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October 2020

October 13th - Reminder of instructions in the run-up to mid-term evaluations

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

Mid-term evaluation

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.

October 6th, 2020 - Precisions on the new government regulations

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.

Exams

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.

Student Services

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.

Student Associations

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. 

Student residences

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.

International students 

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. 

October 5, 2020 - In response to new government direction: transition to online courses but continuation of on-campus practical training and research activities

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. 

Internships

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

Library 

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.

October 1st, 2020 - Information about 2021 Winter semester

Information about 2021 Winter semester

Library today

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.

Winter 2021

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.

September 2020

September 28, 2020 - Red alert level in the Capitale-Nationale region

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.

September 22, 2020 - Orange alert level in the Capitale-Nationale region

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.

September 16, 2020 - Call upon your vigilance your collaboration

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. 

Teamwork
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.

We invite you to contact us at covid19@ulaval.ca if you have any questions.

For everyone's well-being, please respect the rules.

August 2020

August 21, 2020 - Université Laval is ready to welcome you

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: 

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.

July 2020

July 16, 2020 - Face coverings required at Université Laval

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.

Learn more about face coverings, their purpose, their use, and the government decree.  

June 2020

June 17, 2020 - Fall session: Government announcement keeps us on track

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. 

June 12, 2020 - Gradual return of some staff members to the campus

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. 

June 5, 2020 - Parking permit refund

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. 

If you have any questions, we invite you to write to stationnement@ssp.ulaval.ca.

May 2020

May 28, 2020 - On-campus presence in the fall: we will remain flexible

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.  

May 21, 2020 - You are transforming your University: proudly display it!

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. 

May 19, 2020 - No mobility stays in fall 2020

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. 

Consult the Current Students and Future Students sections of our COVID-19 web page for more details (in French). 

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.

May 15, 2020 - Collecting textbook purchases on campus

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.

May 14, 2020 - The student experience on campus is definitely part of our identity

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.

May 12, 2020 - A fall session that lives up to your aspirations

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. 

Convocation 2020

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. 

May 8, 2020 - Virtual Convocation Ceremonies

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.

May 6, 2020 - The beginning of a new phase

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.  

May 1st, 2020 - Hats off to the managers!

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.

April 2020

April 28, 2020 - Gradual resume of research activities

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.

Campus maintenance 

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. 

April 24, 2020 - Whether it's remotely or on campus, we'll be ready

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. 

April 22, 2020 - 9 billion from Ottawa for students

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. 

April 21, 2020 - Graduates: let's be creative together

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

April 17, 2020 - Congratulations to our health students!

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.  

April 15, 2020 - We are actively preparing the next step

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).  

April 9, 2020 - Keep up the pace: our entire distance learning offering is just a click away.

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. 

Happy Easter!

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. 

April 6, 2020 - Towards a reduction of our messages

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 covid19@ulaval.ca. 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

April 3, 2020 - I'm impressed with your strength and creativity

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. 

See the video message from Rector Sophie D'Amours

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. 

April 2, 2020 - University agility recognized

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 (FacebookTwitter 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.   

April 1, 2020 - Hats off to our research teams!

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: covid19@ulaval.ca. 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. 

March 2020

March 31, 2020 - Registration for the fall session will begin on April 14

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.

March 30, 2020 - The session continues: review of the measures taken to facilitate the continuation of studies

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. 

March 27, 2020 - Scoring procedures for the Winter 2020 session

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

or

  • 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. 

Remote Physiotherapy

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 urgencecliniquedupeps@sas.ulaval.ca 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. 

March 26, 2020 - An emergency fund to help our students

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.

March 25, 2020 - Each of us contributes in our own way!

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.  

March 24, 2020 - The summer semester 100% done remotely

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

March 23, 2020 - Distance learning continues until May 1st

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.

March 20, 2020 - Limit your travel within Quebec and Canada

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.

March 19, 2020 - Unprecedented mobilization of union partners

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.

March 18, 2020 - Historical mobilization with professors and lecturers to ensure the end of the academic session

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.  

March 17, 2020 - Postponed Graduation Ceremonies and Additional Information

To the entire university community,

Graduation

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. 

International mobility

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. 

Acknowledgements

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. 

March 16, 2020 - Message to the entire community

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. 

March 14, 2020 - Transition to online courses and further information

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. 

Internships

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.

Gatherings

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. 

Administrative Services

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.

Stay informed
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.

Sophie D'Amours
Rector

René Lacroix
Vice-rector - Administration