COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 Communication Updates

The University of Guelph is committed to keeping our community informed about operational changes that occur as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our COVID-19 communications are listed on this page. Information and decisions changed very rapidly at the outset of the pandemic in Canada. For the most up-to-date information on U of G’s decisions relating to COVID-19, please consult the FAQs listed in the side menu.

July 23 COVID-19 Update

  • Return to Campuses website gives guidance on gradual return
  • Accommodations for face shields when on campus
  • Accessing hand sanitizer while on campus

July 15 COVID-19 Update

  • No immediate plans to increase access to conference services, gyms and intramural sports, or restaurants at U of G
  • Athletics facilities remain closed – Check out online programs
  • Access to Branch Research Data Centre now available
  • Approved to come to campus? Take this course first
  • Follow parking rules on campus

July 13 COVID-19 Update

  • Ontario’s move to Phase 2 (Stage 3)
  • Phase in of research
  • COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Awareness training

July 8 COVID-19 Update

  • COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Awareness training
  • Instructors: Booking space on campus for course preparation and lecture capture
  • Limiting meetings and emails on Fridays
  • Where to eat on campus
  • Building preparations continue
  • Research Phase-In update
  • Arena and soccer complex open for permit holders

June 26 COVID-19 Update

  • Phase-in of research
  • Instructor preparations for Fall 2020

June 18 – COVID-19 Case at U of G not a Risk to Campus Community

  • a graduate student conducting approved, essential time-sensitive research on campus tested positive for COVID-19
  • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health determined that in this case there was no risk to anyone on the University campus

June 17 COVID-19 Update

  • Face coverings required on campus when 2 metres of physical distance cannot be maintained or predicted
  • McLaughlin Library offering curbside pickup and mail delivery of print material
  • Pilot program to help graduate students fulfill final degree requirements
  • Research Phase-In Framework
  • Preparing campus buildings

June 11 COVID-19 Update

  • Update on fall 2020 for students

June 10 COVID-19 Update

  • Ontario government extends emergency orders
  • Non-instructional use of Zoom
  • On-campus events cancelled until September
  • 2020 Fall OUA and U SPORTS season cancelled
  • Summer camp cancellations and other options
  • Get help with childcare, tutoring and household work: Hire a Gryphon!
  • Health and Performance Centre is now open

June 3 COVID-19 Update

  • Plans for the fall 2020 semester

May 27 COVID-19 Update

  • Ontario government extends emergency order
  • University Budget Town Hall
  • Cybersecurity threats target COVID researchers

May 21 COVID-19 Update

  • Fall semester
  • Gradual return to work for faculty and staff
  • Research

May 14 COVID-19 Update

  • Government announces next steps in province’s reopening – OVC reopening May 19
  • Students can apply for Canada Emergency Student Benefit starting May 15
  • New stretching exercises from Athletics

May 8 COVID-19 Update

  • Campus accessible for essential operations only
  • New academic governance FAQs
  • Try the new U of G Teams and Zoom background images

May 7 COVID-19 Update

  • New and updated FAQs on academic consideration
  • New Food & Finance and Grief & Loss resources on Gryphon Family portal
  • Updated Help Centre hours from Computing and Communications Services
  • Virtual care from U of G’s Health and Performance Centre
  • Good news items

April 30 COVID-19 Update

  • Video greeting from President Vaccarino thanking our faculty, staff, alumni, retiree and community donors who have supported U of G’s students

April 27 COVID-19 Update

  • Volunteer to build connections with international students while physical distancing
  • Learning and Development offerings for May
  • Sending kudos to our colleagues at work

April 24 COVID-19 Update

  • Message on Fall 2020 semester

April 23 COVID-19 Update

  • Update on new federal supports for students

April 22 COVID-19 Update

  • Athletics memberships, programs, rentals and summer update
  • New FAQs on leaves of absence for employees unable to work
  • Housing available on-campus for students this summer
  • Options for out-of-office auto-replies
  • GenEQ compiles writings on gender equity during COVID-19

April 17 COVID-19 Update

  • Updates to Academics – Students FAQs
  • New FAQ on student finance
  • University Bookstore is open online
  • City of Guelph can help students with large items they want to dispose of
  • COVID-19 research funding and resources
  • Making masks for OVC personnel

April 16: COVID-19 Video Greeting from President Vaccarino

April 14: COVID-19 Update from President Vaccarino

  • Good news stories
  • #GryphonGifts on Instagram offer student treats

April 13: COVID-19 Update

  • Students should take a practice test before online exams
  • New FAQ page for students living off-campus
  • Continuing your U of G studies while outside Canada
  • CCS extended hours for faculty and staff
  • Learning and Development online opportunities
  • Ridgetown donation to local health care professionals

April 9: COVID-19 Update

  • Video greeting from President Vaccarino
  • Help stop on-campus thefts
  • Updates to research continuity, scale-back and shutdown
  • Gryphon Family portal supports for students
  • New FAQs available on working remotely
  • Parking permit refunds

