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  • Brock COVID-19 update for Friday, April 3

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Friday, April 3: 

    In anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 activity in Niagara in the coming weeks, Niagara Region and Niagara’s 12 municipalities jointly declared a state of emergency Friday.

    The number of cases in the region increased to 99 confirmed as of Friday, with four deaths. The state of emergency provides Niagara with all options available to protect the health and safety of residents. More information on Niagara’s response to the COVID-19 situation can be found at niagararegion.ca/covid19, or by calling Public Health’s COVID-19 InfoLine at 905-688-8248.

    Additionally, the Ontario government further reduced the list of businesses classified as essential and ordered more workplaces to close on Friday. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

     

    Brock further limits access to University buildings

    Effective at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3, access points to Brock University buildings will be reduced as the institution moves to further discourage non-essential visits and reduce the frequency of people leaving their homes and travelling through the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The new protocols apply to all Brock academic facilities at the main campus and at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. Catharines. (Brock’s Hamilton Campus remains closed and is not accessible.)

    Swipe-card access through exterior entrances is being suspended. All visitors will need to check in and check out with Campus Security at designated entrances.

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

     

    Brock provides students with new options for final grades

    To help students navigate these uncertain times, Brock is implementing new measures to alleviate stress about final grades. The Brock University Senate approved new options to give students greater choice on how grades will be presented on transcripts for any course affected by the COVID-19 disruption. Students will have three different options to choose from regarding their final grades.

    To review the options, read the full story in The Brock News.

     

    Computer Commons changes

    Following the Province of Ontario’s directives to limit gatherings to five people, limits are being placed on the number of users in the Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) at any one time.

    Access is now limited to five people on the upper level of the Computer Commons and five on the lower level. Students using the space are asked to physically distance themselves and not work in groups. Floor markings have been installed outside the space so that any students waiting to access the computer lab will be practising appropriate physical distancing. A time limit will be used if there are students waiting.

    Earlier this week, the University provided information on other ways students can access Brock’s internet service including the ‘drive-in’ service in the East Academic. Click here to read the story in The Brock News.

    For students who do not have internet access but do have a laptop/tablet and phone with a data plan, you can use your phone as a hot spot. Please contact the Help Desk if you require assistance and contact your cell phone provider for information on data overage costs. Some internet providers currently waiving these costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Accessing Microsoft Teams by telephone

    Brock IT is reminding faculty and staff that Microsoft Teams and Lifesize are both available for video conferencing.

    Logging into meetings using the Teams and Lifesize apps is the best way to access the services, but anyone calling into Microsoft Teams meetings from a landline or cell phone is asked to use the toll-free number 888-862-4985, which is significantly more cost-effective than the local number.

    For those who may be using Zoom as their communication and collaboration tool, please be aware of the latest critical privacy and security issues with the FBI issuing a warning Friday. Microsoft Teams is Brock’s enterprise communication and collaboration tool. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk or visit the ITS SharePoint site to learn more about Teams and how to adopt it.

     

    IT Help Desk

    The IT Help Desk located in the Computer Commons is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support is available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and has now been expanded to weekends, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Remote support is available to faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Please note, remote support will be extended to 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 to support the Brock community during the only weekend day when online exams are being be held.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

     

    COVID-19 phishing scam warning

    Brock is warning students, faculty and staff about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating.

    Please exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If you receive an email related to COVID-19 you’re suspicious of, please phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

     

     Mental health supports available for students and employees

    With students transitioning to online learning and many employees working from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the phone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    Employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Thursday, April 2:

    Brock provides students with new options for final grades

    To help students navigate these uncertain times, Brock is implementing new measures to alleviate stress about final grades. The Brock University Senate approved new options to give students greater choice on how grades will be presented on transcripts for any course affected by the COVID-19 disruption. Students will have three different options to choose from regarding their final grades.

    To review the options, read the full story in The Brock News.

     

    Brock further limits access to University buildings

    Effective at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3, access points to Brock University buildings will be reduced as the institution moves to further discourage non-essential visits and reduce the frequency of people leaving their homes and travelling through the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The new protocols apply to all Brock academic facilities at the main campus and at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. Catharines. (Brock’s Hamilton Campus remains closed and is not accessible.)

    Swipe-card access through exterior entrances is being suspended. All visitors will need to check in and check out with Campus Security at designated entrances.

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

     

    Quality time with family is key amid COVID-19, says Brock researcher

    Dawn Trussell, Associate Professor of Sport Management, says the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to strengthen familial bonds and create a sense of unity. She suggests families set a structured schedule and rethink recreation and sport to create stability and alleviate stress.

    She recommends planning low-cost, home-based leisure activities that align with all family members’ individual interests like board games, sports in the backyard or reading together.

    Read the full story on The Brock News.

      

    Financial Services working to prepare for fiscal year-end

    The 2019-20 fiscal year ends on Thursday, April 30. The financial close process will continue with due dates similar to prior years, noting that much of our work is accommodated remotely by cloud-operated financial and human resource systems.

