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University of Windsor COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

University of Windsor COVID-19 Vaccination Policy - updated September 20, 2021

Important Reminder:  Vaccine Policy

Students, Faculty and Staff,

The health and safety of our campus remains a top priority. The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy was enacted and supported with the intention to encourage a higher rate of vaccination for our faculty, staff and students.

The University is also obligated under the Provincial mandate to enact and enforce this COVID-19 vaccination policy, including weekly reporting to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. As Deputy Minister Shelley Tapp has recently shared, “institutions should be prepared for weekly reporting to support the Ministry (of Colleges and Universities) and our colleagues in the Ministry of Health and Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to closely monitor vaccine rates and the implementation of vaccine policies during the start of the fall semester”.

Faculty and Staff who are not adhering to the vaccination policy as of October 7, regardless of whether you are currently working on campus or not, will be deemed to have made themselves unavailable for work.

Students who also do not comply with the policy by October 7 will be at risk of affecting their curriculum or future study plans.

Important dates

Staff, faculty and students who wish to submit a request for an exemption to the policy, must do so by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 20.

After September 20, 2021, all those who wish to access campus, must:

  • be fully vaccinated
  • be partially vaccinated (i.e., those who are awaiting the 28-day interval for their final dose and participating in the rapid antigen testing program)
  • have an approved exemption in accordance with the vaccination policy to participate in the rapid antigen testing program
  • have submitted an exemption request in accordance with the vaccination policy and are awaiting a determination of their request and participating in the rapid antigen testing program

In addition, after September 20, rapid antigen testing will no longer be available as an option to attend campus for those who are not in the above categories. Testing will be reserved for those who are partially vaccinated (as defined above), those who have received their exemption accommodation, or those who have submitted an exemption request and are awaiting a determination.

Faculty and staff who do not fall into one of the above categories after September 20 will be deemed to have made themselves unavailable for work and will not be permitted to access campus and may be placed on an unpaid leave of absence. Accommodations to address exemptions from the Vaccination Policy do not include work from home options.

For students who do not fall into one of the above categories after September 20, they will not be permitted to access campus. This will affect their ability to participate in on-campus events or attend in-person classes or labs. Students will need to contact their program coordinator for any curriculum concerns this may cause.

Vaccine Policy Compliance and Attestation Required by October 7, 2021.

As per the policy, All UWindsor employees, students and visitors must be partially vaccinated and awaiting eligibility for their second dose, fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption from the vaccination policy by October 7, 2021.

All staff, students and faculty must complete the vaccination attestation at uwindsor.ca/vaccine by no later than October 7, 2021.

We thank you for doing your part in complying with this important policy.

Vaccines remain readily available through the mass vaccination clinic at Devonshire Mall (wevax.ca), participating pharmacies and by appointment at Student Health Services.

 
  • All staff, faculty and students will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.
  • All those who are exempt from the vaccination policy due to medical reasons or other, or those who are not vaccinated will be required to conduct regular COVID-19 testing to access campus.
  • All those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 (with some exceptions) will be required to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination education session.
 

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to fill out a self-assessment form before arriving on campus. The self-assessment is done either through the SafeLancer application (available for both iOS and android) or you may submit a paper copy upon arrival. Please note a self-assessment is required every time (once per day) a student, faculty, staff or visitor attends campus (indoors or outdoors) and is a provincial requirement.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to adhere to the University’s safe return to campus plan which includes a daily self-assessment to access campus, following the mask policy, adhering to physically distanced protocols and more. Please visit the Return to Campus website to read about our fall return plans.

Students arriving to campus before September 7, 2021 will still be required to follow the University’s COVID-19 vaccination policy effective September 7, 2021

If you are fully vaccinated (2 doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine), you should attest to your vaccination status before arriving.  By October 7th, you will be required to provide proof of vaccinatin.  Specific instructions will be provided in the coming days.

Please note that all individuals travelling to campus with you will also be required to attest to their vaccination status.

If you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and/or have only one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be subject to COVID-19 testing prior to being able to move into residence. You will also be subject to testing throughout the semester if you remain partially or un-vaccinated.  Should you test positive you will not be allowed to move into residence. 

All individuals attending campus (or travelling with you) who are not fully vaccinated and/or only have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will also be subject to COVID-19 test upon arrival and will not be allowed in residence if they test positive at move-in.

If you are not fully vaccinated (2 doses) by October 7, 2021, you will be subject to regular testing.  If you choose not to be fully vaccinated and choose not to follow the regular testing, you must  have an approved exemption to remain in residence.

If you are a student completing quarantine, you will follow the same process of completing the self assessment before checking into residence.  If you can provide a recent negative PCR test result, you will be allowed to move into residence.  If you continue not to be fully vaccinate, you will be subjected to testing and the same protocols as described above.

If self-assessment form answers result in a Denied Access to campus, individuals are not permitted to come to campus.  

COVID-19 testing will be provided on campus, using rapid antigen tests, during student move-in to residence and at a designated location throughout the semester. More information about COVID-19 testing will be coming soon.

Students and visitors are also welcome to get a COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours of arriving on campus for move-in only. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours will be required.

The University is working in partnership with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit to host a pop-up vaccine clinic on Friday, September 10th.  Watch for details when these are confirmed. These clinics are barrier-free (do not require a health card or appointment) and are available for those 12 and older. Vaccine appointments are also readily available locally by visiting wevax.ca.

#TakeAJab Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

A COVID-19 vaccination awareness campaign was recently launched in partnership with student leadership to help provide vaccine information and resources. Visit the website to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and how you could win your share of over $17,000 in prizes!

We look forward to seeing you safely soon!