Brock releases update on fall plans

Brock University continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the campus community as it prepares for the beginning of the Fall Term.

September will see a significant return to on-campus instruction, complemented with online elements, as well as the resumption of as many in-person student experience activities as possible.

Government and provincial public health officials have advised that fall planning can be done without the need for capacity limits or physical distancing. Masks will still be required when indoors.

The provincial government is expected to confirm public health guidance for Ontario’s post-secondary institutions later this summer.

Brock moved into the third stage of its reopening plan this week, which allows for 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.

For a complete listing of what is permitted under the various Brock Stages of Reopening/Recovery, see the full chart here.

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.

The University has also begun to plan for a return to on-campus work for staff in the coming weeks. Transition details will differ depending on the work being performed in each unit, so managers will be reaching out to their staff with details in the weeks to come.

As part of Fall Term planning, the University continues to monitor the public health situation and may adjust remaining measures in place as required.

Ontario will remain in Step Three until at least Friday, Aug. 6 and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

Other key public health and health-care indicators must also continue to remain stable.

Brock continues to update the community at brocku.ca/fall and brocku.ca/coronavirus