolation, filling out the declaration form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member. The duration of isolation and return to campus is in accordance with the criteria established by the government. For the student community, the declaration form allows you to inform your program director of the duration of your period of isolation and to facilitate the implementation of accommodations in the event of absence from an evaluation.
Do you have questions, need support or want to take a breather?
The current situation requires a lot of adjustment from everyone. If you are experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, do not hesitate to contact the Student Support Centre, consult the resources in the Psychological Health Toolbox on the staff intranet, the EAP, dusoutien.ca or Mon équilibre ULaval.
Staff members can also contact their manager or the Occupational Health and Wellness Directorate for questions about returning to work or their health.
Looking forward to seeing you on campus
You already know that classes will resume on Monday, January 31, according to the originally scheduled teaching format. Today, we simply want to share our excitement at the prospect of seeing the members of the university community who had to start the session temporarily at a distance back on campus.
Many of you will be back in the classroom, back in the common areas for studying, relaxing and dining. We welcome you to a lively and pleasant environment. And rest assured that we are doing everything possible to ensure a safe return.
On campus, Université Laval staff members are there to greet you in the library, in student services and in most food services.
Good for the body and the mind
If you feel like taking a break to clear your mind, the Campus nordique du stade TELUS-Université Laval offers a skating ring, a cross-country ski track, hiking trails and a slide.
Your health is important to us
94% of you have already received two doses of the vaccine. That's a great percentage. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to make an appointment on the Clic Santé portal to receive your booster dose. Along with wearing a mask at all times, this is the best way to protect our community and our face-to-face teaching activities. You can consult all applicable health guidelines at any time. It is by respecting the health guidelines that we can continue to maintain a safe study and research environment.
Reminder regarding the declaration of isolation
Managing contacts and respecting the length of isolation periods helps control the spread of the virus. While we really like to see you, we remind you that, in accordance with government requirements, you may not report to campus in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result, symptoms, or due to a high-risk contact.
In either of these situations, you must complete an isolation statement, by completing the declaration form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member. The duration of isolation and return to campus is in accordance with the criteria recently established by the government.
Need some support or time to breathe?
If you are experiencing psychological distress or difficulty, please contact the Student assistance center, on dusoutien.ca or on Mon équilibre ULaval.
Many of you have been waiting for this return. We're here. Together, we will make it a success as we did in the past.
Prepare to return to class. We're waiting for you.
The fallback plan deployed on January 3 will end as scheduled on January 30. Courses that were temporarily offered by distance learning will be offered again in the originally scheduled format beginning January 31. It is time to prepare to return to campus. We are ready to welcome you.
This is good news because for many, face-to-face teaching contributes to motivation and facilitates academic success. Exchanges between colleagues in class and with professors contribute to the university experience. It prevents isolation and promotes good mental health. It's a win-win situation.
Here's what you need to know for a smooth, enjoyable and safe return to class:
Services for you
As in the fall, most student services will be available both on campus and online.
- The Library will be open for use of the circulation desk and individual work spaces. You can get more details on the Library website.
- Most campus food services will be in operation. Hours of operation may vary from one to the next.
- The Campus nordique offers a skating ring, cross-country ski trail, hiking trails and a slide to clear your mind. It feels good to play outside.
When you return, you'll find that the health guidelines on campus are almost identical to those of the fall semester. Among them, wearing a mask at all times remains our best ally in curbing the transmission of COVID-19 and ensuring that classes are maintained.
Limits to be respected
We should be happy that university life is back to normal. However, current government guidelines still impose certain limits.
- We encourage you to use the online collaborative tools available to you for meetings and team work.
- Extracurricular and social activities on campus are still suspended. We will inform you as soon as they are allowed. We hope for a quick recovery.
For those whose session has temporarily started at a distance, it's an on-campus appointment starting January 31! It is with pleasure and enthusiasm that the faculty and staff of the university community will welcome you in large numbers.
Reminder and third dose of COVID-19 vaccine available to 18-24 year olds
The fight against COVID-19 is being waged on several fronts. We would like to take this opportunity to remind the entire university community of a few instructions and to inform students that they will have access to a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of tomorrow.
Vaccine booster dose
The Quebec government has extended the availability of the COVID-19 booster dose to the 18-24 year old population. We encourage the student community to make an appointment on the Clic Santé portal starting tomorrow, January 14.
Over 94% of the university community is already adequately protected. This additional dose will provide everyone with better protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant.
Fallback plan in effect until January 30
The temporary fallback plan to begin the session remotely is in effect, except for those activities where students' physical presence is required for learning. This plan will end on January 30 as announced. Until then, as usual, we are working with public health authorities to ensure your safe return to class.
Reminder of the main health instructions currently in effect
- It is mandatory to wear your surgical mask everywhere and at all times when you are inside a building or an underground corridor of Université Laval, including the corridors and common areas of the student residences on campus.
- A distance of two meters must be maintained between people in work areas, including employee rooms where it is possible to eat, have a coffee or take a break. Masks must still be worn.
- You may temporarily remove the mask to eat or drink. You must put it back on between each bite and sip.
- Meetings and team work should be conducted via collaborative platforms.
- Extracurricular, social, and cultural activities should be kept at a distance.
- All physical training in underground hallways and stairwells is prohibited even if done on an individual basis.
- Gatherings are not permitted.
Adherence to these guidelines is essential to ensure the safety and health of individuals on campus. To view all current health guidelines, you may visit the Campus Health Guidelines page.
Postponement of the date of withdrawal without failure and with refund
The drop date without failure and with tuition refund for regularly scheduled courses has been extended to January 31.
Drop dates with refunds for specially scheduled courses are also adjusted accordingly. You can check the recalculation of this date for each of your courses. For more information, you can consult the Registration section in monPortail.
Isolation period and declaration
The Quebec government has announced new guidelines regarding contact management and the duration of isolation periods. In keeping with these guidelines, we remind you that you may not report to campus if:
- You have a positive test result (PCR or rapid) for COVID-19.
- You have symptoms of COVID-19.
- You live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You are in a relationship or are the sexual partner of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You are awaiting a test or test result for COVID-19 and have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Public Health recommends isolation for any other reason.
In any of the situations mentioned, you must isolate yourself and inform us promptly by completing the declaration form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member. The duration of the isolation and the return to the campus are in accordance with the criteria recently established by the government. We remind you that the declaration of isolation also applies to telecommuting staff members.
Need support or time to breathe?
If you are experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, please contact the Centre d’aide aux étudiants, consult the resources in the coffre à outils on the staff intranet, on dusoutien.ca or Mon équilibre ULaval.
Until the fallback plan is lifted, we encourage the student community to stay the course. We look forward to you being able to fully resume your face-to-face activities and also reclaim the campus.
Fallback plan extended to January 30 and health advisories increased
The Quebec government confirmed on Thursday that there has been a significant increase in hospitalizations, coupled with a high rate of absenteeism among medical staff affected by COVID-19, leading to fears of service disruptions. The extreme contagiousness of the Omicron variant circulating in Quebec has serious consequences.
In this context, and after discussions with the Direction de la santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale, we are extending the application of our temporary fallback plan until January 30 instead of January 17.
This fallback plan is detailed in an email you received on January 3, 2022. In summary, this plan calls for a remote start to the semester, except for activities where students' physical presence is necessary for learning, such as: laboratory, clinical training and simulation activity. Professors and other faculty members have contacted their students with the pedagogical procedures for starting the session.
Enhanced health guidelines
While the pandemic situation requires that the majority of you begin the Winter 2022 session primarily from a distance, it is necessary to provide an update on the enhanced health guidelines in place for those who will be on campus for work, research or study.
- It is mandatory to wear your surgical mask everywhere and at all times when you are inside a building or underground corridor of Université Laval. In the common and dining areas, you may temporarily remove the mask to eat or drink. You must put it back on between each bite or sip. You may remove your mask if you are alone in a closed office.
- In accordance with the standards of the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), a distance of two metres must be maintained between people in the workplace, including departmental rooms where it is possible to eat, have a coffee or take a break. The wearing of a mask remains mandatory.
- All physical training in underground corridors and stairwells is prohibited even if done on an individual basis.
To view all current health guidelines, you may visit the Campus Health Guidelines page.
Booster dose for Université Laval staff
The Quebec government has opened up the appointment for a booster dose (3rd dose) to all school personnel in order to complete the vaccination coverage. This applies to the higher education sector as well. We encourage you to consult the Clic Santé portal and make an appointment now by identifying yourself in the "I am a worker in a school environment" category.
Thank you very much!
The extension of the fallback plan and this temporary return to stricter guidelines once again requires a great deal of adaptation and sustained commitment on the part of all staff, faculty, teachers and the student community. We would like to thank you for your efforts to ensure that the campus remains a safe place to conduct certain activities within health guidelines. Thanks to your collaboration, Laval University can continue its teaching and research mission on all fronts. Once again, thank you.
Reduced lockdown period
The government has announced that the isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 will be reduced from ten to five days. We will inform you in the coming days how this change will be applied at Université Laval. For the time being, the ten-day isolation period will continue to apply.
In the meantime, we reiterate the importance of informing us promptly of a positive result or a situation requiring isolation by filling out the declaration form that corresponds to your status, either student or staff member. This will allow us to follow up, help limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community.
If you are in this situation, you must promptly inform all persons with whom you have had contact during your contagious period even if you have not been present on campus, as requested by the Direction de la santé publique. These individuals should monitor their symptoms.
Need support or time to breathe?
If you are experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, don't hesitate to contact the Centre d'aide aux étudiants, consult the resources in the Psychological Health Toolkit on the staff intranet, on dusoutien.ca or Mon équilibre ULaval.
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This winter season brings its share of challenges. Together, we will meet them. We are committed to providing the best possible experience in this particular environment. We look forward to a speedy return to a vibrant and quality university life.
Have a great start to the new academic year!
Winter 2022: activation of the fallback plan and details on our activities
In light of the current pandemic situation, we must unfortunately activate the fallback plan that we communicated to you by email on December 23, 2021.
Aimed at ensuring the safety and health of our community and the continuity of our teaching and research activities, this plan implies the beginning of the Winter 2022 session mainly at a distance.
Thus, as planned, the Winter 2022 session will begin on January 10 and, as requested by the government, will be conducted primarily at distance until January 17.
Depending on the evolution of the situation and the government's instructions, it seems likely that the activation of the fallback plan will have to extend until January 30. We invite you to prepare yourself accordingly.
Reminder of the main points of the contingency plan for our activities and other informations
- Classroom activities: Training activities that do not require the physical presence of students must be offered remotely. These are primarily classroom courses, including exams. Thesis defenses are also conducted at a distance. Some courses may be suspended for the first week while the necessary adaptations are completed.
Faculty and teachers are invited to consult the fallback plan preparation guide sent on December 23.
- Course Adjustments: All Winter 2022 start of term adjustments must be entered by January 5 so that they can be viewed on monPortail.
- Practical training activities: practical training activities for which the student's physical presence is required for learning will continue to be offered in attendance. These include training activities carried out in laboratories, activities that require manipulations, as well as clinical training and simulation activities. These activities will be offered in compliance with current health regulations.
- Internships: planned internships are also maintained until further notice according to the instructions of the host environment.
- Research activities: all research activities that require a physical presence in the laboratory or in the field may continue in compliance with health measures. Other activities are conducted remotely.
- Virtual welcome activities: Virtual welcome activities for new students, chat and webinars are maintained on the Rentrée website.
Clarification of other activities
Colloquia, conferences and seminars must be switched to remote until further notice.
Extracurricular, social, and cultural activities in attendance must be held remotely or cancelled until further notice as well.
Gatherings are not allowed, meetings and team work must be done through collaborative platforms.
Like everywhere else in Quebec, as of December 31, 2021 a curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. is in effect on campus. However, there are exceptions to the application of this curfew, allowing activities deemed essential to continue after 10 p.m. Individuals who need to perform activities deemed to be a priority during the evening and overnight hours will be contacted by their manager, if they have not already done so. Outside of these hours, the campus remains open as usual.
Wearing a surgical mask at all times
If you are inside any of the Universtié Laval buildings, it is mandatory to wear your surgical mask at all times. You may temporarily remove the mask only to drink or eat. You may also remove your mask if you are alone in a closed office.
Telecommuting is still mandatory, unless your presence is required for continuity of service or the nature of your duties does not permit telecommuting. If in doubt, contact your manager.
The Library is open for circulation and individual work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Surgical masks must be worn at all times. More details are available on the Library's website.
The Coop Zone store in Maurice-Pollack Hall is closed. All orders will be placed online only. Students can order their winter session materials through the Zone website and by opting for home delivery.
The pick-up service will only be available at the Ferdinand-Vandry Pavilion, room 1625, but will be reserved exclusively for health sciences students (Faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental medicine).
Need support or time to breathe?
If you're experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, don't hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Center, the Employee Assistance Program, or the dusoutien.ca student prevention campaign resources. Mon équilibre ULaval can also help you.
Your commitment has never been lacking. Together, we will get through this difficult time; we have, and we will again. For now, please take advantage of the next few weeks to rest and recharge. We wish you a pleasant and gentle holiday season. During this time, let's look out for each other and continue to protect our health. Best wishes!
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As we begin 2022, we wish you all the best in health, happiness and success. We are privileged to have the opportunity to accompany you on your academic journey.
We look forward to seeing many of you on campus and will keep you informed as things progress.
To the entire university community,
Quebec is facing another challenge with the significant presence of the Omicron variant, as announced by government authorities on December 16. We are aware that this situation brings its share of uncertainties and worries, knowing the return of the presence for the winter 2022 session as of January 10th. Indeed, we do not know where the pandemic will be and if we will really be able to resume all our teaching and research activities in person.
For this reason, we ask that you prepare for the activation of a fallback plan that calls for a primarily remote start to the first three weeks of the Winter 2022 session, January 10-30. This temporary fallback plan is designed to ensure the safety and health of our community members and to protect the continuity of teaching and research.
Based on what we know now, here is how we should look at the next few weeks.
Period up to and including January 9
For faculty and staff members:
- You will receive information in the next few hours to guide you in preparing a fallback plan.
- If your activities require a presence on campus, you may come to campus.
For members of the student community:
- You will be able to read about adjustments to your Winter 2022 courses on monPortail beginning January 5.
For staff members:
- Telework remains mandatory, unless your presence is required for continuity of service or the nature of your duties does not allow for telework.
Specific instructions for the winter session are expected from the Department of Higher Education by January 3. The university community will then be informed.
Period from January 10 to 30, in the event that the fallback plan is activated
For the student community:
- In-class training activities
Training activities that do not require the physical presence of students will have to be offered by distance learning. These are primarily classroom courses, including exams. Thesis defenses will also be conducted at a distance. Some courses may be suspended for the first week while adaptations are finalized to make the switch to distance. You will be informed on monPortail as of January 5.
- Practical training activities
Practical training activities for which the student's physical presence is necessary for learning will remain offered in person. These include training activities carried out in laboratories, activities requiring manipulations, as well as clinical training and simulation activities. Internships will also be maintained according to the instructions of the host environment. These activities will be offered in accordance with the health regulations in effect at the time.
- Research activities
All research activities that require a physical presence in the laboratory or in the field will be allowed to continue, in compliance with health measures. Other activities will be carried out remotely.
- Welcome activities for new students
Virtual welcome activities on the back-to-school website, chat and webinars will continue.
The Library will continue to be open for borrowing materials and individual work. More details will be available on the Library website.
In accordance with government guidelines, Université Laval advises all community members against international university travel until further notice. Please consult the Travel & Transportation page, which will be updated on an ongoing basis, for more details.
Need support or time to breathe?
If you're experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, don't hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Center, the Employee Assistance Program, or the dusoutien.ca student prevention campaign resources. Mon équilibre ULaval can also help you.
Your commitment has never been lacking. Together, we will get through this difficult time; we have, and we will again. For now, please take advantage of the next few weeks to rest and recharge. We wish you a pleasant and gentle holiday season. During this time, let's look out for each other and continue to protect our health. Best wishes!
