Nipissing University Update on Coronavirus

Virtual Convocation Details

June 12, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Dear graduating students, supporters and the entire Nipissing University community,

With our first ever virtual convocation only two weeks away, we want to provide a few additional details regarding what to expect as part of this celebration.

On June 26, we invite graduates, supporters and the entire Nipissing community to visit nipissingu.ca/convocation where you will have the opportunity to view video speeches from our Chancellor, President, Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research, and Honorary Degree Recipients as they address the class of 2020.  Please note that this content may be viewed at any time that is convenient for you and it will remain available for viewing after June 26.

The website will also feature a celebration toolkit where you will be able to download special social media filters, frames and backgrounds and more to help you share this significant milestone with your friends and family. An electronic convocation program with the full list of graduate names and award recipients will also be available for viewing and download. Finally, you will be able to learn more about what it means to join the Nipissing University alumni family.  

Although this celebration is not intended to replace an in-person ceremony we hope you take some time on June 26 to celebrate your achievements. When it is safe to do so, we will be inviting the Class of 2020 back to campus to be able to formally cross the stage. We encourage you to share your Lakers pride and support for the graduating class using the hashtags #NUConvocation and #NipissingUniversity.  We are also inviting supporters to celebrate their graduates online using the hashtag #ProudOfMyLaker.

We look forward to celebrating the class of 2020 with the entire Lakers community on June 26. 

Virtual Convocation Facebook Event Page

Supports that are still available while the 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.


Additional Resources: 

  • Technology Services: If employees require any additional technological resources in order to work from home, please contact UTS via //helpdesk.nipissingu.ca 
  • Employee Assistance Program:  We appreciate the stress this may be causing our students and the burdens it places on our departments and members of the Nipissing community. Aspiria, Nipissing’s confidential Employee Assistance Provider, is available to employees and their dependents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost www.aspiria.ca    
  • For additional questions, employees are welcome to contact coronavirus@nipissingu.ca 

June 5 Update - Fall Term Details

Fall 2020 Term details

Fall Term Details

June 5, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

Dear Students,

We are reaching out to you today to provide additional details and clarification regarding fall term delivery. 

Fall term classes will be delivered online in asynchronous* and limited synchronous** (real-time) formats. This means that courses will not have set meeting days or times, however some labs and/or tutorials or other course based activities may have scheduled online meeting times. For further definitions of asynchronous and synchronous online learning, please see below.

It is important to note that you will have the flexibility to manage your learning schedule, and have regular opportunities to engage regularly with your professors and fellow students. Our professors are working diligently to develop online courses to ensure a meaningful learning experience that takes into account students’ diverse needs and learning styles, and offers ample opportunities to connect, have discussions and seek help.  We want you to know that we remain committed to your academic success.

The Fall/Winter schedule will be released soon and will include the necessary details to help you plan your registration for fall. Please stay tuned for more details on registration processes.

To support your learning, we have fully transitioned all of our support services online and are continuing to provide the support that we would typically offer in-person through virtual or alternate forms of delivery.  In keeping with our strong reputation in the areas of student support and overall student experience, over the coming months we will be rolling out further enhancements to our support for students that will assist in the development of a virtual Lakers community.

Additionally, we encourage incoming first year students to register in our NU Promise Program to help you navigate your university journey.  By actively participating in the NU Promise Program, you’ll enhance your student experience through involvement opportunities, academic success, and career development, while developing the skills and competencies to ensure a successful transition to university and beyond into the workforce.

A list of frequently asked questions about the fall term, can be found here

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.

May 29 Update - Virtual Convocation - June 26, 2020

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We want to thank graduating students for your dedication, commitment, and for the many contributions you make to the entire Nipissing University community.

Many of you have been asking what our plans will be for convocation. After consultations over the past four weeks, we are pleased to announce that Nipissing University will host its first ever virtual convocation to celebrate the class of 2020 on June 26, 2020. This will be a unique opportunity for students to celebrate with family and friends. Although we wish that we were able to host celebrations in person this year, we respect and value the safety of our students, staff, faculty and supporters. We are proud of the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2020, and plan to welcome each of you to return for a future ceremony.

The Chancellor, who presides over convocation, will convene the virtual convocation. We will also be encouraging avenues through social media to celebrate your accomplishments. More detailed information will be shared over the coming weeks.

