Frequently Asked Questions from the NU Community About Coronavirus

Updated: October 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

If you do not find the answer to your question below, please reach out to the appropriate department. Our teams are still available to support you as they work from home - view our contact page here.

Attention Students

Please refer to the Fall 2020 at a Glance page for student updates and FAQs

Fall Term 2020

What is Asynchronous Online Learning?

Asynchronous learning means that the instructor and the students in the course all engage with the course content at different times (and from different locations). Students move through course content as their schedules permit. Courses delivered asynchronously might include the use of assigned readings, uploaded media, online quizzes and discussion boards. The instructor guides students, and provides regular feedback and assessments.

What is Synchronous Online Learning?

Synchronous learning means that the instructor and the students in the course engage with the course content and each other at the same time, but from different locations. For example, the instructor holds live classes or meetings using tools such as Blackboard Collaborate to interact with students in real-time.

Will residence be open?

Nipissing remains committed to providing award winning residence life programming and accommodations to students during the 2020/2021 academic year, in accordance with provincial standards and regulations and sector best practices. All of Nipissing's residences are single room accommodations with individual cooking facilities and no main dining hall facilities, which would allow our students the opportunity to maintain social distancing and adhere to public health regulations and guidelines, if that is allowed.

We are aware that some students are from remote areas with limited connectivity, and some may need to have access to campus for additional support and facilities that are essential to their academic success that they do not have available at home. If public health and government guidelines allow, we look forward to welcoming you to campus, even if that means studying online from residence for the fall term.  If this is the case, instructions and rules for the safe use of community spaces will be in place in accordance with provincial and public health guidelines.

We are preparing for all scenarios, and are working on contingency plans to coordinate a phased approach for access to all of our campus amenities, if that is in accordance with public health guidelines. As more information becomes available from the government and health authorities, we will release further details.

What is going to happen to my residence deposit if residence isn’t open?

If we are unable to fully open in September as usual, based on regulations from public health, students will receive a prorated residence fee, dependent on the day which the offer of occupancy is made. Your deposit will remain on your student account and be applied to the term of the occupancy. You will not lose your deposit.

If you choose to cancel your application and receive a refund and then later decide to apply for January entry, you will be required to pay your deposit and we will provide accommodations as space permits.

Are classes happening this fall? If not, what will be done about labs and placements?

This fall, most classes will be delivered online.  We are currently working out details regarding labs and placements and more details will be sent out soon.  We have made significant investments to ensure adequate supports are in place for online learning, and will be welcoming students to campus for in person delivery as soon as it is safe to do so.

If labs and placements are not taking place, will entrance awards still be awarded?

All entrance awards are based on your average. Labs and placements do not affect entrance awards.

Do I need a parking pass to park on campus?

The online parking permit registration is now open to Nipissing University students. Students living in residence who have a vehicle are required to register for a parking pass and will be charged the regular fee. Instructions to access the registration have been sent to you via WebAdvisor.

Students periodically accessing services on the main campus this fall are asked to park in the visitor’s lot and must immediately report to Security Services to provide their license plate number in order to receive complimentary parking.  This process must be followed each time a student visits campus.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the Campus Security office directly at ext. 5555.

How do I get a bus pass? (Updated: September 15, 2020)

The bus pass will be offered as an opt-in option for students who will be residing in North Bay this fall. You will be able to opt-in for the bus pass when requesting your student ID card. To request a bus pass-enabled student card, please visit the following link for instructions: Student Card and Bus Pass Requests

Please note that if you have a photo on file, that image will be used for your card. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests to update existing photos at this time unless there is demonstrated need. If you do not have a photo on file, you will receive an invitation in your student email to submit one.

If you live outside of North Bay, your bus pass-enabled student card will be mailed to you. Please verify your mailing address on WebAdvisor prior to completing the request form. If you live in North Bay, you will be provided with instructions on how to pick your card up from campus.

Details regarding bus pass pickup were emailed to all students by University Technology Services.

How do I get my student card? (Updated: September 15, 2020)

To request a student card, or to order a bus pass-enabled student card, please visit the following link for instructions: Student Card and Bus Pass Requests

Please note that if you have a photo on file, that image will be used for your card. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests to update existing photos at this time unless there is demonstrated need. If you do not have a photo on file, you will receive an invitation in your student email to submit one.

