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Coronavirus Information

HEC Paris - Coronavirus Information

In order to best anticipate the needs of the HEC Paris community, a monitoring unit has been created at the level of the general management. It began on January 27, 2020, and now meets on a weekly basis. The General Management teams are in close contact with students, professors and staff in order to support them in this context and offer them a solution adapted to their situation.

All HEC Paris teams, on campus, working from home or abroad, are fully mobilized. This page is updated regularly, depending on the information available.

September 7, 2020 update

The new academic year started, as initially scheduled, on August 31 on the Jouy-en-Josas campus and on Champerret site in France. 

The COVID-19 continues to circulate in France, and around Europe, while still spreading aggressively in other parts of the world. So, we must remain vigilant. Everyone’s wish is to return to a more traditional academic and work life but safety and everyone’s well-being must remain our top priority.

All the school’s services are preparing to welcome both current and newly-admitted students on campus for the next academic year. The priority of the HEC Paris teams for this year is to do everything possible to ensure the health and security of all the members of our community, students, staff or professors. The goal is to offer you an on-campus experience which will allow you to study, to develop and to interact both inside and outside the classroom in a safe and inclusive atmosphere.

As far as student life activities are concerned, HEC Paris has developed new measures which will be in place at the start of the academic year. Naturally, these measures will be adjusted according to the evolution of the health situation in France and the governmental directives which we may receive between now and then.

Health regulations in place on campus

The first measure concerns the health regulations in place on campus. These regulations include the rules for wearing a mask, which are mandatory in all shared and interior spaces on campus.

Masks

Since July 20, 2020 and until further notice, the wearing of masks is compulsory in France in all enclosed public places.

Once on campus, a mask must be worn everywhere on campus and in our Paris facilities except in your residence room. This includes all outdoor spaces.

Masks are available at the Welcome Desk at the entrance of the campus or in the medical center. All collaborators, professors or students remain free to use any medical or public mask (s)he wishes. We also recommend you to bring your own mask for your arrival on campus.

The school will provide a health kit in September, comprised of five cloth (reusable) face coverings and one hand sanitizer bottle per faculty, staff and student in degree programs.

Furthermore, since September 1 and until further notice :

  • the lower part of the campus is closed to all students, from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. every day.
  • group gatherings are limited to 10 people without explicit approval. Student associations may approve gatherings up to a maximum of 30, by providing notice to Student Affairs Department and indicating the names of the organizers who will be held responsible for the conduct of the event. Any grouping of more than 30 must be explicitly authorized by Student Affairs.  
  • security checks are carried out periodically for students arriving on campus by car.

It is also reminded that no one from outside the campus is allowed to enter the campus without authorization, and without going through security at the reception desk.

Students’ Arrival protocol

The French Government announced last July mandatory on-the-spot and free COVID-19 tests in all airports for people arriving from some countries (see the list on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Because zones where the virus is actively circulating have expanded and for everyone’s well-being HEC Paris has decided to extend the obligation of completing a PCR COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus for all students, regardless of whether they are living in residence or off campus, no matter where they are arriving from, including residents of France.   

For all students who are not yet on campus or who are not currently in transit we ask that you send a PCR test, taken less than 72 hours before your planned arrival on campus, to our medical service (covidtesting@hec.fr) indicating you are negative for COVID-19 (confidentiality guaranteed). Students already on campus or in transit who have not been tested prior to arrival should contact campus medical services (covidtesting@hec.fr) who will instruct you on how to obtain a test. Anyone with a positive test should consult HEC Paris medical service and not come to campus or to the school's facilities in Paris.

Any student experiencing delays in arrival due to problems related to visa issuance or transportation constraints, or who cannot obtain a COVID-19 PCR test or who receives and submits to our medical services a positive test for COVID-19, will be able to follow their courses remotely. Some activities that are ancillary to the academic programs may not be available online. Your program office or student affairs can provide you detailed information how you might make up these activities.

HEC Paris’ goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information as regulations evolve and details continue to be defined, in order to help you in your travel arrangements.

HEC Paris remains available to answer your questions through Student Affairs (studentaffairs@hec.fr) or the Medical Center (medical-center@hec.fr).

The HEC community is looking forward to a return to campus and to welcoming new and returning students after a complicated period. The return to campus and the experience will be different from previous years but we will do our utmost to create the sense of community, in person and online, which is essential to the HEC experience.


HEC Paris professors, employees on campus, working from home or abroad, HEC Foundation, HEC Alumni, HEC corporate partners : the entire HEC Paris community continues to mobilize to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Find all the initiatives of the HEC Paris community


The medical center remains open and accessible. Any students who experience Covid related symptoms should contact the medical center at 01.39.67.74.00. For urgent situations dial the Samu at #15 (emergency number). 


General reminder:

Members of the HEC Paris community are asked to comply with the following hygiene measures:

  • Wash your hands very regularly.
  • Salute people without shaking their hands, avoid taking them in your arms.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Use handkerchiefs just once.
  • Should you be ill, wear a mask when going out.

If you are a resident on campus, and if you have fever or a feverish sensation, cough, breathing difficulties:

  • Do not go to your doctor or emergency hospital wards.
  • Please contact the medical center (medical-center@hec.fr / +33 (0)1 39 74 00) and follow their instructions.
  • Immediately isolate yourself by staying at home and respecting the quarantine rules whilst waiting for medical recommendations.
  • Quickly contact the emergency SAMU Center (dial 15 on your phone) and share with them details of your trip.
  • Avoid all contact with those around you and keep a mask on.

For non-medical questions:

If you have any health-related questions about these instructions, please contact the HEC Paris medical department: medical-center@hec.fr  / +33 (0)1 39 67 96 96

We invite you to consult the sites of the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which are regularly updated.