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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 10: October 8, 2020

Update on Winter 2021 term

Dear students,

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a month into our 2020-2021 academic year. Now that we’ve settled into the rhythms of the Fall term, we’ve shifted our focus toward planning for Winter 2021. There’s a lot of important information in this memo, so please take time to review it.  You can also find this information and additional updates regarding changes as a result of COVID-19 under Updates on the Ready for You website. 

What learning and working will look like this Winter

A safe, healthy and engaging campus has always been our No. 1 priority, which requires long-term effort and commitment. That’s why we’re continuing with our conservative approach to our gradual return to campus.

The Winter term will look much like the Fall: we’ll focus on limiting in-person campus presence. We’ll continue to deliver most of our academic programming through online channels, while providing opportunities for active hands-on learning on campus where it is safe to do so.

The majority of our employees will continue to work remotely to mitigate exposure for those whose work and studies requires them to be on campus. 

Multi-level government and public-health data and guidance will inform our plans for future semesters; we expect to provide an update in February on the delivery of Spring/Summer 2021 academic programming.

Transportation update

  • Parking:

    Due to the continuation of online learning and remote-work arrangements for Winter 2021, parking gates will remain up throughout the Winter 2021 academic term (January 4 through April 23).

    Details:
  • The Parking Services office remains closed until further notice.
  • Parking Services will not sell semester permits or charge daily parking rates during the Winter term.
  • Spaces in all parking lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Illegal parking in fire routes and accessible parking stalls will be enforced.

Note: The university will communicate updates about Spring/Summer and Fall 2021 parking at a later date.

For more information, visit the Parking Services website.

  • U-Pass:

    The annual Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) fee allows full-time students to use their Campus ID card for unlimited access to Durham Region Transit during the academic year.

With fewer students coming to campus, and based on a request from the Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU), the university will not charge the U-Pass fee for the Winter 2021 term. This means you will not be able to use your Campus ID card as a bus pass during the Winter semester. If you choose to take transit, you will be responsible for paying your own fare. We’ll share further updates once a decision is made regarding the U-Pass program for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

COVID-19 reporting steps

Now, more than ever, it’s important for all of us to work together as a community to keep everyone safe and healthy.

We’ve developed a COVID-19 reporting protocol to isolate and contain all situations that arise for those who visit or live on campus.

  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. Seek guidance from Public Health.
  • If a faculty member, staff member or student receives a positive COVID-19 test, Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) assesses the risk of transmission within the university community, as well as the need for contact tracing and follow-up. DRPH provides direction to the university to mitigate any risk of community transmission. The university provides DRPH with information to help with contact tracing.
  • If Public Health asks you to isolate, or if you test positive, your first step should always be to notify our Case Management team. Please refer to our COVID-19 reporting process document for additional details.
    • Important note: Do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Public Health and the university’s Case Management team has given you permission to return.
  • If you become aware of someone who is perceived to be ill, or has tested positive, or if you live with or have otherwise come into contact with someone who has been exposed or has tested positive and has been to campus, follow the steps outlined in our COVID-19 reporting process document.

General processes and safety measures:

  • Wear a mask or face covering in all university buildings.
  • Self-screen daily, practise physical distancing, and sanitize your hands regularly.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled appointment or activity.
  • Follow physical distancing whenever possible, including when you are off campus.

We’ll continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, social media (as applicable), the Ontario Tech mobile app and on the Ready for You website.

We know this has been a challenging transition for all of you, but remember: your Ontario Tech family is here to help you thrive. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to lookingahead@ontariotechu.ca.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Murphy                                                   Dr. Lori A. Livingston
President and Vice-Chancellor                            Provost and Vice-President, Academic