Hello everyone! Welcome to the fall term at the University of Waterloo.

I’m Vivek Goel, president of Waterloo and I’m very pleased to let you know that we've been so looking forward to welcoming you to campus as well as supporting those of you studying remotely. All of us have been working extremely hard to give you the best possible experience given the ongoing public health restrictions. I understand the impact on you of learning in a pandemic environment whether you were with us at waterloo or at high school.

Starting in September we're planning for expanded in-person experiences. Of course, we will have measures in place to protect and promote your safety. This means that we are finding ways to expand access to study spaces and libraries, physical activities and social venues. As you may know, one of these measures is requiring proof of vaccination for anyone coming to our campuses.

Ensuring high rates of vaccination remains the most important way we can protect public health during the pandemic and reduce the spread of Covid-19.

If you are hesitant to be vaccinated for any reason, please know that there is now overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and that they will protect you from the worst of Covid-19. To support a safe return to more in-person experiences you can now submit your proof of vaccination at checkin.uwaterloo.caI urge you all to submit your information as quickly as possible.

I want to thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt to the latest pandemic conditions and public health guidanceWe need to remain flexible and ready to respond to changing circumstances to protect you and our community.I want you to know that I’m very optimistic for the year ahead and I hope you are too.

I know that everyone in the waterloo community will continue to do what is necessary to stay safe and to protect each other. Working together we can make sure that next term we can see many more of us in person.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and successful term ahead and I look forward to seeing you on our campuses in the coming year.