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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 and 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
  • (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.