COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Protocols & Guidelines

Updated: January 21, 2021

You can find all U of G’s COVID-19 updates on the COVID-19 Communications Update page.

Guiding Documents

The following documents have been informed by advice from the steering committee or are used as reference in our planning:

Return-to-Campuses Steering Committee

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, various committees and working groups have helped the University of Guelph adapt and maintain our academic, research and operational functions.

As U of G continues to navigate challenges created by COVID-19, the institution is also turning its attention to plans for a gradual return to our campuses for students, faculty and staff.

The Return-to-Campuses steering committee will provide guidance to help align efforts across the University for a gradual return.

The steering committee is guided by a commitment to the health and wellness of all members of our campus community. Decisions on the timing of our return to campuses will depend on government directives and public health advice.

Comprising representatives from key academic, research, service and operational areas across the University, as well as some of U of G’s epidemiologists, the Return-to-Campuses steering committee aims to:

  • Follow principles defined by the University’s executive leadership team
  • Create frameworks to aid campus units in planning for the return to campus of staff, students and faculty
  • Establish parameters, processes and timelines for identifying essential services and supports
  • Ensure robust plans are developed to safely support course delivery
  • Develop a process for review, feedback and recommendation of unit plans that will ultimately be forwarded to the University Executive Committee for approval

The steering committee’s efforts will complement and supplement the plans and efforts of the Academic Continuity Group and Research Continuity Group. The Return-to-Campuses steering committee will take on the planning previously overseen by the Contingency Planning Committee.

Committee Membership

The Return-to-Campuses steering committee includes the following members:

  • Sharmilla Rasheed (Chair, Vice-President – Finance and Operations)
  • Georgia Apolonatos (Director, Health, Safety and Wellness)
  • Harry Bakker (Associate Vice-President, Physical Resources)
  • Kelly Bertrand (Director of Administrative Services, McLaughlin Library)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Assistant Vice-President, Graduate Studies)
  • Alison Burnett (Director, Student Wellness)
  • Carrie Chassels (Vice-Provost, Student Affairs)
  • Cate Dewey (Associate Vice-President, Academic)
  • Tina Goebel (Associate Director, Finance and Administration – OAC)
  • Lawrence Goodridge (Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety – OAC)
  • Bev Hale (Associate Vice-President, Research – Agri-Food Partnership)
  • Jenna Hennessy (Manager of Internal Communications, Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Melissa Horan (Project Manager, Return to Campus)
  • Lori Bona Hunt (Director of Integrated Communications, Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Audrey Jamal (Chief of Staff to the President)
  • Mellissa McDonald (Director, Government Relations and Community Engagement)
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris (AVP, Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Lydia Bay (Director, Staff Relations – Human Resources)
  • Stephanie Nykamp (Associate Dean, Clinical Program – OVC)
  • Andy Papadopoulos (Professor, Public Health – OVC)
  • Irene Thompson (Director, Student Housing Services)
  • Ed Townsley (Executive Director, Hospitality Services)
  • Cara Wehkamp (Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives)
  • Dave Whittle (Chief Information Officer – Computing and Communications Services)