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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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Mask FAQ

Ontario Tech University continues to require everyone on campus to wear a mask while within campus buildings. Masks must be worn in all indoor campus spaces at all times except for when eating and drinking in appropriate designated areas.

  • Why is there a mask requirement?
    The health, safety and well-being of all university community members is our No. 1 priority. The public-health precautions we have implemented have enabled us to continue our gradual return to on-campus activities in a safe and prudent manner.
  • Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

    Yes. At this time, the university requires anyone on campus to wear a mask.

    Please bring your mask when arriving at campus and wear it when inside university buildings. Exceptions may apply to those who require accommodation (see below):

    • Have health, respiratory and sensory issues.
    • Have varying abilities.
    • Are unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • Have other valid reasons.
  • What is considered a suitable mask?

    A suitable mask:

    • Must cover your mouth and nose, leaving no gaps. 
    • Should be three-ply (two outer tightly woven layers, as well as an internal non-woven layer).
  • Am I able to wear a face shield instead of a mask?

    No. Face shields don’t offer the same type of protection as masks.

  • Am I required to wear a mask while eating?
    You may remove your mask to eat. You’re required to put your mask back on if you get up from your table for any reason.
  • Am I required to wear a mask while teaching?

    Faculty are required to wear masks while teaching. If accommodations need to be made, contact Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer.

  • Can I get an accommodation to the requirement to wear a mask?

    The university recognizes some students, faculty and staff may require accommodations. We are committed to an accommodation process in which individualized needs (e.g. on the grounds of a medical condition) are thoroughly considered. An accommodation will be considered where there is objective evidence to support the need for it.

    Employees: Contact Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer.

    If you’re unable to wear a mask, you need to make your supervisor aware.

    If you become aware of a student who is unable to wear a mask, direct them to Student Accessibility Services.

    Students: Contact Student Accessibility Services before arriving on campus.

    If you’re unable to wear a mask due to an accommodation, you need to make your professor or research supervisor aware prior to arrival.

  • How will the university determine if I get an accommodation?

    The university will first ensure an assessment is completed to determine whether there is an accommodation need. If you seek an accommodation on medical grounds, you’ll need to provide medical evidence to verify the need for an accommodation. Once the need for accommodation is confirmed, all available accommodation measures that meet the accommodation needs of the individual will be considered, and the most appropriate measure(s) will be chosen.

  • Will the university enforce mask wearing?

    The university will continue with its mask requirement until further notice. Campus Security will continue to monitor compliance and address any observed issues; however, we expect that all individuals will continue to comply with this requirement.

    Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. It’s important to remember that some individuals are unable to wear masks. Please be respectful of and kind to people who are unable to wear masks due to health or other reasons.

    In instances of non-compliance for reasons that do not relate to an accommodation, individuals should make best efforts to diffuse the situation. Education and compassionate engagement should be our first approach. When non-compliance creates a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of others, individuals who are unable to diffuse the situation on their own may request assistance from other units such as Campus Security and/or Human Resources.

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