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News archive - November 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

New Processes for approvals of human participant research

Update for employees

Based on the province’s most recent reopening plans and management of COVID-19 for the long term, the University of Waterloo is further adjusting our review and approval of human participant research activity. 

  • All human participant research, both on-and off-campus, will be handled by the Principal Investigators and Faculties.
  • On and off-campus human participant research safety plans will transition to a simplified plan.
  • Faculty Safety Leads will continue to play a critical role.
Monday, November 22, 2021

Employee return to campus for winter term

Update for employees

We’re writing today to let you know about our intentions for the start of winter term 2022.

As you know, for students, we are planning a return to pre-pandemic levels of in-person instruction. This means that from January 4, 2022, learning at Waterloo will happen primarily in-person.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Resuming University-sanctioned international travel

Update for employees and graduate students

In late October, the Government of Canada removed the Global Travel advisory for fully vaccinated individuals for many destinations around the world. In alignment with these changes, we outline below our processes for the resumption of University-sanctioned international travel.

If you are fully vaccinated and you can meet certain travel safety requirements, you may resume international travel for University of Waterloo related business, research, work terms, study, and co-curricular activities. These requirements include obtaining approval, registering travel, and completing pre-departure and travel risk mitigation activities. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Case tracking: one community member tests positive

On Wednesday, November 17, Region of Waterloo public health informed us of one individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and who had visited our campus.

The individual is in self-isolation and public officials are contacting anyone indentified as a close contact of the individual.

If you are not contacted, you have not been identified as a close contact of the individual. You should continue to follow our on-campus safety procedures including our campus check in screening daily, and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if needed.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Case tracking: one community member tests positive

On Sunday, November 14, Region of Waterloo public health informed us of one individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and who had visited our campus.

The individual is in self-isolation and officials have been in touch with all known close contacts of the individual.

If you have not been identified as a close contact of the individual, you should continue to follow our on-campus safety procedures including our campus check in screening daily, and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if needed.