Campus may look a little different when you return. We have modified classrooms, workspaces and other physical spaces on campus to help you stay safe and maintain physical distancing.


  • We will limit the number of students in classrooms and labs
  • Designated seating will be clearly marked with two metres between students
  • Minimum one hour break between use of classrooms
  • Appropriate spacing between occupied classrooms to avoid high traffic in hallways
  • Custodial staff will clean rooms one to two times per day
  • Disinfecting supplies will be provided in each classroom for use


  • Signs on walls and floors will help you maintain distancing in common spaces
  • We will designate stairs as either upward or downward to minimize traffic
  • We will mark elevators with the maximum number of people who can ride at one time
  • We’ll put limits on the number of people who can be in washrooms at the same time


We have reimagined the student experience in our residence communities to make sure you feel safe and supported. This includes:

  • Single occupancy for all rooms
  • Installing new touchless controls such as automatic doors and sinks
  • Using hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning processes

If you’re living in residence, you can still expect a sense of community and connection through virtual events, frequent check-ins from our Residence Life team and 24-hour support.


Employees can find the full guidelines for adjusting workspaces online. Some highlights include:

  • Occupancy limits for spaces guided by 12.5 m² (two metre diameter) space per person
  • Alternating schedules or staggering start and end times
  • Virtual meetings
  • Increased sanitization of high-touch surfaces
  • Cleaning products available through Plant Operations for employees to clean their own equipment
  • Physical barriers such as plexiglass screens

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