April 8: COVID-19 Update

  • Student Housing refunds
  • Resources for to support employees

April 7: COVID-19 Update from President Vaccarino

  • Highlighting U of G contributions in the fight against COVID-19

April 6: COVID-19 Update

  • Winter 2020 exam schedule posted to Office of Registrarial Services site – check for updates
  • University Centre access and mail room use
  • COVID-19 Research Development and Catalyst Fund

April 4: COVID-19 Update

  • Most University buildings will be locked, but faculty and staff will continue to have access as needed

April 3: COVID-19 Update from President Vaccarino

  • Winter 2020 exam schedule posted
  • Access to University buildings
  • University events cancelled to July 1, 2020
  • Supporting food security for students and community
  • Resources on Gryphon Family portal

April 1: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • face-to-face course delivery 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 be conducted in a modified format.

March 31: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • Final exams will continue at discretion of instructor
  • Arboretum open for walk-through access only
  • OSAP payment moratorium

March 30: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • Athletics facilities closed until May 31
  • Making your home workstation more ergonomic

March 27: COVID-19 Daily Update – Convocation

  • Video message from President Vaccarino about postponed convocation ceremonies

March 26: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • June 2020 convocation ceremonies postponed
  • Alumni Weekend 2020 postponed
  • Changes to summer 2020 co-op work terms
  • Budget Town Hall postponed
  • Arboretum buildings closed to publich

March 25: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • Online fitness classes from Athletics
  • Virtual Gryphon Camps

March 24: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • Information from the Office of Diversity and Human Rights on being a good ally during COVID-19
  • Tips for staying connected while physical distancing

March 23: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • New grading scheme for Winter 2020: keep numeric grade, assign “pass”, or drop course
  • Sick leave and self-isolation updates from Human Resources
  • Parking on campus available at no charge – standard parking regulations still enforced
  • Study space on campus
  • Work Order Desk closed
  • Donation of University supplies to be coordinated through Public Health
  • COVID-19 scams to avoid

March 20: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • McLaughlin Library closes physical space but continues to offer online supports
  • U of G’s modified final exam period will start Monday, April 13 and end no later than Wednesday, April 29
  • Updated FAQs about employee pay for March 17 to April 2
  • Many U of G buildings no longer open to the public
  • Extended help desk hours for Computing and Communications Services
  • Hospitality Services closing all locations but East Side Variety

March 19: COVID-19 Daily Update from President Vaccarino

  • Exams will not begin before April 13
  • Exam schedule expected by April 3
  • Academic field schools and field courses scheduled for May and June 2020 cancelled
  • Office of Research urges significant scale-back of research activities
  • New FAQs for international students
  • Mail room no longer picking up mail from or delivering mail to campus units
  • Student Health Services moving to different method of service delivery

March 17: Message to Students from President Vaccarino – St. Patrick’s Day

  • Message from President Franco Vaccarino to students encouraging them to stay home during St. Patrick’s Day to support physical distancing

March 16: COVID-19 Update: Message from the President Re: Operational Changes Due to COVID-19

  • Employees asked to work from home where operationally feasible as of March 17
  • Students in residence asked to vacate as quickly as possible
  • Encouraging faculty and researchers to consider how to temporarily postpone, limit or adapt research-related activities
  • All University and community events on campus cancelled for immediate future

March 15: COVID-19 Update: U of G Open, One-Week Class Cancellation in Effect

  • Reminder that classes are cancelled March 16 to 20
  • Postponement of deadlines and midterms scheduled that week
  • Importance of physical distancing

March 14: COVID-19 Update: New Travel, Self-Isolation Restrictions Announced

  • Travel restrictions that reflected the Government of Canada’s travel regulations

March 14: COVID-19 Update Re: Academic Operations

  • Information about online courses, the McLaughlin Library, program counselling, course and instructor evaluations

March 13: COVID-19 Update from the President: Academic changes, Events and Travel

  • University of Guelph decides to suspend all face-to-face classes for the rest of the Winter 2020 semester
  • University to cancel classes for the week of March 16 to 20 while instructors move classes to an alternative delivery format
  • Extension of Winter 2020 semester by one week – last day of classes will be April 9, 2020
  • Final exams to be conducted through alternative delivery format – not face-t0-face
  • Cancellation of major upcoming events
  • Cancellation of University-related travel

March 12: U of G COVID-19 Update: Travel restrictions

  • Information about University-related travel cancellations
  • Process for travellers to monitor their health when they return to Canada

March 4: U of G monitoring 2019 novel coronavirus

  • Details about the role of the University’s emergency operations committee
  • Ways to reduce the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus

Jan. 27: 2019 Novel Coronavirus: FAQs, General Info and Best Practices

  • General information and frequently asked questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus
  • Info was based on details available in January 2020