FAQ – CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 (PARIS CAMPUS)

 

Last update 05/04/2020 – Depending on the news and instructions from the French government, this FAQ is subject to change regularly.

 

Dear Students,

After the address of the President of the Republic on March 16, 2020, we would like to reassure you about the educational continuity of the INSEEC MSc & MBA Paris during this exceptional period of confinement. There is nothing more important to us than ensuring your courses and allowing you to obtain your credits (including for our international students).

You will find below our Frequently Asked Questions.

Tuition fees

Given the period, will it be possible to benefit from a reduction on tuition fees? 

The INSEEC U. group has decided not to resort to any working restrictions in order to maintain the jobs and salaries of all of its employees, teachers and consultants.
Inseec trainers, experts in their field, reacted very quickly at the start of the lockdown to adapt their courses to the new distant learning context. The school organised a meeting with eighty teachers present on April 16th to explore the full potential for distant learning and an exchange of best practice to ensure the quality of learning our students receive. We continue to monitor feedback from delegates (see below) and Programme Directors address their trainers where necessary.

For these reasons, there will be no reduction on tuition fees.

We are of course carefully examining the situations where some specialised training courses have not been delivered as planned because the situation does not allow it.

These specific cases will be discussed with class delegates from each class at meetings to be held by May 11.

Education

Will face-to-face classes resume from 11th May? 

There will be no change: the courses will continue to be delivered remotely until further notice. The French government has decreed that higher education establishments will remain closed until at least the start of summer.

The INSEEC U. group is currently preparing a possible return of the personnel from its schools to the site by preparing a request for the French Ministry of Trade and Industry. It will present in particular a plan for organising the return of students for very specific occasions, in particular for the passage of end-of-year oral exams (leadership, consulting missions) or certain exams (Bloomberg, AMF, etc.) .), in strict compliance with current health regulations.

Some courses were not delivered correctly. What action is being taken? 

The nature of certain courses (PAO, Excel, etc.) may not offer optimal learning conditions. With the support of student delegates’ weekly feedback on each of the specific situations, we are examining what might not have been satisfactory for our students. Programme directors are engaging with trainers to ensure that these courses are delivered in the best possible manner.

Is it possible that the trainers use a single common distant learning tool for distance courses? 


It is not possible.  Students, teachers and even school employees, do not have the same computer equipment to work remotely. Some tools will work without problems for some, while others will encounter technical problems with these same tools. 

The plurality of tools used (Skype, Teams, Zoom, Hangout, Discord, etc.) makes it possible not to enclose distance learning in a single segment: we strongly believe that students and teachers can use all the tools which are offered to them as much as possible to vary the learning and interaction methods. If the teaching method is particularly challenging for the class, for technical or other reasons, raise the matter with the teacher or make sure that the Studies department is made aware of the issue, via the student delegate feedback.

How will the end-of-year oral exams take place (leadership, consulting, etc.)? 

We are considering arrangements for organising face-to-face oral presentations on our premises if the French government allows us to do so. We are currently putting together a file that we will present to the Ministry of National Education with our recommendations, in order to organise these oral exams in compliance with health rules.

If the situation does not allow it, we will try to organise them by other the distant learning means that are currently being used.

For Finance students : how can we take the AMF certification and Bloomberg?  

For the Bloomberg, as soon as the return of employees to the QDS campus is authorised, Ms. KOUNTZ will ensure permanence in the Bloomberg room while respecting the distance rules (so no longer 12 but only 4 students in the room at a time) so that students can complete their BMC Bloomberg Market Concepts certification. The timetable and terms of the order of passage will be set up shortly and published before the end of confinement.

For the AMF we are waiting to know the conditions of deconfinement for Barchen, our partner, that deploys the course online. At that time , Ms. Kountz will organise a call with the students from the March 2020 intake in order to present the certification and welcome any registrations.

