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Update: March 26, 2020 - Parking

The University of Guelph-Humber will issue prorated refunds to students who had an active parking permit as of March 16th 2020.

Each student will be refunded for the period of March 16th thru the date of the winter semester parking permit expiry of April 30th.

Pass holders are not required to return parking permits or lot access cards in order to qualify for the prorated refund.

  • For premium (lot 3)  parking permits holders the prorated refund amount will be $108.38.
  • For Queen's Plate Drive parking permit holders, the prorated refund amount will be $78.38.

The prorated refund will be credited to your student account by Student Financial Services.  The refund should be on your account in about 7 days.

Update: March 23, 2020 -  Update on course delivery, grades and course drop dates

Course Delivery Update

As you are aware, the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have led to significant changes to the structure and delivery of your courses for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester. Your instructors have been authorized to make these adjustments, following University Policy on Academic Continuity.

We understand that you may have questions or concerns regarding changes to the remainder of your courses. To address these in an effective and efficient manner, we ask that you follow the directions below:

  1. If you have questions about the general approach taken by the university to finish the academic year or are having difficulties with online delivery, please review the FAQs contained on this webpage.
  2. If you have specific questions about your course(s), including course material, assignments, exams or grade weightings, alternative delivery and particular accommodations, please contact your instructor.
  3. If you need to request Deferred Privileges for your course, because you cannot complete a final term assignment/test or final exam,please contact your Academic Advisor

Student Grades and Course Drop Dates

Student success is of utmost importance and the University recognizes the incredible strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the well-being of our students and our community. We understand that the changes we have had to make may affect students’ abilities to cover original course material and be assessed on the learning outcomes.

In order to support all students and allow for informed decisions, a revised grading structure and extended drop date have been implemented for the Winter 2020 semester.  

Final Grades that have been received in the Office of Registrarial Services will show on WebAdvisor beginning April 30, 2020.  Grades will continue to be updated on WebAdvisor as they are received until May 6, 2020. At that time, students may choose one of the following options:

  • Keep final numeric grade awarded 
  • Assign a pass, provided the student has achieved a passing grade (The “Pass” designation does not affect your semester average or your cumulative GPA; you will receive credit for the course). 
  • Drop the course
 

Students will have until Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to decide whether to retain the numerical grade, opt for a “Pass” designation or drop the course.  Students must request a pass using an electronic form provided by the Office of Registrarial Services. Students must drop their course using WebAdvisor. It is important that students look into future program requirements before making decisions regarding dropping a course versus taking a “Pass” designation or retaining the numerical grade.

These instructions will also be posted on WebAdvisor and CourseLink.

Please Note:

  • Students with a current request for academic consideration should note these are being reviewed by the Academic Consideration committee as faculty and staff continue to work remotely. 
  • New requests for academic consideration related to the format of course delivery, grading scheme, or a revised final examination should be sent to your Academic Advisor
  • The credits from a “Pass” designation will be counted in the cumulative total of credits.
  • Pass designation counts toward prerequisites in the same manner as a numerical grade.
  • If you are currently on probation, you will remain on probation for the next term. No students will be required to withdraw based on their Winter 2020 grades.
  • The University will work with departments where there are numerical grade requirements for specific courses.
  • The University is looking ahead to the impacts of COVID-19 on future semesters and planning for the impacts on course availability. 

Update: March 20, 2020 - Final Exams Update

Winter 2020 Final Exams will be scheduled from 13-25 April 2020 where required. Please visit guelphhumber.ca/registrar/schedules for further information.  ​​​​​​

Update: March 20, 2020 - New required move out date for Residence

Dear Students,

 

As you know, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. Humber has closed its campuses and Faculties/programs are arranging for course completion to occur remotely/online. Students will not need to return to campus for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester. This means that there is no longer an academic need for students to remain in residence. As a result, we now expect residents to permanently move out of residence by Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.

We understand that some students have legitimate extenuating circumstances making it difficult for them to vacate immediately. Residents with no access to other accommodation options must complete the Residence Extension Request form on the residence portal at https://myresidence.humber.ca/starrezportalx by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Students who are approved for an extension should be aware that Humber may need to relocate residents to different rooms or different campuses. As we may be required to close the residences at both Lakeshore and North Campus prior to April 18, we recommend any student granted an extension to find an alternative housing arrangement as soon as possible. 

As previously communicated, residents who move out permanently by 12:00pm on March 24, 2020 will receive a prorated refund of $827 for single rooms and $1,045 for suite rooms, as well as the unused balance of their meal plan. Please ensure that when you move out, you take all your belongings with you, as once you check out at the front desk, you will no longer have access to residence for the remainder of the academic year.

As a reminder, many residence services have already been reduced, and we expect to further reduce services after March 24. Take-out meals will be offered on a reduced schedule from the residence cafeteria. We are no longer permitting overnight guests and we are restricting daytime guest visits to those that are necessary.

We know that this isn’t the way that any of us expected the semester to end, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please direct any questions to resmail@humber.ca

Sincerely,
Susan Miller
Associate Director, Campus Services

Update: March 19, 2020 - A message to students from Vice-Provost, John Walsh

We know that the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation has been challenging and a source of stress for you and your fellow students. The University of Guelph-Humber is monitoring the changes closely. The health, well-being, and safety of our campus community remain our top priority. 

We have made some important decisions that I want to share with you. 

