How to protect yourself

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part.

This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • avoiding non-essential gatherings;
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes;
  • avoiding crowded places such as concerts, arenas, conferences and festivals;
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health;
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others.

Public health experts continue to state that self-hygiene is key to mitigating the risk linked to the spread of COVID-19.

To reduce the spread of germs, including the flu and COVID-19, Ottawa Public Health recommends that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
  • Stay home or in residence.

Public Health authorities recommend that even if you do not have symptoms, it is recommended to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • You have travelled anywhere outside of Canada (including the United States of America).
  • You live with, provided care for, or spent extensive time with someone who has:
    • Tested positive for COVID-19, OR is suspected to have COVID-19, OR who has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) that started within 14 days of travel outside of Canada.
    • Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Book an appointment at the uOttawa Assessment Centre.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocol

The University remains open. All residences, food services, libraries and other facilities and services remain accessible and open until further notice. Academic integrity and continuity remain a priority, and we know people may need access to the campus from time to time.

We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff, students and outside workers.

On a daily basis, our executive are meeting and working to ensure that they meet the latest guidance on hygiene and cleaning. Our campus’ health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to washroom and common area cleaning procedures.

We are working with our partners and suppliers to make sure our have all the appropriate virus-killing products sanctioned by Public Health as well as the protective equipment they need for their operations. Our Cleaning Vendor uses cleaning products and protocols which are effective against viruses, including:

  • Residences: use cleaning and disinfecting protocols in all common spaces, to clean rooms after guests depart and before the next student arrives, with particular attention paid to high-touch items.
  • Public Spaces: we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces, with a focus on the service counters, elevators (and elevator buttons), door handles, washrooms and food services areas.


Will masks be provided to students that have to come to campus?

(Updated on October 1, 2020)

A limited number of free masks will be distributed at University Square to students who need one and who will be on campus this term.

Should I be using the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app?

(Updated on October 1, 2020)

All faculty, students and staff are encouraged to download the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app. This contact tracing app will significantly reduce the chances of an outbreak of COVID-19 at uOttawa and in your community this fall. uOttawa’s Professor Michael Geist – who in addition to being Canada’s Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce is also a fierce public advocate for digital privacy – has given this app his personal stamp of approval. So please, download the app today.

What are the guiding principles the University is using when making decisions throught the pandemic?

(Updated on October 1, 2020)

We realize that the situation is fluid and rapidly evolving. As such, we would like to share some key principles:

  • Online courses meet the same high academic standards so that you can achieve your learning goals.
  • If you sign up for an online course and this course ends up being offered in person, you will not be required to show up in person if physical distancing guidelines are lifted. Once you enrol in an online course, you have the option to complete it via distance learning, if that is your preference.
  • Professors are being strongly encouraged to make as much of their course material and assignments available online so you can catch up if you can’t attend the class in real time. If you’re not in the same time zone as uOttawa or you run into connection problems, you will be able to work on your courses at a time that suits you.
  • We’re doing our very best to make your online experience as pleasant as possible.Whether you’re studying on campus or online, locally or from any distance, there will also be academic support available to accompany you in this new and exciting university experience
How can I find out the safety mesures that I must follow when I come to campus?

Students coming to the campus must complete online COVID-19 training and comply with basic safety measures such as wearing a mask in all indoor common areas and maintaining physical distancing.

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