University COVID-19 update

The University of Waterloo is constantly updating our most Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions about buildings and services? Visit the list of Modified Services.

Please note: The University of Waterloo is closed for all events until further notice.

COVID-19 and your research

In view of the new government rules, the process for handling requests to access non-lab research facilities has changed. All such requests now need to be approved at both the department and Dean levels. They are granted only to come briefly to your department/school to pick up research related materials, but not to remain and work in the space. For the latest updates, please visit UWaterloo information on COVID-19.


Appropriate precautions must be in place and documented to protect all of our students and employees.

Before you seek approval

Approval to be on campus to conduct research safely requires the following. You must:

  • Apply physical distancing, providing a distance of at least two metres between individuals.
  • Conduct all on-campus activities  in accordance with applicable safety requirements and best practices.
  • Conduct self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and record your presence via Campus Check-In each day that you attend campus.
  • Follow Working Alone guidelines. In the case of office space, desk work would fall in to the low risk category, and thus a written plan is not required providing that the following guidelines are followed:
    • periodic check-in (using the online check-in/out tool);
    • access to phone and security measures to protect against theft, property damage or personal injury due to intruder;
    • compliance with the University Police Personal Safety Guide.
    • A campus safety app is also available for download, which includes emergency tools, notifications, and tips for staying safe. Visit the WatSafe web page for more information.
  • Adhere to the Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 document.
  • Complete all hazard-specific and mandatory training including the new Returning to Campus Safely during COVID-19 (SO2036).

At all times, anyone on campus must follow Waterloo pandemic response protocols as well as guidelines from the Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Waterloo Safety Office, including for physical distancing.

Requesting access

To access campus for non-research or laboratory purposes, please follow the following faculty-specific process by completing the appropriate department/school access form or connecting with the proper contact.

The most effective control against the spread of COVID-19 is to minimize your contact with others and the Faculty of Mathematics  is still encouraging people to work and study from home. However, we recognize that for some, working from home has been challenging and having the ability to access on-campus resources will be beneficial. We are able to provide limited access to our graduate students as follows:

  • Access must be requested through your Department/School; you are not able to freely come and go at this time. Before coming to campus, you must review and acknowledge the Department/School Return to Campus Safety Plan.
  • Access is limited by capacity and time constraints; precedence will be given to those students for whom research progress cannot be maintained remotely.
  • Unless explicitly designated otherwise, common areas such as labs, study rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms, and lounges are closed.
  • Academic office hours will be conducted remotely; there will be no scheduled in-person office hours held on campus.
  • Masks are required to be worn in hallways and common areas.