Return to Campus Framework

Return to Campus Framework

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our Nipissing community has been paramount and has served as the guiding principle behind all of our decisions.

Early on in the pandemic, Nipissing University established an Operational Readiness Committee (ORC) to identify, evaluate and offer proposals related to pandemic concerns with the goal of creating a multi-phased implementation plan for the eventual return of campus operations. The Committee will remain in place for the remainder of the pandemic. Members of the ORC participate in national and provincial university peer group meetings and share best practices with the committee for evaluation.

The Return to Campus Framework presented below was developed by the ORC with input from a variety of sources and stakeholders, incorporating best practices to ensure the health and safety of our community. The Framework offers a gradual, phased approach to safely bringing students, faculty and staff back to campus.

You’ll note that there are no specific timelines attached to the phases as the timing and transition from one phase to the next will be guided by provincial directives and public health advice. The Framework is a living document and will remain flexible in order to comply with provincial requirements and address guidelines provided by the Council of Ontario Universities.

Assumptions

The University’s Return to Campus Framework is based on the following assumptions:

  • The health and safety of the entire Nipissing University community is paramount
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols remain in place for common, high contact, and high traffic areas
  • Personal hygiene, regular hand washing, and physical distancing remain in place
  • Signage, barriers, and personal protective equipment / community protective equipment (PPE/CPE) continue to be utilized as required and as available
  • Active screening will be required for those reporting to campus until further notice

Current Phase

Nipissing University is currently in: Phase 0 - Restricted Campus Access

Phases

Phase 0 - Restricted Campus Access

  • Campus access is restricted to those who are required to perform essential duties, as defined by the province (i.e. Facilities & Maintenance, Residence Services, University Technology Services, Caretaking/Custodial, Finance, Registrar, HR/Payroll, and Shipping & Receiving).
  • The Operational Readiness Committee continues review of operational requirements as provincial or local public health directions are updated
  • Construction and maintenance projects continue (as permitted by the province)
  • Student Residence operations will continue reduced capacity operations
  • Research Recovery Plan implementation aligned with NU framework
  • Library Services will provide curbside services
  • Athletics is closed
     

Phase 1 - Required Campus Access

  • Phase 1 represents campus operations permitted in compliance with the provincial framework requirements
  • Campus access is expanded to allow more Nipissing University employees to work from campus as provincial or local health guidelines permit
  • Phase 1 department plans will be developed in consultation with employees to determine those required to return to campus
  • Employees returning to campus will be provided with appropriate notice
  • Wherever appropriate, NU employees will be encouraged to continue working at home
  • Students may be permitted to visit campus to obtain limited available services - pre-approval may be required
  • Student Residence operations will continue reduced capacity operations
  • Research Recovery Plan implementation aligned with NU framework
  • Library Services will provide curbside services
  • Athletics will provide limited services
     

Phase 2 - Limited Campus Access

  • Phase 2 represents expanded campus operations permitted in compliance with the provincial framework requirements
  • Campus access is expanded to include more staff members from most university departments with maximum capacity limits implemented
  • Select departments that normally provide face to face services will have a physical presence on-site
  • Students will be permitted to visit campus to obtain approved services
  • Student Residence operations will continue reduced capacity operations
  • Research Recovery Plan implementation aligned with NU framework
  • Library Services will provide normal services to student and faculty
  • Athletics will provide limited services
     

Phase 3 - Limited Campus Access - On-site Academic Program Delivery

  • Phase 3 represents expanded operations permitted in compliance with the provincial framework requirements
  • Campus access is expanded to include more staff and faculty members from university administration and academic departments with capacity limits implemented
  • Students will be permitted to visit campus to obtain approved services and attend classes offered in-person
  • Student Residence operations will continue reduced capacity operations
  • Research Recovery Plan implementation aligned with NU framework
  • Library Services will provide normal services to students and faculty
  • Athletics will provide limited services

Phase 4 - Open Campus Access

  • Phase 4 represents further expanded operations permitted in compliance with the provincial framework requirements
  • Campus access is expanded to include all required staff, faculty members, students and visitors
  • Resumption of all remaining on-site services
  • Student Residence operations will provide normal operations
  • Library Services will provide normal services to all visitors
  • Athletics will provide all services
     

Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework vs. NU Return to Campus Framework

Grey – Lockdown

    Maximum measures

    • Implement widescale measures and restrictions, including closures, to halt or interrupt transmission.
    • Consider declaration of emergency.
    Phase 0

    Red – Control

      Stringent measures

      • Implement broader-scale measures and restrictions, across multiple sectors, to control transmission.
      • Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closure.
      Phase 1

      Orange – Restrict

        Intermediate measures

        • Implement enhanced measures, restrictions and enforcement avoiding any closures.
        Phase 2
        or
        Phase 3

        Yellow – Protect

          Strengthened measures

          • Enhanced targeted enforcement, fines and enhanced education to limit further transmission.
          • Apply public health measures in high risk settings.
          Phase 2
          or
          Phase 3

          Green – Prevent

            Standard measures

            • Focus on education and awareness of public health and workplace safety measures in place.
            • Restrictions reflect broadest allowance of activities in Stage 3 absent a widely available vaccine or treatment.
            • Highest risk settings remain closed.
            Phase 2
            or
            Phase 3

            Contact

            For questions regarding the Return to Campus Framework, please contact: coronavirus@nipissingu.ca