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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).

Updates

Update, May 27, 2021: Huron alongside our partners at the Western University and affiliated colleges Brescia and King’s, will be requiring students living in residence to have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, assuming Ontario’s supply allows. Read more here.

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

FAQs

WILL THE RESIDENCES BE OPEN IN THE FALL?

Yes. We are planning to open our residences for single room occupancy for incoming 1st years (Class of 2025). We will be adhering to provincial guidelines and implementing a number of safety protocols within the residences and across campus to ensure students’ health and safety.

WILL VACCINES BE REQUIRED FOR THOSE LIVING IN RESIDENCE?

Yes – we will be requiring students living in residence to have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, assuming Ontario’s supply allows.  If you have any questions or concerns about your individual situation, please contact huronrez@huron.uwo.ca.

WILL I NEED TO BE VACCINATED IN ORDER TO ATTEND CLASSES OR TAKE PART IN CAMPUS ACITIVITES?

No – the vaccination requirement is only in place for those living in Huron residences. We are taking this step to keep our entire community safe.

That said, we strongly encourage everyone in the Huron community to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated will help us return to normal life on campus and keep everyone safe. Check your eligibility with your local public health authority.

WILL I HAVE TO QUARANTINE ONCE I ARRIVE TO CAMPUS?

The only students who may be required to quarantine are students arriving from overseas locations. Students will be placed in an off-campus quarantine location according to provincial or federal requirements. Any students arriving to campus who live in Canada will not be required to quarantine after moving in to the residence.

I HAVE APPLIED TO HURON FOR SEPTEMBER 2021. WILL I BE ALLOWED TO DEFER UNTIL 2022?

If you have been admitted to Huron for the September 2021 intake, you may submit a request to defer your admission until September 2022. In order to do so, please email Meklit Haile at mhaile2@huron.uwo.ca

WHAT WILL CLASSES LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR

At this time, Huron is planning for a return to in-person classes for September 2021. We are keeping an eye on provincial guidelines and requirements that may impact the logistics of our fall return. More information on what you can expect will be communicated throughout the summer.

WHAT IF I CANNOT ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS BECAUSE OF VISA DELAYS?

Huron will work directly with international students to support their learning starting in September 2021. A member of our team will be reaching out directly to share resources regarding Visa delays.

HOW DO I SET UP AN ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION DUE TO A DOCUMENTED DISABILITY?

If you have an ongoing need for accommodation due to a documented disability, you need to reach out to Student Accessibility Services at Western: http://academicsupport.uwo.ca/ It is advised for students to reach out in the summer to provide time for accommodations to be assessed and processed.  Western will keep your documents on file and your instructors and Academic Advisor will be able to review any accommodations that you require.  Western will also outline the process you will need to follow in advance of using your ongoing accommodations.

WILL STUDENT SERVICES LIKE WELLNESS COUNSELLING AND ACADEMIC ADVISING BE AVAILABLE IN PERSON?

At this time, student services and wellness are planning a return to campus to offer services in-person to all students who require support in either area.

WHAT LIBRARY SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE

Library & Learning Services at Huron will offer a full complement of learning and research support to the Huron community in 2021-2022. The Library’s website (https://huronatwestern.ca/library) is the best place to connect with us and to learn more about both in-person and online options to access course and learning materials, as well as the diverse array of in-depth, one-on-one academic communication, information, learning, research, and writing support services we offer.

Huron’s academic librarians and academic staff offer in-class, integrated instruction as well as targeted workshops to help you develop the critical skills, knowledge, and capacities you’ll need to thrive in university. We also offer both peer-based and professional one-on-one consultations for: English Language Learning, course tutoring (business, economics, and math), internship applications, learning and research skills, and writing.

WHAT IS HURON DOING TO HELP THE 2ND YEAR STUDENTS BECOME FAMILIAR WITH AND ORIENTED TO THE SERVICES AND SUPPORTS AT HURON?

The student engagement team recognizes that the Class of 2024 had a very unique experience this past year, and may be unsure or unfamiliar with what Huron has to offer. They were unable to have a traditional orientation and welcome, and will probably be meeting other members of the classes and cohort in-person for the first time, a full year after starting their studies. We are planning for a series of Welcome (Back) activities and events that help orient our 2nd year students to the physical campus and location of services. We hope to have an in-person commencement ceremony, depending upon physical distancing and group gathering restrictions. Finally, we have dedicated specific resources, programs, and events to the ongoing transition of this group of students into their 2nd year of study at Huron.

HOW WILL I/WE KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE COVID CRISIS AND HURON AS THE YEAR PROGRESSES

We have all experienced how dynamic and rapidly changing the conditions have been when it comes to COVID and decision-making related to the pandemic. We expect the next few months will follow a similar pattern, with new decisions and information coming from the government that may impact our decisions as an institution. Timely and accurate information will be provided through a number of channels, including via regular statements from our President, Dr. Barry Craig, updates to FAQs on our website, emails to incoming and returning students, social media announcements, and information provided in our Orientation sessions being held throughout the summer.

WILL OTHER PARTS OF THE CAMPUS BE OPEN AND WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS IN THE FALL?

At this time, we are confident that most or all parts of our campus will be open, and expect that Covid safety measures will also still be in place.

WHEN WILL THE FALL TIMETABLE BE RELEASED AND HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR COURSES?

The timetable is available for viewing after June 1st 2021. Students will receive an appointment time after which they can begin registering for their courses. This will be found in their Student Centre. The overall registration process begins in June and ends in September 2021.

WILL IT BE MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS TO BE ON CAMPUS IN THE FALL 2021?

As we have done throughout the entire year, Huron prioritizes the health and safety of our staff and students when making decisions about protocols and expectations. We expect there may be students who will not be able to be on campus in-person initially, specifically our international students who may be facing delays in visa processing. Where possible and according to the timetable and individual student schedules, we do expect students to attend classes in person.

WILL THERE BE EXTRA-CURRICULAR AND ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES IN SEPTEMBER 2021?

Yes. Our sophs are hard at work planning for OWeek 2021, and the student engagement team is planning for a variety of events to welcome students to campus, help transition them to life at Huron, and provide ongoing programming for their academic, social, and mental wellbeing and success. Depending on provincial guidelines, we expect that OWeek and other activities will include both in-person and online programming. As with all aspects of our planning, provincial government mandates and policies are a significant factor in planning and implementing events for the fall term 2021.