Updates

In the face of a global health crisis, we have all been called upon to rapidly adapt to new realities. While the world continues to grapple with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Humber is focusing on our mandate of providing rich, career-focused education that prepares graduates for success.

Currently our Summer Term courses are being offered online. Subject to the guidance of government and public health authorities, we plan to provide both interactive online and in-person education in the Fall 2020 term.

We have posted the list of programs and their mode of delivery Fall 2020 hereOn each program line you will see a link to a PDF with course-level information. 

The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We have a dedicated team working on plans for the safe, gradual reopening of our campuses, and we will ensure that we are adhering to all guidelines established for any planned on-campus activities. On-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.

Our plans to offer a mix of online and in-person classes means that students can continue to pursue their career and academic goals, rather than put them on hold, during this uncertain time. Regardless of delivery mode, our students will have many opportunities to engage meaningfully with their peers and professors using different platforms and technology.

While our ability to make decisions continues to be shaped by a different set of factors than during regular operations, our decisions remain rooted in our values:  Courage; Innovation; Equity; Health and Well-being; and, Sustainability.

This is uncharted territory for all of us. The Humber community has come together and has demonstrated ingenuity, patience and resilience at the time when it has been needed the most. I thank you all for that. We will continue to work diligently to provide regular updates to our diverse student, faculty, staff and alumni populations.

In the meantime, we are focused on the future. The future of our students, the future of learning at Humber and future contributions of our graduates to this new world.

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO

COVID 19 Update - July 2 - How to report COVID-19 status to Humber

As you may know, Humber will begin to have limited numbers of students, staff and faculty return to campus beginning in July. The health and well-being of our community remains our top priority as we gradually reopen our campuses. 

As we did before closing our campuses in March, we ask that if a member of the Humber community has or thinks they may have COVID-19, that they report it confidentially to the following designated staff:

COVID-19 Update – June 18, 2020 - Limited programming to resume on campus in July and August

When we announced the closure of our campuses in March, we indicated that students would have the opportunity to complete in-person program requirements at a later point, once we could safely resume on-campus activity. Following the Government of Ontario’s announcement on June 10 about academic institutions’ ability to open for a limited number of programs as of next month, Humber will reopen a limited number of facilities on July 6.

A small number of Humber College students and apprentices will be permitted to return to campus in July and August to complete in-person requirements from the Winter and Summer terms.

Although Toronto and Peel Region are currently in Stage 1 of the provincial reopening, Humber’s plan is in line with the postsecondary reopening plan developed by the Ontario government, in consultation with the Province’s Chief Medical Officer.

With enhanced safety measures and guidelines to protect all participants, approximately 350 students and apprentices in the following programs will have the opportunity to return to campus:

  • Commercial Driver Training (Tractor Trailer)
  • Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Apprenticeship – Construction and Maintenance
  • Industrial Woodworking
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Paramedic

Not all students in these programs will return to campus this summer. Students from these programs who have the opportunity to resume their in-person studies have been contacted directly. Faculty and staff involved in delivering this programming have been notified and are preparing for in-person instruction.

All programs will require enhanced guidelines to meet additional standards and specialized health and safety measures. The COVID-19 Resuming On-campus Operations Steering Committee, established to plan and lead the implementation of all initiatives related to the college’s reopening, is working with the Faculties of Health Sciences & Wellness and Applied Sciences & Technology, along with the Education Training Solutions department to ensure the appropriate physical distancing during course delivery and the appropriate use of screening and PPE.

On-site food services and learning spaces, like the library, will remain closed.

COVID-19 Update - June 10, 2020 - Provincial Government announces plan to reopen post-secondary education in a phased approach

The provincial government announced today a phased approach to reopening post-secondary education

Beginning in July, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. 

This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. The pilot project this summer will be made available to students who are considered to be “academically stranded,” which means they only require a limited number of hours of in-person/hands-on instruction or experience to complete their studies. 

The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and specific health and safety measures will need to be met.

Humber's COVID-19 Resuming On-campus Operations Steering Committee has been planning a phased return to campus for students and staff. Part of that planning has involved identifying how students from the Winter and Summer terms who were unable to complete their in-person requirements could return to campus in July and August. More information will be shared in the coming days.

COVID-19 Update - Fall Term Plans

Humber to offer both online and limited in-person education in Fall 2020 term

In the face of a global health crisis, we have all been called upon to rapidly adapt to new realities. While the world continues to grapple with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Humber will focus on our existing expertise in providing rich, career-focused education that prepares graduates for success.

It is with this, the safety of our students and community, and the guidance of public health authorities in mind, that we plan to provide both interactive online and in-person education in the Fall 2020 term. Sixty per cent of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. All electives will be delivered online.

You can find the complete list of programs and their mode of delivery here. On each program line there is a link to a PDF with course-level information. Please click on or download the PDF for course details.

This coming Fall semester will be different for everyone. We welcome those of you who are starting at Humber, and welcome back those who are continuing or completing your studies. No matter where you are in your educational journey, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to you.

Academic Delivery

Fall term academic plans have been designed to meet student needs and follow Humber’s tradition of excellence in teaching and learning, and expertise in delivering online courses. Please note:

  • Online learning will include virtual experiential activities and opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with their professors and each other using different platforms and technology.
  • On-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.
  • Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components.
  • The amount of time that students will be required to be on campus will be limited to those specific courses.
  • Regardless of delivery mode, all classes will include regular interaction with your peers and faculty.
  • Your professors will be accessible and have regular office hours.
  • Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during the Fall term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear more from your program about what you can expect in the Fall term. The college may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.

Students from the Winter and Summer terms who were unable to complete their in-person requirements may have the opportunity to return to campus in July and August, if public health and government guidance allows. If that is the case, we will contact you to provide you with those details.

Information Sessions and Student Services

We know you will have questions about the upcoming semester. We will hold program information sessions throughout the summer. These sessions will give you the chance to ask questions and receive updates on our planning and about your classes. You will receive information directly from your program or the Registrar’s Office about when these sessions will be held.

Student services will remain primarily online for the Fall term. Please see the latest list of services and their mode of delivery. When we are able to open libraries, computer labs, study and other spaces, there will be strict rules about physical distancing, and limited numbers of students will be allowed in these areas and on campus.

