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  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 8

    As of Thursday, April 8, 56 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and four cases remain active among students living in on-campus residences.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 31 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 7

    As of Wednesday, April 7, 53 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and six cases remain active among students living in on-campus residences.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 36 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • A message from Lynn Wells, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, on Fall Term planning

    On Feb. 23, I released draft principles to guide academic planning for the Fall 2021 Term. The document defines three potential scenarios that align with Brock’s Stages for Pandemic Response and Recovery and lists the preparations the University is undertaking for each scenario. It also reiterates that academic planning is rightly within the purview of academic departments and Faculties and emphasizes Brock’s commitment to be “as open as possible” in the Fall, with the intention of welcoming our students back to campus.

    I have spent the last month consulting on the document, speaking with students, staff, faculty members and librarians to understand their concerns. I spoke with academic leaders, including Deans, Associate Deans and Chairs. I met with the Presidents of the Brock University Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association, as well as with union leaders on campus. I presented to Senate and to its committees, and I invited feedback from all members of Senate. I want to thank every member of our community who took the time to engage with the document and share their thoughts. I would like to reflect on some of the comments I heard from the community during the consultation process.

    One of our greatest challenges as the Fall Term approaches will be in managing our own anxiety and that of those around us. COVID has turned our lives upside down for the last year. Yet, as strange as this new way of living may seem, we have slowly become accustomed to it. The prospect of returning to campus thus rightly makes some people nervous. But with the promise of near-universal immunization over the next few months, the pandemic will end and we must learn to resume living in most respects as we did before — for the sake of our own mental health and for that of our students, to restore the post-secondary experience students expect from us, and for the financial well-being of our University. We will approach the coming academic year with optimism supported by careful planning and confidence in our ability to navigate this new transition as a community.

    The University remains committed to ensuring that campus is safe, as it has been throughout the pandemic. The public health guidelines that may exist come September will be in place on our campus, as they have been throughout the pandemic. Processes are already in place through Human Resources for those who might wish to seek medical accommodations on health-related grounds.

    Similarly, it is important to emphasize the critical role the academic planning process will play in preparing for the Fall. I strongly believe that, as in normal times, the subject matter experts are best positioned to rule on matters of scheduling and mode of delivery. The public health measures brought on by the pandemic have forced us to think about mode of delivery a bit differently this past year, and as we look forward to the Fall Term, we will monitor the situation continuously and work with Deans and their academic units to consider shifting course delivery as needed. We also know that some instructors have developed new ways of teaching they would like to continue in the future. These requests should be discussed with department Chairs as part of the academic planning process. In all of our planning, we should keep our priorities focused on the transformational experience we have promised to our students.

    I heard many questions in consultation about vaccinations, specifically about whether the University would require students, staff and faculty members to be vaccinated before attending campus. This question has significant legal implications and has been the topic of much conversation across universities and colleges in the sector. At present, there is no clear answer to this question. As we have been doing over the past year, we will continue to make informed decisions by seeking expert advice and partnering with other institutions in our sector to share information and key considerations. I will provide more information if we decide to revisit the issue at a later date.

    Finally, I was often asked when the University would decide “for certain” the format for Fall instruction. Brock is sending a strong message to members of its community and to prospective students that we plan to be ready to return to campus in the Fall. Nor is Brock alone in this position. All of Ontario’s universities and most colleges have made similar commitments. Even the District School Board of Niagara announced plans to return exclusively to in-school education in September. I believe that a return to campus is a realistic objective, and one that I trust will become increasingly so in the coming months as the rate of vaccination increases. By June 15, we should be in a position to finalize our plans for the Fall, with the understanding that we will always be prepared to react to any changes to the public health situation should they arise.

    Thank you again for your engagement and valuable feedback in recent weeks. I will continue to provide regular updates as the Fall Term approaches and, as always, I am happy to discuss preparations with any member of the Brock community.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 6

    As of Tuesday, April 6, 46 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and four cases remain active among students living in on-campus residences.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 42 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 5

    As of Monday, April 5, 31 of the Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered and 14 cases remain active.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 47 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 4

    Of the Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19, 26 have since recovered and nine cases remain active as of Sunday, April 4.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University is currently operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown), with all classes being held online and common areas on campus closed until further notice.

    Including those students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 51 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The change in numbers represents a number of cases which have been cleared through recovery and additional testing and others who are recovering off-campus.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Remainder of Winter Term classes to be held online as Ontario prepares for emergency shutdown

    With a provincewide emergency shutdown set to begin Saturday, April 3, Brock University has announced the remainder of Winter Term classes will be held online.