When academic delivery resumes on Monday, March 23, all University of Guelph-Humber classes will be offered through an alternative delivery format until the end of the Winter 2020 semester which concludes on Thursday, April 9. Students will not need to return to campus for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester

We know that this isn’t the way that any of us expected or wanted the semester to end. As your safety and academic success are of paramount importance, we believe completing the Winter 2020 semester in this manner is the best option. 

We will make every effort to ensure that you complete your studies successfully, and are supported along the way. We are working to ensure that students in the final semester of their programs will be able to meet graduation requirements in order to graduate on time.

Regardless of any changes to the delivery format, you will be granted the same credit value for completing your courses based on the assessment of required learning outcomes.


Please note the following: 

Access To Campus

As you are aware, Humber’s campuses, as well as the University of Guelph-Humber building, are closed indefinitely and we are significantly limiting the number of people to only those providing onsite essential services. We recognize there may be specific circumstances that require students to pick up personal items from campus (i.e. those kept in lockers). If you absolutely must retrieve any items from campus, you must do so by Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.

Students must first contact Public Safety by email at publicsafety@humber.ca or call 416-675-8500 to make pick-up arrangements. You will receive direction on which entrance to access and you should be prepared to be asked some initial screening questions by security and to provide picture identification. If you do not contact Public Safety, you will not be able to access campus.

We know that you may have questions about refunds for services, such as parking. Updates regarding refunds for these kinds of items will be forthcoming as we continue to assess the operational impact of the COVID-19 situation.   

While this is an unprecedented situation, the University of Guelph-Humber has dedicated and experienced faculty and support staff who can respond to the varying needs of our students. Our immediate focus is on ensuring that each of you has the opportunity to successfully complete your Winter 2020 courses.  

Sincerely,

John Walsh

Vice-Provost, University of Guelph-Humber

 

Update: March 19, 2020 - Student Services Update 

Dear Guelph-Humber students:

As you are aware, Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber have closed all campuses until further notice based on recommendations from Public Health about social distancing. Classes are cancelled this week and will resume online Monday March 23. We are currently focused on determining how best to support your ability to successfully complete your semester.

We will provide you with the services (many of which are already available online) that you require to support that success and are committed to working hard to meet your personal and academic needs by phone, on-line, and using video conferencing tools to maintain a personal connection.

During this time, please visit guelphhumber.ca/Covid-19 for updates and an FAQ. If you have an existing appointment with one of Humber or University of Guelph-Humbers’ Student Services for the week of March 16, you will be contacted directly by that service about next steps. While campuses are closed, we expect that most services will be offered remotely rather than in person.

Our priority, as always, is to support your health and well-being. We will adjust our plans and offerings in response to changing conditions and your feedback.

If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, you can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or use Therapy Assist Online, which provides online and mobile tools.

Please note that University of Guelph-Humber staff are responding to emails and that all offices and departments are closed for in-person service until further notice. Please email the appropriate department directly. All CareersPlacementStudent LifeStudent Financial ServicesAcademic Advisors will be available via email. 

The University's faculty and staff directory can be found at guelphhumber.ca/directory. A list of specific departments follows:

Below, in alphabetical order, are the Humber services that are available to you as a University of Guelph-Humber student:

Aboriginal Resource Centre: The Aboriginal Resource Centres at North and Lakeshore campuses are closed and all events and on-campus programs are suspended until further notice. We will be developing expanded online events, resources and student support offerings in the weeks to come. Follow us on Facebook @HumberARC, Instagram @Humber_arc, and Twitter @Humber_ARC or email us at indigenous@humber.ca to learn more.

Accounting Centre: The Lakeshore and North Accounting Centres are closed. The Accounting Centre services are available by using the Live Support link via our website business.humber.ca/current-students/resources/learning-labs/accounting-centre.html or by email at accountingcentre@humber.ca. Our hours of operation are: 
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Athletics & Recreation: The athletics facilities are closed and programming has been suspended until further notice.

  • Fitness: A variety of “working out/fitness at home” videos will be posted daily through Athletics’ social media platforms while the Athletic facilities are closed.
  • Personal Training: Personal trainers will connect with their clients to offer virtual personal training sessions.
  • Varsity Academic Center: The Varsity Academic Coordinator will establish virtual advising to support student-athletes and their transition to remote learning.
  • Recreation: All programming is suspended. The recreation banquet will be presented online.

The BASE: The Centre is closed and all programming has been suspended until further notice. More information about additional related services can be found at humber.ca/thebase.  

Bookstore: North and Lakeshore Campus bookstores are closed. Visit

bkstr.com/humberitstore/home for more information.

Campus Security: The Department of Public Safety will continue normal operations and be available on campus 24/7.  Contact information is as follows:  

 
Public Safety - Non-Emergency: 416-675-8500
Public Safety - Emergency: 416-675-6622 ext. 4000
humber.ca/publicsafety

Food Services: All food services on Humber campuses are closed, except for the residence cafeterias at North and Lakeshore which remain open for residence students.

Effective Tuesday March 17:

  • The residence cafeterias at North and Lakeshore Campus are open until 8:00 p.m. daily. 
  • The cafeterias will offer limited prepackaged "meals to go" daily for students wishing to purchase additional meals.
  • If you would like to purchase a prepackaged meal and none are available, please check with the Food Service Supervisor or Chef who can package a meal for you.
  • Following the direction of public health about social distancing, the cafeteria seating area is closed.

IGNITE: Effective March 16, all IGNITE services are closed and events have been cancelled for the remainder of the semester. We sincerely apologize to everyone who use our services and were excited for our events.

Please note that our offices at both the North and Lakeshore campus are closed until further notice. Our staff are available via email to help answer any questions/concerns you may have. Visit  ignitestudentlife.com for more information.


