Return to Campus Update: April 21, 2022

On-Campus Mask Requirement Extension

Dear UWindsor students, faculty and staff,

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.

Based on the recommendation of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) and in concert with the post-secondary sector, the University of Windsor’s Mandatory Mask Policy will remain in effect for the entire month of May. The Policy will be re-evaluated prior to May 31, 2022, and next steps will be broadly communicated.

In the spirit of keeping our campus and community safe, the COVID-19 executive leadership team and Office of Health & Safety strongly support an on-campus mask requirement for an additional month while case counts remain high.

The extension of the Mandatory Mask Policy for the month of May is the only change to the updates to COVID-19 policies, protocols and procedures that were outlined in the March 31, 2022 Return to Campus Newsletter. Simply put, the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy remains suspended as of May 1, as does the requirement for daily screening through the Safe Lancer App.

The University of Windsor continues to strongly recommend vaccination including 2nd boosters for those who are eligible. An on-campus pop-up vaccination clinic will take place in the Education Gym on Friday, April 29. Further details will be provided in upcoming Return to Campus newsletters.

Sincerely,

Rob Gordon, PhD
President and Vice Chancellor

Patti Weir, PhD  
Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic