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COVID-19 : information and recommandations

Invitation to the webinar, April 30, 2020

Webinar: meeting with the school's board

EM Normandie invites you to a webinar on Thursday, April 30th 2020, at 6 p.m, in the presence of:

  • Elian Pilvin, Dean of EM Normandie
  • Antoine Véniard, Director of Programs and Pedagogical Innovation
  • Mathilde Brossier, Director of the Brand and EM Normandie Experience

The main subjects covered:

  • The end of the current academic year
  • International mobility in 2020-2021
  • Arrangements related to internships and work-study programs 
  • Back to school in September 2020

 
We will be happy to answer all your questions !
 
To join the meeting, please check your mailbox, the school has sent you an email with the ID and the password.

If you cannot attend, you will have access to the video of this webinar later.

We hope to see many of you attending. Please take care of yourselves!

Situation report as of Wednesday, March 25th 2020

Message to students and parents

This message is intended to provide you with explanations about the continuity of your online teachings and to inform you of the planned arrangements for the courses. Please note that we are also working on alternative scenarios related to the expatriation departures planned for the beginning of the 2020 school year in case the situation in the world is not yet fully resolved and safe for all.

Continuity of teachings

  • All courses will start remotely on Monday 30 March. Rest assured that courses that did not take place during the last two weeks will be rescheduled in the upcoming weeks,
  • Continuous assessment and exams will take place online,
  • Juries and remedials will be held,
  • Delegates' meetings will occur.

To do so, we want to give you an overview of the work done by the School to provide you with a quality service with real online courses given by your teachers in an interactive fashion, and not just remote tasks as other higher education institutions have been offering.

For the last two weeks, 301 teachers have been trained to teach remotely. Each one of them followed a 2h30 training session to master the virtual classroom tools and manage their own training space with the course repository on the SmartEcole® campus. These teachers created 2,589 class sessions on ZOOM, the platform we chose to use. This web conferencing tool with virtual classroom functionalities will allow us to provide the equivalent of 10,542 hours of online learning courses. Beyond this tool, you will be able to access the pedagogical materials deposited by your teachers on the SmartEcole® Campus training platform.

Attendance in virtual classes is mandatory. Logins will be controlled. We strongly encourage you to follow all the courses, to work and to prepare for your exams. The academic requirements for the validation of the semester are indeed maintained. Take advantage of all the online resources made available to you by the School's documentation centres.

Exams will be adapted. The teachers will offer tests that take into account the fact that you will not be supervised from a distance. The duration of the exams will be the same. The tests will be controlled by our anti-plagiarism tool Turnitin. There will be very few, if any, delays in the exam dates. You will be informed before the end of the week on a case-by-case basis.

Concerning the TOIEC test, all sessions in France are cancelled. For those who were registered to take it, we expect to be able to offer you sessions starting 15 May.

Students enrolled in the M2 Audit and Corporate Finance major from the Master in Management Programme, as well as students from all work-study programmes running in June and July will be able to take the courses on their respective campuses subject to the end of the confinement period.

We hope that all the courses will work perfectly. We have made all the necessary arrangements for this. However, we are not immune to network problems or other difficulties. We therefore thank you for your indulgence and for bringing the difficulties to the attention of your programme directors.

In the coming days, we will be setting up a Frequently Asked Questions section on the student Intranet. You will find a lot of information concerning the end of the semester and its organisation.

Internships

Given the circumstances, we have decided to adapt the internship obligations by reducing the mandatory period.

The signature of agreements for the durations initially defined for BMI1 and BMI3, U2 and U3 of the Master in Management Programme and for M2/MS and MSc students, remains obviously possible.

Bachelor International Management

  • BMI1: mandatory professional experience of at least 1 month (internship or work contract) can start as soon as the end of your exams and end on 28 August at the latest (the Talent Review oral exams will take place from 31 August),
  • BMI2: optional professional experience of at least 1 month,
  • BMI3: mandatory professional experience of at least 1 month (internship or work contract) that can start as soon as your exams are over.

Master in Management (Programme Grande Ecole)

  • U1: optional professional experience of at least 1 month,
  • U2: mandatory professional experience of at least 1 month (internship or work contract) can start as soon as the end of your exams and end on 31 August at the latest,
  • U3: mandatory professional experience of at least 1 month (internship or work contract) that can start as soon as the end of your exams and end on 28 August at the latest (the Talent Review oral exams will take place from 31 August 31),
  • M1: optional professional experience of at least 1 month,
  • M2: mandatory professional experience of at least 4 months (internship or work contract) that can start as soon as the end of your courses and end on 31 December at the latest.

