Updates and Information

The University of Windsor has now moved to an “essential services only” model, and most of our faculty and staff are working remotely. This is to support both the federal and provincial initiatives to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to protect the health and safety of our campus community. With so many faculty and staff now working off campus, we ask that in addition to any phone messages you leave, please follow up with an email to the individual you are trying to reach. Individual email addresses can be found in the University Directory. Thank you for your understanding.

This website is updated as the University of Windsor learns new information regarding the Novel Coronavirus

Update June 26, 2020

The University of Windsor's Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterates the importance of wearing a mask when out in public as Ontario advances into Phase Two.

Update June 18, 2020

Service offers free psychological counselling to Windsor-Essex residents

A program of UWindsor’s Psychological Services and Research Centre is offering free counselling to anyone suffering emotionally during the current pandemic.

The counselling, offered by graduate students under the supervision of registered psychologists on faculty, rolled out last month. It began by offering phone sessions to local hospital workers. This week, it expanded to all members of the public in Windsor and Essex County.

“People in the community are struggling with feelings of depression and anxiety during this time of social isolation, and we want to help,” said doctoral candidate Sanya Sagar, who designed the program with psychology professor Josée Jarry and other graduate students.

“If you find yourself feeling scared, irritable, sad — call us. We are so happy and privileged to be able to provide the community with this free service.”

The program will focus on concerns that can be addressed in single sessions of 90 minutes, but clients will be eligible for three additional 50-minute sessions. Those requiring further help will be referred to other services in the community.

See the DailyNews for the full story.

Update June 4, 2020

UWindsor research team designing new testing device for COVID-19

UWindsor researchers are trying to revolutionize the testing process for COVID-19 by developing a portable device that is quicker, cheaper, and more accurate than current laboratory tests.

Dubbed Lab-on-a-Chip, the device would allow healthcare workers to test and diagnose patients on the spot, said Jalal Ahamed, one of four UWindsor professors behind the research.

“Accurate, rapid, on-site, and point-of-care detection has paramount importance not only in Canada but also worldwide for early intervention and infection control,” Dr. Ahamed said.

“Development of such a device will be highly impactful in our fight against COVID-19.”

Currently, testing is performed in sophisticated laboratory settings. Patients are swabbed and the samples are sent away to labs, with the turnaround time for results usually measured in days. Lab-on-a-Chip devices could give results in minutes.

See the DailyNews for the full story.

Update May 26, 2020

To the University of Windsor campus community:

It has been just over two months since the University of Windsor moved to an essential services model, with the majority of our faculty and staff working remotely. We appreciate that this was a challenging adjustment for many. Recently, there has been an increased number of individuals on campus, and while we appreciate that some of you may be returning to retrieve items necessary for your work, we want to strongly remind everyone that only those who have been deemed to be performing essential services should be in workplaces and facilities.

Faculty and staff who are working remotely at this time should not attend campus unless they have been requested – or have requested and been authorized – to be on campus. This should only be in exceptional circumstances.

We have taken this measure to comply with provincial directives and to ensure we do everything possible to place our campus community’s health and safety at the forefront as we deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone who finds it necessary to come to campus should notify well in advance the person from whom they ordinarily receive work assignments, so as to inform them of the time of, and reason for, their attendance on campus.

If you have received University authorization to conduct critical research on campus, you may do so, but will need to adhere strictly to health and safety procedures and to access only the areas that have been approved.

Entry to a building should be made only through an external automated door, accessed with a fob or keycard. But even in this limited circumstance, employees should take careful measures and precautions to remain safe to minimize any risk to themselves and others.

Please do not stay on campus any longer than necessary. If you need to stay more than a few minutes, notify Campus Community Police so that they are aware that you are on campus and alone.

We encourage the University of Windsor campus community to continue to visit our COVID-19 website here for regular updates.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay well!

Sincerely,

Douglas Kneale                                     Michael Siu
Provost and Vice-President, Academic      Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Rita LaCivita                                         Anna Kirby
Vice-President, Human Resources           Vice-President, Planning and Administration (Acting)


Update May 19, 2020

President Rob Gordon discusses the plan to deliver UWindsor courses, including their final exams, primarily online in Fall 2020.

Update May 15, 2020

A message from President Robert Gordon to the University of Windsor campus community:

Planning for the Fall 2020 semester

COVID-19 has challenged all of us over the last few months, and the dedication, commitment and collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and students have been fundamental to how successfully we have navigated this difficult period so far. The situation continues to evolve: the Ontario government has begun to operationalize a stage-by-stage approach to loosening emergency measures as we all find our way to a new normal.

Although there is evidence that Ontario is succeeding in flattening the curve collectively, there will be limits to how we operate on university campuses for some time. Universities are complex collaborative environments and UWindsor is no exception. Students live, learn, work, and socialize in many campus spaces, in residences, and off-campus, and these conditions pose significant risks for the transmission of COVID-19. Even after emergency restrictions are lifted, we need to be prepared for the possibility of new outbreaks and the return of strict social distancing or other emergency measures.