Fees and Financial Support

Financial aid information, including bursaries and scholarships, can be found on our website. If you have questions, you can also email finaid@humber.ca. We’ve also posted information about government support for students.

There are no changes to tuition fees for the Fall 2020 term. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery and are not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online).

Just as for the current Summer term, compulsory ancillary fees will reflect our ability to deliver services. Information on these adjustments, residence availability and other campus services will be shared in the coming weeks.

Your safety and wellbeing

Our decision to offer a mix of online and in-person classes means that you can continue to pursue your career and academic goals, rather than put them on hold, during this uncertain time.

The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We have a dedicated team working on plans for the safe, gradual reopening of our campuses, and we will continue to work closely with the government and public health authorities to ensure that we are adhering to all guidelines established for any potential on-campus activities. While these guidelines may change the look and feel of our campuses, the Humber community has already demonstrated a tremendous capacity to adapt and work together toward a common goal.

We also understand that advice from the authorities may change quickly and we may need to respond just as rapidly. This may mean needing to slow down a return to campus or shift our approach and we are prepared to do that. We will provide you with clear, ongoing communications and keep you informed of any impacts on your studies or our services. We continue to post regularly at humber.ca/updates.

In the meantime, we are focused on the future. The future of our students, the future of learning at Humber and future contributions of our graduates to this new world.

COVID-19 Update - May 19, 2020 - Update on eligibility for post-graduation work permit

On May 14 2020, the IRCC confirmed that the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility will not be affected for international students if their fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19. 

Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner. 

In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020. 

If you have any questions regarding the PGWPP please see IRCC’s website for more information or contact our International Student Advisors using this contact form. Due to the increase in enquiries that we are currently receiving, response time is approximately one week. 

**Please note: Humber is still evaluating options for fall program delivery and how we may be able to adapt in-person education to meet health and safety requirements.

COVID-19 Update: May 4, 2020 – Construction Projects Resume

On May 1, the Ontario government announced that certain businesses would be allowed to reopen under strict safety guidelines. This includes essential construction projects at colleges and universities.

Following Public Health direction, Humber had previously suspended on-campus construction projects. These projects have now restarted and all physical distancing and health guidelines will be strictly followed on site.

In addition, the following services remain open (or be available on-call): 

  • Residence (Building T – North Campus)
  • Cleaning limited to certain/occupied areas only
  • Public Safety guards and services to secure Humber’s premises
  • Facilities Management staff will be available (limited schedule on site plus on-call) for continued/safe operations of Humber premises, and  
  • Mailroom (limited schedule on site plus on-call basis)

The services that may operate on campus due to essential need, have protocols in place that are in line with guidance from public health authorities including advice, recommendations and instructions on physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting.  

For the latest information visit www.humber.ca/updates

COVID-19 Update - April 30, 2020 - International Travel

Humber has decided to cancel all Humber-sanctioned international travel for students, in all countries between now and September 1, 2020.

We will work with students to address the financial and academic impacts of these cancellations. Students who were scheduled to participate in these activities should contact their study abroad coordinator or program coordinator to discuss next steps. Similarly, employees who were scheduled to travel as part of any of these student trips should discuss next steps with their manager.

COVID-19 Update: April 29 - Humber Launches COVID-19 Support Our Students (SOS) Fund

As the global fight against COVID-19 continues, Humber College has rallied to address the economic needs of its most vulnerable students. Responding to a surge in demand for emergency financial support, Humber has set up the COVID-19 Support Our Students (SOS) Fund.

In support of the campaign, IGNITE is donating $250,000 towards the fund. This is the Student Union’s second significant donation to help students during the coronavirus crisis. In addition, many members of the Humber community including faculty, staff, alumni, donors and partners have already contributed. Humber is also matching gifts for a limited time.

The SOS Fund is open to returning domestic and international students currently living in Canada and registered in full-time postsecondary programs in the Summer 2020 term. 

Since mid-March Humber has received more than 5,000 applications for support. So far, the college has been able to help 2,300 students, distributing more than $1.2 million in emergency funds through the college, IGNITE and the provincial government. Donations to the SOS Fund can be made on the website.

The full media release can be found here.

COVID-19 Update - April 24 - Fee Adjustments for Winter and Summer 2020 Terms

The change to the delivery of our programs has had an impact on the services and learning experiences for students. As a result, we have made adjustments to program-specific ancillary fees for certain programs offered in Winter 2020. We have also reduced compulsory ancillary fees for Summer 2020.

We have received many questions about tuition fees. Post-secondary tuition and fees are established by the College in accordance with requirements from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery and the general operations of the College.

Tuition is not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online); it is primarily for the instruction, assessment and administration of program delivery, which is ongoing. As such, these costs are ineligible for refund or rebate.

To ensure students are able to plan for the upcoming term, all posted tuition fees are accurate and up-to-date. As always, financial aid information can be found on our website: humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html. Students may also email finaid@humber.ca with questions or to apply for support.

Winter 2020 Term Fee Adjustment Overview

For the Winter 2020 Term only, program ancillary fees that were paid for supplies or activities that were not used or accessed during the remainder of the term have been assessed and a pro-rated refund has been processed for students in the programs/semesters listed here.

Parking permit fees have also been assessed and pro-rated refunds issued to parking permit holders from North, Lakeshore, 110 Carrier & Woodbine Downs, and off campus (Queen's Plate Drive).

Students affected by these fee adjustments have been contacted directly by the Office of the Registrar. 

Summer 2020 Term

For the Summer 2020 Term only, students will not be charged for the following items:

  • Athletics & Recreation - $75. 54
  • Transcript Fee - $2.39
  • Campus Safety - $8.95

Total Reduction in Ancillary Fees for Summer 2020: $86.88

In addition, all Enhanced Student Experience Fees have been removed. Students will see an additional reduction of $55.95 in Enhanced Student Experience Fees.

In total, the Summer 2020 Fees have been reduced by $142.83.

Summer 2020 Program Ancillary fees were also adjusted for the Creative Book Publishing program. The Semester 1 Program Ancillary Fee of $113.00 was removed as students will not have an opportunity to attend an event.