International Centre and Services: The International Centre at both campuses is closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice. Our staff members are working and are available to answer your questions.  Use the contact form to submit your questions: international.humber.ca/contact.html.  

Information Technology Services: Drop-in support is closed until further notice. You can call, e-mail, or chat with us. We are open 24/7. 

Phone:  416.675.6622 X8888, 1.866.484.6622 (Toll Free)
Chat:  humber.ca/techtalk
Email:  supportcentre@humber.ca

(For University of Guelph-Humber, students should contact Academic & Campus Technology Services: guelphhumber.ca/acts, or by email: acts@guelphhumber.ca)

LGBTQ+ Centre:  The Centre is closed and all programming has been suspended until further notice. More information about additional related services can be found at humber.ca/lgbtq/content/we-are-proud.

Libraries:

Extensive online resources including over 5 million eBooks, 105,000+ eJournals, 157 eResources available at library.humber.ca

Email support via ghlib@guelphhumber.ca

For more contact information, please visit Contact us

Math & Writing Centres: The Centres are closed. Centre services will be available remotely as of March 23.  https://liberalarts.humber.ca/current-students/resources/learning-resources/math-centre.html and https://liberalarts.humber.ca/current-students/resources/learning-resources/writing-centre.html.

Open Learning Centre: The Centre is open virtually Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  You can email questions to olc@humber.ca. For more information, visit humberonline.ca.  

Parking and Lockers: The Parking kiosk is staffed by security from 7 a.m. thru 8 p.m. Parking can be reached at 416-675-6622 ext. 4416 or Parking.sales@humber.ca. Should students require access to campus to vacate lockers or for other essential reasons, please contact Public Safety - Non-Emergency at 416-675-8500 to coordinate.

Peer Assisted Learning Support: Given most of our programs are already offered online, there will be no interruption in service for those currently using online supports. Peer Tutoring is available online. We are working to move PASS sessions online. Students with PASS sessions scheduled in the weeks ahead will be provided with instruction on accessing those virtually. Notetaking services will continue and be supported remotely. Learning Skills Workshops will move to a virtual platform starting March 23. Students can contact us at humber.ca/learningresources by clicking on the program/service they are seeking to access.

Residence: Humber Residence is open. Students living in residence are encouraged to move out if possible. Prorated refunds are available for students leaving by March 24. For more information, please visit humber.ca/residence.

Student Life: The Student Life Offices are closed and all programming in FYE, Leadership Programs and CCR has been cancelled. Existing web-based offerings in these areas, including the CCR will continue to be supported. humber.ca/student-life/ccr/ and humber.ca/studentleadership/myleadershipjourney.

Student Events: Student events are cancelled/postponed until further notice.

Student Rights & Responsibilities: Normal operations in this area will continue with activities being undertaken remotely wherever possible. Students engaged in proceedings will be contacted with further instructions. All supports offered under this area, including support around sexual assault and sexual violence, will be available remotely. Please visit humber.ca/student-life/sexual-assault for more details.

Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (Health, Counselling & Accessible Learning Services):  The SWAC is closed until further notice. Staff in all areas of expertise will be available online or by phone. Students can access services through a combination of remote options. Visit humber.ca/student-life/swac/health-counselling and humber.ca/student-life/swac/accessible-learning or call 416-675-5090 for North Campus, Centre for Trades and Technology and Orangeville Campus, or 416-675-6622 ext. 3331 for Lakeshore Campus.

If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, there are resources to help. You can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or use Therapy Assist Online, which provides online and mobile tools. If you are in crisis and need urgent mental health support, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

Please call Telehealth if you develop respiratory symptoms, to review your symptoms with a Registered Nurse at 1-866-797-0000 – 24 hours /7 days per week.


Test Centre: The Test Centre is closed until further notice. Test Centre staff will provide support by telephone. Please call for information on how to access accommodated testing in the weeks ahead, and visit humber.ca/student-life/testing-services. Call North Campus Test Centre at 416-675-6622 ext. 4712 and Lakeshore at 416-675-6622 ext. 3328

Update: March 17, 2020 - A message to the University of Guelph-Humber Community regarding campus closure

To the University of Guelph-Humber Community,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly and, in an effort, to ensure social distancing and minimize the number of students and employees on campus, we are working to limit the number of people on campus.   

Effective immediately, Tuesday, March 17, the University of Guelph-Humber building and Humber campuses are closed until further notice. 

With the exception of the residence, students and employees – except for those identified essential services and staff – will not be able to access campus or UofGH buildings.

Instructors

If you are an instructor and have any questions regarding your courses, please contact your Program Head or Assistant Program Head. The University's faculty and staff directory can be found at guelphhumber.ca/directory Resources for instructors can be found at: guelphhumber.ca/academic-services.

Student and Library Services

If you are a student, please note that staff are responding to emails and that all offices and departments are closed for in-person service until further notice. Please email the appropriate department directly. All CareersPlacementStudent LifeStudent Financial ServicesAcademic Advisors will be available via email. 

The University's faculty and staff directory can be found at www.guelphhumber.ca/directory. A list of specific departments follows:

Library Services is closed for in-person service until further notice.  Online support available for help with research assignments: Research GuidesAsk: Chat with a LibrarianBook a Research Appointment, contact: ghlib@guelphhumber.ca 
 

Student Placements

Placements for Business, Media Studies, and Justice Studies are continuing where possible. If you are feeling unwell or you or your placement has concerns about your attendance at the placement site, please contact your Field Placement Coordinator for further direction. There will be no academic penalty for students missing hours or days resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Students in the Family & Community Social Services, Early Childhood Studies, Psychology, and Kinesiology programs will no longer need to attend placements beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. For more information, please contact your Program Head. 