Adjustment of Health Measures: Impact on the University Community
On Monday, December 20, the Quebec government announced new health restrictions. Here are the new measures that have an immediate impact on the activities of Université Laval.
Mandatory Remote Working
Remote working becomes mandatory unless your presence is necessary to ensure continuity of service or the nature of your tasks does not allow for remote work. This measure also applies to team meetings that must be conducted remotely. If in doubt, staff members are encouraged to contact their manager.
Research activities that require a physical presence in the laboratory or in the field may continue, in compliance with the health measures already in place. Other activities must be conducted via remote working.
Extracurricular Activities, Shows and Sports Activities
All extracurricular activities and shows of any kind scheduled as of Monday 20th are cancelled until further notice. Please check the PEPS website for changes to activity offerings.
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?
Whether you are a member of the student community or staff, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been present on campus in the days leading up to your test or if you must remain in isolation, we invite you to report your situation by completing the form appropriate to your status, available in the In Case of Symptoms section. While self-reporting is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to complete the form to help us limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community.
Count on Our Support
We know this can be another difficult time of restrictions and uncertainty. Please know that we are monitoring the changing situation to let you know as soon as possible. If you are experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Centre, the Employee Assistance Program or the resources of the dusoutien.ca student prevention campaign. Mon équilibre ULaval can also help you.
Keep in touch
As the situation evolves rapidly, rest assured that we will keep you informed of any changes that may occur during the week.
Health measures tightened: the effects on our activities
As of Monday, December 20, several health measures will be tightened in Quebec in order to limit contact during the holiday season. We are aware that this is a destabilizing announcement, which puts us back into a period of uncertainty. Please know that we will continue to be on the lookout and to provide you with the best possible support in the coming weeks, regardless of the evolution of the pandemic.
The wearing of surgical masks will be mandatory at all times, during the entire work day while inside. In addition, a distance of 2 meters must be maintained between each person. The mask can only be removed for drinking, eating or if the person is alone in a closed room.
Winter semester to begin on January 10
The winter semester will begin on January 10 as planned in the university calendar. This date is in line with the start date communicated by the Quebec government.
Indoor physical activities can continue, but the capacity of many facilities will be reduced. We invite you to consult the PEPS website to find out about the changes to the activities offered.
We are here for you
These days can bring back difficult emotions that you thought were behind you. If you feel that your psychological health is being affected, do not hesitate to contact the Centre d’aide aux étudiants or the Employee Assistance Program. Various resources exist to help you get through this period.
This pandemic has not finished surprising us and it is thanks to the openness and collaboration of each and every one of you that we can stay the course.
Activities maintained on campus
Exams and activities on our campus between now and the holiday break will proceed as planned. While the increase in cases of COVID-19 is being closely monitored, the Quebec government's intention is still to maintain as many activities as possible on the universities campuses.
Université Laval is responding to the call of the Quebec government by promoting remote working until further notice, when tasks permit and according to the needs of each unit. However, many staff members will continue to work on campus as all activities in support of exams, student services and research services continue as usual. If in doubt, staff members are encouraged to contact their manager.
Research activities continue as normal on campus, with appropriate sanitary measures in place.
Winter 2022 session
The Quebec government has confirmed that a maximum of on campus activities will be offered to students for the winter 2022 session. The winter session will therefore take place under the same conditions as the fall session, with mandatory wearing of surgical masks for all students in classrooms. If there is a change in the instructions, we will inform you.
The current increase in cases should encourage us to be particularly vigilant in respecting all health guidelines including the wearing of masks. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to campus.
We remind you that no transmission of the virus has occurred on our campus since the beginning of the pandemic. We have collectively demonstrated that our campus is a safe place to be, and our greatest wish is that it remains so.
Evolution of sanitary guidelines
With the end of the fall semester approaching and as we are in the midst of preparations for the winter 2022 semester, we would like to share with you the recent easings announced by the government that are applicable to universities and the health guidelines for the upcoming semester. As we must remain cautious, given the current evolution of the pandemic and the emergence of new variants, we would also like to remind you of some guidelines to consider as we approach the exam period.
Full occupancy of tables in cafeterias
Cafeteria tables can now be occupied at full capacity, with a maximum of 10 people per table. The green dots that were there to maintain the distance between people will be progressively removed. We remind you that the surgical mask is still mandatory at all times for students. It can only be removed momentarily for eating and drinking.
1 meter distance for staff members
In compliance with the CNESST guidelines and the recommendations of the public health authorities, staff members may now remove their surgical masks once they are seated at their workstation or in a meeting room, as long as a minimum distance of 1 meter is maintained between people. Surgical masks must still be worn in indoor common areas such as hallways, elevators, cafeterias, open areas, sports locker rooms and washrooms.
Staff members are encouraged to contact their manager if they have any questions regarding their work space.
End of term exams
Please be vigilant and follow health guidelines during this crucial end-of-term period, including avoiding gatherings before and after an exam. Even during exam time, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not report to campus or to an off-campus exam center. Instead, you should contact your program director or professor to inform them and follow government health guidelines.
Winter 2022 semester
Although the health situation is still evolving, the winter session should be conducted under the same conditions as the fall semester, i.e., classrooms will be able to be used at full capacity, but masks will still be mandatory at all times for all students. If any easings are announced by the Ministry of Higher Education, you will be informed.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Whether you are a member of the student body or staff, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or need to remain in isolation, you are encouraged to report your situation by completing the appropriate form for your status, available in the In Case of Symptoms section. Although self-reporting is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to complete the form to help us limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community.
Let's keep our good habits!
It's only natural that after 20 months of pandemic, a certain weariness sets in. When the urge to let our guard down comes up, let's remember that it is because of our collective efforts that no outbreak has occurred on our campus. This pandemic is not over and that is why it is important to maintain our good habits. The COVID-19 coordination cell continues to monitor the situation closely and adjust flexibly.
Call for vigilance during midterms
We are already at the halfway point of the fall semester. We would like to salute your perseverance and efforts during this period marked for many of you by long hours of study, exams and assignments.
Call for vigilance
We appeal to your vigilance and cooperation in order to maintain safe sanitary conditions on campus. To this end, we remind you to:
- Wear a surgical mask inside all Université Laval buildings and in the tunnels. Wearing a mask is mandatory everywhere and at all times, including in classrooms, cafeterias and teamwork areas. The mask can only be removed momentarily for eating and drinking.
- Sanitize your hands when entering a building.
- Respect the physical distance of 2 metres in the corridors, at the entrance to the classroom and when moving around the classroom.
- Avoid gathering before and after an exam.
In this period of exams, we would like to point out that the AELIÉS and CADEUL, in collaboration with the Copyright Office and the Université Laval Library, have prepared a training course entitled: Choosing integrity. Accessible via monPortail, this training aims to raise awareness of plagiarism and other similar behaviours, in order to avoid sanctions and contravening the regulatory framework in effect at Université Laval. For more information visit www.bda.ulaval.ca/integrite.
Cultural and social events and activities
Many of you help bring the campus to life and enrich the student experience by organizing cultural and social events and activities. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we will follow government guidelines should they change to allow even more of these activities.
In the meantime, we would like to remind you that these activities must be analyzed in advance to confirm that they comply with the health guidelines in effect. You will need to send your request to hold the activity to email@example.com. In addition, all persons participating in these activities must present their immunization passport.
Please be advised that alcohol consumption will remain suspended on campus until January 9, 2022. Alcohol may be consumed at the University Pub and Café Fou AELIÉS. The sale of alcohol is also permitted at Rouge et Or games.
According to the information we have at this time, the winter session should be similar to the fall 2021 session, i.e. classrooms will be used at full capacity and masks will be mandatory inside campus buildings.
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?
Whether you are a member of the student body or staff, if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you must remain in isolation, we invite you to report your situation by filling out the appropriate form for your status, available in the symptoms section. Although self-reporting is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to complete the form to help us limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community.
Need support or time to breathe?
The stress of exams, an accelerated pace of life, or simply the reduced hours of sunlight that come with fall can affect your life balance and morale. If you are experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, don't hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Centre, the Employee Assistance Program or the resources of the dusoutien.ca student prevention campaign. Mon équilibre ULaval can also help you to better live through this period thanks to the many initiatives offered to maximize your physical and mental well-being.
Extracurricular and social activities: vaccine passport and health guidelines
Many of you are interested in organizing extracurricular and social activities on campus this fall. We are delighted by this palpable dynamism and the desire to get back to an active student life.
We would like to remind you that these activities must be analyzed beforehand to ensure that they comply with current health regulations. In addition, all participants in these activities must present their vaccination passport.
Visit the Office of Student Life website for full details.
An accessible vaccination center
There is still time to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale vaccination center, located in Alphonse-Desjardins Pavilion. This is an accessible center where it is possible to be vaccinated without an appointment upon presentation of a student card. International students can also come to this center to have their vaccinations recognized and obtain their vaccination passport.
Well-ventilated indoor spaces
The cooler days of fall are just around the corner and will encourage indoor activities. At Université Laval, recognized ventilation standards are respected in all buildings and the ventilation systems are meticulously maintained and monitored.
The cooperation of each and every one of you remains essential to avoid the transmission of the virus, notably by wearing your surgical mask properly, covering your nose, mouth and chin.
We are proud of the fact that there have been no outbreaks of COVID-19 at Université Laval since the beginning of the pandemic, and we thank you for your efforts in this regard.
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?
Whether you are a member of the student community or a staff member, if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you must remain in isolation, we invite you to report your situation by filling out the appropriate form. While self-reporting is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to complete the form to help us limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community.
Ongoing efforts for a safe campus
To the entire university community,
We would like to thank you for the smooth operation of the integration activities during this first week of the fall semester. Your presence on campus is invigorating and everyone's efforts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 will allow us to fully enjoy the coming months on a safe campus.
Here are a few reminders and clarifications to help you follow the health guidelines in effect.
In the cafeteria
Distancing rules mean that there is limited seating in the cafeterias of all buildings. In order to allow as many people as possible to eat comfortably, we ask that between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., you use the cafeterias only for eating your meal or snack. Common areas, teamwork rooms or the Library spaces can accommodate you for studying or teamwork.
We remind you that the mask can only be removed for a short time when eating or drinking.
While wearing a mask for long hours can be a challenge for many, we thank you for your ongoing efforts and for not letting your guard down throughout the day.
In the classroom
Surgical masks must also be worn by students in the classroom. If a student wishes to drink during class, he or she may lift the mask momentarily to take a sip. Eating in class is not permitted.
Social activities without alcohol
In accordance with health guidelines, some social events will be held on campus again this fall. However, alcohol consumption is suspended on campus until October 31, 2021. Information regarding the organization of extracurricular and social activities will follow shortly.
Alcohol, however, remain available at the Pub universitaire and at café Fou Aeliés, which are subject to Public health rules for restaurants and bars.
What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19?
Whether you are a member of the student community or staff, if you test positive for COVID-19 or are asked by Public health to remain in isolation, you are encouraged to self-report your status by completing the appropriate form for your status available in the If you have symptoms section. While self-reporting is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to complete the form to help us limit the spread and protect the health and safety of the community.
Back-to-School Preparations and Vaccination Passport
With the start of the new school year just a few days away, preparations are well underway to welcome you back. Everything will be ready for the return of campus life on Monday, August 30! Here is some useful information to help you prepare for your arrival:
On Tuesday, the Quebec government unveiled the details surrounding the vaccination passport, which will come into effect on September 1, 2021. This passport is an official and free tool that certifies that a person is adequately protected against COVID-19.
The vaccination passport is not required to access to education and research activities in universities. However, as of September 1, it must be presented to gain access to many of the sports activities offered at PEPS, to certain events such as concerts, to enter the Pub universitaire and Café Fou Aeliés, as well as to attend the games of the various Rouge et Or teams.
Further details regarding the vaccination passport and its use on campus will be sent to you shortly.
Use of common areas
In the common areas of all the pavilions, the tables where it will be permitted to sit to study or work will be marked with green dots. This will allow you to know where it is possible to sit while keeping a safe distance from other people.
Vaccination and Sanitary Instructions
We would like to remind you that vaccination against COVID-19 and the respect of sanitary instructions are the best tools we have to ensure that the campus of Université Laval will continue to be animated by your presence throughout the session.
You can refer to the message sent out on August 19 to familiarize yourself with the sanitary instructions to follow on the entire campus.
Back-to-School Sanitary Instructions
The fall semester is fast approaching and we are excited to welcome you on campus. In order to ensure the health and safety of everyone, here are the sanitary instructions that must be respected on the Université Laval campus as of Monday, August 30.
WEARING A MASK
Students must wear a surgical mask at all times, during all classes, during practical teaching activities and in the Library.
Surgical masks must be worn during team work.
The mask may be removed during activities that require it, such as teaching activities that involve the use of certain musical instruments, theater or singing, as well as during physical activities, if a distance of 2 meters is maintained between people or if a physical barrier is used.
These rules are in accordance with the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur.
For professors, teachers, and staff:
The surgical mask may be removed when people are sitting alone in their closed office, when they can maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from others, or when they have a physical barrier, such as a Plexiglas panel.
In the classroom, when the person remains behind the red line, which indicates the 2-metre distance from students, the mask can be removed.
These rules are in accordance with CNESST requirements.
Surgical masks must be worn by all persons in the indoor common areas of Université Laval: hallways, elevators, cafeterias, open areas, sports locker rooms and restrooms.
The requirement to wear a mask at all times does not apply to meal times. However, the mask must be removed only before starting the meal and put back on immediately afterwards.
No physical distancing is required in the classroom and in the practical training rooms, as well as during teamwork. This is in accordance with the rules established by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur.
For professors, teachers and staff:
Professors, teachers and staff must maintain a distance of 2 metres from individuals when their masks are removed or in the absence of a physical barrier.
A distance of 2 meters must be maintained in meeting rooms, if the mask is removed or in the absence of a physical barrier.
These rules are in accordance with CNESST requirements.
A distance of 2 meters must be maintained at all times between people in common areas: hallways, cafeterias, open areas, sports locker rooms and restrooms. An exception is made only for teamwork.
A physical distance of 2 meters between people must be respected during meals.
Outside, a physical distance of 1 meter must be maintained between people, if the mask is removed.
Vaccination and sanitary equipment
In accordance with public health guidelines, we continue to focus on physical distance, mask use, hand and workspace disinfection, and proper ventilation of the premises to reduce the risk of spread. We will, of course, comply with any government guidelines regarding the vaccine passport.
Please note that all the materials needed follow these sanitary instructions will continue to be made available to you. There is a station in each of the pavilions, which includes hand sanitizing gel, surface cleaner and a surgical mask dispenser.
n addition, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale vaccination center located on the campus, in Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion, can welcome you without an appointment every day before 7 p.m., upon presentation of your student card.
Let's think about our health
Your health and safety is very important to us. We want to avoid any COVID-19 outbreaks on campus this fall, which we have been able to do for the past 18 months. Together, let's build on this momentum, while taking care of our physical and psychological health.
Adherence to the sanitary instructions will allow everyone to come to campus with confidence during this transitional semester. Staff members, please be assured that we are closely following the CNESST guidelines for remote working and that our plan for returning to campus will adapt to any future changes.
We will of course continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that instructions will continue to change and we will adapt with agility. We recognize that the current situation requires you to be flexible and we thank you in advance for your great cooperation.
A return to school in person
It's confirmed: the start of the fall semester will take place in person. Université Laval is delighted with this news, announced by the Quebec government on Friday, August 6. This return to classes plan for the fall term in higher education does not foresee any physical distance between students in the classroom.
Students, visit monPortail to prepare for the fall semester by registering and scheduling your classes.
We are actively working to provide the best possible student experience in the fall semester, which is intended to be a transitional session to normal. We very much look forward to seeing you liven up the campus in large numbers, while respecting the health measures. As soon as these sanitary instructions will become more precise, we will keep you informed.
We would like to congratulate the student population for taking action over the past few weeks. You have been vaccinated massively against COVID-19 and this positive response has prompted the government to allow an in-person return to classes.