COVID-19 Update - April 21 - Emergency Bursary Fund Update

With the Winter semester now finished, we will no longer be accepting applications for the Emergency Financial Relief Fund. Applications that have been submitted will continue to be reviewed by Financial Aid staff. Thanks to the generosity of IGNITE and support from the college and provincial government, 2,300 students have received support through this fund and more than $1.2 million was distributed to students in need. 

In the time period between now and the start of the summer semester, students are encouraged to review government financial aid opportunities at https://www.humber.ca/updates/gov-finaid. Students can also continue to enquire about financial need assistance by contacting finaid@humber.ca.

Last week, Humber announced a new COVID-19 Support our Students Fund that will help support students studying in the Summer and Fall terms. More details regarding the application process will be released soon.

COVID-19 Update: April 8, 2020

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program

The Government of Canada has announced that international students whose in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19 will still be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program.

This includes students who have a study permit or who have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June 2020, but who are unable to travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions. International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada, and may complete up to 50 per cent of their program while outside the country if they cannot travel here sooner.

This means that both new and current students at Humber who study online in the summer 2020 term will have those studies ‘count’ towards the amount of time required to qualify for a Canadian post-graduate work permit.

Students planning on starting their program with Humber in May 2020, will need to upload their study permit or letter of introduction to humber.ca/myhumber by April 27 to register.

Questions can be submitted to Humber Global using this contact form.

Student Support Initiatives

New support initiatives are being launched this week to provide students with direct support and/or opportunities to connect and engage.

Get a Call or Drop-in OnlineStudent Success Call Backs: Would a student like to talk to a staff member from Humber? A team of student services staff are available to call students and talk about how they are doing, listen to their concerns, answer questions, direct them to resources, or provide a warm referral to a service that can offer support. Appointments can be made here.

Virtual Drop-ins: On the @lifeathumber social accounts, there will be a schedule of events, skill development sessions, lunch breaks, and other opportunities for students to gather digitally, learn something valuable, participate in an activity or just hangout. Keep checking back on the @lifeathumber social accounts for the schedule. The first two sessions are:

  • Thursday, April 9 at 12 p.m. – How to manage stress
  • Monday, April 13 at 12 p.m. – Calm and confident test preparation

The latest information can always be found at www.humber.ca/updates.

COVID-19 Update: April 7, 2020 – Essential On-Campus Service Changes

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, the Ontario government updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. 

As a result, Humber is further limiting the number of essential services to operate on campus.  

The services that will remain open (or be available on-call) are: 

  • Residence (Building T – North Campus), with limited food services until April 18
  • Cleaning limited to certain/occupied areas only
  • Public Safety guards and services to secure Humber’s premises
  • Facilities Management staff will be available (on-call) for continued/safe operations of Humber premises, and  
  • Mailroom (on-call basis)

The services that may operate on campus due to essential need, have protocols in place that are in line with guidance from public health authorities including advice, recommendations and instructions on physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting.  

Under this revised directive, if someone needs to access the college premises, the current process requires employees to secure approval from their director or senior dean. The director or senior dean must contact Public Safety at publicsafety@humber.ca to provide rationale for the visit to ensure access to campus would be permitted.   

Students who are picking up technology needed to complete their studies can still continue to come to campus but only if the pick-up is prearranged.  

For the latest information visit www.humber.ca/updates.

COVID-19 Update - April 3, 2020 - Student Notice: Changes to Grading Policy for Winter 2020 Term

Today, interim changes to our grading policy were announced to support student success and to maintain our academic integrity while recognizing the impacts of the evolving COVID-19 situation. This note was sent to all students:

Dear students,

Let me first start by saying THANK YOU. You have faced a whirlwind of change, and I want to acknowledge your patience and ability to transition to online learning under such stressful circumstances. Completing the winter semester this way was not what anyone expected and I know you are stepping up and doing your best to make it work.

We are at the end of the second week of our alternate delivery model, and we have received a great deal of feedback from you and from our faculty and staff. In response, we are putting in place key interim changes to our standard practices to support your academic success and to maintain our academic integrity while recognizing the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The following interim changes will be implemented for the Winter 2020 semester: 

Use of Incomplete (INC) Grading
For courses with lab/shop/studio/placement or other face-to-face delivery requirements that cannot be completed until we return to campus, students will receive an incomplete grade (INC) when grades are released. Once you have had the chance to return to campus or to a placement setting, and have achieved the required course learning outcomes, we will replace the incomplete (INC) grade with your final grade.

Withdrawal-Late Notation (for the Winter 2020 semester only)
If you do not pass a course, you will automatically receive a Withdrawal-Late (WL) notation on your transcript. This notation will be reflected on your permanent transcript as a reflection of Humber’s change to its standard grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key things to understand about the ‘WL’ notation:

  • The ‘WL’ notation is not a grade and will not impact your GPA.
  • You will not be granted credit for courses in which a ‘WL’ was awarded.
  • You will still be required to repeat the course where necessary to complete program requirements.
  • The course where a ‘WL’ has been assigned will not count as a course attempt. 
  • You will not receive any tuition or fee refunds as a result of receiving a ‘WL’ notation.

Extension to the withdrawal date without academic penalty

In order to give you time to consider the changes outlined above, the last day to withdraw has been extended from Friday, April 3 to Thursday, April 9. 

The Registrar’s Office will contact any student who decided within the last two weeks to withdraw from a course. Students in that position will have the chance to reconsider their decision, and to re-enroll.

Once again, thank you for your cooperation and patience as we all navigate this unprecedented time together. If you have not had the chance to use the virtual supports available to help with your academic, and health and wellness needs, I would encourage you to do so. 

Please stay well,

Laurie Rancourt
Senior Vice-President, Academic

COVID-19 Update: April 2, 2020

Humber campuses remain closed until further notice, but the North residence remains open. Humber has announced that all Summer term courses will be delivered online/remotely. We understand that some students may need to stay in residence past the end of their current agreement, which ends at 12 p.m. on April 18. Students currently living in residence will be permitted to extend their stay past April 18. Please note that services continue to be reduced in residence.

Summer residence will only be available at the North Campus and will only include private, suite-style rooms. This will mean one resident per suite with access to one bedroom, as well as private access to the kitchenette and bathroom.