For those graduating this year, it may appear that the future will be difficult to navigate. We know the academic journey is not always easy, but through adversity comes growth and, this year especially, you have shown tremendous resiliency. We cannot put into words the pride that all of us at Nipissing University feel in having you graduate from our institution and know that you will continue to represent the Lakers community in everything you do.

Thank you for your patience as we work to find new and joyful ways of celebrating together.

Dr. Mike DeGagné
President and Vice-Chancellor

May 28 Update - Work from Home Update

Good afternoon,

With the Ontario government announcing this week another extension of emergency orders until June 9, Nipissing University employees, other than those who have required duties on campus, will continue working from home until further notice. We will continue to monitor provincial guidelines and will notify all faculty and staff a minimum of two weeks prior to any planned return to campus.

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With many of us spending more time in virtual meetings, we encourage you to add a custom Nipissing look to your next Teams or Zoom meeting by downloading a Nipissing campus background here.

May 22 Update - Financial Resources and Residence Update

Dear Students,

As COVID-19 continues to alter our everyday lives and redefine what we once knew as normal, Nipissing University remains focused on supporting our students and their success. We recognize that these are especially challenging times and that the pandemic has put significant financial pressures on students who are struggling to find employment or facing unexpected expenses. Sifting through information about financial assistance can be overwhelming, so we have compiled a list of important financial resources and supports available to assist you. 

We are investing in additional resources to ensure you have the support you need.  Knowing finances are top of mind for many of you, we have partnered with RBC to offer a Webinar on Financial Skills & Personal Budgeting on June 1 at noon. This “office hour” webinar will be hosted by the North Bay RBC Financial Advisor team and will address topics such as making a budget and budget considerations, responsible spending, monitoring your money, and understanding your credit bureau. The webinar will take place through our student, alumni and professional networking platform, NU Café. You can join the NU Café here. Once you are logged-in, you can view the event details under the “Office Hours” menu on the left-hand side.

We also know many of you have been asking about residence. 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. For more information on residence, entrance awards, labs and placements, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Have additional questions? We want to hear from you!

May 15 Update - Work From Home Extended until June 2, 2020

Good afternoon,

Earlier this week, the Ontario government released a statement extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This additional time will ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities safely. Additional workplaces that can reopen was also announced yesterday, May 14, 2020.

However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures must remain in place to continue reducing the number of cases and deaths. In light of this, and to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and employees, Nipissing University employees, other than those who have required duties on campus, will continue working from home until June 2, 2020 at which time the situation will be reassessed.

Nipissing University continues to take measures to limit access to campus. As outlined previously, only the following services will continue to operate and perform duties on-site, and only as required: 

  • Residence services in support of our students who are not able to safely return home;
  • Payroll and payment processing services, including accounts payable; 
  • UTS services needed to support remote work and online course delivery and maintenance of systems;
  • Shipping/receiving services; 
  • Essential research lab maintenance for critical equipment, samples, and animal care;
  • Building and facility/property cleaning and maintenance services to support other essential services and ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

For employees who are working on-site, additional health and safety measures and protocols will continue in order to safeguard wellbeing and facilitate physical distancing. In addition, to ensure the health and safety of those who are working in the Education Centre and Residence, only those required to do so will be permitted to enter the buildings.

The Ontario government's emergency order prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people remains in place.  It is expected that all students, faculty and staff continue to adhere to this order.

May 15 Update - Fall Term 2020

Nipissing University campus pond

Dear Students,

You are at the heart of everything we do. We are thrilled that you will pursue your studies at Nipissing University this fall, and are excited about the programs we can offer you.

Thank you to those that participated in our student survey a few weeks ago.  Your input and feedback is essential to incorporate into our planning, and we remain committed to give you many opportunities to do so.

The health and safety of every person in our community is of the utmost importance and has guided our decision-making every step of the way.

With all this in mind, we are committed to providing academic programming this fall through primarily online delivery.  We are making significant investments to ensure all of your courses will be held with the same academic rigour and individualized support you expect from Nipissing.  