For those of you who have not yet received your two doses of vaccine, it is not too late. By presenting your student card at the Université Laval vaccination clinic in Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion, you can be vaccinated without an appointment, seven days a week, between 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
We are currently awaiting instructions from our government partners regarding remote working and the gradual return of staff to campus. We will keep you informed of any changes in the rules as soon as possible. If in doubt, staff members are encouraged to speak with their managers.
News from us on Thursdays
Our goal this fall is to keep you informed about the health situation, while avoiding flooding your email inbox. That's why we plan to send one COVID-19 message to the community per week, on Thursdays whenever possible.
Summer season and green level
As of today, the Capitale-Nationale region pass to the green level. While we must remain vigilant in avoiding unnecessary social contacts, some easing will allow us to better enjoy the summer season.
Outdoor recreational and sports activities are now permitted for groups of up to 50 people, respecting the physical distance of two meters. We invite you to take advantage of the warm weather to reconnect with the green spaces on campus.
Inspired by the popular success of the Nordic Campus last winter, our teams have prepared a Summer Campus program for you. Sports, cultural, gourmet and wellness activities are on the agenda.
Remote working and virtual meetings continue to be encouraged for staff members. The gradual return to campus of staff members who work remotely is expected to begin in mid-August. Managers will communicate directly with their teams.
Students registered for the fall semester, be sure to check the teaching format assigned to each of your courses in monPortail in order to plan your session. Over the past few weeks, our teams have been making all the adjustments in order to promote face-to-face teaching. In mid-August, we will inform you of the sanitary measures that will be in effect at the beginning of the school year.
Have a great summer!
We hope that the summer will allow you to have fun and recharge your batteries. We look forward to seeing many of you in the fall session. As a reminder, receiving the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is the collective key to a vibrant campus this fall.
Transition to the yellow level: the effects on our activities
As of Monday, June 14, the Capitale-Nationale region will return in the yellow level. Here are the main repercussions of this level change on the activities of our university.
Procedure mask use
Procedure masks must be worn when moving and in all common areas, such as corridors, elevators, cafeterias, etc.
The mask can now be removed when the student is seated in class, in a seat marked with a green dot. Staff members may also remove their mask if they are working more than two metres away from their colleagues or if they are protected by a physical barrier, such as a Plexiglas panel. The mask can always be removed temporarily when a person is eating.
Remote working as well as virtual meetings continue to be encouraged for staff members, as they have been for several months. If in doubt, staff members are encouraged to contact their superior.
Access to the Library is now available to the general public. However, surgical masks must be worn in all areas of the Library.
New indoor and outdoor training and activity opportunities will be added to PEPS. Check the PEPS website by the end of the week for full details.
Let's not let our guard down
As we enter another phase of the Quebec reopening plan, we urge you not to let your guard down and to continue your efforts to keep our campus safe. We keep our eyes on one goal: that each and every one of us will have access to campus life in the fall semester. Thank you for getting your COVID-19 vaccine so that together we can get there.
Back on campus in large numbers in fall 2021
We will be ready to welcome you back in large numbers and foster campus life in the Fall 2021 semester. On Monday, the Quebec government gave the green light to the scenario we were already working on: a Fall semester without physical distance.
Let's remember that for this plan to happen, 75% of the population aged 16 to 29 must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the start of the school year and that the epidemiological situation must be stable. We join the Quebec government in urging you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Each of us is part of the solution to make our campus come alive again.
Adjusted teaching mode of delivery
Students, it is with great enthusiasm that we are preparing to receive more of you for in-person activities. In-person activities will be added and our facilities will be used to their full capacity.
In the coming days, adjustments will be made to the teaching mode of delivery of several courses to facilitate in-person learning in many programs of study. We invite you to check monPortail regularly between now and June 15 to see if any changes have been made to your courses.
For those of you who will not be able to come on campus, be assured that a variety of teaching options (hybrid, co-modal, distance learning, etc.) will remain available during this transitional session.
We are looking forward to see you again and to reconnect with the joys of being with colleagues and friends on a daily basis. We are preparing for a vibrant student, sports and cultural life on campus throughout the fall.
To follow the evolution of the situation and learn more about the various measures implemented by Université Laval, you are invited to consult the COVID-19 section on the University's website. This page is updated on an ongoing basis.
Return to the orange level: the effects on our activities
As of Monday, May 31, the Capitale-Nationale region will return to the orange level. Here are the main repercussions on the activities of our university.
Courses and exams for the summer session
Summer session courses whose teaching formulas initially provided for class attendance will be able to receive students in person. However, co-modal teaching must be encouraged in order to accommodate students who are currently outside the Quebec City area. Each course instructor will communicate changes to his students.
Exams originally scheduled in class or in off-campus exam centers may be held in person. A distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained between each person in the classroom and during the exams and a surgical mask must be worn.
The teamwork islands with plexiglas will again be available for face-to-face work in the various buildings on campus. However, we encourage students to continue using the online collaborative work tools.
Access to the stacks is possible in the Library and teamwork spaces will be available again. Visit the Library website for full details. Access to the Library is still restricted to the university community.
Surgical mask use
Surgical masks must be worn everywhere and at all times on campus. The surgical mask may be removed temporarily only when feeding, giving an oral or theatre presentation, singing or playing a wind instrument.
The terms and conditions surrounding remote working remain unchanged. If in doubt, staff members are encouraged to contact their manager.
Members of student associations may have access to their spaces, if they maintain a distance of 2 meters and wear a surgical mask at all times.
Non-gathering extracurricular activities may also be held on campus, provided that surgical masks are worn, a distance of 2 meters is maintained, and approval is obtained from the COVID-19 Unit by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More indoor and outdoor physical activities will take place at PEPS. Check the PEPS website by the end of the week for full details.
The Pub universitaire will open its patio on Friday, May 28 and its indoor spaces on Monday, May 31. All the details can be found on the Pub universitaire website.
Together, let's be vigilant
We hope that this return to the campus in greater numbers will help break the isolation and promote wellness, while respecting health regulations. Thank you for continuing your efforts to keep our campus safe.
Towards a reopening plan for our campus
After fighting COVID-19 for more than a year, the reopening plan presented by the Quebec government is a breath of fresh air.
We are currently waiting for more details from the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur. As soon as we have more information, we will communicate the gradual changes that this plan will have on the activities of our university.
The government's intention that as many face-to-face learning activities as possible be offered in the fall 2021 semester is consistent with our vision of welcoming the university community to campus this fall.
We begin another period of transition. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we will adapt with agility to the upcoming reopening steps.
Quebec City in an emergency zone: the effects on our activities
The government has placed the Quebec City metropolitan community in an emergency zone from April 1 (8:00 p.m.) to April 12, 2021 (5:00 a.m.). Here are the main repercussions of this announcement on the activities of our university. We will adjust if the situation changes.
All learning activities that are scheduled to take place in person will be converted to distance learning. Only courses for which presence is essential to the acquisition or evaluation of knowledge will continue to be offered in presence. This includes, for example, laboratories and training courses that are practical, clinical or by simulation. Procedure masks must be worn at all times.
Faculty members will contact students to inform them of any changes in the delivery of their courses, if applicable.
Internships may take place depending on the capacity of the setting and students must comply with health requirements.
All research activities that require a physical presence in the laboratory or field may continue, subject to health measures. Clinics that host research participants may continue their activities.
Exams already scheduled in the classroom may be conducted, in accordance with current health measures. Procedure masks must be worn at all times.
Online thesis defenses
All thesis defenses must be conducted online on the Zoom or Webex platforms. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies no longer allows in-person defenses until further notice. For more information, please visit the Thesis Defense page.
In-person team work suspended
The collaborative work spaces with Plexiglas that were available to the student community since the beginning of the winter session can only be used for individual study. We ask that students turn to online collaborative work tools for their team work.
All tasks that can be done via telework must be done so. Only those individuals who perform services deemed necessary in attendance may come to campus to work. Managers will communicate with their teams.
To view frequently asked questions:
The Dental Clinic, PEPS Clinic, Medical Clinic and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Alphonse-Desjardins Hall remain open.
Travel during curfew
Curfew will be in effect on campus from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am. Exceptions will be made for staff members who need to perform activities deemed necessary in the evening and at night, and for students who need to participate in a training activity, exam, or lab in attendance at night. These individuals will be required to carry a certificate of curfew travel signed by their unit/faculty official.
Staff members who require access to their offices will be allowed to go to their offices during the hours of operation of the pavilions.
The Library will remain open for the loan of materials and for individual work. However, the hours of operation will be shortened. More details on the Library website.
With the exception of online activities, all indoor sports activities are suspended. Visit the PEPS website for more details.
The Coop Zone store in Maurice-Pollack Pavilion is maintaining its online operations only. Students can order their summer supplies on the Zone website and select the appropriate delivery method.
Extracurricular activities in attendance are suspended until further notice and the association offices will not be accessible. We encourage student organizations to hold their meetings virtually and to work remotely.
Université Laval's Reprography Service (SREP) will remain open and offer in-person services to members of the student community and staff. An online order must have been placed in advance. All details can be found on the SREP web page.
The residence halls remain open for tenants only. Visitors are not permitted.
We are here for you
This return to a period of confinement and the difficulty of planning for the future can dampen your spirits. If you are experiencing psychological difficulty or distress, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Centre or the Employee Assistance Program. Various resources exist to help you through this period.
Security guards will enforce the rules
The return of spring break means more in-person training activities at Université Laval. We are looking forward to seeing more of you in the different pavilions. Even though the Capitale-Nationale region has gone from a red zone to an orange zone since March 8, all the sanitary instructions that were in effect on campus remain in effect.
In order for our campus to remain safe and for us to be able to continue our activities, we will be monitoring the various health regulations. Agents from the Université Laval Security and Prevention Service (SSP) regularly circulate inside all the buildings. These people will remind those who do not respect the sanitary rules.
We have noticed that the habit of wearing the procedure mask, even when seated at an individual work table or at the team work islands, is difficult to get into for many of you. We remind you that wearing a mask is mandatory everywhere and at all times inside the pavilions. You may temporarily remove your mask only to drink, eat or play a wind instrument, for example.
All procedure mask dispensers are now installed at the entrances to the pavilions and at the various hand sanitizer and antiseptic gel filling stations inside the pavilions. The masks are free of charge and will be available for the duration of the university's mandatory surgical mask requirement.
Staff members may also obtain procedure masks from their manager.
The Library continues to be open and operating under the terms already in place. In addition, some workrooms have been set up to provide a safe environment for team meetings. They can accommodate between 2 and 4 students maximum. You must reserve them through the Library system. Please note that surgical masks must be worn even in the workrooms. The opening hours have been modified according to curfew hours. Full details can be found on the Library's website.
Be careful in the tunnels
The underground tunnels that connect the various buildings on campus are enclosed and sometimes narrow spaces. It is therefore essential to respect all sanitary instructions, including the wearing of surgical masks, when walking through them. Thank you in advance for your vigilance and for the respect you will show in the tunnels.
The PEPS expands its offer
The PEPS is now able to expand its offerings and allow members of our community to return to sport gradually. The training room, the field reservation system and the indoor stadium are available to the public since March 8. Open swims are already possible with a reservation. All details at peps.ulaval.ca.
Reopening of food services
Several food services on campus are back in operation as of this week and they all have to respect the sanitary measures related to food services.
- Sodexo (Charles-De Koninck Hall) is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The new Sodexo Food application (Bouffe Canada by Sodexo) allows you to place your food order online and pick it up at the Charles-De Koninck Pavilion cafeteria. In addition, Sodexo has just joined the Aliments du Québec au menu program, which highlights many local products.
- Le Pub universitaire (Alphonse-Desjardins building) is open Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saveurs Campus (Ferdinand-Vandry building) is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Cafétéria ADVE (Alexandre-Vachon pavilion) is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Exocytose (Ferdinand-Vandry pavilion) is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Café Labyrinthe (Louis-Jacques-Casault pavilion) is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but hours of operation may vary depending on the number of visitors and the availability of volunteers.
- Café Équilibre (PEPS) will be open from Monday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday
As the mid-term evaluations approach, we call upon your vigilance and collaboration to maintain safe sanitary conditions. To this end, if you are required to come to campus for an exam or evaluation activity, we remind you to:
- Wear the surgical mask inside all Université Laval buildings and in the tunnels. Wearing the mask is mandatory everywhere and at all times, even when sitting in a classroom or teamwork island.
- Bring hand and surface disinfectant and wipes.
- Wash your hands when entering a pavilion.
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times in the corridors, at the entrance to the classroom and when moving around the classroom.
- Disinfect your space (table, chair) with disinfectant and wipes before and after use.
- Avoid post-examination gatherings and leave the building.
COVID-19 Declaration Form
Self-reporting a positive test result for COVID-19 is intended to help 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 found on monPortail.
The form will be automatically forwarded to the COVID-19 Coordination Unit at Université Laval and the information provided may be shared with public health authorities for the purpose of conducting an epidemiological investigation.
During the week, dispensers for surgical masks will be installed at the various filling stations for disinfectants and antiseptic hand gels inside the pavilions. The masks are free of charge and will be available to you for the duration of the mandatory surgical mask deposit at the universities.
Staff members will also be able to obtain surgical masks from their manager.
Disposal of used surgical masks
Surgical masks must be disposed of in the campus garbage bins after use. The masks will then be sent, along with other residual materials, to the City of Québec incinerator. Some of the heat generated by the incinerator is converted into steam that is used for energy recovery.
According to a multidisciplinary working group at Université Laval that analyzed the different ways of recovering the masks, this is the most responsible way of disposing of surgical masks in the region today.
Recycling of masks was considered, but there are several constraints associated with it, such as the difficulty in sourcing recyclable masks and the difficulty for companies offering a recycling solution to guarantee results. This choice is also based on our desire to reduce the transportation of these materials and the associated GHG emissions. The incinerator is located 8 km from the University, while the closest potential recycler is 240 km away.
Université Laval may review its approach in the future if mask recovery methods offer better guarantees regarding the traceability of materials and the reuse of this waste.
Our orientations for the next academic year
We are currently working on the preparation of the academic year 2021-2022. Guided by cautious optimism, we plan to offer the maximum number of training activities in attendance, within the possibilities allowed by Public Health and the Department of Higher Education.
As a leader in distance learning, we will also maintain a vast online training offer to meet your varied needs. As long as the COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel, we will continue to offer you flexible distance learning options.
It is therefore with flexibility that Université Laval will adjust to the evolution of the pandemic and to future government directives. We will keep you informed as soon as possible of the teaching arrangements for the next summer and fall sessions.
We are very much looking forward to a university campus that vibrates to the rhythm of its community. Distance and face-to-face, we are determined to offer you a rich and stimulating student experience, while respecting the health measures in effect.
Virtual Open House
We invite you to participate in large numbers to the Virtual Open House at Université Laval, this Saturday, February 20, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Webinars and chat sessions will allow those who want to start or continue their university studies to learn more about the admission process and the many possibilities available.
Applications for admission can be made with confidence. You'll have a better idea of what to expect in the fall when the course registration period begins on April 13, 2021. We will keep you informed of any changes after that date.
Spring break at the PEPS
New instructions from the Quebec government allow the PEPS to offer a few indoor activities starting during the Spring break at the PEPS. As a result, free baths are once again possible by reservation as of February 27th. Family bubbles can also rent half an indoor skating rink or reserve a free skating session. All details can be found on the PEPS website.
Wear your mask at all times
If you are inside one of the Université Laval buildings, it is mandatory to wear your surgical mask everywhere and at all times, even when sitting in a classroom or teamwork island. You may temporarily remove the mask only for drinking, eating and playing a wind musical instrument.
Staff members can remove their masks when they are sitting at their desks and are at a distance of 2 meters or more from each other or when there is a physical barrier (solid transparent partition) between workstations.
These are clear Public Health guidelines that all institutions of higher education must follow. Thank you for your collaboration.
Clarification on the learning activities in attendance
As now permitted by the Quebec government, an increasing number of face-to-face learning activities will be offered on campus over the coming weeks.
Faculty members and professors are currently evaluating the possibility of including an attendance learning activity in their pedagogical approach for the winter session. This will be done in accordance with health regulations and the capacity of our pavilions.