The residence cafeteria will close as scheduled on April 18. Residents in suites will continue to be permitted to use smoke-free small appliances with automatic shut offs in their kitchenettes. Examples of these include instant pots, rice cookers, crockpots, coffee pots, kettles, etc. Induction cooktops are not permitted due to lack of ventilation in the kitchenettes.

In addition:

  • Lounges, studies, the fitness room, and the community kitchens remain closed.
  • Guests are not permitted until further notice.
  • Summer residence fees will posted on student’s MyHumber or WebAdvisor accounts, and will be due by July 1, 2020.
  • Students who are in financial need and who may require assistance paying for their residence fees or other items, such as small appliances to cook during the summer, may apply for emergency bursary funding by emailing finaid@humber.ca 

Students wishing to stay past April 18 must complete the additional accommodations application on the residence portal by April 10. Students currently living in residence that have already submitted this application do not need to complete it again.

COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2020 - President's Message

To the Humber Community,

Thank you again for all your efforts over these past few weeks. I cannot stress enough how impressed I am with the way that we have come together to adapt and support each other during these challenging times. I know it has not been easy. We are halfway through our second week of online/remote delivery of courses and services and many of you are going above and beyond to create meaningful online learning and engagements with our students.

The health, well-being and safety of the Humber community remains our top priority. We have made some important decisions about our planned courses and activities for the Summer 2020 term that I want to share with you.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we will be delivering Summer 2020 full-time and continuing education courses online/remotely. The majority of programs originally offered in the Summer term will continue to be offered. Unfortunately, programs with significant lab components will be suspended. Students in those programs will resume their studies in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021. The updated list of Summer 2020 programs for new and returning students is available here.

Summer course registration will start on Monday, April 27. The Summer term will begin on Tuesday, May 19 and end on Friday, August 14.

The Office of the Registrar will send all students scheduled to study in the Summer term an email by the end of day Monday. The email will contain information including deferral options for those students who may wish to postpone their studies, and a deadline for that decision.

We will plan to continue to offer a wide range of student services virtually including academic advising, health services and library supports. The detailed list can be found here.

We have also decided to postpone our June convocation ceremonies and will hold these in November. Graduates will be mailed their credentials and all will be invited to attend the November ceremonies. We will also be looking at ways we can virtually celebrate their achievements in June.

We are following the guidance of public health agencies and we look forward to reopening campuses as soon as we are able. If we can return to campus during the next few months, we will resume campus activities where possible, but we will continue to offer summer classes remotely/online for the duration of the term.

These are unprecedented times. I want you to know that Humber is in a strong position to navigate this evolving situation. Throughout the uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis, it is our intent to continue to maintain the employment of all employees with whom we have an ongoing relationship.

Now that we know that students will not be required to be on campus during the Summer term, we will need to adapt our work accordingly. Some areas of the college may have new demands placed on them as a result, while others may have more bandwidth available to help support different work to sustain our operations. We are finding new ways to do our jobs, and we will need to do things differently for the next while.

We will continue to provide you with the latest information in the daily Communiqé and at www.humber.ca/updates.

Thank you for your dedication to student success. The Humber community has come together and has demonstrated ingenuity, patience and resilience at the time when it has been needed the most.  

Sincerely,

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO

Bursaries Established to Assist Domestic & International Students in Need

Amid the changing COVID-19 situation, IGNITE funds student bursaries

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Humber students have expressed additional financial need.

In response, IGNITE Student Union has provided funds to establish an Emergency Financial Relief Fund to provide Financial Need Bursaries which are open to domestic and international students with proven financial need. Humber College is combining this new funding with existing bursary funds to support students.

Bursaries are awarded on an individual basis upon consideration of expenses, income, family support, part-time employment opportunities, academic standing and personal circumstances.

Application Process: 

Students who require emergency funding and wish to apply should email finaid@humber.ca and include a brief outline of their financial need.

Students will be asked to complete a budget sheet & short statement about how the COVID-19 situation is affecting their finances. Please note that students must be currently enrolled in a Diploma/Degree/Ontario Graduate Certificate/Ontario Certificate program in order to apply for funding.

Students will receive a response within 2 to 3 days for applications submitted online.  

The award amount is based on individual assessed need.

For more information regarding the emergency Financial Need Bursaries, please visit humber.ca/updates/frequently-asked-questions or email finaid@humber.ca

COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2020

Humber is aware that earlier today, in order to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government ordered themandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possible extension of this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released on Tuesday.

Once we receive the list of businesses and any further information, we will review and update the Humber community accordingly.

Even though the college is closed, there are limited operations on campus to support students who are still living in residence and to support essential services that align with critical activities of the college. There is a daily review of what is considered essential work. Employees who may have any questions about their work assignments should discuss those directly with their manager.

COVID-19 Update - March 20, 2020

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, several key decisions were communicated across the Humber community. Below you will find a recap of the latest news and resources available to support us throughout this time. 

Important Winter 2020 Completion Update

Here is an excerpt from a full message that was sent to all students on March 19, 2020. Students will all receive their academic completion by end of day on March 20, 2020. 

When academic delivery resumes on Monday, March 23, all Humber classes will be offered remotely/online until the end of the Winter 2020 semester on Friday, April, 17. Students will not need to return to campus for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester. 

We know that this isn’t the way that any of us expected the semester to end. As your safety and academic success are of paramount importance, we believe completing the Winter 2020 semester in this manner is the best option.
 

Residence

Here is an excerpt from a full message that was sent to all students living in Humber Residence:

Humber has closed its campuses and Faculties/programs are arranging for course completion to occur remotely/online. Students will not need to return to campus for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester.

This means that there is no longer an academic need for students to remain in residence. As a result, we now expect residents to permanently move out of residence by Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 12 p.m.

We understand that some students have legitimate extenuating circumstances making it difficult for them to vacate immediately. Residents with no access to other accommodation options must complete the Residence Extension Request form on the residence portal at https://myresidence.humber.ca/starrezportalx by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
 

Remote Teaching and Learning Supports 

  • Student Learning Kit: We have created a Student Learning Kit to provide help with Blackboard, other online tools and tips for online learning. There is also information on how you can connect with Open Learning Centre staff for support by email or phone. The Kit can be found here
  • Learning Continuity Kit: A Learning Continuity Kit has been developed to assist in this transition. Online resources and training can be found here. Faculty members who have questions, can connect with someone for help. Contact information can be found here

All-Employee Communication from Human Resources

An all-employee notice was shared with staff on Sunday, March 15 outlining details about how to work remotely moving forward while the campus is closed. You can read the full message here.