As our plans continues to evolve, we will be sharing additional and more detailed information about what the fall will look like based on the program you enrolled in. Over the coming weeks we will address further details regarding financial supports, information on residence life, student supports available to you, what campus life may look like during this time of physical distancing, along with many more topics that will ensure you have all the information you need to be successful.  Please stay tuned to your email for weekly updates.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful campus once it's safe to do so.

Although fall term may look somewhat different than what you were expecting, our commitment to ensuring your success is unchanged. We remain focused on finding innovative ways to create an enriching university experience for our students  500 Internal Server Error

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Please continue to reach out to us with questions, as we are here for you every step of the way.

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

May 6 Update - Work from Home Extension and Construction Project Updates

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario Government announced today that it will be extending all emergency orders until May 19. Consequently, Nipissing University employees, other than those who have required duties on campus, will continue working from home until May 19, 2020 at which time the situation will be reassessed.

Additionally, as of Monday this week, the government began allowing an expanded number of essential construction projects to resume operation including those on university and college campuses. At Nipissing, this means construction of the Student Centre will resume. The contractor and trades will be required to follow all COVID-19 related safe work practices. Although there may be delays in the delivery of materials from some manufacturers, the project will make significant progress during this summer construction season since many of the major components were in queue long before the pandemic restrictions. A meeting with the contractor to evaluate the overall impact to the project timeline will take place soon.

Additionally, renovations to create Nipissing's new immersive classroom will move forward. The immersive classroom is a state-of-the-art space with considerable classroom streaming capabilities enabling connection to groups in remote locations.

Lastly, major repairs to the A-Wing elevator will commence to ensure the elevator complies with current standards and continues to operate safely and consistently.

Nipissing University continues to take measures to limit access to campus.  As outlined previously, only the following services will continue to operate and perform duties on-site, and only as required:

  • Residence services in support of our students who are not able to safely return home;
  • Payroll and payment processing services, including accounts payable; 
  • UTS services needed to support remote work and online course delivery and maintenance of systems;
  • Shipping/receiving services; 
  • Essential research lab maintenance for critical equipment, samples, and animal care;
  • Building and facility/property cleaning and maintenance services to support other essential services and ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

For employees who are working on-site, additional health and safety measures and protocols will continue in order to safeguard wellbeing and facilitate physical distancing.  In addition, to ensure the health and safety of those who are working in the Education Centre and Residence, only those required to do so will be permitted to enter the buildings.

May 4 Update - Student Feedback

Dear Students,

As we begin the month of May, I would like to congratulate all of you on the successful completion of winter term. It will undoubtedly be a memorable term for you and hope that you look back on it with pride in your accomplishments during this challenging time.

Last week you received a survey from us seeking your feedback on the upcoming fall term. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. A special working group has been established by our Provost and VP Academic  & Research, Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila, and your feedback collected will help inform our decisions as we prepare for the fall term.

Much is still unknown about how COVID-19 will progress and we continue to receive advice and guidance from public health officials. The health and safety of every person in our community continues to remain at the forefront of our decisions and we will be guided by the advice of public health officials when planning ahead. This ensures we continue to fulfill the academic mission of the university, while taking this opportunity to recalibrate and innovate so we come back even stronger than we were. Our students remain at the core of everything we do.    

Regardless of how fall courses are delivered, it is important to remember that our commitment to supporting students has not changed. Please take a moment to remind yourself of the supports available to you:

Further communication about fall term will be shared with you as decisions are finalized. In the meantime, please continue to monitor our COVID-19 updates here.

Stay well,

Dr. Mike DeGagné
President & Vice-Chancellor
Nipissing University

 

May 1 Update - Students, we are here for you

Nipissing University

May 1, 2020 at 4:00PM

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.

Registrar’s Office - registrar@nipissingu.ca

Academic Advising - advising@nipissingu.ca

Admissions - admissions@nipissingu.ca

Fee Payment Inquiriesfinance@nipissingu.ca

General Financial Aid Inquiriesfinaid@nipissingu.ca

Student Accessibility Services - sas@nipissingu.ca

Student Counselling Services - counselling@nipissingu.ca

Student Development Services - General Inquiries - sds@nipissingu.ca

Student Learning and Transitions / Academic Skills - slt@nipissingu.ca

Residence - residence@nipissingu.ca

April 21 Update - Work From Home Extension

Yesterday, the Ontario government released updated COVID-19 modelling, which showed that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures must remain in place to continue reducing the number of cases and deaths. In light of this, and to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and employees, Nipissing University employees, other than those who have required duties on campus, will continue working from home until May 12, 2020 at which time the situation will be reassessed.

