Coronavirus Updates

The Graduate Institute is closely monitoring the ongoing situation and our top priority is the safety and well-being of our community.

We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of any additional measures.

Last update: 27 September 2021 at 8:45 

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    Information and updateS

     

    27 September 2021 - THE INSTITUTE WILL BE OFFERING FREE SALIVA PCR TESTS FOR ITS COMMUNITY STARTING TODAY

    Even though from the 1st of October, the Federal Government will no longer be offering free tests for asymptomatic people, the Institute will be offering free saliva PCR tests for its community. This is to ensure that all of its members are still able to participate in courses and events regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

    Two tests, per person, per week, can be collected and dropped off from the Reception Desk. Drop off needs to be made before 09:30am to ensure same day results.

    24 September 2021 - TOWN HALL: COVID 19 | LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND PROTECTION MEASURES

    Town Hall: COVID 19 | Latest developments and protection measures

    13 September 2021 - A COVID CERTIFICATE WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL COURSE FROM 1 NOVEMBER PLUS NEW MEASURES IMPLEMENTED FROM TODAY

    Following the measures issued by the Federal Council on the 8th of September, the Protection Plan has been updated with the following points:

    • Wearing a mask is required on the Institute’s premises including the common areas of the two student residences and in the library. Teachers and teaching assistants may remove their mask when giving a lecture or workshop, as well as staff once seated at their work place or in meeting rooms, as long as a distance of 1.5 metres is respected towards the nearest person.

    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration) held indoors may be organised provided that all attendees present a COVID certificate and a form of identification. Outdoor events of less than 1’000 attendees will not require a COVID certificate. All rooms can be used to their full capacity and the collection of the participants’ contact details is no longer compulsory.
      The new measures for events constitute the required minimum at the federal level, but event organisers are free to hold their events with further measures, including requesting participants to wear masks indoors.
      Indoor receptions (cocktails, aperitifs and parties) are allowed with a COVID certificate and a form of identification. Standing outdoor receptions are possible after consultation with our events department, events@graduateinstitute.ch  

    • The cafeteria is open from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday and is only open to the Maison de la paix community. A COVID certificate does not need to be presented.

    • The library is only open to the Maison de la paix community.

    • ​​​From 1 November 2021, the COVID certificate will be mandatory for all courses.

    30 August 2021 - NO MAJOR CHANGES ON THE MEASURES FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR  

    Following the measures issued by the Federal Council on the 25th of August, the Protection Plan has been updated with the following points:

    • Wearing a mask is required on the Institute’s premises including the common areas of the two student residences and in the library. Teachers and teaching assistants may remove their mask when giving a lecture or workshop, as well as staff once seated at their work place or in meeting rooms, as long as a distance of 1.5 metres is respected towards the nearest person.
    • The cafeteria is open from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday.

    1 July 2021 - CHANGES TO PUBLIC EVENTS WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM 1 JULY. ALL OTHER CHANGES WILL BE REVIEWED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR  

    Following the announcement made by the Federal Council on the 23rd of June, only changes to public events will be effective from the 1st of July. All other changes will be reviewed prior to the commencement of the new academic year. The Protection Plan has been updated with the following main points:

    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), may be organised with up to 1’000 people seated and no more than two-thirds of the room’s capacity filled whilst respecting health constraints. For standing events, this is up to 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors.
      For indoor events, masks are required to be worn throughout the event  and a distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors at all times, or a seat left free for all indoor events.
    • Seated receptions (cocktails, aperitifs and parties) are allowed with a distance of 1.5 metres or a partition. Standing outdoor receptions are possible after consultation with our events department, events@graduateinstitute.ch  The collection of the participants' contact details is compulsory.
    • Wearing a mask is required on the Institute’s premises including the common areas of the two student residences. Masks must be worn at all times in the classrooms and in the Library. Staff members can remove their mask once seated at their workplace as long as a distance of 1.5 metres is maintained with the closest person.
    • The cafeteria will be closed for the Summer break for food service from Saturday 3 July until Monday 23 August 2021 inclusive.

