Frequently Asked Questions from the NU Community About Coronavirus

Updated: March 24, 2021 at 2:30 p.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

Self-Isolation

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is the requirement to stay at home (or in your residence suite) if you are experiencing symptoms, even if mild, for 14 days or until the symptoms are gone for 24 hours, whichever is longer.  It is recommended that you self-isolate if you have come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

North Bay and Parry Sound District Health Unit: Self Isolation and COVID 19 in your Home. https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-in-your-home.asp

When should I self-isolate?

To further protect our district from COVID-19, the Medical Officer of Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Effective December 24, 2020, the Order allows the Health Unit to enforce self-isolation requirements for certain individuals.

The Order applies to all persons residing in or present in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region who are required by public health to self-isolate, including those who:

  1. Are a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19;
  2. Have new symptoms (even mild symptoms) or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results of their test;
  3. Have symptoms (even mild symptoms) of COVID-19, or have had such symptoms within the past 10 days;
  4. Are a close contact of a person identified in (a) even if they do not themselves have any symptoms of COVID-19; or
  5. Are a parent, or person with responsibilities of a parent, of a person under sixteen years of age identified in (a), (b), (c) or (d) who resides or is present in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region.

People in Categories (a), (b), (c) and (d) above must self-isolate and follow other directions in the Order.

Information on the COVID 19 Class Order: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-class-order-under-section-22.asp

What should I do if required to self-isolate?

Public Health Ontario guidelines on how to self isolate. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en

While in self-isolation you should:

  • Separate yourself from other people in your home/residence suite as much as possible; do not sleep in the same room and limit sharing of bathrooms to the fewest number of people where possible.  Limit physical exposure to one another by avoiding using common spaces where possible, and avoiding being in common spaces at the same time as other housemates.
  • If you must leave to attend a medical appointment, you must wear a mask for the entirety of your duration outside of your residence and should hand sanitize often and avoid touching surfaces where possible.  DO NOT take public transit or taxis for these appointments.
  • Shared rooms and bathrooms should be ventilated with windows open or fans in use to increase air flow.
  • Wear a mask when you are in the same room with other people in your household and when you visit a health care provider; the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.
  • Change your mask once it becomes moist and wash your hands, before and after handling it. 
  • Have tissues beside or with you at all times so you can cover cough, sneezes or to wipe or blow your nose.  Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand.  Throw used tissues and masks in a plastic-lined covered trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid sharing household items; you should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people in your home. 
  • Thoroughly wash all household items with soap and warm water after use.
  • Sanitize your space more regularly, at minimum daily, including cleaning common spaces such as kitchens or washrooms before and after use.

I'm registered in an on-campus course and have symptoms or need to self-isolate. Who should I notify?

Please contact your instructor or Dean, and they will accommodate you.

I am travelling to North Bay from outside of the North Bay Parry Sound Region. What should I do?

During the provincial stay at home order, any form of travel outside of the district is strongly discouraged. Individuals returning to North Bay from outside of the district are required to self-isolate for 14 days. For information on what self-isolation means, visit:

Individuals who arrive or return to Ontario from outside the province during the province-wide 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.

Where can I get a COVID test?

Students residing in the North Bay area can arrange a COVID test through the COVID-19 Assessment Centre by calling 705-474-8600 ext. 4110.

How can I get food while self-isolating?

In North Bay there is a grocery shopping delivery service available through Instacart. Please visit https://www.instacart.ca/ to arrange this service, please note that a credit card is required.

In North Bay there are also two food delivery services available for you to place an order with local restaurants; Door Dash and Skip the Dishes. These services can be found at https://www.skipthedishes.com/ and https://www.doordash.com/en-US.

How can I get medication while self-isolating?

Shoppers Drug Mart will provide contactless delivery for your medications and other pharmaceutical needs.  Please visit https://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/home for more information.

I’m feeling stressed about COVID-19. Is there someone that I can talk to?

Student Counselling Services works to support all students in achieving positive mental and emotional wellness.  Our services are designed to be brief, effective, evidence based, and professional.

Due to the COVID-19 situation Student Counselling Services is offering both secure video therapy sessions or in person appointments to support Nipissing University students.  Please contact us at counselling@nipissingu.ca if you require any additional information and to set up an appointment.

For any questions regarding Nipissing University’s COVID-19 measures, please email coronavirus@nipissingu.ca.