    Faculty and staff are encouraged to review the important fiscal year-end information and key dates found on the Financial Services OneBrock site, which includes deadlines for information to be received by the Office of Financial Services or entered into Workday in order to allow time to process all transactions for fiscal year-end cut-off.

    Central Receiving and Mail Services remain open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’re expecting any shipments of goods purchased on a Brock Visa Purchasing Card or Purchase Order, please contact Kevin Lawr at klawr@brocku.ca to verify goods have been received so that you can create receipts or expense reports in Workday. These can be processed in the system for year-end.

    The Financial Services team is working remotely and available to answer questions via email.

     

    Brock ITS offers employees improved option for remote connectivity

    Due to increased usage from employees working from home, Brock has encountered capacity problems with Brock’s virtual private network (VPN) service, causing slow performance or an inability to connect.

    To alleviate these issues, Brock ITS has deployed a more effective solution for remote connectivity, allowing access directly to Windows-based office computers without the need for VPN. These services are for staff and faculty use.

    NOTE: VPN continues to be required for users accessing Mac-based office computers. For more information, please refer to the Working Remotely page on the ITS SharePoint site.

    If you’re already using Remote Desktop over VPN, you’re configured to use this new service and can enable it by following the instructions in the Using Remote Desktop job aid found on the ITS SharePoint site. If not, you will need to request access. Please visit the ITS SharePoint site and review the job aids Requesting Access For Remote Desktop and Using Remote Desktop.

    Anyone still using VPN for other services, such as accessing shared drives and other uses, should contact the IT Help Desk at x4357, or submit a ticket online so they can assist you with the right solution. VPN is to be used for critical access.

    If you are able to migrate documents to OneDrive and/or SharePoint, it may eliminate the need for either of these solutions. Please see the job aid Working with OneDrive on the ITS SharePoint site.

     

    IT Help Desk

    The IT Help Desk located in the Computer Commons is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support, which had been available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, is being expanded to include weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Remote support is available to faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Please note, remote support will be extended to 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 to support the Brock community during the only weekend day when online exams are being be held.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

     

    Online fitness classes now available to Brock community

    Brock Recreation is now hosting daily online fitness classes through its Instagram account. Workouts run between 30 and 45 minutes and classes offered include flow yoga, kickboxing and hatha yoga. The Recreation team will be adding more classes throughout April to help keep the University community active. Remember that all recreational activities require respecting physical distancing practices.

    For more information, read the full story on the Brock News.

     

    COVID-19 phishing scam warning

    Brock is warning students, faculty and staff about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating.

    Please exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If you receive an email related to COVID-19 you’re suspicious of, please phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

     

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    With students transitioning to online learning and many employees working from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the phone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    Employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 1

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Wednesday, April 1:

    University sends supplies to Niagara’s front-line workers

    Research labs across Brock University have emptied their supply rooms to help the people who are leading Niagara’s fight against COVID-19. Thousands of gloves, hundreds of lab coats and goggles, and cartons of face masks were loaded into a truck on Tuesday, March 31, and sent to Niagara Health, who will distribute it to front-line health workers at the region’s hospitals.

    Another shipment, this time of disinfectants and cleaning compounds, will be sent to Niagara Health later this week.

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

     

    Brock employees help health-care providers fight COVID-19

    Brock staff are offering some necessary support to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. After working from home all day, some employees are using their spare time to create supplies and kits to donate to local front-line workers.

    Homemade masks, 3D face shields and care kits are among some ways that members of the Brock community are giving back. For more information, or to get involved with these projects, read the full story on the Brock News.

     

    Niagara community encouraged to contribute to Brock’s COVID-19 archive

    Brock University’s Archives and Special Collections and Digital Scholarship Lab have created a website to gather and preserve photos, text, video and other forms of communication that capture the experience of living in the Niagara region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributing materials to the archives will allow for more organic, natural history, while also providing a platform to share experiences that may alleviate feelings of isolation.

    Read the full story on the Brock News.

     

    Computer Commons changes

    Following the Province of Ontario’s directives to limit gatherings to five people, limits are being placed on the number of users in the Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) at any one time.

    Access is now limited to five people on the upper level of the Computer Commons and five on the lower level. Students using the space are asked to physically distance themselves and not work in groups. Floor markings have been installed outside the space so that any students waiting to access the computer lab will be practising appropriate physical distancing. A time limit will be used if there are students waiting.

    In addition to enhanced cleaning measures from custodial staff, students will be provided gloves and wipes to wipe down workspaces before use.

    Earlier this week, the University provided information on other ways students can access Brock’s internet service including the ‘drive-in’ service in the East Academic. Click here to read the story in The Brock News.

     

    IT Help Desk

    The IT Help Desk located in the Computer Commons is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support, which had been available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, is being expanded to include weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Remote support is available to faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

     

    Accessing Microsoft Teams by telephone

    Brock IT is reminding faculty and staff that Microsoft Teams and Lifesize are both available for video conferencing.

