COVID-19 - FAQ for students
In order to ensure that our student body is fully informed, Sorbonne University has created a dedicated space for the questions that our students may be asking due to the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic.
This space will be updated according to the evolution of the situation. Please consult it regularly.
[Last update : 30.03.2020]
In addition to this page, all general information related to the situation may be found on the home page.
In dealing with infections, there are simple behaviors to adopt in order to safeguard your health and the health of those around you.
- Wash your hands very regularly
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a disposable handkerchief
- Greet people without physical contact, i.e. handshakes, hugs, kisses
- Use only single-use, disposable handkerchiefs and throw them away
- Avoid gatherings, limit all travel and contact with others
I have symptoms (cough, fever) which call to mind the Cornavirus: I stay at home. I avoid contact with others. I call a doctor before going to his/her office, or I call the dedicated number for my region. I could also consult a doctor via video.
If the symptoms worsen and start to include respiratory difficulties and signs of suffocation, I call the SAMU-Centre by dialing ‘15’.
Wearing a surgical mask is not recommended and is not useful for the general population. Only persons who are ill and under medical prescription must wear a mask. Healthcare professionals may also wear a mask.
Similarly, the mass distribution of hand disinfectants is not foreseen at this stage. Regular handwashing using soap and water is an efficient means of countering the spread of the virus.
As of March 16, all campuses and other facilities of Sorbonne University are closed for all teaching and other classroom activities. As for other activities, such as administration, logistics, and research, the Business Continuity Plan has been activated. Consequently, only those persons holding an official written authorization to access the different campuses and facilities as part of the Business Continuity Plan may do so. All other members of the community are requested to remain at home and to respect the public health and safety instructions issued by the government authorities.
All events have been suspended until further notice: association events, sporting and cultural events, and all others.
The means of assessment (continuous assessment, exams…) will be adapted due to the current health situation. Your instructors are currently creating alternative solutions to allow students to receive full credit for their semester. These solutions will be communicated by your instructors or via the ENT. Should you have any questions, you may contact your academic coordinator or your department.
No classroom-based courses are currently taking place. The establishment of on-line alternatives is underway in the faculties. The faculties and your instructors will provide further information via Moodle, the faculty web sites, or e-mail.
- Internships (for all levels of study, except for hospital internships), for which remote work is possible, may continue remotely upon the decision of the faculty supervisor and the host organization.
- However, those internships which cannot be carried out remotely, are suspended, postponed, or cancelled. In this case, new methods of evaluation will be employed as a function of the new pedagogical model.
- For internships taking place abroad, their continuation is dependent upon the regulations of the employer’s home country.
For all questions pertaining to current or future internships, contact your faculty supervisor or your department.
No further research activities are to be carried out on university premises (all closed, labs included). Exceptions include: essential activities that are part of the Business Continuity Plan and that have been identified by each research unit, activities relative to the epidemic, and exceptional activities whose interruption would cause a loss of essential, sensitive, or particularly complex studies that would be very difficult to reorganize. A massive remote work plan must be undertaken.
The libraries of Sorbonne University are closed until further notice.
Loans are extended for as long as necessary. No late return penalties will be applied.
For questions or for any urgent library-related needs: contact the library by e-mail or via social media (Facebook: @BU_Sorbonne_Université or Twitter: @BUSorbonne_Univ)
All of BSU’s electronic resources are accessible remotely for members of the Sorbonne University community (staff and students). Review this list of electronic resources and then identify yourself using your institutional account.
A large number of e-books and periodicals online are available via BSU in all the fields taught at Sorbonne University. To look them up, check-out the list AZ Publication Finder.
The BSU cannot reply to you for a problem concerning your user-name, account, or directory as we do not have access to all of your personal data. For questions about electronic documents, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our electronic resources, numerous publishers are taking initiatives to provide free access for a month to part of or all of their content for universities. The Couperin consortium lists available content on this page as it becomes available.
Finally, if amongst all the resources available at the BSU through open access or via the electronic resources of other libraries you may have access to (BIS, CNRS librairies, INSERM, Bulac, etc.), you are still lacking an e-book, we are setting up a new service for the confinement period: a platform for the purchase of e-books on demand. Just fill out this form. The requests will be treated as soon as possible, according to the availability of the e-book.
The residences remain open for students who wish to remain in them. However, all common spaces for work or leisure are closed. All activities are suspended.
For questions on housing, you may call the CROUS at 01 40 51 61 00 or utilize the contact form on this page: http://www.crous-paris.fr/actualite/informations-covid19/
The payment of scholarships is confirmed, according to the regular payment schedule. Scholarship requests for academic year 2020-2021 continue to be treated according to the usual procedures.
For more information: http://www.crous-paris.fr/actualite/informations-covid19/
All Parisian cafeterias will be closed as of March 17, 2020.
Yes. The Preventative Medicine Service (SUMPPS) is open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM (15, rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, stairway G, 3rd floor).
You may consult a general practitioner or psychologist. If you think you may be infected by the coronavirus, please respect the instructions and do not enter the service until the arrival of the doctor.
If you come to the SUMPPS, do not forget your student ID card. You will need to show it to enter the campus. If you do not need to come to the SUMPSS, you may consult with the doctors, midwives, and psychologists via video or telephone by writing to email@example.com.
Staff will treat your e-mail quickly, and a clinician will contact you. For the moment, the phone line 01 40 51 10 00 has been suspended.
Sorbonne University is establishing individual financial aid solutions for students who require assistance.
You may contact a social worker, exclusively by e-mail. The requests are treated as they arrive in order to expedite them quickly.
The CROUS is also available for urgent assistance.
Yes, the applications which have already been submitted will be reviewed by the academic staff. This includes all applications including those submitted via Parcoursup.
Yes, the university will continue to review all new applications. The online application platforms remain completely operational during the closure, and the applications will be reviewed by academic staff. The schedule remains the same. Deadlines for submission of applications may be postponed, but you will be informed.
Registration operations are currently suspended, but all registration files will be treated for the year 2019-2020, provided they have respected the required procedure.
As a student worker, you are linked to the university by a contract. You are thus place on a special leave of absence. If your supervisor considers that you job can be carried out remotely, you are on remote work and will be paid for the hours worked.
If your job cannot be carried out remotely, your hours will be postponed to the time at which the university reopens. In any case, and even if the postponement of hours is not possible, you will be paid for the hours which were scheduled during the period of confinement.
Retail outlets for computers, computer accessorites, and software remain open during the confinement period. If you cannot afford to purchase a personal computer, you may speak to a social worker to ask for help from Sorbonne University.
You are an international mobility student studying or doing an internship abroad and receiving a grant
Whether you have decided to stay in the country where you are studying or doing an internship for the semester or to return to France, you should contact: