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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 29: April 26, 2021

Update on Fall 2021 course-delivery formats

Dear students,

On Tuesday, May 4, the information regarding anticipated course-delivery formats for the Fall 2021 term will be posted on MyCampus. The information will specify whether the courses will be offered:

  • Entirely online.
  • Entirely in-person.
  • Partially in-person
  • Entirely online or in-person (both options available).

This preliminary information will be posted to help you make decisions regarding your living arrangements for the fall. A more detailed schedule will be released at the beginning of June.

At this time, we continue to plan for the majority of our courses to have a component take place on campus. This includes small- to medium-sized classes (including tutorials and graduate seminars) as well as experiential-learning activities (e.g. labs). Larger lectures will likely still have to be held online. 

Recognizing that some students may continue to face health or travel restrictions that prevent them from attending in-person classes, we will offer both online and in-class options for some courses. This approach will ensure:

  • We meet the needs of as many members of our university community as much as possible.
  • Flexibility if we experience a subsequent wave of COVID-19.

Decisions on the mode of delivery will be determined on a course-by-course basis and as public health guidelines allow.

As communicated in our March 25 update, this approach falls in line with an optimistic scenario that would allow us to return to campus this fall. However, we have a number of alternative plans in place for different approaches for the Fall 2021 term, and we will adjust our plans accordingly, based on measures put in place by the Province of Ontario and Durham Region Public Health guidelines. Any changes to the instructional method of a course component will be confirmed by August 2021.

We know this has been a challenging time for all of you. We remain optimistic of better days ahead, and we look forward to seeing you again this fall. Once the information is released, if you have any questions about the delivery of a specific course, contact connect@ontariotechu.ca. For general questions about Fall 2021 plans, contact lookingahead@ontariotechu.ca.

Be well and stay healthy.

Lori

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