Nipissing University continues to take measures to limit access to campus. As outlined previously, only the following services will continue to operate and perform duties on-site, and only as required:

  • Residence services in support of our students who are not able to safely return home; 
  • Payroll and payment processing services, including accounts payable; 
  • UTS services needed to support remote work and online course delivery and maintenance of systems;
  • Shipping/receiving services; 
  • Essential research lab maintenance for critical equipment, samples, and animal care;
  • Building and facility/property cleaning and maintenance services to support other essential services and ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

For employees who are working on-site, additional health and safety measures and protocols will continue in order to safeguard wellbeing and facilitate physical distancing. In addition, to ensure the health and safety of those who are working in the Education Centre and Residence, only those required to do so will be permitted to enter the buildings.   

The Ontario government's emergency order prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people remains in place.  It is expected that all students, faculty and staff continue to adhere to this order.

Supports that are still available while the 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.

Registrar’s Office - registrar@nipissingu.ca

Academic Advising - advising@nipissingu.ca

Admissions - admissions@nipissingu.ca

Fee Payment Inquiriesfinance@nipissingu.ca

General Financial Aid Inquiriesfinaid@nipissingu.ca

Student Accessibility Services - sas@nipissingu.ca

Student Counselling Services - counselling@nipissingu.ca

Student Development Services - General Inquiries - sds@nipissingu.ca

Student Learning and Transitions / Academic Skills - slt@nipissingu.ca

Residence - residence@nipissingu.ca

April 1 Update

Due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak and with consideration of the disruption it has caused for students, we have extended the deadline for students to withdraw from WI and FW courses without academic penalty to May 3, 2020. This will allow students the option to withdraw from a course(s) after receiving their final grade.

Questions for research, OSAP payments, and course withdrawals have been added to the FAQ page.

March 31 Update - Work from Home Extension

Work from Home Extension

As you may have heard, today the Ontario Premier made an announcement to extend the closure of schools and child care services to Friday, May 1, 2020.  In light of this announcement, we would like to confirm that Nipissing University will continue to serve students remotely. To ensure the safety of our students, faculty and employees, Nipissing University employees, other than those who have required duties on campus, will continue working from home until Friday, May 1, 2020, at which time we will reassess.

Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Honourable Ross Romano, also announced today an injection of funding for post-secondary institutions to assist institutions with COVID-19-related costs. These funds will enable Nipissing University to remain responsive to the needs of its community by ensuring appropriate resources are in place to support the transition to online learning and the overall wellbeing of our students, including enhanced mental health supports. Ontario also announced a six-month, interest-free deferral period on Ontario Student Assistance Program loan payments.

Nipissing University continues to take measures to limit access to campus.  Only the following services will continue to operate and perform duties on-site, and only as required:

  • Residence services in support of our students who are not able to safely return home; 
  • Payroll and payment processing services, including accounts payable; 
  • UTS services needed to support remote work and online course delivery and maintenance of systems;
  • Shipping/receiving services; 
  • Essential research lab maintenance for critical equipment, samples, and animal care;
  • Building and facility/property cleaning and maintenance services to support other essential services and ensure the health and safety of our campus community. 

For employees who are working on-site, additional health and safety measures and protocols will continue in order to safeguard wellbeing and facilitate physical distancing.  In addition, to ensure the health and safety of those who are working in the Education Centre and Residence, only those required to do so will be permitted to enter the buildings.   

Please note that the Ontario government also instituted an emergency order prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people.  It is expected that all students, faculty and staff adhere to this order.

