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COVID-19 Daily Update: April 1, 2020

Dear U of G community members,

Health-care professionals use stress tests to understand how a body responds when it is exposed to a challenge. As a community, we’re being stress tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re all responding to daily challenges by finding new ways of working, studying and living.

With the loss of regular, in-person communication, we may find ourselves asking if we can still be as productive and if we are still able to make strong connections with our teams, our students and our loved ones. Some days we are asking whether we can keep up with it all. Some days we are asking whether our voices can even be heard as we navigate new technology together!

As we try out these new platforms for communication, I’m learning along with you. I’ve attached below a short video message that I shot from my home office this morning.

Today, in keeping with public health advice on physical distancing, the University has decided to cancel all face-to-face course delivery until Aug. 15. All summer 2020 courses and exams will be delivered through an alternative format. I am disappointed that we won’t be welcoming students to campus this summer, but protecting our students, faculty and staff is still our top priority.

I know that together we can navigate this new terrain. In medicine, a successful stress test means you have a strong heart, and that’s what I know to be true for our Gryphon family – our hearts are strong, and we will overcome these challenges together. Thank you for all that you’re doing.

Warm regards,

Franco Vaccarino
President and Vice-Chancellor
Click the image below to view President Vaccarino’s video greeting for Wednesday, April 1.

President Vaccarino at microphone. Text: COVID-19 2019 Novel Coronavirus Update
Daily Updates – April 1, 2020

Summer Semester Course Delivery

The University of Guelph continues to closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that members of the U of G 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. It is obvious that physical distancing is key to reducing the spread of this disease.

We are announcing major decisions that will affect students, faculty and staff at all three of our campuses. We believe this is best for our University community.

At this point in time, all face-to-face course delivery will be cancelled until Aug. 15, 2020. Undergraduate, graduate and associate diploma courses planned in this delivery mode will proceed only in an alternative format. Final exams for the summer semester will also be conducted in a modified format.

Support will be offered to faculty and instructors to help deliver courses in alternative formats. Faculty members and instructors will, of course, have decision-making discretion and options and are encouraged to communicate with their deans and department chairs regarding this process.
We extend personal thanks to our faculty, staff and students for your patience, cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented challenge.

Take a Yoga Break at Home

Join U of G community members to inhale courage and exhale fear with a live, online classical yoga and meditation class. Join the Zoom meeting at noon on April 2. No experience is required.

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
    • supports
  • 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
  • Employment
    • 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
    • refunds
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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 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: March 31, 2020