Latest updates [UpDate 04/03 - 7:30 PM]

The University of Bordeaux is closed until further notice. All the updated information and latest messages from the President of the University of Bordeaux about the Covid-19 epidemic are available on this page.

[UPDATE 04/03 - 7:30 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

Dear colleagues,

After three weeks of national lockdown in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, I hope you are all keeping safe and sound. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for all your hard work during these exceptional circumstances.

As you know, being part of this action, our university has done its utmost in order to ensure that services continue, despite the closure of our campus. I am aware that this continuity – be it for educational, scientific or administrative requirements – is complicated for many of you. It may imply managing childcare along with teleworking, using personal IT equipment, working with unreliable connections or having to rapidly and urgently master new tools and work methods… Most of you are experiencing, for the first time ever, remote teaching as well as teleworking along with their specificities. These may include, especially at this time, difficulties in preserving a balance between personal and professional lives.

I know that I may count on your commitment to our public service and I recognize every day, our community’s incredible capacity to adapt, unite and innovate for the good of our students, for research and for the health and security of all.

As we must surely confront this sanitary crisis with a long-term vision, I am counting on each and every one of you to watch out for one another and to engage in collective goodwill in order to overcome together this exceptional challenge.

Wishing you all a restful weekend,

Take care of yourselves and stay safe.

[UPDATE 04/03 - 5:45 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

Dear students,

After three weeks of national lockdown in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to make sure that each and every one of you is managing to remain safe and I also want to remind you that the University of Bordeaux is here to help during these exceptional circumstances.

Our lecturers and staff are working hard every day to ensure the continuity of different activities via remote technology, whether it concern your study program or general guidance. For those that are in a precarious situation, emergency social assistance services have been developed.

To find out more, please consult the COVID-19 FAQ for students that is available on our university website or on your faculty website. The main questions and answers are listed here. Since the beginning of the lockdown, this FAQ is updated on a regular basis and will continue to be modified as the situation evolves in the coming weeks.

If you do not find the answer to your question on this FAQ, you may call the toll-free number: 0 805 04 10 12 (from 8.30am until 6pm from Monday until Friday – free of charge).

As a reminder, please find below your main contacts:

  • Remote learning: the lecturer for your program may be contacted by email or via the Moodle platform (with your ENT connection)
  • Education: consult the educational directory during the university closure
  • Study guidance and professional integration: study guidance and career counselors can be reached by email (orientation.carrieres@u-bordeaux.fr) and are available for a telephone appointment if necessary
  • Specific needs related to a handicap: PHASE (students with disabilities, student athletes, student artists) service advisors are available by email or by phone, from 9.30am until 11.30am from Monday until Friday; please consult their directory.
  • Health and psychological support: the Student Health Center can be reached from Monday to Friday from 9am until 12.30pm and from 1.30pm until 5pm on +33 (0)5 33 51 42 00 or by email (ese@u-bordeaux.fr)
  • Social assistance: the Student Life Centers may be reached by email (bve.social@u-bordeaux.fr); see also the online social assistance application form

    

We are aware that the question of exams is of particular concern to you and would like to assure you that the teaching teams are prepared to adapt assessment methods in these exceptional circumstances. Your assessment terms and conditions will be communicated to you by your training component as soon as they are confirmed.

We will continue to keep you informed by email (@etu.u-bordeaux.fr), on the university website and on our official social media accounts throughout the duration of this health crisis. Do not hesitate to widely relay these messages and measures to those around you.

Finally, as you know, it is essential that we continue to scrupulously follow the lockdown instructions and barrier gestures to prevent the spread of the virus and protect each and every one of us.

Wishing you, as always, health and safety during these difficult times.

  

[UPDATE 03/27 - 6:30 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

The University of Bordeaux has been closed for 10 days now, as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic and national lockdown, and the French Prime Minister has just announced the extension of this national lockdown for at least another 15 days.
In this context, many of you are working from your homes, often in complicated conditions, with children to look after, fragile family members take care of... in the common concern to ensure our public service missions.
First, I would like to reiterate my warm and heartfelt thanks for your commitment.

