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COVID-19 information and screening Learn how we’re keeping our campus community safe, healthy and engaged during our gradual return to campus.
Note: Faculty, staff, students and visitors must complete the mandatory screening questionnaire before coming to campus.
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

New COVID-19 processes

  • Self-monitoring and reporting
    We ask our campus community to monitor their own symptoms at all times as directed by public-health authorities. If you have permission to attend campus, please complete a COVID-19 self-assessment each day before arriving. You must follow the instructions presented at the end of the assessment. If you received notice to self-isolate, you must contact the university as per the reporting protocol, and follow the reporting steps located under the Health and Safety website. You are required to remain at home if you are presenting COVID-19-related symptoms.
  • Tracking and reporting potential cases of COVID-19

    We continue to engage with public-health authorities to support the tracking and reporting of potential cases of COVID-19 on campus. Our reporting process will assist you with your role and responsibilities, as well as understanding the steps we will take to minimize the risk of exposure on campus.

  • Risk assessment of spaces

    Our Operations Task Force will work with unit leads on developing plans that support a safe return to campus, which will include a risk assessment of spaces that promotes risk mitigation.

  • Cleaning and disinfection protocols

    Enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection ('enhanced cleaning') of workplaces is essential in the fight against COVID-19 spread. When completed routinely, with a focus on the frequent disinfection of high-touch point items, may serve as a deterrent for virus transmission. In order to be effective, enhanced cleaning should performed at least two to three times a day, especially in high-traffic and shared areas. 

    Custodial services will continue to perform routine cleaning of campus rooms and areas. However, time and resources will remain prioritized towards enhanced cleaning for the duration of the pandemic. 

    Please take additional care and wipe down shared surfaces before and after use. This includes door handles, desks, keyboards and mice, touchscreens, remote controls, phones, etc. 

    If you test positive for COVID-19, we will follow the public-health directives and assess risk on a case-by-case basis. If public-health authorities deem enhanced cleaning of a particular space is required, this space will close until completion of enhanced cleaning.

    Sanitization protocols need to be in place for all workspaces, which include the recommendation to clean any shared assets before and after use, wiping down phones, keyboards and other equipment.  Please use disinfectants according to manufacturer guidelines. Note: vinegar is not a suitable disinfection product.

    For more information, read the Enhanced Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Advisory during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Personal hygiene

    Proper hygiene is important to reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others. This includes:

    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 60 per cent, if soap and water are not available, especially after contacting commonly used surfaces.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
    • Disposing any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined wastebasket and washing your hands afterwards.
  • Hand-sanitization products

    Hand-sanitizing stations will be located at key areas within all campus buildings (ingress/egress, elevator lobbies, etc.). We will prioritize these stations based on the return to campus and designated entry points. You can order additional hand-sanitizing products through your budget holder.

  • COVID-19 training

    We will provide mandatory online training for all campus community members around infectious disease control (COVID-19).

  • Signage

    We will post signage at entrances, as well as in other areas throughout campus. Signage messages will also run on the digital screens across campus. Up-to-date information will be made available on the Ready for You website. Approved signage is available on the university's Brandfolder website for those who wish to add more signs to their space.

    Available signs:

    • Keep Moving
    • Prevent The Spread
    • Washroom

    If you require a specific sign and it’s not already available, complete a Project Initiation Form and submit it to the Communications and Marketing department.

  • Use of non-medical face masks/face coverings

    Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory in all campus buildings.

    Keep in mind that masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must also strictly adhere to good hygiene and public-health measures, including frequent handwashing and physical distancing.