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.
Latest update on COVID-19
This is an exciting time of the year as we welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff back to campus for the start of a new academic year. As we plan our first full in-person term in over two years, 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. While our approach may change if needed, here is our plan for the Fall term.
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!
Access to rapid tests
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 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 , you do not need a medical certificate.
Updating our plans
Although the pandemic has proven unpredictable, we will remain agile in our response and will update our plans if necessary. That could include a return to mandatory masking and vaccination.
Let's continue to keep uOttawa safe.