Our plan for a safe return to campus — A letter from Interim President Lynn Wells

I want to provide this important update to our students, faculty, staff and community.

Although Ontario remains in Stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 reopening framework and what the coming weeks will look like remains uncertain, work continues in preparation for a return to campus.

First, let me begin by extending my personal thanks for your ongoing support and commitment to ensure a safe and responsible return to campus. We had all hoped the pandemic would be long past when we began planning for the upcoming term, but COVID-19 has proven a determined and multi-faceted foe that continues to require extraordinary measures to safeguard our health and well-being.

Earlier this month, Brock University announced its vaccine mandate for students, faculty, staff and visitors. This was not a decision we made lightly and is one that is based on the advice and guidance of public health officials.

Following that decision, the Province of Ontario announced that it will be requiring all universities and colleges in the province to implement mandatory vaccination policies. Exceptions to this rule would be granted only in rare and limited cases.

The message is clear: if you want to study, teach, work or visit at a university campus this fall, you need to be vaccinated.

Today, we launched Brock’s vaccination declaration tool as well as a dedicated web page and FAQs with details about how to upload your proof of vaccination, information outlining the extremely limited grounds on which an accommodation will be considered, and other information.

Please upload your documentation as soon as possible. Documents must be uploaded by Wednesday, Sept. 1.

I know these have been challenging and difficult times for all of us. We would all prefer to be planning for an open and “normal” return to campus. However, we also have a responsibility to ensure we do everything we can to protect the health and well-being of our community.

Thank you for your co-operation and support.

Lynn Wells

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University