Start of the September 2020 academic year: important information
Status: October 22nd, 2020
General concept : to ensure that every day one third of the student population attends classes. The remaining two-thirds work at a distance.
A system of virtual tokens in three colours (yellow, red and blue), which allows students to be divided into three groups, has been developed for courses that are normally attended by a large number of people.
One token is valid for the entire semester.
If a student has been allocated a yellow token, for example, he or she can come to the campus to take this type of face-to-face course on the day indicated in yellow, while on the other two days he or she can take the course at a distance. This system aims to provide equal access to these face-to-face courses for all.
We would like to remind you that you are asked to avoid visiting the campus on days that do not correspond to the colour of your token. The only exception to this rule are small courses (seminars, practical work, etc.) and all those that are not mentioned as large courses on the Faculty sites.
The list of courses with large numbers of students is drawn up by the Faculties and can be found on their respective websites :
An anonymous exchange scheme (token management interface) was open during the first two weeks of the semester so that students who wish to exchange their colored tokens can do so. This anonymous exchange scheme is reopened from October 19 until the end of October.
Checks will be carried out and it is important that you can show your token (QR Code). This can be done by printing out the email you received on 7 September, or by using your mobile phone.
Alternatively, via the brand new UNIL Campus application available in the Play Store and App Store: in addition to finding your QR Code, you will have direct access to all the tools that make your life at the UNIL easier, from your Campus Card balance to Moodle, a directory and MyUnil.
You will find below a document specifying the regulation system for Bachelor - Master courses.
Control that the system of student allocation is working properly
A token exchange scheme is open until September 28th. It allows you to obtain - subject to availability - a different color. It is important to note that each colour allows for the same number of days on campus.
The recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health applicable in the context of teaching are the same as for the general population. Vulnerable people are invited to observe them very rigorously. In addition, we remind you that all courses are also available online.
To have access to the page that allows the exchange of tokens, it is necessary to have an identification (user ID) on the UNIL systems (in other words an email address @unil.ch). Pre-registered students receive these accesses at the time of registration.
Pre-registered students have generic "user IDs" that allow them to access their faculty courses. These generic "user IDs" are available until the end of the registration period.
Students with special needs are requested to contact their Faculty, which has additional tokens that they can allocate to them.
Yes, in case of a check, it is important that you can show your token (QR Code). This can be done by printing out your token allocation email or using your mobile phone.
The QR Code remains valid even if a token is exchanged.
You are asked to avoid visiting the campus on days that do not match your colour. The only exception to this rule are small courses (seminars, practical work, ...) and all those that are not mentioned as large courses on the sites of the Faculties.
The token allows you to attend the large class in person. You are asked to avoid visiting the campus on days that do not match your colour. The only exception to this rule are small courses (seminars, practical work, ...) and all those that are not mentioned as large courses on the sites of the Faculties.
Cloth masks are available for students, on presentation of their Campus Card, at the following distribution points:
Amphipôle: POL-302 (the infirmary, at the entrance of the building)
Anthropole: ANT-2053.1 (in the centre of the building)
Amphimax: MAX-270 (Unicom and IT Centre reception)
Biophore: BIO-2921 (in the lobby, behind the reception)
You can view the exact location of these places by entering their respective coordinates on the interactive map planete.unil.ch/plan.
The opening hours of the distribution points are as follows:
Preparing for online exams
Online exams tutorial n°1: How to manage the last weeks before the exams?
Online exams tutorial n°2: Any big differences with traditional exams?
Online exams tutorial n°3: Some advice for oral and written exams
Online exams tutorial n°4: Dealing with multiple choices questionaires
Online exams tutorial n°5: Secure online exams, what to expect?
Online exams tutorial n°6: Managing the last moments before an exam
The University of Lausanne has decided to publish Entraide UNIL which is intended to encourage solidarity between students. It allows people who are experiencing difficulties to anonymously ask for help from other students for course notes or additional resources.