MS and MSc Programmes

Mandatory work experience of at least 4 months (internship or work contract) that can start as soon as the end of your courses and end on 31 December at the latest.
If you have not yet found an internship, we encourage you to continue your research. As soon as the containment period is over in the countries concerned, companies will need your help to restart their activity and associations will need your help.

We advise you to focus your research in France for French students or in your home country for international students if you have already left France.

We will approve all types of missions, the aim is to develop your professional experience. Every experience is interesting, and you will know how to explain the context to enhance it in the future.

Exceptionally, it will also be possible to validate your student job carried out during this academic year (at least 150 hours in total over the year). If you are in this case, please send your contract to the HUB: lehub@em-normandie.fr.

If your search remains unsuccessful or your experience is cancelled due to the situation, please inform the Internships service: stages@em-normandie.fr or by individual appointment: JobTeaser

If you already have an internship agreement, please get in touch with the HUB to draw up an amendment to change the start date if necessary.

 

The Career Path is here for you

To help you in your search for an internship, work-study or job, the Career Path provides you with a number of online tools:

  • Intership offers and work-study contracts as well as recruitment events published daily on JobTeaser.
  • Dedicated sites for your internship, job and Graduate Programmes search with HigherEd Talent and Goinglobal
  • A LinkedIn CV and profile template, as well as review services with My CV Factory
  • Tips, links, live chats and events on the Companies and Careers Facebook page
  • The opportunity to develop your network via the Alumni Network and via MY JOB GLASSES
  • The possibility to practice video interviews with InterviewApp
  • The opportunity to make an appointment with a person from the Internships service, the work-study department or a coach from the Career Path via JobTeaser.

Academic Expatriation

For those of you who will be going abroad for a year from next September, we are for the moment assuming that the whole world will be out of the containment period. If some countries are not able to welcome you, we will offer you the opportunity to follow courses on our campuses in the first semester and in the second semester at our partners' institution if things are back to normal.

 

Thank you very much for your collaboration and trust. We are doing our best to continue to provide you with all the services you can expect from EM Normandie. We remain at your disposal to provide support, help and any information you may need to succeed.

Remain positive, constructive and supportive. Reflect on the world that is changing before your eyes and learn as much as you can for yourself. We will come out of this ordeal stronger by giving each other the means to face it with responsibility and benevolence.

Situation report as of Thursday, March 19th 2020

Message to outgoing students

Following the email sent to you by Elian Pilvin on March 13th, some of you expressed questions relating to their study abroad experience.

Here are the different options for continuing your studies that are available to you today, given the evolution of the situation since March 13th:

  • Option 1 / If your host university is not affected by COVID-19 and normally offers courses and exams on site: you do not have access to e-learning from EM Normandie. In view of the evolving situation, if at any time the partner no longer offers courses and exams on site or online, then you will be able to benefit from EM Normandy's e-learning.
  • Option 2 / If your host university is closed and offers e-learning courses and exams: you are taking the partner's courses and you do not have access to EM Normandy's e-learning. You can choose to stay in the host country or leave it, if your host university agrees and the situation allows it.
  • Option 3 / If your host university is closed and offers distance learning courses in videoconference in real time (ex: Zoom…): you can follow these courses on site and validate the academic semester with this partner. If you decide to return to France (if the situation allows it) and the time difference does not allow you to follow these courses in real time, you have access to EM Normandy's e-learning.
  • Option 4 / If your host university is closed and does not offer online courses or exams: you can benefit from EM Normandy's e-learning. You can leave the country of your university if the situation allows.
  • Option 5 / If, as of March 23rd, you still do not have confirmation from your host university regarding the establishment of online courses and exams, you can benefit from EM Normandy's e-learning. We will allow ourselves to check with our partners the systems put in place.
  • Option 6.1 / If you have not started your semester in the host university, you can validate your semester through e-learning via EM Normandie (6.1) or postpone your expatriation by adjusting your academic path of studies at  EM Normandy (6.2).
     
