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Fall 2021 at the University of Guelph FAQs

The University of Guelph is planning for a vibrant on-campus experience in fall 2021. The safety of our community is our top priority and our plans will adapt to follow public health guidelines and government directives. We’re excited to welcome you to campus!

Updated: June 3, 2021

Classes and Labs

Yes! Closely following public health guidelines and government regulations, we are currently planning for a significant number of courses at all year levels to be offered face-to-face or to include in-person components such as labs or tutorials.

We’re committed to creating safe learning spaces. This fall, to help reduce classroom densities, face-to-face course sections will have an enrolment cap of 250 students. This cap will not affect students’ ability to enrol in courses.

Under current planning, a significant number of courses at all year levels will be offered face-to-face or will include in-person components such as labs or tutorials. However, this could change if there is a change in government or public health directives related to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Yes. The planned delivery format for each course will be displayed in WebAdvisor.

Based on current public health projections, we are confident that we will have a significant number of face-to-face teaching and learning opportunities in the fall 2021 semester at all year levels. The University will continue to closely follow the direction and guidance provided by the Government of Ontario and local public health authorities. If and when public health and government regulations change, we’ll adapt our plans, always keeping safety as our top priority.

Remote learners will benefit from technology improvements made in many of our classrooms, allowing students to feel as though they are truly part of the class no matter where they are. We have learned a lot about remote teaching during the past year and will offer students an experience that reflects the best of our learning about how to deliver high-quality remote classes.

We will offer remote delivery of some classes and labs, and depending on your academic program, you will be able to progress toward your degree. However, under current planning, a significant number of courses at all year levels will be offered face-to-face or will include in-person components such as labs or tutorials that will require you to be on campus.

Where public health has advised that in-person classes are safe, students are encouraged to return to campus to ensure they have access to all courses in their program. Alternatively, students can enroll in available courses that are planned for remote delivery.

We are currently planning for a fall semester with a significant number of courses at all year levels to be offered face-to-face or to include in-person components such as labs or tutorials. The cost of delivering courses and programs remains the same, regardless of delivery format.

The University has many supports for students learning remotely.

The McLaughlin Library services include writing, studying, time management and research consultations; guides on learning online and preparing for mid-terms and exams; workshops; remote access to library computers and software; access to academic coaches; peer-led Supported Learning Groups; and IT technical/troubleshooting support.

Our Student Wellness team offers counselling, therapy groups, physician and nursing appointments, peer support, academic accessibility and much more. We welcome and support all students. These services operate to meet students wherever they are, through online or phone appointments.

U of G’s Student Experience team offers ways for students to connect with their community online. Our student adviser team offers support for BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, Indigenous, international and new students. Our successful Gryphons Nest program helps first-year students connect with other incoming students in their programs.

Our Student Accessibility Services team works with students who have accessibility needs and their instructors to ensure accommodations are arranged.

We will communicate any significant changes to our plans via email, web postings, social media and other forms of communication.

Research

U of G is keeping the research community informed through its Research During COVID-19 page.

Safety Measures on Campus

Vaccinations are an important step in bringing us safely out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for vaccination to get vaccinated

We will continue to follow guidelines from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, and our classroom and campus protocols for the fall will follow Public Health recommendations.

Public Health directives continue to evolve. Currently, masks are still required on campus, as are other health and safety precautions. We will communicate any changes in our current health and safety practices to the U of G community in a timely manner, always making the safety of our faculty, staff and students our No. 1 priority


The University continues to strictly follow all government and public health guidelines. Currently, that includes:

  • Completing daily COVID-19 screening if you’re coming to campus
  • Wearing a mask when you’re on campus
  • Maintaining 2m of physical distance from others
  • Enhancing our cleaning of high-touch and high-traffic areas
  • Following COVID-19 safety practices We all have a role to play in keeping our community and ourselves safe during COVID-19.

If and when public health and government regulations change, we’ll adapt our guidelines, always keeping safety as our top priority. Learn more on the Practices page of our Return to Campuses website.

U of G is closely following all government COVID-19 directives.

Access to campus is currently restricted. Only those who are living in residence, who are participating in face-to-face learning or who must be on campus to do their jobs are currently permitted at U of G facilities. By reducing the number of people at our facilities, we can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

All those approved to come to campus must complete a COVID-19 screening form before arriving and follow its direction. The form will indicate whether the individual should stay home. Students living in residence complete this form daily. Additional physical distancing measures are in place in residence.

The University has enhanced cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas.

Physical distancing measures are in place across campus, including marking 2m of distance in lines, limiting the number of people in elevators and installing Plexiglas barriers where needed.

As well, anyone on campus must currently wear masks and additional PPE is required in some environments.

More information on our COVID-19 safety measures can be found on our Return to Campuses website.

U of G is keeping the community informed about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic at www.uoguelph.ca/covid19.

International Students

U of G is following Public Health and government directives. Any students arriving from outside of Canada are required to quarantine in an approved facility before moving into their residence or coming to campus.

Residence

Learn more about Residence this fall on the Student Housing website.

In anticipation that a significant number of our incoming students will receive at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the beginning of the fall 2021 semester, the University will offer guaranteed residence to all first-year undergraduate students.

We consult continually with our Public Health unit to ensure that we are in compliance with regulatory requirements and best practices to protect the safety of our students. We know that reducing in-person interaction and use of common spaces (such as washrooms, group common spaces, etc.) is essential to prevent the spread of the virus.

Student Experience

Our Residence Life Staff and support services will help ensure the residence experience is safe, supportive and fun. First-year students can look forward to programming throughout the summer and an exciting and supportive O-Week on campus in the fall.

Students entering second year can sign up for Orientation Week: The Second-Year Experience – programming tailored to students who have already begun their academic career at U of G but who are new to our campus. More information about both is available online: STARTonline.ca and Start Here for Second-Year page.

During the provincial shutdown and stay-at-home order, campus access is limited. Throughout the pandemic, we have encouraged everyone to stay home to help keep our community safe.

We hope to be able to welcome you to campus soon! Until then, you can find virtual tours of campus online.

Working at U of G

The University is planning for the safe and gradual return of faculty and staff to campus. Deans, chairs, managers and directors are currently working on operational plans. You will be notified by your direct supervisor of the plans for your unit.