A Message from our CEO & the EHL Taskforce: Reopening EHL Lausanne Campus and an update on the measles situation

February 16th, 2024, 11:00 AM CET: We are pleased to inform you that our campus in Lausanne will be reopening, as planned, this Monday, February 19th.

Thanks to the closure of our campus these past two weeks, we were able to control measles infections among our students and staff. All confirmed cases are recovering well, and with our vaccination campaign and ongoing collection of information on everyone's immune status, the Cantonal Physician’s Office has confirmed that the necessary precautions are in place to reopen.

We are very happy to be able to welcome back all our students, including our new students for IntroWeek. We would also like to reassure everyone that our upcoming Open Day will take place as planned. Again, every precaution has been taken in order to make the campus safe.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all once again!

 - Markus Venzin
CEO of the EHL Group, and the EHL taskforce

Past Communications

A Message from our CEO & the EHL Taskforce: Measles Cases at EHL Campus Lausanne

February 2, 2024, 9:00 AM CET – Cases of measles infections have recently been identified among our students on our campus in Lausanne. They are currently isolated and recovering under medical care.  

In response to these recent developments, bearing in mind the possible gravity of measles and considering the strict directives from the Cantonal Physician Office, we have been compelled to close the Lausanne campus from February 3 to February 18 inclusive. The campus will reopen on Monday, February 19 with no delay for the new semester.

This is a very difficult decision to make as it has a significant impact on our entire community. However, we have the responsibility to implement all possible measures to limit potential spread, and after careful consideration, the closure of the campus proves to be the best assurance to achieve this. Indeed, the proximity on a university campus, whether in residences, classrooms, restaurants, or other places gathering large numbers of people, can be particularly conducive to the virus's spread.

Students who will remain on campus during the closure will mainly be confined to residence buildings and will receive support and online courses during this closure period.

Meanwhile, the Cantonal Physician Office has mandated a check of measles vaccination status for all students, staff, and faculty currently present on the campus. We strongly encourage our entire community to check their vaccination status and get vaccinated if necessary, as well as to limit social interactions, especially with at-risk individuals, in the coming days.

We are committed to communicating transparently as new information becomes available, with all stakeholders, and to act effectively based on the recommendations of the Cantonal Physician Office.

We will do everything possible to protect the health and well-being of our community, which is an absolute priority for us, and we also rely on everyone's responsibility to limit the virus's spread.

Markus Venzin, 
CEO of the EHL Group, and the EHL taskforce

Dear students, dear colleagues,

Following the measles case announced two weeks ago (mail sent on 19 January - see below), about 20 students on our Lausanne Campus have presented this week with symptoms. They are receiving medical care and have been isolated pending the results of the tests. One person’s test came back positive yesterday evening, and other results are expected by the end of the week.

In response to this, the Cantonal Physician's Office has mandated a check of measles vaccination status for all students who are presently on campus, as well as all staff and faculty members. We therefore ask you all to send a photo of your vaccination card (name page AND vaccination page) to the Infirmary at nurse@ehl.ch by Friday 2 February. An antibody blood test showing that you have the protection you need - either because you had an infection in the past or you had the vaccine - will also be accepted.  

We understand that some people may not have their childhood vaccination card available, may not have been fully vaccinated (two separate injections), or have had measles in the past without available documentation of the case. However, the more information we can gather on the protective vaccination status of our community, the more the Cantonal Physician will be able to determine the best course of action. So we kindly urge you to provide your information to the Infirmary as soon as possible if you are double-vaccinated. Obviously, this medical information will be treated confidentially by the authorized medical staff only.

Additionally, if you expect external visitors to come on campus in the next days, we encourage you to communicate transparently about the situation. Please provide them with the option to reschedule or participate in the meeting online, if feasible.

We will inform you at the end of the week of the next steps to contain this outbreak and prevent further spread of the virus. More information on symptoms, vaccinations and medical assistance will be updated regularly on Myehl.

Thank you in advance for your quick action and stay safe!

Your Health & Wellbeing team 

This mail was sent on 19 January 2024 to all students and staff on our campus in Lausanne (in English and French): 

PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MEASLES

Dear students, dear colleagues,  

We were informed that one of our students on our Lausanne campus was unfortunately infected with measles. The student is recovering well, and while this case is under control (contact cases were established and verified), the cantonal doctor advised us to invite you to review your vaccination records to ensure that you are adequately protected (you can find more info about the virus and how to ensure protection here).  

Please also be vigilant and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as: 

  • Runny nose 
  • Conjunctivitis, including tearing, swollen eyelids, red eyes, and discomfort in bright light 
  • Cough 
  • Severe fatigue 
  • High fever (body temperature rising to 39-40°C) 

For medical assistance: 

  • On-campus: our nurses are available at the infirmary between 8 am and 5 pm (if you wish to have your vaccination status verified, please bring your vaccination documents) 
  • Off-campus: 

As always: do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions at nurse@ehl.ch.  

Kind regards, 

Your Health & Wellbeing team