    28 May 2021 - EASED MEASURES FOR PUBLIC EVENTS AND FACE TO FACE MEETINGS - EFFECTIVE FROM 31 MAY 

    Following the announcement made by the Federal Council on the 26th of May, the Protection Plan has been updated with the following main points which will be effective from the 31st of May: 

    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), may be organised with up to 100 people or half of the room’s capacity (whichever is less) whilst respecting health constraints
    • Standing receptions (cocktails, aperitifs and parties), regardless the number of attendees, are not allowed. Only seated catering (4 people per table inside, 6 outside) provided by a professional such as Novae is possible.
    • When necessary, face-to-face meetings are possible with up to 50 people or half of the room’s capacity (whichever is less) whilst wearing a mask and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres.

    15 April 2021 - THE INSTITUTE MOVES TO HYBRID TEACHING AND UPDATES MEASURES TO BE IN LINE WITH THE NEW REGULATIONS - EFFECTIVE FROM 26 APRIL 

    Following the announcement made by the Federal Council on the 14th of April, the Institute will give the opportunity for courses to be taught in hybrid format for the remainder of the semester starting from the 26th April 2021. In addition, the Protection Plan has been updated with the following main points which will also be effective from the 26th of April: 

    • Wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres is mandatory at all times, in all areas of the Institute including classrooms and meeting rooms.
    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), may be organised with up to 50 people or a third of the room’s capacity (whichever is less) whilst respecting health constraints
    • Teleworking is encouraged for all staff. In some cases, continuity of administrative and technical operations is to be provided by the smallest possible number of staff.
    • Face-to-face meetings are possible with up to 15 people or a third of the room’s capacity (whichever is less) whilst wearing a mask and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres.

    22 March 2021 - CURRENT MEASURES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 14 APRIL 

    Following the announcement made by the Federal Council on the 19th of March, the Protection Plan has been extended until 14 April. We hope to move to a hybrid teaching mode come that date for the remainder of the semester.

    17 March 2021 - CURRENT MEASURES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 11 APRIL 

    The Institute has decided to extended the Protection Plan until 11 April. Depending on the announcement made by the Federal Council on the 19th of March, the Institute may be allowed to move to a hybrid teaching mode for April.

    25 February 2021 - CURRENT MEASURES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 22 MARCH 

    Based on the announcement made yesterday, the Institute has extended the Protection Plan until 22 March. If there is a decreased number of contaminations, the Federal Council may allow higher education institutions to move to a hybrid teaching mode. The Coordination team will meet in mid-March to determine whether we  can hopefully move to a hybrid mode for April.

    14 January 2021 - FEDERAL COUNCIL ENFORCES STRICTER REGULATIONS - EFFECTIVE FROM 18 JANUARY 

    Federal Council have enforced stricter measures to combat any increase in the spread of the virus. The Institute has updated the Protection Plan to be in line with the Federal Council which will be effective from 18 January to 28 February 2021. Below are the main key points:

    • Wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of 1.5 meters is mandatory at all times, in all areas of the Institute.
    • From Monday 22 February, all classes will be online with a review being carried out at the beginning of March for the possibility to move to hybrid mode in April. Professors, teaching assistants, and technical support students will have the possibility to come to the Institute during this period and use the available equipment in order to guarantee quality teaching.
    • Research activities will continue remotely, except in special cases requiring prior agreement.
    • Teleworking is encouraged for all staff. In some cases, continuity of administrative and technical operations is to be provided by the smallest possible number of staff.
    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), will remain online, except for ones which may be broadcast live from the auditorium, with an audience limited to the organisers of the event. In a few cases, and under strict condition of a maximum of five people in presence in the room, panelists, moderators, organisers or technical staff can be in the room to broadcast live, to ensure better technical quality.
    • All meetings are to be held online only.
    • The Federal Council has also banned gatherings of more than five people, including at the entrances to Institute’s buildings.
    • The cafeteria is closed until further notice.

    The Institute remains closed to the public

    The Building and Library are open during the following times: 

    • Building: Petal 1 and 2
      8:00-20:00, Monday-Friday
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday
    • Library - Wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of 1.5 meters are compulsory at all times.
      8:00-20:00, Monday-Friday 

    11 December 2020 - THE INSTITUTE IS EXPECTING TO MOVE BACK TO HYBRID MODE FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER. CURRENT MEASURES REMAIN WITH A FEW SMALL CHANGES.

