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Student FAQ: COVID-19 Impact on Brampton Campus

Last updated: November 13, 2020 10:00AM

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CAMPUS STATUS

Starting September 9, 2020, the Brampton Campus will be ‘open’ Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.  Note, hours and access may change due to construction.

The following section provides further details on specific services and guidelines that will be in place as of September 9, 2020:

At Algoma University Brampton Campus, all students must have an Access Card that allows you entry into the University areas in the 24 Queen St. East building. To request your Access Card, please carefully read and fill out the Access Key Card Agreement form, and make a refundable deposit payment of $40 on Student Portal. During the Fall 2020 semester, Access Cards can be picked up from Admin Office at 24 Queen St E, by appointment only. Please select the date and time for a pickup on the form. If you have any questions or need to reschedule your pickup appointment, please email accesscard@algomau.ca.

The Third Floor Computer Lab in the Market Square Building (24 Queen Street East) will be open for student/employee use from Monday to Sunday (9:00 am – 9:00 pm).

The number of computers available has been limited to ensure appropriate social distancing.

Students/employees must sanitize their hands before entering the computer labs.  Sanitizing wipes are available in the Computer Lab and equipment must be wiped down before and after use.  Students are only to be in this space to use an individual computer, it is not space to “hang out”.

Meetings are to remain virtual where possible.  Offices and designated spaces of an appropriate size have been allocated should an in-person meeting with a staff, faculty member or external partner be absolutely required.  Any such meetings are by appointment only.

No walk-in appointments are allowed at this time.

Faculty who do not have an office on campus are able to access the faculty pod via the online booking system:

A Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for In-Person meetings has been developed to better support our community through this process.

To review the SOP please click here.

The following rooms have been designated for students to book and access as individual study space:

For more information regarding returning to campus, please view our Return to Campus (RTC) page. 

All common spaces (student lounges, public gathering spaces) for students remain closed.

The Algoma University Arthur A. Wishart Library in SSM is able to virtually support students in Brampton.

    • Books and physical items can be mailed to students directly. Please submit requests to libstaff@algomau.ca or by filling out the request form.
    • Research help is available virtually by emailing reference@algomau.ca or by using the Ask a Librarian chat service.
    • Digital interlibrary loan services are available by emailing ill@algomau.ca or by making a request through RACER.

For more information about the services available to students in Brampton, please visit https://library.algomau.ca/timmins-brampton/. The Brampton Library at Chinguacousy, Four Corners, and Springdale branches are open for computer and printer use. Please visit the website for hours of operations and safety measures.

As students will not be charged for the Brampton Facility Fee for the Fall 2020 term, the YMCA membership normally offered will not be available. Students who are interested in accessing this facility may purchase their own membership directly.

How do I get my textbooks for the Fall?
1. Have your books shipped to your home! You can order your textbooks at
www.algomashop.ca and have the books and supplies shipped to your home.
2. Go digital! We are working to make as many digital books available as possible. Save money and time by purchasing your books digitally at www.algomashop.ca. What if I need to rningrn a textbook?

Textbook returns will be accepted until Friday, September 25th as long as they are in the same condition! Need to ship your books back? Make sure the package is postmarked on or before September 25th. This way, if the package arrives a little late, you won’t be penalized. Please note: digital books are non-returnable.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR COMING TO CAMPUS

Your cooperation in following guidelines is appreciated and important as we protect the health and safety of everyone on campus. Thunderbirds protecting Thunderbirds: Thunderbirds protecting Community.

Please note that it is now required under the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct that all students follow Algoma University Health and Safety rules. If you have questions or are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact healthservices@algomau.ca.

RETURN TO CAMPUS FAQ

COURSE DELIVERY

Following several weeks of consultation with and feedback from faculty, staff, students and administration, as well as a review of directives from public health, government and other authorities in our communities, Algoma University has announced that classes for the 21W term will not be held face-to-face on the Brampton campus.

Please view official Communication Memo (September 28).

 

Speak to an Academic Success Advisor! Student Success has set up Daily DROP-IN advising from 1-1:30. Just click the Drop-in advising link and connect with an advisor! You can also register through your Student Portal.

At Algoma University, we’re committed to helping you continue learning with an array of online courses that span degrees, disciplines and fields. Now is the time to stay home and keep learning. With small class sizes, Algoma is bridging the gap between a virtual education and a personalized education. For more information, please view the Online/Remote Learning page.

STUDENT SERVICES

In order to provide additional services for students on all our campuses, Student
Success Central will offer a daily “drop-in” via Google Hangouts. If you are in need of academic, wellness or immigration support please join us by clicking here Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 1:30 PM. Those students who have questions or need immediate support are encouraged to email advising@algomau.ca and a member of the Student Success Team will respond.

Academic Advising will be done online via Google Hangouts or over the phone. Where an advisor feels it is needed, in-person meetings with Academic Advisors will be by appointment only. In-person drop-ins will be suspended until further notice. To speak to an Academic Advisor, please email advising@algomau.ca  or call 705-949-2301 EXT 4238.

