Return to Campus Life and Community E-Newsletter
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Update December 5, 2022 - A Message from President Gordon & Provost Weir
Hello UWindsor students, faculty and staff,
With an eye towards the end of the term, exams, and the start of the winter semester in the new year, we’d like to take an opportunity to thank the campus community for their on-going cooperation and dedication to keeping each other as healthy and safe as possible. Doing so has allowed us to enjoy a successful in-person semester including the return of in-person activities and events that are foundational to the university experience.
Update November 17, 2022 - Feeling sick? Do not come to campus.
The University of Windsor reminds students, faculty, staff and visitors that anyone feeling ill must not attend campus. With cases of respiratory illnesses (COVID-19, influenza, RSV) rising throughout the province, we ask our campus community to stay home when feeling sick.
This includes instances where you may have symptoms which resemble COVID-19, yet receive a negative result from a COVID-19 rapid test. Please, stay home until symptoms have resolved. While potentially not COVID-19 (or a false negative), the illness could be influenza (flu) which is noted by Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore to be "particularly virulent."
Update November 9, 2022 - Strict Compliance to Mask Policy is Required
Students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to comply with the COVID-19 Mask Policy to the fullest extent possible.
At this time, the University of Windsor requires wearing a mask whenever physical distancing of two metres/six feet (2m / 6 ft.) cannot be maintained. However, wearing masks when indoors regardless of physical distancing is strongly recommended.
Update October 27, 2022 - Campus days at WECHU Public Health Clinic
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is hosting an on-going public health vaccination clinic in the Katzman Lounge of Vanier Hall.
Next week, on Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3, dedicated walk-in vaccination clinics for the UWindsor community will be held between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Flu shots and the COVID-19 vaccine, including the bivalent booster (formulated to defend against the prevailing Omicron variant), will be available to all ages.
Update September 15, 2022 - Return to Campus Update
The University of Windsor reminds students, faculty and staff of the COVID-19 Mask Policy which requires that individuals wear a mask in all indoor spaces where physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. It is the responsibility of anyone who attends campus to bring a mask so that it can be worn in these indoor spaces. Masks will be provided for incidental replacement (ie. dropped, lost or soiled masks).
Update September 12, 2022 - Mask Policy Reminder: A Message from President Gordon & Provost Weir
Hello UWindsor students, faculty and staff,
It was wonderful to see our campus thriving during orientation week. Rekindling our face-to-face relationships is so important.
Update September 1, 2022 - Celebrate the return of campus life and community!
Enjoy this brief video featuring UWSA President Alanna Olteanu, and President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Gordon. The video presents important information that you need to know as we welcome the UWindsor community back to campus for the Fall 2022 semester. https://youtu.be/0s6evWQXbus
Update August 24, 2022 - Fall 2022 Semester
Hello UWindsor students, faculty and staff,
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we prepare to welcome you back to campus for the Fall 2022 semester. There is a renewed sense of energy as we plan for teaching, learning and research on-campus at levels comparable to before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to read more.
Update August 4, 2022 - Message from Residence Services
The University of Windsor requires that anyone living in residence for Fall/Winter 2022-2023 complete a vaccination attestation at www.uwindsor.ca/vaccine prior to Fall move in regardless of vaccination status. At this time, vaccination is not required to live in residence or to attend campus. We encourage all individuals who are able, to get the vaccine or booster when eligible.
As we look forward to the fall semester and residence move in, the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty remains our number one priority. Throughout the pandemic we have continued to implement robust health and safety protocols based on the advice of public health authorities. The decision to require vaccination attestation follows discussions surrounding the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, including the concerns of current and future waves by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the emergence of new variants and current regional vaccination rates.
Attestations will assist with contact tracing and isolation requirements should COVID-19 positive cases appear in residence. We know that COVID-19 vaccinations are critical to reducing the likelihood of serious illness and help to keep our entire community safe. More information regarding on campus vaccination clinic dates will be posted on this website.
Update June 3, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: Changes to the Mandatory Mask Policy
Effective June 6, 2022, the University of Windsor’s Mandatory Mask Policy has been updated and will require individuals to wear a mask in all indoor spaces only where physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. This includes classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, conference rooms, vehicles, lounges, and shared spaces.
Update May 19, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: Mask Requirement Extended Until Further Notice
Based on the recommendation of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) and in alignment with numerous post-secondary institutions across the province, the University of Windsor’s Mandatory Mask Policy will remain in effect until further notice.
Update April 28, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: Screening Procedures and Building Access
As of May 1, 2022, scanning a QR code generated by the Safe Lancer App is no longer required when entering campus buildings.
Update April 21, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: On-Campus Mask Requirement Extension
As noted by provincial and local public health officials, Windsor-Essex and the province of Ontario are currently in the 6th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though not as high as the 5th wave in January, case counts and wastewater testing results indicate continued elevated levels in our local community and it will be prudent to keep layers of protection in place against COVID-19 transmission and infection.