Each faculty has a dedicated section, where students can have access to the available courses. Each of these sections offers an anonymous forum where students can submit their requests and get answers. All the resources exchanged on this forum will then be wrapped up in a folder, available under the link leading to the forum.
Anonymity is justified by the respect of the privacy in the reasons for not attending the courses or the problems encountered. The conditions of use are presented in each section, thank you to read and respect it.
This section doesn't replace the Moodle assets related to the different courses but is meant to complement them and support all students wishing to use it. Students, coached by the Teaching Support Centre, will be responsible for leading and moderating the exchanges.
Sections for faculties and schools are available for self-registration via these links:
Do you have or know someone who has difficulties following the online courses for technical reasons (problems with equipment, wifi connection, etc.)? You can report any problems you encounter by specifying them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For group work
Microsoft Teams is a collaborative tool that already allows you to chat, create virtual communities, share documents and collaborate as a team in a synchronous or asynchronous way. In view of the start of the new academic year, it has been enriched with new functionalities. You can now :
You must use your UNIL usernames and passwords to use Teams and all Microsoft online services.
Zoom and Ubicast are used to broadcast your lessons live. Your teachers can also record and stream them.
The IT Centre helpdesk is at your disposal for any further information you may require.
The IT Centre has a small stock of computers (desktops) that it can lend to students who have no other solution. Interested parties are requested to contact email@example.com so that their request can be evaluated. Students who do not have internet access for distance learning are invited to contact the same address in order to find a solution. If the stock of computers is insufficient, alternative means will be deployed.
Mathworks, a software publisher, provides UNIL students with several licenses of Matlab, a digital calculation and data visualization program. This will allow you to develop algorithms and create mathematical models. This tool is also a programming environment allowing to solve problems in a simple language. You can find more information about it on ch.mathworks.com.
Other options : Octave, directly compatible with most simple Matlab scripts, is the closest alternative to Matlab. Increasingly popular, the Julia programming language, which is located between Matlab and R software, is another possibility.
Consult the schedule page of the site you wish to visit.
The online resources and teams of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCUL) are always at your disposal. Access a wide range of digital resources at any time from the Renouvaud catalogue. A few indications :
Here's how to proceed, as the registration requirements are currently being modified to allow full online registration.
Your teachers have worked hard to adapt their teaching to the current situation and the use of distance education technologies, sometimes with varying degrees of success. They have the possibility to ask the Teaching Support Centre to send you an interim evaluation questionnaire in order to obtain your opinion on their course in its current form, your possible needs and suggestions for improvement.
If so, you will receive an e-mail from the Teaching Support Centre inviting you to fill in an online questionnaire anonymously. Help your teachers to help you in your learning by constructively raising your difficulties and suggesting solutions!
In case of financial difficulties, you can first contact the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SASME website provides information on the conditions for obtaining financial aid and the procedure to follow to obtain it. You will also find answers to questions about financial aid, exemptions from university fees, etc.
In cases where the SASME cannot intervene, or to benefit from some supplementary help, the Fédération des associations d'étudiants de l'UNIL (FAE) offers a complementary service: the Student Solidarity Fund. More information.
The Guidance and Career Service, the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME) and the Registration and Enrolment Service can be contacted and will answer your requests by e-mail, as the reception areas in the buildings remain closed for the time being. Under certain conditions, face-to-face meetings can be arranged.
Please note that you can also call the SASME on +41 (0)21 692 21 13 from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Virtual attendance token system, wearing of the mask, financial aid or holding events on campus... The Fédération des Associations d'Étudiants has prepared a FAQ to answer your questions about the Fall 2020 semester. It will be regularly updated.
The Saphir Foundation , active in particular in the support for the elderly, is looking for solutions to reduce the isolation of residents who currently can no longer receive visits and find themselves isolated.
In order to fight against the harmful effects of this isolation, the foundation is looking for students to offer listening spaces by phone to these people. If you are interested, write to email@example.com or call this number: +41 24 424 14 53
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