I would also like to make sure that you are doing as well as possible in these exceptional circumstances. I remind you that the university remains present for its entire staff, especially for those who may find themselves in a delicate situation, notably through the Human Resources and Social Development division.

Despite the closure of the premises to the public, continuity of service is maintained:
· Health: the occupational health service can be reached by email (specific Covid-19 address: sstcovid19@u-bordeaux.fr or per usual contacts for any other questions) and if you feel the need for support, the occupational psychologist and various telephone listening services are at your disposal.
· Social action: the social workers can be reached by email (specific Covid-19 address: servicesocialcovid19@u-bordeaux.fr or per usual contacts for any other question). They are at your disposal to inform, guide, and accompany you regarding social and/or financial difficulties you may encounter, particularly during this lockdown.
· Staff with disabilities: the disability correspondent remains your primary contact and can be reached by email: correspondant.handicap@u-bordeaux.fr

You can find all this information in the dedicated “FAQ for staff” webpage on the university website (www.u-bordeaux.com) or contact the toll-free number 0805 04 10 12 (from 8:30am to 6pm, Monday through Friday) for assistance.
In these times when social ties and solidarity are essential, do not hesitate to relay this information to people who may not have access to digital tools and to report any situation that justifies it by email to servicesocialcovid19@u-bordeaux.fr.
In the same way, do not hesitate to disseminate as widely as possible the support measures that have been implemented for our students. All the details are on the university website.
Finally, I would like to thank you for continuing to scrupulously respect the essential instructions to stop the spread of Covid-19 and in particular the following measures:
 · closure of our campuses to anyone whose physical presence has not been identified as essential in our activity continuity plan;
 · self-isolation and barrier gestures, in both professional and personal settings.
We will continue to keep you informed by email and on the university website during this sanitary crisis.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

[UPDATE 03/21 - 7:30 PM]

Message from Anne-Marie Tournepiche, Vice-president for student and campus life and Paul Marsan, Student vice-president

Dear students,

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Bordeaux is closed since the 16th March. In line with the national containment recommendations, we must all of us, now stay at home.

We are very much aware that these exceptional circumstances may especially affect those who are in a precarious situation. It is for this reason that our university is taking action and adapting its student services.

Please consult the information below that details the various services available for those who are in such a precarious situation. Although regular student services are currently closed to the public, rest assured that service continuity is still guaranteed.

Psychological health and support

The student health center (ESE) proposes a nurse hotline, medical teleconsultations and psychological support and counselling. These services may be reached between Monday and Friday from 9am until 12.30pm and 1.30pm and 5pm by calling +33 5 33 51 42 00 or by contacting ese@u-bordeaux.fr 

Social assistance

Staff members from the Student Life Centers are ready to answer your questions by email:

Telephone hotlines will be made available in the next few days. Do not hesitate to make use of these contacts should you experience any complications (financial, social, etc.).

During these exceptional circumstances, the university is reinforcing its social assistance. You may:

The processing of requests will be accelerated at this time and we will do our utmost to provide you with useful support, as quickly as possible, in particular financial or equipment acquisition support.

Information

Please make sure to regularly check your student email inbox (@etu.u-bordeaux.fr) and to consult the information published and updated frequently on the university website (international version to be updated) to inform you of the systems put in place, and in particular the emergency systems specified in the FAQ (food distribution…) .

All of our university staff is active and particularly attentive to those of you who may be in a precarious situation. Stay informed and contact us should you require any help.

Last of all, please make sure to respect the sanitary measures and to take care of yourselves,

Wishing you health and safety for the time ahead.

 

[UPDATE 03/17 - 6:18 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

Following the speech by the French President last night, I confirm that the University of Bordeaux is closed until further notice and has activated its activity continuity plan (in French: “PCA”).
I am counting on our community to scrupulously comply with the containment instructions that are essential to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic and to protect each and every one of us.

You will find on the university website a set of regularly updated information, including FAQ pages to answer main questions that arise. These will be updated regularly. You will also find health advice and useful contacts of the main services that have switched to working remotely.

I would also like to inform you that we have set up a single telephone number, instead of the usual campus switchboards: 05 40 00 27 00 (reachable from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

The teaching and administrative teams are working hard to guarantee the continuation of learning and teaching activities for our students. The laboratories organize the continuation of activities essential to the scientific life of our establishment. Services are mobilized to work remotely and guarantee the minimum functioning of the university.

