COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

Learn more about U of G’s Return-to-Campuses steering committee and how it is helping the University plan for an eventual and gradual return to our campuses.

COVID-19 Update: June 26, 2020

The following updates are provided by the Return-to-Campuses steering committee.

Following provincial guidelines and advice from public health, on June 29 the University will begin the next step in its gradual return to campus for faculty, staff and students. The primary goals of this next step in our return are to support:

  • The University’s research enterprise with an increase of research activities; and
  • Instructors in their preparations for remote delivery of courses this fall

Physical distancing continues to be a priority and access to campus remains limited to those approved to be on campus. For now, staff, faculty and graduate students able to work from home will continue to do so. Please do not come to campus unless you are conducting approved work or research.

Guidance resources from Environmental Health and Safety and Physical Resources will be available soon. It is highly recommended that all those approved to return to campus to undertake research or for work from June 29 onward complete the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Awareness training through CourseLink – log in and go to the “Self-Registration” tab.

Phase-in of research

As of June 29, the Research Phase-In Framework from the Office of Research will be used by colleges, academic units, and researchers to develop and approve the plans necessary to start increasing research activities beyond what is currently approved.

Research phase-in will require completion and approval of a Research Management Plan. The Research Management Plan includes assessment of research spaces and common spaces used by faculty, students, and research staff, which will be supported by local joint health and safety committee members. Researchers, including graduate students, should only conduct research once their academic unit or college has notified the Office of Research of their approved Research Management Plan and the notification has been confirmed.

Graduate students whose research was curtailed since the declaration of the pandemic state of emergency should work with their advisors to determine if and when they may resume their research activities. Consistent with the provincial government’s recently announced pilot plan to support students in fulfilling final degree requirements, extra efforts will be made to accommodate graduate students with research facility needs.

The process of preparing University-operated facilities for a safe reopening is a significant undertaking. We appreciate your patience as the Physical Resources team supports the preparation of research-intensive spaces for greater occupancy.

Instructor preparations for fall 2020

Courses in the fall 2020 semester will be delivered through a hybrid model – most courses will be delivered remotely and a small number with specific on-campus requirements will be delivered face-to-face.

Many instructors intend to use on-campus resources to begin recording lectures for remote delivery in the fall. With a significant number of course hours to record, plans are in development to help prepare facilities and schedule resources to support instructors in this capacity. More information will be available soon.

Instructors should not come to campus to record lectures until plans to facilitate access have been communicated.

Please note that there are many ways to record a lecture other than coming to campus. There is a resource on the OpenEd website that describes the various ways it can be done.

We appreciate your patience as we prepare for a safe and gradual return to campus. We will be developing a new dedicated website in the next two weeks on this phased return to campus and will share details once available.

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


University Communications on COVID-19

U of G’s is committed to keeping its community informed about operational changes relating to COVID-19. Read past communications from the University about COVID-19 on our Communication Updates page.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Find answers to frequently asked questions about:

  • Fall 2020 Semester
    • U of G will offer courses through hybrid delivery in Fall 2020
    • health of our community is our top priority
    • U of G Return-to-Campuses steering committee
  • 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 – Students
    • Summer 2020
    • Winter 2020 – final grades, course drop and refunds, deferred privileges, academic considerations, probation
    • work study/co-op/experiential learning
    • supports and services
    • graduation and convocation
  • Student Housing
    • Fall 2020 residence plans and eligibility
    • refunds
    • Winter 2021 options
    • available services
    • orientation activities
    • safety and physical distancing
    • guests in residence
    • students in family housing
    • if you’re feeling sick in residence
    • if someone in your townhouse feels sick
  • Grad Studies
    • what happens for courses, exams and defences
    • graduate research
    • exams and defences
    • summer 2020
  • Faculty and Course Instructors
    • info for faculty, course instructors and sessionals
  • Employment
    • accommodations and leave options
    • pay and benefits
    • working on campus
    • working remotely
    • self-isolation
    • info for supervisors
  • Buildings, Events and Services
    • what’s open and closed
    • cancelled events
    • dining options
    • availability of program counsellors and faculty advisors
  • Student Finances
    • COVID-19 emergency financial resources
    • Tuition, refunds and payments
    • Impacts on bursaries and scholarships
    • Impacts on OSAP
    • Undergraduate Research Assistantship program
  • Students Living Off Campus
    • navigating a move
    • options for current leases
    • what to do with furniture you no longer need
  • Students Studying Abroad
    • returning home
    • students on exchange at U of G
    • plans for the future
    • insurance
  • International Students
    • financial assistance
    • insurance
    • international undergraduate students and exchange students
    • international graduate students
    • housing options
  • Prospective Undergraduate Students
    • visiting campus
    • Campus Day
    • admissions
  • Prospective Graduate Students
    • application processing
    • fall 2020
    • English exams
    • sending documents to U of G
    • offers, deadlines and 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
  • Your Health
    • information about Student Health Services at U of G
    • supports
    • appointment types
  • Research
    • research continuity, scale back and shutdown
    • student research
    • facilities, field stations and testing laboratories
    • travel
    • animal research
    • research support
    • sponsor/funder updates
    • human participant research
  • Student Accessibility
    • services for tests and exams
    • note taking
    • accomodation
  • June 2020 Convocation
    • postponement of June 2020 ceremonies
    • students who have applied to graduate and successfully met their degree requirements will graduate
    • degree parchments will be sent by mail
  • Academic Governance
    • changes to academic operations, regulations and procedures
    • policy on academic continuity

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


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: May 27, 2020