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The spring semester starts online only

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Status: February 15th, 2021

  • All courses, large and small, resume online only.
  • Exceptions are provided for in the Ordinance promulgated by the Federal Council, Article 6d, paragraph 1, letter b, for courses that require the use of campus infrastructure, such as certain practical laboratory work. Students who wish to meet their professor for their dissertation work, for example, may also do so. 
  • Practical work: this can take place face-to-face if no remote alternative can be found and with a maximum of 30 participants.
  • The buildings are closed and access is via your Campus Card.
  • Wearing a mask is required at all times on campus.
  • Libraries: the Unithèque and Internef sites of the BCUL are open.

Help for students

Students can write to entraideunil@unil.ch or turn to the helpdesk in the event of technical problems or for the loan of IT hardware. In addition, social, guidance and student support services continue to operate.

Problems or questions: where to turn to

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Need financial support?

Write to affaires.sociales@unil.ch. All information on UNIL financial aid can be found on the website of the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME). 

In case the SASME cannot intervene, the UNIL Federation of Student Associations ("Fédération des associations d'étudiant-e-s de l’UNIL" - FAE) offers a Student Solidarity Fund

Need psychological support?

Do not hesitate to contact the psychotherapeutic consultationconsult.psy-unil@chuv.ch. Further information on the conditions and general operation of the consultation can be found on the website of the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME).

The team of peer students, adapting to the situation of the distance learning courses, launched an online support environment on the free Discord platform, with the support of Accueil Santé. The peer students are trained in the fields of mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drug consumption, as well as in the motivational approach. For more information, click here. 

Do you have health problems?

Accueil Santé UNIL can help you.

Need spiritual support?

Mourning, questioning, need to listen, or need a moment of prayer or meditation? Please contact the UNIL-EPFL Ecumenical Chaplaincy.

Do you have any questions about your study situation or about a reorientation?

The Guidance and Careers Service (SOC) can be contacted by e-mail (orientation@unil.ch) or by phone (Mon-Fri, 1-3pm: 021 692 21 30), to give you an update on your current study situation, to anticipate a change of orientation or to answer your questions concerning the transition to employment.

A permanent service on Zoom has been set up, upon registration. All the information is available here.

For any specific questions related to your studies, you can contact the study advisors or the study secretariats of your respective faculties.

Do you have any questions regarding a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate registration?

Registration, change of faculty, or request for information on the conditions of access to UNIL... Contact the Registration and Enrolment Service (SII) by telephone or e-mail.

Questions about student mobility?

For any questions about general agreements, faculty agreements, SEMP agreements (Swiss-European Mobility Programme - ex-Erasmus), mobility grants or internships abroad, write to the SASME at studentmobility@unil.ch.

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Distance learning

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Libraries

Following the provisions announced by the Conseil d'État on 25 February:

  • The Unithèque and Internef sites of the BCUL are open to everyone
  • A maximum number of people can be present. Wearing a mask is mandatory. All BCU information here.  
  • Check the schedule page of the BCUL site you want to visit.
Technical solutions to improve distance learning

Entraide UNIL

Do you have 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 entraideunil@unil.ch.

IT hardware

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 entraideunil@unil.ch 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.

IT tools at your disposal

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 :

  • Hold videoconferences with up to 49 simultaneous video streams (for a maximum of 300 participants)
  • Invite your colleagues to your virtual meetings directly from your calendar in Teams
  • Work securely: documents stored and shared on MS Teams are encrypted

You must use your UNIL usernames and passwords to use Teams and all Microsoft online services.

To follow the distance learning courses

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.

Data analysis and programming

Matlab, as well as other softwares, are available to students in the computer classrooms. However, with the closing of the campus, physical access to these rooms is limited.

  • The Ci manages the rooms of the SSP and GSE faculties at Géopolis. Their students have remote access to the computers in the computer classrooms in these buildings. They can find information here.

 

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.

 

The softwares available to students for their personal machine can be found here: https://www.unil.ch/ci/distrisoft (softwares with a green view on the students' line).

Distance Learning: video tutorials

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The University of Lausanne provides tutorials to study in a distance learning context.

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Mutual aid between students

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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.

Video tutorials for using Entraide UNIL spaces

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Faculties and schools

Sections for faculties and schools are available for self-registration via these links:

Evaluate the lessons

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!

Contact

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You can contact us here if you have any problems or questions:

entraideunil@unil.ch