The health and well-being of students, staff, and instructors remain our foremost concern. We are continuing to respond to the changing conditions and guidelines in the province as we plan for the resumption of on-campus teaching, research and associated activities.

While there is still considerable uncertainty about how the next months will unfold, we have been working hard to plan a pathway forward for the upcoming Fall semester that will foster safe, enriching, and rewarding educational experiences for both new and returning students. This pathway is based on the priorities that are intrinsic to our mission and values, now and always:

  • Safeguarding the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff;
  • Delivering high-quality educational experiences; and
  • Supporting, in an inclusive and equitable environment, the continuation of knowledge creation, community engagement, innovation, and collaboration with partners across our region and beyond.

We want students to be able to pursue safely and successfully the academic goals they have chosen, no matter where they are, what their situations are, or how health risks evolve.  A decision has therefore been made to deliver UWindsor courses, including their final exams, primarily online in Fall 2020.  This will include a continued focus on the strong faculty-student relationships, peer collaboration, and community service partnerships that have always been a hallmark of the UWindsor experience. Decisions about the Winter 2021 semester will be made over the Fall semester, including determinations about how the second half of full-year courses will be offered.  The primarily virtual approach we have chosen offers students the most stable and flexible avenue for engaging with academic opportunities and new experiences during this uniquely challenging time. 

UWindsor faculty and staff are busy preparing for the Fall semester, and we are looking forward to working with all of you. We will continue to offer high-quality engagement, teaching, and mentorship, and create environments where students are well supported, work with friends and colleagues, meet new people from across the street and around the world, and explore new ideas and opportunities.

As public health restrictions are relaxed, the University will explore possibilities for on-campus student life and co-curricular learning activities, with careful attention to all necessary safety protocols. Keeping health and safety as our primary consideration UWindsor will, where practical, encourage those planning such activities to provide a virtual option to allow maximum participation by all.  

We recognize that you will have many questions about plans for the Fall semester, and more information will be available in the coming weeks. We know that this is important to you, and we will do our best to make sure you all receive clear, accurate information as it becomes available related to your program.

The Fall 2020 semester is but one chapter in our students’ overall story of their experience at UWindsor, a temporary detour in the full arc of their educational journey. We still have years together as teachers and learners! And one thing will not change: our commitment to providing the best education possible and to helping students succeed.

The next chapter awaits – let’s write it now! And when we’re on the far side of all this, we will look back and say that we did it together, at the University of Windsor.


Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses precautions we should all take as businesses begin to reopen across the province.

Update May 1, 2020

President Dr. Robert Gordon provides an update to the University of Windsor community about the COVID-19 pandemic as provinces across the country look ahead to lessening their mitigation measures.

Update April 27, 2020

Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, discusses how current mitigation measures have helped slow the virus' spread and how we must continue to exercise caution.


Update April 24, 2020

University of Windsor President Robert Gordon provides an update to students, faculty and staff about COVID-19.


Update April 22, 2020

The University of Windsor is greatly encouraged by the Government of Canada’s positive announcement today in support of both domestic and international students. The announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau follows below. 

Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to support their future.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:

  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. 

The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.

Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and experience many students were counting on.

The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We are ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on Canadians

In addition to today’s announcements in support of domestic students, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced new temporary rule changes to facilitate expanded work rights for international students.

At present, international students are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per work while classes are in session. This rule will be waived to enable international students that are already in Canada to contribute to essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak such as health care, critical infrastructure, the food supply or other critical goods. For more details see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/04/removing-barriers-for-international-students-working-in-essential-services-to-fight-covid-19.html.


Update April 17, 2020

University of Windsor President Dr. Robert Gordon extends his appreciation to the campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Update April 13, 2020

University of Windsor's Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and debunks some common myths on mask use.


Update April 9, 2020

University of Windsor President, Dr. Robert Gordon, provides an update to the campus community on the COVID-19 pandemic and extends his best wishes ahead of the Easter long weekend.

Update April 7, 2020

Local post-secondary institutions, alumni and students team to donate to COVID battle

(Windsor, Ontario, Tuesday, April 7, 2020) – Student government groups and alumni associations from St. Clair College and the University of Windsor have partnered with their institutions to donate $100,000 in support efforts for front-line healthcare workers at Windsor Regional Hospital. 

The University and College are each donating $50,000 to help WRH with the purchase of new  ventilators in the immediate fight against COVID-19. 

University of Windsor President Robert Gordon said the University is pleased to be able to work cooperatively with colleagues and friends at St. Clair College during this uncertain and difficult time in our region's history.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has brought together our entire university community – including our students and alumni – to provide support to our essential front-line healthcare workers at Windsor Regional Hospital,” he said.  "We owe all these dedicated individuals an incredible debt of gratitude, and we thank each and every one of them for their contributions every single day. Together we will get through this." 

St. Clair College President Patti France said the entire St. Clair family of staff, students and alumni is involved in the crucially important effort to offer support. 

“A community-wide threat requires a community-wide response, and St. Clair will be doing whatever it possibly can to help, from now until this crisis is resolved," she said. “If we have the ability to help and assist the medical community at this critical time, we're going to do just that.” 

