Dorigny Campus: health measures update

| Health protection on campus | General provisions | Libraries | Food service | Access to the Dorigny campus buildings | Security of the premises | Organisation of professional, research or associative events | Sports | Travel abroad

Updated on September 21, 2021

Health protection on campus

Valid until further notice


Face-to-face Teaching at the start of the new academic year in September

Teaching resume on Tuesday 21 September 2021.


The measures adopted to reorganise Bachelor's and Master's level teaching in order to comply with health measures are described in the Protection and Organisation Plan for Bachelor's and Master's level teaching during the autumn semester 2021-2022 (in French).

COVID certificate

On Wednesday 8 September, the Federal Council announced new measures to take control of the COVID-19 pandemic by extending the use of the COVID certificate from Monday 13 September. As far as higher education is concerned, the Confederation has given universities and cantons the option of making the certificate compulsory to attend courses.
The UNIL Rectorate has taken note of this decision and will apply the obligation of the COVID certificate for bachelor and master level courses as of the intake of the academic year, i.e. Tuesday 21 September.
The same obligation apply from Monday 13 September for events, the welcome week as well as for access to restaurants, sports facilities and libraries on the Dorigny campus.
Access to the vaccination centres on campus from Monday 13 September remain guaranteed (see below).


How to obtain the COVID certificate? useful information :

Canton de Vaud 

I was vaccinated abroad:

  • If you already have a digital COVID certificate from the EU or a certificate compatible with it, you do not need to apply for a Swiss COVID certificate. These certificates are recognised in Switzerland.
  • If you do not have a corresponding certificate, you can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate, provided that you have received a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) abroad. 

More information


The opportunity to be vaccinated free of charge on campus is available from the start of the autumn 2021 academic year (September 13 to October 1). Both injections will be possible on campus. The first shot can be done without an appointment.

Opening hours

Every working day from 10:00 to 18:00 (except Monday 13 September: from 12:00 to 18:00).

Last shot at 17:30.


Vaccination is ensured by Unisanté.

Vaccinated persons, even if they have received two doses of the vaccine, are still required to respect the sanitary measures in force and to apply preventive measures at all times.

For collaborators, when the vaccination takes place during working hours, the resulting absence is considered as a medical visit.

The Rectorate reminds everyone that we have safe and effective vaccines. It considers that this is the best way to protect oneself from COVID-19, to protect others and to continue university activities in conditions as close to normal as possible. She therefore invites all members of the community to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 


The mask is required when moving around common areas within buildings, such as cafeterias, corridors and auditoriums. This also applies in queues.
Masks must be worn in auditoriums and classrooms at all times, as required by the authorities. The teacher and speaker is allowed to remove the mask when giving a lecture. 

Hand hygiene

Regular hand washing and disinfection are still recommended. 
Hand sanitizers are available at the entrances and in many places in the buildings.

Self-tests available on campus

Each employee or student who wishes to do so can take a COVID-19 self-test by nasal swab when they come to the campus. This test does not lead to the issue of a COVID certificate.

To carry out a test, a reception desk and private booths are available: 

The test is anonymous. Only the date, the presence of symptoms (self-evaluation) and the test result will be recorded.

How to react in case of symptoms?

Any person - employee or student - who feels symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, fever, sudden loss of smell and/or taste, cold, muscular pains, diarrhoea, vomiting) should immediately leave the campus, if present, wearing a mask.

The Coronacheck application recommended by the OFSP can be used to determine the probability that the symptoms experienced are indicative of COVID. If this is the case, it also directs the person to the nearest detection centre. 

The COVID-19 screening centres closest to the campus are :
Centre Médical de Vidy, VidyMed 
Route de Chavannes 11, 1004 Lausanne 
Open 7 days a week, from 9 am to 6 pm 
Call before coming 021 622 88 88 
EPFL campus  
Rue Jean-Daniel Colladon, 1024 Ecublens 
Test by appointment online, from Monday to Friday and from 8am to 5pm.  

List of other screening centres in the canton of Vaud 


General provisions

Teaching at the start of the new academic year in September

The use of the recording, broadcasting and taping of lectures will be the subject of communications by the faculties.


It is not foreseen that all courses can be followed at a distance. Students will have to plan to be present on campus. Moreover, it is not planned that courses can be given entirely by distance learning, except in special cases validated by the deanships.

Teleworking and on-site work

Telework is recommended for activities that allow it. It remains possible for the entire activity rate.
On-site work is authorised when it reduces the personal difficulties encountered by staff members. UNIL invites unit managers to take into account the situation of each individual. 

Attendance will continue to be planned in order to maintain a limited number of people simultaneously present in the shared spaces. 

Provided that the performance of activities is not hindered, it is recommended not to exceed the presence of 50% of a unit's staff members simultaneously on site.
This principle and the corresponding provisions apply as long as telework is recommended by the Federal Council. The implementation of the new terms of Directive 1.40 on flexible and mobile forms of work is postponed accordingly.

Management is monitoring the conditions applying to persons with a border permit and will inform of any changes to the situation currently valid until 30 September 2021. 

When working on site, the applicable health measures must be strictly observed:

  • Mask required when moving within buildings
  • Once seated at one's work place, the mask can be removed if the distance of 1.5 metres is respected between each person
  • Disinfection or regular hand washing
  • Regular ventilation of the premises

The specific rules for buildings under the responsibility of the CHUV or EPFL apply.


The measures applicable to vulnerable persons with a medical certificate remain in force. Further information can be obtained from the Human Resources Department

More information on teleworking and on-site work at UNIL




  • The presentation of a COVID certificate and an identity document is mandatory to access the Unithèque and Internef sites.
  • All BCU information here.
  • Check the schedule page  of the BCUL site you want to visit.


Food service

The presentation of a COVID certificate and an identity document is compulsory to access the cafeterias.

Detailed information on the opening hours of the cafeterias:

Inside, the number of people at each table is no longer limited. The obligation to be seated is maintained and it must be ensured that distances between groups of customers are respected. Registration of contact details is still required, but only one person per group is required. The mask must also be worn when not seated at the table.

Outside, the number of people at each table is no longer limited and the requirement to be seated for eating and drinking is removed. Distances between groups of customers must be maintained. However, it is no longer necessary to register the details of customers.

Other information about the campus cafeterias

  • Payment by campus card is strongly encouraged. The staff promotes its use by informing people of the possibility of loading the card at the dedicated terminals.

  • More info on the Catering Protection Plan.


Access to the Dorigny campus buildings

From the week of 23 August, access to the main buildings is no longer subject to special restrictions.


Security of the premises

The campus premises are cleaned daily and the required surfaces disinfected. Hand sanitisers are installed at the entrance points of the buildings. In addition, sanitary facilities are regularly stocked with soap and disposable towels. 

For mechanically ventilated premises, adequate ventilation is guaranteed by the ventilation system, the operation of which is checked by the Unibat service. For other rooms, the windows must be opened for 5 to 10 minutes every hour by the users, as well as by the maintenance staff during cleaning. 

The workplaces of the employees have been supervised by UniSEP in order to guarantee the sanitary distance and the safety of the occupants, provided that they observe the rules of sanitary behaviour. 

The specific rules for buildings under the responsibility of the CHUV or EPFL apply.


Organisation of professional, research or associative events



The University Sports Centre is open according to the procedures available on the University Sports Service website:


Travel abroad

Travel abroad is subject to the recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the regulations of the countries visited.

In order to support students and employees who travel outside Switzerland for their studies or professional activities, UNIL offers travel insurance as well as medical, security and logistical assistance. More information