COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

Visit U of G’s Return to Campuses website to learn about the University’s approach to gradually bringing students, faculty and staff back to campuses safely.

COVID-19 Update: September 11, 2020

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

The University of Guelph continues to prioritize physical distancing. If you don’t need to be on campus, please stay home to help keep our community safe. Staff, faculty and graduate students able to work from home will continue to do so.

When do I need to complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form?

Every day, before you come to any U of G location for any length of time or for any reason, you must complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form. This includes quick trips like picking up a prescription from the UC Pharmacy or grabbing something from your office.

If the form indicates you should not come to a U of G location, stay home.

You can access the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form:

Ten ways to help keep our community safe

Click the image below to watch a quick video reminder of the 10 ways you can help keep our community safe during COVID-19.

Caring in COVID video screenshot


Get tech support at home or on campus

U of G’s IT tech support team is available on campus or remotely. If you need help with your computer or accessing U of G computing systems:

Find IT Help Desk hours of service online.

Understanding “outbreaks”

Following a recent notable increase in COVID-19 cases, Ontario has paused in its phased reopening and will not relax any further health precautions for at least the next four weeks.

With this increase in cases, it helps to understand what Public Health considers an “outbreak.” Public Health declares an outbreak when two or more connected cases of COVID-19 occur in a defined setting. For example, if two colleagues who work closely together on campus both develop COVID-19, Public Health may declare an outbreak for the University. An outbreak would not likely be declared if an employee and a student who haven’t crossed paths both become sick, as their cases are unrelated.

Declaring an outbreak is a step that allows Public Health specific authority to help address the situation. If an outbreak were declared at U of G, it would not necessarily mean that the situation is out of control.

Whenever a case is identified on campus, the University works closely with Public Health to support contact tracing and address any other needed action.

When an instructor, staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus within the preceding 14 days, that information is shared on our Positive Cases on Campus web page.

The word “outbreak” can sound alarming but understanding its purpose in managing cases at the University and in Guelph can provide some reassurance to our community.
This website is your best source of information on U of G’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Return to Campuses website provides essential information for those coming to campus.

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:

  • 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
    • 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: September 11, 2020