Frequently asked questions

Taking additional steps toward a progressive return on camps

Do I need an approval to come to campus and get some office equipment?

Employees must discuss with their manager the need to come to campus to pick up office equipment. Managers can now authorize in writing their employees to remove non-ergonomic equipment. Any pick-up must be done in an organized and scheduled fashion to avoid having multiple employees in the same office at the same time.

Removing ergo-equipment must still be authorized by HR Wellness.

Protection Services will continue to monitor and may ask the person to produce the written authorization with ID to remove any valuable items.

Now that some research activities have resumed, can uOttawa community members also host events on campus?

As of September 1, members of the university community will be allowed to host meetings or events involving local participants ONLY and must respect Ottawa Public Health guidelines (e.g. physical distancing and group limits). Consult the Guidelines for safe gatherings on campus for more information.

Campus events involving participants from outside the National Capital Region are prohibited until at least January 3, 2021. No external group (non-uOttawa employees or students) can organize events until further notice.

What if the self assessment from Ontario Public Health suggests I not come to work?

After completing the Ontario Public Health Survey, you may be advised to stay home based on your answers. In this case contact your immediate supervisor to advise them you should stay home, and then contact Human Resources Health and Wellness to discuss your situation.

Should I be wearing a mask?

Ottawa Public Health has mandated the use of masks or face coverings in all enclosed public spaces. This includes indoor common spaces on our campus such as hallways, lobbies, stairways, washrooms and elevators. Personal offices and labs are not considered common spaces and therefore, existing protocols remain in place.

All members of the uOttawa community who must come to campus are now required to wear a mask or face covering that securely covers the nose, mouth and chin while in common spaces inside buildings.

According to Ottawa Public Health, mask use should be combined with other protective measures, such as physical distancing, hand washing, not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and staying home if you are sick.

A reminder that our campus is only open for limited and approved activities.

If you must be on campus and require a mask the University will provide one. Please communicate with your facility manager to obtain one.

What is a non-medical cloth mask?
  • A reusable non-medical mask or face covering is intended to protect others from your infectious droplets.
  • It may also prevent other people’s droplets from landing in your mouth or nose but is not considered a personal protective device.
  • Consider wearing one in areas where physical distancing may not be possible, e.g., public transit, public spaces such as certain hallways, face-to-face training where you are less than 2 metres apart, etc.
  • In certain situations, a disposable non-medical surgical mask may be the preferred option should you not be able to wear the cloth mask for personal or other reasons, e.g., disability, asthma, working in a lab, etc.
Can I still park on campus?

Please note that paid parking resumed on all uOttawa Campuses as of September 1. Daily/visitor parking is available at Pay & Display machines located in parking lots and garages (credit card only). Monthly permits may be purchased by credit card online or by debit/credit card in person by appointment only starting August 31. Cash will not be accepted. Please visit the Parking and Sustainable Transportation website for more detail.


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