If pedagogical activities initially planned at a distance are offered to you in person, you are free to choose whether or not to attend. You may continue to follow your courses at a distance, as the learning formula established at the beginning of the session must be maintained. Those who decide to continue taking their courses at a distance will not see their pedagogical path affected.
We are aware of the efforts that have been made to plan this winter session. This is why we hope that the flexibility allowed by the government will achieve its objective, which is to break the isolation and promote the well-being of the members of our university community.
We remind you that the use of team work islands is a good way to break isolation and socialize. Some fifty islands distributed in the various pavilions on campus are available to you to work with your colleagues in a safe manner.
Thank you for adjusting your habits
We remind you that it is now mandatory to wear the surgical mask inside all Université Laval buildings. Wearing the mask is mandatory everywhere and at all times, except for eating, drinking and playing a wind instrument. Wearing this mask is in addition to other health instructions already in effect.
We thank you for adjusting your habits over the past few days and for continuing to do so. Your collaboration allows us collectively to better fight against the spread of COVID-19.
Mandatory wearing of the surgical mask and other important instructions
The adjustments announced by the Quebec government on Thursday are a first step towards a gradual and safe return to our campus; but we are still far from a return to normal. Université Laval is highly motivated and will show creativity in the coming weeks so that members of our community who wish to return to campus will have a few opportunities to do so, while protecting their health.
Wearing a surgical mask
Wearing a surgical (procedure) mask is now mandatory inside all Université Laval buildings. The single-use surgical mask is more effective than the face shield in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and its use is now mandatory in all institutions of higher education in Quebec. Wearing the surgical mask is in addition to other health guidelines already in effect.
Surgical masks will be provided free of charge to all members of the university community. As of February 22, you will find them in dispensers located near the disinfectant gel and multi-surface disinfectant filling stations installed inside the pavilions.
Students must wear the surgical mask everywhere and at all times, even when sitting in the classroom. The mask is also mandatory inside the residence pavilions, except in the rooms. It must be worn in all common areas.
Staff members must ask their immediate manager for instructions on how to wear the mask at their workstation.
Face-to-face educational activities
A number of activities of an educational nature will again be offered in the coming weeks. These will be in addition to the labs and other practical training that already take place on campus. In class, students will be asked to ensure that they sit at tables marked with a green circle.
These activities may be offered on a voluntary basis by the teaching staff, while respecting their pedagogical choices. The presence of the student in class will not be mandatory and a distance education option will remain available until the end of the winter session. Each faculty will make sure to communicate with its teaching staff and student community to inform them of this possibility.
As this is a major logistical operation, which occurs when the winter session has already begun, the implementation of these face-to-face teaching activities could take a few weeks. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
Islands of teamwork
About fifty islands for team work are available on campus. These islands allow work to be carried out in teams of two, three or four people in a safe manner. Developed since December 2020 by Université Laval staff, these facilities respond to a need to break the isolation of students.
They consist of work tables equipped with Plexiglas partitions. You will find these islands inside the following pavilions: Paul-Comtois, Ferdinand-Vandry, Charles-De Koninck, Abitibi-Price, Palasis-Prince and Adrien-Pouliot. Other locations may be added over the course of the weeks.
The Coop Zone store located in the Maurice-Pollack Pavilion will reopen its doors as of February 8th. All the details will be on their website.
The Service de reprographie (SREP) will once again offer certain services in person at the counter in the Maurice Pollack Pavilion starting February 8. Full details will be available on the SREP website.
The Library continues to be open and to operate under the terms and conditions already in effect. Full details are on their website.
We are aware that these flexibilities require further adjustments. Rest assured that we will accompany you as best we can and that we will communicate regularly with you over the next few weeks. If you have any questions, write to us at email@example.com.
Towards a gradual and safe return to presence
Université Laval welcomes the Quebec government's announcement, which allows CEGEPs and universities to gradually start welcoming more students.
Details on how this gradual return can be achieved will be communicated to you later, following the press conference of Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann, scheduled for Thursday, February 4.
It is important to note that those who wish to continue their winter session courses by distance learning, as planned at the beginning of the session, will be able to do so. A distance learning formula will remain available for these people, whether they are abroad, in the regions or even in Quebec City.
We trust that this gradual reopening of the campus will be done in compliance with health regulations and will help to break the isolation and promote the well-being of the members of our university community. Flexibility and listening to your needs will continue to guide us in the coming weeks.
We invite you to take advantage of the new winter sports facilities that have just been created on campus. An ice ring, a cross-country ski trail and walking and snowshoeing trails have been set up to allow you to enjoy the joys of winter.
You can access them free of charge by going to the entrance located near the outdoor stadium (TELUS Stadium - Université Laval). A counter also allows you to rent equipment (skates, snowshoes and cross-country skis) at a low cost.
The Nordic Campus project was made possible thanks to the collaboration of several teams, including Mon équilibre UL, PEPS, the Building Services Department and the Vice-Rector's Office for the coordination of COVID-19. All of them have mobilized to contribute to the well-being of the entire university community, and more specifically to that of the students living in residence.
Given the current containment measures, the activities offered can only be practiced individually or in a family bubble. We ask that you comply with the signage, as well as with all health measures in effect. No outside gatherings with friends or colleagues are possible and complying with distancing measures is mandatory. A squad of Rouge et Or students and athletes will be on site to make users aware of the need to comply.
Full details can be found on the Mon équilibre UL website. Playing outside is a great way to take care of your physical and mental health. Take advantage of it!
Getting the session off to a good start
We wish you an excellent start to the winter session, and hope that you have been able to recharge your batteries. To the new members of our community, we extend a warm welcome and look forward to welcoming you.
We have been listening to you over the past few months and that is why we will continue our efforts and continue to adjust so that all members of the student community can live well in this new year, which is beginning in a context of confinement.
Mention "pass" (P) or "fail" (N)
You will have the option of requesting a "pass" (P) or "fail" (N) in lieu of your final grade for one of your courses in the fall 2020 session and one of your courses in the winter 2021 session. The "pass" (P) or "fail" (N) will then be recorded on your transcript and will not contribute to the calculation of your averages.
We hope that this decision will help you if the second wave of the pandemic and the increased constraints that have emerged since the region went into red alert status have brought additional challenges and negative consequences on your academic success.
Keep an eye on your email inbox. During the week of January 25, you will receive a communication from the Office of the Registrar informing you of the application process.
Getting off to a good start
We invite you to start your session off on the right foot by consulting the many tools created by the Student Assistance Centre. Texts, lectures, videos and podcasts are available to help you reduce procrastination, improve your concentration and keep your balance in the face of stress, among other things. You will also find a complete section related to wellness in times of pandemic. Resources are offered to help you better manage screen time, sleep, family life and anxiety in times of containment.
Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann is concerned about the isolation of members of the CEGEP and university student community. Discussions are underway with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec to allow for more on-campus activities during the semester.
Please be assured that we remain on the lookout and that we will quickly adjust to any changes in government guidelines, if necessary.
Student mobility in the summer of 2021
The global context does not allow the resumption of international mobility activities in the summer of 2021. This is why the International Office has diversified its scholarship programs in order to better support mobility stays in other Canadian provinces and within Aboriginal communities in Quebec and Canada. Consult the Mobility section or contact the International Office to find out more about funding opportunities for university activities in Canada in the summer of 2021.
At all times, consult the current international and Canadian travel and travel guidelines, which are continuously updated on the COVID-19 Travel and Travel page.
Together, let's continue our efforts
No one wanted to live in confinement again at the beginning of 2021. This is why it is imperative, more than ever, to comply with health regulations, including quarantine after a stay abroad. Stay within two meters of each other, wear a face cover and clean your offices and work spaces with the equipment provided. We remind you that in winter, it is important to remove your gloves or mittens to disinfect your hands at the entrance to a pavilion. Together, let's continue our efforts and contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Confinement in Québec: the effects on our activities
Québec is returning to a period of confinement from January 9 to February 8, 2021. However, the activities of higher education institutions may continue in compliance with health regulations. Subject to new information from the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, here is a summary of the context in which the winter session will begin.
Preparations for the winter session are well underway. As planned, classes will begin on January 18 and will, as in the fall, be offered mainly by distance learning, in a co-modal or hybrid format. Internships can take place according to the reception capacity and students must comply with health requirements.
Practical training for which the student's presence is essential for the acquisition or evaluation of knowledge will continue to be offered in person. Examples include laboratory, practical and clinical teaching and simulation training.
Online orientation and integration activities will take place during the week of January 11th. However, in accordance with government regulations, extracurricular or social activities will be suspended for the entire period of confinement.
All research activities that require a physical presence in the laboratory or in the field may continue, in compliance with the health measures already in force since the crossing of the red alert level.
As during the holiday season, all tasks that can be done remotely must continue to be done remotely. Only people who provide necessary services in person can come to work on campus. If in doubt, staff members are encouraged to contact their manager.
The government-imposed curfew will be in effect on campus from 8pm to 5am. Staff members who need to provide necessary services in the evenings and at night will be contacted by their manager. Further details will follow, including how to obtain a "laisser passer" signed by Université Laval.
With the exception of online PEPS activities, all activities are suspended until February 8. Only some aquatic training will be maintained. The facilities also remain accessible to high school sport-study groups as well as for the training of high performance athletes who have a public health authorization. Visit the PEPS website for more details.
The Library will remain open for lending of documents and access to individual workspaces. These services are reserved for members of the university community and are offered from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We invite you to visit the Library's website for more details.
Other study spaces
Although we encourage you to use the online collaborative work tools available for your meetings and teamwork, collaborative spaces equipped with Plexiglas will also be available in several pavilions. The locations of these workspaces will be communicated as soon as possible. We invite you to use these spaces in compliance with health regulations.
Reception and information services at Le Point will be offered in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and remotely by calling 418-656-2131.
The Coop Zone in the Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion maintains its operations online only. Students can order their material for the winter session on their website and select the appropriate delivery method.
We are here for you
Stretching confinement measures and difficulty planning for the future can undermine your mood. If you need help or feel that your psychological health is being affected, do not hesitate to contact the Student Assistance Centre or the Employee Assistance Program. Various resources are available to help you through this period.
The year 2020 has been particularly intense. Therefore, we want to take a moment today to take our hat off to you and say bravo for the adaptation and creativity you have shown. It is thanks to your energy and resilience that our university has been able to continue its activities during this challenging year.
- To the student community: Thank you for your perseverance in your studies despite the difficult context. Be proud of your efforts and your success.
- To the teaching staff: Thank you for reinventing the way you transmit your knowledge. You are admirable guides.
- To the research teams: Thank you for transforming your ways of doing things and for tirelessly pursuing your work. You are bearers of hope for our society.
- To managers, professionals and support staff: Thank you for working as a team to provide services to students and researchers and for keeping us on track.
Since March, we have kept you regularly informed of the constraints imposed by the pandemic. We would like to take this last message to the community of the year 2020 to thank you for reading us assiduously and for following the instructions we gave you.
Looking towards 2021
Since the pandemic is far from over, the COVID-19 Coordination Unit will still be on the lookout in 2021 to keep you informed of any developments or changes in the guidelines.
We look forward to seeing you back on campus in large numbers. However, until that is possible, we all need to be patient.
For now, take advantage of the next few weeks to rest and recharge your batteries. We wish you a pleasant and sweet holiday season. During this time, let's look after each other and continue to protect our health, both physical and mental.Best wishes!
Clarification of government guidelines for the Holiday Season
The government is putting Quebec on pause for the Holiday Season. You will find here the main repercussions of the December 15 government announcement on our university's activities.
End-of-session exams can take place as scheduled.
Starting December 17 and until January 10, all tasks that can be done remotely must be done in remotely. Only people who provide necessary services in person can come to work on campus. In case of doubt, staff members are encouraged to contact their manager.
All research activities that require a laboratory presence may continue, in compliance with the sanitary measures already in force.
PEPS will offer limited services and activities during the holiday season. You will find on the PEPS website all the information regarding hours of operation.
The Library will be closed as scheduled from December 24 to January 3. It will reopen on January 4th. We invite you to visit the Library's website for more information on opening hours and sanitary measures in effect.
Opening of the pavilions
From December 24 to January 3, the campus pavilions will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except on December 25 and January 1, when they will be closed. The residences will remain open all the time for residents.
The opening hours of the PEPS are available on their website. As for the Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from December 24 to 28 and from December 31 to January 3. On December 29 and 30, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. From January 4 to 10 inclusively, the pavilions will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The pavilions will return to normal operating hours on January 11.
Le Point's reception and information services will be offered exclusively remotely from December 21 to January 8, by calling 418-656-2131.
The Coop Zone store in the Alphonse-Desjardins Pavilion will be closed as of December 23rd. Thereafter, all orders will be made exclusively online. No in-store pick-up will be possible until January 10 inclusively. Students can order their material for the winter session on the Zone website and opt for home delivery.
We already announced that the beginning of the winter semester is delayed by one week. January 15 will be devoted to welcoming and remote integration activities. Courses will begin on January 18 and will, as in the fall, be offered mainly remotely, in comodal or hybrid mode. Students may consult Mon Portail to find out about all the teaching terms and conditions during the winter semester.
If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to write to firstname.lastname@example.org. A daily monitoring will be carried out by our team during the holiday season.
With the arrival of winter, a few changes are necessary.
New winter sanitary instructions
Are you well wrapped in your scarves and mittens to protect you from the cold? Don't forget to take them off when you enter a pavilion. It is imperative that you wear your face covering and disinfect your hands to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Change of closing hours for pavilions on Fridays starting December 4
As of December 4, the closing hours of the pavilions on Fridays will be brought forward to 7 p.m., except for the PEPS and the Alphonse-Desjardins and Maurice-Pollack pavilions, for which the closing hours will remain the same.
Closing of the pavilions during the holiday season - December 24 to January 3 (inclusively)
From December 24 to January 3 (inclusively), the pavilions will be closed except for the PEPS and the Alphonse-Desjardins and Maurice-Pollack pavilions. The opening hours of these two pavilions will be communicated at a later date.
Members of the student community and staff who need access to one or the other of the closed pavilions during this period must contact the Security and Prevention Service (SSP) at the following number: 418-656-2131, ext. 408500. A University identification (student card or employee card) must be presented to the SSP officer who will open the pavilion. If you have special needs for continuous access or access already planned, please send them to COVID19@ulaval.ca. We will forward them to the SSP to facilitate verification.
Management of positive COVID-19 case reports
As mentioned earlier, the University is taking a break during the holiday season. However, the COVID-19 Coordinating Unit will be on duty to follow up with the Public Health Department should there be positive case reports once the leave begins. During this period, the COVID-19 Coordination Cell will therefore continue to ensure communication with students, staff and units whenever the level of risk of cases requires it.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we once again call upon your vigilance and collaboration to help maintain safe sanitary conditions. To this end, if you are required to attend on campus or at any other location for an exam, we remind you to:
- Do not present yourself if you have symptoms related to COVID-19 and inform your program director
- Bring hand and surface disinfectant and personal wipes with you
- Put on your face cover or mask before entering a building
- Wash your hands when entering a building
- Comply with the physical distance of 2 metres at all times in the corridors, at the entrance to the examination room and when moving around the examination room
- Disinfect your space (table, chair) with disinfectant and wipes before and after use
- Avoid post-examination gatherings and leave the building
For more details, please visit the page Étudiants actuels.
COVID-19 Declaration Form
We remind you that self-declaration of a positive test result for COVID-19 is intended to limit its spread and to protect the health and safety of the community. Although it is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to fill out the form, which you can find on monPortail.
Remaining on the job this holiday season
Although Université Laval is taking a break during the holiday season, the COVID-19 Coordination Unit will be on hand to follow up with the Quebec Public Health Authority should there be positive case reports once the leave begins. At any time, you can refer to the updated information on the COVID-19 page of the University's website, or you can write to email@example.com. A dedicated team will answer your questions as quickly as possible.
Extension of red zone measures
In accordance with the government's press briefing of October 26, 2020 and the decision to maintain the measures in force in the red zone until November 23, Université Laval is maintaining all the directives put in place on campus.
Maintenance of online courses
Distance education is maintained until further notice with the exception of practical training activities such as laboratories, teaching clinics and simulation training. For all those already taking online courses, courses continue as usual.
