Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

  • Brock to extend online classes through Winter Term

    Following a decision by the University Senate, Brock University today announced it will continue with primarily online classes for the full academic year, extending the current academic model through the Winter Term that runs from January to April.

    As a result of this decision, the current timetable for the Winter Term will be reviewed.  A revised timetable should be available to students in November.

    While courses will continue to be delivered primarily online in the Winter Term, a limited number of courses for which no online alternative exists will be offered on campus, as is the case in the Fall Term. For the Fall Term, only a few hundred students are taking courses on campus at any given time. Brock’s total full- and part-time enrolment levels are around 19,000.

    With a reduced student presence on campus, fewer staff are required on site to support a wide range of normal campus activities, from food services and library operations to administering parking and residences. Many staff are working primarily or entirely from home in the Fall Term. Brock will soon be releasing guidance to staff about what they should expect for the Winter Term as well.

    Lynn Wells, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, said the University has chosen to continue with primarily online instruction in the Winter Term due to continued uncertainty posed by the pandemic. The University also recognized the undue burden that would be placed on students should they be required to relocate to the Niagara region at the beginning of the winter months.

    “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brock has made the health of our students, staff and faculty our priority and we will continue to do so,” said Wells. “Many universities in Ontario have already begun to announce that they plan to continue instruction primarily online in the winter, and today Brock is joining that group.”

    This summer, Brock unveiled its own five-stage pandemic recovery plan that outlines levels of campus operations based on current public health guidelines.

    On Sept. 1, the University moved from Brock Stage 2 to Brock Stage 3, which loosened some of the restrictions on campus activity and access. It is expected the University will remain at Brock Stage 3 until at least January 2021.

  • As unique Fall Term arrives, here’s what you need to know

    The start of Fall Term represents a unique moment in the history of Brock University.

    As classes get underway primarily online on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the University experience may look different from past years as we take steps in support of the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. Brock is committed to delivering to students a high-quality education and providing the outstanding experience while taking steps to address COVID-19.

    Most importantly, the University will provide a teaching and learning environment that puts the health, safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff as the top priority. You can also support the effort by following public health and Brock health protocols.

    Below, you’ll find more information about what to expect as classes get underway. Links included throughout will provide more detailed information on each area.

    While the provincial government is allowing varying degrees of activities and openness for different parts of Ontario based on each region’s COVID-19 caseload, Brock has its own five-stage pandemic recovery plan that outlines levels of campus operations based on current public health guidelines.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the University will move from Brock Stage 2 to Brock Stage 3, which will loosen some of the restrictions on campus activity and access. It is expected that the University will remain at Brock Stage 3 until at least January 2021.

    Academic Plan

    Under Brock Stage 3, almost all teaching and learning in the Fall Term will be conducted online, with only a small number of classes requiring specialized spaces or equipment to be held in person.

    Of Brock’s nearly 19,000 students, approximately five per cent will attend in-person classes, with never more than 200 on campus at any one time. Where those classes are required, the University has made modifications to classrooms and public spaces to follow public health guidelines regarding physical distancing and hygiene.

    For those with in-person classes:

    • Face coverings are required in all public spaces on Brock’s campuses. Students who are on campus for classes must wear a face covering while in the classroom.
    • Seating will also be spaced apart to follow physical distancing regulations.
    • In-person classes have been scheduled to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between each session.
    • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at classroom podiums. Instructors will be required to wear face coverings while teaching if they move away from behind the barriers.
    • Brock continues to support experiential education and student work experience in person, as long as the experience follows public health guidelines. See the Co-op, Career and Experiential Education website for more information.

    For those with online classes:

    • With the vast majority of courses taking place online, students should watch their Brock email and the Sakai teaching and learning platform for course updates from instructors in the coming days.
    • For Fall Term courses held online, mid-term and final exams will also be held in an online format. Students will not be required to come to campus to complete any exams.

