Nipissing University Update on Coronavirus

Update: Stay-at-Home Order Extension

COVID-19 Update

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Today, the provincial government announced that it would be extending the provincewide stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks, until May 20, 2021. Nipissing University will remain in Phase 0 - Restricted Campus Access of its Return to Campus Framework for the duration of the stay-at-home order. More details regarding what phase the University will move to after the stay-at-home order is lifted will be communicated as details become available.

All employees who can work from home, must continue to 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.

Spring/Summer Courses

All Spring/Summer courses will be scheduled to begin on May 3 in accordance with the provincewide stay-at-home order. More details will be communicated as information becomes available.

Campus Services

At this time, the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre remains closed. Information regarding library services can be found at www.eclibrary.ca. For any questions regarding residence, please contact residence@nipissingu.ca.

Vaccine Information 

Information regarding vaccine roll out in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region can be found on the Health Unit website.

Travel

University-related travel including for research is not permitted at this time unless approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research. 

Research

Research Recovery requests will continue to be processed. Currently Stage 1 requests with the intent to access campus for the retrieval of data in order to continue working from home are open. Stage 2 (recurring entry on campus) requests will be processed on a case by case basis if deemed essential.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

Supports that are still available while campus access is restricted

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 

April 7 - Provincewide Stay-at-Home Order: Nipissing to Remain in Phase 0 of Return to Campus Framework

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Today, the provincial government announced that it would be imposing a provincewide stay-at-home order, effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 for a period of four weeks. This includes the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region. As a result, Nipissing University will remain in Phase 0 - Restricted Campus Access of its Return to Campus Framework for the duration of the stay-at-home order. More details regarding what phase the University will move to after the stay-at-home order is lifted will be communicated as details become available.

All employees who can work from home, must continue to 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.

The University is planning to return to Phase 2 of its Return to Campus Framework on May 6, 2021, should the emergency brake be lifted after the four-week period. This means that those employees approved to return to campus in Phase 2 would return on May 6, 2021.

Vaccine Information

Information regarding vaccine roll out in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region can be found on the Health Unit website.

Spring/Summer Semester

All Spring/Summer courses will be scheduled to begin on May 6 in accordance with the provincewide stay-at-home order. More details will be communicated as information becomes available.

Campus Services

At this time, the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre remains closed. Information regarding library services can be found at www.eclibrary.ca. For any questions regarding residence, please contact residence@nipissingu.ca.

Travel

University-related travel including for research is not permitted at this time unless approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research. 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

 

April 1 - Nipissing to Remain in Phase 0 of Return to Campus Framework

COVID-19 Update

Today, the provincial government announced that it would be imposing a provincewide emergency brake, effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 for a period of at least four weeks. This includes the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region. As a result, Nipissing University will remain in Phase 0 - Restricted Campus Access of its Return to Campus Framework for the duration of the shutdown.

All employees who can work from home, must continue to 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.

The University is planning to return to Phase 2 of its Return to Campus Framework on May 3, 2021, should the emergency brake be lifted after the four-week period. This means that those employees approved to return to campus in Phase 2 would return on May 3, 2021. 

Spring/Summer Semester

All Spring/Summer courses scheduled to begin on May 3 will continue as planned unless otherwise communicated.

Campus Services

At this time, the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre remains closed. Information regarding library services can be found at www.eclibrary.ca. For any questions regarding residence, please contact residence@nipissingu.ca.

Easter Weekend Reminders from the Health Unit

As the Easter weekend approaches, earlier today, the Health Unit issued a reminder to all residents to continue to follow public health measures including physical distancing, wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings.

Travel

University-related travel including for research is not permitted at this time unless approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research. 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca

March 24 - Transition to Phase 2 of Return to Campus Framework

COVID-19 Update

Now that the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region has moved to the “Yellow - Protect” zone of the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework, over the next two weeks, Nipissing University will gradually transition to “Phase 2 - Limited Campus Access” of its Return to Campus Framework. Phase 2 will officially take effect on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. 

Employees should speak with their supervisor or dean regarding their department’s plans for the transition to Phase 2.

More details regarding the on-campus services and amenities that will be available during Phase 2 (i.e. athletics facilities and library services) will be forthcoming. 

Please note that the Return to Campus Framework has been updated to reflect changes in provincial guidelines and to provide clarity on how Nipissing University’s Return to Campus Framework fits within the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

Building Access 

All faculty and staff must use the main Nipissing entrance to access the Education Centre building. Active screening will take place at the door. Please have your completed self-assessment ready upon arrival.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in all common spaces on campus. Wearing a mask or face covering is also recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.

Residence

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

Research

Stage 1, Stage 2 and local field work research recovery requests will continue to be processed.