Windsor Regional Hospital President David Musyj said the hospital is overwhelmed by the community’s outpouring of support. 

“We are fortunate to have two great partners in St Clair College and the University of Windsor, for coming forward at this difficult time. Their efforts to help the most vulnerable in our community and support the frontline workers at WRH is appreciated.” 

Andrew Rowberry, President of the St. Clair College Alumni Association, said the association hopes to honour those who are working on the front lines of the healthcare system during this crisis.

“Many of our College’s graduates have been and continue to contribute to the well-being of our community day after day, hour by hour.  We are grateful to all of our healthcare providers and volunteers for their service.” 

Beth Ann Prince, President of the University of Windsor Alumni Association, said the University’s alumni should be proud to know they are contributing and providing necessary equipment during this unprecedented time.  

“As our community comes together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Windsor Alumni Association is pleased to offer financial support towards the purchase of equipment for our local hospitals” Prince said.  

St. Clair’s Student Representative Council is deeply committed to the well-being of the community at large, said SRC President Kiara Clement.  

"We've supported a number of local charities for decades, and have always attempted to step up in emergencies, whether by supplying volunteers or financial support. We can't supply volunteers, but we can help to furnish the essential equipment needed by our hospital heroes as they combat this threat. And we are honoured to do just that." 

Jeremiah Bowers, President of the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance, said his student government wanted to do its part to contribute to the community’s fight against COVID-19.   

“Windsor has always been strongest when we’re looking out for each other, and this is no different. The University, College, alumni, and student associations coming together… this is what being Windsor Proud is all about.” 


Update April 5, 2020

To the University of Windsor Campus Community:

On March 18, the University of Windsor began operating on an essential services only model for all staff and faculty and asking employees who were able to work remotely from home to do so.

This action was taken to keep members of our campus community safe as we deal with the impact of the COVID-19 virus.  Both these work-related measures are in line with the Ontario government’s subsequent announcement detailing a list of essential workplaces that can operate on-site services. 

It has now become increasingly apparent that the University’s actions were greatly needed in the efforts to mitigate the virus and, in the current environment, it is important that only authorized individuals, as approved by their supervisor, enter their workplaces.

As the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has pointed out, there has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our region, and the likelihood of community transmission is high.

The Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed points out that this is a crucial time in the fight against COVID-19, and it is emphasized that everyone continue self-isolation and physical distancing measures until further notice. 

With that in mind, the University of Windsor strongly urges all faculty and staff to stay home unless they have been deemed an essential worker or have been requested to be on campus in exceptional circumstances.

As the province’s directive on essential work points out, temporary access to facilities is allowed to obtain material needed to work remotely. But even in this limited circumstance, employees should take careful measures and precautions to remain safe to minimize any risk to you and others.

For our campus community’s health and safety, anyone who finds it necessary to enter their workplace should notify the person from whom they ordinarily receive work assignments well in advance, so as to inform them of the time of and reason for the attendance to campus.  Access to the building should only be made through an external automated door, accessed with a fob or key card entry.

Please do not stay on campus any longer than necessary. If you need to stay more than a few minutes, please notify Campus Community Police so that they are aware that you are on campus and working alone.

We remind you of the importance of hand washing for the 20 seconds recommended, before and after entering your workspace and, in consideration of your own well-being and that of your co-workers, to touch as little as possible outside of your personal work area and to wipe down any surfaces that you must touch.

The University of Windsor is committed to doing its part as it places both the health and safety of our campus and regional community at the forefront. We continue to support both federal and provincial initiatives to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We will be providing additional information on a regular basis and encourage the University of Windsor campus community to continue to visit our COVID-19 website.

 

— Robert Gordon, President


Update April 3, 2020

Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and stresses the importance of physical distancing.

Update March 31, 2020

Working remotely brings a sudden loss of companionship and socializing that are inherent in the workplace and it makes it more challenging to manage the distractions associated with home. The key to working successfully from home is to create an environment that allows you to focus on the work to be accomplished while managing the distractions that are part of the new reality. The Department of Human Resources has compiled tips from experts aimed at helping staff and faculty stay focused, productive and well while working remotely.

Among the tips outlined in the document are to:

  • create a dedicated and comfortable workspace;
  • keep a regular morning routine;
  • structure your day like you would at the office;
  • avoid isolation and
  • fight the urge to multitask.

The document encourages employees to practise self-care. “Drink plenty of water, eat healthy, get up and move around, and set aside time to deal with your worries,” it reads. “These are unprecedented times which can lead to increased stress and anxiety.” It also outlines home office safety and ergonomics tips and reminds employees to stay updated by regularly consulting the University of Windsor Coronavirus website.

Read the entire document, “Tips for Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”


With the disruption to everyday life surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is normal and common for people to be experiencing a change to their mental wellbeing, says Ashley Vodarek, mental health and wellness co-ordinator.

The Wellness Outreach Office has created a webpage to assist students, faculty, and staff in taking care of their mental wellbeing during this time.

