UWindsor Together: Student Mental Health and Remote Learning Services
Health and Safety

Guidelines for Individuals Returning to Campus

Upon approval to return to campus or resume University activities, individuals are to adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Prior to going to campus each day (University buildings or property), individuals must complete a health screening for symptoms of COVID-19 using the Safe Lancer App COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, or a digital/printable version of the questionnaire.  Further details regarding these self-assessment tools are found at: https://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/339/self-assessment-questionnaire.

Upon completion of the self-assessment questionnaire, individuals will receive an Approved or Denied result “badge” based on the answers to the questions.

Individuals who receive an Approved result with a green badge are approved to proceed to campus. 

Supervisors or Departments/Faculties require that staff and faculty members demonstrate or forward their approved badge when attending campus.  Students will be asked to demonstrate their approved badge by a professor or other authorized university personnel, prior to admittance into the classroom or other campus spaces.

All faculty, staff, and students may be subject to screening spot checks across campus by assigned Health Screeners.

Any individuals who do not successfully pass the health screening questionnaire and receive a Denied red badge are to follow the instructions provided from health authorities:

  • Stay home and self-isolate
  • Complete the Ontario screening self-assessment at: https://covid19checkup.ca/ and follow the directions provided;
  • Contact a health care provider, Telehealth, or local health authority for further direction; and
  • Not return to campus until they are cleared by the applicable health authorities.

Staff and faculty must forward or report denied screening results (red badges) to the supervisor or department, and illness/absence reported as per the University’s illness reporting protocols below.

University contractors, visitors, or external parties are required to complete the University’s self-assessment questionnaire, or an approved equivalent version of health screening, before entering University buildings or property. Supervisors must ensure that external visitors, parties or contractors directly engaged by their unit are aware of this screening requirement, and the health screening checks on campus to demonstrate compliance. 

Contractors, visitors or external parties that receive a Denied result on the self-assessment must:

  • Not proceed to campus
  • Follow Public Health direction
  • Follow the established reporting protocols, where applicable.

Upon of a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 case, contractor representatives must report the case immediately to the University representative who arranged the work/activity on campus.  The University representative will notify Health and Safety of the confirmed case.

The Health and Safety office will initiate further action as required by the University and/or WECHU protocols.

Employees and Supervisors shall follow the established screening protocols, and report illness or isolation per the steps outlined in the Human Resources document Employee Guide to Reporting Illness or Infection, and Employee Privacy.  Employees requesting accommodation due to individual risk factors must speak with their Supervisor and/or Human Resources.

All students (except those in the JD and Dual JD programs, who should follow the Faculty of Law protocols) are asked to report any illness requiring an academic accommodation through UWinsite Student. During the COVID-19 Academic Emergency period, students will not need to submit a medical note to indicate illness of any kind.  Students participating in off-campus or workplace settings will be guided by faculty or workplace requirements regarding screening/illness reporting

2. Individuals are encouraged to utilize the testing which is now widely available, if concerned about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, and follow the instructions provided by health authorities.

3. Individuals on campus are expected to follow the health and safety recommendations and directives provided by local and provincial health authorities, including:

  • Proper hand hygiene: Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water >20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Proper respiratory etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with elbow or sleeve.  Discard of tissues immediately and wash hands afterwards.  Avoid touching face, eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining 2 metres (6 feet) away from others, whenever possible.
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, or as required by the University and/or local public health officials.
  • Limit gatherings per local health authority directives.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.

4. It is expected that all individuals on campus are to follow the health and safety directives provided by the University, including:

  • Posted signage and protocols
  • Screening protocols
  • Illness and absence reporting
  • Participating in safety training, as required
  • Directional signage and floor markings
  • Restricted / closed spaces or work areas
  • Procedures and protocols, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Community Protective Equipment (CPE) as required
  • Required use of Community Protective Equipment (non-medical mask or face covering) when entering or exiting campus buildings, and in common spaces where physical distancing may be difficult, such as entrances and exits, stairwells, hallways, lounges, washrooms and elevators.
  • Employees reporting hazards and concerns to their Supervisor
  • Employees requesting accommodation due to individual risk factors must speak with their Supervisor and/or Human Resources.

5. Supervisors are required to maintain accurate records of all employees who are working on campus. 

University employees are responsible to maintain a 14-day record of their work days, work locations, and any possible close contacts.  Close contact is defined as:

  • Being less than 2 metres apart; and
  • Longer than 15 minutes.

These records will be important to provide information for contact tracing, if required by WECHU and/or the University.