Safe Return to Campus E-Newsletter and Bulletin
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Update Sept. 17, 2020
Update on Planning for the Winter 2021 Semester
As the Fall semester begins, I want to take a moment to celebrate the efforts of our University of Windsor campus community in preparing for this challenging and unpredictable academic year. Throughout the summer, faculty, staff and students have made extraordinary efforts to master new technologies, find new ways to connect, solve the problems of this unfamiliar environment, and create the high-quality learning experiences that inspire passion for learning and lasting connections. We are ready for the Fall semester, and together we will make this year supportive, engaging, and successful.
Although much has changed over the past six months, our priorities have not. They include:
- Safeguarding the health and safety of our campus community through close adherence to the rules set out by governments and health authorities, such as physical distancing, limits to the size of gatherings, heightened levels of sanitation, and the use of community protective equipment;
- Delivering high-quality educational experiences in a responsive learning environment;
- Supporting the continuation of knowledge creation, community engagement, innovation and collaboration; and
- Serving the needs of our local and global communities.
After careful analysis of several options and scenarios, we have made the decision that in Winter 2021 the majority of University of Windsor courses will continue to be offered through online delivery, with face-to-face offerings being provided where in-person interaction is integral to meeting program learning outcomes. This is essentially a continuation of our current approach, but with the possibility that additional co-curricular face-to-face activities will be mounted as COVID-19 conditions permit.
Update Sept. 15, 2020
Health Unit confirms first UWindsor student COVID-19 case
The University of Windsor was informed earlier today by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit that an off-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex County states that while this is a low risk exposure, everyone is reminded to continue to be mindful of public health measures to reduce to the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
The student is currently in self-isolation at home, did not attend classes on campus, and no campus exposures have been identified. The University has implemented its COVID-19 response plan and is working closely with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in this matter.
Update Aug. 20, 2020
A gradual and safe return
We are committed to follow the province's direction and that of our Public Health agencies. As a result, and although we are diligently preparing for a return to campus, most of us will not be on-campus when the fall semester starts. Classes will be primarily online, and most of our staff and faculty will continue to work remotely — at least for now.
And until the virus is defeated, we will continue to frame all of our decisions and planning around the best ways and measures to put the health and safety of our entire campus community first.
That means we will not be rushing to bring everyone back to work once the fall arrives. There are some key things we want our staff and faculty to know as we move forward:
- There will be ample notification when staff and faculty will be expected to return to campus.
- As we have previously mentioned, the return will be phased in.
- All on-campus activities will resume gradually.
- We will also take into consideration that the members of our campus family have faced some challenging times over the past few months, and continue to do so over the days and weeks ahead. They will have our support and assurances that they will have plenty of time to make decisions when it comes to important issues involving child care and other family supports.
As we move forward, there will continue to be more information and updates provided in this space on these issues and many others.
Please regularly check the “Return to Campus” website that gathers in one place the current status of planning, guidelines for health and safety, and news associated with COVID-19.
Campus Services expands cleaning plan for return to campus
Increasing cleaning practices is one of the many important steps towards a safe Return to Campus plan. Read more about how Custodial Services is taking careful steps to help keep the campus community safe against COVID-19 here.
Supports available for students who suspect they have COVID-19
If a student suspects they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, there are resources and supports available.
Ryan Flannagan, Associate Vice President of Student Experience, wants students to know we are here to help. Find out how here.
Update August 6, 2020
What’s Open and What’s Not
There are a number of campus services available to support the University of Windsor community. While the campus and all buildings remain closed with the exception of essential services and critical research, you can find a variety of alternative service delivery options including remote online support, curbside pickup and more.
There’s an app for that: Safe Lancer to add new self-assessment feature
Free to download at the end of August 2020, the latest update to the Safe Lancer mobile app will assist with COVID-19 screening on campus. It's an important part of UWindsor's Return to Campus plan.
Residence life Fall 2020
UWindsor is welcoming nearly 200 students to residence for fall 2020. Ensuring the best experience possible under current circumstances, support staff have prepared to make residence life safe, engaging and connected for students living on campus this upcoming term.
To learn more about what is planned and changes, click here.
Update July 23, 2020
Mandatory Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering
In an effort to further support the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students, effective Monday, July 27, 2020, the University of Windsor will require all employees, students, visitors and contractors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when entering all campus buildings and in common spaces where physical distancing may be difficult (entrances, exits, hallways, stairwells, lounges, washrooms and elevators).
Zone & Flow analysis to ensure safe movement on campus
If you’ve recently been to local grocery store, you are well aware of social distancing signage, traffic guidelines and the requirement to wear a face covering.
The same process is happening to the University of Windsor campus.
Masks to be provided in Return to Campus welcome packages
To ensure a safe transition back to campus, UWindsor is providing three reusable masks to students living in residence this fall, as well as to faculty and staff upon their eventual return.
The masks will be made of washable cloth and were selected after scrupulous quality testing by UWindsor’s Ken Drouillard and Sharon Lackie.
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