  • Option 6.2 / Reminder of the route planning options at EM Normandie:

PGE students:

  1. "Gap year" with the possibility of two internship agreements. Expatriation to a partner university in S2 2021. Beginning of M2 in September 2021. A destination for expatriation will be offered to you in June at the latest.
  2. "M2 Supply Chain" campus oLe Havre: a destination for expatriation will be offered to you in June at the latest for a departure from September to December 2020. Return to the M2 Supply Chain in Le Havre in January 2021 on an initial or alternating study system with end of course in December 2021.
  3. "Post M2 departure": Beginning of alternating or initial M2 in September 2020. A destination for expatriation will be offered to you later for departure in S1 of 2021/2022.

BMI students:

  1. "Gap year" with the possibility of two internship agreements. Expatriation to a partner university in S2 2021. Beginning of BMI3 in September 2021. A destination for expatriation will be offered to you in June at the latest.
  2. "Post BMI3 departure": Initial or alternating study system
    If a work-study contract is already signed or in the process of being signed for the BMI3 in September 2020, possibility of integration into the BMI3 work-study program with the obligation to do an academic semester abroad after the BMI3. A destination for expatriation will be offered to you later for departure in S1 of 2021/2022.
     

IMPORTANT: you must send an email to outgoing@em-normandie.fr before March 23th, specifying the following:

  • your choice of option: 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6.1 or 6.2
  • your choice of study path if option 6.2
  • your decision to stay abroad or return to France

Thank you in advance for your response on time. We need to know your individual choice as soon as possible in order to best guarantee the continuity of everyone's educational path.


Return to France:

  • Students outside Europe: the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French government recommends that its nationals being currently outside Europe, whatever travelling or living abroad, to come back to France (information of 03/18/2020).
  • The final decision to return to France is up to each student after consultation with their family and realtives. If you wish to return, you must check the feasibility of returning to France (border opening, airline policy, etc.). If you find it difficult to return, you must report your wish to return to the Consulate for support.
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to issue a certificate of repatriation since there is no official directive from the French authorities to come back. We invite you to inquire at the consulate. 
  • Do not forget to register on the Ariane website https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fildariane/dyn/public/login.html, and to respect all the instructions of your host universities and host countries.

EM Normandy e-learning system:

  • It is possible to complete your semester with e-learning from EM Normandie even partially.
    For example, if your host university offers 20 ECTS in e-learning, you can take the 10 missing ECTS with the EM Normandie.
  • You can follow up to 30 ECTS.
  • E-learning will be delivered in French.
  • Your program director will send additional information to students who have chosen EM Normandie e-learning option during the week of March 23.

Facing this unusual and sometimes confusing situation, your choice may be difficult to make. Do not hesitate to contact us at outgoing@em-normandie.fr if you need more information. Rest assured of our desire to allow all expatriate students to validate their semester in the best possible conditions. 
 

Situation report as of Wednesday, March 18th 2020

Message to collaborators

First of all, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your commitment and professionalism over the past few days.

Our 5 campuses are now physically closed, but the activity continues through teleworking.

This new way of working, both in terms of duration and the number of people concerned (324), leads us to think about new management systems.

Distance should not call into question our mobilization. This is why we ask each manager to keep a link with his employees, to schedule meetings (at least weekly) in order to maintain the dynamic we have been on since the beginning of this crisis.

The HR Department is fully mobilized to answer all your questions. Social news is constantly evolving, but we will make sure that you are always informed of decisions that may have an impact on our organisation, whether in France, United Kingdom or Ireland.

The health and safety of our 345 employees is our top priority. In order to optimise this management, there is a single point of entry for any questions: Daniel Choplet

In addition, the closure of the premises results in de facto in partial activity for some employees who are not eligible for teleworking. These people have been identified and we have taken the decision to maintain their salaries at 100% to ensure social equity, in line with our principles.

As you will have noticed, EM Normandie has never been so digitalized in the space of a few days and it is thanks to each and every one of you.

Let's take advantage of this crisis to think differently, to commit the school to new dynamics and to work right now on the resumption of activity on the 5 campuses.

Situation report as of Monday, March 17th 2020

Message to students and parents

Following the address by the President of the French Republic on 16 March, we would like to inform you that the Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses of EM Normandie, which were already closed to students and the public yesterday, are also closed to all staff from today at 12 noon until further notice.
As a reminder, the Dublin and Oxford campuses are also closed until further notice.
All staff members are switching to working remotely to ensure the continuity plan of pedagogical and administrative activities, and can be reached by email at their usual @em-normandie.fr addresses.

For any question related to your specific situation, please find below the appropriate contact:

 

Other useful contacts:

You can get in touch with the social worker and the psychologists by videoconference at the scheduled times of the sessions.

