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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

Emergency closure

Sometimes the university needs to close, in whole or in part, because of:

  • emergency situations with significant risk to the campus community
  • inclement weather (e.g. severe storms, etc.)
  • a utilities failure (e.g. power outages, sewer problems, etc.)

When an emergency closure decision is made, this is communicated via the following channels:

  • email distribution to @uoit.ca and @uoit.net accounts
  • media outlets (CityTV – Breakfast Television, CKDO, CP24, KX96, Metroland, Oshawa Express, ROCK 94.9, Studio 12, 680 News)
  • MyCampus portal announcement
  • PA announcement (if applicable)
  • social media
  • uoit.ca (on the Emergency Information tab found in the Quick Links section)

A decision to close the university in an emergency means:

For students:

  • All activities, including classes, laboratories, tutorials and other scheduled instructional activities are cancelled.
  • Plans for making up for time missed is announced via the course portal.
  • Assignments and other submissions due on the closure date are due at the same time on the next working day upon re-opening.
  • Mid-term examinations and tests are cancelled and are rescheduled as appropriate.
  • Final examinations are cancelled and are normally scheduled on the alternative examination date at the end of the examination period.

For faculty and staff:

  • In-office meetings and other scheduled events are cancelled.
  • All areas and operations, not defined as essential services, are closed.
  • Deadlines for job applications and other requirements are postponed to the same time on the next business day upon re-opening.
  • Staff (not including essential service staff) are not expected to be at work during a closure. They are paid for this time, whether at work or not.

If you have any questions related to a campus closure, please review the Emergency Closure procedures and speak with your manager.