University of Windsor COVID-19 Vaccination Policy - updated August 26, 2021
As we look forward to welcoming you to the University of Windsor this fall and into residence, the health and safety of our staff, faculty and students remains our number one priority. Please carefully review the important information below as you prepare to join us on campus in the coming weeks.
We know that COVID-19 vaccinations are critical to reducing the likelihood of serious illness and help to keep our entire community safe. We encourage all individuals who are able, to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Recently, the University of Windsor and other post-secondary institutions across the province have issued mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies for all those attending campus in efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 for our campus community. This policy follows recommendations made by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Council of Ontario Universities.
Starting on September 7, 2021 for anyone who will be on campus, at least a first dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine will be required by September 7, 2021 and a second dose will be required by October 7, 2021. Accommodations can be requested for vaccination exemptions for medical reasons or under grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Further information about how to apply for an accommodation will be coming soon.
Those who are only partially vaccinated (one dose) or are not vaccinated as of September 7, will be subject to regular testing protocols
The University is working diligently to ensure processes are in place for the following:
- All staff, faculty and studens 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.
More detailed information about this new policy will be available in the coming days including where students, faculty, staff and visitors can attest to their COVID-19 vaccination and submit proof.
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.