The Fall 2020 term is about to begin, and it will be a year like no other. Since most courses will be delivered remotely, we will be welcoming a small number of students to campus for in-person classes next week. They will be joining a limited number of instructors and staff whose work cannot be performed remotely.
To safeguard the health of all who will be attending campus, new protocols are being put in place.
- We are automating the sign-in and sign-out process. Students, instructors, and staff who are authorized to be on campus will check in at the marked entrance point of the building that they need to access. Using access-control software will reduce the need to sign in with pen and paper, while ensuring the privacy of users. Details about campus user access will be shared with Manitoba Health — if necessary — to facilitate contact tracing.
- Red COVID-19-related signage has been placed across campus — indicating direction of travel, distancing requirements, classroom seating, and courtesy protocols. Please follow the directions on these signs, which are in place to provide information and ensure your safety while on campus.
- Everyone will be expected to wear a mask when occupying indoor public spaces. Masks are not mandatory in individual office spaces, except when physical distancing is not possible. For those who do not have their own, masks will be given out at building checkpoints during the first week of fall session. A distribution centre will be set up thereafter on campus. As supplies allow, The University of Winnipeg will provide two cloth reusable masks to instructors, staff members, and students who will be on campus.
- Campus ambassadors will be available in designated buildings to point people in the right direction and answer questions. Look for staff wearing white shirts with The University of Winnipeg Logo.
While some of the changes described above will be implemented smoothly, others may require additional time or adjustments to become fully effective. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, patience, and understanding as we work to ensure a safe and successful return to campus.
Dr. James Currie,
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor