COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19: Protocols and Guidelines

Guiding Documents

The following documents have been informed by advice from the Return to Campuses steering committee or are used as reference in the committee’s planning:

Return-to-Campuses Steering Committee

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, various committees and working groups have helped the University of Guelph adapt and maintain our academic, research and operational functions.

The Return-to-Campuses steering committee provides guidance to help align COVID-19 safety efforts across the University.

The steering committee is guided by a commitment to the health and wellness of all members of our campus community. Its efforts complement and supplement the plans and efforts of the Academic Continuity Group and Research Continuity Group.

Comprising representatives from key academic, research, service and operational areas across the University, as well as some of U of G’s epidemiologists, the Return-to-Campuses steering committee aims to:

  • Follow principles defined by the University’s executive leadership team
  • Create frameworks to aid campus units in adapting to circumstances presented by COVID-19
  • Establish parameters, processes and timelines for identifying essential services and supports
  • Ensure robust plans are developed to safely support course delivery
  • Develop a process for review, feedback and recommendation of unit plans that will ultimately be forwarded to the University Executive Committee for approval

The Return-to-Campuses steering committee includes the following members:

  • Sharmilla Rasheed (Chair, Vice-President – Finance and Operations)
  • Georgia Apolonatos (Director, Health, Safety and Wellness)
  • Harry Bakker (Associate Vice-President, Physical Resources)
  • Kelly Bertrand (Director of Administrative Services, McLaughlin Library)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Assistant Vice-President, Graduate Studies)
  • Alison Burnett (Director, Student Wellness)
  • Irene Thompson (Interim Vice-Provost, Student Affairs)
  • Cate Dewey (Associate Vice-President, Academic)
  • Tina Goebel (Associate Director, Finance and Administration – OAC)
  • Lawrence Goodridge (Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety – OAC)
  • Bev Hale (Associate Vice-President, Research – Agri-Food Partnership)
  • Jenna Hennessy (Manager of Internal Communications, Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Melissa Horan (Project Manager, Return to Campus)
  • Lori Bona Hunt (Director of Integrated Communications, Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Mellissa McDonald (Director, Government Relations and Community Engagement)
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris (AVP, Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Lydia Bay (Director, Staff Relations – Human Resources)
  • Stephanie Nykamp (Associate Dean, Clinical Program – OVC)
  • Andy Papadopoulos (Professor, Public Health – OVC)
  • Ed Townsley (Executive Director, Hospitality Services)
  • Cara Wehkamp (Assistant Vice-President – Indigenous Initiatives)
  • Dave Whittle (Chief Information Officer – Computing and Communications Services)

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Research Continuity Working Group

The Research Continuity Working Group developed frameworks to support the continuity of U of G’s research enterprise during the pandemic.

The Research Continuity Working Group includes the following members:

  • Malcolm Campbell, VP Research – Chair Office of Research
  • Andrew Bailey, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) – COA
  • Jessica Bowes, AVP Research (Innovation and Knowledge Mobilisation) – Office of Research
  • Ben Bradshaw, AVP (Graduate Studies) – Grad and Postdoc Studies
  • Leonid Brown, Associate Dean; Research and Graduate Studies – CEPS
  • Marc Coppolino, Chair – Senate Research Board – SRB
  • Amanda Etches, Associate University Librarian – Library
  • Todd Gillis, Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies – CBS
  • Noella Gray, Acting Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies – CSAHS
  • Bev Hale, AVP Research (Agri-Food Partnership) – Office of Research
  • Laurie Halfpenny-Mitchell, Director – OMAFRA-U of G Agreement and Research Programs Office of Research
  • Rebecca Hallett, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) – OAC
  • Sean Lyons, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies – Lang School
  • Karina McInnis, AVP (Research Services) – Office of Research
  • Remo Pallottini, Director, Research Facilities Management – Office of Research
  • Jill Rogers, Managing Director, Research Operations – ORS Office of Research
  • Amanda Sawlor, Director, Research Financial Services – Financial Services
  • Shayan Sharif, Associate Dean; Research and Graduate Studies – OVC
  • Liz Snyder, Director; Research Communications – Office of Research
  • Melissa Watkins, Project Director, Food From Thought – Office of Research
  • Jennifer Wesley, Manager, Research Risk – Office of Research

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Mandatory Vaccination Data Collection Working Group

The Mandatory Vaccination Data Collection Working Group develops data collection tools to support the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

The Mandatory Vaccination Data Collection Working Group includes the following members:

  • Brad Minaker (co-chair)
  • Stephen Wilhem (co-chair)
  • Craig Hyatt (Computing and Communications Science)
  • Sean Faulkner (Computing and Communications Science)
  • David Wood (Computing and Communications Science)
  • Usha Shenoy (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Natasha Cook (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Tegan Anselmini (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Rob Geddes (Institutional Research and Planning)
  • Cate Dewey, AVP Academic
  • Laurie Arnott, AVP (Faculty and Academic Staff Relations)
  • Martha Harley, AVP (Human Resources)
  • Melissa Jutzi (Human Resources)
  • Melissa Horan (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)

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Testing and Surveillance Working Group

The Testing and Surveillance Working Group creates recommendations that address campus rapid testing.