I am aware of the efforts that you are making individually and collectively to ensure that our establishment carries out its public service mission in the best possible way under often difficult conditions. I would like to express my warmest thanks for the commitment, flexibility and innovation that you are demonstrating in the exceptional circumstances that we are going through together.

   

[UPDATE 03/16 - 5:16 p.m.]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

The current situation in relation to COVID-19 is evolving very rapidly and it is our collective and individual responsibility to comply with national guidelines to limit the spread of the epidemic and protect the most vulnerable. As a higher education research institution with a strong health component, we must be exemplary in applying the necessary health measures in the face of this exceptional situation.

I remind you that - like all French universities - the University of Bordeaux is now closed and has activated its activity continuity plan (in French : “PCA”). All students and staff must remain at home, with the exception of staff whose presence is essential to the vital functioning of the establishment, and within the strict framework of the activity continuity plan.

Within this framework, buildings are closing Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. until further notice. Site managers (laboratories, training buildings, administrative services, etc.) are asked to ensure this closure and to facilitate the intervention of fire & emergency services who will conduct verification rounds in the evening. This closing time may be staggered according to service requirements, particularly if organizational constraints are necessary on this day to close under good conditions, especially in research units.

In the absence of new instructions, and starting Tuesday, March 17, access to the buildings will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in accordance with the activity continuity plans established by each structure and only for persons authorized under these activity continuity plans:

  

For research activities

The director of the research facility sends an email to the fire & emergency services of his or her campus stating the following:

The surname(s), first name(s), position(s) of the person(s) to be granted access to the building. In the case of a one-time intervention, the director will specify the date and the desired arrival and departure times. In the case of a repetitive intervention, the director shall specify the days when such accesses will be necessary or the required frequency.

Reminder of contacts

Must be put in copy of the director's email: the director of the research department, the DGSa RIPI (thierry.alcouffe@u-bordeaux.fr) and the Defense and security official (fabrice.blanquie@u-bordeaux.fr).

 

For training-related activities

The director of the educational unit, or the administrative and financial manager, writes a request by email under the same conditions as described above.

The following persons must be copied on the email: the director of the college or institute, the DGSa FIPVU (alexandra.puard@u-bordeaux.fr) and the Defense and security official.

 

For administrative activities

The DGSa sends its requests to the appropriate fire & emergency service (with the Defense and security official copied on the email).

  

For maintenance operations falling under the PILPSE division and the IT department

The services that need to intervene contact the fire & emergency service of their campus on the model of the procedures described above (contacting the fire & emergency service of their campus, with both the Defense and security official and the DGSa copied on the email). A message must be sent even when the agents responsible for intervening have autonomy of action.

 

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the institution ensures strict compliance with the national instructions transmitted by our Ministry and that a delay after the government's public communication is therefore necessary before informing each and every one of you of the measures taken at the University of Bordeaux.

As of Tuesday, March 17, FAQ pages will be available online on the university intranet and website to answer main questions that arise. They will be supplemented by a toll-free number instead of the institution's switchboards, the number of which will be communicated as soon as possible.

I thank you for your understanding and would like to assure you of the full mobilization at your side of the entire management team and the administration in these exceptional circumstances.

   

[UPDATE 03/15 - 7:22 PM]

Message of the president of the University of Bordeaux, Manuel TUNON de LARA

As you know, yesterday, Saturday, March 14, the French Prime Minister announced new measures to fight the coronavirus. In particular, he called on all our fellow citizens to respect the instructions on social distancing, in particular to limit travel, meetings and non-essential contacts, as well as to respect barrier gestures. Administrations are invited to take massive action to organize telecommuting.

Under these conditions, and in view of the new instructions received today from our supervisory ministry, I ask all staff whose particular situation makes them vulnerable to the risk of an epidemic to stay at home, starting tomorrow and until further notice, and to report to the occupational health service (sstcovid19@u-bordeaux.fr), to the HR division (poleRHDS@u-bordeaux.fr) and to their supervisor.