    The Institute has decided to prolong the measures currently in place until the beginning of the next semester with the following small changes:

    • Unless otherwise decided by the authorities, the Institute will move back to hybrid mode for the 2021/2022 Spring Semester.
    • From 7 January 2021, the cafeteria will be is open for lunch from 11h30 to 14h30 from Monday to Friday. From 8:30 to 11:30 and from 14:30 to 17:00, it is also available as a place for study or meetings.

    19 November 2020 - MEASURES UPDATED TO BE IN LINE WITH THE NEW CANTON REGULATIONS - EFFECTIVE FROM 2 NOVEMBER 

    The Institute has decided to prolong the measures currently in place until the end of this semester. See 2 November 2020 update for all the measures that are in place.

    2 November 2020 - MEASURES UPDATED TO BE IN LINE WITH THE NEW CANTON REGULATIONS - EFFECTIVE FROM 2 NOVEMBER 

    Geneva Canton have enforced stricter measures due to the high numbers of positive cases in the canton. The Institute has updated the Protection Plan to be in line with the Canton which will be effective from 2 to 29 November 2020 with the possibility of an extension. Below are the main key points:

    • Wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of 1.5 meters is mandatory at all times in all areas of the Institute.
    • All classes will move online. Professors, teaching assistants, and technical support students will have the possibility to come to the Institute during this period and use the available equipment in order to guarantee quality teaching.
    • Research activities will continue in strict compliance with the Institute's protection plan.
    • Teleworking is encouraged for all administrative staff. However, continuity of administrative and technical operations is to be provided by the smallest possible number of staff.
    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), will move online, except for ones which may be broadcast live from the auditorium, with an audience limited to the organisers of the event. In a few cases, and under strict condition of a maximum of five people in presence in the room, panelists, moderators, organisers or technical staff can be in the room to broadcast live, to ensure better technical quality.
    • Internal meetings should be held online and/or in person (maximum five people in the room), but in accordance with the measures specified in our Protection Plan, including wearing a mask and respecting social distance.
    • The cantonal government has also banned impromptu gatherings of more than five people, including at the entrances to Institute’s buildings, an area of concern explicitly mentioned by the cantonal authorities.
    • Upon reservation and with prior agreement, workspaces outside of the Library are limited in number but may be made available to students without adequate conditions at their residence and whom are also unable to participate in online coursework.
    • Access to the Student Residence’s common room is limited to five people and upon request for students lacking adequate conditions at their own residence. The fitness is closed.
    • The cafeteria is closed until further notice.

    The Institute remains closed to the public

    The Building and Library are open during the following times: 

    • Building: Petal 1 and 2
      8:00-20:00, Monday-Friday
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday
      Faculty may access the Institute at any time.
    • Library - Wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of 1.5 meters are compulsory at all times.
      8:00-22:00, Monday-Friday 
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday

    23 October 2020 - GRADUATE INSTITUTE INTRODUCES NEW MEASURES THAT ARE EFFECTIVE FROM 2 NOVEMBER

    With the current situation in Switzerland, the Institute has extended its protection plan with the aim of transitioning to online teaching. The Institute’s Protection Plan describes all the measures in detail that will be effective from 2 to 29 November 2020 with the possibility of an extension. Below are the main key points:

    • All classes will move online.  
    • Professors, teaching assistants, and technical support students will have the possibility to come to the Institute during this period and use the available equipment in order to guarantee quality teaching.
    • Research activities will continue in strict compliance with the Institute's protection plan.
    • Teleworking is encouraged for all administrative staff. However, continuity of administrative and technical operations in the classroom is to be provided by the smallest possible number of staff.
    • Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), will move online, except for ones which may be broadcast live from the auditorium, with an audience limited to the organisers of the event.
    • Internal meetings (department meetings, team meetings, and GISA or student initiative meetings) should be held online whenever possible.

    The Institute remains closed to the public, apart from visitors with scheduled appointments. 

    The Building, Library and Cafeteria are open during the following times: 

    • Building: Petal 1 and 2
      8:00-20:00, Monday-Friday
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday
      Faculty may access the Institute at any time.
    • Library
      8:00-22:00, Monday-Friday 
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday
    • Cafeteria and Restaurant
      The cafeteria is open from 11:30-14:30, Monday-Friday 
      The restaurant is closed until further notice. 

