COVID-19 Update: Returning to work on-site, Wastewater reporting, Lifting restrictions and more

The following information is provided by the Return to Campuses Steering Committee. 

Returning to work on-site

Each area in the University has an operational plan to bring faculty and staff back safely and gradually to on-site work. Following those plans, over the past several months, U of G has welcomed more faculty and staff back to work on-site. As we look ahead to January, our campuses and workspaces will see even more activity with the majority of classes being taught in-person. In preparation, managers and supervisors will ensure their operational plans are being implemented in November and December with an eye toward full implementation by January 10, 2022, to align with the first day of classes.

Many teams have been fully back on campus for months, while others are just welcoming their teams back now. With a diversity of academic and administrative units across the University, patterns of work may look different across areas.

Some managers and supervisors may arrange cohorts for their units, with individuals alternating days working on-site and days working remotely. U of G also has a Flexible Work Arrangement policy for non-academic staff, which allows for partial remote work arrangements at the employee’s request.

Speak with your manager or supervisor if you have any questions about your return to on-site work.

Review the Ready to Return checklist before your first day back to help with a smooth transition!

Wastewater Report dashboard

Check out U of G’s new Wastewater Report dashboard for regular updates on COVID-19 surveillance of campus residence wastewater. The surveillance and dashboard help U of G identify and act on risks to further protect our community.

Grad student spaces

In keeping with government regulations, graduate student offices and workspaces are considered instructional spaces and therefore do not require physical distancing. Contact your department chair or school director for more information.

Travel restrictions lifting

In October, the federal government lifted its blanket restriction on international travel. This means University-related international travel may resume. U of G’s COVID-19 Travel Framework will be updated shortly to reflect this change.

For more information:

In-person meetings allowed

Physical distancing and capacity restrictions continue to exist in office spaces, including meeting rooms. However, in-person and hybrid meetings are permitted if capacity limits for the space are followed. Look for the capacity limit sign outside each meeting room.

Vaccination mandate in place for winter 2022 semester

U of G’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy remains in effect until at least September 2022. Only students who are fully vaccinated or who have received an approved exemption will be eligible to register for in-person winter 2022 courses. Only those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have an approved exemption are permitted to access U of G locations.

The University’s COVID-19 website is your best source of information on U of G’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Return to Campuses website provides essential information for those coming to campus. If you are coming to campus, make sure you complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form every day before you arrive.