Current graduate students

Friday, November 27, 2020

New COVID-19 screening requirement

Update for students

Effective November 30, 2020, you must complete a new COVID-19 screening assessment before accessing campus.

The University is updating its COVID-19 screening processes to align with regulations the Ontario government recently announced.

Monday, November 23, 2020

COVID-19 “red zone” updates to campus operations

Update for students

  • Waterloo Region has moved into the “red zone” of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework, which means we need to change access to some facilities on campus.
  • Classes, labs and research operations will continue as they have been. 
  • Travel between regions of the province should be limited to essential purposes. Classes and work are considered essential purposes.
Monday, November 16, 2020

Winter 2021 academic schedule changes

Update for students

  • Winter term classes will begin January 11. All other winter term activities will begin as scheduled on January 4.
  • Classes will be cancelled on March 15 and 16 to create a four-day weekend from March 13 to 16.
Friday, November 13, 2020

New COVID-19 hotline

Update for students

You can now call the University’s new COVID hotline, 1-833-UW-COV19 (1-833-892-6819), for support if you test positive for COVID-19, experience symptoms or think you may need to quarantine or get tested.

Monday, November 9, 2020

COVID-19 testing on campus is now available to family members in your household

Update for students and employees

  • COVID-19 testing is now available on campus to family members living in the same household as University students, employees and postdocs.
  • Remember to get your flu shots.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Access to campus facilities other than research laboratories

Update for graduate students

As the University community continues to collectively respond to unprecedented circumstances, I thank you for your ongoing resiliency and dedication to your research and academics.

While requests for access to research laboratories are being accommodated through the online system, I am aware that many of you are keen to access on campus facilities outside of research labs. To facilitate campus access, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA), the Associate Deans from each Faculty, and the Safety Office have developed a web page that serves as a common starting point for you to request access to campus for academic activities other than lab-related research. I encourage you to review the information, which includes a common set of considerations and criteria that will be used to vet the requests received from you and your supervisor. 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Don’t travel outside of your home unless it is essential

Update for the University of Waterloo community

Earlier today, the Province of Ontario introduced tighter restrictions for three parts of the province to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The new tighter restrictions apply to Toronto, Ottawa and Peel. With a record-high of cases of COVID-19 reported by the province today, however, I want to take this opportunity to be clear about the University’s message to our entire community:

Please follow government advice and don’t travel outside of your home unless it is essential.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Stay safe over Fall Reading Week

Update for students

You should:

  • avoid travelling outside of Canada over Fall Reading Week and December break 
  • abide by all public health and government regulations if you visit family or friends 
  • if you choose to leave Canada, you need to have a quarantine plan when you get back 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Medical exemptions for masks now require documentation

Update for students and employees

  • If you cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability, you now need approval through an accommodation process.
  • The following are not suitable face coverings:
    • face masks or respirators with exhaust valves
    • mouth shields
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

New protocol to track COVID cases on campus

Update for students and employees

As Ontario grapples with increased numbers of COVID-19 cases, we are taking steps to increase transparency for our campus community.  

Starting October 1, 2020, the University of Waterloo will post information provided to us by public health units on positive cases of COVID-19 amongst students and employees who attended one of our campuses.