Research activities in the laboratory or in the field
All research activities in the laboratory or in the field are maintained to the extent that health measures can be complied with.
Students who are currently on or off-campus practicum can continue their internship according to the instructions of the host environment. Students must comply with the health requirements of the host environment.
Meetings, Teamwork and Gatherings
We remind you to avoid all meetings, teamwork and face-to-face gatherings. We encourage you to use the online work tools available to staff members or members of the student community.
The Université Laval Library remains open for consultation and lending of documents and for the use of individual workspaces. Access is exclusively reserved for the university community. For more information on services, you can consult the Library's website.
Important reminder of health measures
Due to the extension of government guidelines, we feel it is important to remind you to comply with the 2 metres physical distance at all times and to wear a face cover or mask when travelling within pavilions, classrooms, laboratories and any indoor public space.
Université Laval is doing well so far and intends to actively contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
To the entire student community,
Since the beginning of the pandemic, you have adapted to the situation with agility and resilience to ensure your academic success. We would like to congratulate you on your dedication.
Université Laval, too, has had to adapt and, thanks to the collaboration and agility of the various units, we have been able to put in place the health measures that allow us to ensure your safety when you are on campus:
- Distribution of sanitary kits and hand sanitizer
- Arrangement of classrooms to ensure a physical distance of 2 meters
- Spreading the exams over several rooms on campus to reduce group size and traffic in the pavilions
- Hand disinfection stations
- Enhanced sanitary maintenance
- Adequate signage
As mid-term evaluations approach, we once again call upon your vigilance and collaboration to help maintain safe sanitary conditions. To this end, if you must be on campus for an exam or evaluation activity, we remind you to:
- Bring hand and surface disinfectants and personal wipes
- Put on your face cover or mask before entering a pavilion
- Wash your hands when entering a facility
- Comply with the physical distance of 2 metres at all times in the corridors, at the entrance to the classroom and when moving around the classroom
- Disinfect your space (table, chair) with disinfectant and wipes before and after use
- Avoid post-examination gatherings and leaving the ward
COVID-19 Declaration Form
Self-declaration of a positive test result for COVID-19 is intended to help 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 found on monPortail.
The form will be automatically forwarded to the COVID-19 Coordination Unit at Université Laval and the information provided may be shared with public health authorities for the purpose of conducting an epidemiological investigation.
Student Assistance Centre
On campus or remotely, the dedicated teams at the Centre d’aide aux étudiants (CAE) are there to support you. The CAE provides you with tools to help you pursue and succeed in your studies in the context of a pandemic.
The CAE offers support and consultation services to students in terms of orientation, academic success, psychological well-being and disability situations. We invite you to visit the Centre d’aide aux étudiants website for more information.
Thank you for complying at all times
We remind you that the best way to help reduce the risk of contagion is to comply with the 2 meters physical distance and to wear a mask or face cover inside the pavilions, in accordance with the directives of the Direction générale de la santé publique du Québec.
For everyone's well-being, let's comply with the health instructions.
Continuation of new government directives
Following the government's announcement on new measures to be implemented as of October 8 for higher education institutions, here are some additional measures to those we presented to you yesterday.
In-class learning assessments may be maintained for courses where they are deemed critical. Teachers will communicate with their students to inform them of the exam process and the health measures that have been put in place.
Units that provide front-line services to students will continue to offer their services in person. To find out about the terms and conditions of these services, we invite you to consult the Current Students page. Distance services will also continue to be offered.
We invite student associations whose deconfinement plan has been accepted to limit access to their premises as much as possible. We encourage them to hold their meetings in virtual mode and to work remotely.
Online thesis defense
All thesis defenses will have to take place online with Zoom or Webex. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies no longer allows in-person defenses until further notice. We invite you to consult the Defense of thesis page for more information.
As mentioned by the government, student residences may remain open while the Red Alert Level is in effect. However, it is not permitted to receive external visitors inside the residences. In addition, we remind you that it is the residents' duty to comply with the health measures in place.
Université Laval welcomes the federal government's announcement concerning the upcoming opening of Canada's borders to a greater number of international students.
As soon as it will be possible for our international students to travel to Canada, rest assured that we will inform you. In the meantime, we invite our international students to continue their studies at a distance and to wait for instructions from Université Laval before making travel arrangements to Canada. We invite you to consult the COVID-19 Impacts on International Students web page to stay informed.
Thank you for your collective efforts
Université Laval can pursue some of its activities in a face-to-face setting since our entire university community complies with the health measures required by public health authorities. Through our collective efforts, Université Laval is actively contributing to reducing the risk of spread of COVID-19.
The Government of Quebec announced earlier today that higher education institutions located in the Red Alert areas must apply their emergency protocol as of October 8.
Transition to online courses
This announcement means that presential activities will be offered remotely starting October 8 and for the duration of the Red Alert period. However, this does not apply to hands-on training activities such as laboratories, teaching clinics and simulation training.
For those who are already taking online courses, the courses will continue as usual.
We'll get back to you in the next few days with more details.
Research activities in the lab or in the field
All research activities in the laboratory or in the field are maintained to the extent that health guidelines can be met.
Students who are currently on or off-campus internship can continue their internship according to the instructions of the host environment. Students must comply with the health requirements of the host environment.
Meetings, Teamwork and Gatherings
We remind you that the government's decision is aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. In this context, we recommend to all members of the university community to avoid all meetings, team work and face-to-face gatherings, including thesis defences that will be held at a distance. We encourage you to use the online work tools available for employees and students.
Despite the announced restrictions, the Library can remain open for consultation and document lending services and for the use of individual workspace. However, access will be reserved exclusively for the university community. For information on the services and measures in effect, we invite you to consult the Library's website.
Important reminder of health instructions
The passage to the red alert reminds us that we must remain vigilant and respectful of the health instructions in order to protect all of us.
We remind you that the best way to help reduce the risk of contagion is to respect the physical distance of 2 metres at all times and to wear a face cover or mask inside the pavilions. The face cover or mask can still be removed once you are seated in the classroom, in accordance with the directives of the Direction générale de la santé publique du Québec.
Université Laval intends to actively contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Other instructions will follow in the next 48 hours.
Information about 2021 Winter semester
Despite the restrictions announced due to the red alert level in the Capitale-Nationale region, the Université Laval Library can remain open. However, access will be reserved exclusively for the university community. To find out about the services and measures in effect, we invite you to consult the Library's website.
The evolution of the pandemic and current government directives require us to adopt the following orientations for the winter 2021 session.
Teaching methods for 2021 Winter semester
Université Laval has decided that the teaching methods for the 2021 winter semester will be in line with the orientations adopted for the fall 2020 semester, i.e. mostly distance learning, in hybrid or comodal mode. However, face-to-face teaching will be prioritized for classes or laboratories for essential practical training activities as well as for certain training activities for first-year students.
Decisions regarding the choice of teaching and learning modalities for the winter 2021 session are dictated by the need to ensure your health and safety, by complying with directives issued by public health authorities, as well as by the principles of quality of training, student experience and accessibility.
You will be able to consult the respective teaching terms and conditions for each of your courses on monPortail as of November 6.
Postponement of the 2021 winter semester to January 18
In order to give a little more time to faculty members and support teams to adapt the course offering for the winter session, the management of Université Laval is postponing the start of the winter session from January 11 to January 18, 2021. The duration of the session will thus be 14 weeks instead of 15.
Student mobility in the winter of 2021
In this exceptional period of pandemic, Université Laval supports the internationalization of its students' training by exploring new forms of mobility. Since the current global context does not allow for the resumption of international mobility activities in the winter of 2021, the International Office is preparing a virtual mobility program (e-mobility).
E-mobility will enable students to follow one or more distance learning courses offered by certain partner universities. Contact the management of your program if you wish to enrich your path with a virtual international experience in the winter 2021 session.
At all times, consult the important information and current guidelines for international and Canadian travel and travel, which are continuously updated on the COVID-19 Travel page.
Red alert level in the Capitale-Nationale region
To the entire university community,
The Quebec government has just announced that the Capitale-Nationale region has moved from the orange tier to the red tier. Under these circumstances, Université Laval will adapt its health guidelines to comply with the directives of the Direction générale de la santé publique when they become available.
Considering that a significant number of teaching activities already take place at a distance, teaching activities taking place on campus may be maintained until further notice. The same applies to research activities. Activities requiring the presence of several people in the same place must be carried out in strict compliance with the health regulations in force.
Taking into account all the health measures that have been deployed at the University, the personnel already in attendance may continue their activities. However, we will follow the instructions that the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur may send us.
We are aware that the situation may give rise to fears, questions and uncertainty. Please be assured that we will do our utmost to come back to you quickly with clarifications. We remember you that the Student Support Center and the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) are available for you.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we would like to acknowledge your agility and constant collaboration. Whether you are a student, faculty member or member of our staff, rest assured that we are working hard to ensure your academic success and professional well-being continues.
Orange alert level in the Capitale-Nationale region
To the entire university community,
The Quebec government announced on Sunday that the Capitale-Nationale region went from the yellow level (early warning) to the orange level (alert). Under these circumstances, we collectively invite you to multiply your efforts to comply with the health measures.
Despite the alert level, we confirm that all classroom teaching, training and research courses and activities continue to comply with the instructions regarding physical distance, the mandatory wearing of face coverings and hand washing. The Library also remains open.
Furthermore, the suspension of extracurricular and social activities is maintained until further notice, with the exception of the following activities:
- Use of association premises within the limits authorized in Phase I of the deconfinement of association activities
- Graduating class photo opportunities
- Distribution of food and basic necessities by appointment
These 3 exceptions are permitted if they comply with the 25-person limit and the physical distance of 2 metres.
So far, we have seen the excellent collaboration of the members of our community. The rules have been largely respected and the measures put in place at the Université Laval have allowed us to have a safe return to school. We thank you for these efforts, which have been important, and we invite you to be extra cautious in your work and study activities as well as in your everyday life.
Call upon your vigilance your collaboration
Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 observed in the Capitale-Nationale region, we call upon the vigilance and collaboration of each and every one of you so that we can continue the activities permitted in the classroom.
Reminder of health instructions
We remind you that the best way to help reduce the risk of contagion in our community is to wear a mask or face shield inside buildings and within 2 metres of other people, in accordance with the directives of the Direction générale de la santé publique du Québec.
Before coming to the campus
It is very important to do a self-assessment of your health status before leaving home to come to campus. This is your responsibility. Use the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Questionnaire before coming to campus.
Do not come to campus if your self-assessment indicates that you may pose a risk to the health of others.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 on campus
If you think you are developing symptoms of COVID-19, we recommend that you follow the procedure if you experience symptoms.
Work or study areas, common areas and classrooms
Whether for the staff or the student community, we have arranged the spaces in order to respect the instructions of the public health authorities.
- You are responsible for the disinfection of your work or study station as well as the shared spaces and equipment made available to you.
- You must regularly disinfect your space, at least before and after use. Disinfection products will be made available to everyone.
- You must disinfect all shared equipment (printers, computers, machines, tools, etc.) after each use.
While we strongly recommend that teamwork be done in virtual mode, we understand that in some cases this may be more difficult. We remind you, however, that you must respect the rules of physical distance at all times. Make sure to find a work place that will allow you this 2-meter distance between each of you.
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For everyone's well-being, please respect the rules.
Université Laval is ready to welcome you
Protecting your health: our priority
The campus is ready to welcome you for the fall semester, while protecting your health. Everything is in place to ensure a safe environment for your studies and research. Before coming to campus, take the time to familiarize yourself with all current health and safety measures. We also invite you to watch this video which presents the five steps to get to a classroom.
Review the teaching formula for each course
Students, make sure you have reviewed the teaching formula assigned to each of your courses in myPortal. Take the time to look at the six different teaching options that are available this fall, so that you can prepare for the first day and plan your travel accordingly. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact your teacher. Rest assured that no matter how your courses are offered, human interaction is at the heart of teaching at Université Laval.
Gather the winning conditions
The Student Assistance Centre offers a kit of resources and tools to help you maintain balance in your personal, social and academic life.
Familiarize yourself with the digital study environment, how the courses work, and review what preparations are essential to start your session off on the right foot!
Library reopens August 31
As of Monday, August 31, you will once again have access to the Université Laval Library in the Jean-Charles-Bonenfant and Alexandre-Vachon pavilions. However, the Library will have a reduced capacity and special rules will dictate the use of the spaces. Several services will also be offered on site. Full details will be published on the Library's website on August 26. Watch for it!
Reopening of several other services
The new academic year marks the reopening of several businesses and services on campus, such as Coop Zone, where textbook orders will only be made online, and PEPS, which offers the possibility of registering for more than 125 sports activities this fall.
Several food services will also be offering coffee, pastries, sandwiches and hot meals this fall. Discover or rediscover the food service points that will be open:
- ADVE - Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
- Saveurs Campus - Pavillons Alphonse-Desjardins et Ferdinand-Vandry
- Sodexo - Pavillons Charles-De Koninck et Louis-Jacques-Casault
- Café Fou ÆLIÉS - Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins
- Pub universitaire - Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins
- Café l’Équilibre - Pavillon de l'Éducation physique et des sports
- L’Exocytose - Pavillon Ferdinand-Vandry
Maintenance of drinking water quality
The Building Services Department ensures that the quality of drinking water is maintained in all our facilities. Thus, before the start of the activities for the fall session, the main supply pipes will be flushed. In the coming days, we invite you to let the water run for 30 seconds before consuming it.
Face coverings required at Université Laval
As of Saturday, July 18th, face protection will be mandatory inside research, service and teaching pavilions at Université Laval. This decision stems from the governmental decree requiring face coverings in many enclosed public areas in Quebec, including universities.
This decision applies to all staff members, students, professionals and teaching personnel, as well as to visitors and anyone passing through the Université Laval campus. The directive also applies to the various research, service and teaching facilities that are located outside of the main campus.
Face protection will be required to enter and move around all interior spaces at Université Laval, including lobbies, common areas, hallways and corridors, tunnels, elevators and escalators.
Face coverings can be removed under certain conditions once the individual has arrived at his or her workspace, study area or cafeteria.
Additional communications will follow soon in anticipation of the fall semester.
Members of the university community are encouraged to bring their own face covering when they come to campus.
Wearing face protection reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by an infected person. Its use is particularly effective in preventing the transmission of the virus by an asymptomatic person who is unaware that he or she is a carrier.
Fall session: Government announcement keeps us on track
The government's announcement on Tuesday, June 16, regarding the physical distancing that must be respected during the start of the fall school year allows our university to keep up the pace and focus on our training offer.
The Public Health Department indicates that a distance of 1.5 metres between people during classes is allowed while respecting a maximum number per classroom. This adjustment to the instructions from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education confirms the accuracy of our planning and the alignment of the fall course schedules we are working on. We were already working on a scenario that would allow us to accommodate a maximum of 50 people per classroom. Our plan for the fall semester includes a rich and redesigned offering of distance, in-class and hybrid courses.
As much as possible, our units and faculties will encourage the presence in class of students who will be living their very first session at Université Laval. The priority remains to welcome those who will have practical courses or laboratories essential to their training.
Students, rest assured that we don't want to leave anyone behind. Whatever your situation - whether you are parents, in Quebec City, elsewhere in the country or abroad - you will be able to pursue your training project in the fall thanks to a very high quality, flexible course offering adapted to your situation. You will also have access to services and support. During the course of the session, we will keep abreast of the evolution of the pandemic and the health guidelines, so that we can adapt with agility when the time comes.
Consult your class schedule now
Can't wait to see what the fall has in store for you? To better plan your trips on campus? Consult your course schedule on monPortail now to get answers to your questions. You will find the schedule and terms and conditions of the courses in which you are registered. This schedule may have changed since you registered and some adjustments may still be possible during the summer, given the changing situation.
You will also be able to find out whether your courses will be offered by distance learning, in-class, hybrid or co-modal formats. For more details on these different teaching formulas and the codes in monPortail, consult this page (in French only).
Haven't you decided on a course yet? There is still time to register on monPortail.