    Logging into meetings using the Teams and Lifesize apps is the best way to access the services, but anyone calling into Microsoft Teams meetings from a landline or cell phone is asked to use the toll-free number 888-862-4985, which is significantly more cost-effective than the local number.

     

    All outdoor recreational facilities closed

    In light of the province of Ontario closing all outdoor recreational amenities to further stop the spread of COVID-19, all athletic fields, courts and other outdoor recreational facilities at Brock are now fully closed and are being monitored by Campus Security.

     

    Online fitness classes now available to Brock community

    Brock Recreation is now hosting daily online fitness classes through its Instagram account. Workouts run between 30 and 45 minutes and classes offered include flow yoga, kickboxing and hatha yoga. The Recreation team will be adding more classes throughout April to help keep the University community active. Remember that all recreational activities require respecting physical distancing practices.

    For more information, read the full story on the Brock News.

     

    Dining Services update

    Floor markings have been installed in the Lowenberger dining hall to act as a physical distance guide for customers as they wait to order and receive food orders. The dining hall is open for customers to order and pick up food, but is closed for sit-in dining.

    Lowenberger dining hall is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. as the only food option currently available at Brock. It is open to anyone on campus.

     

    Residence update 

    Plexiglass shields have been installed in the South Service Desk located in Lowenberger Residence. In addition to the shields, floor markings have been placed on the floor and service desk employees are ensuring that they are outfitted in protective gear including gloves and masks.

     

    Campus Store update

    Course material can be purchased online at campusstore.brocku.ca. The Spring Term book list will be released on Tuesday, April 14. Shipping is free for purchases over $50. Professors who are looking to place an order for Spring Term course materials are asked to contact Hillary Risi at hrisi@brocku.ca

     

    Brock Central (Office of the Registrar) updates

    Brock Central, which houses student services such as the admissions, records and registration, is committed to serving the student community during this time of transition. Brock Central can be reached through email at central@brocku.ca from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    The team is available to provide prompt responses through email and can arrange for phone service through Microsoft Teams. In order for Brock Central to respond to inquiries regarding financial or academic status, emails must be sent from a Brock student email account.

     

    COVID-19 phishing scam warning

    Brock is warning students, faculty and staff about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating.

    Please exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If you receive an email related to COVID-19 you’re suspicious of, please phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

     

    Student Health Services changes

    Students wanting to access Student Health Services (SHS) at Brock can do so over the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    For questions or to make a phone appointment for health services, students can phone SHS at 905-688-5550 x3243 or reach out via email to referralstaff@brocku.ca

    For medical emergencies, students should dial 911.

     

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    With students transitioning to online learning and many employees working from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the phone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    Employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Monday, March 30

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Monday, March 30:

    The Province of Ontario enacted stricter rules around public gatherings over the weekend, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. On Monday, as new data showed that the number of COVID-19 cases here in Niagara dramatically increased to 34, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urged everyone over age 70, or those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions, to stay at home.

    Niagara community encouraged to contribute to Brock’s COVID-19 archive

    Brock University’s Archives and Special Collections and Digital Scholarship Lab have created a website to gather and preserve photos, text, video and other forms of communication that capture the experience of living in the Niagara region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributing materials to the archives will allow for more organic, natural history, while also providing a platform to share experiences that may alleviate feelings of isolation.

    Read the full story on the Brock News.

    Medical Sciences students help with COVID-19 screening

    Medical Sciences students Kate Scully and Sarah Trudel are completing the final semester of their undergraduate studies online while also offering much-needed support and expertise in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Scully has become the administrative co-ordinator for the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Midland, Ont., and Trudel is working as a screening clerk at a long-term care home in Beaverton, Ont.

    Read the full story in the Brock News.

    Brock ITS offers employees improved option for remote connectivity

    Due to increased usage from employees working from home, Brock has encountered capacity problems with Brock’s virtual private network (VPN) service, causing slow performance or an inability to connect.

    To alleviate these issues, Brock ITS has deployed a new, more effective solution for remote connectivity, allowing access directly to office computers without the need for VPN. These services are for staff and faculty use.

    If you’re already using Remote Desktop over VPN, you’re configured to use this new service and can enable it by following the instructions in the Using Remote Desktop job aid found on the ITS SharePoint site. If not, you will need to request access. Please visit the ITS SharePoint site and review the job aids Requesting Access For Remote Desktop and Using Remote Desktop.

    Anyone still using VPN for other services, such as accessing shared drives and other uses, should contact the IT Help Desk at x4357, or submit a ticket online so they can assist you with the right solution. VPN is to be used for critical access.

    If you are able to migrate documents to OneDrive and/or SharePoint, it may eliminate the need for either of these solutions. Please see the job aid Working with OneDrive on the ITS SharePoint site.

