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  • Brock community reminded to stay vigilant as pandemic measures continue

    The Government of Ontario announced significant additional measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, April 16 and Brock University is reminding its community about its own pandemic response measures.

    The University has been operating in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown) of its own COVID-19 response framework since late March in response to an outbreak in its on-campus student residences.

    Although that outbreak has stabilized and only one student remains in isolation on campus, Brock will remain in Stage 1 of its response until at least May 5, when the provincewide lockdown has been extended until.

    Under Brock Stage 1, all Winter Term final exams, which run until Friday, April 23, are being held in a virtual format and multiple areas on campus are closed (see full list of measures below).

    The Spring Term starts on Monday, May 3 and the vast majority of courses will begin the term in an online format.

    Brock faculty and staff are reminded that all existing measures put in place early in the pandemic remain in effect until further notice, such as a ban on all business travel, the need for face coverings to be worn in all areas on campus, and that anyone who is able to be working from home must be doing so.

    In addition, the following measures are in place as long as the University remains in Brock Stage 1 (Grey/Lockdown):

    • The majority of Spring Term classes will start the term in an online format.
    • 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.
    • Beginning April 27, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections will be open by appointment to Brock faculty and student researchers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At least 24 hours notice is required to make an appointment. For more information, visit the Archives and Special Collections website.
    • Time-sensitive research, including some in-person human research can be authorized. See the Research FAQs for more information.
    • In any additional operational areas of campus where the risk of transmission is high, mitigation measures are being taken.
  • Brock University COVID-19 update for April 16

    As of Friday, April 16, 65 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved. Two students remain in isolation on campus in relation to the outbreak.

    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.

    Separate from the cases arising from the outbreak, a member of the Brock community tested positive for COVID-19. They were last on campus Friday, April 9 and the areas the person had visited are receiving additional cleaning. Contact tracing is currently underway.

    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 14

    As of Wednesday, April 14, 65 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved. Two cases in the Brock community remain active. Three students remain in isolation on campus in relation to the outbreak.

    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.

    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 9

    As of Friday, April 9, 54 of the cases involving Brock University residence students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have been resolved and five 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 18 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 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.