If you live outside of North Bay, your student card will be mailed to you. Please verify your mailing address on WebAdvisor prior to completing the request form. If you live in North Bay, you will be provided with instructions on how to pick your card up from campus. 

Note: Student ID cards will not automatically be issued this year. You must request one if needed.

Details regarding student card pickup were emailed to all students by University Technology Services.

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 Nipissing community. Nipissing University will communicate the plans as soon as they become available.

Campus Life and Events

Can I access the main Education Centre building?

Students and community members will be able to access the main education building through the front entrance for pre-arranged services. Nipissing University staff will be onsite at the front entrance to screen individuals and direct them to the services they need.

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

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.

Are student lounges open?

At this time, student lounges are not open. More information in regards to a staged reopening of student lounges will be communicated as more information becomes available.

Are there any places open to eat on campus?

At this time there are no food services available on campus.

The Harris Learning Library is open (Updated: October 15, 2020)

The Harris Learning Library has reopened effective Tuesday, October 13. Access to the library is now available for Nipissing and Canadore students, staff and instructors.

COVID-19 Procedures & Guidelines

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, anyone entering the library must show proof of the completed self assessment and follow public health guidelines which include wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently.   

Seating is available for 166 people. If all seats are full, you will have to leave the library and return at another time.

Eating is permitted provided you bring your own food and ensure your area is clean before you leave. Food delivery is not permitted.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: Library hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Library staff will be pleased to provide assistance. 

Saturday/Sunday: The library will not be open Saturdays and Sundays, however, Library staff are available from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to provide assistance via phone or email: 

Curbside Service - Nipissing library users

Curbside service continues to be available Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sundays. Library items can be requested from within Nipissing Search.  Once you've identified an item you would like to borrow, you can request it from the item detail page. For assistance with requests, contact either the Info Desk or Circulation Services.

Community Borrowers

At this time, library access and library services are not available for community borrowers.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the library! For further information, please contact Nancy E. Black nancyblack@nipissingu.ca

Am I able to go to the bookstore to buy my books?

At this time, the Campus Shop is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 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 is a pick-up process available as well as a shipping option.

What has Nipissing University done to prepare for COVID-19?

Nipissing University continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation.

The University follows the advice of Public Health authorities, and as of March 18, 2020, all in-person classes transitioned to alternative formats. 

All events, speaker series presentations, exhibitions and gatherings of any size are cancelled.

Nipissing University’s Pandemic Plan and  Emergency Management Plan  are up to date and the university management team is meeting regularly to ensure our campus community is informed as more information becomes available. 

The following facilities are now closed to students: 

  • Robert J Surtees Athletics Center
  • Research labs
  • Studios
  • Animal labs
  • Central Analytical Facility
  • Computer labs

All onsite (face-to-face/in person) exams are cancelled, including exams scheduled at testing centres off campus. For those students on placement, please refer to your email for communication directly from your faculty department.

Effective March 18, 2020, many departments will be moving to off-site operations and supervisors will be directing staff, where possible, to work from home.  As an additional precaution and in keeping with the Prime Minister's recent recommendation for Canadians to stay home in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, restricted building access will come into effect Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. This applies to all campus buildings other than residence facilities. Residence remains open as we work with residence staff and students living in residence to facilitate move-out.

In accordance provincial government orders, Nipissing University employees, other than those who have required duties on campus, will continue working from home until June 2, 2020. At that time operations will be reassessed in line with the directives of the government in an effort to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. It is important to clarify that faculty will not have access to their offices during this time.

As this is a very fluid situation, we will continue to monitor closely and provide updates as appropriate.

Our students continue to be at the centre of everything we do and remain central to our contingency planning.  We are doing our best to maintain supports offered through Student Development and Services, including Student Accessibility Services, Student Learning and Transitions and Student Counselling Services. Please contact sds@nipissingu.ca for any questions relating to student supports.

For those students living in residence, please refer to the communication issued directly from residence regarding residence operations.

Additional hand sanitizer stations have also been installed at various locations on campus.  

The best way to protect yourself is through prevention. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick 

Is the R.J. Surtees Athletics Centre open? (Updated: October 23, 2020)

The R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre will be entering stage two (of three) of its staged reopening as of September 28, 2020. Details regarding what is open in stage two can be found on the Nipissing University Athletics website here. Updates on the next stage of opening will be provided when possible.

