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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Mask and face-covering FAQ

Ontario Tech University now requires everyone on campus to wear a mask or face covering while within campus buildings. Masks/face coverings must be worn in all indoor campus spaces, including while seated in a classroom, in all common areas and in labs.

  • Why is there a mask/face-covering directive?

    The health, safety and well-being of all university community members is our No. 1 priority as we continue to manage our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ability to successfully provide a blended educational experience depends upon each member of the university community adhering to guidelines adopted for our collective health and safety.

  • Do I need to wear a face mask on campus?

    Yes. At this time, the 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 decision to make masks mandatory in public and enclosed indoor spaces.

    Please bring your mask or face covering when arriving at campus and wear them 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 or face covering?

    Masks should cover your nose and mouth without leaving gaps. Filtration shouldn’t be compromised by adding anything to your mask or face covering, including decorative pins and embellishments.

    You can find information about acceptable non-medical masks and face coverings on the Government of Canada’s website.  

  • What is a medical-grade mask and when would I need one?

    The university requires a medical-grade mask and eye protection to be worn where distancing can’t be maintained at all times.

    Medical-grade masks include:

    • N95 masks.
    • ASTM level 1,2 and 3 or their equivalents. 
  • 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 and face coverings.

  • Will the university enforce wearing face masks?

    The university is exempt from the city’s bylaw, however, we’ve adopted mask-wearing on campus as a best practice to help avoid the spread of COVID-19. We expect our campus community to be respectful of this approach and each other. We will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.

  • Will there be a fine for not wearing a mask?
    The university will not aggressively enforce its mask policy but will focus on education and rely on people to do the right thing. Acceptable alternatives to non-medical masks include face coverings such as scarves, turtlenecks and bandanas.
    Note: Exceptions to the mask policy 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.
  • What is considered a common area?

    There are areas where people move about and physical distancing might be challenging. Examples include:

    • classrooms
    • elevators
    • foyers
    • hallways
    • lunchrooms
    • meeting rooms
    • reception rooms
    • stairwells
    • washrooms

    *Private offices are excluded

  • Am I required to wear a mask/face covering while eating?
    To ensure cleaning protocols are followed, the UB Cafeteria is our dedicated space for eating. You may remove your mask to eat. You’re required to put your mask/face covering back on if you get up from your table for any reason.
  • Am I required to wear a mask while teaching students?

    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 exemption from 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. Where there is objective evidence to support the need for accommodation, an exemption will be considered.

    Employees: Contact Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer.

    If you’re unable to wear a mask or face covering you need to make your supervisor aware.

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

    Students: Contact Student Accessibility Services before arriving on campus.

    If you’re unable to wear a mask or face covering 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 exemption?

    An exemption is one of several possible accommodation measures. 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 wearing of face masks?

    The university is committed to promoting the health and safety of all students, staff and faculty, as well as guests and visitors to our campus.  To achieve this goal, we rely on people to act responsibly and do the right thing. We’ve adopted mask-wearing on campus as a best practice to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.

    We ask that everyone be respectful. We advise you to refrain from approaching individuals, or commenting on those who are not wearing a mask as they may be unable to do so. It’s appropriate to leave space between yourself and the individual, or to ask the individual to provide appropriate distance.

    We will focus on education rather than on a punitive response. However, repeated breaches of the directive without a reasonable justification may be addressed under relevant disciplinary (e.g. Student Conduct policy) or performance-management processes. We expect our campus community to be respectful of this approach and each other. We will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.

  • What should I do if I encounter someone not adhering to the directive?

    Keep your distance and refrain from approaching the individual. It’s important to remember that some individuals are unable to wear masks. Please be respectful of people who are unable to wear masks due to health or other reasons.