    Academic Advising:

    • Central Academic Advising and departmental academic advising services are available remotely for student appointments and inquiries.
    • Visit brocku.ca/academic-advising for service options.
    • To connect with an academic advisor from a specific department, visit the Find Your Advisor page.

    Fall Convocation:

    • Similar to Spring Convocation, Brock’s Fall Convocation will be held online as the University continues to follow public health guidelines around large gatherings.
    • A virtual celebration is set to go live on a special website on Friday, Oct. 16, with approximately 800 graduands experiencing a personalized online Convocation.
    • In addition to the online portal, graduands will be invited to a future in-person event when it is safe to host large gatherings.
    • Students must submit an intent-to-graduate form to be included in the Fall Convocation graduating class. To do so, log into the student self-serve portal, click on the Student Access tab and then on GraduationApp.

    Accessing Brock Library:

    • Library services will mainly be provided online, with some limited access to collections and materials permitted.
    • Earlier this summer, Brock launched the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which provides electronic access to roughly one-third of the print books housed in Schmon Tower.
    • For more information on services and resources, please visit the Brock Library website or email libhelp@brocku.ca

    What about Winter Term?

    • Discussions about plans for the Winter Term are ongoing. All decisions will be made in consultation with public health officials and will prioritize the health and well-being of the Brock community. Brock will communicate the plans as soon as they become available.

    What’s open and closed on campus?

    Dining on campus

    • Guernsey Market will be open for the limited number of students living in residence and those attending in-person classes, as well as for staff and faculty on campus.
    • Hours are Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Credit, debit, tap, dining dollars and flex payments are available.

    Brock Card Office

    • Students living in residence or attending in-person classes will require a Brock Card for the Fall Term. Students are asked to check their Brock email for instructions on how to get their card for move in day.
    • The on-campus Brock Card office will be open with very limited hours. Visit the Brock Card website for more information.
    • Students attending only online classes for the Fall Term do not need a Brock card. To request a Brock Card, please visit the Brock Card website for more information. Students living off-campus in Niagara who would like a Brock Card are asked to visit the Brock Card website for more information on how to request a card.
    • All students are encouraged to visit the Brock Card website for more information.
    • The U-Pass Program is active for St. Catharines Transit and Niagara Transit. Students registered in 1.5+ credits can access transit with their Brock Card, without requiring a bus pass sticker for the Fall Term.

    Brock Central

    • Brock Central is working remotely to serve students this fall. The office remains closed to on-campus appointments.
    • Contact Brock Central for help with tuition payments, transcript requests, student account inquiries and more.
    • For quick assistance, visit the website for answers to Brock Central’s frequently asked questions.

    Campus Store

    Parking Services

    • Parking passes or daily paid parking will be required for all on-campus lots beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.
    • To speak to a member of the Parking Services team, please email parking@brocku.ca
    • All parking services, including permit sales, are available online at brocku.ca/parking

    Athletic and Recreation Facilities

    • The Walker Sports Complex will begin a phased re-opening for Brock students only on Tuesday, Sept. 8. However, pre-registration is mandatory for all access and activity.
    • Facilities initially opening will include the pool for lane swimming only, outdoor tennis courts, Alumni Field, a temporary fitness centre in Ian Beddis Gymnasium and courts in Beddis for limited badminton and basketball activities.
    • Change rooms and showers are only available for those using the pool as required by public health. No lockers will be available.
    • Students must visit brocku.ca/recreation for information about pre-registration and safety protocols.
    • Virtual fitness activities and virtual intramural events are available to all students. Follow @BrockRecreation on social media for details.
    • Access to Walker Sports Complex facilities and programs for the wider Brock community will take place in a slow, gradual manner and may not resume until the University progresses to Brock Stage 4 of its pandemic recovery plan.
    • The Fall Term varsity and club athletic season has been cancelled and a decision about a Winter Term season has not yet been announced.
    • Brock Sports decisions about resuming varsity and club training are being made on a sport-by-sport basis following public health regulations. All training sessions are booked in advance and student-athletes will be contacted by their coaches with more information.