Free Time in Gym A

Starting Monday, October 26, 2020 Nipissing students will be able to come and shoot a basketball, kick a soccer ball, run around or even toss a Frisbee.  (Please bring your own equipment).

Times and Capacity

Days and Times:

Monday-Friday (until further notice)

8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Times slots:

You must call in and book one of the time slots (only one per day per student for Gym A)

Students can book 1 session for Gym A and 1 session for a workout on the same day.

Free Time Capacity: 15

Guidelines For GYM A

Students are asked to complete the Covid self-assessment tool (see below) and complete a one-time waiver.

We ask that you download the Nipissing Safe App

Nipissing Safe is the official safety app of Nipissing University. It is the only app that integrates with Nipissing University's safety and security systems. Security Services has worked to develop a unique app that provides students, faculty and staff with added safety on the Nipissing University campus. The app will send you important safety alerts and provide instant access to campus safety resources.

New Feature* COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

To access the COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool, please complete the following steps to ensure your app is up to date:

  1. Launch App
  2. Click "About/preferences"
  3. Click "Data Update"
  4. Click "Check for updates"

To use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool:

  1. Follow prompts and answer questions as accurately as possible
  2. Confirm answers and click "Continue"
  3. Launch App
  4. Click "COVID-19 Resources and Self Assessment"
  5. Click "Self Assessment Tool"
  6. Select proper description option (Student, Staff or faculty) (Contractors and visitors)
  7. If it is your first time using the tool, you are required to enter some identifying details
  8. Select proper affiliation (Staff, Faculty, Student, Contractor, Visitor)
  9. You will be asked to consent that you are aware that the app is meant as an aid and not a diagnostic tool

If self-assessment results are GREEN: individuals are approved for entry to campus buildings.

If self-assessment results are RED: individuals are not approved to enter campus buildings and should follow the recommendations provided.

Proof of completion (day of use) will be required upon arrival to the Athletics Centre


Individuals will arrive prepared to exercise with their own water bottle and dressed as no change rooms will be available.
Individuals will check in with the front desk and must have completed the one time waiver and a self-assessment to gain access to the gym.
All bags, personal items will be set aside in a location away from the practice area spaced 6 feet apart.
The individual must bring their own sports equipment i.e. basketball to use for the duration of training.
Physical distancing rules will apply and at this time everything must be non-contact. This also means no games where defence or activity would likely result in physical contact between players must be maintained.
Benches and bleachers will not be available for use.
One washroom will be designated available to individuals with appropriate cleaning supplies present.
Individuals will leave the building immediately and will not enter change rooms, locker rooms or other areas of the building.
Cleaning of gym, rims, baskets, balls, nets, poles and mesh will occur after use and allowing a 30 minute rest period. 

Virtual Fitness Classes

Nipissing is pleased to offer virtual Yoga (provided by Grounded Studios) and Zumba (delivered by The Studio North Bay) for students during the fall semester. More information on how to access these virtual classes can be found here.

Is the Campus Health Centre open?

Currently the Campus Health Centre is operational for essential appointments only. The Centre is reachable by phone for questions and booking purposes. If you wish to book an appointment or speak with a staff member please call the office at 705-474-7600 ext. 5261.

Shipping and Receiving Hours

Nipissing University Stores and shipping/receiving will be open 8:30 a.m. to noon daily for the duration of the restricted access period. Incoming/outgoing mail and couriers will be processed every day. Please have couriers down to Shipping/Receiving by 11:00 a.m.

Student Financial Support and Resources

Are entrance awards and scholarships still being given out to students?

Yes, all entrance awards and scholarships are still being awarded. There have not been any changes in this regard.

If labs and placements are not taking place, will entrance awards still be awarded?

All entrance awards are based on your average. Labs and placements do not affect entrance awards.

Nipissing University Financial Supports

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides urgent financial assistance to students unable to cover immediate essential expenses as a result of the pandemic including food, housing, utilities, transportation, clothing and medical expenses. The fund will continue to be a resource for students in need beyond the lifetime of the pandemic.