For students in the September 2019 intake who have paid and who follow the Barchen online course, the next dates for taking part on the QDS campus in room PC1 or PC2 are maintained subject to government directives: Tuesday, June 2 and Tuesday July 7 in the early evening.

We must attend at least 2 INSEEC Mindset conferences during the school year. How can we avoid being penalised? 

The current health situation does not allow the INSEEC Mindset conference cycle to be maintained. Therefore, other conferences programmes will not take place and students will in no case be penalised.

What are written examinations replaced by? 

The courses evaluated by written examinations will be marked on the basis of a written and individual assignment.

Will trainers be more indulgent about the grades given in the current context? 

There will be no indulgence, as per normal grading will be in accordance with the course content delivered.

Will we have our diplomas? Successful course completion documents? 

The school deploys all possible means so that your schooling proceeds in the best conditions so that you can obtain your diploma. The validation of your credits is our priority.

For students in the September work/ study session (alternance), proof of success can be delivered next September / October.

Internship / Work study

We must complete an internship to validate our diploma. How can we do it? 

It has been decided that students must validate a minimum of 12 weeks of internship to obtain their diploma in the year, which allows time for the majority of our students to seek opportunities, while the current economic situation plays out.

Students, whatever their situation, can contact the Internship Centre to help them : stages.mscmba.paris@inseec.com

We are aware of the difficulty of the situation and will take care that it does not affect the obtaining of your diploma.

Our Internship Department can share with you the offers it receives and support you in your applications.

Work/Study students: As a result of the lockdown my employer furloughed me, or broke my contract, will I be penalised? 

You will not be penalised in any way if you find yourself in this situation.

We invite you to contact the Career Centre according to your programme department to guide you and report your situation :

SCHOOL LIFE / CONTINUITY OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITY

· Is school activity impacted ? Have the teams remained mobilised and available ?

The school premises are closed until further notice. However, rest assured that all the services on our campus are mobilised and available to you from our network of home offices. This unprecedented configuration for all, in the home office , does not affect our availability. The school’s activity continues normally (continuity of courses, admissions and applications for the start of the new school year in September 2020, information meetings). You will find all our contacts (emails + phone) are on this page (admissions, schooling, program directors, communication, Covid-19 referent, administration). All the phone numbers on this page are transferred to mobile numbers.

· How are courses delivered in this context ? Who contacts me so that I can take the course (s) included in my timetable ?

Whether you are in classic or apprenticeship/professional work study programmes, courses continue to be delivered on Skype for this first phase. Your trainers have been made aware of the subject, and are doing their utmost that you can continue to follow your lessons in the best conditions. Your trainers have received your e-mails in advance, on which they will contact you to start the lessons. Do not forget to download Skype for Business from this site. Your Programme Directors are in constant contact with the trainers in order to consider the best possible choices for teaching your modules. The school and the INSEEC U. group undertake to do what is necessary so that you can follow your courses and validate them, in order to avoid being penalised as little as possible given the context.

· Have the assessment methods changed? What are the new methods?

Your trainers will give you instructions on a case-by-case basis according to certain specificities, but the new policy is that any group file or written exam should be replaced by an individual written file to be returned according to the deadlines that will be communicated to you.

· I am not on the trainers’ class lists, who should I contact?

You can contact the school department and / or your course adminstrator :

Education Manager | Hélène CERF

· I can’t connect to the online campus, or am having trouble with this tool, who should I contact ?

You can contact the school department and / or your course adminstrator :

Education Manager | Hélène CERF

I AM AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING STUDENT AND I HAVE A SCHOOL-RELATED PROBLEM

· I have just arrived, what should I do to have my enrolment file validated?

First, you must pay the CVEC (which is the student tax that you must pay on the government website) which is compulsory for all students in classic further education (called “initial” in French), by going to the following site : https://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr

For students who have never paid for it, you must first create an account. For others, you can reuse the ID already created.