Academics

As a reminder, there is no academic activity this week. Students will receive an update from their instructors about alternative academic delivery of classes (e.g. online) and exams.

There will be no face-to-face classes or face-to-face exams for the remainder of the winter term.  

The last day to withdraw from the Winter semester without academic penalty is April 9.    

Residence

Humber Residence remains open. If possible, we encourage students to go home for the week of March 16 to 20, as there will be limited services available on campus.

Please contact resmail@humber.ca if you have any questions.    

Employees

If there are certain work tasks that you need to perform on site or need to collect some documents or files, you will need approval from one of:

  • John Walsh (Vice-Provost)
  • George Bragues (Assistant Vice-Provost)
  • Gabrielle Bernardi-Dengo (Department Head, Finance and Administration)
  • Grant Kerr (Campus Registrar)
  • Leah Murdock (Department Head, Student Services)

They will contact Public Safety at publicsafety@humber.ca to provide the details of your brief visit to ensure you will be allowed entrance on campus. Please spend minimal time on campus for this purpose. 

Human Resources

**NEW** The on-person HRMS Resolution Centre will be shifting to an online ticketing solution. For all HR issues and issues related to pay, please contact our HR Support Centre as follows: Call 416-675-5001; chat at humber.ca/hrchat; submit an e-form at humber.ca/hrinquiry  

If you are an employee who would typically enter scheduled hours through HRMS to be paid, you must continue to do so by entering hours that reflect hours that you would have been regularly scheduled to work.   

No one will suffer a loss of pay for their regular earnings as a result of limiting on-site work during this time.  

Humber Facilities and Programs

Humber’s Child Development Centre is closed until further notice.  

March Break camps are cancelled.   

The gym/fitness centre will be closed until further notice.   

At www.humber.ca/updates, under the section “Department and Online Service Information”, you can view the latest online service information for each Humber department.

For updates about the University of Guelph-Humber campus operations and plans, please visit guelphhumber.ca/Covid-19.   

Resources and Contacts

We want to emphasize that Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber take the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously, and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely. All the latest updates related to COVID-19 can be found at humber.ca/updates and www.guelphhumber.ca/Covid-19.

These are unusual times, and we know the current situation may be causing stress and uncertainty. If students or employees need support or counselling, there are resources to help. Post-secondary students can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454. Therapy Assist Online provides online and mobile tools and is also available to students. Full-time employees may access the Employee Assistance Program.  

If you have any questions, please contact:  

Jacqueline Anderson, Associate Director, Health and Counselling at jacqueline.anderson@humber.ca 

Margaret Fung, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety at margaret.fung@humber.ca

Your Academic Advisor (listed by program) at www.guelphhumber.ca/advising/advisors

Update: March 13, 2020 - A message to the University of Guelph-Humber Community regarding classes

The University of Guelph-Humber continues to closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that members of the University of Guelph-Humber community are concerned, and we want to assure everyone that we take this situation very seriously and are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Face-to-face classes at the University of Guelph-Humber will be cancelled for one week beginning Monday, March 16, to provide faculty, instructors, and academic support staff with preparation time to deliver course content in an alternative way, including technology modified formats.

Courses will resume Monday, March 23, but in an alternative-format delivery. No face-to-face classes will be held for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester. We appreciate the support of faculty and other instructors in their efforts to create alternative forms of instruction.

The winter 2020 semester will be extended for one week; the last day of class and the last day to drop a course is April 9.

Final exams will be conducted in a modified format. The final exam period will be extended.

Support will be offered to faculty and instructors to help in this transition. Faculty members and instructors will, of course, have decision-making discretion and options and are encouraged to communicate with their Program Heads and Assistant Program Heads regarding this process.

Update: March 12, 2020

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to provide updates to the community. We are actively engaging with Toronto Public Health and reviewing information from various Canadian health authorities to ensure that we are prepared and responding to ongoing changes with respect to the health and safety of our students.

International Travel

As the situation continues to evolve, Humber has decided to cancel all Humber-sanctioned international travel for students, in all countries between now and June 30, 2020.

For the University of Guelph-Humber, the university has decided to cancel all of its study abroad courses scheduled for spring and summer 2020 as well as international travel for instructors and staff except when approved by the Vice-Provost.

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will work with students to address the financial and academic impacts of these cancellations. Students who were scheduled to participate in these activities should contact the study abroad coordinator or academic advisor to discuss next steps. 

Documentation for student absences

The need for students to provide sick notes is suspended as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Students who are ill are asked to stay home and self-isolate. Understanding that visits to medical professionals may not be possible or advisable in some situations, students may be absent for up to 14 calendar days without requiring a sick note from a physician.

Students are expected to notify their instructor(s) and academic advisor of their absence in advance. Students should discuss how to make up for missed work with their instructor(s). Any questions related to student absences can be directed to instructors or academic advisors. The College and University may require additional documentation to verify fitness to return to campus/class after an illness.

Documentation for employee absences

Faculty members/instructors who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated and therefore are unable to attend class, should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their Program Head and/or Assistant Program Head) before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

All other employees who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their manager before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

Employees will be accommodated, as long as appropriate notification is provided. The College and University may require additional documentation to verify fitness to return to work.

Counselling and Support Services

We understand that the evolving nature of this situation may cause uncertainty and uneasiness.