Scholarships & Bursaries

The Nipissing University Student Awards and Financial Aid office houses hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and awards for students. The criteria and application process ranges from a single application that qualifies for multiple awards and individual applications requiring demonstration of extracurricular activities, academic criteria and/or financial need.

Please consider applying to the Online Bursary Application to access financial aid during the fall and winter session. Simply complete the online Web Bursary application which can be found on Web Advisor during the month of October (due November 1).

OSAP

Note that for 2020/21 only, both the federal and provincial government have made significant changes to improve OSAP funding, including doubling of federal grants, and a reduction of “expected” contributions from students and/or their spouses.

Tuition Estimator and Budgeting Tools

Nipissing University offers a FREE Budgeting Worksheet and Tuition Estimator to assist with planning for costs based on your program and living arrangements.

External Supports

There are many organizations and companies that provide funding for students, regardless of the university they are attending. The following links will take you to sites that offer information on scholarship and bursary programs beyond those offered by Nipissing University. Some of these sites also provide valuable tools in planning for a post-secondary education.

Government Financial Supports

We encourage you to read more about the supports available through the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada

Province of Ontario

Emergency Assistance Program

If you are in an emergency situation and you live in Ontario, you might be eligible for emergency assistance. If you are eligible for emergency assistance, the amount you get will depend on your specific situation. In most cases you will not get more than what you would get on Ontario Works.

To apply, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-emergency-assistance

Top up to Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Additional financial assistance for those currently receiving social assistance and are facing additional costs related to COVID-19.

Government of Canada

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide financial support to recent graduates and post-secondary students who are unable to work or find employment due to COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Employment Insurance (EI)

EI provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, and are available for and able to work, but cannot find a job.

Changes to Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP)

Increasing the weekly amount to $350 from $210 for 2020-21 academic year. Removing the expected student and spousal contributions in 2020-21 (federal only, not provincially).

Changes to Canada Student Grants (CSG)

Double the CSG for all eligible full-time students up to $6000, and up to $3600 for part-time students in 2020-21. CSG-PD (permanent disability) and CSG for students with dependents would also be doubled to $4000, up from $2000.

Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

Helps students gain valuable work experience and skills while helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Current Students

What supports are still available while 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.

Am I able to defer my OSAP payments?

On March 31, the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Honourable Ross Romano announced a six month, interest-free deferral period on Ontario Student Assistant Program (OSAP) loan payments in light of the current pandemic. If you are an OSAP student, you can learn more about temporary deferral here

Are AQ/ABQ courses still running? (Updated: September 24, 2020)

All our AQ and ABQ courses will continue to proceed as scheduled. View the AQ/ABQ Courses page for details.

I am a student on placement, what should I do?

All face to face clinicals/field placements are being suspended or cancelled as of today for students in Nursing, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Child Health and Family Studies and Social Welfare Programmes. This includes the Collaborative BScN program with Canadore College. All students will be contacted directly by their programs and will be provided with details about moving forward. 

How do I request an extension on my coursework?

If you're slowed down in completing your coursework because your children are home, your internet connection is weak, or you're a healthcare worker with increased hours, please contact your professor to explain your situation and to request an extension on any applicable deadlines.

Is the food bank still open?

The Nipissing University Student Union Food Bank has been temporarily relocated to Chancellors House Residence Game Room. Any student with a valid Nipissing University student card and number can utilize this service. Please remember to practice physical distancing.

The Food Bank is available for access on: Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Warren Lindsay, our Director of Services will be there to let students in and provide assistance. If you have any questions about this service please contact services@nusu.com.

I'm a healthcare worker and I'm unable to take time away from work for an exam due to COVID-19. What should I do?

If you are not available during the scheduled time for your online final exam, please contact your professor to explain your situation and to request an extension on any applicable deadlines.

If the exam date and time does not appear on your exam schedule on WebAdvisor, simply reach out to your professor to explain your situation and to request an alternate date to write your exam.

If the exam date and time does appear on your exam schedule on WebAdvisor, please submit your deferred exam request using the Deferred Examination Request form on WebAdvisor. This form will only become available to you on the date of your final exam, and for up to one week after.

While deferred examinations are not normally approved for work arrangements, we understand that under the circumstances many health care workers will have inflexible work schedules during the month of April.

Prospective Students

Are you still accepting applications for Spring/Summer 2020 or Fall 2020?