    Computer labs and IT Help Desk

    • The Virtual IT Help Desk is available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. It can be accessed by submitting a help ticket or by phoning 905-688-5550 x4357.
    • An in-person IT Help Desk will be available in the Computer Commons from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, but clients are asked to first submit a help ticket to determine if the issue can be resolved remotely.
    • Under Stage 3 of Brock’s recovery plan, computer labs across campus will remain closed to students except those attending classes in specific labs during scheduled times.
    • Two virtual computer labs — one for Mac and one for Windows — will temporarily replace on-campus computer labs starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. Students will be able to log in from anywhere to access software typically found in the computer labs on campus, such as SPSS, SAS and Minitab. Faculty and instructors teaching in virtual labs have already been granted access.

    Being cyber-safe with Multi-Factor Authentication

    • In a move to protect Brock and its community from cyber-attacks, the University is adopting Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for faculty, staff and students.
    • Everyone must be enrolled by Oct. 7, and students wanting to use the virtual computer labs must be enrolled before use.
    • Current applications requiring MFA are Sakai, my.brocku.ca, Workday and Office 365.
    • Students who enroll before Sept. 11 will be entered to win prizes including an Xbox and one of two iPads.
    • Anyone without access to a smartphone or who has additional questions about the MFA process can email ithelp@brocku.ca
    • For more information about MFA, visit Brock’s Information Technology Services website.

    Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre

    Career Education and employer events

    • The on-campus CareerZone offices remain closed, but all services continue virtually.
    • All career advising appointments and employer-related events are available online through the CareerZone website.

    Students returning to Niagara

             On-campus residences

    • Following public health guidelines and recommendations, capacity of Brock’s on-campus residences has been greatly reduced. Fewer than 400 students are expected to be living on campus this fall.
    • Students will have to follow public health protocols when accessing campus buildings for dining and to attend any on-campus classes.
    • For all Residence Service Desk requests, email northdesk@brocku.ca, southdesk@brocku.ca, or phone x3706 or x4311.

    Students living off-campus

    International students

    • With the vast majority of Fall Term classes taking place online, only a small number of international students are expected to return to Niagara.
    • Brock has provided assurances to the Government of Canada that the University will follow its protocols for those students coming to campus from outside Canada. This includes a 14-day quarantine, a COVID-19 test on day four or five, and a COVID nurse being available to students to help them manage this protocol in order to ensure health, safety and well-being.
    • All students arriving to Brock from outside Canada must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place prior to arrival.
    • Some international students will be staying in on-campus residences, which have been modified to follow public health guidelines and recommendations.
    • For more information or to register as an international student planning to live in Niagara, visit the Brock International Services website.

    How to access campus

             Campus access

    • Under Brock Stage 3, access to campus remains strictly limited to persons whose functions are required to provide critical support to students, faculty, staff or campus operations.
    • Access to the main Brock campus in St. Catharines remains through specific entrances: the Rankin Family Pavilion, the Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex and, as of Tuesday, Sept. 1, a third entrance in South Block at the Art and Val Fleming Commons.
    • With 95 per cent of all Fall Term classes being held online, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Hamilton campus are only accessible by special request. Rodman Hall is closed for the Fall Term.
    • Anyone entering campus will need to go through a pre-screening process. Non-medical face coverings are mandatory.
    • Faculty members wishing to obtain access to their individual offices should fill out the Campus Access Request Form and apply through their Senior Administrative Council (SAC) leader.
    • Any member of the Brock University community wishing to request access to campus for any other type of activity should fill out the Resumption of University Activity Request Form and apply through their SAC leader.

    Brock Safety app

    • Anyone who is approved to come to campus is asked to use the Self-Assessment Screening Survey on the Brock Safety app in order streamline the entry process.
    • The app does not collect personal information and was created with assistance from Niagara Regional Public Health.

