This update is provided for archival purposes only.

Public Health guidance and University of Waterloo operations may have changed. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

Resources for returning to campus

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

This message was originally sent to employees by Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor.

  • The new Welcome Back Waterloo guide will help you prepare to return to campus.
  • Employees who have been working from home will continue to do so until they have received further direction from the University and have been advised by their manager to return.

The University’s Return to Campus group continues to review proposals to manage more employees returning to campus. As these plans progress and fall term approaches, we look forward to welcoming more employees and students back to our campuses.

As we navigate the changing realities of education and research during a global pandemic, the health and safety of our students and employees continues to be our primary focus. Teams across the University have been working diligently to prepare for a safe and gradual return, informed by public health advice and best practices. 

In light of our new reality, campus will look a little different when you return. I am pleased to share new resources to help you learn what to expect and how you can help keep our campus community safe and healthy.

  • The Welcome Back Waterloo Guide outlines the university’s plans and the steps you can take as you prepare to return. It will continue to be updated as plans and the campus environment evolve.
  • A short video helps students coming to campus prepare for a unique fall term.

We all have an important part to play in limiting the risk of COVID-19 and maintaining the safety of our campus community. It is up to each and every one of us to follow public health guidance and the recommendations in this guide, and to respect each other as we return and share the space on our campuses.

If you have any questions, please contact