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 on January 27, and meets on a daily 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.
May 11, 2020 update
May 11 marks the deployment of a gradual and controlled lockdown exit plan.
The Prime Minister made it clear that the goal for the coming months will be to make progressive decisions every three weeks, depending on the evolution of the health crisis. The restrictions will vary from département to département.
Since May 11, we no longer need to carry official certificates except for travel outside a 100km radius from home, masks will be compulsory on public transport, the opening of most shops (with the exception of cafes, bars and restaurants) will be allowed. Sports halls, cinemas, theaters and other places for social gatherings will remain closed. The government will reassess at the end of May whether conditions are right to ease restrictions further, and to decide whether and when cafes, bars and restaurants can be reopened.
Finally, since some parts of the country have been hit harder than others, lockdown measures are lifted by area, with départements classified as red or green depending on their infection level. Classification of the Yvelines department of which the campus is part is currently red.
Concretely, for HEC employees, working from home remains the general rule. The campus remains closed following ministry instruction until the end of the summer. The few colleagues who will however have to go to the campus can only do so with the agreement of their managers and HR. Wearing a mask will be recommended. These masks are made available on request at the welcome desk of the campus.
As for students, they continue their learning remotely as has been the case since 23 March, and no students will be allowed back on campus for any reason other than to empty their residence room and recover their personal belongings. The exact procedure for vacating the rooms will be announced at a later date, and will take place in the course of June.
For students who still reside on campus, we expect many to leave once their courses are completed. While they are on campus, they will be able to continue individual outdoor sporting activities as well as limited socializing, but per government regulation no gathering of more than 10 people will be allowed and no team sports are permitted. In all cases, students on campus must continue to respect preventative measures as well as social distancing.
Updates will be provided as the situation evolves.
It is only if we collectively respect the restrictions set by the authorities that these can be gradually loosened, while not putting individuals at risk.
At present, there are approximately 500 students residing on the HEC campus. Within a short period of time, we moved almost 1,000 students off campus to their homes in France and around the world. We restructured facilities so that those remaining on campus can continue to live in reasonable comfort.
There is a team of approximately 25 people still on campus on a daily basis seeing to basic student needs and the smooth operation of campus life.
HEC Paris’ first priority at this time is to maintain student well-being and ensure basic comfort for those living on campus. As you may know, government regulations stipulate that services such as the restaurant, learning center, sports facilities and other gathering places have had to be closed. During these initial days, take-out meals have been distributed. Students who remain have now been relocated to residence rooms with kitchenettes so they can prepare their own food and food trucks are being brought to campus to provide a variety of goods. Auchan and Ferme de Viltain, as well as the basic commerce in Jouy, all remain open.
The campus team progressively closed down unused campus buildings to ensure the safety and security of all. We are concentrating the business activity of the campus in the S building where the reception, welcome desk, postal services, security and other campus operations activities are concentrated. The X building and teaching rooms may be used by some of the IT team and faculty who need to deliver online courses from campus. This is also the case of the M building, where the student affairs team is based. It is also where the medical center and our medical staff are making exceptional efforts to support the student population, and ensure their physical health and emotional well-being, during extraordinary times.
In parallel with all this, the faculty, program offices and IT teams have been engaged in intensive preparation for online classes, which began on March 20, with now some 50 courses taught daily across HEC Paris degree programs. The classes are synchronous with most students interacting on line with the professors. But also recorded temporarily so that those in distant time zones can follow the class on their schedule.
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.
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).
Commencement Ceremony postponed
The commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for mid-June are postponed until further notice. We are currently discussing about the most appropriate date before the end of 2020.
The precautionary principle led to this decision in light of the current global health situation.
A new invitation with the registration procedure will be sent to the students as soon as possible so that they can get organized and meet up with their families and friends on the HEC Paris campus.
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 (email@example.com / +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:
- Toll-free number platform: +33 (0)800 130 000 (in French - open 7/7 from 9am to 7pm, free call)
- Questions and answers online: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
If you have any health-related questions about these instructions, please contact the HEC Paris medical department: firstname.lastname@example.org / +33 (0)1 39 67 96 96