Travel

A reminder that University-related travel including for research is not permitted at this time unless approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

March 19 - Nipissing preparing to transition to Phase 2 of Return to Campus Framework

COVID-19 Update

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

This evening, the provincial government announced that the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region will move to the “Yellow - Protect” zone of the province’s colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework, effective Monday, March 22, 2021.

In light of this announcement, Nipissing University will begin preparations to return to Phase 2 of its Return to Campus Framework, “Limited Campus Access”, however the exact date of this transition will be communicated next week. The university remains in Phase 0 at this time.

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 on Monday. All other employees currently working from home will be provided with two weeks notice prior to being required to return campus.

More details on when the university will be transitioning to Phase 2 and what campus access and services will look like during that phase will be forthcoming early next week.

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

March 5 - Nipissing Remains in Phase 0 of Return to Campus Framework

COVID-19 Update

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Today the provincial government announced that the North Bay Parry Sound District public health region will enter the “Red - Control” zone of the province’s colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework, effective Monday, March 8, 2021.

Considering the restrictions under the “Red-Control” zone, Nipissing University will remain in Phase 0 of its Return to Campus Framework - “Restricted Campus Access” until further notice.

The R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre remains closed. Information regarding library services can be found at www.eclibrary.ca.

For any questions regarding residence, please contact residence@nipissingu.ca.

Travel

Reminder: The Health Unit is recommending that the public practice the following:

Staff and Faculty Impacts

All employees who can work from home, must continue to 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.

Research

Research Recovery requests will continue to be processed. Currently Stage 1 requests with the intent to access campus for the retrieval of data in order to continue working from home are open. Stage 2 (recurring entry on campus) requests will be processed on a case by case basis if deemed essential. Once Nipissing University transitions to Phase 2, further Research Recovery request applications will become available. The Research Ethics Board continues to accept and process applications.

University-Related Travel

A reminder that university-related travel including for research is not permitted at this time unless approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research.

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

February 24 - Spring/Summer and Fall 2021 Course Delivery

Fiddleheads near campus pond

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

With the recent announcement that winter classes will remain online for the remainder of the term, you are probably wondering how the upcoming Spring/Summer and Fall 2021 terms are going to take shape.

Although the pandemic doesn’t offer us the luxury of certainty, planning for the future and our return to campus is underway. I am pleased to share that Nipissing University is actively planning to offer as many undergraduate and graduate courses in person this Spring/Summer and Fall 2021 as possible while adhering to public health guidelines.

While many of you are eager to return to in-person learning, we know some of you also enjoy or require the flexibility of remote learning. With that in mind, we will continue to offer students the option of mixing online and in-person courses to customize their academic journey.

At Nipissing, we are proud of our personalized student experience and strong student support services. This commitment remains unchanged and we will continue to transition student services back on site where possible. Residences will also remain open and operational in accordance with public health guidelines.

Over the last number of months, we have learned many lessons and will continue to adapt and improve our plans and processes informed by this experience. Thank you to all students, faculty and staff for your ongoing resilience in the face of so many changes.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and broader community will continue to guide our decision making and we look forward to the day when we welcome all of you back to campus. More details and updates will be shared with you as plans evolve. 

Stay well,

Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila
Provost and Vice-President, Academic & Research

February 19 - Winter Term Classes Remain Online Following Extension of Stay at Home Order

COVID-19 Update

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Today, the provincial government announced that the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit will continue to remain under shutdown and stay-at-home orders until at least March 8 before returning to the province’s colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework (the “Framework”). Closer to March 8, the government and public health officials will determine which zone our region will enter depending on the trends in public health indicators.

As a result, winter term courses will be delivered online for the remainder of the term.

Nipissing University remains in Phase 0 its Return to Campus Framework - “Restricted Campus Access”.

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (North Bay campus) and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education programs will receive a separate communication regarding their practical courses and/or placements.

Reminder: The Health Unit is recommending that the public practice the following:

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

Employee Impact

On March 8, 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 continue to 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. 

Research

Research Recovery requests will continue to be processed. Currently Stage 1 requests with the intent to access campus for the retrieval of data in order to continue working from home are open. Stage 2 (recurring entry on campus) requests will be processed on a case by case basis if deemed essential. Once Nipissing University transitions to Phase 2, further Research Recovery request applications will become available. The Research Ethics Board continues to accept and process applications. 

Travel

A reminder that university-related travel including for research is not permitted at this time unless approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research. 

If you choose to travel outside of the district, isolate for 14 days prior to leaving and isolate for 14 days upon return. For information on what self-isolation means, visit:

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

February 12 - North Bay Parry Sound District Shutdown Extension

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Today the provincial government announced the transition of twenty-seven public health regions out of the shutdown and into a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the "Framework"). The North Bay Parry Sound District, will remain in the shutdown, and the Stay-at-Home order will remain in place. All existing public health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply to our health region until February 22.