This provision, in accordance with the recommendations of the High Council for Public Health transmitted by our supervisory ministry, concerns in particular pregnant women, people with renal, cardiac or respiratory insufficiency, cirrhosis, cardiovascular risks, insulin-dependent diabetes or with complications, chronic obesity or immunodeficiency. It also applies to anyone who is ill. When appropriate, telecommuting arrangements will be possible.

I invite all other staff to stay home tomorrow while waiting for instructions from their supervisors, except for staff:
- mobilized in essential activities linked to the activity continuity plan (in French : “PCA”)
- directly involved in research projects on the COVID-19 epidemic or comparable epidemics

The activation of activity continuity plans implies the maintenance of the vital activities of the establishment. Telecommuting will be activated whenever missions allow it and until further notice.

Furthermore, I would like to remind you of the necessity to imperatively respect barrier gestures and rules of social distancing (distance of 1m between people, cancellation of all meetings and face-to-face meetings that can be cancelled, priority to email and telephone exchanges for essential meetings related to activity continuity, calibration of rooms to respect the distance or, failing that, audioconferences, etc.).

Protect yourself and others by complying with these national instructions.

I know I can count on the commitment and responsibility of each of you to get through this exceptional situation collectively.

    

[UPDATE 03/14 - 12:00 AM]

Clarifications regarding the closure of the University Libraries

The University Libraries will be closed as of this Saturday 03/14 evening until further notice.
In these exceptional circumstances:

  • the duration of the loans will be extended as long as necessary,
  • no penalty will be applied to documents to be returned,
  • return boxes remain open.

Libraries can be emailed at : doc-bibliotheque@u-bordeaux.fr

 

[UPDATE 03/13 - 9:30 PM]

In accordance with the directives received from the Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation, the University of Bordeaux will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. This closure applies to all face-to-face teaching; it therefore concerns the students, who are requested to remain at home or to return to their place of main residence.

The other activities of the university and in particular research and administration activities will continue in accordance with official health instructions (specifically : barrier gestures, and cancellation of public events for more than 100 people).

Continuation of learning and teaching activities

From Monday no face to face teaching of any kind will take place - the university is organizing the continuation of learning and teaching to minimize, as far as possible, the impact of these exceptional circumstances on student education.

In practical terms this means that teachers of all faculties and educational units, supported by our administrative teams, are mobilized to make their courses accessible remotely, on a case-by-case basis, and in all types of possible format (e-learning, videos, webcast etc…). Sandrine Rui, vice-president for education and campus life, is coordinating this continuity plan with the management teams of the colleges and training institutes and will soon send out a note to all teaching staff detailing the learning technology options available in order to organize this dematerialization of teaching.

Examination procedures may, where necessary, be adjusted along similar lines.

The competitive examinations (PACES, ECN, CAPES, aggregation, etc.) will be organized under their usual conditions, since this is compatible with health prevention measures in force.

Continuation of other university activities

Research laboratories will remain open in compliance with official health instructions (specifically : barrier gestures and cancellation of public events for more than 100 people).  Philippe Moretto, vice-president for Research, working with the research organizations, will presently remind the unit directors of the need to maintain scientific activity, science being, as the Minister pointed out, one answer to this unprecedented situation.

In the same way, administrative services will also remain open.

Staff who are able to telecommute should choose to work from home, with the agreement of their manager, and under the conditions defined by the Director General of Services (DGS).

Libraries

Based on the information we have at this time, the university libraries will be closed to students and the public from Monday.Library staff will continue their normal activity.

Missions outside France

The university suspends any mission outside of mainland France until further notice. (including to French overseas departments and territories) 

In these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult your university messaging system on a very regular basis, including in the evening and during weekends. Information will also be updated in real time on the usual institutional communication channels: university website and intranetENT, and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

Dedicated FAQ pages will be posted on the university’s website early next week.

 

[UPDATE 03/13 - 11:30 AM]

In order to best protect the entire population and to take into account the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic, the President of the French Republic announced yesterday evening a series of measures, which include at the very least the closure to the public of all higher education institutions as of Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice.

In accordance with this decision, the University of Bordeaux will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020. No form of face-to-face teaching will take place from Monday and until further notice. Similarly, the university libraries will be closed to students and the public.

