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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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Vaccine requirements for students living in residence this fall

While students who are living away from home this year begin planning for the fall semester, the university is also preparing to welcome more people back to campus. As we prioritize the health and well-being of our campus community, we are also taking actions to provide a safe and rewarding living experience for those staying in an on-campus residence.  

It’s with this in mind that the university, along with our campus partner Durham College, have made the decision to make vaccinations a requirement for students living in on-campus residences during the 2021-2022 academic year, with support from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).

This means, students living in residence are required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccine and have their second dose scheduled. It is recommended that students receive their dose 14 days prior to moving in. So far, the World Health Organization has approved the following COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

Some exemptions to this condition will be permitted for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Specific details around vaccination requirements and guidelines for students living in residence will be shared directly with students when they receive their official on-campus residence acceptance.

Living on campus is a unique and rewarding experience—one that provides an opportunity to nurture lifelong friendships and cultivate personal growth in a supportive atmosphere.

Data continues to indicate that as the percentage of vaccinated individuals increases, COVID-19 case counts decrease. The university recognizes that increased vaccination rates play an important role in re-establishing a sense of normalcy and reducing on-campus transmission, while keeping our community safe. It is our goal to ensure that students enjoy the full benefits of their residence experience when they arrive in the fall, and mandatory vaccinations as a condition of residence occupancy will help make this possible.

Ontario Tech University looks forward to a more vibrant and healthy campus experience this fall and is committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. As such, we will continue to implement and communicate health and safety measures in accordance with DRPH.

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