    Reminder: Reduced entrance points for staff and students at Brock

    Access to Brock University main campus buildings has been reduced. Employees and individual students who do not have swipe card access to their regular entrance must use one of two entrances:  

    Entrance 1

    • Main doors of Schmon Tower at the Rankin Family Pavilion
    • Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Entrance 2

    • Welch Hall entrance — for students accessing Computer Commons and ITS Help Desk
    • Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The University has enacted stringent off-site working arrangements, which remain in effect. Individuals who need to be on campus to provide essential services can still use their Brock access proxy cards once they have passed through one of the two entrances.

    Dining update

    Starting Tuesday, March 31, Lowenberger dining hall will be open daily from noon to 4 p.m. as the only food option at Brock. It is open to anyone on campus.

    Brock Central (Office of the Registrar) updates

    Brock Central, which houses student services such as the admissions, records and registration, is committed to serving the student community during this time of transition. Brock Central can be reached through email at central@brocku.ca from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    The team is available to provide prompt responses through email and can arrange for phone service through Microsoft Teams. In order for Brock Central to respond to inquiries regarding financial or academic status, emails must be sent from a Brock student email account.

    IT Help Desk access

    The Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) and IT Help Desk located in it are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday for faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    COVID-19 phishing scam warning

    Brock is warning students, faculty and staff about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating.

    Please exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If you receive an email related to COVID-19 you’re suspicious of, please phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

    Student Health Services changes

    In-person appointments are no longer available for Student Health Services (SHS) at Brock. However, students can access health services over the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    For questions or to make a phone appointment for health services, students can phone SHS at 905-688-5550 x3243 or reach out via email to referralstaff@brocku.ca

    For medical emergencies, students should dial 911.

    Wi-Fi drive-in available to students with no home internet access

    Brock students who don’t have internet access at home can participate in a ‘Wi-Fi drive-in’ in the University’s parking lots. Students can park their cars for free in select parking lots to use the University’s internet access through its wireless network.

    To ensure physical distancing, students are asked to space out their cars when choosing a parking spot and to not gather in groups in their cars.

    For more information on which parking lots are available for use, read the story in The Brock News.

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    With students transitioning to online learning and many employees working from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the phone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    Employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Friday, March 27

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Friday, March 27:

    Brock gears up to contribute to COVID-19 response

    The University’s research community is stepping up to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Brock is contributing supplies of gloves, masks and chemicals to Niagara Public Health. Additionally, the Canadian government has already approved Brock’s CL3 laboratory for COVID-19 research.

    “We’re taking a range of steps to prepare for requests that might emerge for research and testing,” said Vice-President Research, Tim Kenyon. “We have a wide variety of expertise and facilities here that can be deployed in the greater fight against the virus.”

    The Office of Research Services is looking for researchers to submit research proposals in response to the provincial government’s COVID-19 portal.

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

    Indigenous Studies instructor helps elders in need

    Indigenous Studies Instructor April Powless is helping to deliver food and necessary supplies to elders and other people in need around the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve.

    As co-owner of Mohawk Towing / Porter Trucking and Construction in Ohsweken, Ont., Powless and her team have delivered nearly 300 care packages and are now partnering with the Six Nations Food Bank to ensure the community remains safe during a difficult time.

    Read the full story in the Brock News here.

    International students receive enhanced support from Brock

    A number of new initiatives are underway to ease international students’ transition to online learning. 

    Brock International mobilized its entire staff to host an online question-and-answer session this week and created a Microsoft Teams group to create direct lines of communication between staff and students. The team has also ensured existing services such as advice on immigration, study permits, international mobility, and academic and language support, have been moved online.

    Brock International has been working with international students who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19, providing accommodation options and space in campus residences where needed.

    International students in need of further support are encouraged to email Brock International Services at isa@brocku.ca

    Read the full story in the Brock News here.

    Brock ITS offers employees improved option for remote connectivity

    Due to increased usage from employees working from home, Brock has encountered capacity problems with Brock’s virtual private network (VPN) service, causing slow performance or an inability to connect.

    To alleviate these issues, Brock ITS has deployed a new, more effective solution for remote connectivity, allowing access directly to office computers without the need for VPN. These services are for staff and faculty use.

    If you’re already using Remote Desktop over VPN, you are configured to use this new service and can enable it by following the instructions in the Using Remote Desktop job aid found on the ITS SharePoint site. If not, you will need to request access. Please visit the ITS SharePoint site and review the job aids Requesting Access For Remote Desktop and Using Remote Desktop.

    Anyone still using VPN for other services, such as accessing shared drives and other uses, should contact the IT Help Desk at x4357, or submit a ticket online so they can assist you with the right solution. VPN is to be used for critical access.

    If you are able to migrate documents to OneDrive and/or SharePoint, it may eliminate the need for either of these solutions. Please see the job aid Working with OneDrive on the ITS SharePoint site.

