Updates

Welcome to the Humber Updates page. 

Here you will find the latest information about emerging or ongoing issues impacting Humber operations. This information will be updated as required. You are encouraged to bookmark the page for future reference. 

The mask mandate at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber (U of GH) will remain in place until June 30, 2022. With several larger indoor gatherings planned for the next month, including convocation, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution and taking public health recommendations and campus environment trends into consideration.  

Well-fitting masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin will continue to be required within any indoor college facilities. 

Unless the public health situation in the province changes dramatically, in July and beyond, indoor masking on campus will be a personal choice. 

Humber and U of GH will always be caring communities and mask-friendly environments. Tips on how to respectfully navigate situations you might encounter on campus will be shared in the coming weeks and months.  

There may continue to be scenarios in which masking is required, including working or learning environments in which close proximity is required for extended periods of time.  

Everyone is encouraged to continue to complete the self-screening in the Humber Guardian app before coming to campus each time. As a reminder, if you are feeling unwell, do not come to campus. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have focused on creating safe places to learn, work and live. We appreciate your continued cooperation and consideration of others.  

Statement on Anti-Black Racism Shooting in Buffalo

Following the recent shooting in Buffalo, President Chris Whitaker issued a statement about the urgent need to eliminate anti-Black racism and hate in all its forms. Read the full statement issued on May 16, 2022. 

University of Guelph-Humber welcomes new Vice-Provost

The University of Guelph-Humber community welcomes Dr. Melanie Spence-Ariemma, as she begins her position as the new vice-provost and chief academic officer. For the full announcement visit the University of Guelph-Humber news page

The mask mandate at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber will remain in place until May 31, 2022. The College is making this decision based on recent guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and out of an abundance of caution as we transition to the summer term.

Well-fitting masks that cover the nose and chin will continue to be required within any indoor college facilities.

We will continue to monitor and review the mask requirement over the coming weeks, taking public health and campus environment trends into consideration. We will provide an update by the end of May with respect to masking requirements in June and beyond. Regardless of when the mask mandate is lifted, Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will remain a mask-friendly environment.

As previously announced, the college’s vaccination policy will be lifted on May 2 and there will not be active screening at the entry points on campus. The Humber community is encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations as an added layer of protection.

Everyone is encouraged to continue to complete the self-screening in the Humber Guardian app before coming to campus each time. As a reminder, if you are feeling unwell, do not come to campus.

Throughout the pandemic, we have focused on creating safe places to learn, work and live. We will continue to adapt our plans, when needed, to meet that commitment.

Clarification on Temporary Use of Space Policy exempts student journalists

We are undertaking actions to ensure a common understanding and support student journalists reporting on campus. We sincerely apologize for the miscommunication that has led to this situation. Read our statement.

President's Message on the invasion of Ukraine

To the Humber community, 

Today, as details continue to emerge about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Humber community supports the many students and employees at Humber with direct and indirect ties to Ukraine, Russia and the rest of Europe. At Humber, we are fortunate to have many international students from both Ukraine and Russia who are part of our community.  

We continue to foster an inclusive environment and support employees and students who are impacted by this ongoing situation. Below is a list of services available to students and employees. This is a difficult time for many, and we are here to help. 

Resources for students and employees: 

  • Students can contact the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre for support. Same and next-day services may be available for both in-person and virtual appointments. 
  • Good2Talk (1-866-925-5454) is a 24-hour mental health support for Post-Secondary Students in Ontario
  • Mental health support is available in 60 languages, including Ukrainian and Russian. To use the service, please call the International Student Helpline (KeepMeSafe): 1-844-451-9700
  • Therapy Assist Online  
  • Staff may also access Employee Assistance Plan services.
  • ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600

Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and Russia, and we hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to this act of aggression. 

Respectfully,  

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO

A statement following recent events on other post-secondary campuses

The following message was sent to students on September 28, 2021.

Dear Humber and Guelph-Humber Students,

As we approach the end of September, we hope that you are finding opportunities for learning, wellness, and connection. Over the past several weeks there have been multiple stories about acts of sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. It is important to recognize the impact of these events on those who have experienced sexual violence and to commit to real change in our own communities.

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber are committed to creating a safe campus experience free from violence for all members of our community. We take this commitment seriously and work diligently with campus and community supports, programs and services to ensure violence is addressed and survivors are supported.

Humber’s Department of Public Safety provides many services to ensure our community members are safe on campus. Some of these include emergency response (call 416.675.6622 x4000), the Campus Walk program, and the Humber Guardian app. Students living in Residence can also access safety supports such as the Resident Assistants on-call, the Front Desk, and the Residence Life Coordinator on-call.

Students who are impacted by sexual violence are encouraged to reach out to the many on- and off-campus supports available, including:

Students seeking to make a formal complaint of sexual violence are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Community Standards or Department of Public Safety.

As we think about the responsibility that we all hold to ensure a safe campus, we encourage you to participate in our Take Back the Night programming taking place this Wednesday, September 29. Take Back the Night is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to protest sexual violence and march in solidarity with survivors; this year’s programming will include:

  • Keynote Speaker Cheryl Nembhard; participants can register to attend in person or virtually
  • Sign-Making from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at North and Lakeshore
  • North Campus March from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Lakeshore Campus Rally from 6:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Learn more by visiting the Take Back the Night website.

Students who would like to learn more about sexual violence, consent, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to participate in our various learning opportunities, including:

Follow the Consent Peer Education Program on Instagram or visit their website to learn about upcoming initiatives.

Let’s work together to create a respectful campus free of violence.

Ian Crookshank (He, Him)
Dean of Students
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
George Bragues 
Interim Vice-Provost
University of Guelph-Humber