COVID-19: Off-Campus Safety


As students relocate to Waterloo and Brantford for the start of the fall term, we want to remind everyone we are still in the midst of an extraordinary global health crisis. Laurier’s top priority is to keep you safe and prevent the spread of the virus, which is why we have gone to remote learning and why most Laurier staff and faculty are working from home.

The very real threat of COVID-19 is why we are not together this fall on campus as usual, and the fastest and safest path to a full campus reopening is for everyone to step up and take responsibility for protecting themselves and those among us who are most vulnerable to the virus. The more we continue to prevent the spread of the virus, the sooner we can get back together.

Most services for students will continue to be delivered remotely and all campus buildings remain locked. Those approved to return to campus can use their OneCard to access the services and spaces that have been approved for a limited on-campus presence.

Low Risk

grocery shopping with a face covering
takeout
solo exercise
parks
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Medium Risk

ride sharing
movie theatres
salons
dentist/doctor

High Risk

crowded bars
house parties
crowded gyms
new sexual activity
hand shakes
concerts

Your Responsibilities

The safety of students, neighbours and community partners is our No. 1 priority. We work closely with Public Health officials, local police, and emergency services partners to ensure your safety and we strongly encourage you to make smart choices and engage in safe and respectful behaviours.

Be Safe, Stay Healthy

Laurier expects all our community members to respect and follow public health guidelines, and we discourage all students from attending events that contravene the emergency order of the province of Ontario and rules set by public health.

We expect our students to be good members of the Laurier community and good neighbours in the communities in which we operate.  We urge everyone to enjoy the fall safely by respecting physical distancing requirements, wearing a mask where required, and respecting the limits on social gatherings.

  • Physical Distancing: A physical distancing protocol of 2 metres (6 feet) separation is recommended. This includes not engaging in some of the riskiest social behaviours, such as backyard parties, house parties and unsanctioned street parties. 
  • Protective Equipment/Masks: Wear a non-medical mask or face covering in indoor common areas or when physical distancing cannot be maintained or is a challenge.
  • Hygiene: Wash your hands often using proper washing or sanitizing techniques.

If You Feel Sick

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should follow public health guidelines and self-isolate.

Community Resources

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Assess

Monitor for symptoms

Help keep our

community safe.

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Practise social distancing

Containing the spread of the coronavirus is a community effort. Whether you’re living on campus, in surrounding neighbourhoods, or are learning remotely, we all play a part in keeping our community safe.

Clean

Wash your hands

Protect

 

Wear a mask

Help keep our

community safe.

Containing the spread of the coronavirus is a community effort. Whether you’re living on campus, in surrounding neighbourhoods, or are learning remotely, we all play a part in keeping our community safe.

Assess

Monitor for symptoms

2m

(6ft)

Distance

 

Practise social distancing

Clean

Wash your hands

Protect

 

Wear a mask

Help keep our

community safe.

Containing the spread of the coronavirus is a community effort. Whether you’re living on campus, in surrounding neighbourhoods, or are learning remotely, we all play a part in keeping our community safe.

Assess

Monitor for symptoms

2m

(6ft)

Distance

 

Practise social distancing

Clean

Wash your hands

Protect

 

Wear a mask

Assess

Monitor for symptoms

Help keep our

community safe.

2m

(6ft)

Distance

 

Practise social distancing

Containing the spread of the coronavirus is a community effort. Whether you’re living on campus, in surrounding neighbourhoods, or are learning remotely, we all play a part in keeping our community safe.

Clean

Wash your hands

Protect

 

Wear a mask

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#StayGolden and the Student Code of Conduct

Breaking public health guidelines can also lead to serious consequences. In the event that people do not respect the provincial restrictions regarding gatherings inside and out, the consequences include serious fines for failing to comply with an order during a declared emergency. Everyone attending an illegal gathering could get a ticket, and bylaw officers would focus on those responsible for the property, including tenants and party organizers.

You will see more police officers working to disperse crowds attempting to gather on the street and issuing tickets for all by-law and provincial violations such as drinking alcohol in public places, exceeding public health guidelines for gathering internally and externally.

The Special Constable Service remains active on campus.

Where to Find Support

Remote Learning Hub

Academic excellence remains a top priority in a virtual environment, and Laurier provides a variety of online academic services to support students in their remote and online classes. The Remote Learning Hub is a one-stop resource for academic learning support for students online.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies staff are Laurier’s experts on graduate education. We’re here to help you through your academic experience, from the time you apply for admission to when you cross the stage at convocation. Detailed FAQs have been created to help answer your questions about this unique academic year.

Health and Wellness

Laurier’s Student Wellness Centres on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses are offering remote services to maintain student health and wellness – from caring for illnesses, injuries and mental health, to providing essential services such as sexual health testing and treatment, and vaccinations. While most services are being offered remotely, the university has made accommodations to arrange in-office visits when necessary – in line with public health guidelines.

Laurier’s Wellness Education team is made up of professionals and student volunteers who work together to provide resources and programs to support student wellness, all in an inclusive way.

Visit Public Health Ontario for more resources and information.

Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will offer several virtual events for first-year students, including virtual drop-in sessions, a virtual open house and meet-and-greets with groups and associations including the Association of Black Students and Rainbow Centre, as well as virtual events for all students throughout the year.

Indigenous Student Services

First-year Indigenous students will receive a video walk-through of orientation at Laurier and a remote learning care package. The office will also offer ongoing virtual events for all students such as movie nights, beading and crafts, a speaker series, cooking demonstrations, Ojibway language events, medicine and teaching events as well as events featuring visiting Elders. Students can access free virtual drop-in hours with staff at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Faculty Mentorship Program

Laurier is launching a new Faculty Mentorship Program. About 20% of Laurier’s faculty members, from faculties across the university, have volunteered to mentor first-year students on topics ranging from career goals and challenges associated with a virtual learning environment to support resources and opportunities to build connections. Students will meet virtually once or twice a term for an informal discussion on topics of their choosing.

LOCUS

The Laurier Off-Campus University Students (LOCUS) program is designed to ease the transition to university for first-year students living off-campus through academic, social and personal supports. LOCUS has waived its registration fee during COVID and is automatically enrolling all off-campus students into the program.

 

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