The COVID-19 Wellbeing Portal provides information about why people may be experiencing feelings of stress and anxiousness, tips for how to cope with the emotions and life changes related to the pandemic, as well as campus and community mental health resources for further support.

“The campus community is invited to share this page with everyone to help provide the information via classroom Blackboard sites, links to the site from other webpages, using social media channels and any other means to assist in getting the word out,” Vodarek says.

The portal offers guidance on many aspects of the new ways of living including isolation, social distancing, self-care, meeting one’s basic needs, and adapting to changes in routine. As many students have returned home, a link is located on this page to mental health resources listed by province as well as updates to services such as the Student Counselling Centre, which remains open remotely for counselling appointments available via videoconference or telephone.

Students and recent alumni many also access the My Student Support Program, a 24/7 service to talk or text with a counsellor in multiple languages, available by downloading the ‘MySSP’ app or calling 1-844-451-9700.

Read more about mental health tips, coping strategies and resources to manage wellbeing on the webpage uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/wellbeing-portal.

For questions about the Wellbeing Portal or resources, contact wellness@uwindsor.ca.


Update March 30, 2020

University of Windsor President Dr. Robert Gordon provides an update to students on new grading choice options, online resources for COVID-19 related questions, convocation and more.


Update March 27, 2020

University of Windsor's Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses physical distancing, travel and how to disinfect when leaving the house.


Update March 26, 2020

New Grading Choices for Students in Response to COVID-19

Dear University of Windsor students,

The transitions over the past few weeks in response to COVID-19 have been very challenging for everyone. The University is working hard to preserve your academic experience and protect your health and safety. 

In response to the difficulties that many students are facing because of COVID-19, the University is announcing revised grading regulations to provide you with new flexibility in deciding how your academic performance is recorded for the Winter 2020 semester. 

Here’s how it works. Once your final grades have been uploaded to the system, you will have three options. For each course you took in Winter 2020, you can choose: 

  • To accept the final course grade assigned by your professor;
  • To request a Pass/Non-Pass grade based on the minimum required passing grade in your program;
  • To voluntarily withdraw from the course without academic penalty.

Please note that this process will not affect the approval of your candidacy for graduation.

Students should be aware that some professional schools and graduate programs take the number of Pass/Non-Pass courses or voluntary withdrawals into account when evaluating candidates. Students are encouraged to check with the institutions they are thinking of applying to regarding this question. The University is exploring the possibility of designating voluntary withdrawals from the Winter 2020 semester with a “COVID-19” code.

Information on dates and procedures for making these choices will be communicated soon. This process will not begin until after your final marks have been uploaded to the system and the student choice portal has been opened.

NOTE: The above regulations will apply to all students with the exception of pre-service students in the Faculty of Education and students in the Faculty of Law. Please check with your Dean for more information.

- Douglas Kneale, Provost and Vice-President, Academic


To the University of Windsor Campus Community:

The University of Windsor began operating on an essential services only model on March 18, and will continue to do so following the Ontario Government’s announcement this week detailing a list of essential workplaces that can operate on-site services.

Along with the move to essential services only, the University began asking those employees who were able to work remotely from home to do so, and the Ontario Government directive allows this to continue.

The Government’s action comes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the University continues to support both federal and provincial initiatives to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The University of Windsor is committed to doing its part in this regard as it places both the health and safety of our campus and regional community at the forefront.

The following roles have been identified as some essential services areas that can continue to operate on campus as required:

  • Student Health Services
  • Campus Community Police
  • Energy Conversion Centre
  • Central Animal Care Facility
  • Facility Services
  • Food Services
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • Residence Services
  • Senior Administration
  • Construction work and services

We will be providing additional information on a regular basis and encourage the campus community to continue to visit our COVID-19 website.

We know that everyone is doing their very best to deal with these extraordinary circumstances, and again thank you for your patience and support for our entire institution during this difficult period.

 

— Robert Gordon, President


Update March 25, 2020

Effective March 23rd, Food Services is implementing the departments meal plan carry forward policy for students who live in residence.

Meal Plan holders will be entitled to a prorated credit on their closing meal plan balance on April 21, 2020. We are anticipating the credit will be applied to your flex account by May 15th.

For students returning to residence for the Fall 2020 semester, your meal plan credit can be applied to the cost of your Fall 2020 meal plan installment.

For those students not returning to the University for the Fall 2020 semester, we ask that you contact the UwinCARD Office after May 15th to discuss our refund policy.

- Food Services


Update March 24, 2020

University of Windsor Chancellor Mary Jo Haddad has announced that Spring 2020 convocation ceremonies will be postponed in order to deal with the spread of COVID-19 and the need to support social distancing strategies.

“Convocation is a very special time for the entire university community,” said Chancellor Haddad. “Though we are all disappointed we can’t celebrate our students’ achievements in the usual way, please know that your health and safety is our primary decision-making driver during these unprecedented times.”

Spring degrees will be awarded in absentia for those eligible students who have applied to graduate. Senate is expected to approve eligible candidates at its May 22, 2020 meeting. The Office of the Registrar will then begin to courier diplomas to graduates. Those wishing to purchase a diploma frame should connect with the Alumni Association at alumni@uwindsor.ca.

