Friday, July 31, 2020

Reminder: Face coverings are now required on campus

Update for employees and graduate students

Earlier this week, the requirement to wear a face covering in common indoor spaces on campus took effect. 

If you are approved to return to campus, you must wear a face covering in common areas of university buildings. 

After listening to feedback from the campus community and discussing further with medical consultants, we have made some changes to our guidance on face coverings.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Update on campus activities

Update for new graduate students

As the University of Waterloo continues to plan for the fall 2020, below are some updates that were recently shared with the University of Waterloo community and that may also impact you, as incoming graduate students.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Graduate practica and internships – new process

Update for graduate students

Over the past few months, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) has been working with campus stakeholders to support graduate programs and students that have had scheduled internships or practica precluded or delayed by COVID-19.  As a result of the consultation and work, we have developed a series of alternatives to having students physically located at an external partner's workplace while still satisfying this element of their degree requirements.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Face coverings are required in common indoor spaces on campus

Update for graduate students

  • Effective July 27, face masks or other face coverings are required in common use areas of University buildings 
  • We will share more information on the next phase of our staged return to campus plans in the coming weeks 
  • Please continue working from home until further notice 
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Face coverings are required in common indoor spaces on campus

Update for employees

  • Effective July 27, face masks or other face coverings are required in common use areas of University buildings 
  • We will share more information on the next phase of our staged return to campus plans in the coming weeks 
  • Please continue working from home until you hear otherwise from your manager 
Monday, July 20, 2020

Update on immigration

Update for new graduate students

Last week, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made an announcement to support you, as international students beginning your studies in fall 2020.  Below you will find an update from our University of Waterloo immigration consultants regarding the IRCC announcement. I encourage you to take some time to review the information and also consider attending the International Grad Student Live chat session tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Phase 2 of Laboratory and Research Facilities Restart Plan

Update for graduate students

The Office of Research, the Safety Office and the Faculties are actively implementing a phased approach to restarting research on campus. In a memo released to faculty members on Monday, July 13, the Vice President Research and International expanded the criteria to restart research. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Phase 2 of our laboratory and research facilities restart plan

Update for researchers

The Office of Research and the Safety Office are actively implementing a phased approach to restarting research on campus. Previously, researchers could request access to continue on-campus research if the research was deemed critical or related to COVID-19. Phase 2 of the Research Restart plan expands criteria for on-campus research activities for those that cannot conduct research remotely or require access to labs or specialized facilities. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fall 2020 midterm and final exam scheduling principles

Update for instructors

In most cases, Online/Remote Exams will be scheduled with an instructor-determined duration to be completed by students within a 24-hour window.

Some Online/Remote Exams may be scheduled at specific times (Instructors may choose to have 2-3 definite start times to satisfy time zones, over a 24-hour period that students can choose from, with 2-3 exam versions to encourage academic integrity)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Our plan for a phased and safe return to campus

Update for employees

  • We have established a Return to Campus Working Group
  • We are following a four-phase approach for a gradual return to campus
  • We have developed a set of health and safety guidelines for supervisors
  • We are consulting University leaders to determine the order in which roles should return to campus