Dear U of G community members,

To help build connections during this time of physical distancing, every Thursday President Vaccarino will provide the University’s COVID-19 daily update by video. You will continue to receive regular written updates through the rest of the week. The weekly videos will be shared on U of G’s COVID-19 website and on the University’s social media channels. For accessibility, the video is captioned, and a transcript is available.

Please click the image below to view President Vaccarino’s video greeting for Thursday, April 9.

President Vaccarino at a microphone. Text: COVID-19 novel coronavirus Update


Daily Updates: April 9, 2020

Help Stop On-Campus Thefts

With fewer people on campus, U of G buildings have become a popular target for criminal activity. Campus Community Police are addressing a higher than normal number of break-ins and thefts.

Remember, if you’re on campus, ensure your property is secure and your vehicle is locked.

If you observe any concerning activity on campus, please call 911 or Campus Community Police at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52206.


Updates to Research Continuity, Scale-Back and Shutdown

The Office of Research has issued an update to the Guidance note for COVID-19-related research continuity, scale-back and shutdown. This note is critically important to the University of Guelph research community, as it contains directives about ongoing research, including a request form for critical and time-sensitive research.

For updates, FAQs and research-related resources, please visit the Office of Research website.


Gryphon Family Portal Has Supports for Students

Students: visit the Gryphon Family portal – – to access important resources including:

  • Mental health supports
  • Library resources
  • Tips for building healthy habits into your life and thinking positively
  • Ways to stay connected
  • Career development assistance

You’ve got this, Gryphons, and U of G is here to help!


New FAQs Available on Working Remotely

Visit the Employment COVID-19 FAQ page for updated information on:

  • Obtaining furniture, supplies and equipment for your home workspace
  • Reimbursements for work-related expenses while working from home


Parking Permit Refunds

Those who purchased monthly or annual parking permits will receive a 50-per-cent refund for March 2020 charges. We appreciate your patience while we finalize the process and timing of these refunds. There will be no payroll deductions for parking charges in April.

If you purchased your parking pass in person at the Campus Parking Services office, please complete the Permit Cancellation form to receive your refund. You do not need to complete this form if you purchased your permit online.

There will be no charge for parking on campus, including at meters, until further notice. Standard parking rules will still be enforced (e.g., fines for obstructing fire routes or loading zones, unauthorized use of accessible parking).


The University’s COVID-19 website is your best source of information on U of G’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.