Will COVID-19 Vaccinations be required for students living in residence?
Renison recently received new guidance from the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo that strongly recommended a change to our plans for living in our residences. Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance, and we are committed to following the advice of public health to ensure your safety in residence. If you are moving into residence this fall, you must be either fully vaccinated or have made arrangements to do so by no later than November 1, 2021. Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Residence page for full details.
Will single rooms be offered for the 2021-2022 academic year?
Renison is guaranteeing a single-occupancy room for Fall 2021.
Will residents have access to lounges, study spaces and other recreation areas?
We are optimistic that many of these spaces will be open. Renison will make these communal areas available with safety protocols recommended by the Region of Waterloo public health unit to make it as safe as possible.
How will Renison Food Services operate for the 2021-2022 academic year?
Students can expect a clean and safe environment for their meal times. Before entering the servery, residents will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. Food Service staff will plate requested meals behind a plexi glass barrier before handing it to the residents.
Food Service operations will vary depending on the Region of Waterloo public health guidelines. However, students will always have access to meals, since they have an all-you-can eat meal plan.
What type of events will Renison plan for the residents?
Renison will offer a wide variety of events to encourage socializing, physical activity and academic success while following the Region of Waterloo public health guidelines.
Will residents share the bathrooms?
Residents will share bathrooms. There are two types of accommodation at Renison: (1) traditional style where students share communal bathrooms and (2) Link-style where two rooms are connected by a bathroom.
On the traditional-style floors, the ratio of students to a bathroom stall varies between two and four students to one depending on the floor. These large communal bathrooms will be cleaned according to the Region of Waterloo public health guidelines.
As for students residing on Link-style floors, two residents will share the connecting bathroom. Since these bathrooms are private, residents are responsible for cleaning them. Renison will provide the cleaning supplies.
How will Renison ensure the safety of students and staff from exposure to Covid-19?
Renison has developed a safety plan detailing all the precautions taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more about Renison's safety plan.