Yes! Applications remain open for most of our programs. Applications for Spring/Summer can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms. Full-time applications for Fall can be found at www.ouac.on.ca. All graduate studies and part-time applications can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/registrarforms.

Have there been any changes to deadlines for Spring 2020 or Fall 2020?

At this time, there have been no changes to deadlines for Spring 2020 or Fall 2020.

I am a current Ontario high school student. Is Nipissing continuing to send admission decisions on applications?

Nipissing does not anticipate that disruptions to the school year will have a negative impact on applications and admission decisions. We continue to process applications and send admission decisions as we receive grade information. Nipissing expects to receive second semester midterm/interim grades as scheduled from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) at the beginning of May.

I am a Canadian high school applicant. Are you still processing applications?

Nipissing does not anticipate that disruptions to the school year will have a negative impact on applications and admission decisions. We continue to process applications and send admission decisions as we receive grade information. If you are experiencing any issues having your transcripts and other documentation sent to us please contact admissions@nipissingu.ca.

I am a mature/transfer applicant. Are you still processing applications?

Nipissing does not anticipate that disruptions to the school year will have a negative impact on applications and admission decisions. We continue to process applications and send admission decisions as we receive grade information. If you are experiencing any issues having your transcripts and other documentation sent to us please contact admissions@nipissingu.ca.

I am having difficulty sending Nipissing my documents required for admission consideration. What should I do?

If you are experiencing any issues having your transcripts and other documentation sent to us please contact admissions@nipissingu.ca. We will do our best to work with you in order to get your documentation to us.

I am unable to write an English language proficiency test (ie. IELTS, TOEFL) as test centres are closed. What do I do?

Please review Nipissing University’s English Language Proficiency Policy to review all the ways an applicant may be able to meet English language proficiency requirements.

For Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 Nipissing will temporarily accept the following tests to satisfy English language proficiency.

  • TOEFL® Test Special Home Edition

    • Undergraduate/Post-Baccalaureate programs: Minimum score of 83 with a minimum score of 20 in reading, listening and writing, and a minimum score of 22 in speaking
    • Graduate programs:  Minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 20 in reading and listening and a minimum score of 22 in speaking and writing.
  • Duolingo English Test
    • Undergraduate/Post-Baccalaureate programs: Minimum 110
    • Graduate programs: Minimum 115

I received an offer of admission and I am required to accept by certain date. Can that deadline be extended?

In most cases we may be able to extend an acceptance deadline. However, for limited enrolment programs (BPHE, Nursing – all versions, Consecutive Education) and graduate studies it may not be possible. If you have any concerns about meeting the acceptance deadline, it is recommended that you reach out to us at admissions@nipissingu.ca well ahead of the deadline.

How will PASS/FAIL or AEG grades from the Winter 2020 semester impact transfer applicants?

For admission purposes, PASS/FAIL or AEG grades present for Winter 2020 courses will not be used in the calculation of an admission average. PASS and AEG grades, for courses completed in Winter 2020 only, will be deemed to have met the minimum grade requirement for transfer credit consideration.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

Requests for deferral can be sent to admissions@nipissingu.ca. You will need to accept your offer of admission first by the deadline indicated in your offer. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Decisions will be sent by email. If you are granted a deferral, the email will outline the conditions of your deferral. As well, you will be required to meet all the conditions of your offer.

I will be starting the Bachelor of Education program in September. I am required to obtain a PVSC, however, the OPP station is not open to the public. What do I do?

We understand that due to COVID-19 most (if not all) police and OPP stations are not open to the public, therefore, not processing PVSC requests. We ask that you monitor the situation and once the police station does open you apply as soon as possible as there will likely be a backlog of requests. The deadline remains August 20, 2020 and we will let teacher candidates know if that changes.

I am an international student. Can I still get a student visa?

Nipissing continues to process applications and send admission decisions as we receive grade information.  A letter of acceptance accompanies all offers of admission. This letter can be used when applying for a student visa. Information on how to apply for a student visa can be found on the Government of Canada’s website. The site contains up to date information about how COVID-19 may affect visa processing. Up to date information about travel restrictions to Canada can be found on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

I am an international student. If I am unable to get my student visa due to the COVID-19 pandemic, can I defer my offer of admission?

