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Information for the Huron Community

COVID-19 Screening

This page 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).

COVID-19 Updates

Updated: Sept. 6, 2022

Vaccination Policy – Fall 2022

Huron will be updating its vaccination policy to align with that of Western University. All staff, students and faculty will require the primary series of COVID-19 Vaccination plus a booster shot (three doses total) of any combination of vaccines recognized by Health Canada.

Employees may submit proof of vaccination by logging into MyHR and looking for the “My Vaccinations” tile to upload their proof of vaccination. Students can log into Student Center and look for “My Vaccinations” located in the top left under “Personal Information” to submit their proof of vaccination.

Deadline to upload information to Western or submit an exemption: January 9, 2023

Masking Policy

We know that wearing a mask is an effective way of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and preventing disruptions to learning this academic year.

As such, masks will be required in all instructional settings starting Sept. 6, 2022.

Any students with questions may contact vaccine@huron.uwo.ca. Staff and faculty are encouraged to reach out to HR at huronhr@huron.uwo.ca.

 

Vaccination Policy

Why are we requiring COVID-19 vaccinations?

Huron has always and will continue to prioritize the health of our community. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome at Huron. Western and Huron are closely linked with students, faculty and staff frequently circulating between our campuses for both learning opportunities and social gatherings. Our goal for September is for this movement to happen in a safe, unencumbered way in order to provide the full Huron experience.

Will vaccines be required for those living in residence?

Yes – in order to live in residence, students will need to provide proof of vaccination. Student living in residence have already been asked to provide proof of two doses of COVID-19 vaccination or an exemption ahead of moving in to residence.

NOTE: Huron’s residence vaccination verification system operates separately from Western University’s system. All students living in residence will be required to resubmit proof of their primary series of vaccination and booster in order to attend classes at Huron, Western or the affiliate colleges. Please submit your proof of vaccination to Student Center. Look for “My Vaccinations” in the top left under “Personal Information.”

Where and how do I get vaccinated or tested?

Western has an on-campus vaccination and testing centre. It is now open in the Graphic Services Building. Any registered student or current employee with an active Western username and password can book a test or a vaccine appointment using the online booking tools. Some walk-in appointments are available. Pre-booking guarantees you a spot, pending vaccine availability.

How do I request an exemption?

Exemption requests can be made using the following fillable forms:

Students can send their completed forms to vaxinfo@uwo.ca. Employees should submit completed forms to takecare@uwo.ca.

What happens if I refuse to get vaccinated and my presence is still required on campus?

Everyone attending campus must provide proof of vaccination or have an exemption.

Individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not received an exemption will not be permitted on campus.

Do visitors to campus need to be vaccinated?

Visitors to campus need to be vaccinated with some exceptions, as per our vaccination policy. Huron is in the process of simplifying its visitor vaccination form to an attestation. More information will be available soon.

I recently tested positive for COVID-19. Can I wait 90 days before getting my booster dose?

Employees with questions about COVID-19 infection and the timing of a booster dose should email takecare@uwo.ca and students can contact vaxinfo@uwo.ca.

I AM ARRIVING FROM OUTSIDE OF CANADA. WHAT AM I REQUIRED TO DO?

All students arriving from outside Canada must adhere to federal vaccination requirements for entry to Canada. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the Government of Canada website.

Like domestic students, all international students will be required to submit proof of vaccination via Student Center by Oct. 1, 2022. However, you may be required to have additional vaccinations upon arrival and will be allowed more time to get necessary vaccinations at Western’s on-campus vaccination and testing centre. The Government of Ontario has guidance on what to do if you have received non-Health Canada approved vaccinations.

COVID Protocols

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

All students, staff, and faculty are required to report a positive test result immediately. Do not come to campus and follow the public health guidelines. If you are a student in residence, isolate in your room immediately.

  • Staff and faculty should report to their leader or Human Resources
  • Students in residence should report to either of the Residence Life Managers or the AVP, Student Engagement
  • Students should report to the Registrar’s Office for accommodation purposes
What should a colleague do if a Huron Faculty/Staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

The impact of a positive test will need to be determined case-by-case and will follow provincial health guidelines.

If a student, faculty, or staff member is identified as close contact, then the recommendation of public health is that they be tested.

Currently, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to isolate if asymptomatic. Those that are not fully vaccinated are still required to isolate for 14 days.

It is important to complete the daily COVID Screening tool as required by Public Health as it also allows for contact tracing to occur.

How will students be accommodated should they test positive for COVID-19?

Prolonged student absence for any reason will be handled by academic advisors who will work with the student directly to determine accommodation.

How will staff/faculty be accommodated should they test positive for COVID-19?

All department chairs have been asked to consider contingency plans in the event that a faculty member is required to isolate or becomes ill with COVID. Specific plans and coverage will be determined on a case-by-case basis as each situation will have different variables and factors to consider.

If a staff member is feeling well enough to continue to work during an isolation period or if positive for COVID but asymptomatic, they could discuss the option of working from home with their leader. This will not be a requirement but simply offered as an option.

Where applicable, staff and faculty can utilize sick days if required to isolate.

What happens if a family member is required to isolate due to a high-risk exposure?

If a family member is considered a close contact and is not showing symptoms, then a faculty or staff member will need to follow the public health guidelines based on vaccination status. Currently, fully vaccinated family members of asymptomatic individuals are not required to self-isolate.

If the family member is symptomatic and tests positive for COVID, then public health will provide further guidelines for the rest of the household.

Huron will follow our regular policies if a faculty or staff member is unable to attend work due to family responsibilities.

What provisions will be in place for faculty/students who are immuno-compromised?

In addition to our mandatory vaccination policy, masking, hand washing, and daily screening will still be required for everyone coming to campus. As well, Huron has voluntary rapid testing as an additional health and safety measure that is available.

If someone has health concerns they are encouraged to address their individual concerns with HR for further review.

What is Huron doing about air quality around campus?

Huron’s HVAC system upgrades have been a major focus of the summer project execution. Preventative Maintenance is completed proactively on all systems.  System filters are being upgraded to MERV13 or highest existing equipment will support.  This is to help filter incoming and recirculated air within the systems.

Since March 2020, 11 major pieces of HVAC equipment have been installed to replaced aged or poorly functioning systems:

  • West Wing – 2 units complete, 4 in progress in August
  • Kingsmill Room
  • Library Reading Room/Stacks
  • Library Commons
  • Valley Wing – 1 in progress in August
  • O’Neil Ridley – new chiller for A/C
How will I know if things change 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, and social media announcements.