Details about internships
We are well aware that the search for internships is becoming more complex and that some companies are withdrawing their internship offers. However, we advise you to continue your search. New information will be communicated to you according to the evolution of the situation.

  1. You are currently doing an internship in France: you must follow your company's instructions: face-to-face or working from home.If the company terminates your internship for lack of activity, please inform us.
  2. You are currently doing an internship abroad: you must follow the instructions of your company and the host country. If the company is terminating your internship due to lack of activity or government regulations in your host country, please inform us. You can contact the Consulate of your host country to follow the evolution of the situation.
  3. You would like to go abroad for an internship: we strongly advise you to cancel or postpone your departure and inform the host company. Travel is extremely complicated and you could be quarantined upon arrival in the host country. In any case, please notify the Internship Department of any change in your situation: stages@em-normandie.fr.

Details about work-study programmes
All the tutors have been informed of the closure of the School's campuses and the continuity of the remote learning courses, with changes to the timetable when necessary.

As an employee, you must strictly follow your employer's instructions: face-toface work, working from home, short-time working. In all cases, you must follow the courses on the dates and at the times scheduled.
As an employee, it is also up to you to find out from your tutor or your HR department about the working arrangements, as they differ from one company to another.

 

Message to collaborators

Further to the address by the President of the French Republic on 16 March, I would like to inform you that the Caen, Le Havre and Paris campuses of EM Normandie, which were already closed to students and public yesterday, are also closed to all staff from today at 12 noon until further notice.

As a reminder, the Dublin and Oxford campuses are also closed until further notice.

Teleworking and exchanges by telephone, Teams and other digital tools are now in place. We must of course keep in touch with each other to ensure the business continuity plan but also to maintain social links at a distance in a less formal way, as usual.

You will find information on the school's website and intranet site about the evolution of the situation. We have posted on the intranet the certificate of derogatory travel that you must have for your necessary travel on French territory.

Situation report as of Monday, March 16th 2020

Message to collaborators

On the evening of 14 March, the French Prime Minister asked all our fellow citizens to respect the instructions of social distancing, in particular to limit travel, meetings and non-essential contacts, as well as respect for barrier gestures.

Pending the address by the President of the French Republic this evening, the crisis unit that met this morning is preparing for the announcement of possible confinement in all or part of the national territory. 
We are already asking you to stay at home and scrupulously follow the government's instructions in order to help slow down the spread of the pandemic as much as possible. This rule also applies to persons serving in Dublin and Oxford.

In order to ensure the school's business continuity plan in all its dimensions (administrative and pedagogical), we are in the process of settling as soon as possible the modalities of generalized teleworking for all the staff, in particular to equip those who are not yet teleworking. 

The crisis unit continues to meet by videoconference every morning and will keep you informed of the evolution of the situation. If necessary, you can contact it by e-mail: safety@em-normandie.fr.

Please check your professional mailbox every day and stay in touch during office hours. Remote meetings will be held via Teams. For any computer problem, please create a ticket as usual. 

Situation report as of Friday, March 13th 2020

Message to students and parents

Following President Macron’s announcement last night, all three campuses of Caen, Le Havre and Paris will close on Saturday 14 March and will remain closed until further notice.

The Irish government also announced the closure of all schools, universities and nurseries from 13 March to 29 March. Thus, the Dublin campus is closed, effective immediately. As a precautionary measure, we have decided to close the Oxford campus until further notice.

Therefore, all classes on campus are suspended for the vast majority of training programmes until Sunday 29 March. Courses will resume remotely from Monday 30 March.

The Programmes Department is currently working on a plan for the continuity of remote teaching activities, the details of which will be shared in the upcoming days. Rest assured that our utmost priority is to ensure the continuity and completeness of your semester. Exams will take place remotely if necessary according to terms and conditions to be specified later.

Only the following work-study programmes will be taught remotely before 30 March:

  • M2 Human Resources Management (Paris) from 16 to 20 March
  • M2 Corporate Audit and Finance (Le Havre) from 23 to 27 March

In addition, we are forced to change the schedule of some training programmes. Therefore, Easter holidays for U1 and U2 students of the Master in Management (Programme Grand Ecole) are cancelled.

Students currently on mobility programmes with partner universities and international students currently on exchange on our various campuses will receives specific instructions via the International Affairs Department. Students in Dublin and Oxford will be informed by the director of these two campuses.