    IT Help Desk access

    The Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) and IT Help Desk located in it are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday for faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    Dining update

    Starting Tuesday, March 31, Lowenberger dining hall will be open daily from noon to 4 p.m. as the only food option at Brock. It is open to anyone on campus.

    Brock Central updates

    Brock Central is committed to serving the student community during this time of transition. Brock Central can be reached through email at central@brocku.ca from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    The team is available to provide prompt responses through email and can arrange for phone service through Microsoft Teams. In order for Brock Central to respond to inquiries regarding financial or academic status, emails must be sent from a Brock student email account.

    Student Health Services changes

    In-person appointments are no longer available for Student Health Services (SHS) at Brock. However, students can access health services over the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    For questions or to make a phone appointment for health services, students can phone SHS at 905-688-5550 x3243 or reach out via email to referralstaff@brocku.ca

    For medical emergencies, students should dial 911.  

    Wi-Fi drive-in available to students with no home internet access

    Brock students who don’t have internet access at home can participate in a ‘Wi-Fi drive-in’ in the University’s parking lots. Students can park their cars for free in select parking lots to use the University’s internet access through its wireless network.

    To ensure physical distancing, students are asked to space out their cars when choosing a parking spot and to not gather in groups in their cars.

    For more information on which parking lots are available for use, read the story in The Brock News.

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    With students transitioning to online learning and many employees working from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the phone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    Employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 26

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Thursday, March 26:

    Brock Makerspace producing face shields for local health-care workers

    The Brock Library’s Makerspace has the green light to start using its 3D printers to produce face shields for health-care workers.

    “Instead of helping with curricular and extra-curricular creative projects, we have an opportunity to leverage the skills of Makerspace staff and the use of Makerspace prototyping equipment to make a difference in the fight against COVID-19, and to help those on the front-lines,” said Head of Library Systems and Technology Jonathan Younker.

    The Makerspace, which is part of the Brock LINC, located inside the new Rankin Family Pavilion, has five 3D printers capable of producing around 20 face shields each day. The first round of shields will be going to front-line workers with Niagara EMS.

    Read the full story in The Brock News here.

    Brock aids local company in producing COVID-19 test kits

    Norgen Biotek, a microbiology firm founded by retired Brock Professor of Biological Sciences Yousef Haj-Ahmad, is making an international impact in combating the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to support from the University. The Thorold-based business reached out to Brock’s Machine Shop with an urgent request to produce new sets of punches to develop the testing kits, multiplying the capacity of Norgen’s manufacturing.

    Read the full story on the Brock News.

    Digital vigilance critical as more employees work from home, says Brock expert

    Aaron Mauro, Assistant Professor in Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities, is warning computer users to be aware of phishing scams during the COVID-19 crisis. The professor says hackers are taking advantage of the situation by launching countless cyber attacks.

    Brock ITS issued a similar warning this week about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating. Staff and students are urged to exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    Brock users who receive an email related to COVID-19 that seems suspicious are asked to phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

    Read the full story in The Brock News here.

    Brock Central updates

    Brock Central is committed to servicing the student community during this time of transition. Brock Central can be reached through email at central@brocku.ca from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    The team is available to provide prompt responses through email and can arrange for phone service through Microsoft Teams. In order for Brock Central to respond to inquiries regarding financial or academic status, emails must be sent from a Brock student email account.

    Student Health Services changes

    In-person appointments are no longer available for Student Health Services (SHS) at Brock. However, students can access health services over the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

    For questions or to make a phone appointment for health services, students can phone SHS at 905-688-5550 x3243 or reach out via email to referralstaff@brocku.ca 

    For medical emergencies, students should dial 911.

    Wi-Fi drive-in available to students with no home internet access

    Brock is welcoming students who don’t have internet access at home to participate in a ‘Wi-Fi drive-in’ in the University’s parking lots. Students can park their cars for free in select parking lots to use the University’s internet access through its wireless network.

    To ensure physical distancing, students are asked to space out their cars when choosing a parking spot and to not gather in groups in their cars.

    For more information on which parking lots are available for use, read the story in The Brock News. 

    IT Help Desk access

    The Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) and IT Help Desk located in it are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday for faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community. 

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    As Brock transitions to online learning for students and many employees work from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available. 

    Students can access mental health support over the telephone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533. 

    All employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Wednesday, March 25 

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Wednesday, March 25:

    Reminder: Brock reduces entrance points for staff and students

    In line with new Ontario government restrictions on workplaces and as part of Brock’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, access to campus buildings has been reduced.

    To access campus buildings, employees and individual students who do not have swipe card access to their regular entrance must use one of two entrances:

    Entrance 1

    • Main doors of Schmon Tower at the Rankin Family Pavilion
    • Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Entrance 2

    • Welch Hall entrance — for students accessing Computer Commons and ITS Help Desk
    • Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • ITS Help Desk online support is available Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. through ithelp@brocku.ca

    The University has enacted stringent off-site working arrangements, which remain in effect. Individuals who need to be on campus to provide essential services can still use their Brock access proxy cards once they have passed through one of the two entrances.

