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Measures to keep our community safe


Our priority is the health and safety of all who study and work at IESE. We’ve put into place a comprehensive action plan to minimize the risk of contagion on our campuses and to respond effectively to possible cases. With these measures, we feel safe.

Before coming to campus

We require that everyone undergo testing before they come to campus, and then fill out health questionnaire every day to confirm you don’t have symptoms.

Have symptoms? Stay home.

We’d love to see you on campus. But if you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms, remain at home and contact your program director or supervisor. You’ll be able to continue working or studying online.

When on campus

It’s up to all of us to limit the spread of the virus. You’ll find signage all around campus to remind you of occupancy levels, where to circulate and how to stay safe. Always remember to:

Wear a mask

At all times, except when eating.

Maintain distance

Of 2 meters whenever possible.

Wash your hands frequently

And follow other public health guidelines.

Safe classrooms

To help keep our campus and classrooms safe for face-to-face learning, we’ve:

Implemented rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols, including advanced air purification systems.

Organized students and participants into small stable groups in most programs, to minimize risk and facilitate contact tracing.

Installed dividers, established seating arrangements and implemented other measures to ensure distances at all times.

Invested in state-of-the-art hybrid classrooms with cameras and screens, so that anyone who is unable to make it to campus can still enjoy the full classroom experience.

Responding effectively.

We have a detailed action plan to follow for possible, probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the IESE community.

Read the full protocol

What to do if you have symptoms 

  • Stay home. Don’t come to campus if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
  • Contact your program director (participants and students) or your supervisor (employees). They’ll advise you of the next steps to take.
  • Contact your doctor and follow their recommendations.
  • If your doctor recommends testing, stay at home while awaiting the results. In the meantime, you can work or study online.
  • We’ll begin to identify your close contacts within IESE, who will be contacted if you test positive.
  • If you test positive, stay at home until you’ve been cleared to return by your doctor.

You can find more details on the steps to follow for possible, probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 here.

And if you need a reminder of what to do if you may have COVID-19 symptoms, download this graphic.

Common COVID-19 symptoms

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Other symptoms are: a diminished sense of taste and smell, chills, sore throat, muscle ache and headache, general weakness, and diarrhea and vomiting.

Need a reminder of the most common COVID-19 symptoms? Download this graphic.

Close contacts

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should stay home if you may have been infected by a close contact of yours. A close contact is someone who has a probable or confirmed case of coronavirus, and with whom you have interacted:

  • Without a facemask
  • From less than 2 meters away
  • For more than 15 minutes

Remember that all of these conditions — no facemask, less than 2 meters and more than 15 minutes — must be met for someone to be considered a close contact.

We’ll trace close contacts of positive cases within the IESE community, in the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, and advise them of how to proceed.

Not sure what a close contact is? Download this graphic.

COVID-19 response leaders

Our plans have been done in collaboration with the Clínica of the University of Navarra and the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re requiring everyone undergo testing before coming to campus, and then fill out a health questionnaire and go through temperature screening every time they access campus. Face masks and social distancing are obligatory, and we’ve adapted all our spaces to help keep people safe. We’ve also implemented thorough cleaning protocols.

If you’ve recovered and no longer have symptoms, you will be able to return to campus. To access campus, you’ll have to fill out the health questionnaire and present test results.

That depends on when you had your test. If it was in the 7 days prior to coming to campus, it’s valid. If it was before that, IESE will advise you on having a new serological test done.

At IESE, we’ve enforced stringent hygiene and preventative measures to minimize any risk of contagion to the greatest extent possible. If you’re in a high-risk group and you’d like to come to campus, you must request a medical certificate, in addition to meeting all of our standard requirements for campus access.

If you’d prefer to stay at home, you’re welcome to continue with your program online.

Yes, if you follow our stringent safety measures. That means wearing a mask at all times, maintaining distances and respecting occupancy levels in our workrooms.

Otherwise, we recommend organizing team meetings online.

IESE is offering cafeteria services for both employees and participants, always in strict compliance with public health regulations and health protocols.

You’ll find lots of signage in eating areas indicating how to stay safe while you eat.

If you think you may have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, you should stay home.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, you should advise a program employee. You will be given a regulation facemask and should return home and contact your doctor.

No, not necessarily. Remember that a close contact is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 with whom you have interacted within 2 meters of distance, for more than 15 minutes, without wearing a facemask.

We have organized all of our activities on campus in order to minimize the number of close contacts and, hence, the risk of spread.

No, you’ll be able to continue your program virtually. We’ve installed cameras and screens in many of our classes to create hybrid classrooms to accommodate people who can’t make it to campus for whatever reason.

In this case, your program director will contact you to inform you of your program’s status, specifically whether it will continue online or be postponed while we offer you additional content.

Due to current travel restrictions in many countries, most international modules have been postponed. But we plan to resume them as soon as international travel makes that feasible. Your program director will be able to give you more information.

Personal/medical information collected will not be saved. The only information that will be kept is the aggregate data essential to measuring the efficacy of measures taken by the school.

The legal basis for collecting personal data lies in IESE’s legal obligation to guarantee the health and safety of the people working for the institution in all aspects related to their work [Articles 6.1.c), 9.2.b) and h), and 9.3, RGPD and 8 LOPDGDD, based on Law 31/1995, Nov. 8, on Prevention of Labor Risks]. This legal basis can be understood to have a wide reach, taking into account that a large number of people who are not employees (students and visitors) use IESE’s facilities, posing a risk of infection for employees because of the frequent contact with them.