Brock University is taking an important step toward its goal of a significant return to campus this fall, moving into ‘Brock 3’ of its own reopening framework as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 19.
The move comes as Ontario transitions into Step 3 of the provincial government’s Roadmap to Reopen Plan.
Last month, Brock updated its Stages of Reopening/Recovery document to better align with the provincial framework with three stages of recovery. Brock 3 (Protect and Prevent) allows for a greater resumption of activity and more areas of campus to reopen under certain guidelines.
As the next step in the University’s continued planning for a return to campus in September, Brock 3 allows for most classes to be offered in person and some offered online or in a hybrid format, as well as the reopening of student residences, dining facilities, recreational areas and other amenities on campus. The plan relies heavily on a high rate of vaccination, so all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get both doses as soon as they’re able to.
As the health and safety of the Brock community remains the top priority, existing measures, such as accessing campus through the Rankin Family Pavilion or Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex, as well as requiring medical face masks to be worn while on campus, remain in place. Faculty and staff who are able to work from home should continue to do so.
In addition, the measures below will be in place as of Monday, July 19 when the University moves into Brock 3 (Protect and Prevent).
- While in-person and hybrid classes are permitted to resume, ongoing Summer Term courses delivered online will continue in this format.
- Exams and testing will primarily be delivered online.
- The James A. Gibson Library will increase bookable study space to a maximum capacity of 50 within the Learning Commons. Appointments for Archives and Special Collections continue to be available with limited capacity.
- The Computer Commons will continue to provide appointment-only bookable space with a maximum occupancy of 25 students.
- Time-sensitive research, including some in-person human research, can be authorized. Domestic travel for research purposes is permitted. See the Research FAQs for more information.
- Additional events or activities at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts may be authorized, subject to restrictions.
- Student wellness and academic services will continue to be offered primarily online, with some limited on-campus services.
- Some student events may resume indoors and outdoors with restrictions in place.
- Athletic facilities inside the Walker Sports Complex, including the Zone Fitness Centre, Brock pool, gymnasia and Brock Sport Performance Centre, will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 3 for pre-booked recreational use, with capacity limits and other restrictions in place. In addition to outdoor athletic training, which previously resumed with capacity and physical distancing limits in place, authorized indoor training may also resume with restrictions.
- The Campus Store will remain available for online sales only until Tuesday, Aug. 3, when it will reopen for in-store shopping with limited capacity allowing two metres of physical distancing.
- While dining services are permitted to open under Brock 3, they remain closed for the summer.
- Public access to campus remains limited with authorized access only.
For a complete listing of what is permitted under the various Brock Stages of Reopening/Recovery, see the full chart here. As a part of Fall Term planning, the University continues to monitor the public health situation and may adjust remaining measures in place as appropriate.
For more information on Brock’s COVID-19 response, please visit brocku.ca/coronavirus