    Contact tracing

    • As it continues to safeguard students, faculty and staff, Brock has a plan in place to assist Niagara Region Public Health with contract tracing in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University.
    • If a positive case is found, Brock will work with Public Health to provide contact information in a safe and secure method regarding those who may have been exposed.
    • Public Health will then contact the individual as per the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, which provides a public health unit with the authority to investigate infectious disease.
    • Brock will follow guidance from public health officials when it comes to communicating with students, faculty and staff about any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.
    • For more details about contact tracing and what information will be collected or shared with public health units, please visit brocku.ca/coronavirus

    Faculty and research

             Expanded research plan

    Information for instructors

    • Faculty or staff members wishing to obtain access to their individual offices should fill out the Campus Access Request Form and apply through their Senior Administrative Council (SAC) leader.
    • For faculty teaching in-class lectures, protective barriers have been installed around podiums and students are being asked to wear protective face coverings in classrooms. Faculty are asked to wear face coverings if they move from behind the protective barriers at the front of the classrooms.

    Brock staff update

             Return to work

    • Some staff will return to campus, but only those who are required to be on-site to fulfill their duties. For those areas where limited staff will return, modifications are being made to workspaces and scheduling to ensure physical distancing and health and safety.
    • Face coverings are required for all common areas and shared offices on campus. Staff approved to be on campus will be contacted for information about obtaining Brock-branded face coverings.
    • Parking permits are required in on-campus lots starting Tuesday, Sept. 1.
    • Access to all parts of campus must be made through one of the three entrance points listed above (Rankin Family Pavilion; Cairns Complex; South Block).
  • Research access expanding as Brock moves into Stage 3

    With Brock University set to move from Stage 2 to 3 of its pandemic recovery plan on Tuesday, Sept. 1, access to research facilities has expanded for faculty members and graduate students effective immediately.

    The new access plan expands on Brock’s Plan for Expanded Access to Research Facilities and Sites During Pandemic released earlier this summer. Drafted by the Research Access Task Force chaired by Associate Vice-President, Research, Michelle McGinn, the Plan received input and proposals from more than 400 researchers and graduate students. It provided a comprehensive outline of access plans and safety requirements for the resumption of research activities.

    The Research Access Task Force included the Associate Deans of Research and representatives from the Library, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Students’ Association, Brock LINC, Faculty Relations and the departments of Health, Safety and Wellness, and Facilities Management.

    Earlier this week, the Task Force released an updated plan, which provides guidance to cover research activities in each of Brock’s five stages including in-person research with human participants which has largely been suspended since March.

    “This plan respects both the University’s mandate to support continued research and training opportunities, and the essential need for professional and public health and safety in a time of changing pandemic conditions,” said Tim Kenyon, Vice-President, Research. “Only through constructive and detailed input from the research community, and with enormous effort from the Research Access Task Force, could we find a nuanced balance for such a wide range of spaces, facilities, needs and types of research.”

    Consistent with the process implemented in June, researchers looking to access research facilities and sites on or off campus will apply through their Associate Dean, Research through the following steps:

    1. Researchers read and understand the following guidance documents from Brock University Health, Safety and Wellness:

    2. Researchers complete COVID-19 safety training on Sakai (for employees or students as relevant), as well as any applicable required department-specific training.

    3. Faculty researchers submit the following access request documents to their Associate Dean Research to request authorization for research activities for themselves and any supervisees:

    4. Student researchers will be directed to confirm that they are willing to undertake research in pandemic conditions.

    5. If the Associate Dean determines the proposed research activity is consistent with the pandemic conditions and endorses the request, it will be forwarded to the Academic Safety Committee and Health, Safety and Wellness for detailed review of the identified risk-mitigation plans.

    6. Faculty researchers will be notified by Health, Safety and Wellness when research activity has been authorized according to an accepted risk-mitigation plan.

    7. If relevant, faculty researchers provide the approved access request documents and notification of authorization to relevant regulatory bodies, including

    8. Researchers will be scheduled for access to on-campus spaces (if relevant) once they have confirmed with the Associate Dean Research that authorization and regulatory clearance are in place.