1. Update online at the following site : https://inscriptions.inseec.net
You can log in using your INSEEC credentials. During this update, we invite you to upload a photo that will allow us to make your student card, as well as to complete all the steps until the end in order to validate the update (do not stop on the first page)

2. Send an email to Nina KLINKHAMER to let her know that you have finalised your update so that she can verify your information and validate your educational file (if complete).
3. Send an email to Eugénie MOYNOT to see if your accounting situation with regards school fees is up to dates, so that she can in turn give you her validation.

· How can I get my student certificate?

You must have obtained accounting validation and pedagogical validation. If this is the case, go to the campus online in « Pedagogy  » « My administrative documents « .
Please note : the school certificate does not have the same name depending on whether you are in a classic course (the case for the majority of International English-speaking Students, a professionalization contract, or an apprenticeship contract.
If you have not obtained accounting validation, please contact Ms. MOYNOT at the following address : emoynot@inseec.com
If you have not obtained educational validation, please contact Ms. KLINKHAMER at the following address : nklinkhamer@inseec.com

· How do I get my student card ?

You must have obtained accounting validation and pedagogical validation. If this is the case, your card request is sent automatically, and you will receive an email informing you when you can come and collect it from our premises.
Please note : During this quarantine period, this service cannot be performed. However, the school certificate or the certificate of entry into training have the same legal value.

I AM ON AN INTERNSHIP (INITIAL TRAINING)

· I can no longer go to my place of work. What should I do ?

You are not an employee of the company, therefore you cannot benefit from partial unemployment or technical unemployment. On the other hand, if your company authorises you to work from home, we strongly advise you to follow this instruction. Your internship tutor is there to guide and manage you throughout this period.

· My company wants to end my internship agreement, what should I do?

In this situation, before accepting any breach of the internship agreement, the company must provide written proof to the Internship Center by writing to them and putting the student in copy. This rupture must be motivated by a case of force majeure. The effective date may be immediate.

· My company wants to postpone the start of the internship, what should I do?

From the moment the internship agreement has been signed by the company, the company must put in writing its desire to postpone the start by email by copying to the Internship Center as well as the student. Do not accept the postponement without this step having been carried out.

· I cannot / no longer complete my compulsory internship in order to validate my training, will I be penalized ?

As each situation is different, decisions are currently made on a case-by-case basis. We invite you to contact the Internship Center to help you.

· Can my internship be postponed?

YES. Please contact the Internship Center so that they can send you an amendment. This document will allow you to postpone the start date of your internship, as well as the end date if necessary.

· Can I continue my telework internship?

YES, if your company purpose to you. You will have to contact the Internship Center in order to fill in a telework attestation.

· My company is unable to follow up on my telework or has been impacted by its activity and wishes to suspend my internship. Is it possible?

YES, you must contact the internship department so that they can issue you with a rider for suspension of the internship. The company must put in writing its willingness to postpone the start of the internship by e-mail, with a copy to the Internship Department and the student. Your internship may be suspended for a fixed or indefinite period.

· My company wishes to terminate my internship during lockdown. Does it have the right to do so?

YES. In this configuration, it is necessary for the company to provide written proof to the Internship Center by writing to them and copying the student. This termination must be motivated by a case of force majeure. The effective date may be immediate.

· If my internship is interrupted, can this have consequences on my graduation?

Each situation is different, so decisions are currently taken on a case-by-case basis. We invite you to contact the Internships Center to help you.

· My company wishes to terminate my internship during lockdown. Does it have the right to do so?

YES. In this configuration, it is necessary for the company to provide written proof to the Internship Center by writing to them and copying the student. This termination must be motivated by a case of force majeure. The effective date may be immediate.

· If my internship is interrupted, can this have consequences on my graduation?

Each situation is different, so decisions are currently taken on a case-by-case basis. We invite you to contact the Internship Center to help you.

 

If you have not received your answer, we invite you to contact the Covid-19 referent for guidance: Priscila SELVA / 01 44 52 13 71

For general assistance, as well as the appropriate departments, you may also contact Mark MEHTA / 01 40 40 24 74 International Relations Manager