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Information for the Huron Community

This webpage is intended to provide the Huron Community with linkages to information regarding and updates from Western University, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Ontario Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

UPDATE, MARCH 27: Huron’s Spring Theology and Faculty of Arts and Social Science Convocations have been canceled. At this time, we do not know when we will be able to hold these events on campus again. It is our intention to recognize our students’ accomplishments publicly at a future date. This will allow Huron to come together as a community and celebrate the hard work and scholarly achievements of our students. It will also allow family, friends, and those who have helped them along the way to be part of the event. 

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UPDATE, MARCH 24: Following the announcement from the Ontario Premier’s Office that all non-essential businesses must close, Huron will close this evening as directed. Huron will observe the closure as outlined from the Premier for a period of two weeks which means campus cannot re-open until at least Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Huron will maintain all essential operations related to our Residence and the students who remain there. The well-being, health and safety of our students that remain on campus is paramount.

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UPDATE, MARCH 20: Given that Huron now has a limited number of students on Campus, and virtually all staff and faculty are now working from home, we will be taking further measures to secure and protect Campus. Please rest assured that we have, and will continue to have, essential staff on campus to support our students that remain in Residence. 

Effective Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., and until further notice, all Non-Residence Campus buildings will be locked. We are asking all staff and faculty to limit their presence on Campus to urgent or time-sensitive matters only. Only the Main Entrance at Information Desk will be open. If you must come to Campus, please use this entrance only and advise Security at the Information Desk of your arrival and plans while on campus.  

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UPDATE, MARCH 18: 

Students:

  • Our students are in the process of moving out after we issued a voluntary move out notice last week;
  • For those who cannot return home for multiple reasons - we are currently working with these students to ensure they are safe and taken care of;
  • For any student that is struggling at this time, Academic Advising, Residence Management, and Wellness Services continue to operate online and by phone.

Staff:

  • As a proactive and precautionary measure to practice social-distancing, Huron moved to a reduced staffing model on campus effective Monday, March 16. This decision was not made lightly, but will ensure our staff, faculty and other Community members are healthy and safe and can still provide exceptional service; 
  • All teams will be operational during this reduced staffing period on campus and can be contacted as normal;
  • Since some students remain on campus, residences, dining hall, maintenance, security and housekeeping remain operational;
  • Huron is maintaining Payroll for all full-time and part-time staff; 
  • We have asked staff and faculty to limit their attendance on campus to adhere to social distancing protocols.

Faculty:

  • Huron canceled all classes on campus Friday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 17, 2020;  
  • Effective March 18, 2020, all classes moved to online course delivery for the remainder of the semester;  
  • Final exams are being reimagined in a variety of ways compatible with online learning. No in-person exams will be held on campus. 


Facilities:

  • Huron will no longer be booking campus tours for the foreseeable future.
  • Campus is currently not completely closed at this time. However, we have asked staff and faculty who come on campus to notify Justin Henry, Director, Human Resources with the date and time you are on campus;
  • The Library closed completely at 5:00 p.m. March 18. Online tools will remain accessible;
  • Housekeeping continues to work above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our campus is clean;
  • Our dining hall has switched from serve yourself to a full-service model to assist in hygiene best practices during this time. The hours of our dining hall have also been reduced to bolster the number of workers available.

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UPDATE, MARCH 13: At Huron, we want to ensure we are taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our students and all Canadians. 
Beginning Friday, March 13, Huron will be canceling classes until Tuesday, March 17. Starting Wednesday, March 18, all classes will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester. This means students and faculty should not come to campus as classes will not be held on campus. 

It is our intention that, to the degree possible, classes with final exams will proceed with their exams. For most, this will mean a transition to a “take-home” rather than “sit-down” format. In all instances, students will receive direction from professors.

We understand that this is a stressful time for our students, staff, and faculty alike, so as a precaution, we are issuing a voluntary move out beginning, Friday, March 13. We have encouraged all students to move out of residence and find other accommodations if they are able to. This is to ensure that we are practicing proper social distancing and reduction around crowds / living in close proximity to others. In this sense, we have also communicated to our students we are there for them every step of the way and will assist them on all fronts.

Huron’s community will also be moving to a reduced staffing model beginning Monday, March 16. This means only essential staff will remain on campus, and all other staff will work from home. 

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For the most up-to-date information, please visit:

COVID-19 Western Informational Page

COVID-19 Middlesex-London Health Unit Page

COVID-19 Ontario Ministry of Health Page


Huron continues to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and takes its direction and shares information from Western University, as well as federal, provincial and local health authorities.

Please follow appropriate protocols for travelers returning from affected areas as outlined on the Ontario Ministry of Health website.

To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including COVID-19, you should follow usual health precautions such as:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette. Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve; or cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces frequently

London-Middlesex Health Unit Hygiene Information

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the appropriate resource – we are here to help.

Contact information: 

Questions from Faculty and Staff - Email Us

Questions or support for students - Email Us

Wellness Services - Email Us