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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 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.

March 31, 2020 update

As the effects of the coronavirus continue to develop in France and around the world we all must continue to adapt accordingly.

In this context there is a general confinement of the population until further notice. Confinement means staying at home. Anyone outside their home must complete an official certificate (attestation) indicating their reason for leaving their place of residence.  This form can be found on the French government website.

Students on the campus must complete this form every time they leave the campus. It is only possible to leave to carry out one of the following authorized activities:

  1. travel between my home and my work, when remote work isn’t an option (you’ll also have to fill the work travel document) or work travels can’t be canceled,
  2. short journeys to purchase essential goods within the nearest authorized facilities,,
  3. short journeys for medical consultations that can’t be done remotely,,
  4. journeys for imperative family reasons and for assistance to vulnerable persons or for childcare,
  5. short journeys close to home linked to individual physical activity ((excluding group sports or proximity with other individuals), or for walking pets..
  6. judicial or administrative summons,
  7. participation to general interest missions commissionned by an administrative authority.

It is necessary to reduce these types of outings to a strict minimum. Individuals engaged in any unauthorized activity are subject to fines by French authorities. What this means for life on the campus is that students should remain in their rooms and on the campus grounds, as much as possible.  No large meeting spaces will remain open. It is not allowed to assemble in groups of more than five people. The government requests that each person limit him or herself to a maximum of five contacts per day, always respecting the rules of social distance and continuing to perform good hygienic practices.

At present, there are approximately 500 students residing on the HEC campus. Within a short period of time last week, we moved almost 1000 students off campus to their homes in France and around the world and 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 is progressively closing 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 oh 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 last Friday, March 20. Distance courses ramped up further on Monday, March 23, 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.

Homepage of the "#StaySafe, by the HEC Paris Community" collaborative website.

Members of the HEC Paris community are also invited to visit the "#StaySafe, by the HEC Paris Community" website (link below). Born last week from an initiative by Dr. David Gourion, HEC Paris campus’ psychiatrist, it is powered by HEC Paris students, professors and collaborators, and is intended to be collaborative and scalable. Its objective is simple: to share testimonials, ideas, content and useful documents to get through the periods of confinement due to the Covid-19 epidemic with serenity.

Visit the "#StaySafe" website

We have also created a "Q&A" page, listing the main questions and answers you may currently have. This page is regularly updated: you can access it via the link below.

Read our Q&A 

HEC Paris community also continues to look for ways to respond to the Covid 19 crisis. Among other initiatives, a group of young alumni are putting together a hackathon aimed at engaging the HEC Paris community to find responses to help overcome the health, economic and social challenges we are facing. Another group of alumni based in China are working hard to facilitate the delivery to France of hundreds of thousands of face masks. And HEC Paris’ Egalité des Chances team is working with our students to continue and extend the support and mentorship of young deserving students in the Paris region, to help them continue their preparation for the bac through distance learning.

Read more about HEC Paris community mobilization

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 returned from an area where the virus is actively circulating (updated list on Santé Publique France website) in the last 14 days, and you are experincing fever or a feverish sensation, coughing, breathing difficulties, etc.:

  • Quickly contact the SAMU Centre 15 (or the European emergency number 112) and report your trip.
  • Avoid any contact with people around you, keep your mask on.
  • Do not go directly to the doctor or to the hospital emergency room.
  • Inform your doctor by phone or email only
  • Monitor your temperature twice a day.
  • Monitor any sign of respiratory infections (cough, difficulty in breathing…).
  • Wash your hands regularly and use antiseptic hand gel.
  • Avoid contact with individuals recognized as “fragile” (pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses, old people…).
  • Avoid places where fragile populations go (hospitals, maternities, homes for old-aged pensioners…).
  • Avoid going out unless absolutely necessary (especially to attend large meetings, restaurants, cinemas…).
  • It is not obligatory to wear a mask, but it could become so.
  • If possible, avoid all contact with friends and fellow-workers (meetings, elevators, canteens…).

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.