**NEW** Spring Open House 

Humber has decided to cancel the physical Spring Open House, which was scheduled for April 18, 2020.  

We understand that visiting Humber's campuses, exploring the learning spaces and speaking with the faculty and students helps to inform post-secondary decisions. We look forward to providing those opportunities again as soon as possible. 

Employees from the Marketing team and the Registrar’s Office will be working with the academic division to explore other ways to connect with applicants and those that have accepted their offer of admission.

Student Services Update

A comprehensive list of student services and how they can currently be accessed is now posted here.
 

Emergency Service Interruption  

Following a power outage earlier this week, there is a need for an ITS service shutdown from Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, March 22 at 8 a.m. During this period of time, Office365, HRMS and Blackboard will still be accessible. 
 

As always, the most up-to-date information as well as previously message about COVID-19 can be found on humber.ca/updates.

COVID-19 Update - March 19, 2020

As you know, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. Humber has closed its campuses and Faculties/programs are arranging for course completion to occur remotely/online. Students will not need to return to campus for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester.

This means that there is no longer an academic need for students to remain in residence. As a result, we now expect residents to permanently move out of residence by Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 12 p.m.

We understand that some students have legitimate extenuating circumstances making it difficult for them to vacate immediately. Residents with no access to other accommodation options must complete the Residence Extension Request form on the residence portal at https://myresidence.humber.ca/starrezportalx by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Students who are approved for an extension should be aware that Humber may need to relocate residents to different rooms or different campuses. As we may be required to close the residences at both Lakeshore and North Campus prior to April 18, we recommend any student granted an extension to find an alternative housing arrangement as soon as possible. 

As previously communicated, residents who move out permanently by 12 p.m. on March 24, 2020 will receive a prorated refund of $827 for single rooms and $1,045 for suite rooms, as well as the unused balance of their meal plan. Please ensure that when you move out, you take all your belongings with you, as once you check out at the front desk, you will no longer have access to residence for the remainder of the academic year.

As a reminder, many residence services have already been reduced, and we expect to further reduce services after March 24. Take-out meals will be offered on a reduced schedule from the residence cafeteria. We are no longer permitting overnight guests and we are restricting daytime guest visits to those that are necessary.

We know that this isn’t the way that any of us expected the semester to end, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please direct any questions to resmail@humber.ca

COVID-19 Update - Student Notice: Important Winter 2020 Completion Update 

The following notice was sent to all Humber students on Thursday, March 19. 

Dear Humber students,

We know that the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation has been challenging and a source of stress for you and your fellow students. Humber is monitoring the changes closely as the health, well-being and safety of our campus community is always our top priority.

We have made some important decisions that I want to share with you.

When academic delivery resumes on Monday, March 23, all Humber classes will be offered remotely/online until the end of the Winter 2020 semester on Friday, April, 17Students will not need to return to campus for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester. 

We know that this isn’t the way that any of us expected the semester to end. As your safety and academic success are of paramount importance, we believe completing the Winter 2020 semester in this manner is the best option. 

We will make every effort to ensure that you complete your studies successfully, and are supported along the way. We are working to ensure that students in the final semester of their programs will be able to meet graduation requirements in order to graduate on time.

Any critical learning outcomes requiring lab access will be addressed in one or more of the following ways:

  • they will be delivered through faculty-led online learning, including video tutorials;
  • they will occur in subsequent semesters;
  • they will be delivered through other appropriate means.

Regardless of any changes to delivery format, you will be granted the same credit value for completing your program based on the assessment of required learning outcomes.

All students will receive an academic completion plan by end of day on Friday, March 20, 2020. Completion plans are being created by your professors, and will include information about the content to be covered in your courses and any changes to assessments. They will identify how you will be required to complete outstanding course requirements for this semester. If you do not have access to the technology required to complete your studies, you should contact your program coordinator.

The academic completion plans will also include information related to the completion of work-integrated-learning. If you have any questions about the work-integrated-learning content outlined in your plan, you should contact your placement advisor. 

In addition to your forthcoming academic completion plans, we also have a number of academic support services to help you with your studies. Please visit the Student Services Update tab at www.humber.ca/updates for a full list of services and their availability in the coming weeks. All key updates will continue to be posted on the main updates page.

We have also created a Student Learning Kit to provide help with Blackboard, other online tools and tips for online learning. There is also information on how you can connect with Open Learning Centre staff for support by email or phone. The Kit can be found at http://bit.ly/humberslkit

Please note the following: 

  • Existing online classes will continue to be offered as scheduled.
  • There are a limited number of programs in which students may be required to come to campus during the Spring/Summer semester to complete mandatory lab components. This information will be included in your academic completion plan.
  • For Apprenticeship programs, Ontario colleges continue to have discussions with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. We will provide information on the plans for the in-class portion of these programs as soon as possible. 

As you know, campuses are closed indefinitely and we are significantly limiting the number of people on campus to only those providing onsite essential services. We recognize there may be specific circumstances that require students to pick up personal items from campus (i.e. those kept in lockers). If you absolutely must retrieve any items from campus, you must do so by Friday, March 27th at 5:00 p.m

Students must first contact Public Safety by email at publicsafety@humber.ca or call 416.675.8500 to make pick-up arrangements. You will receive direction on which entrance to access and you should be prepared to be asked some initial screening questions by security and to provide picture identification. If you do not contact Public Safety, you will not be able to access campus.

We know that you may have questions about refunds for services, such as parking, or planned field trips that now won’t occur.Updates regarding refunds for these kinds of items will be forthcoming as we continue to assess the operational impact of the COVID-19 situation and receive guidance from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.   

While this is an unprecedented situation, Humber has dedicated and experienced faculty and support staff who can respond to the varying needs of our students. Our immediate focus is on ensuring that each of you has the opportunity to complete your Winter 2020 courses. We are Humber and we are committed to your success.

Sincerely,

Laurie Rancourt
Senior Vice-President, Academic

COVID-19 Update - March 18, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Humber staff and faculty are working on contingency plans for the remainder of the semester. Here is a list of new information/decisions:

Residence

Students in residence who can move out are being encouraged to do so. Students who move out before March 24, 2020 will receive a prorated refund for their room as well as the unused balance of their meal plan. Overnight guests are no longer permitted. All residents received an email with this information earlier today.

