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Fall 2021 Academic & Student Experience Update

Academic & Student Experience Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated July 23, 2021


  • We are planning for most courses to be delivered in a face-to-face format in Fall 2021
  • Students planning to come to Ridgetown Campus for their Fall 2021 studies will need to be able to physically come to campus
  • Some courses may be delivered online; however, it will not be possible for full-time students to complete all the requirements of their academic program in a remote/online format
  • The University has implemented a maximum 250 persons per classroom. All Ridgetown classes are below the 250-person maximum
  • We have worked on program and course schedules that reduce student densities in classrooms and other instructional spaces
  • We have placed courses in the largest rooms available and these rooms will comply with applicable distancing requirements
  • For Fall 2021, even though most courses are scheduled to be delivered face-to-face, they may not have all components of the course delivered through face-to-face
  • Instructors can choose to deliver some components of the course face-to-face and other components remotely
  • We are excited to provide the best academic experience for students. We have had many courses successfully delivered face-to-face previously in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters
  • We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated
  • The University will soon be launching a #GryphonsGetVaccinated campaign to share accurate vaccine info, dispel myths, and help our student community feel confident in getting vaccinated
  • We are currently working with Chatham-Kent Public Health on a plan to offer vaccinations in the fall to ensure any remaining students not vaccinated can receive their first and/or second vaccine dose as quickly as possible
  • As planning continues, we are expecting that masks will be required this fall and that distancing requirements will be reduced
  • As we move forward, should Public Health guidelines change, we will ensure strict compliance with Public Health regulations
  • Please contact our Student Accessibility Services Co-ordinator to discuss your individual situation at
  • Masks: Current Public Health advice suggests students will be required to wear a mask indoors this fall
  • Distancing: While we expect this will be reduced, we will continue to promote social distancing through campus signage, directional flow, and additional space markings
  • Self-Declaration: Each student, employee, and visitor will need to fill out a Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Form every day prior to coming to campus
  • The University is establishing a COVID-19 Call Centre for all staff and students, which will be the first point of contact for any possible cases
  • More information will be shared when it becomes available
  • University of Guelph has a Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Form that students and staff must complete every day prior to coming to campus
  • Each student must also complete U of G's COVID-19 Safety Training Module before coming to campus this fall
  • Following guidance from Health Canada and Public Health, Ridgetown Campus is adjusting heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and associated mechanical systems to ensure they continue running at high-quality standards
  • We are planning to have a combination of virtual and on-site orientation programs for students at the Ridgetown and Clinton locations and we will share more information as soon as it is available

Student Experience

  • We expect these activities to be a combination of online and in-person opportunities
  • We will work to find the safest options possible to offer orientation, recreation, leadership, career development, and just plain fun activities for students
  • More information will be shared as it becomes available

Steckley Hall Residence

  • For Fall 2021, Steckley Hall will be open
  • Both single and double occupancy rooms will be offered
  • We will continue to review public health guidelines and will make changes to this as required
  • Double room - $1, 423.00 per semester
  • Single room - $2,826.00 per semester
  • If you have any questions about accessing OSAP or other financial aid opportunities, we encourage you to connect with our Financial Aid Office at
  • All applicants who applied for residence and paid the $500.00 room deposit by June 28, 2021 can be assured that their room preference is confirmed for Fall 2021
  • Room assignment emails will be sent to students by mid July 2021
  • We are excited that you will be joining us on campus in Fall 2021
  • In August, you will be eligible to choose a day and time to move in between Monday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • You are able to bring one person with you to assist with your move-in
  • We are planning for both in-person and virtual experiences in residence this year
  • At times, we may interact in smaller groups, depending on restrictions
  • We are committed to providing you with a great residence experience – even in the most challenging of times
  • At this time, vaccination is not mandatory for students living in residence. However, as the residence environment is densely populated and requires the communal use of washrooms, lounges, dining hall and public areas, it is strongly advised that all students seek out COVID-19 vaccines in advance of moving into residence
  • As restrictions are lifted, we will be able to allow students to use social spaces, like lounges, in residence subject to consultation with Public Health
  • Yes, the cleaning schedule of shared spaces and surfaces (i.e., doors, railings, etc.) will be enhanced in Fall 2021
  • Yes, students will be required to wear a mask while on-campus
  • Based on current guidelines, you will not be required to wear a mask while you are in your room
  • Plans are currently underway to make sure we are providing the best dining experience possible while following Public Health guidelines relating to physical distancing, if necessary
  • Students who cancel after June 15, 2021 should refer to the residence contract for full details
  • Please visit the Plan Your Move page on the Ridgetown Campus Student Portal

Last Modified: July 23, 2021