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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

Information for employees

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, raising many valid questions and concerns among our campus community. The university will update the information on this page reguarly based on decisions as they are made, in accordance with the direction and information provided by public health authorities.

 

Working remotely

  • How do I set up virtual meetings, office hours or classrooms?

    Ontario Tech faculty and staff have access to G Suite, a set of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools.

    G Suite includes the online video conferencing tool Google Meet. Meet takes the headaches out of joining a video call in a classroom or workplace setting; just set up a meeting and share the link.

    Need help setting up or using Google Meet?

Other human resources-related questions

Online safety

  • What types of COVID-19-related online/phishing scams should I watch out for?

    The worldwide spread of the coronavirus is being used to scare people into clicking on links, opening malicious attachments, or giving out confidential information. Be careful with anything that mentions COVID-19/coronavirus: emails, attachments, any social media, texts on your phone, etc.

    Look out for topics like:

    • Check updated COVID-19 map in your city.
    • COVID-19 infection warning from the local school district.
    • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization emails or social media coronavirus messaging.
    • Keeping your children safe from COVID-19.
    • Scam phone calls to raise funds for ‘victims’.
    • COVID-19 Hospital Visit (claiming you may have come into contact with a family member/colleague/neighbour who has contracted the COVID19 Virus in your office/area and asking you to provide information via an Excel attachment).

    There will be several scams circulating related to these topics, so please remember to think before you click.

Latest updates

Update 26: April 22, 5 p.m.
Federal government proposes support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19


Update 25: April 9, 4:35 p.m.
Introducing the Ontario Tech Student Emergency Fund.


Update 24: April 8, 5:15 p.m.
Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program.


Update 23: April 7, 4:55 p.m.
Provincial support for families, and online mindfulness resources.


Update 22: April 6, 4:55 p.m.
Online access to Ontario Tech’s new Campus Store.


Update 21: April 3, 5:15 p.m.
Today's release of provincial models and projections; requesting an exam deferral; preparing for online exams during COVID-19; no entry to campus on Good Friday; ancillary fees for the Spring/Summer semester; additional mental health supports; international student eligibility for EI; Ontario Tech University: Taking a lead role in e-learning; Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan scores highly with Ontario Tech University.


Update 20: April 2, 5:15 p.m.
FAQ for students moving to Simcoe Village residence; Dr. Jennifer Laffier's study on how we’re using social media during the COVID-19 crisis; Government of Canada COVID-19 app.


Update 19: April 1, 5:20 p.m.
Update to grading FAQ; new Respondus Browser questions and answers; parking and meal plan refunds; PC requirements, repairs, returns and provisioning; reminder regarding emergency orders prohibiting large gatherings and parties; Government of Ontario and eCampus Ontario partnership a positive move for students.


Update 18: March 31, 4:50 p.m.
FAQ regarding temporary amendment to the university’s grading policy; updated University Works FAQ; new online support resources from Student Life; online weekly mindfulness groups.


Update 17: March 30, 4:55 p.m.
Update on temporary amendment to the university’s grading policy.


Update 16: March 27, 4:25 p.m.
Temporary amendment to the university’s grading policy; updated research, grad studies and SAFA FAQ; updated travel information and advisories page; updated health recommendations page; Ontario Tech innovating rapid PPE production solutions to address health-care shortage (news story).


Update 15: March 26, 5:25 p.m.
How to set up an Internet hotspot; updated research-related FAQ; Ontario Tech's donations of health-care supplies; and Ontario Tech's recognition of the Government of Ontario's action plan to support its citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Update 14: March 25, 5:50 p.m.
Residence, university transcripts, and physical distancing FAQ; reminder to students regarding large gatherings and parties; new COVID-19 resources from Human Resources; new exercise and wellness resources from the CRWC; Ontario Tech researcher exploring parent-child conversations about COVID-19; COVID-19 self-assessment tool.


Update 13: March 24, 5 p.m.
Campus building closures and exceptions; social vs physical distancing; student concerns about Internet access; postponement of Convocation ceremony; Q+A with Ontario Tech epidemiologist Dr. Emma Bartfay; and Virtual Open House.


Update 12: March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Information about: travel exemptions for international students; mental and physical wellness tips; Virtual Open House on Saturday, March 28; and Work-from-home (WFH) social media campaign


Update 11: March 20, 2:30 p.m.
Access to Ontario Tech buildings; new FAQ for grad students; cancellation of student mobility for the summer session; student concerns about Internet access.


Update 10: March 19, 3:30 p.m.
Updated research and mental health services FAQs; Software Support moving to online services only.


Update 9: March 18, 5 p.m.
All Campus Libraries closed; term dates for students; changes to food services; Software Support moving to online services only; Coronavirus phishing scam; new frequently asked questions page for researchers; reminder about campus access.


Update 8: March 17, 1 p.m.
On-campus service updates related to the Office of the Registrar, Campus Library, Campus Food Services and Campus Health Centre


Update 7: March 16, 4 p.m.
COVID-19 update: Campus Health Centre closed March 17, telephone appointments available


Update 6: March 15, 8 p.m.
Updates on academic planning and university operations


Update 5: March 14, 2:30 p.m.
Transition to online learning


Update 4: March 12, 10:30 p.m.
University assessing online instruction; classes cancelled effective March 13


Update 3: March 12, 1:50 p.m.
Health information update from the WHO and Region of Durham; international travel update from Ontario Tech


Update 2: March 10, 2:40 p.m.
University continues to closely monitor COVID-19 situation and is reviewing emergency preparedness plans


Update 1: January 23, 2 p.m.
Coronavirus information