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Additional Resources:

  • Technology Services: If employees require any additional technological resources in order to work from home, please visit HelpDesk.nipissingu.ca.
  • Employee Assistance Program:  We appreciate the stress this may be causing our students and the burdens it places on our departments and members of the Nipissing community. Aspiria, Nipissing’s confidential Employee Assistance Provider, is available to employees and their dependents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost www.aspiria.ca    
  • For additional questions, employees are welcome to contact coronavirus@nipissingu.ca 

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

We will continue to keep our community informed of new developments through the Nipissing University website and urge those seeking information to consult trusted sources such as Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you are showing symptoms, 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

March 30 Spring/Summer Term Update

Important updates regarding the spring/summer term (May-August):

  1. Spring/summer term will begin as scheduled
  2. Online courses will remain online and continue as scheduled.
  3. For courses that were scheduled to be delivered face-to-face (on site in North Bay or at an affiliated site), including community-based field placements, practicum and/or clinical placements, we are working on alternate solutions with each faculty. Deans or department heads will be providing further details as soon as they have been confirmed.

Click here to visit our FAQ page for more information.

 

March 26 Convocation Update

Dear students,

We hope you and your families are keeping well during these unusual times.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our convocation ceremonies this June. We recognize that this news is disappointing for you, your family and friends, however the safety of our Lakers community is paramount.  Once details and alternative dates are confirmed, we will of course communicate those to you.

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You all have a lot to be proud of, including your perseverance and resiliency through this challenging time. The entire Nipissing community looks forward to celebrating all you have accomplished.

Click here to visit our FAQ page with information about convocation. 

March 23 Update

As of Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.   restricted  building access to the Education Centre has been in effect.

Nipissing University employees, other than those needed for required duties, will be working from home effective Monday, March 23, 2020. This protocol will be in effect until Monday, April 6, 2020 at which point we will re-evaluate the situation.

All students living in residence have been required to leave residence, unless there are extenuating circumstances prohibiting them from doing so.

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work from home resource page has been created to assist employees with this transition and will be updated as additional resources become available.

Please see below for a summary of contacts for students, employees and external stakeholders: 

For more information on Nipissing University’s FAQs relating to COVID-19, please visit //www.xkyiq.com/coronavirus/faq-covid-19.

March 19 Update

Nipissing University is committed to the health and safety of students and employees.  As per the  recommendations of the provincial government and  health units across the province, and in keeping with the Prime Minister's recent recommendations for Canadians to limit the spread of COVID-19,  restricted  building access to the Education Centre will come into effect this Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.

Given the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19 in Ontario, Nipissing University employees, other than those needed for required duties, will be working from home effective Monday, March 23, 2020. This protocol will be in effect until Monday, April 6, 2020 at which point we will re-evaluate the situation.

We are requiring all students currently living in residence to leave residence prior to Sunday March 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., unless there are extenuating circumstances prohibiting them from doing so. All Student Services have been transitioned to being offered virtually or through alternative methods, and student supports are in place to help those students living in residence to facilitate move out.

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work from home resource page has been created to assist employees with this transition and will be updated as additional resources become available.

Please see below for a summary of contacts for students, employees and external stakeholders: 

For more information on Nipissing University’s FAQs relating to COVID-19, please visit //www.xkyiq.com/coronavirus/faq-covid-19.

March 18 Update

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 this Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. and will remain in effect until April 6, 2020 at which time we will reassess the situation. 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

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

March 17 Updates

March 17, 2020  5:30 PM

Please see below for important updates as it pertains to Nipissing University: 

The following facilities are now closed to students:  

  • Harris Learning Library
  • Robert J Surtees Athletics Center
  • Research labs
  • Studios
  • Animal labs
  • Central Analytical Facility
  • Computer labs.

For Harris Learning Library resource access: 

  • Access to information resources is available through the library homepage.
  • Services, such as reference and online assistance will be provided on a limited basis.  Interlibrary Loan Services are not available.
  • For further information contact Nancy E. Black at nancyblack@nipissingu.ca.

All events, speaker series, presentations, exhibitions, and gathering of any size (big or small) are cancelled. 

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 Wednesday, March 18, many departments will be moving to off-site operations and supervisors will be directing staff, where possible, to work from home.  

Nipissing University is NOT closing, and all buildings will remain open for employees to access their office space as needed.  The University will also be maintaining required services on campus in order to support the academic mission and required supports for students to complete the Winter term. 

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 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. 

Nipissing University will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and keep our campus community informed as information becomes available.

For recent updates, please visit nipissingu.ca/coronavirus and our FAQs for more information. 