All of the School's support services (international relations, corporate relations, The Hub, Link Office, etc.) will continue to operate throughout this period.

In this challenging context, the smooth running of your education and health are at the heart of our concerns. We are making every effort to find appropriate solutions to the inconveniences caused by the spread of this pandemic and ask you to strictly observe the health instructions as well as the enforcement of all protective measures.

I ask of you to remain calm, united and responsible so that we can all overcome this troubled time together.

 

Message to international students currently enrolled at EM Normandie

Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to prevent a wider spread of the virus, EM Normandie has decided to cease all teaching activities on all of its campuses until 30 March.

Classes will resume on Monday 30 March in the form of remote online courses.

Thus, if you want to return to your home country, you can continue to attend your programme. You will be able to finish your semester via online courses after 30 March .
More details will be provided later on by your programme director.

Students who already returned home can of course attend these remote online courses. We encourage them to catch up on the missed pedagogical content before the semester resumes.

EM Normandie’s staff remains available if you need assistance. As usual, you can contact your coordinator via incoming@em-normandie.fr.

We wish you all good health, and that your experience with us in Caen, Le Havre, Oxford, and Paris has been positive despite the current global situation. We were very happy to have you with us for this semester/year and we look forward to keeping in touch.

 

Message to partner universities

Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to prevent a wider spread of the virus, EM Normandie has decided to cease all teaching activities on all of its campuses until 30 March.  

Classes will resume on Monday 30 March in the form of online courses.

Your students are authorised to leave if they want to and they will be able to finish their semester remotely. If your students already left, they can also attend these courses. In any case, they will be contacted by their programme director soon to go over the new pedagogical measures.

EM Normandie’s staff remains available to you and your students via incoming@em-normandie.fr or the international development manager dedicated to our cooperation.

Our nomination campaign for the Fall semester 2020 will be launched next week. The nomination deadline will be postponed to 24 April. We look forward to welcoming your students on our campuses for the next semester.

Facing this exceptional situation, please be assured that our teams are fully mobilised to take good care of the students and to minimise the inconvenience or concerns it may cause.

If you have any questions related to COVID-19, you can contact us at the following address: safety@em-normandie.fr.

Thank you as well for your support to our students being abroad. We also have special thoughts for the countries that are highly impacted by the virus, and hope that the situation will go back to normal soon.

Situation report as of Tuesday, March 10th 2020

Message to students

Please find an update on the situation related to the COVID-19 epidemic which is spreading around the world and therefore requires an adaptation of monitoring systems. Please read carefully the following guidelines that apply to all students, whether on the school's 5 campuses or on expatriate assignments around the world.

In France, where the epidemic has reached Level 2, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has changed its recommendations concerning travel in France and abroad. We therefore ask you to respect these measures:

  1. All new departures on international academic trips must be suspended until further notice.
     
  2. Departures for internships are authorised except in risk areas:
    * Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Italy,
    * France: in the cluster areas

    As the recommendations and measures taken by the authorities are evolving, the updated list of risk areas should be consulted before the departure and the travel advice of the country of residence should be followed.
     
  3.  Students currently on international mobility as part of an exchange or internship must inform themselves and comply with the instructions in force in the country in which they are located. If they decide to travel to another country, the rule is the same to avoid quarantine measures or the impossibility of returning to the country of study or internship.
     
  4. Travel on French national territory should be limited as far as possible. They are forbidden in the identified French clusters.
     
  5. In France, gatherings of more than 1000 people are suspended. The graduation ceremony that was to be held in Deauville on March 21st is postponed. The City of Caen has cancelled the Student Carnival on April 2nd.

As a precautionary measure, other events are postponed by decision of the school and/or the authorities:

  • Les Galets Electroniques in Le Havre on March 12th,
  • Les Entretiens de l'Excellence in Le Havre on March 14th and in Caen on March 28th,
  • The EM Cup in Caen, March 27th and 28th,
  • The Gala in Paris on March 28th > postponed to July 4th.

We are studying on a case-by-case basis the list of all the educational, associative, etc. events planned in the next few weeks and will decide very quickly whether or not to maintain them.

Situation report as of Monday, March 9th 2020

Message to collaborators

In France, it is forbidden to move in one of the clusters referenced by the Government.

As far as possible, I recommend you to postpone or cancel non-essential travel in France and abroad, including inter-campus travel, and to use in priority online resources (Teams, videoconferences, etc.) You can consult the various tutorials on the Intranet and the SmartEcole.