In the coming months, once plans for the Fall convocation ceremonies are finalized, the Office of the Registrar will reach out to invite Spring graduands and their families to participate in the Fall ceremonies. All graduating students will have an opportunity to celebrate and be recognized as part of these ceremonies.

Students who successfully completed degree requirements in the Fall 2019 term are eligible to apply for an early release of their degree which can be accessed by following these steps:

  1. Students must specifically request the diploma by submitting a formal request to the University Registrar through the Convocation Coordinator shari@uwindsor.ca The request may be delivered electronically or by post.
  2. The requirement to provide supporting documentation (such as a copy of an Offer of Employment) in order for early release of diplomas will be waived by the University of Windsor Registrar for this year only.
  3. Students must have applied online to graduate, by the deadline date, in the usual manner indicating the degree, diploma or certificate sought.
  4. The Office of the Registrar will confirm eligibility and consult with the Dean of the Faculty (or designate) regarding each request.
  5. The names of all early diploma recipients will be submitted to the University of Windsor Senate for information at the next regularly scheduled meeting, at which time the list of candidates for degrees will be considered for approval.

Update March 20, 2020

To the University of Windsor Campus Community:

As the week winds down, I want to thank everyone – our students, staff and faculty – for their tremendous contributions and patience over the past few days.

As we have mentioned, these are unprecedented and difficult times for our University – our region, country and the entire world – as we find ways to deal with the COVID-19 virus. First and foremost, we continue to do everything we possibly can to ensure the health and safety of the members of our community.

This past Monday, life on campus began changing dramatically for all of us when traditional classes were cancelled so we could move to different modes of course delivery just three days later. The same day, Thursday, we also moved to an essential-services-only model with the majority of our staff and faculty working remotely.

I don’t think anyone imagined we would ever be facing such an enormous challenge, but everyone has played a huge role in helping to not only face the challenge, but find new and innovative ways to meet our commitment to our programs and our students. 

First, I want to thank everyone for taking this situation so seriously and also recognizing the urgency of acting appropriately and responsibly.  If someone asked me a couple of weeks ago about the likelihood of moving the entire university to alternative delivery of our courses and exams, I would have said it was virtually impossible.  We are a strong and resilient community, and everyone should be proud of what they have accomplished in such a short and challenging period. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

There will be more to do as we head into what is uncharted territory, but I believe we are on the right track. And we will continue to place the health and well-being of everyone in our community at the heart of what we do.

Please continue to remember that there are also some very basic things we can do to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. During the past few days and evenings, I have been walking around campus, and have noticed a few groups congregating on a few occasions.  Please remember that during these extraordinary times we must use our best judgement and maintain a safe distance apart from others. Social distancing means deliberately increasing the physical separation between people to avoid spreading illness, and in this case COVID-19.

To reduce the risk, and as a rule, you should stay at least 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Social distancing, however, doesn’t mean we can’t get together or talk to one another. But also remember that there are plenty of other approaches and technologies that you can use to support your ongoing communications with others.

And perhaps most important of all, be kind to each other, and help each other. I know we will get through this uncertain time.

And we will continue to keep you informed over the coming days through emails and our COVID-19 information website.

Again, as the week ends, I’m grateful for everyone’s efforts, and have a safe weekend.

— Rob Gordon, President


Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines resources available to students, faculty and staff who may be feeling stressed or anxious during this unprecedented time.


Update March 18, 2020

University of Windsor President Robert Gordon provides an update to students, faculty and staff about COVID-19.


Update March 17, 2020

To the University of Windsor campus community:

In these unprecedented times, we are closing the Leddy Library and the Law Library buildings effective Tuesday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. and moving to a remote working environment starting on Wednesday, March 18. Regular hours of service during this time will be 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

The Leddy Library will continue to support access to all online resources as well as other remote services. For more information about ongoing library services, please visit: http://leddy.uwindsor.ca/library-services-during-disruption.

Faculty, students, and staff will be able to communicate with the library to ask questions and get assistance through a variety of channels. This includes:

  • research support from your librarians
  • technical support for e-resources
  • support with the online course reserves system. 

At this time, borrowing and lending of physical materials is suspended. This means that if you have a book that is coming due, you do not need to return it and no fines will be incurred. Please ignore any email notices that you receive regarding fines and fees until further notice.

For general inquiries, please email: leddylibrary@uwindsor.ca. This email will be monitored daily Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We thank you for your patience during this time as we work with you during this transition.  

— Douglas Kneale, Provost and Vice-President, Academic


Exam update for students

  • Alternatives to in-person examinations are being implemented: students will not be required to be on campus to complete final exams
  • The voluntary withdrawal date has been extended until April 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. for eligible courses, which do not include courses in Law or courses that have already been completed. You can withdraw through your self-service page, as you would normally do. If you have any questions on how to drop your course through UWinsite Student, please click on the following link: http://ask.uwindsor.ca/app/answers/detail/a_id/365
  • The dates for opening registration for Inter/Summer courses will be delayed.  This is to help ensure that the registration period does not interfere with completing the course requirements of your current semester.  The revised dates for Inter/Summer registration will be communicated as soon as possible.
  • The Office of the Registrar, the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office and the Cashier’s Office are closed to walk-in traffic as part of the University’s COVID-19 response. Staff in all three offices continue to work. Please visit www.uwindsor.ca/registrar/540/contact-us, www.uwindsor.ca/studentawards/415/covid-19-updates and/or www.uwindsor.ca/finance/student-accounts for current contact information.

