2019 Novel Coronavirus Information




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COVID-19 Daily Update: March 27, 2020

Dear members of the U of G community,

In the last few weeks, the University of Guelph has had to make changes and adapt — and we have had to do it faster than many of us thought possible. Our community’s ability to adjust and our resiliency has truly amazed me.

Yesterday we made the difficult decision to not hold our June convocation ceremony. Please know that our graduating students will still have an opportunity to cross the stage and we are putting plans in place for a rescheduled convocation ceremony in the fall. As such, this is really a postponement of this spring’s ceremony. I filmed a short video from my home office today with a message to our community regarding convocation.

We know how important and deeply meaningful convocation is to our students, their friends and families, and to our entire University of Guelph community. All updates about convocation and graduation are available at www.uoguelph.ca/convocation.

Click the image below to watch a video update from President Franco Vaccarino.

President Vaccarino at a microphone with text "COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Update"


Our Gryphon family is strong. We have overcome so much together in the past month and we will emerge from this more united than ever before. On behalf of the entire U of G community, congratulations to our graduating students for everything you have achieved thus far. We look forward to celebrating with you when the time is right.


Franco Vaccarino
President and Vice-Chancellor

This website is your best source of information about the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University Communications on COVID-19


  • March 26: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino
  • March 25: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino
  • March 24: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino
  • March 23: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino
  • March 20: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino
  • March 19: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino
  • March 17: Message to Students from President Vaccarino – St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 16: COVID-19 Update: Message from the President Re: Operational Changes Due to COVID-19
  • March 15: COVID-19 Update: U of G Open, One-Week Class Cancellation in Effect
  • March 14: COVID-19 Update: New Travel, Self-Isolation Restrictions Announced
    • Email to faculty, staff and students
  • March 14: COVID-19 Update Re: Academic Operations
  • March 13: COVID-19 Update from the President: Academic changes, Events and Travel
  • March 12: U of G Covid-19 Update: Travel restrictions
  • March 4: U of G monitoring 2019 novel coronavirus
  • Jan. 27: 2019 Novel Coronavirus: FAQs, General Info and Best Practices

The University will continue to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus situation and provide updates on this page.

Health care professionals are providing advice regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any U of G campus or at any of our research stations.

Health Canada’s list of active travel health notices identifies countries in which COVID-19 is currently prevalent.

The most accurate sources of information about COVID-19 are:


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs will be added and updated as more information becomes available.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about:

  • General COVID-19 plans and information
    • what to do if you have symptoms
    • Guelph’s COVID-19 assessment clinic
    • how to reduce the spread of coronaviruses
    • precautionary measures
    • requests for donations of supplies
    • pandemic plan
    • supports
  • Academics
    • no face-to-face classes for the rest of the winter 2020 semester
    • assignment deadlines and midterms scheduled for March 16 to 20
    • distance education
    • where to study on campus or access WiFi
    • alternative delivery format of courses and exams
    • returning home for the rest of the semester
    • work study/co-op/experiential learning
    • assistance for instructors
    • student evaluations of teaching and courses
  • Buildings, Events and Services
    • cancelled events
    • dining options
    • availability of program counsellors and faculty advisors
    • Library closure – other options for study space
    • what’s open and closed and how programs are affected in Athletics
  • Students in Residence
    • refunds
    • available services
    • students in family housing
    • if you’re feeling sick in residence
    • my roommate feels sick
  • Employment
    • working from home
    • pay and benefits
    • accommodations for childcare
    • accommodations for medical conditions
  • Travel
    • self-isolation for those returning to or arriving in Canada
    • advice and support for students studying abroad
    • University-funded or sponsored travel
    • personal travel
    • international students
    • arriving at U of G after travel


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

Last updated: March 19, 2020