Student Services Update

A comprehensive list of student services and how they can currently be accessed is now posted here.  

As always, the most up-to-date information as well as previously message about COVID-19 can be found on humber.ca/updates.

COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2020 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Humber staff and faculty are working on contingency plans for the remainder of the semester. 

An update for all students on the academic plan for the completion of the semester will be shared by Friday, March 20. This will include information about any requirements to return for in-person learning that can only be done in campus labs or with specific equipment.

International students have been advised that if they choose to return to their home country, the College will work with them to ensure they can complete their current studies remotely or in subsequent semesters. International students with questions about this may contact the International Centre here

A comprehensive list of how students can access services while the colleges is closed will be posted on humber.ca/updates tomorrow.

As always, the most up-to-date information as well as previously message about COVID-19 can be found on humber.ca/updates.

COVID-19 Update - March 16, 2020

To the Humber Community, 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly and, in an effort, to ensure social distancing and minimize the number of students and employees on campus, we are working to limit the number of people on campus.  

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all Humber College campuses are closed until further notice.

Students and employees – except for identified essential services and staff – will not be able to access campus. This includes a closure of the third floor of the Learning Resource Commons, and the L Building at Lakeshore Campus. 

Over the coming days, additional decisions will continue to be made, and we will share those with the Humber community as soon as possible.  

Students 

As a reminder, there is no academic activity this week. Students will receive an update from their program by the end of the week about alternative academic delivery from Monday, March 23 until Friday, April 17.  

Residence 

Humber Residence remains open. If possible, we encourage students to go home for the week of March 16 to 20, as there will be limited services available on campus. Please contact resmail@humber.ca or lakeresmail@humber.ca if you have any questions.   

 Campus Operations   

  • Humber ceased the delivery of on-site classes from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, March 22, with no classes held on campus during that period.    
  • Where possible, classes will be delivered remotely from Monday, March 23 to April 17. This could include a mix of delivery methods that includes online delivery. Students will be receiving direct communication regarding academic delivery from their program/Faculty in the coming days.   
  • **NEW** The last day to withdraw from the Winter semester Without Academic Penalty is now March 27 (was previously March 20).  
  • **NEW** The 2020 Summer semester will begin registration on Monday, March 30, 2020. The semester will commence on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and conclude on Friday, August 14, 2020.  
  • **NEW** Students will receive direct communications regarding all Student Services and how they can access them in the weeks ahead. A full list will also be posted on www.humber.ca/updates.   

Employees 

If there are certain work tasks that you need to perform on site or need to collect some documents or files, you will need approval from your manager and your manager needs to contact Public Safety at publicsafety@humber.ca to provide the details of your brief visit to ensure you will be allowed entrance on campus. Please spend minimal time on campus for this purpose. 

Human Resources   

  • **NEW** The on-person HRMS Resolution Centre will be shifting to an online ticketing solution. For all HR issues and issues related to pay, please contact our HR Support Centre as follows: Call 416.675.5001; chat at www.humber.ca/hrchat; submit an e-form at www.humber.ca/hrinquiry  
  • If you are an employee who would typically enter scheduled hours through HRMS to be paid, you must continue to do so by entering hours that reflect hours that you would have been regularly scheduled to work.   
  • No one will suffer a loss of pay for their regular earnings as a result of limiting on-site work during this time.  

Humber Facilities and Programs  

  • Humber’s Child Development Centre is closed until further notice.  
  • March Break camps are cancelled.   
  • The gym/fitness centre will be closed until further notice.   
  • **New** All five Humber Community Employment Services Offices will be closed for in-person service. Updates regarding online services will be available here.   
  • For updates about the University of Guelph-Humber campus operations and plans, please visit www.guelphhumber.ca/Covid-19.   

Resources and Contacts  

We want to emphasize that Humber takes the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously, and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely. All the latest updates related to COVID-19 can be found at humber.ca/updates. Humber’s social media channels and MyHumber also point to this page.  

These are unusual times, and we know the current situation may be causing stress and uncertainty. If students or employees need support or counselling, there are resources to help. Post-secondary students can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454. Therapy Assist Online provides online and mobile tools and is also available to students. Full-time employees may access the Employee Assistance Program.  

If you have any questions, please contact:  

COVID-19 Update - March 13, 2020 - President’s Message

Students and colleagues,

Over the last few days, the COVID-19 situation has evolved rapidly and we have been monitoring the changes closely. The health and safety of our campus community is always our top priority.

I am writing to provide an important update regarding Humber’s response to COVID-19.

In an effort to minimize the number of people on campus over the next three weeks, we are taking a number of steps. Let me begin with the most important elements:

  • Humber has decided to cease the delivery of on-site classes from March 16 to 20. This means that there will be no classes held on campus during that period. This is being done so that College faculty and staff can appropriately plan for remote delivery of classes beginning on March 23rd. This will also allow us the opportunity to undertake a deep cleaning of technical equipment and classrooms.
  • Contingency plans to address final exams are being prepared, information will be shared in the coming days.
  • For the week of March 16 to 20 the College will remain open; however, all classes will be cancelled. There will be a limited number of Public Safety, Facilities, Student Services and Registrar’s Office services available during this time. An updated list of available on-campus services will be provided regularly on the Humber Updates page.
  • From March 23 to April 17, Humber classes will be delivered remotely wherever possible. Support will be available to faculty members during this period.
  • It is important to note that field and clinical placements will continue in their current mode wherever possible, pending any decisions by placement organizations which may impact their operations.
  • Humber Residence will remain open and operational. If possible, we encourage students to go home for the week of March 16 to 20 as there will be limited services available on campus. Communication will be sent to students who live in residence in the coming days.
  • Humber Libraries are physically closed from March 16 to 20. All online library resources are available. Libraries are expected to reopen (physically) on March 23. 
  • Humber’s Child Development Centre is closed until further notice. We will monitor the situation and advise families as soon as anything changes.
  • March Break camp is cancelled.
  • The gym/fitness centre will be closed until further notice.
  • The Humber Community Employment Services Offices will remain open until further notice.
  • For updates about University of Guelph-Humber campus operations and plans, please visit www.guelphhumber.ca/Covid-19.
  • For all members of the Humber and Guelph-Humber community, if you are ill, please stay home.