Gradual return of some staff members to the campus
The management team at Université Laval is actively working on a return-to-work plan for some staff members. This return to the campus will be gradual, following the pace of government authorizations.
During the summer, teleworking will continue to be the preferred mode of work for the majority of Université Laval staff members. Those for whom teleworking is more difficult to achieve will be called upon to return to the campus as a priority. Our goal is to allow everyone to do their work in the best possible conditions, while ensuring the health and safety of our community.
As student services are at the heart of our mission, they will be prioritized and fully functional by mid-August 2020. The entire student community must be able to benefit from high-quality services, which will be offered in person or remotely, depending on the most optimal mode.
The Pub universitaire opens its doors on June 15
Following the government's announcement concerning the reopening of the restaurants, the Pub universitaire will be ready to welcome its customers as of Monday, June 15. A total of 205 places are available, in compliance with the physical distance standards and health regulations in force.
The Pub will be open from Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 9pm. Groups should not exceed 10 people. Access to the Pub will be through the terrace door, on the Ernest-Lemieux pavilion side. For more information, visit the Pub universiraire website, an initiative of CADEUL.
Parking permit refund
This message is addressed to all those who held a parking permit during the 2020 winter session.
We wish to inform you that, due to the suspension of classroom activities during the winter and summer sessions, Université Laval will reimburse parking fees. We invite you to consult the website of the Service de sécurité et de prévention to have access to the reimbursement form and to know the procedure to follow.
You will have to fill out and print the form and mail it, along with your parking permit, to the Parking Office, Maurice-Pollack Pavilion, 2305, rue de l'Université, local 1210, Québec City, Québec, G1V 0A6, or bring it directly to the office of the Service de sécurité et de prévention of the Université Laval at Ernest-Lemieux Pavilion (2325, rue de la Vie-Étudiante, door #3).
You have until June 30th to return the form and the sticker. Any request after this date, or for which the permit has not been returned, will not be eligible for a refund.
Those who had a permit specifically for the PEPS related to an activity or subscription will be contacted directly by a member of the Sports Activities Department in the next few days.
Please note that as of July 1, 2020, parking fees on the entire campus will returned to the regular parking schedule. Therefore, people who have an annual permit and who still wish to be reimbursed will have to buy a summer or monthly permit if necessary, or pay at the parking meters.
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On-campus presence in the fall: we will remain flexible
Planning for the fall session is well underway. Our teams are mobilized in order to offer the best possible experience to the student community, while respecting the guidelines of government authorities.
While we continue to anticipate that the majority of courses will be offered at a distance and online during the fall semester, we are pleased that the Quebec government is studying scenarios that will allow for a greater presence of students on campus.
One does not preclude the other. For face-to-face courses, priority will be given to all practical instruction, such as labs or workshops that require a physical presence.
We plan to double our co-modal teaching capacity, which allows us to accommodate a number of students in a class while at the same time other students attend the online presentation. We believe it is important to maintain the option of being at a distance, for those who would not be able to attend on campus.
This summer, we will be rolling out an extensive training program for teachers to ensure that they have all the tools and knowledge to create the richest and most interactive distance learning experience possible.
Certainly, we will be nimble in adapting to the Public Health Department's guidelines should they significantly restrict us in the event of a second wave of COVID-19. In the meantime, we are preparing to provide the richest possible training and experience for students, no matter what the next few months may bring.
Students, we thank you for your patience and understanding. In mid-June, the schedule and terms and conditions of the courses in which you are registered for the fall semester will be posted on monPortail. We will make sure to offer you all the services and support you need, because our greatest concern will always be to guide you towards the success of your projects.
You are transforming your University: proudly display it!
Great changes are rapidly taking place in society these days and our university community is making a major contribution. We feel you are committed and mobilized to find solutions to the constraints we all face, whether in teaching, research or university life. You are leaders in innovation and that makes us proud.
We therefore suggest that you show your commitment to transforming Université Laval and society in general on social media. Three choices of photo frames can be added to your Facebook profile:
- I'm transforming education
- I'm transforming research
- I'm transforming my University
Students, graduates, teaching and administrative staff: join the "I Transform" movement and show your colours!
Gradual reopening of the PEPS
Since Wednesday 20 May, some of the outdoor facilities of the PEPS are accessible again. These are the PEPS Golf driving range and the outdoor tennis courts. Users will have to make sure to respect the physical distance of 2 meters at all times and use separate tennis balls between players.
The Sports Activities Department is actively working to prepare its facilities in order to offer a safe sports environment that respects the Public Health Department's instructions. Consult the PEPS web page for all the details on the gradual reopening.
No mobility stays in fall 2020
After an in-depth assessment of the current international context, Université Laval has decided to cancel all international student mobility stays for the fall of 2020, as well as the hosting of international students as part of student exchanges. Exceptions are made for bi-graduate programs and programs integrated into the master's program, and research stays, which will nevertheless be subject to Université Laval's general rules in effect regarding traveling. Currently, international travel is prohibited until further notice and the reception of guests from abroad is suspended until July 31, 2020.
This decision is necessary given that current circumstances have led a significant proportion of our international university partners to suspend their student exchanges for the fall of 2020. In addition, the Government advises against non-essential travel outside Canada.
International students enrolled or wishing to enrol in a regular program at Université Laval, whether they are physically in Quebec or abroad at this time, are not affected by this announcement. They will be able to follow their training at a distance.
To the students concerned, we recognize all the time and energy you may have invested in preparing your international study project and the disappointment you may feel. However, we need to ensure that our student mobility programmes can take place in safe environments that are conducive to intercultural exchange and learning, which current health conditions do not allow.
The International Office will communicate with students who had planned an international study visit and with foreign candidates who had planned a stay at Université Laval in the fall of 2020 to inform them of the possible options and procedures to follow.
Loans of physical documents back to the Library
As of Monday, May 18, physical documents can once again be borrowed from the Library. Loan requests must be sent by e-mail and users must make an appointment to pick up their documents. The reception desk in the Jean-Charles Bonenfant Pavilion has been set up in order to respect public health guidelines when lending out documents. The other physical areas of the Library will remain closed until further notice. For more details, visit the Library's website. (in French)
Returns of physical documents (books, DVDs, etc.) can be made in the Library's outdoor book chute in the Jean-Charles-Bonenfant Pavilion.
No fine will be charged for documents not returned to the Library for which the loan deadline was due on or after March 14, 2020.
Collecting textbook purchases on campus
Students, it is now possible to pick up your textbook purchases directly on campus. In compliance with the Public Health Department's instructions, Coop Zone has set up an order retrieval kiosk in the Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion. Simply visit Coop Zone's website and place your textbook order online by selecting the on-campus delivery option. When the order is ready, an advisor will contact you to make an appointment to pick it up.
Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
Starting today, it is possible to register for the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). This benefit is for post-secondary students and recent graduates who are unable to work or find employment as a result of COVID-19.
To be eligible, you must earn less than $1,000 per month in employment income and not be eligible for Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CESB is available from May 10 to August 29, 2020 and ranges from $1,250 to $2,000 for four weeks. The purpose of this benefit is to help students experiencing financial hardship to continue their study plans in the fall.
The student experience on campus is definitely part of our identity
Although we will be forced to offer the majority of our courses by distance learning in the fall of 2020, it is not our wish to become a university exclusively for distance learning in the long term. The student experience on campus is definitely part of our identity.
See Vice-Rector Robert Beauregard talk about the future in this video (in French).
We have a great campus, which is also a living environment for rich human interaction. We have a student life centre project that includes new residences for families, a large sports centre and cultural facilities. We look forward to the continued development of our campus.
We also believe in the importance of human contact, teamwork and social relations. This is an integral part of the university experience.
We are proud to have become a Canadian leader in distance education in recent years. This position allows us to offer our students, even those on campus, distance learning courses, digital tools that enrich and support academic success, and a greater diversity of our study offerings. This enables them to better balance their studies, work and family. Distance learning also makes it possible to reach those who would otherwise not have access to higher education.
In the future, we want to remain an accessible, inclusive and flexible university. Our lively campus combined with a high quality distance and digital experience is our strength and distinguishes us.
We thank you for your patience in these times when we have to comply with the Public Health's instructions. We are very much looking forward to returning to campus with you to do what we do best: to conduct promising research and to offer high-quality education to as many people as possible, both in person and at a distance.
A fall session that lives up to your aspirations
Students, we are looking forward to welcoming you next fall. However, the pandemic will make this new academic year very different, whether you are on campus or away from home.
In the fall of 2020, decisions about teaching and learning arrangements will be dictated by the protection of your health and safety, respect for the physical distance requirements set by the Public Health Branch, as well as the principles of quality of training, student experience and accessibility.
You can register with confidence
No matter what happens, we will be ready and the academic year 2020-2021 will begin in September. We are committed to providing you with a fall semester that lives up to your aspirations. So you can continue to register for your courses with confidence by visiting monPortail.
A mostly online and distance learning offer
So that all of you can start or continue your academic career while maintaining physical distance, we plan to offer online and distance learning in most courses.
We will rely on our proven technopedagogical environment to offer a complete and high quality training. We will use learning methods that allow for a high degree of interaction between teachers and students, as well as between peers.
Towards a gradual and cautious return to face-to-face training
We anticipate that the physical presence of students on campus will be reduced to a strict minimum this fall in order to meet the requirements set by the Public Health Branch.
However, since the Quebec City region has already entered a process of "deconfinement", we are hopeful that the restrictions will ease over time. If this is the case, we will be able to consider a cautious return of those students who are able to return to campus.
Priority will be given to teaching activities for which distance learning is difficult, if not impossible. For example, practical health training activities, teaching workshops, field activities and laboratories.
100% distance learning cursus
For many students, including those outside the country, "all by distance" will be the only learning modality that will suit their reality. Since we are the university that already offers the broadest range of online training in Canada, we will be able to meet their needs by offering a large number of complete courses 100% at a distance.
Stay connected and involved in the community, even at a distance
Our online student services offering will be enhanced this fall to provide maximum distance support. The success and personal and social fulfillment of our students is important to us. We are dedicated to offering a solid digital experience and personalized support.
An exceptional context
The measures we are taking to adequately prepare for the fall session are exceptional and guided by the current context. We are as eager as you are to be able, in the future, to return to a campus that vibrates to the rhythm of life that our students breathe into it.
Graduates, it seemed important to us to mark the end of your university career with a virtual appointment in these times of pandemic and, above all, to send you your diploma by mail. You will need it for several good reasons.
That said, given the spontaneous reaction to your desire to participate in a face-to-face convocation ceremony, we believe that one does not preclude the other and we are committed to consulting with faculties about holding a face-to-face convocation as soon as circumstances permit.
Thank you for expressing in large numbers your commitment to the convocation ceremony, the most important ceremony in your academic life.
Virtual Convocation Ceremonies
Graduates, your success will be highlighted this year with virtual graduation ceremonies. If the current context prevents us from coming together as our university tradition requires, we are committed to recognizing your efforts, perseverance and excellence.
These revisited ceremonies are currently being prepared. We are working hard to make them memorable for you, your colleagues and your family.
We are so proud of each and every one of you. Your academic backgrounds are unique and remarkable. Details on how to join your colleagues and friends at these virtual ceremonies will be communicated to you in the coming weeks. Your official diploma will be mailed to you.
The beginning of a new phase
Over the next few days, our campus will come back to life in a gentle and gradual way. In harmony with the society that surrounds us, we too will experience a gradual "deconfinement" at Université Laval.
See the video clip of Rector Sophie D'Amours (in French)
This is the beginning of a new phase. We will have to learn to follow strict health guidelines and integrate new lifestyle habits to protect our collective health. The key: always think of others.
We are confident that it is possible to do this and that together we will be able to adjust our ways over time.
Thank you to the Building Services staff who are busy these days on campus preparing for the partial reopening of the pavilions. Thank you also to the professors, researchers, professionals and research technicians from various faculties who will gradually return to work in the laboratories starting the week of May 11.
These people are the first to be able to return to the campus. If all goes well, others will gradually follow.
How will the new school year start in September? Will all staff be able to be back on campus by then? We don't have the answers to these questions yet, but we are preparing for all eventualities and we will be ready. We always keep in mind one top priority: your health and safety.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. Rest assured that we are working to put in place the best possible conditions for a successful return to campus of staff, our partners and subcontractors, as well as the student community and the children in daycare and day camps.
Hats off to the managers!
Our university has faced many challenges in recent weeks and more will arise in the coming months. Today, we would like to acknowledge the exemplary work of the managers and all the executive staff.
They have shown great strength and agility in the face of this exceptional situation. They have been able to adjust from day to day and even hour to hour. Their unwavering cooperation and commitment have helped us get through these difficult times.
The managers use their instinct and empathy to reassure, support and motivate their work teams, as well as to respond to the many demands. Thank you to all of you for helping us, with professionalism and sensitivity, to stay the course.
Extended stay for international students
We applaud the decision of the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration to automatically extend the expired Quebec Acceptance Certificates for International Students until December 31, 2020. This decision will make it easier for them to apply to the federal government for an extension of their study permit.
The health emergency we are experiencing may disrupt the learning path of international students. The possibility of extending their stay in Québec for several months is reassuring and minimizes the economic and administrative impacts that the pandemic could have on them.
Gradual resume of research activities
Université Laval welcomes the Quebec government's decision to authorize the gradual reactivation of university research activities requiring physical infrastructure such as laboratories and experimental fields. We also know that many of you are anxious to get back to your teams, projects and laboratories. However, this news calls for the utmost caution. Interactions between research teams, in terms of discussions, plannings and human interactions, will have to continue at a distance for the time being. We must all commit to following the Public Health Branch's instructions to ensure the success of this gradual recovery.
The government authorizes research related to the fields of health, natural sciences, agriculture, forestry, engineering, including all seasonal outdoor activities. The branches of each of the faculties concerned are already preparing their recovery plans. We are also working to expand access to library services and materials.
To all those who work in research, thank you for the efforts you will be making over the next few weeks to comply with health regulations and to maintain social distancing. Together, we have a great challenge to take up: that of adapting our ways of working on a daily basis so that research and innovation can make a significant contribution to Quebec's recovery. The people involved, staff and the student community, will be gradually recalled as conditions of access to the laboratories and grounds permit.
Cleaning and maintenance of the campus grounds and traffic lanes is gradually resuming. Some Building Services staff may also resume maintenance of service vehicles in the mechanical shop, while others will ensure that the various buildings and pavilions (water supply, ventilation) are prepared for a gradual return to research activities. Be confident that all precautions are taken to ensure the health and safety of personnel during these operations.
Scenarios for staff returning to the campus
In terms of staff returning to work on campus, we are developing different scenarios that we will deploy as the government allows. In the meantime, telework must continue.
The health and safety of staff is our primary concern, and we are looking at how best to protect employees who would gradually return to campus. We can count on the support of three experts from Université Laval who are guiding and accompanying us in this important work: doctors Gaston De Serres and Chantal Sauvageau, professor and lecturer in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and members of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), as well as professor Geneviève Belleville from the School of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Rest assured that we will keep you informed in advance of developments in this file.
Regardless of the evolution of the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the health instructions issued by the Direction de la santé publique that we will have to respect, Université Laval will be ready in September 2020 to deploy its fall session.
Based on what we believe to be the best digital learning environment in the country, we will be able to adapt so that our learning offer is complete and of high quality. Our teaching staff, supported by our experts in techno-pedagogy, will consider all eventualities: face-to-face, distance, online, comodal or hybrid teaching. Our faculties and teaching units are preparing to adapt the learning offer in order to offer the best course delivery method for the fall semester, adapting to the changing context of the pandemic. For those for whom "all distance learning" would be the only learning modality that would suit their reality, the University will offer a rich offer of 100% distance learning.
Rest assured that we place your health and well-being above all other considerations. We will act with flexibility and agility in order to offer you a rich and stimulating student experience throughout your studies. A learning experience of the highest quality, made possible by the excellence of all members of the university community.
An efficient repatriation operation
The repatriation operation carried out by our International Bureau is almost complete, with 325 students on mobility stays abroad having returned home. The director of the International Bureau, Richard Poulin, speaks of an unprecedented and effective operation, facilitated by the mobility register of Université Laval. The Student Assistance Centre was called upon to assist people who have experienced great emotional stress. Until further notice, the mobility stays for the fall of 2020 and winter 2021 are maintained. More details in this article produced by the ULaval nouvelles team of journalists.
