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As the government takes a phased approach to re-opening the province, Laurier has been working to develop a detailed and integrated plan for re-opening the university – as permitted by provincial health guidelines – in support of the academic mission, and with the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty at the forefront.

The Pandemic Recovery Steering Group (PRSG) is overseeing the development of re-opening plans for the university's operations, in support of the academic plans that have been developed. In June, university functions were categorized within the following prioritization framework:

  • Bucket 1: Functions that need to open as soon as possible because they can only/best be done on campus.
  • Bucket 2: Functions that are best done on campus, but that are complicated to address right now due to safety or other factors.
  • Bucket 3: Digital by default; functions that can continue to be done well working from home.

Phased Return to Campus

The university’s phased return-to-campus planning and assessment activities are a dynamic, evolving process. Any functions or services that can continue to work remotely and effectively from home will continue to do so for the foreseeable future to limit the number of people on our campuses.

Phase 1: Essential Services with Strict Protocols

Timeline: June to August, 2020

Academics

  • All classes online/remote.

Research

  • Resumption of research requiring immediate on-site activity to minimize negative impacts, particularly on imminent graduate student completion times, or where further delays would cause irreparable damage to a research program.
  • Field research not permitted unless approved through the Office of Research Services exemption process.
  • Human participant research not permitted.

Operations

  • Majority of employees continue to work remotely.
  • Essential services continue on site where required and/or at a reduced capacity.
  • Services that can only/best be performed on site gradually return in accordance with government regulations and safety protocols.
  • Relaxing office access protocols.

Planning

  • Pandemic Recovery Steering Group (PRSG) established to create a detailed, integrated plan for reopening the university, while following provincial health guidelines and ensuring the health and safety of the Laurier community.
  • Working groups established to support PRSG activities:
    • Technology and Digital Infrastructure
    • Facilities and Operations
    • Employee and Student Support
    • Communications and Community Relations

Phase 2: Required Services, Student and Academic Focused, with Strict Protocols (Current)

Timeline: September to TBD

Academics

  • Most classes online/remote.
  • Some students in residence.
  • A few smaller classes and labs on campus.

Research

  • Resumption of research requiring on-site activity as approved by the Office of Research Services.
  • Resumption of approved domestic field research; international field research prohibited.
  • Resumption of approved human participant research.

Operations

  • Access to offices only allowed for approved work.
  • Services that can only/best be performed on site, with a focus on services that support academic and student success.
  • Ongoing accommodations.

Planning

  • Classroom protocols.
  • Guidelines and training for individuals who are returning to campus.
  • Facilities preparations and signage.
  • Policies and processes for student study spaces, residences and food services to provide a positive Laurier experience that also puts their health and safety first.
  • Reviewing the contact tracing measures that are currently in place to provide a new solution for the increased on-campus activity.
  • Collaborating with other postsecondary institutions on best practices
  • Preparing for the possible pivot back to fully remote teaching.

Phase 3: Expanded Services with Moderate Protocols

Timeline: TBD

Academics

  • More classes offered in person.
  • Fewer restrictions in residence.
  • Larger gatherings as permitted, following provincial health guidelines and ensuring the health and safety of the Laurier community.

Research

  • Continuation of all research requiring on-site activity as approved by the Office of Research Services
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  • Continuation of approved human participant research and domestic field research.
  • 
Resumption of international field research TBD.

Operations

  • Most services and functions return to on-campus operations.
  • Ongoing accommodations.

Phase 4: Resumption of Normal University Operations

Timeline: TBD

Following provincial health guidelines and ensuring the health and safety of the Laurier community.

Academics

  • All types of on-campus learning allowed on campus.

Research

  • All types of research allowed.

Operations

  • All types of work and activity allowed on campus.

Status of Campus Services and Spaces

Most services are being delivered remotely or are suspended. Users are encouraged to check with individual units for details.

The following functions have been approved for some degree of an on-campus presence this fall:

Guiding Principles

  • Safeguard the health and safety of our university community
  • Maintain academic and research excellence
  • Enhance our exceptional student experience
  • Demonstrate our commitment to the care and well-being of our employees
  • Continue to partner with our local communities as an anchor institution

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