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Under Ontario Government regulations, every person must fill out the COVID-19 Daily Health Check-In form online before coming to campus and must receive confirmation they are permitted to do so.

COVID SMART IS COVID SAFE

Ensuring a safe return to campus

Our approach

Given the public health safety measures required in response to COVID-19, the University of Ottawa has adapted its activities since the beginning of the pandemic.

For the winter 2022 term, most courses will be offered online, as was the case for the fall term.

Since public health authorities forecast a very significant increase in the number of COVID-19 infections at the start of winter, we will postpone the return to campus until January 31, 2022. Classes will resume on January 10 as planned and will be delivered virtually for at least the first three weeks of term.

Planning for the return to class in September 2022 is well underway.

Naturally, we are still prioritizing the basic principles that have guided us since the start of the pandemic, namely our commitment to the health and safety of the University community along with the continuity of our activities.

Our mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy remains in effect. We anticipate that it will continue to be in force throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. If mandatory vaccination is no longer required, we will adjust accordingly.

If you are not fully vaccinated, please be aware that you may not be able to attend in-person classes or enjoy on-campus activities.

You will also need to certify your vaccination status before starting your journey with us.

During the upcoming spring-summer term, we will continue our efforts to offer more in-person courses. That said, given that students would normally return home for the summer, we will continue to offer many courses in online, hybrid, or bimodal formats.

By the fall 2022 term, we aim to have students, especially first-year students, take most of their courses on campus. This planning is based on information we have gathered through surveys and the lessons we have learned over the past 18 months. As a result, we anticipate that around 80-to-90% of enrolments will be for in-person courses.

Moreover, we intend to maximize the number of spots in residence, offer a complete program of activities across campus, and provide all academic and administrative services in person.

We have been working tirelessly to allow everyone to return to the dynamic, exciting life at University that we all enjoyed before the pandemic. We will keep you posted as our planning takes shape.

We know that the COVID-19 virus is dangerous and deadly and that new variants pose a new and additional threat. The best and most effective way to mitigate risks is for everyone to be vaccinated. You can consult our vaccination policy (PDF, 159 KB) for more information.

Naturally, the situation will remain unpredictable during the coming weeks and months, and we will continue to provide an iterative, agile, and flexible approach to ensure continued compliance with public health and safety requirements. Our ongoing diligence in this planning process will continue to rest on academic and administrative leaders, to help ensure a safe progressive return to campus for our students and employees.

Our vision

The vision for the uOttawa campus experience is guided by the five pillars of the student experience:

  • Value‐added course offerings and learning activities
  • Residential life
  • Comprehensive campus‐wide programming
  • Academic support
  • Academic and administrative services

Guiding principles

All our planning continues to be governed by the following principles:

  • Health and safety, including the mental health and well‐being of all members of the uOttawa community remains our top priority
  • Continuity of academic, research, and administrative activities
  • Agility, flexibility, and iterative planning
  • Institutional principles and local solutions
  • Care and concern for our whole community

The health and safety of the uOttawa community is our top priority. Every decision we make will continue to align with public health guidelines.

Finally, our Institutional Return to Campus Plan reiterates our institutional commitment to support and to work with our many alumni, friends, and collaborators in an innovative manner. To learn more about how uOttawa is coordinating its safe return to campus, please consult our Reintegration planning guidance (PDF, 1.68 MB).

You can also read our 2021-2022 Continuity Education Plan (PDF, 965  KB).


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