March 17, 2020 11:00 AM

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 Public Health Agency of Canada the public health risk linked to COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians: aged 65 and over; with compromised immune systems; and, with underlying medical conditions.

This morning, Premier Doug Ford declared a State of Emergency in the Province of Ontario. He announced that effective immediately:

  • All events over 50 people in Ontario are prohibited until March 31
  • Restaurants and bars are closed with the exception of take-out and delivery service
  • Childcare centres, libraries, theatres, concert venues, cinemas, private schools and recreation facilities are closed.

Grocers, pharmacies and transit remain open.

Please visit our frequently asked questions for updated information related to the library, athletics centre, exams and placements. 

The University is working on contingency plans for operations and more details will be released later today.

This is unprecedented territory for everyone and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we determine the best way forward for our students, staff and stakeholders.

March 15 Update

Please see updated information in the FAQs.  Further updates are expected in the coming days.

Updates on Travel

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.

All travellers arriving in Canada from international points are being asked to consider self-isolating for 14 days as a precaution.  Nipissing University is adopting this precaution for our students and university employees.

If you have returned, or are returning from, international points after March 13, 2020, please be advised of the following: 

  • As an important precaution, we encourage students and employees to self-isolate after returning from international travel;
  • The Ministry of Health has a self-assessment tool that can be referenced if you feel you are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus

March 13 Update

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am writing to provide an update regarding Nipissing University’s response to COVID-19.  The health and safety of our community is our first priority.  In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a number of actions will be taken:

  • Nipissing University is cancelling all classes (both onsite and online), on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to provide faculty and academic support staff adequate time to prepare to deliver course content in alternative ways. Any exams scheduled during this time period will be rescheduled.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18 and for the remainder of the term, all classes will be offered through online or alternative means. As outlined in an email to all faculty yesterday, support will be offered to faculty members to assist in this transition.
  • All university-related travel outside of Canada will be cancelled or postponed.
  • The University and university buildings remain open.  This includes facilities such as research labs, the library, the athletics centre, residences and food services. Team practices and fitness classes at the R.J. Surtees Athletics Centre are cancelled.
  • Nipissing’s residences will also remain open and operational. Students wishing to return home and study remotely may do so.
  • The University is working through contingency planning for final exams. More information will be shared in the coming days.
  • All events on campus currently scheduled up to and including March 27, 2020 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually. This includes Open House, campus tours, Research Month events, camps, etc. Operational and other internal meetings will continue.
  • Staff and faculty members should continue to come to work as usual. If you have extraordinary circumstances that require accommodation, please speak with your supervisor.
  • If you are ill, please stay home.
  • Please visit nipissingu.ca/coronavirus for updates and frequently asked questions.

It is important to ensure that the information you read comes from trusted, credible sources.  A list of these sources can be found on our nipissingu.ca/coronavirus site. Consuming and spreading false, non-factual information only serves to heighten community concern.

A special thank you to the faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to ensure we are prepared to respond to this pandemic.  Your commitment to the University community is appreciated.

To our students. We know you may feel overwhelmed or anxious as a result of this situation and the uncertainty it brings, and encourage you to access supports through Student Development and Services as needed.

We understand that these decisions will cause some disruption, but ask that in this unusual time that you exhibit patience, compassion and understanding with one another. We will emerge from this situation stronger than ever.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mike DeGagné
President and Vice-Chancellor

March 12 Update

Nipissing University continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. At the present time, there are no COVID-19 cases at Nipissing University.  We understand these are uncertain times.  The safety of the Nipissing community is our top priority and all structures are in place to make decisions quickly in a rapidly changing environment, and as information becomes available from public health authorities.

Nipissing University continues to follow our pandemic plan, and for now, regular operations will continue. 

In addition to the Pandemic Committee, various levels of administration continue to work with Council of Ontario Universities, Universities Canada, health authorities and community partners to coordinate planning and information.

As a reminder, the university has already taken precautionary measures by installing additional hand sanitizer stations at various locations on campus, and using cleaning solutions to ensure high touch surfaces are disinfected regularly.

We will continue to keep our campus community informed of new developments through social media and nipissingu.ca/coronavirus

March 10 Update

Nipissing University continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. As of today, the risk of community transmission in North Bay remains low. The University follows the advice of Public Health authorities and at this time classes and events continue. 

