Fall Campus Update
Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty Members,
Welcome back for the 2022-23 academic year. After two years of quiet hallways and primarily virtual classes, it is great to once again see campus buzzing with the energy of the Fall term. With classes set to begin next week, we wanted to provide an update regarding our COVID-19 protocols and how we can all work together to keep our community safe and healthy.
As has been the case since June, Nipissing University continues to strongly recommend the use of masks in all places where social distancing is not possible. Masks will continue to be made available at the main entrance. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and may reinstate mandatory masking if needed. Proof of self-assessment is not required at this time.
While Nipissing’s vaccine mandate also remains paused, the community is strongly encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccines continue to be the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19.
Keeping our community safe
Below are a few reminders on how you can protect yourself and others from illness:
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. The COVID-19 self-assessment tool provides direction on next steps if you have been exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms or for screening purposes.
- Strongly consider wearing a mask in all places where social distancing is not possible
- Stay up to date with vaccinations
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
If you are exposed to COVID-19 or think you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 then complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool for direction on next steps.
Staff and faculty members should also refer to the university’s COVID-19 Illness Policy for more information.
Any changes to our health and safety protocols that may arise over the course of year in response to changes in our public health environment will be communicated to the community.
Wishing everyone a great start to the 2022-23 academic year.
Kevin B. Wamsley, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor