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2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Update: May 27, 2020

Ontario Government Extends Emergency Order

Earlier this week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced an extension of the provincial public health emergency order to June 9, 2020.

In keeping with provincial and public health guidelines, the University has prioritized physical distancing and is continuing only essential operations on campus.

It is important that we recognize the value of our essential workforce and continue to follow the public health guidelines and directives that keep our workers performing essential operations safe.

For now, staff and faculty able to work from home will continue to do so. Some U of G employees have returned to work on campus pursuant to earlier government announcements.

Once universities are permitted to begin reopening, U of G employees who are required to return to campus for work will be notified by their supervisor.

If you are not conducting essential work or approved research, please do not come to campus.


University Budget Town Hall

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the virtual University budget town hall.

Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic), will host a public forum on the 2020-2021 U of G budget. University community members may use this opportunity to ask questions about the current fiscal outlook.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Join the live stream via the following link: Virtual University Budget Town Hall

Important information:

  • Join the live stream via the Virtual University Budget Town Hall link. This link will also be posted on the Provost website.
  • Microsoft Teams Live operates slightly differently from Microsoft Teams. Participants cannot share their own audio or video on Teams Live but can see and hear the presenter and ask questions via moderated Q&A.
  • Not able to attend? The presentation will be recorded and posted on the provost’s website following the presentation.
  • If you have questions after the presentation, please email


Cybersecurity Threats Target COVID Researchers

A research alert was circulated in late March about an active and sophisticated cybersecurity campaign targeting COVID-19 researchers. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has provided additional information and continues to monitor this threat and safeguard Canada’s contribution to global COVID-19 research.

The U of G information security team is also monitoring this situation and working with peers and government agencies to address any specific threats to our network.

Please see the following links to help protect yourself:

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 in Fall 2020
    • health of our community is our top priority
  • 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
    • Winter 2020 – final grades, course drop and refunds, deferred privileges, academic considerations, probation
    • Summer 2020
    • work study/co-op/experiential learning
    • supports and services
    • graduation and convocation
  • 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
  • Student Housing
    • refunds
    • available services
    • students in family housing
    • if you’re feeling sick in residence
    • if someone in your townhouse feels sick
  • 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 to fall 2020
    • 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