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Fall 2021 Academic & Student Experience Update

Academic & Student Experience Frequently Asked Questions

Action Required and Keeping Up to Date with Covid-19 Information

See your student email from U of G Communications and Public Affairs of September 2, 2021 for the link, or view the Vaccine Proof and Exemption System

These 3 sources of information are important for students to follow

Vaccine Requirements for Steckley Hall Students

Yes. As part of our ongoing health and safety efforts and in alignment with universities across Ontario, U of G will require students living in our Guelph and Ridgetown campus residences in 2021-22 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This measure has been recommended by Chatham-Kent Public Health as well as other public health units across the region and province.

Students in residence live closely with many others. By ensuring students in our residences are vaccinated, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and create a safer space for everyone.

All students planning to live on campus must be fully vaccinated within 30 days of checking into residence.

Students must submit ONE of the following to by Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  • Confirmation of full vaccination (two doses – same or combined – of a Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine)
  • Confirmation of partial vaccination (one dose) and a plan for obtaining a second dose
  • A vaccination plan for obtaining both a first and second dose
  • An exemption request

Details on how to submit this information will be available soon.

All students living in Steckley Hall must be fully vaccinated within 30 days of their move in date. Students who arrive on campus after having received only one dose must arrange for a second dose as soon as possible after their arrival.

Students who arrive at Ridgetown's Steckley Hall residence and are not vaccinated must receive a first dose within seven days of arrival and make arrangements to receive a second dose within 30 days of their move-in date.

For all students living in Steckley Residence, (in all programs), we will have staff and health care professionals available to help you develop your individual vaccination plans for COVID-19 and /or rabies if needed.  More information will follow.

Vaccinations are available from local public health units many pharmacies and will be available on campus (in September), through Chatham-Kent Public Health.

The health and safety of our Ridgetown Campus community is our top priority. Vaccination is an important tool in helping us all move safely out of this pandemic.

Our goal is to provide all students with a welcoming and enjoyable residence experience that promotes learning and community-building while ensuring safe interactions. Students in residence live closely with many others. By ensuring students in our Guelph and Ridgetown campus residences are vaccinated, we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and create a safer space for everyone

Students who arrive on campus after having received only one dose (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca) must arrange for a second dose of the same vaccine or one of the other two as soon as possible after their arrival.

Students who arrive at Steckley Hall residence and are not vaccinated must receive a first dose within seven days of arrival and make arrangements to receive a second dose within 30 days of their move-in date.

Vaccinations are available from local public health units, many pharmacies and will be available on campus (in September), through Chatham-Kent Public Health.

You will receive further details by email on how to provide vaccination confirmation. Please keep all emails, receipts and records pertaining to your vaccination so you can confirm your vaccination status.

You will receive a further e-mail on this information when it becomes available. We will be hosting vaccine clinics on campus in September.

Any student who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption.

Further details on how to request an exemption will be provided to students by email.

You must be vaccinated with vaccines approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization.

Travellers must be vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) to be eligible for quarantine exemption

You must be vaccinated with vaccines approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization.

Travellers must be vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen) to be eligible for quarantine exemption

Vaccination Status Recommended Next Steps
Unvaccinated Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.
One dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca) Get second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.
One dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine No further vaccine action required.
Two doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca) No further vaccine action required.
One dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.
Two doses of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine No further vaccine action required.
Partially or fully vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

All students planning to live on campus in Ridgetown must be fully vaccinated within 30 days of checking into residence.

Students who arrive on campus after having received only one dose must arrange for a second dose as soon as possible after their arrival

Students who choose not to be vaccinated may withdraw from residence and receive a full refund of their residence deposit by submitting a request to Vicki King, Residence and Recreation Manager, at vking@uoguelph.ca by Tuesday August 17, 2021.

Students awaiting vaccination or those who have received approval of vaccination exemption may participate in residence community events, but must observe all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, such as wearing a mask at all times, maintaining physical distancing, using hand sanitizer, following any other safety practices promoted on campus.

Additional safety protocols may be in place for those who are not fully vaccinated.

If you aren't yet fully vaccinated, you may:

U of G strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated and have a number of COVID-19 safety protocols in place to create safe spaces to learn and work.

The University of Guelph strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated. Staff working in the residence environment must follow U of G's COVID-19 health and safety protocols that align with requirements from the Chatham-Kent Public Health. These measures will help protect our residence students when they are in contact with Ridgetown Campus employees.

Students who do not submit proof of vaccination or do not receive an exemption within 30 days of moving in will have their residence contract terminated and will be required to move out. Ridgetown Campus will support students in scheduling their vaccines to help them meet this timeline.

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 rcosap@uoguelph.ca
  • 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
  • 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
  • Please visit the Plan Your Move page on the Ridgetown Campus Student Portal

Academics

  • 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

Yes. The University will be mandating vaccinations for the University of Guelph community including faculty, staff and students at our Guelph and Ridgetown Campuses and indoors at all U of G-managed field stations. Additional proof of vaccination requirements are in place for students enrolled in face-to-face music and theatre classes, students living in residence and varsity athletes.

Please visit the COVID-19 Student FAQ for more information

  • 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 rcsas@uoguelph.ca
  • 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

Last Modified: September 3, 2021