A business continuity plan, which includes pedagogical arrangements, is currently being deployed.

We will communicate on the practical arrangements for the closure by the end of the day at the latest, with the Ministry having to provide us with specific instructions this afternoon.

In these exceptional circumstances, we therefore invite you to consult your university messaging system on a very regular basis, including in the evening and during weekends. Information will also be updated in real time on the usual institutional communication channels: university website and intranetENT, and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

  

[UPDATE 03/10 - 5:30 PM]

Measures 

The coronavirus COVID-19 is now present on the French national territory, including several sites of grouped cases called "clusters" (to date: towns/cities located in Haute-Savoie, Oise, Morbihan and Grand-Est).
Given the presence of the virus on the territory, in accordance with ministerial instructions, the prevention measures that apply to the University of Bordeaux, as of today, are as follows:

  • Students, teachers, lecturers and staff residing or having resided (holidays, weekends...) in a "cluster" must:
    • if they are still in the cluster: stay there until the end of the classification of the area as a "cluster"
    • if they have left the cluster: stay at home for 14 days before returning to the university

We will do our utmost, as far as possible, to ensure pedagogical continuity for the students concerned.

  • Students, teachers, lecturers and staff returning from foreign countries where the virus is present are invited to slow down their social life and to monitor themselves (by measuring their body temperature twice a day) 
  • People who have made a short stay in a cluster (e.g. transport connections) can go back to the university but are invited to be cautious

International travel suspensions 

The evolution of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic at the international and national levels continues. The Ministry of Solidarity and Health has therefore updated its recommendations, in particular concerning officially confirmed areas of exposure (to date: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Italy).

The University maintains the suspension, until further notice, of all professional or student departures to the officially confirmed areas of exposure for its students, researchers, lecturers and administrative staff. It also recommends to its community to postpone any personal travel to these same areas.

Obligation to report 

Students and staff, including visiting researchers, are required to report to the university by completing the online form in the following two cases:

  • suspicion leading to a test, whether positive, negative or in progress
  • inability to go back to the university (confinement in a "cluster" in France or preventive 14 days following a stay in a "cluster")

Please note: staff must also report themselves to their hierarchy (n+1) and to the HR teams by email poleRHDS@u-bordeaux.fr.

Health instructions 

To limit the spread of the virus, it is essential to respect and disseminate official health instructions and, in particular, the ones listed below.

  • Wash your hands very regularly.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Greeting without shaking hands, avoiding hugs.
  • Use disposable tissues.
  • Wear a mask when sick (on medical prescription).

In case you are returning from an area of exposure or from one of the officially identified "clusters", you must also follow these instructions:

  • When possible, avoid close contact with others (meetings, elevators, canteen, etc.);
  • Take your temperature twice a day;
  • Monitor the appearance of respiratory infection symptoms (coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.);
  • Avoid contact with frail individuals (pregnant women, the chronically ill, the elderly, etc.);
  • Avoid frequenting places with frail individuals (hospitals, maternity hospitals, accommodation structures for the elderly, etc.);
  • Avoid all non-essential outings (large gatherings, restaurants, cinema, etc.);

In case of signs of respiratory infection (fever or feeling of fever, cough, difficulty breathing) if you live in an area where the virus is present or within 14 days of returning from an area where the virus is present:

  • Contact Samu Centre 15 with your symptoms and recent stay.
  • Avoid all contact with your family and friends.
  • Wear a mask (on medical prescription).
  • Do not go to your doctor or emergency room to avoid any potential contamination.

Contacts and official websites

For any question about the virus, symptoms, preventive measures, etc. 

  • The occupational health service (05 40 00 60 60 / 37 11 - sstcovid19@u-bordeaux.fr)
  • The student health service (ese@u-bordeaux.fr / 05 33 51 42 00) are the preferred contacts; health professionals are available to answer questions.

You may also find informations on:

Staff Health Contact

Occupational Health Service
For any questions about the virus, symptoms, prevention measures.

+ 33 (0)5 40 00 6060 / 3711
Contact by email

Students Health contact

Student Health Center
The Student Health Center offers students a nurse hotline, medical teleconsultations and psychological support and counseling.

+ 33 (0)5 33 51 42 00
Contact by email