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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.

July 30, 2020 update

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

The process of deconfinement across France, and more generally within the EU, appears to have gone well. Having said that, 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. It is therefore necessary to wear a mask in shops, offices and buildings, as well as in any space that is not in the open air. On the HEC Paris campus, it is required to wear a mask in the following situations:

  • When circulating in all public indoor areas (campus buildings, restaurants, halls, corridors, student residences...),
  • When sitting in a meeting room, classroom, amphitheater, or any common room in residences or elsewhere.

Wearing the mask is not mandatory in the following situations:

  • When working in an individual office or in a shared office, provided you permanently keep a distance of one meter from everyone else.
  • When eating or drinking, while respecting the one-meter distance from everyone else.

Wearing the mask is recommended in all other situations when you consider that a risk exists.

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 healthy kit in September, comprised of five cloth (reusable) face coverings and one hand sanitizer bottle per faculty, staff and student in degree programs.

Students’ Arrival protocol

On July 24, the French Government announced mandatory on-the-spot and free COVID-19 tests in all airports for people arriving from 16 countries. This concerns travelers arriving from Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, India, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Madagascar, Panama, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. This list may change in the coming weeks as the situation evolves.  All travelers from these countries will be required to submit a negative COVID test taken within a period not to exceed 72 hours prior to boarding their flight.  When access to tests is difficult, travelers will be tested in France, on arrival at the airport.  To support our students during their travel to campus, students are also required to provide a copy of their test to our medical center (medical-center@hec.fr).  

HEC Paris has decided to align itself with these national regulations and not to formally require tests from students/participants coming from other countries. However, in order to help HEC Paris in its efforts to make our campus a safe place and for the well-being of our students and staff, we strongly encourage all students and program participants, wherever they come from, and from all nationalities, to take a test and send to HEC Paris’ Medical Center (medical-center@hec.fr) a similar certification prior to arrival.

Please note: if you are waiting to take a test in France, it may require up to 3 days to get your results.

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.

In case of a positive test or difficulties encountered during this process, please inform us as soon as possible. We will assist you as best we can and ensure your life and learning experience will not be affected.

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.