If students or employees need support or counselling, there are resources to help. Post-secondary students can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454. Therapy Assist Online provides online and mobile tools and is also available to students. Full-time employees may access the Employee Assistance Program.

Measures Underway

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency, the current risk to Canadians remains low. We maintain ongoing contact with Toronto Public Health and have been advised that there are no additional actions required, and to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention strategies.

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are following all respiratory illness protocols and prevention measures already in place. In addition, areas of the college and university that provide health-related services, including the Health Centres, Dental Centres, the Humber Spa and the Tzu Chi Clinic of Chinese Medicine, have the recommended screening protocols in place.

We have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, Residence etc. This includes the keyboards and monitors in the open access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.

Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

As we are in the winter flu season, we ask everyone to:

  • wash your hands as frequently as possible,
  • when you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow and then wash your hands,
  • and stay home if you’re feeling ill.

Public Health Ontario also has several hand hygiene videos available as reference.

Resources and Contacts

We want to emphasize that Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber take the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously and we are monitoring the situation closely. An oversight group comprising representatives from the Academic Division, Communications, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management, Public Safety, Student Success and Engagement, and the University of Guelph-Humber will provide regular updates to the community.

All of the latest updates related to COVID-19 can be found at www.humber.ca/updates (for the University of Guelph-Humber, www.guelphhumber.ca/Covid-19).

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jacqueline Anderson, Associate Director, Health and Counselling at jacqueline.anderson@humber.ca

Margaret Fung, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety at margaret.fung@humber.ca

Further information about COVID-19 is available through these health authority web links:
Ontario Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page
Toronto Medical Officer of Health – March 11 statement
Toronto Public Health 
Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
Public Health Agency of Canada

Update: March 9, 2020

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. All classes, campus operations and activities are continuing as scheduled.

There are currently no identified cases of COVID-19 at Humber or the University of Guelph-Humber.

We are taking the COVID-19 situation seriously and the health and well-being of the entire college community is of paramount importance. We will continue to provide students and employees with regular updates and FAQs through humber.ca/updates, Communiqué, MyHumber and through this webpage.

The College has activated its Critical Incident and Response Team, which is responsible for COVID-19 oversight, planning and preparation. Humber has a pandemic plan and multiple business continuity plans in place, should they be required.

What if someone does test positive for COVID-19?

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be under the direction and support of their local public health unit. The public health unit will follow-up with potential close contacts of the individual. Humber will take direction from Public Health as to what follow-up measures are to be implemented, should the need arise.   

All students and employees (including from the University of Guelph-Humber) must inform Humber if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Students can notify Jacqueline Anderson, Associate Director, Health and Counselling. Employees can notify Margaret Fung, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety. Humber will track these individuals and provide appropriate support to these individuals throughout their period of illness and recovery.   

Ability to Work and Learn on Campus

Recommendations to support global containment efforts and limit the spread of the virus, including self-isolation are still in place, particularly for those who may have been travelling recently. The Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Update page provides regularly updated travel advisories and advice.

If a student or employee, or their family members, have travelled to China, Iran, or Northern Italy within the last 14 days, they should stay at home and contact Toronto Public Health to seek guidance as to whether they should self-isolate before coming to work or class.

Any students who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (University of Guelph-Humber students should contact their instructor and/or academic advisor) before coming to campus. Students will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Faculty members who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated and therefore are unable to attend class, should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber should contact their Program Head or Assistant Program Head) before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

All other employees who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their manager before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps. Employees will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Measures Underway

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency, the current risk to Canadians remains low. We maintain ongoing contact with Toronto Public Health and have been advised that there are no additional actions required, and to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention strategies.

In addition to what has been communicated previously, bring your own mug/cup is currently not available at Starbucks and Tim Horton’s locations on campus. The Roll Up The Rim at Tim Horton’s contest has also been suspended at on campus locations to limit potential exposure with the return of used coffee cup rims.

Humber is following all respiratory illness protocols and prevention measures already in place. In addition, areas of the College that provide health-related services, including the Health Centres, Dental Centres, the Humber Spa and the Tzu Chi Clinic of Chinese Medicine, have the recommended screening protocols in place.

We have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, Residence etc. This includes the keyboards and monitors in the open access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.

Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

As we are in the winter flu season, we ask everyone to:

  • wash your hands as frequently as possible,
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than hands,
  • and stay home if you’re feeling ill.

Public Health Ontario also has several hand hygiene videos available as reference.

Resources and Contacts

We want to emphasize that Humber takes the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously and we are monitoring the situation closely. An oversight group comprising representatives from the Academic Division, Communications, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management, Public Safety, Student Success and Engagement, and the University of Guelph-Humber will provide regular updates to the community.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Other COVID-19 information is available at the following links:
Ontario Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page
Toronto Medical Officer of Health statement – March 2
Toronto Public Health 
Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
Public Health Agency of Canada

Update: March 3, 2020

Overview:

  • The University of Guelph-Humber continues to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and the potential impact on our community.
  • All classes, campus operations and activities will continue as scheduled.
  • The current risk to Canadians remains low.
  • Toronto Public Health has advised that there are no additional actions required, and to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention strategies.
  • Health authorities are providing regular updates to the number of confirmed and presumptive cases. The University of Guelph-Humber continues to monitor these updates. For the most up-to-date information in Ontario, community members are encouraged to visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website, as well as the Toronto Public Health website
  • For COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms and treatment, visit the Government of Canada website.

