COVID-19 Daily Update: April 4, 2020
University Open, Faculty, Staff Have Access to Buildings as Needed
The University of Guelph continues to operate and to provide necessary services to support its academic and research mission and operational and administrative functions. Many employees are working remotely and many employees, due to the nature of their work, are still working on campus. As we all understand, these are very unusual and challenging times, requiring adaptation and flexibility.
The provincial government’s latest essential businesses classification, announced April 3, required the University to make some changes to building access. Although most buildings will be locked, faculty and staff will continue to have access as needed.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
COVID-19 Daily Update: April 3, 2020
Dear U of G community members,
Each day, I prioritize reading and listening to the provincial and federal COVID-19 updates. Keeping up to date on the evolving situation at the provincial and national levels is essential as we plan for today and into the future.
In today’s provincial update, Ontario’s CEO of Public Health, Dr. Peter Donnelly, shared the results of new modelling and related projections that illustrate the potential for exponential growth of COVID-19 cases in Ontario. The information was another important reminder of the commitments we each must make to slow and stop the spread of this virus.
We know that in the weeks ahead, physical distancing and staying home whenever possible are two strategies we must use to help keep COVID-19 in check. Part of the University’s commitment to reducing the peak and flattening the curve means that we have also cancelled all events scheduled at the Guelph campus until July 1, 2020.
Today the provincial government also released a revised emergency order further reducing the number of workplaces deemed essential. In light of that directive, please see an update below on new University building closures.
Looking beyond today’s news, I continue to be inspired by the remarkable actions of our faculty, staff and students. We are rising to face this crisis and we are doing so with creativity, compassion and care. The stories linked below highlight the diverse ways in which our faculty, staff and students are helping. These include creating a new working group focused on community food security, 3-D printing of personal protective equipment and contributing to statistical modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to each of you for doing your part — and so much more — to support each other and our community during this very challenging time.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Daily Update – April 3, 2020
Winter 2020 Exam Schedule Posted
Access to University Buildings
The University had to make some changes to building access following the April 3 release of the provincial government’s updated essential businesses classification. This includes the University Centre and Summerlee Science complex, which were previously open to students as study spaces. Campus residences, Student Health Services and the OVC Health Sciences Centre hospitals are not affected. Although most campus buildings will be locked, faculty and staff will continue to have access as needed.
University Events Cancelled to July 1
The University of Guelph has decided to cancel all events scheduled to be held on the University campus until July 1, 2020.
Supporting Food Security for Our Students and Our Community
Food insecurity for students and our community has become an even more urgent issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ease the strain, U of G’s Hospitality Services donated $32,000 worth of food to local food banks last week and put together 75 food hampers for students still living in residence. With the help of alumni donations, Student Housing provided students in residence with kitchen supplies, so they can be more economical and self-sufficient in food planning and preparation.
The Guelph Student FoodBank suspended its face-to-face services in March to promote physical distancing. Since then, it has worked with the University to establish an alternative process for providing food bank support to students.
The University has established a COVID-19 Food Security Working Group of students, faculty and staff to address food security concerns of U of G students and the broader community. One goal of the working group is to develop a plan for delivering funds and food items to those in need, given that the food bank’s physical site isn’t currently operating.
I Need Help: Students needing assistance can connect with the Guelph Student FoodBank by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Want to Help: Those interested in supporting students facing financial challenges or food insecurity as a result of COVID-19 can donate to the University’s Highest Priority Fund at www.uoguelph.ca/giving.
We’re All Part of the Gryphon Family: U of G Resources Can Help During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is a time for physical distancing, but that doesn’t mean you have to figure out everything on your own. The new Gryphon Family portal within U of G’s COVID-19 website has resources that can help students, faculty and staff as they adjust to the “new normal.”
Visit the portal for:
- Mental health resources
- Online learning resources from the library and HR’s learning and development
- Access to at-home exercise options from Athletics
- Tips for working successfully at home – including with kids
- Virtual tours from the Arboretum
View the full portal at www.uoguelph.ca/Gryphon-Family.
U of G Creating Critical Medical Equipment
The University’s 3-D printers are working overtime to produce much-needed protective medical supplies for local health and essential services providers.
Printers in colleges across campus are being used to create face shields to protect health workers and keep them healthy while they care for those with COVID-19. Thank you to those who have helped lead the charge in creating this critical equipment for our health-care workers.
U of G Experts Contributing Key Research to COVID-19 Fight
Ontario Veterinary College population medicine professor Amy Greer, an expert in infectious disease modelling, is using math and statistical modelling to forecast the near-term course of the COVID-19 pandemic and will build simulations to help guide Canadian health agencies’ work to limit the spread of the virus.
Pathobiology Prof. Scott Weese, an expert in zoonotic infections, is part of a research project investigating the global management of COVID-19 using the “One Health” approach in which human and animal health experts collaborate to manage infectious disease.
Prof. Wei Zhang, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is part of a team engineering proteins to act as “molecular antidotes” to stop the new coronavirus from replicating.
You can learn more about their contributions to the fight against COVID-19 on the U of G news page.
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.
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any U of G campus or at any of our research stations.
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
- Academics – Students
- 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
- Grad Studies
- what happens for courses, exams and defences
- graduate research
- Faculty and Course Instructors
- Supports for faculty and instructors
- Exam information
- working from home
- pay and benefits
- accommodations for childcare
- accommodations for medical conditions
- Buildings, Events and Services
- what’s open and closed
- Library closure – other options for study space
- cancelled events
- dining options
- availability of program counsellors and faculty advisors
- Student Housing
- available services
- students in family housing
- if you’re feeling sick in residence
- if someone in your townhouse feels sick
- Students Studying Abroad
- returning home
- students on exchange at U of G
- plans for the future
- International Students
- financial assistance
- international undergraduate students and exchange students
- international graduate students
- housing options
- Prospective Undergraduate Students
- visiting campus
- Campus Day
- 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
- appointment types
- research continuity, scale back and shutdown
- student research
- facilities, field stations and testing laboratories
- animal research
- research support
- sponsor/funder updates
- human participant research
- Student Accessibility
- services for tests and exams
- note taking
- June 2020 Convocation
- postponement of June 2020 ceremonies to fall 2020
- students who have applied to graduate and successfully met their degree requirements will graduate
- degree parchments will be sent by mail
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: April 3, 2020