Essential international travel must now be the subject of an international mission order accessible on Notilus or via the dedicated procedure on the Oxford campus. 

Adam AHARRAM, HR international mobility manager, analyses destinations and can notify the cancellation of a trip up to D-1. All of this is done in order to take no risk and ensure everyone's safety. It is therefore advisable to book modifiable and/or refundable trips.

Teaching activity between the different campuses is of course maintained in order to ensure academic continuity.

About the school's agenda, we have for the moment taken the decision to postpone the graduation ceremony on March 21st and the staff day on March 24th.

Situation report as of Monday, March 2nd 2020

Message to students and collaborators

We adjust our international mobility policy for students and permanent staff accordingly:

  • For employees: any departure abroad must now be validated by the HR department (Adam AHARRAM - International Mobility Manager),
  • For students: the International Affairs Department manages all mobility.

This weekend, France went from Level 1 to Level 2 of the COVID-19 epidemic management prevention plan.  In concrete terms, this means that the measures applied last week concerning risk areas (mainland China (outside Hubei province), Hong Kong, Iran, Macao, Singapore, South Korea as well as the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna (in Italy), are no longer in effect.
Indeed, the Ministry specifies that "as the virus is already circulating on our territory, there is no longer any reason to confine people returning from areas exposed to active circulation of the virus. »
 
As of today, all people returning from the above areas outside Hubei Province in China are allowed to come to our campuses, but are invited to "slow down their social life and self-monitoring (taking their temperature twice a day)", according to government recommendations.
 
The implementation of access restrictions to the different campuses concerns the following clusters, to this date:

  • Hubei province (in China),
  • The communes of Creil, Crépy-en-Valois, Vaumoise, Lamorlaye, Lagny le Sec, La Croix Saint Ouen, Montataire, Nogent-sur-Oise and Villers-Saint-Pau, in the Oise,
  • The commune of La Balme-de-Sillingy in Haute-Savoie,
  • The communes of Auray, Carnac and Crac'h in Morbihan.

In any case EM Normandy can grant itself the right to add new towns or new countries to this list defined by the State. We are applying on all our campuses (France, United Kingdom, Ireland) the official recommendations of the Ministries in charge of managing this health crisis.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that we are all concerned by the health instructions to limit the risks of contagion. To do this, we need to adopt simple gestures:

  • Wash your hands regularly;
  • Use disposable tissues;
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow;
  • Avoid hugs and handshakes.

Current interministerial recommendations specify that wearing a mask is not appropriate except for health and emergency personnel. This measure applies to everyone: students, employees and external personnel.
 
For students who are concerned by the preventive measures of being away from campus for 14 days, please contact Antoine VENIARD, a distance learning system has been set up on all our campuses so as not to penalise any of you.
 
For the collaborators, please contact Adam AHARRAM. In this case, the use of teleworking will be requested. If this is not possible, the social security has set up a system of derogation which will allow you to benefit from 20 days of work stoppage with allowances, without waiting period. The work stoppage must be signed by a doctor from the Regional Health Agency to be valid.

Situation report as of Tuesday, February 25th 2020

Message to students and collaborators

Given the fast-changing nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, a crisis unit has been meeting daily since February 3rd to closely monitor the situation and implement concrete actions concerning the entire EM Normandie community (students and employees).

Last night the recommendations of the Ministry of Health Solidarity (MSS) were updated as regards people returning from zones of exposure where community transmission of the virus is described. Thus, the MSS issues the recommendations detailed below for any person returning from China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Singapore, South Korea, or the regions of Lombardy and Veneto in Italy.

In the case of a recent stay in these areas, in order to set up suitable measures, please contact us as soon as possible :

  • If you are a student : please contact Antoine VENIARD, director of programs and pedagogical Innovation
  • If you are an employee : please contact Adam AHARRAM, International Mobility Manager at the Human Resources Department


If you have any questions regarding your expatriation abroad, please send them to: 

Please note that anyone returning from the regions of Lombardy and Veneto in Italy must postpone their return to collective facilities for 14 days.