Travel and Self-Isolation:

  • Recommendations to support global containment efforts and limit the spread of the virus, including self-isolation are in place, particularly for those who may have been travelling recently.
  • The Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Update page provides regularly updated travel advisories and advice.
  • Any students with reason to believe they should be self-isolated will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided. Any student in this situation is asked to contact their instructors and/or academic advisor.
  • Instructors who believe they should be self-isolated should contact their Program Head/Assistant Program Head to discuss appropriate next steps. All other employees with reason to believe they should be self-isolated should contact their manager to discuss appropriate next steps. 

Study Abroad Program:

  • The University is currently monitoring the Government of Canada's travel advisories for each of the destination countries for Study Abroad.
  • Should the Government of Canada issue an advisory to avoid non-essential travel to a country that is part of a Study Abroad course, the University will cancel all scheduled trips to that country as well as the related courses.
  • In that case, students will receive a full refund of any deposits they’ve made towards the trip. Students will also receive full refunds for tuition and fees related to the study abroad course.
  • If, though, you would still like to explore the possibility of a refund, please contact the Study Abroad Office by emailing ghstudyabroad@guelphhumber.ca.
  • Please note that, in cases of individual cancellations, full refunds cannot be guaranteed, as the Study Abroad Office will need to contact booked airlines/hotels to determine what can be recouped.
  • The University of Guelph-Humber will continue to provide Study Abroad updates as new developments arise with the Coronavirus situation.

What to do if you feel sick:

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Stay home
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • If your symptoms escalate, contact your health care provider

Prevention:

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get the flu shot

Soap and hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

Coming Together as a Community:

As news of the virus continues to dominate headlines, it is understandable that anxiety is heightened in the community, and this can often result in discrimination and racism. As an institution, we are proud of our diversity and the richness it brings to the classrooms, hallways and boardrooms. We see it as one of our greatest strengths. While coronavirus can be traced to a province in China, it is important not to characterize the coronavirus as being transmitted from any one group. As always, we work to ensure that the University of Guelph-Humber is a safe place for staff, students and visitors. We must now come together as a community to avoid any hint of xenophobia. Thank you for continuing to uphold our foundational values of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Additional Links:
Public Health Agency of Canada
Toronto Public Health 
Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices

Updates:

The University of Guelph-Humber takes the health and wellbeing of our staff and students seriously. Updates and more information will be provided as we continue to monitor the situation closely.

Have questions or concerns?

Students, please contact:

Susan Thomas
Manager, Career & Placement Services
susan.thomas@guelphhumber.ca I 416-798-1331, Ext. 6223

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Ken Turriff
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
ken.turriff@guelphhumber.ca I 416-798-1331, Ext. 6114

Update: January 27, 2020

This is a message to University of Guelph-Humber students, instructors, and staff that the University is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China and the announcement by Canadian health officials of at least one confirmed coronavirus case in Ontario.

All classes, campus operations and activities will continue as scheduled.

Health officials have stated that the current risk to Canadians remains low. Toronto Public Health have advised our campus community to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention.

What to do if you feel sick

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Stay home
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

If your symptoms escalate, contact your health care provider.

Prevention

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

More information on the coronavirus and its symptoms are available from the Government of Canada.

The University of Guelph-Humber takes the health and well-being of our students, instructors, and staff seriously. We are working closely with both our institutional partners – the University of Guelph and Humber College – to update our community as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus is COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.

What is COVID-19?    

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.   

How does COVID-19 spread?  

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth; for example, when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people can catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.  

People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs or sneezes. It is important to stay more than 1 metre (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.   

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?   

Most cases are mild with respiratory complaints such as fever, cough with shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. More severe cases of the infection can lead to pneumonia, and there have been some deaths. Those with chronic medical conditions appear to be at high risk of severe complications. 

Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?  

The primary way the virus spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is extremely low.   

The most effective way to control the spread of COVID-19 is by washing your hands regularly, coughing into your sleeve, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and staying home if you are sick.    

The World Health Organization (WHO) is assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings. The public health risk is continually being reassessed as new information becomes available.

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms but have not travelled or been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19? 

It is cold and flu season, and it is vital for people with cold and flu symptoms, such as a bad cough, congestion and fever, to stay home to get better and avoid spreading any illness.

Can I catch COVID-19 from pets?   

No. There is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals in Canada, including cats and dogs, can be infected with the COVID-19 virus or can spread the virus to people.

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?   

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) have poor survivability on surfaces and are generally spread by respiratory droplets left behind after someone coughs or sneezes.  

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others.   

Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. 

What if someone from the media contacts me about COVID-19?

As always, we ask that any media inquiries be forwarded to Humber’s Communications team. This includes professional (mass) media outlets and Humber/University of Guelph-Humber student media. Please send any questions to andrew.leopold@humber.ca, emily.milic@humber.ca, and nadia.araujo@humber.ca (for the University of Guelph-Humber, communicationsandpr@guelphhumber.ca and ken.turriff@guelphhumber.ca). 

Student and Public FAQs

What is the current status of COVID-19 at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber?  

There are currently no identified cases in the Humber College / University of Guelph-Humber community (as of March 9, 2020).  

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are taking the COVID-19 situation seriously. Humber College has activated the Critical Incident Response Team and has a pandemic plan and business continuity plans in place, should they be required.

A dedicated oversight team is monitoring developments locally and globally for potential impact on the college and university. The group meets regularly and has provided ongoing updates to the college and university community. The group is in continuous communication with Toronto Public Health and is following their advice and that of the Canadian government. The health and well-being of the Humber and University of Guelph-Humber community is our top priority.

