Institutional Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University of Windsor is committed to a phased approach towards the resumption of campus operations. The following approaches will guide our planning: 

  • Our top priority is to provide a safe environment for our staff, faculty and students.
  • Our return to campus will be gradual, deliberate and guided by prevailing public health advice and provincial restrictions.
  • We will establish a phased approach that will guide our planning.
  • We will prioritize critical research associated to COVID-19 and resume other research as approved by public health authorities.
  • Staff and faculty will receive considerable advanced notice of their return to work plan and the associated protocols.
  • We are committed to advancing the mission of our university while providing an exceptional student experience.
  • We will adapt our program delivery in alternative and innovative methods so as to engage our students and support their learning journey.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus: 

  • When an individual reports a lab-confirmed positive case, the Supervisor/faculty member must immediately inform their Dean/Director and Health and Safety at safety@uwindsor.ca, 519-253-3000 ext. 2055.  Health and Safety will initiate notification to Senior Leadership, activate the COVID-19 Case Response Team, the COVID-19 Communications Response Team, and Facility Services, Environmental Services for disinfection purposes as required.  Reasonable measures will be taken to protect the identity of individuals with respect to COVID-19 case management.   

  • Supervisors and employees are reminded that a positive test result is a medical diagnosis, and must be treated confidentially, including not sharing this information with others.  This information is only to be shared with Health and Safety and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU).  

  • Supervisors and employees must ensure their records of on-campus work days, hours, building locations, and close contacts are readily available to forward to Health and Safety, upon request. 

  • The University, Health and Safety, and the COVID-19 Case Response Team will work with WECHU to determine the next steps required.   

  • Contact tracing will be conducted by WECHU, in consultation with the COVID-19 Case Response Team, and will identify and contact only those individuals who are required to self-isolate and/or get tested. The University will follow the direction from WECHU or the appropriate public health bodies on the approach to contact tracing and communication on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Only those who meet the University’s definition of “close contact”, or those identified by WECHU, will be individually notified. Close contact means:

    • for longer than 15 minutes

    • being less than 2 meters (6 feet) apart AND 

  • Anyone who is identified as having been in close contact with a person who tested positive will be asked to self-isolate from the last known contact with the affected individual, per the direction of public health authorities.  

  • The work area will be closed to other users and properly disinfected.  Health and Safety will coordinate with Facility Services on the appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures as appropriate.  

  • While maintaining the individual’s health information privacy, the University and the COVID-19 Communications Response Team will act on WECHU or appropriate public health bodies’ instruction to post notices of any positive COVID-19 results.    

  • It is critical to continue to practice physical distancing, proper hygiene etiquette, wearing Community Protective Equipment (CPE) and conducting a health screening self-assessment, as part of the COVID-19 hazard mitigation measures outlined in the University’s Return to Campus communications and directions. 

UWindsor has developed comprehensive protocols and procedures for any reported confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus in accordance with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU). Learn more about UWindsor's COVID-19 response here.

Only confirmed, positive COVID-19 cases on-campus will be communicated and do not always pose a threat to the greater UWindsor community. An 'On-Campus Case' is defined as an individual who may have been on campus during their infectious period. Please note the reported cases are not necessarily connected to one another in any way.

The most effective way to stay updated in real-time is to refer to this webpage for the latest on-campus cases.

Confirmed Cases 43
Resolved Cases 43
Total Cases Reported to date 43

Confirmed, Resolved and Outbreak cases are defined by and as directed by WECHU.

The dates of any on-campus COVID-19 positive case that has been confirmed at UWindsor can be found below.
◦ Updated June 18, 2021

June 2021: 0 cases

Privacy of our community 
Upholding the privacy and confidentiality of members of the UWindsor community is vital. Any information that may compromise the identity of individuals testing COVID-19 positive will not be shared outside of the COVID-19 Response Teams and WECHU.

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 & 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 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. 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.

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.

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.

Supervisors are required to maintain accurate records of all employees who are working on campus. These records will be important to provide information for contact tracing, if required by WECHU and/or the 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.