 

Immigration Advising will be done online via Google Hangouts or over the phone. Where an advisor feels it is needed, in-person meetings will be by appointment only.  To speak to an Immigration Advisor, please email at immigration@algomau.ca or call 705-949-2301 EXT 4238.

Please see our Memo from March 15th regarding Health Services on campus. If you have questions regarding Health Services, please email healthservices@algomau.ca. Counselling services are still available via Zoom video. Please email healthservices@algomau.ca to request an appointment.

To find out more about health services in the Brampton area, please visit our Health Services page.

For further enquiry about your account balance, please refer to your student portal (students.algomau.ca) or email accounts@algomau.ca.

For questions regarding financial aid, please email fao@algomau.ca.

For any services offered by the Office of the Registrar, please visit the website. While many student requests can be completed using the online links on the website, general information requests can still be sent to regoffice@algomau.ca. We ask for your patience during these challenging times.  

  • The Learning Centre is open by appointment only. We are encouraging meetings by phone or Google Hangouts.
  • Face to face tutoring is suspended until further notice but, if both parties are agreeable, tutoring can happen online through Google Hangouts.
  • All previously booked tests that were to happen within class time this week have been cancelled.  

Please email learning@algomau.ca or call EXT 4221 (Barb) or EXT 4225 (Raquel) for extra information.

The Career Link Seminar Series is now offered online. If you would like to join or set up an online session please email Darren.Vaughan@Algomau.ca.
Please keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

We strongly recommend that all eligible students continue to look for summer/co-op employment. Employment opportunities are posted on your Student Portal under Job Opportunities. You may also want to visit our Online Career Fair here. Further, continue to check websites such as Employment Solutions, Indeed, Wow Jobs and SooToday. It is recommended you go through this link to see if you qualify for the Emergency Response Benefit. I recommend International Students take a look as well. This is a difficult time for seeking summer employment.

If you need assistance, please contact: Cindi Elgie, Co-op, Career & Experiential Learning at cindi.elgie@algomau.ca

Follow: @AUELHUB @AUELHUB

You safety comes first. All members of the Algoma University community have the right to work and study in an environment that is free from any form of sexual violence.

Please visit our Sexual Violence Resources and Supports webpage for up to date information and contacts. We are here to listen and help you explore your options.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that originate in animals but are known to cause respiratory illness in humans, particularly during the fall and winter months. Other novel coronaviruses have included Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).

In January, 2020, a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China. The latest statistics for Ontario are available at ontario.ca/coronavirus.

  • Fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher);
    Chills;
  • New or worsening cough;
  • Barking cough, making whistling noise when breathing (croup);
  • Shortness of breath (unable to breathe deeply or feeling unable to catch one’s breath);
  • Sore throat (not related to seasonal allergies or other known conditions);
  • Trouble/Difficulty swallowing;
  • Runny nose, or nasal congestion (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions);
  • Unusual headache;
  • Changes in taste or smell (e.g. lost sense of taste);
  • Nausea or vomiting (not related to other known causes or conditions);
  • Diarrhea or stomach pain (not related to other known causes or conditions);
  • Unexplained fatigue (lack of energy);
  • Sore muscles (long lasting or unusual);
  • Pink eye (irritated, itchy or painful eye that may have crusting or discharge; conjunctivitis);
  • Falling down often
  • Sluggishness or lack of appetite (note these note these symptoms may be more relevant to infants and young children)
  • Unexplained rashes

Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website for all of the latest updates and the self assessment test.

As part of its fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, the Ontario government is partnering with pharmacies to expand access to COVID-19 testing to track, trace and isolate cases.

Effective immediately, Ontarians should only seek testing at assessment centres if you are:

  • Showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  • A resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit; and
  • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

You can find additional information at:

You can also follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter at: @CPHO_Canada

Together, let’s limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks. COVID Alert helps us break the cycle of infection. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear. That way, we can take care of ourselves and protect our communities.

Download now

  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently and thoroughly, including between your fingers and under your nails;
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; 
  • Cough or sneeze using a tissue or into your elbow or sleevecover your nose and mouth when you sneeze;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness; 
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with others; 
  • If you are sick, contact a health care provider about your symptoms.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website for all of the latest updates and the self assessment test.

The COVID-19 virus can only spread through direct touch or through infected droplets from coughing or sneezing. This means we can build community immunity with social distancing and personal prevention.

Download package 2 – Build community immunity with social distancing (PDF)

No, the flu vaccine does not protect against coronaviruses.

The flu is mainly caused by two types of viruses: influenza A and influenza B.

No. The 2019 novel coronavirus like any other illness can spread to anyone. If you have recently visited a high-risk area, you should contact a health care provider or visit the nearest emergency room. Currently, the risk of contracting 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario is low.

The Ontario Government implemented a provincial wide mask policy, that resulted in minor changes to our existing Algoma University Mask Policy. Please review the updated mask policy here.

Please see the following public health resource on self-isolation and self-monitoring.

Additional FAQ updates on academic accommodations, academic and non-academic support services, finances, travel and other areas of student concern will be added on an ongoing basis.