    All planning and research activity under revised plan must be conducted in light of the prospect that provincial orders and public health guidelines may call for greater restrictions in the future, with appropriate preparations for winding down operations should that be necessary.

    For more information on Brock’s research activities across the stages of pandemic and recovery, see the stages chart on Page 5 of the new research access plan.

  • Looking at Fall: Brock community must collectively continue to manage the pandemic

    Thanks to hard work and dedication by Brock students, faculty and staff, Brock University successfully navigated the past six months as the world dealt with the fallout of an unprecedented pandemic. That same level of cooperation and commitment will be needed in the months ahead as Brock continues to address COVID-19 and its effects.

    In what will be a busy Fall, most campus operations will remain modified from ‘normal’ as Brock continues taking careful steps to deliver services, academic programs and research capacity while protecting personal safety.

    “There have been difficult decisions to make, shared sacrifices and a commitment to doing the work of the University in different ways,” says President Gervan Fearon.

    “Over these months, our students, faculty, researchers and staff have worked together to ensure we place the health and well-being of each other first, and to ensure that Brock is a responsible member of the broader Niagara and Ontario communities as we all work together to mitigate the impacts of this virus.”

    This week, a major advance was achieved with the introduction of a new tool for tracking the status of campus operations and indicating specific levels of response and recovery.

    Stages for Pandemic Response and Recovery lists five different stages of activity that campus operations can be set at, based on current public health guidelines. For each stage the document indicates corresponding levels of access and activity for more than 20 categories of groups or facilities at Brock.

    Currently the University is in Stage 2. On Sept. 1, as Fall term is set to begin, the University is to advance to Stage 3, with further loosening of some restrictions on campus activity and access. In order to allow for a safe and orderly resumption, not all transitions will happen at once. It is expected that the University will remain at Stage 3 until at least January 2021.

    Under Stage 3:

    • As previously scheduled, some limited in-person classes will be held. Students in these classes require access to specialized spaces or equipment. Almost all of the teaching and learning in the Fall term will continue to be conducted online. You can read more about the Fall Academic Plan here. Where in-person classes are required, the University is making modifications to classrooms and in public spaces to ensure health and well-being and to follow Public Health guidelines regarding physical distancing and hygiene.
    • There will be a continued easing of restrictions on research activity, with some time-sensitive and in-person human research now permitted. Researchers must follow the Plan for Expanded Access to Research Facilities and Sites During Pandemic that was released in June.
    • Library services will be provided mainly online, with some limited access to collections and materials permitted.
    • In the coming weeks, a smaller-than-usual number of students will move into Brock Residences. This housing plan has been drafted in consultation with Public Health and will allow for physical distancing and maintenance of social bubbles that align with health guidelines and advice.

    Campus Access

    Under Brock Stage 3, access to campus remains strictly limited to those whose jobs are required to provide critical support to students, faculty, staff or campus operations.

    Some staff will return to campus, but only those who are required to be on-site to fulfill their duties. For those areas where limited staff will return, modifications are being made to workspaces and scheduling to ensure physical distancing and health and safety. Anyone entering campus will need to go through a pre-screening process. Non-medical face coverings will be mandatory (as has been the case at Brock since July 1).

    Faculty members wishing to obtain access to their individual offices should fill out the Campus Access Request Form and apply through their Senior Administrative Council (SAC) leader.  Any member of the Brock University community wishing to request access to campus for any other type of activity should fill out the Resumption of University Activity Request Form and apply through their SAC leader.

    Everyone coming to campus will continue be pre-screened at the security desk entry points, and will still need to follow Public Health guidelines, including wearing a mask and maintaining safe distancing.

    People will also be required to maintain schedules that ensure safe distancing is maintained at all times, in all departments or work environments.

    Saving time:  New app lets people answer COVID-19 questions before they get to campus

    Brock is introducing a new Self-Assessment Screening Survey that streamlines entry for those who are approved to come to campus.

    The app does not collect personal information, but lets people answer in advance the same questions they’re currently asked when entering campus at access desks in the Rankin Family Pavilion or the Cairns Research Complex.

