Nipissing University Update on Coronavirus

Update: Ontario Declares Provincial Emergency & Issues Stay-at-Home Order

COVID-19 Update

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Dear students/faculty/staff,

Today the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts declared a second provincial emergency effective immediately. Additionally, effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. 

These measures are being put in place in response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the real and looming threat of the collapse of the province's hospital system and alarming risks posed to long-term care homes as a result of high COVID-19 transmission rates.

A summary of the announcement can be found here.

The University will continue to closely monitor and follow advice from government and public health officials and adapt as required to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

For any questions regarding these protocols and processes, please email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

Impact on University Employees

The University will remain in Phase 0 of its Return to Campus Framework. On February 22, 2021 Nipissing University will transition back to its previous phase of operations, which is Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Framework unless restrictions are extended. Further details will be communicated as they become available.

All employees who can work from home, must work from home. Only those employees required to perform essential duties as defined by the province and who are unable to work from home are expected to work on campus. Further details will be provided by your supervisor/Dean.

For any employees who need to collect supplies, mail, or additional technology equipment in order to work from home, further details will be forthcoming from Facilities.

Impact on Research

Research Recovery is transitioning back to Stage 1. All research is to be done remotely and without the use of face to face data collection. Stage 1 Research Recovery allows researchers to gain access to their research spaces temporarily to retrieve data necessary to continue working remotely. All currently active Stage 1, Stage 2 and Field Work requests will be closed. 

Researchers can expect a communication from ROMEO informing them of the closure of these files. Researchers interested in gaining access to Nipissing campus should complete a new Stage 1 request. Information on the different stages as well as Field Work is provided in the Research Recovery document located on the COVID-19, research-specific, FAQ. There you will also find a link to ROMEO to create an account and access these requests. 

Library Services

The library will be offering curbside pick up. More information on this service will be forthcoming. Questions can be directed to nancyblack@nipissingu.ca.

What does this mean for Winter Term classes?

Nipissing University remains operational through services via online or alternative means.

At this time, winter term courses will be delivered online until after Reading Week (February 22, 2021). The University will continue to closely monitor and follow advice from government and public health officials and adapt as required to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Further information regarding placements, clinicals, and practicals will be communicated from your department if changes are needed.

What does this mean for residence, student services and campus access?

While the University is in Phase 0 of its Return to Campus Framework, access to campus buildings will be restricted. Students will be able to access services via online or alternative means. Students will be informed when it is possible to access campus again for approved services. 

Students living in residence will receive a separate communication with additional information. Any questions regarding residence can be directed to residence@nipissingu.ca.

Supports that are still available while the campus is closed

During these challenging times, we’d like to remind all members of the Lakers community that despite being distanced from one another, you are not alone, and the supports available through our Nipissing community remain available to you.


Additional Resources: 

  • Technology Services: If employees require any additional technological resources in order to work from home, please contact UTS via https://helpdesk.nipissingu.ca 
  • Employee Assistance Program:  We appreciate the stress this may be causing our students and the burdens it places on our departments and members of the Nipissing community. Aspiria, Nipissing’s confidential Employee Assistance Provider, is available to employees and their dependents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost www.aspiria.ca    
  • For additional questions, employees are welcome to contact coronavirus@nipissingu.ca 

January 7 - Update: Provincewide Lockdown Extension

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Dear students/faculty/staff,

Today the Ontario government announced that it will be extending the provincewide lockdown until January 23, 2021.  As a result, the University will remain in Phase 0 of its Return to Campus Framework which will remain in effect until January 23, 2021. On January 25, Nipissing University will transition to Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Framework.  All courses that were scheduled for in person delivery, will transition online for as long as the provincewide lockdown is in place.

What does this mean for employees?

Only those employees required to perform essential duties as defined by the province are expected to work on campus.  This includes:

  • Facilities & Maintenance
  • Residence Services
  • University Technology Services
  • Caretaking/Custodial
  • Finance
  • Admissions
  • HR/Payroll
  • Shipping & Receiving.  

All other employees are expected to work from home until January 23, 2021. Should the lockdown period be extended past January 23, 2021, further updates will be provided.  For any employees that need access to campus to collect additional technology equipment in order to work from home, or have additional questions, please talk to your direct supervisor or Dean.  

The following information has also been provided to students:

What does this mean for Winter Term classes?

Nipissing University remains operational through services via online or alternative means.

At this time, winter term courses will be delivered online until January 23, 2021. The University will continue to closely monitor and follow advice from government and public health officials and adapt as required to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Further information regarding placements and practicals will be communicated from your department if changes are needed.

What does this mean for residence, student services and campus access?

While the University is in Phase 0 of its Return to Campus Framework, access to campus buildings will be restricted.  Students will be able to access services via online or alternative means.  Once the lockdown status has been lifted, students will once again be able to access campus for approved services.

Students living in residence will receive additional communication with more information.  Any questions regarding residence can be directed to residence@nipissingu.ca.

Returning to North Bay

There are currently no specific restrictions for interprovincial travel within Ontario, though the situation is evolving rapidly.  Individuals are strongly encouraged to self isolate if they are returning to North Bay from another region, or if they have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or develop symptoms. Please review our FAQ page as it relates to travel and self isolation protocols. 

Individuals who arrive or return to Ontario from outside the province during the provincewide shutdown period should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.  International students entering or returning to Canada are required to quarantine as per the Government of Canada Quarantine Act.

The University will continue to closely monitor and follow advice from government and public health officials and adapt as required to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

For any questions regarding these protocols and processes, please email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.