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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

Masks, face coverings and eye protection

Masks/face coverings

Ontario Tech University requires anyone on campus to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. This decision is in support of The Regional Municipality of Durham’s and the Durham Region Medical Officer of Health’s decision to make masks mandatory in public and enclosed indoor spaces. 

While the Region of Durham’s new bylaw doesn’t apply to post-secondary institutions, we have adopted this best practice to help keep our campuses, our community―and each other―safe, and to support the excellent work our Region and the Province of Ontario is doing in flattening the curve of COVID-19.

As we prepare for the safe and gradual return to campus, we ask individuals to bring their masks when arriving to campus and to wear them when inside a university building. Such spaces include hallways, elevators, washrooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and other common areas.

Exceptions apply to those who:

  • Have health, respiratory and sensory issues.
  • Have varying abilities.
  • Are unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Have other valid reasons.

For more information, see our frequently asked questions about masks and face coverings.

Eye protection

In response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the Ontario government has reviewed recommendations for COVID-19 risk mitigation, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

As part of the government’s guidance for enhanced health and workplace safety measures, workers who are required to be onsite at their place of employment must wear appropriate PPE that protects their eyes, nose and mouth, if in the course of providing services they are:

  • Required to come within two metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering; or
  • In an indoor area and are not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

The university requires those on campus to adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • A face mask must be worn at all times.
  • When two-metre distancing can’t be maintained, eye protection must also be worn.   

Eye protection provides a barrier to infectious materials entering the eye, and the Ontario government now recommends that eye protection be used in conjunction with other PPE when two-metre distancing cannot be maintained.

Unless otherwise specified for a particular space, at a minimum, eye protection should fit comfortably and include side shields. Face shields do not provide adequate protection from COVID-19 when used by themselves. If you wear a face shield, you must also wear a face mask.

In environments where risk of exposure is greater, your supervisor may recommend heightened levels of eyewear, such as goggles.

Note: The university has limited eye-protection supplies on hand at the moment. If you require eye protection, contact lookingahead@ontariotechu.ca.

  • Reminder: Prior to arriving to campus, you must complete the COVID-19 screening. Please answer each question accurately, and don’t come to campus if you’re not feeling well, even if you have mild COVID-19-like symptoms. If you have symptoms or have become ill, and you’ve been on campus within 14 days of the onset of symptoms/illness, immediately notify the university’s Case Management team. Please refer to our COVID-19 reporting process document for additional details.