Last Revised: Aug. 13, 2021
As the government takes a phased approach to re-opening the province, Laurier has been working to develop a detailed and integrated plan for the resumption of university activities as permitted by provincial health guidelines.
The Pandemic Recovery Steering Group (PRSG) oversees the development of recovery plans for the university's operations – in support of the academic mission, and with the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty at the forefront.
In April, Laurier announced it would be approaching the fall term with cautious optimism and took the stance that our overall objective is to increase our on-campus presence in support of in-person teaching, learning, research and student experience in fall 2021.
After transitioning to more in-person activity in the fall 2021 term, our goal is to return to regular operations with minimal restrictions by winter term in 2022.
To support this gradual return to in-person interaction, the university is undergoing a phased return to on-campus work beginning in August and running to the end of October, in accordance with public health guidelines. Planning for the resumption of operations for each unit centres around one of three phases that reflect a gradual return to normal operations.
The PRSG developed a COVID-19 scaling framework to guide safety planning, decision making and priority setting in regards to campus operations and activities. The framework identifies four levels low, moderate, high and critical – independently applied to ten campus categories.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Laurier will require all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated or have plans to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to return to campus this fall. Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to submit a request for accommodation and will be required to follow testing requirements and health and safety protocols outlined for them by the university.
In the event of a COVID-19 related emergency, Laurier is prepared to act quickly in order to ensure the community’s safety and wellbeing.
A COVID-19 emergency would result in the university implementing a shift of it’s COVID-19 scaling framework categories to the “Critical” level. In summary, critical means the following would take place, in alignment with government regulations:
Updates to Laurier’s scaling framework will be communicated by email to the Laurier community. In addition to the notices of scaling framework updates, Laurier has implemented a robust communication strategy to keep students, faculty, and staff well-informed. This includes:
As illustrated in the COVID-19 scaling framework, Laurier will avoid a disruption to educational offerings through pivoting courses to remote offering, or determine essential exemptions in line with government regulations.
Fall-term courses are intended to finish the way they start: if a course starts remotely, it will remain remote until the end of term and will not transition to in-person. If a course starts in-person, it will remain in-person unless public health requirements necessitate a move to remote
In the event of an on-campus emergency, please contact Special Constable Service:
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, or comes into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case and has been on-campus in the last 14 days, they must contact the Dean of Students’ Office.
If an employee tests positive, or comes into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, they must contact the Health and Abilities Management Team in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of an off-campus COVID-19 emergency, local emergency services should be contacted, or local Public Health units.
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