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Coming to Campus
The University of Guelph-Humber (Guelph-Humber) is following government and public health directives as we welcome students and employees to our campus and facilities.
With our partner, Humber, Guelph-Humber has a number of precautions in place to keep our community safe. The information on this site applies to students, employees, contractors and visitors to Guelph-Humber and the Humber College campus and facilities.
Masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors at Guelph-Humber facilities. This decision aligns Guelph-Humber’s approach with the public health approach used in other learning spaces (e.g., high schools and elementary schools) and work/public venues (e.g., theatres, malls).
Many of our community members will still choose to wear a mask while in our facilities. As a community, let’s support one another’s decisions and remember that each person’s situation is unique.
The University will continue to monitor public health trends. Any updates on our masking requirement will be shared as they become available.
Self-monitoring continues to be important. Remember, if you’re sick, please stay home.
Please read the information below carefully before attending campus.
University of Guelph-Humber
Fall 2022 Start Up FAQs
What is Guelph-Humber doing to monitor the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic?
University employees continue to meet regularly to discuss the pandemic and respond to the latest information from public health officials. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the university will share the latest information and steps being taken on the updates webpage.
What do I do if I have or think I have COVID-19?
If you are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, take Ontario's Self-assessment to find out what to do next. Please follow the guidance provided with respect to self-monitoring, and masking. For all other questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.675.5007.
Students living in residence who are isolating because of COVID-19 must complete the Residence Isolation Reporting form.
Employees who believe they have a campus-acquired case of COVID-19 are asked to notify Occupational Health and Safety at email@example.com.
What is Guelph-Humber’s vaccination policy for COVID-19?
There is no vaccination policy currently in place at Guelph-Humber or Humber. There is no active screening at campus entry points. The Guelph-Humber community is encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations as they are an important tool in preventing infection and spread of the disease, as per public health. As a reminder, if you are feeling unwell, do not come to campus.
Are masks mandatory on campus?
Indoor masking on campus is a personal choice. Guelph-Humber and Humber will always be caring communities and mask-friendly environments.
Although the choice to wear a mask is personal, respect is mandatory. We ask the Guelph-Humber community to respectfully navigate situations one might encounter and be considerate of others’ comfort levels.
Students and employees who wish to wear masks will need to bring their own. There may be some scenarios in which masking is still required for reasons such as close proximity for extended periods of time, industry standards, human rights requirement, etc. In these scenarios, masks will be provided. Please speak with your manager or instructor if you have questions about whether this applies to your situation.
Throughout the pandemic, we have focused on creating safe places to learn, work and live. We appreciate your continued cooperation and consideration of others.
What can I do/say to someone who is NOT wearing a mask? What can I do/say to someone who IS wearing a mask?
Nothing. Masking is optional. Respect is mandatory. Please respect personal choice. If you have concerns about health and safety in your work or study environment, please bring those forward to your manager or instructor.
How often will high-touch areas (i.e. washrooms, elevators, etc.) be sanitized?
Guelph-Humber and Humber have a disinfection team that rotates around the campuses disinfecting high touch surfaces. This includes door handles, railings, elevator buttons, vending machines, parking machines, drinking fountains, etc. The focus is on high use areas.
Sanitizing wipes are provided for wiping down shared surfaces and equipment in classes and labs. Hand sanitizer is available in classes and labs, as well as throughout the halls.
Also, a product called Aegis has been applied to all high touch point surfaces, which works on a microscopic level to kill any viruses that come in contact with it. Though regular disinfecting will continue, Aegis provides another layer of protection between cleanings.
Washroom cleaning depends on location and use. For example, washrooms near the third floor of the learning commons are cleaned hourly because of high use, while some of the quieter locations are cleaned five times a day.
How is Guelph-Humber monitoring the air quality in its buildings?
Humber’s Capital Development and Facilities Management (CDFM) team works diligently to monitor and continuously test the air quality of all Humber owned buildings and spaces at all locations including the Guelph-Humber building. Over the course of the pandemic, the facilities team worked with external engineering consulting firms to ensure the campus met or exceeded best practice guidance for ventilation.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of the Guelph-Humber community remains a top priority. All the work done to improve Guelph-Humber’s HVAC systems, including filtration and ventilation practices, remain in place and we will continue efforts to ensure healthy, standard-compliant indoor air quality.
What supports are available?
The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) strives to promote an environment that is wellness-enhancing, inclusive, and welcoming for students. SWAC provides confidential, non-judgemental services in all areas of personal health and wellness, as well as Counselling Services to assist Guelph-Humber and Humber students by working through and resolving difficulties with their well-being and success. Contact information can be found on SWAC’s website.
What do I do if an instructor is not being supportive of my need to stay away from campus because I am sick?
If a particular instructor is not understanding of a student's need to stay home when they are ill, the student should contact their program head or assistant program head in order to discuss the situation.
Check back regularly for new information and visit www.guelphhumber.ca/covid-info for the latest COVID-19 updates.