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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Fall 2021 Planning Information Session Q&A

How we’re planning for Fall 2021 and beyond

  • Will it be mandatory for students, faculty and staff to be on campus in the fall?

    We are planning to return to in-person activities to the fullest extent possible. While some components of courses will continue to be taught online, we expect more on-campus academic activity by September. The university will also continue to develop plans for a progressive return to campus for the Winter 2022 semester.

Labs and classes

Research

Human resources

  • What will the faculty and staff return-to-campus plan look like?

    Administrative staff scenarios will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on public-health directives. Frontline services will be a priority, gradually returning over mid to late summer. The university is considering administrative staff frameworks for work scheduling and hybrid work arrangements.

  • What considerations will be in place for immunocompromised individuals who will not have their second vaccination dose by the fall?

    When we are finally in position to return to campus with the necessary safety measures and protocols in place, we are mindful of the different reasons some staff may feel uncomfortable doing so. Our priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees, and following all government, public-health or legislative measures in place to meet the safe work-environment standards. The Human Resources team will engage with employees who are unable to attend work on campus because of a medical condition.  

  • What supports are in place for employee or family assistance during the pandemic?

    We encourage you to review the mental and physical health-related services offered through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

  • Will I be required to come back to work?

    We're mindful that some staff may feel uncomfortable about returning to work. Up to this point, managers and administrative staff have worked together to come up with appropriate arrangements for those who need to make their way back onto campus based on their job.

    The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority, and the university will continue to adhere to the necessary protocols and practices required for those staff on campus. Where it is safe to do so, staff will be returned to campus as the university continues its work to finalize an approach for hybrid work arrangements.

  • Even when it is deemed safe to return to campus, will there be options or programs that will allow employees to work from home?

    We're aware of the changing work environment and the desire of employee’s for greater flexibility in work location. Earlier this winter, a consultancy group was mobilized with representatives from different areas and disciplines across the university’s administrative employment group. As part of its work, this group continues to share ideas – including engagement and exchanges with othe universities -- and move towards opportunities that would provide flexibility on a position-by-position basis for administrative staff to work remotely for parts of the work week.

  • Any updates on the requirement for units to return to campus in September, and in what capacity?

    This will depend on the unit and the function. With more than 60 per cent of classes having an on-campus component, we’re going to need support services. Frontline services will be a priority, gradually returning over mid to late summer. We are currently working with unit leads on a checklist and a plan for gradual return to campus through August.

  • How will the return to campus differ for north and downtown Oshawa campus locations?

    The principle is the same for both locations, but hours may differ based on the time students are in classes.

Student experience, supports and services

International students and visitors

Safety protocols (vaccines, PPE, masks, cleaning, etc.)