What is being done to protect the health of the Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber community?   

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are taking precautions to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses on our campuses, including:  

  • Convening a response team to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in consultation with public health authorities, and to review and respond to how the situation may affect Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber in areas including those related to safety, health, academic operations, student placements, travel, supply chain, and the overall well-being of the Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber community.
  • Promoting good hygiene practices among members of the college and university community (e.g., handwashing) and providing appropriate hand-cleaning facilities and alternatives like alcohol hand rub. 
  • Ensuring Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber premises are appropriately cleaned and maintained to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses and to inform members of the college and university community in the use of appropriate disinfecting materials.  
  • We have increased the cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, Residence etc. This includes the keyboards and monitors in the open-access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.
  • We are providing regular and ongoing communication on the above.

What is the risk to Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber’s community?  

Currently, the risk to people in Ontario and the rest of Canada is considered low. Provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely and providing updates as more is learned about the virus.  

The evidence to date shows that the virus is spread by large droplets, which are produced primarily during coughing and sneezing. You would need to be in close and prolonged contact, such as what you would expect to occur within a household, to transmit the virus.  

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are monitoring the situation closely and actively reviewing its infectious disease protocols, pandemic plan, and meeting with key stakeholders to ensure our campuses and facilities are prepared and able to respond if needed.  

If someone I know at Humber/University of Guelph-Humber has travelled to an affected location, what should I do?  

If a student or employee, or their family members, have travelled to China, Iran, or Northern Italy within the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, they should stay at home and contact Toronto Public Health to seek guidance as to whether they should self-isolate before coming to work or class.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Alternatively, you may contact:

Toronto Public Health Hotline

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(closed on statutory holidays)

Saturday and Sunday:

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The translation is available in many languages.

Telephone: 416-338-7600

TTY: 416-392-0658

Email: PublicHealth@toronto.ca

If someone at Humber/the University of Guelph-Humber tests positive for the virus, what will happen? Will the entire Humber/University of Guelph-Humber community be put on quarantine?    

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be under the direction and support of their local public health unit. The public health unit will follow-up with potential close contacts of the individual. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will take direction from Public Health as to what follow-up measures are to be implemented.  

How will Humber/University of Guelph-Humber track students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19?  

Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be under the direction and support of their local public health unit. The public health unit can then contact Humber if they are informed that the student/employee studies or works at Humber or the University of Guelph-Humber.  

We ask all students and employees (including those from the University of Guelph-Humber) to inform Humber if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Students can notify Jacqueline Anderson, Associate Director, Health and Counselling. Employees can notify Margaret Fung, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will track these individuals and provide appropriate support to these individuals throughout their period of illness and recovery.  

What will happen if a student who lives in the Residence is required to self-isolate? Can they do so in Residence? How will they get food? Can their roommate relocate, or do they need to self-isolate as well? 

Any student living in Residence requiring self-isolation will be asked to go home if this is possible. If they are unable to go home, the student will be self-isolated in a room with a private bathroom. Food delivery will be arranged for the student.

If they had a roommate, the roommate will be required to monitor symptoms for 14 days and will need to self-isolate if they become symptomatic. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will take direction from Toronto Public Health on the appropriate measures to take.

If you live in Residence and need to self-isolate, email Residence at resmail@humber.ca for North Campus and lakeresmail@humber.ca for Lakeshore. The residence staff will provide further information and support.

What if a student in residence tests positive for COVID-19? Will they remain in Residence?  

As always, Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will follow directions from Toronto Public Health in this situation. The Residence is continuing to follow flu-season cleaning protocol, which includes an increased frequency of cleaning of high-touch areas and a hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as increased overnight disinfectant fogging of high-use spaces. If a student in Residence were to test positive, we would first recommend they go home, if possible. If they were unable to go home, Residence would arrange a private suite for them to remain isolated during their recovery. We would then ensure that all affected areas were disinfected, and food would be delivered to their room.

Is there a chance that Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will be closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19? 

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. All classes, campus operations and activities are continuing as scheduled.

My child attends Humber’s childcare centre. What is happening to ensure the children are safe? Is there a chance that the centre might need to close?  

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber, and the services provided on campus are following the direction of Toronto Public Health in relation to COVID-19. 

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are following all respiratory illness protocols and prevention measures already in place.

We have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus.

Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

I am not feeling well, and I am in a program where attendance is mandatory. What should I do?  

If you do not feel well and are unable to attend class, follow the usual process to notify your instructor. If you have a travel history to a COVID-19 affected location or close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, contact Toronto Public Health for further direction. If you are informed that you will need to self-isolate, you will be accommodated if the appropriate documentation is provided. Any student in this situation is asked to contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their instructor and/or academic advisor). 

How do I protect myself? 

There are measures that all students, faculty/instructors, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, colds, and influenza: 

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. The water does not need to be warm or hot. 
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow and then wash your hands. 
  • Stay home when you are ill. 

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?   

When sick, wearing a mask helps to prevent passing on illnesses to other people. If you are not ill, it is not known if wearing a mask will prevent infection. People wearing a mask may also touch their faces more often, potentially increasing the risk of having the eyes, nose or mouth come into contact with the virus. 

Wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of illness can be a way some communities show respect for others. While health organizations do not recommend wearing masks for healthy people, anyone who does wear a mask should be treated with respect. 

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation means:

If I have flu-like symptoms, be excluded from class? 

Students with flu-like symptoms should stay home. 

 Any student with a reason to believe they should be self-isolated will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation are provided. Any student in this situation is asked to contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their instructor and/or academic advisor). 