Advantageous Internet packages
Does your Internet connection sometimes fail at home? Do you want to increase the speed and capacity of your connection to meet your educational or work needs at home? Université Laval has negotiated advantageous packages at lower cost with a few cable companies. You can consult these offers under the heading "Internet package upgrade offer" on the Finance Department's Web page. We would like to thank these cable operators for their support of our university community.
9 billion from Ottawa for students
We welcome the specific package of support for college and university students announced today by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. These measures, totalling $9 billion across Canada, will provide concrete support for our current and future students, as well as for our graduates who are struggling to find jobs and support themselves.
The summer emergency benefit, volunteer grants, increased loans and scholarships, increased research grants and specific assistance for aboriginal students: the measures are numerous and will be put in place in the coming weeks.
We applaud the federal government for listening and for its decision to take action. This essential assistance will allow students to look forward to the coming months and the next college and university year with greater peace of mind.
We are convinced that, in these uncertain times, our society needs current and future student cohorts to choose to pursue their academic projects in order to better contribute to the economic and social recovery of our communities.
For details on federal assistance, see this article in ULaval Nouvelles.
Graduates: let's be creative together
Congratulations to all our graduates who are about to graduate! We are proud to see that you have persevered in this difficult context, but we are also aware that this is not the end of the road you imagined. Your fears related to your professional integration are legitimate.
Let's be honest: no one can predict the real impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment market. Some sectors of the economy are being hit hard, while others are operating at full capacity. This crisis is allowing businesses to redefine themselves, to transform themselves. What if you, too, were to explore extraordinary courses of action?
The Service de placement de l'Université Laval (SPLA) is there to help you. Its team analyzes the situation on a daily basis to offer you tailored advice. The SPLA is on the lookout for emerging trends and can work with you on your career plan. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with an employment counsellor at a distance to take stock of the situation. You can also subscribe to the SPLA's blog to learn all about job search in times of pandemic. Let's be creative together. You are the next generation of workers that Quebec needs to bounce back.
Free Web Antidote until June 30
Thanks to the work of Université Laval's Library and Information Technology Department, Antidote Web is accessible free of charge for Université Laval students until June 30, 2020. Access to its 3 main linguistic tools (proofreader, dictionaries and guides) can be useful for writing your work and research. To obtain your temporary subscription, create an account by providing your institutional email address @ulaval.ca. The Druide company will send you a validation email and instructions to follow. The large number of subscription requests can cause delays. For more details on how to use these tools, visit the Antidote Web site.
Congratulations to our health students!
Congratulations to the 500 or so health students at Université Laval who answered the call from the Government of Quebec. Thank you for making yourselves available to lend a hand to the nursing staff in hospitals and residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD). Thank you also to the students already working in the network.
At the present time, our seniors are the ones who suffer the most from COVID-19. We salute your sense of duty and your dedication, while you must also focus on your studies. We are aware that this gesture of solidarity comes at the end of the session. Together with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, we will do our best to support and accompany you.
Towards the million dollars raised
We are proud to announce that the COVID-19 Emergency Fund has raised over $952,000 as of April 16th. Thank you to the various faculties mobilized and to the 1151 donors who support this important cause. There is still time to help the students of Université Laval who are living in a financially precarious situation by contributing to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
Close to 800 students in precarious situations have received assistance from the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
The applications are numerous, but it is with great eagerness and empathy that the Bureau of Bursaries and Financial Assistance (BBAF) team awards the COVID-19 Financial Security Scholarships. As of April 16, $575,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Fund has been distributed to 799 students in need. The BBAF team also advises students and guides them towards other potential sources of financial assistance.
Check your eligibility for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
The criteria to qualify for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) were relaxed this week by the federal government. Students, don't hesitate to check your eligibility. Based on the information available today on the federal government's website, you must meet the following conditions:
- have experienced a loss of employment or income related to COVID-19 for a minimum period of 14 days;
- not earn more than $1,000 per month in employment or self-employment income;
- have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the last 12 months (different types of income may be considered).
Remember that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides financial assistance of $2,000 per month (equivalent to $500 per week for a maximum of 16 weeks). Apply online in CRA My Account or by phone. For full details, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.
After taking the first step, we are actively preparing the next step
We've all had to reinvent ourselves over the past month, studying, working and collaborating remotely. At Université Laval, our first and most urgent goal - was to allow students to complete their winter semester.
This first step has been achieved, thanks to the agility of our teaching and administrative teams. We salute them and thank them for all their efforts. Now, we are actively preparing the next phase by keeping abreast of all developments surrounding the evolution of COVID-19 and the various government directives. Like other organizations in Quebec, Canada and around the world, we are still in crisis management.
Registration for the 100% remote summer session is underway
Registration for the fall session is also underway and we are currently thinking about different scenarios to ensure that this session is exemplary for everyone. It is impossible to predict today what government guidelines we will have to apply in September, but we are preparing for the most likely eventualities. We hope to return to normal for all our activities as soon as possible, while identifying creative solutions to adapt to the situation.
Pass or Fail: a choice for every course
We remind you that students will have the choice, after reviewing the final grade of each of their courses for the current semester, to keep that grade or to have a "pass" or "fail" mark, which will not contribute to the calculation of the averages. It should be noted that students do not have to choose the same option for all of their courses.
All Université Laval students, in all cycles and registered in all courses and all internships, with a few exceptions, may choose this option when they receive their final mark. See the Grading Adjustment for Winter 2020 Courses section (French only).
Keep up the pace: our entire distance learning offering is just a click away.
All of our university's distance education offerings for the summer and fall sessions are now combined on the new Keep up the Pace Web page. Whether you're studying full-time, part-time or looking for professional development, this unique destination allows you to explore the many possibilities we offer in a proven technological environment.
We invite you not to let current circumstances impede the progress of your university studies. For some of you, the economic downturn we are experiencing may even be an opportunity to get ahead of the curve or update your knowledge and skills.
Admission to the summer and fall semesters is still possible.
There is still time to submit your application so that you are ready to begin your studies this summer or in September.
- Summer 2020: Hurry up! The term admission period will end on April 26. We remind you that the courses for this session are offered exclusively online.
- Fall 2020: Find your program now to take advantage of more choices. The admission period will end on August 15.
We wish you all a pleasant Easter holiday. May it be an opportunity to rest, to take care of yourself and to connect with your family and loved ones, while of course respecting the physical distancing guidelines in force. These last few weeks have been trying for many of you. That is why we would like to thank you once again for your cooperation and understanding. Our teams are also taking a break during the Easter holidays. Unless there is an emergency, we will respond to your emails upon our return on Tuesday, April 14.
To the entire university community,
Towards a reduction of our messages
Since the beginning of this crisis, we have been communicating with you by e-mail on a daily basis. The new instructions to be made known and the decisions we have made to encourage distance learning required it. We believe that we can now slow the pace of communication to two messages per week, to keep you informed on a regular basis of developments that may still occur in relation to COVID-19. At any time, you can refer to the information updated in real time on the COVID-19 page of the University's website, or you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. A dedicated team will answer your questions promptly.
No recovery of personal effects
The Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge, reiterated his request to all educational institutions to cease all operations to recover personal belongings, in accordance with Public Health directives. You will be informed at the beginning of May when you will be able to pick up your personal belongings on campus.
Locker Rental Service Interrupted
The Building Services Department wishes to inform the entire student community that due to the suspension of classes, the locker rental service is suspended until May 4, 2020. For those who already have a locker, your lock may remain on it until you come to pick up your belongings
I'm impressed with your strength and creativity
COVID-19 is shaking us up, making us experience moments of uncertainty like never before. But it also brings out our sense of the values of responsibility, courage and solidarity.
Today, I want to say thank you. Thank you to all of you, members of our university community, who impress me with your strength and creativity.
Thank you to you, faculty and staff. You have shown great agility in the past few weeks. Together, you have met the enormous challenge of completing over 95% of the training activities to be offered this winter by distance education.
Despite the unprecedented context we are experiencing, you understand that it is crucial to offer our students the opportunity to complete their learning in order to enable them to pursue their career, whether in training or on the job market. Because we all need continuity, especially in a storm.
A big thank you to all of you who remain motivated despite this trying situation. The way this university session is ending is far from what I would have wished for you.
I am aware that we offer you more when you are on campus. Our aspiration is not to have you at a distance, but under the circumstances, we offer you the best of ourselves.
Knowledge allows us to imagine solutions in times of crisis. It's one of the most powerful collective levers we have. Our objective is to enable you to develop and fulfill yourself. We also know that you are part of the solution to enable Quebec to get through and recover from this crisis.
To achieve this, we want you to be as nimble as you can be. That is why we have put in place several accommodation measures to respond as best as possible to your particular circumstances.
I have a very special thought for our 2300 residents. It is with a twinge of heart that we have asked you to leave your room, as welcome and openness flow through our veins. We did this to protect your health and that of the community.
Approximately 900 of you have no choice but to stay in our residences and we assure you that we will be there for you, while respecting the instructions of the Public Health Department.
Thank you to our various faculties who have responded enthusiastically to the government's call, making available to the health care system a large quantity of medical equipment and research instruments. I also salute our professors and their research teams who are working hard to better understand COVID-19 and to defeat it.
Finally, a huge thank you to all the donors who contribute to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Your continued generosity means a great deal to me. To the half a million dollars already raised, you have added nearly $155,000 in the last few days. As of April 1, nearly $200,000 has been distributed to students in desperate need of basic necessities. I thank you and invite you to continue your donations.
COVID-19 has not finished showing us the full extent of its work. More challenges lie ahead and we are determined to meet them.
While we wish to continue offering distance education and other courses this summer, we look forward to seeing you on campus again because we believe in the value of human contact and experiential learning. However, should another wave of COVID-19 or a different pandemic strike the planet, our university has demonstrated that it is capable of recovering quickly, finding solutions and continuing its mission.
It is together, in solidarity, that we will succeed.
University agility recognized
In a letter addressed to all universities and colleges, the Minister of Education and Higher Education Jean-François Roberge acknowledged the "exceptional work" being done there at this time. Mr. Roberge applauds the "great agility" that our teams are demonstrating in order to allow distance education courses to continue and to revise the grading systems to take into account everyone's realities. Congratulations to all of you, because these congratulations are yours!
The Canadian Emergency Benefit
If you lost your job because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for the Canadian Emergency Benefit. This temporary financial assistance of $500 per week is available to workers 15 years of age and older who reside in Canada and have earned an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months preceding the date of their application. International students may also be eligible for the benefit if they meet certain criteria. You can apply as of April 6, 2020. More details are available on the Government of Canada website.
A virtual gala for our student-athletes
The excellence and the thirst for excellence of the student-athletes of the Rouge et Or will be highlighted in a virtual way this year. Beginning Thursday, April 2, nominations for the 69th Rouge et Or Gala presented by RBC will be announced through Rouge et Or social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). This will culminate with the presentation of the virtual Gala on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. on the Rouge et Or Facebook page. Another Rouge et Or virtual initiative that has been very successful on social networks is the Rouge et Or 2019-2020 Favourite Event Contest, in which 60,000 people participated. Congratulations to swimmer Ambroise Petit, national 200-metre butterfly champion, who was crowned the grand winner.
Sleep, that precious ally
One very effective way to combat stress and anxiety during this time of pandemic is to adopt good sleep habits. Professor Charles Morin, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Sleep Medicine, is working with a panel of experts to raise awareness of this issue. Having a regular schedule, exposure to daylight and avoiding consulting our electronic devices in bed can make sleep a valuable ally. More suggestions at www.sleeponitcanada.ca.
The importance of being comfortable, even at home
We remind you that it is very important to be properly installed when working or studying at home to avoid back pain or other injuries. Taking breaks, stretching or making small adjustments to your workplace with things you already own can make all the difference. You will find more tips for temporary telework in this kit made by Entrac.
Hats off to our research teams!
We add our voice to that of Premier François Legault in congratulating and thanking our research teams who are working tirelessly to learn more about COVID-19 and to fight it. Our university can count on high-calibre professors such as Guy Boivin, Denis Boudreau, Ève Dubé, Louis Flamand, Gary Kobinger, Denis Leclerc, François Lellouche and Bruno Pilote to lead this crucial battle. Your research on vaccination, medication, disease detection, oxygen intake and pandemic-related behaviours will help Quebec and the entire world to emerge from the current crisis and prevent others. Congratulations and thank you!
More free resources at the Library
To support distance education and learning during the period of containment, many publishers provide free temporary access to some or all of their electronic resources usually reserved for subscribers. Members of the student community and faculty can access these by visiting the Library's website. The list of available resources will be updated regularly. To access some of them, you will need to provide your Université Laval identifier (IDUL) and password.
A single email address for all your questions
We remind you that there is a single email address for all your questions related to the current situation: email@example.com. Whether you are a staff member or a member of the student community, please use this email address to write to us if you are experiencing particular challenges related to your studies or work. A dedicated team will ensure that you receive a prompt response.
ULaval nouvelles for all you need to know
Curious about how our university community is responding to the current crisis? Visit the ULaval nouvelles website regularly for continuous information: news from our research teams, surprising initiatives to adapt to the new situation, etc. A great way to keep in touch with your university.
Registration for the fall session will begin on April 14
Our university is staying the course despite the upheavals we are all going through. We are currently finalizing the course schedule for the fall semester of 2020. However, the start of the registration period for the fall semester, which was to have taken place on April 6, has been postponed to April 14, in order to give our teams, who are teleworking, more time to plan. Students will receive an invitation to register and instructions on how to do so in myPortal on April 6.
Registration for the summer session is in full swing
We remind you that the registration period for the summer session is in full swing. Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all courses for the 2020 summer session are offered by distance learning.
How can we reduce the stress caused by COVID-19?
Psychologist Michel Dumont, who works with the Student Assistance Centre, shares his advice on how to reduce the stress and anxiety generated by the current period of uncertainty in a short video. Among other things, he suggests having compassion for oneself, limiting oneself to a few reliable sources of information on the evolution of the pandemic and having conversations on topics other than COVID-19.
Managing a team in telework and containment
Jean-Pierre Brun, a retired management professor from the Faculty of Business Administration, offers a free 30-minute webinar to help managers and professionals better experience telework and containment. On Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m., Jean-Pierre Brun will propose possible solutions to keep in touch with colleagues, maintain employees motivation and promote collaborative work, among others.
The session continues: review of the measures taken to facilitate the continuation of studies
We would like to remind everyone that the winter session continues at Université Laval. Courses must now be completed by distance learning. However, we are sensitive to the fact that the COVID-19 crisis is disrupting your lives in many ways and that it is more difficult for some of you to continue learning. That is why we have taken a variety of steps in recent days to help you and make your live easier. Here are a few reminders:
- In addition to the online course platform, many professors use various means to teach at distance and offer different accommodations in order to allow students to finish their session.
- Students who complete their courses will have two choices when they receive their final grade: keep the grade that will contribute to the calculation of averages or be given a pass or fail grade that will not contribute to the calculation of averages.
- The deadline for dropping courses without a failing grade and without tuition reimbursement has been extended to April 24, 2020.
- The entire Student Assistance Centre team is mobilized to better support students experiencing stress from a distance.
- Great efforts are being made to facilitate the repatriation of students who were abroad. A majority of them have returned to Canada.
- An intersectoral support committee looks after students in residence and assists them in their search for a new home.
- An emergency fund of $500,000 has been created to help students who are in a precarious situation to meet their basic needs. A fundraising campaign is underway at the Fondation de l'Université Laval to contribute to this emergency fund.
Our experts in the media
We are very proud that many experts from Université Laval are taking the time to intervene in the media to enlighten the public on different aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Since the beginning of this crisis, approximately 30 of our professors have given interviews, answered questions from the public or written open letters. Congratulations to all of you for your work, which is in keeping with our university's mission: to put knowledge at the service of society.