Update March 16, 2020

With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in support of both federal and provincial initiatives to help mitigate the spread of the virus, the University of Windsor continues to do its part in this regard, with the health and safety of our community at the forefront.

We have made the decision that, effective Wednesday, March 18, the University of Windsor will transition to an essential services only model, and will be asking those employees who are able to work remotely from home, to do so.

The following have been identified as some essential services areas:

  • Student Health Services
  • Campus Community Police
  • Energy Conversion Centre
  • Central Animal Care Facility
  • Facility Services
  • Food Services
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • Residence Services
  • Senior Administration

Managers and supervisors with responsibilities for essential services areas will be identifying individuals and positions within those areas who will be required to continue to report to work and will work with those employees on scheduling and discuss any other matters that may arise.

Where managers deem it appropriate for employees to work remotely, they will work with those employees on the transition and logistics of this.

We know that everyone is doing the best they can under some very extraordinary circumstances and we greatly appreciate all of your ongoing efforts. We don’t know the duration of these new measures and we will continue to provide updates regularly.

I want to again thank everyone for your patience and support for our institution during this difficult period.

Thanks.

—Robert Gordon, President


Update March 16, 2020

We have all been learning more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and precautions that we are being asked to take as this issue continues to evolve. Further to our update of Friday, March 13, important new information is now available for those individuals who are returning from travel outside of Canada.

The Government of Canada is recommending that individuals who return from travel outside of Canada “self-isolate” for a period of 14 days. The University of Windsor supports the government’s decision and strongly urges all faculty and staff who are returning from travel outside of Canada to follow the advice and directions provided on https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221

We are therefore asking that employees who need to self-isolate notify the University as you ordinarily would if you are unable to be at work. As well, if you are able to work remotely while in self-isolation, please work with your supervisor to make those arrangements. All benefits and payment of salaries and wages will continue during this self-isolation.

Following the Government of Canada’s recommendations on travel, we will provide needed support to the efforts of federal and provincial health agencies to deal with, and contain, the COVID-19 outbreak as effectively and quickly as possible.

Faculty and staff are reminded that if at any time you develop COVID-19 symptoms – including fever, cough or have difficulty breathing – to please seek advice and attention from your family doctor, and do not come to work. You will continue to be paid. During these unprecedented times, a doctor’s note will not be required so as to reduce any unnecessary pressure on our medical system.

We also know that many of our staff and faculty have children who will be affected by the closure of the publicly funded K-12 schools for two weeks after the March break, and we will support those individuals who need to be away from work during this period, by granting vacation or other leave, should it be necessary.

I want to again reassure our entire campus community that we are taking appropriate measures to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and are focusing on safeguarding the health and safety of our campus community. We continue to diligently monitor the rapidly changing situation on an ongoing basis.

During the past few days, the leadership across our institution has been incredible in supporting the complex transition of all courses to alternative delivery methods from face to face. These efforts will immediately and significantly reduce the number of people on campus.

The University will continue to remain open at this time. This may, however, change, and if necessary will consider moving to a model that provides essential services. In this situation, we would be working further to identify and communicate with those positions deemed to be essential.

We are also presently developing plans to support the delivery of examinations in alternative formats with details being provided to our campus community shortly. We continue to further review options for working from home, as this may become necessary moving forward.

The University’s Pandemic Planning Committee and Executive Leadership Group are both meeting throughout the week to monitor our situation. And we continue to follow the leads of both the federal and provincial public health agencies.

We will be providing additional information on a regular basis and encourage the campus community to continue to visit our COVID-19 website.

—Robert Gordon, President


Update March 14, 2020

With the developments surrounding COVID-19 quickly evolving, UWindsor’s Dr. Matt Scholl provides an update on the current situation on campus and abroad.
 

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Update March 13, 2020

To the Campus Community:

The University of Windsor continues to move forward to protect the health and safety of our campus community and support the work of public health agencies in the face of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The University of Windsor Senate unanimously approved an Emergency Academic Plan late this afternoon. It is an extremely important measure and will provide a great deal of support and flexibility in the University’s efforts to effectively deal with COVID-19.

The Emergency Academic Plan will have an immediate impact on academic programs and includes:

— All classes will be cancelled on Monday, March 16; Tuesday, March 17; and Wednesday, March 18.

— This will provide time for faculty - after consultation with deans, associate deans and department heads - to alter the delivery of classes away from face to face to other forms of delivery including online.

— Beginning on Thursday, March 19 all courses will resume in their new form of delivery.

— Moving forward, an alternative delivery of examinations will also be considered.