Do students need to get a doctor’s note if they are missing class for illness/if they are contagious? 

The need for students to provide sick notes is suspended as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Students who are ill are asked to stay home and self-isolate. Understanding that visits to medical professionals may not be possible or advisable in some situations, students may be absent for up to 14 calendar days without requiring a sick note from a physician. Any student in this situation is asked to contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their instructor and/or academic advisor).

People in my classes are sick, how do I know it is not COVID-19? 

Cold and flu season is upon us (typically October to March), so it is not unusual for people to get colds and flu during this time.  

Please follow the usual health precautions, such as washing your hands often, not sharing food/beverages with others who are sick, staying home if you are ill and practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette to prevent the spread of illness. 

For more information about cold and flu signs, symptoms and precautions, please visit Toronto Public Health here

What if I have concerns about someone else who is ill? 

Everyone can take measures to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses, such as handwashing and regular cleaning of shared surfaces. Students who are ill with flu-like symptoms should advise professors or program/academic coordinators, stay home and seek out medical advice accordingly.  

Please note that while the safety and well-being of the entire Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber community is critical, it is also important to continue to protect the privacy rights of individuals. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber, and government authorities such as Toronto Public Health will be given access to certain health information for individuals who become ill but individual students and staff should generally continue to refrain from:

  1. accessing or sharing an individual’s health information without their consent or without a legally permissible reason; and
  2.  widely disseminating personal health information about another individual beyond those individuals who need to know to perform their permitted work duties.

If I need to self-isolate because of possible exposure to COVID-19, whom do I need to tell at Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber? 

 Any students who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their instructor and/or academic advisor) before coming to campus. Students will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Faculty members/instructors who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated and therefore are unable to attend class, should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their Program Head and/or Assistant Program Head) before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

All other employees who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their manager before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

Employees will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

What should I do if I have experienced discrimination or harassment due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19? 

The Ministry of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not to make assumptions about the risk of students, faculty or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history. 

Every member of Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber’s community has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be welcomed and supported on our campus.  

If you feel you have been targeted based on any of the above factors, you should discuss the matter with the Human Rights office by emailing nancy.simms@humber.ca.  

If you need immediate assistance because you fear for your safety, contact 911 or an on-campus safety concern contact the Department of Public Safety at 416.675.6622 ext. 4000 (24 hours a day/7 days a week). 

*NEW* How do I return rented textbooks from the Humber Bookstore?

 As Campus is currently closed, students can ship their rented textbooks back. More information can be found here at bkstr.scene7.com/is/content/Bkstr/COVID-FAQspdf

Instructor and Employee FAQs

I am an employee, and I am scheduled to travel for work (conference, work trip, etc.). How does COVID-19 impact my plans? Am I still permitted to go?  

The Government of Canada is regularly updating its Travel Health Notices and categorizing the regions by the level of COVID-19 concern. Canadians are advised to avoid non-essential travel to locations categorized as level 3 and are encouraged to practice special precautions when visiting sites classified as level 2. As of March 4, category 2 and 3 advisories apply to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea.

In light of this travel advice, Humber-sanctioned activities scheduled to take place in those regions – for both students and employees – are cancelled until June 30, 2020. We will work with students to address the financial and academic impacts of these cancellations. Students who were scheduled to participate in activities to these regions will receive an email and should contact their study abroad coordinator or program coordinator to discuss the next steps. Similarly, employees who were scheduled to travel to one of these destinations should consider the following steps with their manager.

The University of Guelph-Humber has also cancelled university-sanctioned trips to those regions for students and staff. More information about Study- Abroad at the University of Guelph-Humber can be found here: guelphhumber.ca/studyabroad

This measure will be in effect as long as the Government of Canada advisories remains in place. We will monitor this situation as it continues to evolve. We recognize that students and staff may choose to withdraw from scheduled trips to other parts of the world. We will do our best to minimize the financial and academic impacts of those decisions. We may need to cancel trips to other countries, depending on how the situation evolves. Please keep in mind that the low enrolment/participation rate may also result in further cancellations. As other organizations work to limit the spread of COVID-19, domestic work placements may likely be impacted as well.

Am I expected to work from home while I am in self-isolation? If not, does it impact my annual sick days? 

Employees should speak to their manager about working from home during their period of self-isolation. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will provide appropriate support or accommodation for those who are in self-isolation; this may include working from home. 

Should students, staff or faculty/instructors with flu-like symptoms be excluded from class/work? 

Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home. 

Faculty/Instructors and staff who believe they should be self-isolated should contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their Program Head and/or Assistant Program Head) to discuss appropriate next steps. All other employees with a reason to think they should be self-isolated should contact their manager to discuss the necessary next steps.  

What if I have concerns about someone else who is ill in my work area? 

All faculty/instructors and staff can take measures to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses, such as handwashing and regular cleaning of shared surfaces. Employees in the workplace who are ill with flu-like symptoms should advise their supervisor/manager, stay home and seek out medical advice accordingly.  

If you are concerned about someone in the workplace who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, speak to your Supervisor/Manager. Supervisors/Managers can contact Human Resources for further information as needed. 

If I need to self-isolate because of possible exposure to COVID-19, whom do I need to tell at Humber / the University of Guelph-Humber? 

Faculty members/Instructors who believe they should be self-isolated should contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their Program Head and/or Assistant Program Head) to discuss appropriate next steps. All other employees with a reason to think they should be self-isolated should contact their manager to discuss the necessary next steps.