Staying at home saves lives
We invite you to share on your networks the infographic "We stay home and save lives" from the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration. Translated into different languages, these infographics aim to inform as many people as possible of the current hygiene guidelines in Quebec. For example, the fact that a distance of 2 metres must be maintained from all persons when leaving the house to meet their basic needs.
Scoring procedures for the Winter 2020 session
On the recommendation of the University Council, Université Laval has decided that at the end of the winter semester of 2020, the student, after having taken note of the final grade of his or her course(s), will be able to either:
- keep the grade obtained, which will contribute to the calculation of averages
- have a "pass" or "fail" rating, which will have no numerical value and will not contribute to the calculation of averages.
Details on how to apply will be communicated to you early next week.
We sincerely hope that this announcement will allow you to continue your winter session and meet your various personal requirements.
COVID-19 tests accessible to everyone
The Quebec government has made medical clinics dedicated to the diagnosis of COVID-19 available to the entire population. Whether you have access to medical coverage or not, whether you have immigration status or not, if you have symptoms, contact 1 877 644-4545 for a referral.
Foreign students at Université Laval already have private insurance (Desjardins' ASHEE program), which offers coverage equivalent to that of Quebecers. In this context, the COVID-19 screening test is eligible for reimbursement.
Taking a step back from the crisis and preparing for the future
What if the current crisis was an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, to let new ideas spring up? This is what Christophe Roux-Dufort, a professor at the Faculty of Administrative Sciences (FSA), who has been specializing in crisis management and communication for more than 25 years, suggests. Mr. Roux-Dufort is offering three free 30-minute webinars to take a step back from the crisis, find its meaning and possibilities, and then prepare for the future. There is still time to register for the third webinar in the series Antibodies - A Guide to Survival and Organizational and Individual Life in the Time of the Coronavirus, which will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m. The webinars can also be viewed in catch-up mode on the FSA's YouTube channel.
In order to help society and relieve the emergency room of the health care system, the PEPS Clinic offers telephone or video advice from its physiotherapists for any musculoskeletal problem. This new service is in effect for the duration of the clinic's closure. Interested parties can write to firstname.lastname@example.org and leave their contact information. A physiotherapist will be able to provide personalized advice and exercises, within the limits of tele-rehabilitation.
Restricted access to the pavilions
Since very few Université Laval staff members are authorized to visit the various pavilions on campus, we have decided to restrict access to them until May 1st. The doors of the pavilions will be locked at all times. Access to the pavilions through the tunnels will also be closed. The Security and Prevention Service will be able to open the door identified for each pavilion to authorized persons only. Full details are available on the Pavilion Access page.
Looking forward to seeing you again!
The campus is empty without you and your invigorating energy. We look forward to seeing you again. In the meantime, let's stick together to respect public health guidelines and use the virtual world to keep in touch. Have a great weekend!
No messages to the community this weekend
Since the beginning of the health emergency, we have made a habit of answering your questions and informing you daily of the new directives. While our teams will remain on standby for the entire weekend, there will be no message to the community on March 28 and 29.
An emergency fund to help our students
We are proud to have launched today the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, which will provide last-resort assistance to our students experiencing significant financial stress. An application form is available on the Bureau des bourses et de l’aide financière website. The amount that can be obtained, based on each situation and taking into account the announced government benefits, can be up to $1,500.
Currently, the COVID-19 Emergency Fund contains half a million dollars. However, we are continuing our efforts, in collaboration with our Foundation and the student associations CADEUL and AELIES, to enhance this essential fund for students who have lost their jobs and are experiencing difficult times.
Solidarity with our residents
We would like to underline the great mobilization of our residents and the teamwork of all the university staff who are accompanying them during this difficult period of moving.
In order to protect their health and that of their loved ones, we have asked those who are able to do so to leave their rooms free of charge. In an efficient and caring manner, the staff of several departments and services will answer their questions, guide them in finding a new place to live and offer them psychological and financial assistance.
Thank you to our partners in the greater Quebec City area, who show solidarity by offering housing options to our residents. Thank you also to all the housekeepers who maintain a high level of hygiene in our four residence pavilions for those who still live there.
Tips for a better telecommuting experience
We would like to share best practices with our staff working remotely to adapt to this new routine. Consult one of the eight ergonomics video vignettes on the Occupational Health and Wellness/Ergonomics Web page for your job category on the Human Resources intranet. They will allow you to adjust properly in a short time. You can also browse through the guide Ergonomics and Temporary Telework, developed by Entrac, or read the 10 tips for telework adapted to the reality at Université Laval.
Each of us contributes in our own way!
Quebec is on a break, but the entire university community is active. In our daily newsletter, we talked about faculty staff and some of the services that have to be on campus. Today, we would like to thank and acknowledge the work of those who continue their telework activities, not to mention those who are unable to continue their work, thus actively contributing to the collective effort to stay at home. Everyone definitely has an important role to play in the exceptional circumstances we are experiencing; the University's management is speaking on behalf of the faculty and service branches to tell you how proud we are of your response to this request for collaboration.
Keeping the balance
The situation of confinement and telework that we all experience is so exceptional that it can generate a multitude of reactions and emotions. We would like to remind you today how important your personal balance is to us. It is important that you take care of yourself and your loved ones in order to prevent or combat stress and anxiety.
Through Mon équilibre UL, Université Laval provides you with a wide range of resources, whether you are a student or a staff member. By visiting the website Mon équilibre UL, you will be entitled to advice on nutrition, healthy lifestyle habits and stress management.
PEPS has started offering online workouts to help you get moving at home: Visit their Facebook page.
Staff can find support for themselves or their families through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Several texts and tools are available. It is also possible to chat live with a psychological health specialist. These tools and services are free and 100% confidential.
Finally, we invite you to consult this Quebec government fact sheet that presents possible reactions in the context of a pandemic. It includes possible manifestations of stress, anxiety and depression, ideas for taking care of yourself and contact information for available resources.
The summer semester 100% done remotely
Université Laval is adapting its summer course offering in light of the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19. This is why all courses for the 2020 summer session will be offered by distance learning. Registration for the summer session will begin as scheduled on Wednesday, March 25.
Keeping our research activities on track
Even though research activities are currently under significant strain, we are staying the course with conviction. Research is an integral part of our mission, of our commitment to finding solutions to major societal issues.
Currently, our professors are redoubling their efforts with their teams to fight COVID-19. But we are also working with the granting agencies to minimize the effects of this crisis on our other passionate researchers and on the progress of their work. Université Laval will remain a great research university, with the capacity to take on important challenges.
Coop Zone still active
Even though all its stores closed on March 19, Coop Zone is still very active. Online orders are prepared and delivered every day. Coop Zone also offers remote emergency services, whether for a technical problem, for businesses or teleworking. More details.
Thanks to our employees
We would like to acknowledge the exceptional work being done by our employees today. Our most sincere thanks to the staff who are required to report to the campus to ensure the continuation of our vital operations. Rest assured that everything is done to ensure a safe working environment to preserve your health and that of your loved ones
Distance learning continues until May 1st
The Government of Quebec announced today that online higher education activities can continue. At Université Laval, this announcement means that all courses for the winter session will have to be completed remotely or online, as planned.
Consult the list of essential services as set out by the government.
Our professors and lecturers have already been working hard for several days to ensure this transition. Thank you all for your ingenuity and dedication!
The support services are there for you!
During this difficult period, our students need support and advice. This is why, even though their offices are closed, many support services continue their activities. The Centre d'aide aux étudiants (psychological support), the Bureau des bourses et de l'aide financière, the Bureau de la vie étudiante (foreign students), and the Service de placement de l'Université Laval offer valuable services over the phone and online. Full details can be found in the Student Support section of the COVID-19 page.
Working remotely continues until May 1st.
Our employees who are able to do so must continue to work from home until May 1st.
We are aware that the work habits of our employees can affect them physically and psychologically. For help and support.
Access to the campus pavilions will continue to be restricted to authorized persons only, in order to ensure essential services.
More "critical" phase
We understand that all these restrictive measures that persist over time are very restrictive. But as Premier Legault has indicated, Quebec is entering a new and "more critical" stage in the spread of COVID-19. This is why we urge you to respect the instructions of the Direction de la santé publique. It is all our efforts, pooled together, that will make it possible to curb this pandemic. A huge thank you for your solidarity and collaboration.
Limit your travel within Quebec and Canada
To the entire university community,
Due to the state of health emergency declared throughout Quebec and in several Canadian provinces and territories, Université Laval is asking that all travel in Quebec and other Canadian provinces be limited to what is strictly necessary until further notice. Meetings by telephone or videoconference should be preferred.
Travel outside Canada is still prohibited until further notice.
These measures are intended for the entire university community: students, faculty and staff members. These measures apply to all travel required in the performance of duties or in connection with, among other things, an internship, a student exchange, an international mobility program, a research program, a competition or a conference.
Only the regional internships of medical, dental and pharmacy residents and undergraduate students in pharmacy are maintained. The Premier's directive concerning travel within Quebec does not apply to long-term work; rather, it is intended to reduce travel for leisure purposes.
No messages to the community this weekend
Since the beginning of the health emergency, we have made a habit of answering your questions and informing you daily by e-mail of the new directives. While our teams will remain on standby for the entire weekend, there will be no message to the community on March 21 and 22. To follow the evolution of the situation, please refer to the COVID-19 section on the University's website.
Unprecedented mobilization of union partners
We are proud to be able to count on the unprecedented mobilization of our union partners. Collaborative agreements have just been concluded with the Syndicat des employés et employées de l'Université Laval (SEUL) and the Association du personnel administratif professionnel de l'Université Laval (APAPUL).
This exemplary collaboration is decisive in allowing students to complete their semester and in maintaining essential and priority services on campus. In compliance with public health guidelines, several people play key roles in maintaining teaching pedagogy, campus security, residence services, infrastructure management, continuity of administrative services, study management, payroll, communications and information technology.
These staff members have varied and indispensable roles in maintaining our operations and enabling the transmission of knowledge. We thank them for their flexibility. From near and far, we can feel their energy and we thank them for it.
The majority of our abroad students are back
The vast majority of the students who were abroad are back home. Out of 394 international students, 281 have returned or are about to return home. We warmly thank the International Office team who have been working tirelessly since last week to ensure their safety and to accompany them in their repatriation process.
The Data Development Centre involved
The VALERIA technology infrastructure supported by our Data Valorisation Centre is doing its part to help global research on COVID-19. Université Laval has volunteered to provide computing power to the Folding@home project at Stanford University. Our expertise in data collection, processing and storage will be put to good use.
To our students
We would like to remind you that the Premier of Quebec is asking for the collaboration of all citizens in order to follow the recommendations of the Direction de la santé publique. We strongly encourage our students to show responsibility and respect by avoiding all types of gatherings, parties or meetings in the coming days. Social distancing is the responsibility of all of us.
Rector Sophie D'Amours update
The rector of Université Laval, Sophie D'Amours, spoke to the media and the entire university community to thank all the staff and to provide an update on the measures deployed over the past week. We invite you to watch the press briefing.
Historical mobilization with professors and lecturers to ensure the end of the academic session
We are very pleased to announce that historic collaborative agreements have been reached between the management of Université Laval and the professors' unions and lecturers' unions. These collaborations will ensure the health and safety of staff and curb the spread of COVID-19, while making exceptional efforts to make a rapid shift to distance education delivery and online courses wherever possible.
Our academic community is engaged and mobilized as never before. Our professors and lecturers are creative and flexible in adapting their courses to allow our students to complete their sessions.
Ability to drop courses without failure
We are aware that the suspension of face-to-face classes disrupts the lives of our students. This is why we have decided to extend the deadline for dropping out of classes without a failing grade and without tuition reimbursement from March 23, 2020 to April 26, 2020. This measure affects all courses in the winter session and will offer more flexibility to our students.
Online Summer Schools
Only summer schools that can be carried out entirely remotely will be allowed this year, due to the current health crisis.
Stay at home
We join Quebec Premier François Legault in encouraging our students to stay home. Avoid all types of gatherings, parties or meetings in the coming days. Social distancing is everyone's responsibility.
To the entire university community,
We are sorry to announce the postponement of the Convocation Ceremonies scheduled for June 2020 for our graduates. The measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 prompted us to make this decision.
Rest assured that the success of our students continues to make us proud. Official diplomas will be mailed out and the success of the graduates will be recognized at a later date.
We are also announcing that Université Laval is suspending all incoming and outgoing student mobility until July 31, 2020. We invite you to visit the COVID-19 website for more information. As a result, all international internships for the spring and summer of 2020 are cancelled and the reception of any guest from outside Canada is prohibited until July 31, 2020.
Access to the buildings
We remind you that access to the pavilions on our campus is restricted to authorized persons only. Those who would need to retrieve personal belongings have until Wednesday, March 18 to do so, making sure that the time spent in a building is minimal.
Finally, we would like to warmly thank all our employees, who are showing flexibility and openness in these troubled times. We wholeheartedly believe that our primary mission is to enable our students to complete their university term in compliance with the health guidelines issued by the Public Health Department. Your efforts in this regard deserve to be commended.
Those who would need to retrieve their computer, documents or personal belongings, you will be able to do so on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18. On both days, parking will be free, but you must ensure that the time spent in a pavilion is minimal.
The situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing by the hour. Our daily exchanges with the relevant authorities allow us to adjust and refine the instructions.
Please be advised that as of Tuesday, March 17, access to the pavilions is restricted to authorized persons only. The persons who have been identified to provide priority services have been or will be contacted by their manager. Telework arrangements may be offered to them.
We thank our faculty and staff for their commitment to our students. We have full confidence in their ability to make the pedagogical decisions required to allow students to complete their term.
We urge all other members of our university community to stay home to limit face-to-face interactions, as recommended by the Public Health Branch.
To all students, we would like to remind you that the teachers are working on establishing the modalities to complete your session. Your professors and teachers will contact you when they are ready. We are aware that this raises many questions and we are making every effort to answer them. We are working on solutions that will help you to complete your studies successfully. We are particularly sensitive to students who have to balance school, work and family, or who have had to interrupt their studies abroad.
Dear members of the community, we are aware that the course of your life is disrupted. We ask you to be patient so that together, in a spirit of solidarity, we can face this unprecedented situation.
Transition to online courses and further information
As you know, Canadian governments and institutions are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. The situation continues to evolve and is unprecedented for universities. Against this backdrop, we are working hard to ensure that you are able to complete the Winter 2020 session.
Transition to online courses
March 13th, we announced the suspension of all face-to-face classes for the next two weeks and the continuation of administrative activities.
March 14th, we are announcing the transition of as many face-to-face courses as possible to online courses gradually over the next two weeks for the remainder of the session. Students will receive a communication when these courses are available online.
Information about the exams that were scheduled to take place in the classroom will also be communicated by the faculties in the coming days.
For face-to-face courses that cannot be delivered online, we will publish additional information through the faculties.
We are working as quickly as possible to inform faculty and all teaching and administrative staff in preparation for the transition to online courses. We understand that this change in delivery method will have a significant impact on our community and that you have many questions about it. We ask for your patience as we work to answer these questions.
Courses already online
For all those who are already taking online courses, the courses will continue from Monday 16 March, as usual. You will receive a communication to this effect from your teachers.
Access to the research laboratories
Graduate students may have access to the research laboratories if this is essential to the continuity of their research work.
Students currently in an off-campus practicum may continue their practicum as directed by the host environment. Students must comply with the requirements of the host environment.
Students are reminded that the government's decision to suspend face-to-face educational activities is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In this context, we recommend that students avoid team meetings and non-essential gatherings on campus. We recommend that they use online work tools.
The administrative services of Université Laval are maintained. However, they will be operating at a slower pace due to a reduced staff complement. The units will communicate changes in schedules and services offered, as required.
Library and PEPS
The following services are suspended until March 29.
- All sports activities at PEPS are suspended, administrative services are maintained. For more information, we invite you to visit the Sports Activities Service website.
- The Library will only be accessible online. Accommodations will be offered for specific document lending needs. Please consult the Library's website for more information.
To follow the evolution of the situation and learn more about the various measures implemented by Université Laval, you are invited to consult the COVID-19 section on the University's Web site. This page is updated on an ongoing basis.
Vice-rector - Administration