In the 14 days following the return, the following measures are recommended by the MSS:

  • Wear a surgical mask when you are in front of another person and when you have to go out
  • Wash your hands regularly or use a hydro-alcoholic solution;
  • Workers/Students: as far as possible, favour teleworking and avoid close contacts (meetings, lifts, canteen...);
  • Monitor your temperature twice a day;
  • Watch for symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, difficulty breathing...);
  • Avoid any contact with fragile people (pregnant women, chronically ill and/or elderly people...);
  • Avoid visiting places that frail people frequent  (hospitals, maternity wards, old people's homes...);
  • Avoid all non-essential outings (large gatherings, restaurants, cinema...).

In case of high temperature or feeling of fever, cough, difficulty in breathing:

  • Please contact the SAMU Centre -- Dial 15 and report the trip as soon as possible;
  • Avoid any contact with your entourage and keep your mask on;
  • Do not go directly to your physician’s waiting room or to the Hospital Emergency Ward.

In France, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) recommends postponing all travel to China that is not essential due to the containment measures and restrictions imposed by the local authorities.

Taking this context into account, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation therefore recommends that its institutions, universities and schools should:

  • Postpone any non-essential departure of students, researchers, lecturers-researchers and administrative staff to China.
  • Recommend that students, researchers, lecturers-researchers and staff on a mobility in China consider temporarily interrupting their stay until local conditions improve.
  • Postpone all departures to Northern Italy due to local restrictions (Lombardy and Veneto).
  • Reconsider the relevance of a trip to areas of exposure.
  • Postpone receiving students, researchers, lecturers-researchers and staff returning from areas of exposure (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea and the regions of Lombardy and Veneto in Italy) in collective places for 14 days (the period corresponding to the incubation period of the virus).

Finally, since the COVID-19 issue is not limited to health care within the perimeter of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, particular attention should be paid to xenophobic acts that could be related to the situation.

Julien SOREAU (students) and Adam AHARRAM (collaborators) are at your disposal for any question on the subject.

Furthermore, we remind you that you can find further information on the following websites:

Situation report as of Wednesday, February 5th 2020

Message to the EM Normandie community

Concerned about the safety of its entire community and taking into account its international activities, EM Normandie is closely following the evolution of the Coronavirus 2019-nCov epidemic in the Hubei (Wuhan) region in China.

EM Normandie has set up an internal monitoring cell to follow the progress of the current situation. The School is in direct contact with the CGE, mandated since 29 January 2020 by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to relay any information and recommendations regarding the evolution of the situation.

Cancelation of international mobility in China

In accordance with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, outgoing mobility to China has been cancelled and solutions for the reorganisation of curriculums have been proposed to the students who were planning to go to China.
There are currently no EM Normandie students on academic or training mobility in China, and travel to China is suspended until further notice. Students currently on international mobility in other countries are not affected by these restrictive measures.

Furthermore, it is recommended to:

  • Register on Ariane, the MEAE website
  • Respect the instructions concerning the rules of hygiene and vigilance,
  • Consult the updated information from the French government,
  • Consult the messages sent by EM Normandie and contact the International Affairs Department if necessary.
  • Comply with any instructions from the host institutions (universities, companies or others).

International students attending the EM Normandie campuses can get in touch with the International Affairs Department for any questions or specific needs.

Learn more about Coronavirus 2019-nCov and follow official instructions

How to protect yourself from respiratory diseases

The following WHO guidelines are intended to minimise any risk of infection from Coronavirus 2019-nCoV as well as other illnesses such as colds and flu that occur at this time of year:

  • Ensure good hand hygiene: wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Limit the spread of germs and disease: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cups, electronic cigarettes, etc.
  • Avoid close contact with people who have a fever and cough.
  • In case of fever, cough and difficulty breathing, in France, consult a doctor from the SAMU (tel: 15) without delay and inform him/her of the trips you have made.
  • At markets located in areas where there are cases of the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV, avoid unprotected direct contact with live animals and avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019-nCoV may appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure to the virus, and include fever, coughing, and respiratory disorders. If you experience one or more of these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally, avoid contact with others and contact the SAMU/EMS (tel: 15). 

Moreover, the Ministry of Solidarity and Health opened a toll-free hotline: +33.800.130.000 available to everyone for any non-medical questions.

EM Normandie thanks its entire community for its cooperation and will keep it regularly informed if the situation evolves.

Health Instructions

We are all concerned by the sanitary instructions to reduce the risks of contagion.

To achieve this, please follow theses guidance:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Use disposable tissues
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid hugs and handshakes

Current recommendations specify that the wearing of sanitary masks is not appropriate except for health and emergency personnel. This measure applies to all parties involved: students, employees and visitors.