    Created with the assistance of Niagara Regional Public Health, the app can be accessed through the Brock Safety App, or at this link.

    Upon entry at one of the health screening stations at campus access points, people will be asked to display the results screen of their self-assessment. This will display the date and indicate if the person has shown symptoms or a probability of exposure to COVID-19. This self-assessment must be completed each day someone wishes to enter a Brock facility.

    Those who complete the screening and find that they should not be permitted entry as they display symptoms or a perhaps pose a higher risk of exposure are asked not to attend campus but to self-isolate and to contact their health care provider and/or Niagara Region Public Health for further assessment or support.

    Reminder on Research Access

    As Brock has enacted a number of measures in response to the pandemic, the Office of Research Services continues to provide services for our researchers. We ask that researchers allow extra time for us to process applications and other documentation during this challenging period.

    This summer, the Vice-President, Research issued a memo detailing expanded access to research facilities.

  • Brock COVID-19 update for Friday, July 17

    Here’s a look at some of the updates to Brock University’s COVID-19 response for Friday, July 17:

    Although parts of Ontario are moving into Stage 3 Friday, Niagara remains in Stage 2 under the provincial government’s recovery plan.

    Following public health guidelines, Brock University is also carefully moving forward with its own multi-stage recovery plan, guided by the key principle of keeping the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the community a top priority.

    As the University moves through the recovery process, students, faculty and staff are asked to monitor their Brock email addresses, as well as brocku.ca/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information.

     

    Registration for 2020-21 underway

    Course registration for the Fall and Winter Terms is nearing completion. Just one hour after registration opened for incoming Brock University students in the early hours of Monday, July 13, more than 2,500 students had already finished mapping out their courses for the upcoming academic year.

    Registration continues Monday, July 20 for students heading into their second year, and wraps up Wednesday for any students with fewer than five credits.

    A variety of resources and support, such as details on when and how to register for courses, has been provided by various areas of the Brock community, including the Office of the Registrar, Information Technology Services and University Marketing and Communications to alleviate any barriers students may face during the process.

     

    BU4U/Smart Start available to help first-year students

    Incoming students are being provided with extra support this year. Brock has prepared a new set of online orientation programs to help welcome and support first-year students as they transition to university life, virtually.

    In addition to the online version of the University’s Smart Start summer orientation program, Brock has also launched a set of additional online experiences, known as BU4U, designed to enhance student success and ease the transition to post-secondary learning.

    Over the next few weeks, a member of the BU4U team will contact students via their Brock email to describe how to get started.

     

    Face coverings now mandatory

    As of Wednesday, July 1, Brock is requiring that anyone entering on-campus buildings wear a non-medical face covering if they’re able to.

    Exceptions will be made if:

    • The person is unable to wear the face covering because it would inhibit their breathing for medical reasons.
    • The person cannot safely wear a face covering for any other medical reasons, such as having respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties, or difficulties in hearing or processing information.
    • For religious reasons, the person cannot wear a face covering or cannot wear a face covering in a manner which would properly control the source.
    • The person is a child under the age of two.

    While these face coverings are not required to be worn in single-person offices, they must be worn when maintaining two metres of physical distance is not possible or predictable, such as hallways, elevators, classrooms and restrooms.

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

      

    Student fees reduced for 2020-21

    In recognition of the challenges facing students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brock University along with the Brock University Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association have reduced their ancillary fees for the upcoming year.

    Collectively, these reductions will save students more than $4.2 million in the 2020-21 academic year. The full list of student fee savings can be found on the Student Accounts and Financial Aid webpage.

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

      

    Brock youth camps move online

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following public health guidelines, Brock had to make the difficult decision to cancel its popular summer kids camps.

    However, the Brock Recreation and Brock Sports teams have now launched Camps at Home, an online resource for parents and guardians to access lesson plans and website links for fun camp-related activities.

    Camps at Home does not require any registration or fees, has no maximum capacity and is fully accessible 24/7. The activities for campers cover everything from technology, the arts and science to aquatics, sports and adventure. 