The Rapid Testing Working Group includes the following members:

  • Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President Research (Co-chair)
  • Alison Burnett, Director, Student Wellness Services (Co-chair) – Student Wellness
  • Amy Greer, Associate Professor (Population Medicine, OVC)
  • Scott Weese, Professor (Population Medicine, OVC)
  • Andrew Papadopoulos, Professor and MPH Coordinator (Population Medicine, OVC)
  • Larry Goodridge, Leung Family Professor in Food Safety (Department of Food Science)
  • Maria Spinato, Director, Animal Health Lab
  • Shayan Sharif, Professor (Pathobiology, OVC)
  • Jennifer Wesley, Manager, Research Risk (Environmental Health and Safety)

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Wastewater Surveillance Panel Working Group

The Wastewater Surveillance Panel meets to discuss trends in U of G’s wastewater surveillance. Following their review, the Panel may recommend a response that could include actions such as communications, restricting building access and/or testing community members.

Wastewater Surveillance Panel members include:

  • Alison Burnett, Student Wellness
  • Lawrence Goodridge, Food Science
  • Marc Habash, Environmental Science
  • Pat Kelly, Student Housing
  • Andrew Papadopoulos, Population Medicine
  • Liz Snyder, Research Communications
  • Scott Weese, Pathobiology
  • Jennifer Wesley, Office of Research/EHS (coordinator)
  • Lise Trotz-Williams, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health

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Return to Campus Working Group (on hiatus)

The Return to Campus Working Group created a Staffing Framework and Template to enable the return of staff to campus.

The Return to Campus Working Group included the following members:

  • Ray Darling, Co-Chair, University Registrar (Office of the Registrar)
  • Andrew Bailey, Co-Chair, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (College of Arts)
  • Anne MacDonald, Physical Resources
  • Thomas Littlewood, Graduate Students Association
  • Louise McIntrye, LANG
  • Beverly Hale, Office of Research
  • Lisa Tersigni-Holt, Conference Services
  • Ed Townsley, Hospitality Services
  • Chris Nutt, Human Resources
  • Kristin Lennan, Student Affairs
  • Claudia Runciman, Physical Resources
  • Jenna Hennessy, Communication and Public Affairs
  • Katie McLean, Student Affairs
  • Barbara McDonald, University Library
  • Brian Thomson, Computing and Communication Services

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Travel Framework Working Group (on hiatus)

The Travel Framework Working Group created U of G’s COVID-19-related travel framework.

The Travel Framework Working Group includes the following members:

  • Melissa Horan (Chair) (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)
  • Lynne Mitchell (Centre for International Programs)
  • Lydia Bay (Human Resources)
  • Natasha Fernandez (International Office)
  • Ray Darling (Office of the Registrar)
  • Stuart McCook (International Office)
  • Shannon Thibideau (Student Experience)
  • Jay Rojas (Student Experience)

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Student Study Space Framework Working Group (on hiatus)

The Student Study Space Framework Working Group created  the student study space framework for Fall 2021.

The Student Study Space Framework Working Group includes the following members:

  • Ray Darling, Co-Chair, University Registrar (Office of the Registrar)
  • Andrew Bailey, Co-Chair, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (College of Arts)

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Faculty Access to Offices Working Group (on hiatus)

A subset of the the RTC Working Group created a proposal to allow faculty to safely access their offices during the pandemic.

  • Ray Darling, Co-Chair, University Registrar (Office of the Registrar)
  • Andrew Bailey, Co-Chair, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies (College of Arts)
  • Rebecca Graham, University Librarian (Library)

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (on hiatus)

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group examined health and safety requirements and practices from an equity lens and produced recommendations for consideration.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group includes the following members:

  • Cara Wehkamp, Co-chair, Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives)
  • Meghan Sinclair, Co-chair, Communications, Events and Social Media Officer (Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Georgia Apolonatos, Director, Environmental Health and Safety (Human Resources)
  • Jenna Hennessy, Manager, Internal Communications (Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Barry Praamsma-Townshend, Manager, Student Accessibility Services (Student Wellness Services)
  • Joseph Pazzano, Training, Education and Inclusion Officer (Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Sonya Wu-Winter, Coordinator, Multi-Faith Programs (Student Experience)
  • Melissa Horan, Project Manager, Return to Campus (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)
  • Anne MacDonald, Manager of Compliance and Wellness (Physical Resources)

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Education and Promotion Working Group (on hiatus)

The Education and Promotion Working Group created and implemented the #GryphonssGetVaxxed campaign and the How to Be A Vaccine Champion Course.

  • Melissa Horan (Chair) Project Manager, Return to Campus (Office of the Vice-President Finance and Operations)
  • Rebecca Skelhorn, Wellness Educator (Student Wellness)
  • Kristin Lennan, Residence Behaviour and Wellness Manager (Student Housing)
  • Jenna Hennessy, Manager, Internal Communications (Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Meghan Sinclair, Communications, Events and Social Media Officer (Diversity and Human Rights)
  • Cara Wehkamp, Assistant Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives)

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