    While the vast majority of classes this term had already been running online, a few were being held on campus, but those also transitioned online last week when Brock moved back into Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) of its own COVID-19 response framework.

    As was originally planned, all Winter Term final exams will also be held in a virtual format.

    “We understand that the Winter Term has been a challenging one for Brock students, staff, faculty members and professional librarians,” said Brock Provost and Vice-President, Academic Lynn Wells. “The decision to return to online instruction for all courses was not made lightly, but is essential to ensure the health and safety of our Brock community. The current outbreak does not affect Brock’s plans to return some courses to campus in the Spring/Summer Term, nor does it impact our preparations for a substantial return to campus in the Fall.”

    The University moved back into Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) on Thursday, March 25 after learning a number of individuals had tested positive for COVID-19. An outbreak was then declared in student residences by Niagara Region Public Health on Friday, March 26.

    Brock continues to work closely with Public Health and is following all recommendations to address the situation. Public Health will determine when the outbreak has come to an end and updates will be provided to the Brock community as they become available.

    Until further notice, the following measures remain in place to limit the risk of further spread:

    • All Winter Term classes remain online or in an alternative format initiated when Brock entered Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown).
    • Research that had been previously approved under Stage 2 continues under existing COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Athletic facilities in the Walker Sports Complex including the Zone Fitness Centre, Brock pool, gymnasia and Brock Sport Performance Centre are temporarily closed.
    • Common areas such as the James A. Gibson Library and Computer Commons are temporarily closed.
    • In any additional operational areas of campus where the risk of transmission is high, mitigation measures are being taken.
    • A full cleaning of the entire main Brock campus, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts downtown and Hamilton campus takes place each day and additional efforts to disinfect high-traffic areas is taking place.

    With the arrival of the Easter holiday weekend, it is important to remember that we all must take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19:

    • Maintain physical distancing of at least two metres
    • Wear face coverings in all common areas on campus and anytime physical distancing isn’t possible
    • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
    • Stay home unless you must go out
    • Contact public health if you’re experiencing symptoms
  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 1

    As of Thursday, April 1, the number of Brock University residence students testing positive for COVID-19 stands at 22.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University moved back into Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) last week after learning that a number of individuals had tested positive.

    Including the 22 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 63 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Brock University COVID-19 update for March 31

    As of Wednesday, March 31, the number of Brock University residence students testing positive for COVID-19 stands at 30.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences on Friday, March 26. The University moved back into Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) last week after learning that a number of individuals had tested positive.

    Including the 30 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are a total of 64 students currently isolating in self-contained units in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The University is supporting students with the delivery of food and other necessary supplies and Residence Life Staff are regularly checking on them. The residence service desks are available to them by phone 24/7.

    Those in isolation are being reminded that, under Public Health regulations intended to manage the spread of the virus, they are not allowed to leave these units except in the case of emergency or for the purpose of COVID testing. No guests are allowed in any of the residence units and students must not stand in doorways to converse with others. Incidents of students violating these COVID mitigation policies are being investigated under the Student Code of Conduct.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at Covid19Nurse@Brocku.ca

    Students in isolation are reminded they can contact their residence don or Residence Life staff for help. The service desk is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.

  • Update on Brock’s COVID-19 outbreak

    The number of on-campus residence students testing positive for COVID-19 stands at 28 as of Tuesday, March 30.

    Brock continues to work closely with Niagara Region Public Health after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in student residences last week.

    On Tuesday, the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently isolating in self-contained residence units on campus was clarified to be 28.

    Including those students, there are just under 70 students currently isolating in relation to the declared outbreak.

    The University is supporting students with the delivery of food and other necessary supplies and Residence Life Staff are regularly checking on them. The residence service desk is available to them by phone 24/7.

    Those in isolation are being reminded that, under Public Health regulations intended to manage the spread of the virus, they are not allowed to leave these units except in the case of emergency or for the purpose of COVID testing. No guests are allowed in any of the residence units and students must not stand in doorways to converse with others. Incidents of students violating these COVID mitigation policies are being investigated under the student Code of Conduct.

    This is a very challenging time. Brock understands an outbreak causes anxiety and stress. The University appreciates the co-operation of the entire campus community as together, we work to overcome these challenges.

    Any students who are experiencing symptoms or have a medical concern are asked to contact Student Health Services immediately at covid19nurse@brocku.ca

    Students in isolation are reminded they can contact their residence don or Residence Life staff for help. The service desk is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The University reminds all members of the Brock community, students, faculty and staff, to respect and adhere to public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Further updates will be provided as they become available.