We will communicate details regarding the impact on campus operations once we receive confirmation regarding the colour code for our district.

Further details regarding any changes to in-person course delivery, if any, will be communicated next week. Please note that students have the option to continue to learn online for the remainder of the term if that is required, or should they choose. 

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

February 11 - Update on Winter Term

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Dear students,

Earlier this week, the provincial government announced that public health units will gradually transition to the revised colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework (the “Framework”). Until then, shutdown and stay-at-home orders will remain in effect.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region is currently scheduled to return to the Framework and no longer be subject to the shutdown and stay-at-home orders on February 16, however this date may change depending on the trends in local public health indicators. At this time, we do not know what colour will be assigned to our health unit district.

Based on the information we know to date, courses scheduled to take place on campus beginning February 22 will move forward as planned unless otherwise communicated. Please note that you have the option to continue to learn online for the remainder of the term should you so choose. 

Any changes to campus access will be communicated once we receive confirmation of the colour code assigned to our health unit district.

Students in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program will receive a separate communication regarding new safety measures for in-person course instruction.

For any questions regarding residence operations, please contact residence@nipissingu.ca.

Reminder re: Reading Week Travel

Any form of travel outside of the district is strongly discouraged. Individuals returning to North Bay from outside of the district are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days. For information on what self-isolation means, visit:

If you have any questions regarding Nipissing’s protocols or processes related to COVID-19, email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

February 3 - Clarification re: Self-Isolation Protocol

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Dear students,

Following yesterday’s email communication, we understand there was some confusion regarding self-isolation protocols for individuals leaving or returning to the district. To clarify, the Health Unit is recommending that the public practice the following:

  • Do not travel out of the district unless for urgent or medical reasons.
  • If you choose to travel, isolate for 14 days prior to leaving the district and isolate for 14 days upon return.

Should you require further clarification, please contact coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

February 2 - What to Expect After Reading Week

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Dear students,

As Reading Week approaches, we wanted to provide some details regarding what to expect after Reading Week, assuming the provincial state of emergency and stay-at-home order are lifted.

Nipissing 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. Should provincial restrictions be extended, further information will be provided regarding the impact on on-site classes and services.

Winter Term Course Delivery

Online courses will continue to be delivered online. Courses scheduled to be delivered on site will resume the week of February 22, unless restrictions are extended. 

Reading Week Travel

Any form of travel outside of the district is strongly discouraged. Individuals returning to North Bay from outside of the district are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days. For information on what self-isolation means, visit:

Building Access & On-Campus Services After Reading Week

Currently the University is operating in Phase 0 of its Return to Campus Framework. After Reading Week, Nipissing University will be operating in Phase 2 of its Return to Campus Framework “Limited Campus Access” which will allow students to once again visit campus for approved services and to attend on-site courses.  

Building Access
  • During Phase 2, students will be permitted to visit campus for approved services and to attend on-site classes. Nipissing University staff will be on site at the front entrance to screen individuals and direct them to the services they need.  
Face Coverings
  • The Nipissing Parry Sound District Health Unit mandated the use of face coverings while in certain enclosed spaces, effective Friday, July 24, 2020. Face coverings are required in all common spaces on campus. Wearing a mask or face covering is now also recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.
Food Services
  • During Phase 2, food services on campus will remain closed.
Library
  • Updates regarding access to the library during Phase 2 will be posted to the Library website.
Athletics Centre
  • More information regarding the reopening of the Athletics Centre during Phase 2 will be posted to the athletics website.
Campus Shop
  • During Phase 2, the Campus Shop will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Customers must set up an appointment (email 0914asm@follett.com), pass the COVID screening, and wear a mask to access the store. Online shopping is encouraged. There will be a pick-up process available as well as a shipping option.
Residence
  • Residence remains open and is operating at reduced capacity.

January 20 - Course Withdrawal & Refund Deadline Extension

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Dear students,

We know students are experiencing unique challenges related to the pandemic.  Based on those considerations and student feedback, Nipissing University will be extending both the course withdrawal and tuition refund deadlines for Winter Term.

Course Withdrawal Deadline

The last day to withdraw (academically) from FW & WI courses is now April 2. Should you choose to withdraw from a course in WebAdvisor, your numerical grade will be replaced with a WDR notation on your transcript. This notation will not impact your GPA, however you will not be able to retain credit for any coursework completed, and you will need to repeat the course in the future if it is a program requirement or a prerequisite for another course.

If you have any questions regarding course withdrawal and its impact on your studies, please contact: advising@nipissingu.ca

Refund Deadline Extension

The last day to drop a winter 3, 6 or 9-credit course and receive a full refund has been extended to January 29. This does not apply to winter courses less than 3 credits

Further details regarding tuition refunds can be found here. 

January 12 - 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.

January 7 - 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.