    Non-essential research activities that cannot be accomplished while maintaining safe social distancing practices have already been suspended.

    To reach the entrance near the Computer Commons (Fish Bowl), walk through the lobby area between Welch Hall and David S. Howes Theatre and continue on to the Computer Commons entrance.

    These changes follow earlier steps taken by the University to minimize opportunities for people to congregate. Last week, the Hamilton campus was closed, and on the weekend the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines was restricted to swipe card access only.

    Niagara Health Navigator COVID-19 app update

    The Niagara Health Navigator COVID-19 app provides patients and the community with the most recent information related to Niagara Health’s response to COVID-19 and directives of public health officials. The app has been updated its newest release to include immediate COVID-19 updates and links directly to the provincial government’s self-assessment tool.

    Download the free app for iOS devices here and Google devices here.

    Student Health Services changes

    In-person appointments are no longer available for Student Health Services (SHS) at Brock. However, students can access health services over the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    For questions or to make a phone appointment for health services, students can phone SHS at 905-688-5550 x3243 or reach out via email to referralstaff@brocku.ca

    For medical emergencies, students should dial 911.

    IT Help Desk access

    The Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) and IT Help Desk located in it are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday for faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    Getting outside is good for physical and mental health, say Brock experts

    People need to be creative in how they connect with nature in light of recent park closures, says Kyle Rich, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock. In his co-authored policy brief “Mood Walks: The role of parks and recreation in mental health promotion,” research shows that even just being outdoors stimulates physiological responses in our body, including positive mental health outcomes.

    Read the full story on The Brock News here.

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    As Brock transitions to online learning for students and many employees work from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the telephone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    All employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Tuesday, March 24

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Tuesday, March 24:

    Brock reduces entrance points for staff and students to support public health advisories

    Effective Wednesday, March 25, Brock University will further limit access to its campus and also reduce the number of employees required to be on campus, as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    In line with new Ontario government restrictions on workplaces, employees and individual students must access campus buildings through one of two entrance points, which will be monitored by Campus Security.

    To access campus buildings, employees and individual students who do not have swipe card access to their regular entrance, must use one of two entrances:

    Entrance 1

    • Main front doors of Schmon Tower at the Rankin Family Pavilion
    • Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Entrance 2

    • Welch Hall entrance — for students accessing Computer Commons and ITS Help Desk
    • Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • ITS Help Desk online support is available Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. through ithelp@brocku.ca

    Care should be taken when accessing buildings to ensure physical distancing is maintained.

    The University has enacted stringent offsite working arrangements, which remain in effect. Individuals who need to be on campus to provide essential services can still use their Brock access proxy cards to enter other buildings.

    Non-essential research activities that cannot be accomplished while maintaining safe social distancing practices have already been suspended.

    To reach the entrance near the Computer Commons (Fish Bowl), walk through the lobby area between Welch Hall and David S. Howes Theatre and continue on to the Computer Commons entrance.

    These changes follow earlier steps taken by the University to minimize opportunities for people to congregate. Last week, the Hamilton campus was closed, and on the weekend the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines was restricted to swipe card access only.

    Student Health Services changes

    In-person appointments are no longer available for Student Health Services (SHS) at Brock. However, students can access health services over the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    For questions or to make a phone appointment for health services, students can phone SHS at 905-688-5550 x3243 or reach out via email to referralstaff@brocku.ca

    For medical emergencies, students should dial 911.

    Interactive learning supports available online

    A-Z Learning Services’ drop-in, workshop and tutoring resources are now accessible through live audio or video meetings listed on ExperienceBU.

    To further educate the Brock community about the available options, A-Z Learning Services is hosting a Virtual Open House on Thursday, March 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. Once logged in, faculty, staff and students will learn about the interactive sessions offering supports in a variety of areas, including proper referencing and quotations, essay writing, and preparing for multiple-choice questions.

    Read more about A-Z Learning Services’ online resources in The Brock News.

    Sakai / Online learning update

    Brock’s Sakai-based learning management system is central to the University’s switch to virtual and online learning that started Monday.

    There was a brief outage as a result of bandwidth issues arising from the significant increase in use on the first day of the resumption of Winter Term. Brock’s IT Services quickly identified the issue and has made system improvements to address the problem.

    The University appreciates the patience of students and faculty in the midst of these extraordinary circumstances.

    IT Help Desk access

    The Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) and IT Help Desk located in it are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday for faculty, staff, students and the rest of the Brock community.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    A message from Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo

    Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo wrote a letter Tuesday sending her support to the University community and acknowledging the efforts made to protect the safety of faculty, staff, students and the greater community. She also encouraged everyone be kind to one another, especially our elders.

    Read the full letter on The Brock News here.

    Brock researchers examining how parents are talking to kids about COVID-19

    Parents or guardians of children are being asked to participate in a research project focused on how parents are talking to their children about COVID-19.