The University is asking a great deal of everyone at this time, and these measures will require an enormous effort on the part of faculty and staff across the institution. The University greatly appreciates the commitment and effort of everyone who will be involved in this unprecedented process.

As well, the understanding of students and parents at this time is also appreciated so that the academic year can be completed in an environment that will minimize risk to everyone.

The transition will require the patience of our entire institution, as there are still many questions to answer. But we are confident the commitment and dedication of our campus community will ensure success.

The University will remain open but there are other related issues we would like to announce:

Residences will continue to operate until further notice.
Library services, food services, student health services and other student services will continue to be available.
Until further notice, we will be cancelling or postponing all non-essential University events both on and off campus.

Over the past few days, we have heard many concerns from both students and parents. We feel the focus on moving to alternative modes of delivery coupled with cancelling or postponing all non-essential University events is the right thing to do given the growing concerns over COVID-19, and our ongoing commitment to keep members of the campus community healthy and safe.

We will continue to provide additional information on a regular basis.


Update March 13, 2020

In response to the World Health Organization’s declaration of a global pandemic due to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in alignment with the Government of Canada’s Travel Health Notices as of March 12, the University of Windsor has decided to restrict work-related travel to China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, and Spain until further notice. This list may change and is updated here.

As a result, all University-sponsored travel to these areas has been suspended until further notice. This includes research placement, field courses, conference travel, or any other travel that has been previously approved, authorized, or supported by the University of Windsor. Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 issue, the University recommends any travel be reconsidered.

The University has also been in contact with our students who are currently in countries designated as risk areas to ensure their well-being. The University recognizes that restricting travel may affect students, faculty members and staff. Students should consult their supervisor or those responsible for their program to assess potential alternatives. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share any travel plans to the areas listed by the Government of Canada with their deans or directors.

Anyone returning from areas designated as risk areas by the Government of Canada should follow travel warnings and guidance that can be found on the Global Affairs Canada travel advisory website.

Students, staff, and faculty planning to travel internationally should also check with their health-care provider for out-of-country benefits. Members of Green Shield Canada can link to its site for specific info.

The University will make every effort to prevent or mitigate any potential impact on academic activities and to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.


Update March 12, 2020

To our entire University of Windsor Community:

I want everyone to know that the University of Windsor is actively monitoring issues and responding to concerns associated with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit continues to report that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County, and that the overall risk remains low for local residents and our campus community. But there is obviously increasing concern now that the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and the University must be in a position to respond if any cases of the virus are confirmed in Windsor-Essex. We are following the advice of health-care professionals and are in constant contact with many Ontario universities to share information.

We are actively planning for the remainder of the academic semester including classes and examinations as well as on-campus events. Presently, we are working to find ways to support a range of delivery methods as alternatives to face-to-face classes that professors and instructors can adopt. More information about potentially moving to online courses and alternative delivery methods will be available soon to support faculty and instructors, should this become necessary.

With regard to the final examination period, at this time there is no change to the schedule. Should decisions be made to alter the schedule, we will communicate this.

The health and safety of members of the campus community remains and will continue to remain our top priority. We encourage everyone to exercise discretion and to follow the guidelines for illness prevention outlined on the Government of Ontario Coronavirus website.

Although the University of Windsor has not made any determinations with regard to the holding of events for large groups, we encourage individuals to consider the risks involved to both participants and the general public, in deciding whether or not to continue. We are continuing to monitor this situation very closely.

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to visit our information website, which is regularly updated. It provides up-to-date information to our community members on prevention, best public health practices, risks, as well as links to a wide-range of other websites providing information related to COVID-19.

The University has also made answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 available to the campus community.

We have also established a Pandemic Planning Committee which meets regularly and is reviewing all aspects of how we minimize risk to our community and also support the development of emergency preparedness strategies going forward. The committee is also co-ordinating efforts through ongoing co-operation with other post-secondary institutions; the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; and both the provincial and federal governments through the Council of Ontario Universities and Universities Canada. The senior management of the University of Windsor is also meeting, on a daily basis, to assist with information flow and risk mitigation.

Here is a list of other resources:

Students, staff, or faculty can also consult the Ontario government webpage — www.ontario.ca/coronavirus — for further information on symptoms, prevention, and travel-health advice.

For students with immediate concerns about their health, please make an appointment with Student Health, Counselling and Wellness Services, which is located on the second floor of the CAW Student Centre (519-973-7002), or contact your off-campus physician. Information is also available on the Student Health Services website.

Faculty and staff with health concerns, please contact your health-care provider. Links to additional information and resources on COVID-19 can be found at:

We know the uncertainties of this rapidly changing situation are creating many challenges on campus. We are working to safeguard the health and safety of the campus community, and will be in touch regularly with more information.

—Robert Gordon


Update March 10, 2020

At this time, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has reported that there are no cases of COVID-19 in Windsor and Essex County, and the overall risk remains low for local residents and the campus community.

The University remains in close touch with the health unit, which continues to monitor the global outbreak and is working with its health system partners to respond if any cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in Windsor-Essex.

As a result of the spread of COVID-19, and as a precaution, the University has also re-established a pandemic planning committee. This committee will initially review the steps taken to date, consider the next steps for the University to further protect the health and safety of the entire community, and also develop emergency preparedness strategies forward.