We know that these decisions will cause some disruption, and we apologize for that. We’re in uncharted territory. We have been consulting and liaising with other post-secondary institutions in the province as we all look to protect our communities. One of the key factors in these decisions is the need to foster a degree of “social distancing”, as recommended by public health authorities. On that front, our goal is to help interrupt the chain of transmission in the wider community, thereby protecting vulnerable individuals and ensuring that our health care system will not become overburdened. 

More detailed information about these changes will be available for students, faculty, and staff on www.humber.ca/updates. We will continue to update the FAQs and post other important information. I urge you to review the site on a regular basis.

As a reminder, we have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, residence, etc. This includes the cleaning of keyboards and monitors in the open access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.  Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus are monitored and filled regularly.

Finally, I want to thank everyone for your patience and understanding.

To the Humber faculty and staff who have been working long hours the last several weeks to ensure we are prepared to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community – thank you.

To our students: these are unusual times and we know the current situation may be causing stress and uncertainty. If students or employees need support or counselling, there are resources to help. Post-secondary students can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454. Therapy Assist Online provides online and mobile tools and is also available to students. Full-time employees may access the Employee Assistance Program.

The College’s Critical Incident Response Team, which is responsible for COVID-19 oversight, planning and preparation, is staying on top of the developments. This is a dynamic situation and things can continue to change quickly.

It’s a challenging time and I appreciate your understanding and patience. We all look forward to the day when we can resume our regular activities. We will get through this together.

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO

COVID-19 Update: Plans for rest of Winter 2020 semester

In an effort to limit the number of people on campus for the remainder of the semester, Humber will be suspending all classes for the week of March 16 – 20. From March 23 to April 17, Humber will be moving to remote delivery of classes, wherever possible.

Field and clinical placements will continue, wherever possible. Additional details about campus operations and labs will be shared later today. Please standby for more information.

We will continue to monitor and regular updates will be provided on an ongoing basis.

COVID-19 Update – March 11, 2020

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to provide updates to the community. We are actively engaging with Toronto Public Health and reviewing information from various Canadian health authorities to ensure that we are prepared and responding to ongoing changes with respect to the health and safety of our students.

International Travel

As the situation continues to evolve, Humber has decided to cancel all Humber-sanctioned international travel for students, in all countries between now and June 30, 2020.

We will work with students to address the financial and academic impacts of these cancellations. Students who were scheduled to participate in these activities should contact their study abroad coordinator or program coordinator to discuss next steps. Similarly, employees who were scheduled to travel as part of any of these student trips should discuss next steps with their manager.

Documentation for student absences

The need for students to provide sick notes is suspended as a result of the COVID-19 situation. Students who are ill are asked to stay home and self-isolate. Understanding that visits to medical professionals may not be possible or advisable in some situations, students may be absent for up to 14 calendar days without requiring a sick note from a physician.

Students are expected to notify their professors/program coordinators of their absence in advance. Upon return to regular college activity, students are expected to make up for missed work. Any questions related to student absences can be directed to professors, program coordinators or Associate Deans. The College may require additional documentation to verify fitness to return to campus/class after an illness.

Documentation for employee absences

Faculty members/instructors who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated and therefore are unable to attend class, should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, their Program Head and/or Assistant Program Head) before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

All other employees who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their manager before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

Employees will be accommodated, as long as appropriate notification is provided. The College may require additional documentation to verify fitness to return to work.

Academic Continuity

Academic Continuity Kits have been developed to support faculty and learners and to prepare, should college operations need to change. Academic kits will be provided to Faculty members. Faculty will receive further communication about academic continuity within the coming days.

Counselling and Support Services

We understand that the evolving nature of this situation may cause uncertainty and uneasiness.

If students or employees need support or counselling, there are resources to help. Post-secondary students can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454. Therapy Assist Online provides online and mobile tools and is also available to students. Full-time employees may access the Employee Assistance Program.

Measures Underway

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency, the current risk to Canadians remains low. We maintain ongoing contact with Toronto Public Health and have been advised that there are no additional actions required, and to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention strategies.

Humber is following all respiratory illness protocols and prevention measures already in place. In addition, areas of the College that provide health-related services, including the Health Centres, Dental Centres, the Humber Spa and the Tzu Chi Clinic of Chinese Medicine, have the recommended screening protocols in place.

We have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, Residence etc. This includes the keyboards and monitors in the open access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.

Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

As we are in the winter flu season, we ask everyone to:

  • wash your hands as frequently as possible
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and clean your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm and then wash your hands,
  • and stay home if you’re feeling ill.

Public Health Ontario also has several hand hygiene videos available as reference.

Resources and Contacts

We want to emphasize that Humber takes the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously and we are monitoring the situation closely. An oversight group comprising representatives from the Academic Division, Communications, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management, Public Safety, Student Success and Engagement, and the University of Guelph-Humber will provide regular updates to the community.

All of the latest updates related to COVID-19 can be found at www.humber.ca/updates. Humber’s social media channels, and MyHumber also point to this page.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Further information about COVID-19 is available through these health authority web links:
Ontario Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page
Toronto Medical Officer of Health – March 11 statement
Toronto Public Health 
Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
Public Health Agency of Canada

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - March 9, 2020

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. All classes, campus operations and activities are continuing as scheduled.

There are currently no identified cases of COVID-19 at Humber or the University of Guelph-Humber.

We are taking the COVID-19 situation seriously and the health and well-being of the entire college community is of paramount importance. We will continue to provide students and employees with regular updates through www.humber.ca/updates, Communique, MyHumber and www.guelphhumber.ca/covid-19.

The College has activated its Critical Incident Response Team, which is responsible for COVID-19 oversight, planning and preparation. Humber has a pandemic plan and multiple business continuity plans in place, should they be required.

What if someone does test positive for COVID-19?

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be under the direction and support of their local public health unit. The public health unit will follow-up with potential close contacts of the individual. Humber will take direction from Public Health as to what follow-up measures are to be implemented, should the need arise.