    Read the full story in The Brock News.

     

    How to access Brock campus

    Access to the main Brock campus in St. Catharines remains through one of two entrances: the Rankin Family Pavilion and the Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex.

    Brock is guided by public health and Government of Ontario mandates on reopening, but we are considering ways of providing access to study space and libraries for current students. More information on the availability of all on-campus facilities, including athletics and recreation facilities will be released in the coming weeks.

     

    Morneau Shepell releases new resources for Brock employees

    Brock’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Morneau Shepell, has released new resources focused on adjusting to life post-pandemic.

    Articles on returning to work and school, self-care, talking to your children post-pandemic and ways to help the local community can all be found on Brock’s Employee Wellness website.

    Further resources and information can be found in Morneau Shepell’s COVID-19 toolkit or within their complimentary webinars.

     

    Mental health resources — update for students

    Brock is dedicated to supporting students with mental health resources.

    In-person counselling is currently not available; however, same-day drop-in counselling is still accessible. Email counselling@brocku.ca to be contacted via Microsoft Teams with an appointment time and a counsellor’s name.

    For 24/7 personal counselling phone 833-276-2533 (833-BROCK33).

    From Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., students can access Student Health Services (SHS) by phoning 905-688-5550 x3243 to leave a message and contact number, or by emailing referralstaff@brocku.ca

    Student Accessibility Services remains available for students and contact information can be found on the SAS website.

    If you have questions about COVID-19 symptoms and need to speak to a Student Health Services nurse, please email COVID19@brocku.ca

    For medical emergencies, students should phone 911.

  • COVID-19 signs installed on campus to help keep Brock community safe

    The COVID-19 safety signs that have become the norm in grocery stores and public areas will now be posted around campus to help keep the Brock University community safe. 

    Floor and wall signs will be distributed throughout Brock to encourage physical distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizing, face covering reminders and encouraging the use of reusable water bottle filling stations, as water fountains will be disabled.

    Read more on The Brock News

  • Researchers may access laboratories July 2 and 3 thanks to collaborative effort

    To the surprise and delight of faculty and staff, Brock announced last week that the University would be closing for an additional two days — Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3 ­— to fully enjoy the Canada Day holiday. The two days are considered holidays declared by President Gervan Fearon in addition to the ‘floater’ day already provided to eligible employees.

    However, despite the extended University closure, researchers who have been scheduled for access to their on-campus research spaces on these days are allowed to proceed at their discretion.

    The ability to continue research if desired to do so has been made possible by the generous contributions of staff members at Brock who are stepping in to work through the holidays to support researchers.

    Read more on The Brock News

  • Coming onto campus? Face coverings now required

    As of Wednesday, July 1, Brock University is requiring that anyone entering on-campus buildings wear a non-medical face covering if they’re able to.

    Anyone entering Brock’s main St. Catharines campus through one of the two available entry points, or other Brock campuses, must have a minimum of a fabric mask covering their mouth and nose. Exceptions will be made for those individuals for whom wearing a face covering poses health concern or other issues as described below.

    While these non-medical masks (sometimes referred to as community protective equipment) are not required to be worn in single-person offices, however face coverings must be worn when maintaining two metres of physical distance is not possible or predictable, such as hallways, elevators, classrooms and restrooms.

    Read more on The Brock News

  • Brock committed to experiential education

    Brock University’s 2020 Fall Term might look a little bit different than in past years, but students can rest assured knowing its commitment to being a national leader in experiential education is continuing.

    The University has been proud to offer experiential education in 100 per cent of its programs, and the opportunity for students to engage with work experiences directly related to their degree programs remains.

    The changes due to COVID-19 have impacted some work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences more than others, such as health care, where practicums were affected to protect the health and safety of students, frontline workers and the community.

    Read more on The Brock News

  • Brock Central’s virtual Call Centre now open to students

    Since the University’s operational changes in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brock Central team in the Office of the Registrar has been working remotely, along with the majority of the Brock community.

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