     

    7 September 2020 - A NEW PROTECTION PLAN IN FORCE FOR THE NEW SEMESTER

    The Institute’s Protection Plan describes the measures that the Institute has put in place to protect everyone’s health, limit the propagation of the virus and ensure the continuity of its activities. 

    The Institute remains closed to the public, apart from visitors with scheduled appointments. 

    The Building, Library and Cafeteria are open during the following times: 

    • Building: Petal 1 and 2
      8:00-20:00, Monday-Friday
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday
      Faculty may access the Institute at any time.
    • Library
      8:00-22:00, Monday-Friday 
      9:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday
    • Cafeteria and Restaurant
      The cafeteria is open from 08:30-14:30, Monday-Friday 
      The restaurant is closed until further notice. 

     

    16 July 2020 - HYBRID TEACHING FOR THE UPCOMING AUTUMN 2020 SEMESTER

    A decision has been taken by the Institute’s Direction to proceed with a hybrid system of teaching for the autumn semester. The type of hybrid system selected for next term, on a temporary basis and subject to sanitary changes, provides that ‘all courses will be taught at the Institute from September onwards, in our classrooms, and will be live-streamed and recorded for those not present in Geneva.’ 

     

    8 June 2020 - GRADUATE INSTITUTE REOPENS TO STAFF, FACULTY AND STUDENTS ONLY

    From 8 June 2020, and until further notice, the Institute will be open to staff, faculty and students with a badge, according to the hours defined below. The Institute remains closed to the public, apart from visitors with scheduled appointments. 

    The Building, Library and Cafeteria are open during the following times: 

    • Building: Petal 1 and 2
      7:00-20:00, Monday-Friday
      Access outside of these hours may be granted upon request
    • Library
      9:00-20:00, Monday-Friday
       
    • Cafeteria and Restaurant
      The cafeteria is open from 11:00-14:30, Monday-Friday (closed for summer break from 20 July to 16 August 2020)
      The restaurant is closed until further notice. 

     

    11 May 2020 - GRADUATE INSTITUTE LIBRARY LOAN SERVICE RESUMES

    With restrictions easing in Switzerland, from 11 May 2020, the library loan service will resume for the Graduate Institute community only. It will be open Monday-Friday, from 9:00-17:00, and accessible via an online reservation form (link). The Library’s public areas will remain closed for the time being.

     

    22 April 2020 - GRADUATE INSTITUTE LAUNCHES SOLIDARITY FUND FOR ITS STUDENTS

    To demonstrate solidarity towards our students who are particularly impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic and whose means to live in Geneva are running out, a solidarity fund is created to support our student. You can show your support via this link.

     

    23 March 2020 - GRADUATE INSTITUTE CLASSES OFFERED EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE

    Although the coronavirus epidemic has meant the closure of our campuses, the Institute is committed to retaining continuity in our academic programmes.

    For this reason, we are pleased to announce that all of our classes are available in an online format until further notice.

    Please refer to the following instructions to learn how to access classes online.

     

    21 March 2020 - GRADUATE STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

    We learned that a Graduate Institute student who was residing off Campus, has tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning to his home country mid-March. We have been in contact with the student who is doing well and he is receiving the appropriate care. We wish him a swift recovery.

    The student was following five courses. Professors, teaching assistants, and students who were in his courses have been informed and received the recommendation to put themselves in self-quarantine.

    We continue to monitor the situation and are working closely with the local authorities.

     

    16 March 2020 - GRADUATE INSTITUTE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    The safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and follow the recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) as well as the State of Geneva.

    Please note that as of 16:00 CET, Monday 16 March

    • The cafeteria and restaurant will be closed until further notice

    The following measures will be implemented as of Wednesday 18 March until further notice:

    • The Library will be closed.
    • Campus buildings will be accessible to authorised persons only to ensure the maintenance of essential services.
    • All staff will work from home, all classes will be offered exclusively online as of Monday 23 March, and essential administrative and technical services will be managed by a limited number of staff selected by senior management.
    • Public events, meaning events open to the external public, continue to be cancelled until further notice. Please note that some events may be available via live stream only. Please consult our events page for the latest updates.

     

    13 March 2020 - EVENTS AT THE GRADUATE INSTITUTE

    Due to evolving public health risks related to the novel coronavirus, public events, meaning events open to the external public, are cancelled until further notice.

    Please note that some events may be available via live stream only. Please consult our events page for the latest updates.