It is important to continue to check travel and public health advisories, which are listed below, as this is an evolving situation. 

Those that have returned from international travel should monitor for symptoms. Those who develop symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing or any other symptoms within 14 days after returning to Canada, are advised to avoid contact with others and contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your health-care provider, or local health unit. Inform them about your symptoms and travel history.

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

We will continue to keep our community informed of new developments through the Nipissing University website and urge those seeking information to consult trusted sources such as Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Should you experience these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally to an affected region, avoid contact with others and contact your health-care professional or nearest hospital.

In an effort to keep our campus community informed, please see our Frequently Asked Questions from the NU Community About CoronavirusWe will continue to provide updates on this website as more information becomes available.

January 29 Update

Nipissing University Update on Coronavirus

Confirmation of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Toronto is raising concerns and questions among members of the Nipissing University community. Health officials continue to advise that the risk of contracting the virus remains low. Nipissing University is carefully monitoring the situation.  We will continue to keep our community informed of new developments through the Nipissing University website and urge those seeking information to consult trusted sources such as Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Should you experience these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally to an affected region, avoid contact with others and contact your health-care professional or nearest hospital.

In an effort to keep our campus community informed, please see below for Frequently Asked Questions.  Should the situation change, we will continue to provide updates on this website. 

1. 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.

2. What is the risk?

Public Health Ontario advises that the risk to Ontarians is still considered low as of Jan. 26, 2020. The situation is rapidly evolving and the University is taking its guidance from public health agencies at the local, provincial and federal level, who are closely monitoring the outbreak, conducting surveillance and appropriate laboratory testing, and providing public health and infection control guidance.

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3. What are the symptoms of novel Coronavirus?

Symptoms range from common to severe respiratory illnesses and include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

Many of these symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza. Should you experience these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally, avoid contact with others and follow-up with your health care professional. Advise your health professional in advance of attending clinic of your symptoms and travel history.

4. What can I do to protect myself?

As usual, continue to practise good hand washing techniques and hygiene practices. This includes washing thoroughly with soap and water, using hand sanitizer, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and staying at home or in your residence room if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

5. Should students, staff or faculty with flu-like symptoms attend class/work?

As usual, those with severe symptoms should stay at home or in their residence room. Students should continue to report illness as they usually do. Students in residence should inform residence staff. For staff, please report your absence promptly to your supervisor per normal practice.

6. I live in residence and think I may have flu-like symptoms. What should I do?

If you experience symptoms while living in residence, please phone your respective residence front desk, who will inform the AVP, Students and Residence Office. As it is also influenza season, you may want to purchase the following items to keep on hand as a precautionary measure:

  • Over-the-counter medication to reduce aches and fever (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Cough medicine and throat lozenges
  • Any prescription medicines you take
  • A thermometer (non-mercury)
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer (should contain at least 60% alcohol)
  • Disinfecting wipes or cleaning products to clean your shared and personal space
  • A water canteen or bottled water, and juice

7. Should students, staff or faculty with flu-like symptoms be excluded from class/work?

No one should be excluded or banned from attending classes or work. Students, staff and faculty with flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay home, but some may choose to attend classes and work. At this time, the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus is low.

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

Students, staff and faculty with symptoms who have visited the affected region recently should contact their health care provider or visit the nearest emergency room. At this time, the risk of contracting novel coronavirus is low.

9. Will classes be cancelled?

At this time classes will continue as scheduled.  We will continue to keep our campus community informed if anything changes.

10. Should we be canceling events?

At this time, there is no significant risk of community transmission of the novel coronavirus in Canada. Should the situation change, we will provide advice on this website.

11. Should I wear a mask?

Generally, a mask is not required at this time, although some may choose to wear one. Surgical masks, such as those sold in pharmacies, have limited value. Those in health care settings will follow the requirements of their facilities with respect to appropriate protective gear if they are working with suspected or confirmed cases.

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

Students travelling internationally should refer to 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 travel advisory website travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. As of January 27, 2020, the advice for China is to avoid non-essential travel to the province of Hubei.

Important Contact Numbers:

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

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.

Nipissing University Campus Health Centre: 705-474-7600 ext. 5261
Room: B205