A responsible presence for the 2nd quarter of 2020-2021: this is what UCLouvain has prepared for. How did we prepare for it? Thanks to a sophisticated internal tracing system, operational from 8 February 2021, coupled with a testing system with increased capacities.
Thanks to a collaboration with UGent, UCLouvain is the first French-speaking Belgian university to launch a complete reporting/tracing/testing strategy. This strategy promotes the responsible return of students and staff members to the different sites.
The testing antenna installed since October 2020 in the L'Hocaille district of Louvain-la-Neuve will see its capacity increased in the event of a resurgence of the epidemic. In addition, if necessary, a second antenna on the Woluwe campus could be opened quickly. In addition to being a medical solution for international students, the aim of internal testing for students is twofold: to speed up the process and avoid travel, in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Students, whether they have been tested at UCLouvain or not, and staff members are invited to inform the university of their coronavirus positivity (via this form for students and via this other form for staff members). This is reporting on a voluntary basis. It allows the university to know the epidemiological situation on its sites (by faculty, institute, service, etc.).
Internal tracing complements testing and reporting: from 8 February 2021, a discreet and specially trained tracing team will contact, via a call centre, students and staff members who have declared their positivity. They trace the positive person's contacts within the framework of his or her activities at UCLouvain. Those whom the decisional algorithm considers to be high-risk contacts are invited by the tracers to be tested and placed in quarantine. UCLouvain thus ensures the safety of people during the academic activities authorised within the framework of the measures in force, in particular practical work and laboratory sessions. Important: UCLouvain's internal tracing does not replace that of the public authorities.
It should be noted that the data collected is progressively destroyed and that the operations mentioned above comply with all the requirements in terms of respect for privacy, including the European regulation nᵒ 2016/679, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).