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 and continues to do so.
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.
COVID-19 safety measures
The health and safety of all members of our community is our top priority.
We will continue to monitor government and public health directives as well as expert advice and we will remain vigilant to protect ourselves and the people around us through overlapping safety measures.
In accordance with provincial and public health guidelines, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially in high-density spaces like classrooms, labs, elevators and meeting areas. We ask that everyone respect individual decisions. We will continue to dispense masks at the entrance of many buildings on campus. There may be exceptions such as health-related programs and clinics where masking will continue to be mandatory. Those details will be communicated to you directly.
Experts agree that vaccination provides the best protection against illness, hospitalization, and death. Therefore, we strongly encourage all members of our community to receive every dose for which they are eligible.
If you are sick, stay home!
If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home! Please refer to the Ontario Public Health Measures and Advice webpage for more information.
Access to rapid tests
A limited number of rapid tests will be available for students at the Student Health and Wellness Centre in the Minto Sports Complex (801 King Edward Avenue). They are also available at select pharmacies and grocery stores.
Other safety measures
The University has taken various steps to limit and monitor the spread of COVID-19. These include improving ventilation systems, more frequent cleaning, and regular testing of wastewater on campus.
COVID-19 Absence Self-declaration Form
The University provides this self-declaration form for you to complete if you cannot write an exam, submit an assignment on time, or attend a mandatory lab because of COVID-19. With this self-declaration form, you do not need a medical certificate.
Although the pandemic has proven unpredictable, we will continue to monitor government and public health directives as well as expert advice.
Let's continue to keep uOttawa safe.