Requests for deferral can be sent to admissions@nipissingu.ca. You will need to accept your offer of admission first by the deadline indicated in your offer.  Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Decisions are sent by email. If you are granted a deferral, the email will outline the conditions of your deferral. As well, you will be required to meet all the conditions of your offer.

I am an international student having difficulty getting the documents requested for admission consideration. What do I do?

We are here to help. Contact admissions@nipissingu.ca if you are having difficulty getting your documents sent to us. We will do our best to work with you in order to get your documentation to us.

I have questions about my application/admission decision. Where can I direct my questions?

We are here to help! Any questions can be sent to admissions@nipissingu.ca.

Travel

I am affected by travel restrictions and cannot return to Canada. What should I do?

If students are unable to return to the University as a result of travel restrictions, they should contact the Exchange Abroad Coordinator or International Initiatives Office at myinternational@nipissingu.ca or 705-474-3450 ext. 4321.

I am planning to travel in the coming days. What should I do?

The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that travellers avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada and all cruise ship travel until further notice.

Students planning to travel to internationally should cancel or postpone their trip. The International Initiatives Office has reached out to and remains in contact with all students registered with the office who have had their travel plans impacted.

Students travelling internationally should contact the International Initiatives Office within Student Development and Services at myinternational@nipissingu.ca or 705-474-3450 ext. 4321.

Staff and faculty may refer to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 travel advisory website. 

All university-related travel outside of Canada has been cancelled or postponed. All domestic travel must be approved by the Vice President, Finance & Administration or the Provost & Vice President, Academic & Research.

Should anyone with a travel history to an affected region be excluded from class/work?

As of March 14th, the Government of Canada has stated that the number of countries reporting cases of COVID-19 has been steadily increasing, and on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a  pandemic. This means the outbreak is now considered to be worldwide.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that travellers avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada and all cruise ship travel until further notice.

Research

Are there any COVID-19 research opportunities at Nipissing University?

Yes, please see the call for research presented by Nipissing University here

Can I continue conducting research?

All research efforts at Nipissing University are suspended with the following exceptions

  • Your research does not involve data collection
  • Your research uses archival data 
  • Your research can be collected remotely (i.e. online surveys, meta-analysis, literature reviews, etc.). However, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research urges you to consider the integrity of the data that would be collected during this time.
  • Your analysis can be done remotely

Can I continue conducting field research?

Any researcher looking to continue collecting field research data must submit a request to OGSR before collecting data.

Can research assistants continue working?

Any research assistant or graduate assistant can continue to work until the end of their contract as long as the work being conducted remains remotely.

Can I get access to one of the research labs?

All laboratories are closed to students, faculty, and staff.

My research has been suspended and I have no remote duties for my research assistant(s), what do I do?

The university and researcher together will honour the contract and pay the student for the remainder of their contract based on average hours worked.

    When can I resume my research?

    All research protocols that are currently suspended can be reinstated once an announcement has been made from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at the time the university reopens.

      My Tri-agency grant is about to expire but my project is not complete, do I have to apply for an extension? OR I already had an extension, am I allowed another?

      NSERC and SSHRC recognize that agency-funded research activities may be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic institutions can immediately approve extensions requests up to 12 months for Agency grants with an end date between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 inclusively. This provision applies to all grants, regardless of whether they have received a previous time extension of any length for any reason (including, where applicable, automatic extensions). This will have no impact for applications awarded in the fall 2020 competitions. The intent of this provision is to allow grantees to continue spending grant funds, and institutions to delay the processing of residual grant funds (per the NSERC/SSHRC Guidelines for the General Research Fund). Institutions are to keep complete and accurate records on the grants being extended. The mechanism for institutions to notify the Agencies of the details of these extensions will be determined and communicated in the near future.

        I had to cancel travel due to COVID-19, what happens to the funds spent?

        If you used TriAgency grant money to book your travel, and 

          “if you must cancel or postpone travel or events paid through agency funds, we will consider the costs associated with the changes as allowable project expenses, provided they align with agency policies. The Agencies are also canceling or postponing non-essential events and travel at least until early April (more details to come).

          NSERC confirms that in addition to the costs described in the earlier Tri-agency statement regarding cancelled travel plans of researchers and members of their teams, other non-refundable expenses may be incurred as a result of cancelled travel and/or meetings related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided the expenses would have been eligible had the travel/meeting taken place as planned, these non-refundable costs can be reimbursed out of existing grant funds.

