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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.

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Update 4: July 13, 2020

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) would like to update researchers on the process and requirements outlined for the recently released Stage 2 On-Campus Research Framework to further expand research activities on campus.

To help clarify the process, review the steps for Stage 2 outlined below, as well as the process workflow.

Step 1: Researcher to:

  1. Complete the following forms located on the processes and forms page of the Ready for You website:
    • Return to On-Campus Research Application
    • COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan (Note: Your Faculty On-Campus Research Committee will provide this document to you until it is posted on the website)
    • Attachments: Provide your updated Standard Operating Procedures to include C-19 safety measures, as appropriate, for the research space and/or research methodology.
  2. Schedule attendance for mandatory training:
    • All research personnel wishing to access campus must complete the mandatory university training. Training will be offered every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. The registration form will be available on the Health and Safety website.  The Operations Taskforce will confirm your registration with training details.
  3. Review guidance documents outlined in the Return to On-Campus Research Application:
    • Guidance documents can be found on the Health and Safety website and should be taken into consideration for SOP updates as well as discussed with personnel listed in application.

Step 2: Faculty On-Campus Research Committee (FORC) and Operations Task Force review and approval:

  • Researchers are to submit the forms and applicable documents to their faculty's FORC for review. Contact your Dean if you need more information on your FORC.
  • The FORC will work in consultation with the Operations Task Force, which will review and make determinations on the appropriateness of the Risk Mitigation Plan.
  • Note: The Operations Task Force must approve the Risk Mitigation Plan before on-campus access is granted.  

Step 3: Dean’s review:

  • FORC to make recommendations to the Dean for on-campus access.
  • The Dean will review and, if approved, will forward the application package to the VPRI via

Step 4: VPRI's review:

  • The VPRI will review the documents, consult with Operations Taskforce for scheduling and building access, and make the final determination.

Step 5: Final steps:

  • The Director of Risk Management will send a decision letter with access information to the researcher(s), FORC, Dean(s) and VPRI.

The Return to On-Campus Research Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates to the research community as we move through the five stages of resuming research on-campus. We appreciate the strong commitment by our university community to the research enterprise and wish all of you continued success with your own research.

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