All students and employees (including the University of Guelph-Humber) must inform Humber if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Students can notify Jacqueline Anderson, Associate Director, Health and Counselling. Employees can notify Margaret Fung, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety. Humber will track these individuals and provide appropriate support to these individuals throughout their period of illness and recovery.

Ability to Work and Learn on Campus

Recommendations to support global containment efforts and limit the spread of the virus, including self-isolation are still in place, particularly for those who may have been travelling recently. The Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Update page provides regularly updated travel advisories.

If a student or employee, or their family members, have travelled to China, Iran, or Northern Italy within the last 14 days, they should stay at home and contact Toronto Public Health to seek guidance as to whether they should self-isolate before coming to work or class.

Any students who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber they should contact their instructor and/or academic advisor) before coming to campus. Students will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Faculty members who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated and therefore are unable to attend class, should stay home and contact their Associate Dean (for the University of Guelph-Humber, they should contact their Program Head or Assistant Program Head) before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

All other employees who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their manager before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

Employees will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Measures Underway

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency, the current risk to Canadians remains low. We maintain ongoing contact with Toronto Public Health and have been advised that there are no additional actions required, and to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention strategies.

In addition to what has been communicated previously, bring your own mug/cup is currently not available at Starbucks and Tim Horton’s locations on campus. The Roll Up The Rim at Tim Horton’s contest has also been suspended to limit potential exposure with the return of used coffee cup rims.

Humber is following all respiratory illness protocols and prevention measures already in place. In addition, areas of the College that provide health-related services, including the Health Centres, Dental Centres, the Humber Spa and the Tzu Chi Clinic of Chinese Medicine, have the recommended screening protocols in place.

We have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, Residence etc. This includes the keyboards and monitors in the open access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.

Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

As we are in the winter flu season, we ask everyone to:

  • wash your hands as frequently as possible
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and clean your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm and then wash your hands,
  • and stay home if you’re feeling ill.

Public Health Ontario also has several hand hygiene videos available as reference.

Resources and Contacts

We want to emphasize that Humber takes the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously and we are monitoring the situation closely. An oversight group comprising representatives from the Academic Division, Communications, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management, Public Safety, Student Success and Engagement, and the University of Guelph-Humber will provide regular updates to the community.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Other COVID-19 information is available at the following links:
Ontario Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page
Toronto Medical Officer of Health statement – March 2
Toronto Public Health
Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
Public Health Agency of Canada

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - March 6, 2020

Humber College continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. All classes, campus operations and activities are continuing as scheduled.

Humber-sanctioned activities abroad

Health authorities are providing regular COVID-19 updates, and the college continues to monitor and follow these updates. For the most up-to-date information in Ontario and Toronto, community members are encouraged to visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website, as well as the Toronto Public Health website.

The Government of Canada is also regularly updating their Travel Health Notices and categorizing the regions by level of COVID-19 concern. Canadians are advised to avoid non-essential travel to locations categorized as level 3 and are advised to practice special precautions when visiting locations categorized as level 2. As of March 4, the category 2 and 3 advisories apply to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea.

In light of this travel advice, Humber-sanctioned activities scheduled to take place in those regions – for both students and employees – are cancelled until June 30, 2020. We will work with students to address the financial and academic impacts of these cancellations. Students who were scheduled to participate in activities to these regions will receive an email and should contact their study abroad coordinator or program coordinator to discuss next steps. Similarly, employees who were scheduled to travel to one of these destinations should discuss next steps with their manager.

The University of Guelph-Humber has also cancelled university sanctioned trips to those regions for students and staff.

This measure will be in effect as long as the Government of Canada advisories remain in place. We will monitor this situation as it continues to evolve. We recognize that students and staff may choose to withdraw from scheduled trips to other parts of the world. We will do our best to minimize financial and academic impacts of those decisions. We may need to cancel trips to other countries, depending on how the situation evolves. Please keep in mind that low enrolment/participation rate may also result in further cancellations. As other organizations work to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is likely that domestic work placements may be impacted as well.

Ability to Work and Learn on Campus

Recommendations to support global containment efforts and limit the spread of the virus, including self-isolation are still in place, particularly for those who may have been travelling recently. The Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Update page provides regularly updated travel advisories and advice.

If a student or employee, or their family members, have travelled to China, Iran, or Northern Italy within the last 14 days, they should stay at home and contact Toronto Public Health to seek guidance as to whether they should self-isolate before coming to work or class.

Any students who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their Associate Dean before coming to campus. Students will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Faculty members who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated and therefore are unable to attend class, should stay home and contact their Associate Dean before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

All other employees who are feeling unwell and/or have reason to believe they should be self-isolated should stay home and contact their manager before coming to campus to discuss appropriate next steps.

Employees will be accommodated, as long as the appropriate notice and documentation is provided, as required.

Measures Underway

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency, the current risk to Canadians remains low. We maintain ongoing contact with Toronto Public Health and have been advised that there are no additional actions required, and to follow regular respiratory illness protocols and prevention strategies.

Humber is following all respiratory illness protocols and prevention measures already in place. In addition, areas of the College that provide health-related services, including the Health Centres, Dental Centres, the Humber Spa and the Tzu Chi Clinic of Chinese Medicine, have the recommended screening protocols in place.

We have increased cleaning of high touch point areas, using a chemical that kills both coronavirus and norovirus. Electrostatic fogging machines are also being used twice a week in cafeterias, open computer labs, high-traffic washrooms, athletic changerooms, health centres, Residence etc. This includes the keyboards and monitors in the open access labs. Electrostatic fogging machines seal surfaces so that germs are unable to attach to them.

As we are in the winter flu season, we ask everyone to:

  • wash your hands as frequently as possible
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and clean your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm and then wash your hands,
  • and stay home if you’re feeling ill.

Soap and hospital-grade hand sanitizer dispensers across campus will be monitored and filled regularly.

Resources and Contacts

Humber takes the health and well-being of our staff and students seriously and we are monitoring the situation closely. An oversight group comprising representatives from the Academic Division, Communications, Human Resources, Legal and Risk Management, Public Safety, Student Success and Engagement, and the University of Guelph-Humber will provide regular updates to the community.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Other links:
Ontario Ministry of Health Statement
Toronto Medical Officer of Health statement – March 2
Toronto Public Health
Toronto Public Health Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
Public Health Agency of Canada