Update March 31, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: A Message from President Gordon and Provost Weir
We are pleased to share with you today important information about our COVID-19 policies moving forward into the Intersession, Summer and Fall semesters (after April 30, 2022). We appreciate the patience demonstrated by our entire University of Windsor community as our Return to Campus Action Group, Office of Health & Safety and Executive Leadership teams conferred with our stakeholder groups, sector partners and local public health officials.
Update March 30, 2022 - Health & Safety Bulletin: Changes to Isolation Requirements
Based on current federal, provincial and local trends, the University of Windsor is aligning with public health directives for positive and/or presumed cases and close contacts. Effective Monday, April 4, 2022, the University of Windsor will move to the provincial standard of five-day isolation for positive and/or presumed COVID-19 cases and certain close contacts as outlined in provincial guidance.
Update March 17, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: COVID-19 Policy & Protocol Review
The University of Windsor is currently reviewing all COVID-19 policies and protocols to ensure alignment with public health guidance at the federal, provincial and local level. The Return to Campus Action Group, Executive Leadership Team and Office of Health & Safety are undergoing an extensive analysis (as they have throughout the pandemic) and will provide updated guidance in the coming weeks in advance of the summer and fall semesters. As always, the institution will prioritize the health and safety of the UWindsor community.
Update March 10, 2022 - Return to Campus Update
The University of Windsor reminds students, faculty and staff that the institution’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Mandatory Mask policies will remain in effect for the entirety of the Winter 2022 semester. This is in accordance with recommendations by the Council of Ontario Universities and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) and will also serve to minimize uncertainty and disruption.
Update March 3, 2022 - Return to Campus Update: Capacity Limits
Dear UWindsor Community,
Throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Windsor and the Office of Health & Safety have been guided by federal, provincial and local public health officials in supporting the health and safety of the UWindsor community. The policies and procedures that were developed and enacted have involved a multi-layered approach to keeping our campus community safe.
Update February 15, 2022 - Ontario Reopening Plan Update
As announced yesterday by the Government of Ontario, public health indicators continue to improve. In the coming weeks, public health measures will be eased with the removal of capacity limits in all indoor public settings by March 1, 2022. On this date, Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements, however businesses and institutions may continue to require proof of vaccination.
Update February 4, 2022 - Building Access Reminder
Campus buildings where classes and labs take place are generally unlocked Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Update January 28, 2022 - Welcome Back to Campus
Monday, January 31 will mark the return to in-person work, learning and on-campus activities. With a greater on-campus presence, the vibrance and energy of our campus will return in ways that have been longed for community-wide over the last 20 months.
It's important to remember that Monday's return to campus is likely an all new experience for many students, faculty and staff. Let's make kindness and patience a priority as we learn and work together while supporting a safe return.
Update January 27, 2022 - Return to Campus Begins Monday
As we prepare for a return to in-person work, learning and on-campus activities, we ask that you please review the following that outlines some of the University's robust health and safety guidelines, policies and procedures.
While the semester is already underway, Monday will mark the return of the largest number of students, faculty and staff on-campus since March 2020.
Update January 26, 2022 - Reminders and Protocols Update: Faculty & Staff
Reporting an illness and related absence is critical to ensuring campus operations run smoothly while presented with the serious challenge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Employees are reminded that supervisors must be notified of illness and absence even if working remotely. This includes isolation directives based on being a close contact of another individual.
Update January 20, 2022 - Return to Campus Life and Community E-Newsletter (Weekly Update)
The Return to Campus website is a central information resource designed for the entire UWindsor community. Sub-sections for students, faculty, staff and research, along with information for campus visitors, have been designed to support the UWindsor community while learning and working remotely, and in support of Return to Campus efforts.
Update January 17, 2022 - Return to Campus Learning and Work: Monday, January 31
Dear UWindsor Community
Members of the UWindsor community have asked for greater clarity regarding plans to return to campus, and we acknowledge how important it is to provide as clear a sense as we can about how the rest of the semester will unfold. Over the past weeks, we have consulted with local and provincial health officials, members of the campus community and colleagues at other post-secondary institutions. Our collective goals are to keep our communities and our universities safe, while maintaining and supporting the research, knowledge creation and learning goals of everyone who is part of our campus.
Update January 13, 2022 - Winter 2022 Semester Commences Monday
The University of Windsor is excited to welcome students and faculty to begin the Winter 2022 term on Monday with a virtual start. We acknowledge that our students and faculty in Education and Nursing began their semesters on January 3 in order to accommodate practicum and clinical rotations.
Update January 11, 2022 - Vaccination Policy Updates
Due to the delayed start of the Winter 2022 semester, returning students whose vaccination status may have changed are required to complete the attestation of their COVID-19 vaccination status by no later than January 31, 2022.
Update January 4, 2022 - Health & Safety Update: Ontario Moving to Modified Step 2
As announced by the Government of Ontario on Monday, the province is moving to a “modified step 2 of the roadmap to reopen” effective 12:01 am January 5, 2022 for at least 21 days. In keeping with this directive, the University of Windsor mandates that employees who are able to work remotely from home are required to do so.
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