Brock updates Stages of Recovery, will move to new stage Monday

With the Province of Ontario moving into Step 1 of its new Roadmap to Reopen plan on Friday, June 11, Brock University has updated its own reopening procedures. The updated Brock Stages of Reopening/Recovery document better aligns with the new provincial framework and follows all current regulations set by Niagara Region Public Health.

The document also supports the University’s continued planning for a significant return to campus in September, with most classes offered in person and some offered online or in a hybrid format. Brock is also planning for the reopening of student residences, dining facilities and other amenities on campus.

In the meantime, the University will move into Brock Stage 1 (Stringent) as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 14. Like the provincial framework, Brock’s plan sets out three specific stages of reopening.

Under Stage 1 of the new Brock framework, which was approved this week after consultation from across the University, there will be some resumption of on-campus activity permitted.

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 face coverings to be worn while on campus, will remain in place. Faculty and staff who are able to work from home should continue to do so.

In addition, the following measures will be in place as of Monday, June 14 when the University moves into Brock Stage 1 (Stringent) of the new three-stage plan:

  • Classes will be delivered primarily online with limited on-campus delivery.
  • All exams and testing will be delivered online.
  • Common areas such as the Computer Commons and Brock University Library are closed, though the library will offer expanded book pickup hours.
  • Time-sensitive research, including some in-person human research, can be authorized. See the Research FAQs for more information.
  • Athletic facilities inside the Walker Sports Complex, including the Zone Fitness Centre, Brock pool, gymnasia and Brock Sport Performance Centre, remain closed while outdoor training may resume with a maximum of 10 people.
  • The Campus Store remains available for online sales only.
  • Dining services remain closed.
  • Public access to campus is not permitted.

For a complete listing of what is permitted under the various Brock Stages of Reopening/Recovery, see the full chart here. The University will not transition to a less-restrictive stage of recovery until the public health situation allows for it and all required measures are in place.

Similarly, Brock anticipates being beyond Stage 3 (Protect and Prevent) by the time the Fall Term begins. With Ontario expected to reach Step 3 of reopening as early as the end of July, Brock will await guidance from the province and public health officials about further stages of reopening before Fall Term begins.