Windsor Regional Hospital also released a statement Friday that could affect some members of the campus community:

“Effective today (Friday, March 5), with or without any symptoms, all staff (employees, professional staff , and volunteers) who return from travel outside of Canada to the following countries (China, Iran, Northern Italy, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore) must talk to and obtain clearance from an Employee Health Nurse prior to return to the Windsor Regional Hospital.”

The University has made answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 available to the campus community. See question #5 in the FAQ document to learn about the various actions the University is taking to address this issue.

Students, staff, or faculty may also consult the Ontario government webpage — www.ontario.ca/coronavirus — for further information on symptoms, prevention, and travel-health advice.

Students with immediate concerns about their health should make an appointment with Student Health, Counselling and Wellness Services, which is located on the second floor of the CAW Student Centre (519-973-7002), or contact their off-campus physicians. Information is also available on the Student Health Services website.

Faculty and staff with health concerns should contact their health-care providers. Links to additional information and resources on COVID-19 can be found at:


Update March 6, 2020

 
Dr. Matt Scholl, lead physician with student health services at the University of Windsor, provides an update on COVID-19 and shares new tips on what students can do to stay healthy and happy here on campus.


Update March 4, 2020

The University of Windsor continues to update the website and monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation. To date, there are still NO cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Windsor and Essex County. The overall risk is LOW for residents of Windsor and Essex County, and therefore the risk is also low for our campus community.

The symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. To reduce the spread of germs and viruses including the flu and the coronavirus the Windsor Essex Health Unit advises community members to:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.

At the University of Windsor, we must continue to support each other with respect and care. We urge our campus community not to make assumptions about the risk of students, staff or faculty based on their ethnicity or travel history. It is important not to contribute to the spread of misinformation and fear, and to be mindful of unverified information.

We ask that our campus community approach one another with kindness and empathy until the situation has resolved.


Update February 13, 2020

The University of Windsor continues to monitor the ongoing situation with the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and is closely following advice from local, provincial and national public health officials.

With Reading Week approaching, we recognize students, faculty and staff may have or may be considering, travel plans. The University of Windsor community is reminded of the Government of Canada’s advisories on travel to China. The government is urging Canadians to avoid all travel to Hubei Province, to avoid all non-essential travel to China and is asking Canadians in China to consider leaving the country if their presence isn’t essential.

Numerous air carriers around the world are cancelling all flights to Beijing and Shanghai, and there has been an increase in travel restrictions for international travel. Travellers should anticipate increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports, even if travellers have not visited China recently.⠀

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued an important directive for travellers returning to Canada from Hubei, China and mainland China.


Update January 31, 2020

UWindsor's Dr. Matt Scholl, lead physician with student health services, breaks down some misconceptions about the novel coronavirus and offers some tips on how to stay healthy this flu season.


Update January 27, 2020 

While there are no known cases of the virus in Windsor-Essex region, the staff at the University of Windsor continue to work with public health officials and closely monitor the campus for any signs of concern. 

A new strain of the coronavirus — Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV — has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Public Health officials, including those in Windsor, say the risk of infection in Ontario is currently low but the issue is evolving.

Health Canada, Public Health Ontario and the Windsor and Essex County Health Unit are all monitoring the coronavirus situation. The University of Windsor will take direction from these agencies and provide updates if significant changes to the local situation arise. For the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and travel-health advice, please visit Health Canada online or Public Health Ontario. The Center for Disease Control in the US is another excellent resource.

UWindsor Health, Counselling and Wellness Services, routinely screen all students who attend its clinic on the second floor of the CAW for recent travel and follow other precautions for anyone with potentially infectious respiratory symptoms, no matter where they have been. As such, students who are presenting with flu-like symptoms will be asked about their recent travels.

Protect Yourself and Others:

As with any flu season, you can help protect yourself and others by doing the following:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use hand sanitizers regularly.

If you have cold-like symptoms, please:

  • Stay home while sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick and do not travel while sick.
  • If your symptoms escalate, contact your off-campus health-care provider or UWindsor’s Student Health, Counselling and Wellness Centre.

Important Information for UWindsor Chinese Students:

If you are a student from China and you have concerns about your health or you are trying to make sense of developments in China at this time, know that you have several resources available to you at UWindsor for support. In addition to the health clinic on the second floor of the CAW Student Centre, there is also the Student Counselling Centre, where you can connect with a counsellor.  Another great resource for emotional support is the MySSP program.  This 24-7 telecounselling and texting line has counsellors who speak Chinese.  This line is free to UWindsor students, including those enrolled in ELIP and is confidential. Download the MySSP app on your phone.

While the University understands that this is an important matter and that ongoing news coming out of China is concerning, know that the risk for persons living in Ontario is low and that there is a robust public health network to identify and manage this kind of situation.


Who should I contact at UWindsor if I have questions?

Contacts for UWindsor students:

  • Student Health Services
    519-973-7002  

Contacts for UWindsor employees:

  • Contact your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000