          Any travel using Nipissing University funds will follow the same practices as above.

          Are new grants still being awarded? (i.e. discovery grants, research tools and instruments, etc.)

          The release of results from the 2020 Discovery Grants competition is proceeding as planned.  Results are expected to be posted on the Research Portal by mid-April. Should delays be experienced, they will be communicated as soon as possible. 

          Results posted include Discovery Grants – Individual, Discovery Grants – Subatomic Physics, Discovery Grants – Northern Research Supplements, Discovery Launch Supplements, Discovery Accelerator Supplements and the Discovery Development Grants.

          Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) - The release of results from the 2020 RTI competition is proceeding as planned. Results are expected to be posted on the Research Portal by mid-April. Should delays be experienced, they will be communicated as soon as possible. 

          Internal competitions are still being awarded such as SIG, USRA, etc. however with expected delays.

            Can I still apply for researching funding even if research at Nipissing is suspended?

            Yes, researchers are encourage to continue applying for granting opportunities at this time. Note many institutions have extended their deadlines.

            Should you require information regarding funding opportunities contact the Office of Graduate studies and Research through the research@nipissingu.ca email.

            ** The Office of Graduate Studies and Research is here to support you in your application process. Would you like help with grant writing, or to be paired with a mentor, please reach out to the research email listed above. **

              Can I still apply for ethics approval for a new research protocol during the research suspension?

              Yes, the Research Ethics Board is still working and reviewing protocols remotely. However, expect a delay in the process.

                COVID-19 Information

                What is the Coronavirus?

                Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that originate in animals but are known to cause respiratory illness in humans, particularly during the fall and winter months. Other novel coronaviruses have included Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).

                In January, 2020, a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan. The latest statistics for Ontario are available at: ontario.ca/coronavirus.

                What is the risk?

                COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.

                This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.

                There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

                • aged 65 and over
                • with compromised immune systems
                • with underlying medical conditions

                There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. This includes cruise ships.

                For Canadians who have recently travelled, the Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. This is to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. 

                If you have recently returned to Canada and you have symptoms, you must ISOLATE. This is mandatory. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.

                If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE (self-isolate) yourself. This is mandatory. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

                If you develop symptoms within 14 days:

                • isolate yourself from others
                • immediately call a health care professional or public health authority and:
                  • describe your symptoms and travel history
                  • follow their instructions carefully

                What are the symptoms of novel COVID-19?

                Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

                Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known incubation period for this disease. We are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered less common.

                Symptoms have included:

                • cough
                • fever
                • difficulty breathing
                • pneumonia in both lungs

                In severe cases, infection can lead to death.

                The Government of Canada has established a COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool.

                Ontario has established a province-specific self-assessment tool available on the Government of Ontario website. Please use that tool for province-specific information & resources.

                What can I do to protect myself?

                At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to protect against it.

                Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

                • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
                • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
                • when coughing or sneezing:
                  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
                  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
                • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
                • clean high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)

                What to do if you suspect you have symptoms of novel coronavirus.

                If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, reduce your contact with others:

                • isolate yourself at home for 14 days to avoid spreading it to others

                  • if you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance
                • visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority
                  • call ahead to tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions

                If you become sick while travelling back to Canada:

                • inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer
                • advise a Canada border services agent on arrival in Canada if you believe you were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms
                  • this is required under the Quarantine Act
                  • the Canada border services agent will provide instructions for you to follow

                The Ontario Government has established a self assessment tool for anyone who suspects they have covid-19. 

                For more information, please visit the Health Canada website.

                Face Masks

                Effective July 24, 2020, the Nipissing Parry Sound District Health Unit has mandated the use of face coverings in enclosed public spaces. Detailed information regarding the mandate can be found on the Health Unit website at myhealthunit.ca/FaceCoverings

                In light of this directive, anyone entering on-campus buildings will now be required to wear a non-medical face covering.

                Important Contact Numbers:

                Telehealth Ontario

                Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

                Phone: 1-866-797-0000

                TTY: 1-866-797-0007

                Nipissing University Campus Health Centre:

                Call: 705-474-7600 ext. 5261
                Room: B205