    The study, which takes 30 minutes to complete, will examine how parents and children are thinking, feeling and behaving in relation to the current global pandemic.

    Parents with children between the ages of five and 17 are eligible to take part.

    For more information, read the story in The Brock News.

    Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being supporting members virtually

    Physical activity is an important part of staying healthy and boosting immunity, but doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge — especially for older adults and high-risk groups. In response, the team at the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being is using social media and exploring online tools to keep members engaged and active.

    Read the full story in The Brock News here.

    Ontario enhancing COVID-19 screening

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool. In a matter of seconds, the online tool guides the public through a series of questions and provides guidance on where to seek care based on their needs, if required.

    Based on their responses, users are provided clear direction on what action to take. These next steps could include:

    • Continue to practise physical distancing
    • Self-isolate
    • Call a primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario
    • Or, in the case of symptoms such as severe difficulty breathing or severe chest pain, call 911 or go to the emergency department

    To help co-ordinate Ontario’s ongoing response, the tool also provides the province with real-time data on the number and geography of users who are told to seek care, self-isolate or to monitor for symptoms.

    COVID-19 phishing scam warning

    Brock is warning students, faculty and staff about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating.

    Please exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If you receive an email related to COVID-19 you’re suspicious of, please phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    As Brock University transitions to online learning for students and many employees work from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the telephone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    All employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Monday, March 23

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Monday, March 23:

    Brock updating and assessing plans after Province tightens closures

    Based on the Province of Ontario’s announcement Monday afternoon ordering a mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, Brock will share more details on Tuesday about its plan to further reduce services available on campus and limit the access points to the University.

    The province plans to provide more information on the new regulations before they go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night.

    Brock’s updates will be shared with the community tomorrow

    Ontario enhancing COVID-19 screening

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool. In a matter of seconds, the online tool guides the public through a series of questions and provides guidance on where to seek care based on their needs, if required.

    Based on their responses, users are provided clear direction on what action to take. These next steps could include:

    • Continue to practise physical distancing
    • Self-isolate
    • Call a primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario
    • Or, in the case of symptoms such as severe difficulty breathing or severe chest pain, call 911 or go to the emergency department

    To help co-ordinate Ontario’s ongoing response, the tool also provides the province with real-time data on the number and geography of users who are told to seek care, self-isolate or to monitor for symptoms.

    COVID-19 Phishing scam warning

    Brock is warning students, faculty and staff about a COVID-19 phishing scam currently circulating.

    Please exercise caution opening, answering or clicking on links outside of the brocku.ca domain related to the COVID-19 virus.

    If you receive an email related to COVID-19 you’re suspicious of, please phone the Help Desk at x4357 and forward the email to itsecurity@brocku.ca

    IT Help Desk access

    The IT Help Desk is available for remote support for faculty, staff and students from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday. This is a virtual online service.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    Brock Sports to celebrate Awards Gala on Instagram Live Wednesday

    The Brock Badgers Awards Gala is usually one of the biggest events of the calendar for student-athletes. But with the cancellation of all events, Brock Sports has had to get creative in the way it announces this year’s major award winners.

    This year’s Awards Gala is being delivered live online through the Brock Badgers Instagram account Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and will celebrate the outstanding individual and team accomplishments of the 2019-20 Badgers season.

    The event will highlight the major award winners of the year including female athlete of the year, male athlete of the year and team of the year. In the days following the Instagram Live event, the Brock Badgers account will feature the individual team award winners, most-improved and most valuable player, along with photos and highlights.

    Information for researchers

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, funding agencies are continually evaluating and updating their policies and procedures with respect to application deadlines, accounting requirements, etc. The Office of Research Services has created a webpage, titled COVID-19: Information for researchers on awards and grants,

    Where researchers can go to find the latest updates from Brock’s major research funding agencies such as SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR and CFI, among others.

    What you need to know about the continuation of classes

    While the Winter Term resumed on Monday, there will be no face-to-face classes, seminars, labs, tests or exams. The academic term is not at risk and the term itself ends on April 3, with an online-only exam period running from April 8 to 23.

    Spring/Summer Term begins on May 4 and will also be run in an online-only format with no face-to-face classes, seminars or exams. 

    Library moves services online

    The James A. Gibson Library is now closed, but online services will continue to be provided with the vast majority of Library resources available electronically.

    To access the Library’s electronic resources (journals, ebooks, data sets, etc.) sign in with your Campus ID and password. Find out what is available by searching the new academic search tool Omni, or by browsing the list of specialized databases. Print collections are currently unavailable. For all inquiries related to collections, contact libhelp@brocku.ca

    Additional Services:

    • Course Reserves — while the physical course reserve materials are not currently available, many courses have electronic course reserves for use
    • Books currently on loan — Due dates on all borrowed materials will be extended. Any fines that would normally accrue will be waived.
    • If you have questions or need research help, you have many options to choose from including email, virtual chat, online consultations, or self-serve guides and tutorials.

