University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

What's changed?

Last updated: April 2, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
For complete details of recent announcements and previous updates visit our Coronavirus News page.

Updates for students 

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Updates for instructors


  • Course instructors can elect to use CR or NCR in place of numeric grades for Winter Term 2020.

  • Date extended for instructors to change Spring course offerings – due to the RO on Monday, March 30, 2020 

  • Spring term will  continue with  an alternative delivery system. All courses and exams, including graduate research milestones, will take place online.

  • Visit our instructor information and resources page for further information.

Updates for researchers

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Updates for employees


  • We suspended parking fees for the month of April. Moving forward we will review this decision on a month-by-month basis. 
  • Until further notice, employees are instructed to work from home. However, people in roles that leaders deem are essential to the ongoing and safe operation of our campus should report to work.
  • For the safety of our students and employees, most campus buildings are now locked
  • Employees who are performing critical functions and require access to their workspace must receive approval from their department head and ensure the necessary key/fob access is available.
  • Visit our employee information and resources page for further information.

Health and travel updates

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New/updated FAQs

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Important links


Help is available

At Waterloo, we value each other as individuals. We all belong here. Fostering our spirit of genuine care and concern is so important at a time when many people are feeling scared or nervous about the coronavirus outbreak. We must show empathy and concern for people in our community who are affected by the virus and work together to stand against racism of any kind.

We understand that many of our students have family members in areas affected by COVID-19. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health or Counselling Services.

Please visit or call Health Services (519-884-4096), drop by the Counselling Services office in Needles Hall North, 2nd Floor or phone 519-888-4567 ext. 32655. Visit the Campus Wellness page for hours of operation and additional information. Campus Wellness services are provided at no charge in a private and confidential setting to University of Waterloo students who are currently registered or on a co-op term.