For additional information regarding supports available to you, please email sds@nipissingu.ca

Travel

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 COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel to Canada and within Canada. It is essential to understand and comply with the requirements to protect others and prevent the spread. For more information, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website. 

The University will accommodate student needs based on their circumstances. Domestic students should contact their instructor or Dean directly. International students should contact the International Initiatives Office within Student Development Services at myinternational@nipissingu.ca or 705-474-3450 ext. 4321

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 COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel to Canada and within Canada. It is essential to understand and comply with the requirements to protect others and prevent the spread. For more information, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website. 

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.

Campus Life and Events

Can I access the main Education Centre building?

No, access to campus is restricted during Phase 0 of Nipissing University's Return to Campus Framework.

 

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.

Wearing a mask or face covering is now also recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.

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.

Is the Harris Learning Library open?

The library building remains closed however curbside pickup service is available. For more information visit the Library website.

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

At this time, the Campus Shop is only available for online shopping. Shipping is free for students in residence. Simply provide the name of your residence complex and complete address when placing your order.

Is the R.J. Surtees Athletics Centre open?

No. During Phase 0 of Nipissing University's Return to Campus Framework, the R.J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre remains closed.

Visit the Lakers website for details on virtual classes for students.

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.

Research

Can I continue conducting research?

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

  • Your research does not involve face to face data collection using human or non-human animal models
  • 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 through the Research Recovery request located on ROMEO.

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?

Researchers may access their research spaces by requesting access through the Research Recovery request located on ROMEO.

How do I recover my research practices and/or gain access to my research space?

There is currently one Research Recovery Stage in effect to gain access to your space to take home data to continue working remotely. To do so, complete the Research Recovery – Stage 1 Temporary access request to gain entry to your research space for a single day. These research recovery requests are located on ROMEO under New Applications.

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 cancelling 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 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.

A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found here.

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:

  • maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from those around you
  • 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.

Winter Term 2021

What is public health recommending for holiday travel/gatherings?

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has issued a list of recommendations regarding the holidays and is reminding the community that the safest way to spend the holidays this year is by only celebrating in-person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else. 

At this time, travel outside our region to visit or shop this holiday season is strongly discouraged. If you choose to travel, isolate for 14 days prior to leaving the district and isolate for 14 days upon return International students who travel home will need to quarantine as per the Government of Canada Quarantine Act.

For more information from the Health Unit on COVID-19 and the holidays visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19Holidays

Will any courses be offered on campus in winter term?

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

Since most courses will be delivered online, do I need to re-register in online course sections?

No. Following the announcement that winter term courses would be delivered primarily online, the Registrar’s Office began the process of moving your current course registrations to online sections. You do NOT need to re-register in winter term courses. You will be able to view your updated winter term schedule and register for new courses on November 9 in WebAdvisor. Note: if you are currently on a waitlist, you will remain on the waitlist.

If I'm planning to come back to North Bay for a course, is residence still available?

Yes, residence spaces remain available. Students can apply online through the eRezlife portal to register for the semester. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Please contact residence@nipissingu.ca for information about shorter term stays related to variable academic commitments.

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 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.

I’m moving to North Bay in January. How do I get a bus pass?

The University has reached an agreement with the City to offer a one-term bus-pass for the Winter 2021 Term only. The bus pass will be offered as an opt-in option for students who will be residing in North Bay this Winter term. You will be able to opt-in for the bus pass when requesting your student ID card. The cost for a winter semester bus pass is $101.07, which is half of the full year rate of $202.14. Click here to request a bus pass-enabled student card.

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 note that the bus pass is only usable with North Bay City Transit. Please verify your mailing address on WebAdvisor prior to completing the request form. If you live in North Bay, your bus pass-enabled student card will be available 3 business days after you have submitted your request on WebAdvisor, and can be picked up at the UTS Help Desk in room A139 on main campus.

Note: During the provincial State of Emergency/Stay at Home Order, requested passes will be mailed to students.

How do I get my student card?

Click here to request a student card.

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

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. Your bus student card will be available 3 business days after you have submitted your request on WebAdvisor, and can be picked up at the UTS Help Desk in room A139 on main campus.

Note: During the provincial State of Emergency/Stay at Home Order, requested passes will be mailed to students.

Has the course withdrawal deadline and refund deadline been extended?

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.

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