    For instructors:

    We are available to assist with electronic reserve material (book chapters, articles, media, and other materials). While the print reserve collection is not available, we can help you get as much course material in digital format. If you need assistance identifying appropriate electronic content to support your course (including alternatives to print textbooks) please contact your Liaison Librarian.

    For more details on these and other services, please check the Library website.

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    As Brock University transitions to online learning for students and many employees work from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the telephone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    All employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Sunday, March 22

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Sunday, March 22:

    Welcome back (online) students

    After a one-week suspension of all classes, the Winter Term at Brock University is resuming on Monday, March 23 in a virtual and online-only format.

    Also, on Friday, Brock President Gervan Fearon wrote a letter thanking everyone across the University community who continue to help students and the institution manage through a unique time. Read the full letter on The Brock News here.

    What you need to know about the continuation of classes

    While the Winter Term resumes on Monday, March 23, there will be no face-to-face classes, seminars, labs, tests or exams. The academic term is not at risk and the term itself ends on April 3, with an online-only exam period running from April 8 to 23.

    Students should have been contacted by their course instructors via Sakai or email with further instructions about the structure of the remaining term classes and exams. Students are not to be penalized for missed assessments that were due between March 13 and March 23.

    Spring/Summer Term begins on May 4 and will also be run in an online-only format with no face-to-face classes, seminars or exams.

    Library moves services online

    The James A. Gibson Library is now closed, but online services will continue to be provided with the vast majority of Library resources available electronically.

    To access the Library’s electronic resources (journals, ebooks, data sets, etc.) sign in with your Campus ID and password. Find out what is available by searching the new academic search tool Omni, or by browsing the list of specialized databases. Print collections are currently unavailable. For all inquiries related to collections, contact libhelp@brocku.ca

    Additional Services:

    • Course Reserves — while the physical course reserve materials are not currently available, many courses have electronic course reserves for use
    • Books currently on loan — Due dates on all borrowed materials will be extended. Any fines that would normally accrue will be waived.
    • If you have questions or need research help, you have many options to choose from including email, virtual chat, online consultations, or self-serve guides and tutorials.

    For instructors:

    We are available to assist with electronic reserve material (book chapters, articles, media, and other materials). While the print reserve collection is not available, we can help you get as much course material in digital format. If you need assistance identifying appropriate electronic content to support your course (including alternatives to print textbooks) please contact your Liaison Librarian.

    For more details on these and other services, please check the Library website.

    Computer lab / IT Help Desk access

    Starting Monday, March 23, the Computer Commons (Fish Bowl) and IT Help Desk located in it will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on weekends. Remote support will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday for faculty, staff and students.

    Questions can be directed to ithelp@brocku.ca

    Campus store ramping up online sales

    Campus Store customers can shop online at campusstore.brocku.ca for essentials including textbooks.

    Textbooks for the Spring/Summer Term will be available through the online store.

    Access being restricted to MIWSFPA

    The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines is now restricted to swipe-card access only. Please do not go to the building unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    All performances, rehearsals, events and activities at the MIWSFPA are also cancelled through at least June 1.

    Students who are returning University equipment or other loaned materials can dial the Campus Security desk from the phone near the entrance and they will retrieve the items from you. There is 24-hour security in the building, and the desk can be reached at 905-688-5550 x6300. 

    New on-site service hours

    Brock has updated its on-site/off-site operations for the main campus, while also reducing the duration of on-site services being open. It will allow more Brock staff members to work off-site from home, following the priority set by Public Health officials as they combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The University is reminding any employees who need to be working on-site to practise the Public Health social distancing recommendation of two metres. More information is available in a Brock News story here.

    Brock’s Hamilton campus is fully closed until further notice.

    Dining update

    Lowenberger dining hall will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as the only food option open on campus. 

    Public Health guidelines for self-monitoring and self-isolation

    The Government of Canada has created a guideline to know the difference between self-monitoring, self-isolation and isolation for COVID-19. Their website includes details on symptoms and an easy-to-use graphic helping Canadians understand at what point they should self-monitor, self-isolate or go into full isolation.

    Public health also released a new, easy-to-use symptom self-assessment tool which is available here on the Government of Canada website.

    Mental health supports available for students and employees

    As Brock University transitions to online learning for students and many employees work from home, mental health support resources for members of the University community remain available.

    Students can access mental health support over the telephone by calling Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x3243, Community Addictions Services of Niagara at 905-684-1183, Good 2 Talk at 866-925-5454 or Morneau Shepell at 833-276-2533.

    All employees can also access immediate support for mental health and other challenges through the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which has been made available to all current Brock employees as part of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Participate in Provost selection process

    The community is invited to participate in the process to select the University’s next Provost and Vice-President, Academic. For information on how to participate in online video presentations being held this week, see The Brock News story here.