Updates

As we all continue this unprecedented journey together, we remain committed to our students, to our mandate and to our values. At Humber, these commitments don’t change during challenging times; in fact, they guide us in all that we do. 

To ensure the health and safety of our community, in the Winter 2021 term, half of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. Eighty-four per cent of courses, including all electives, will be delivered online.

As we are following physical distancing and other health and safety measures, and limiting the number of people onsite, on-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.

We continue to keep our students and employees connected and to be transparent and accountable with our community. Our Return to  Campus micrositeUpdatesFAQ and COVID-19 Reporting page will continue to be updated to provide key resources and information about college initiatives and what to expect when coming to campus.
Across our digital and physical campuses, we are focused on the future – the future of our students, the future of learning at Humber and the future contributions of our graduates to this new world.  

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO 

Update: Ontario Government Announcement on Fri. Nov. 20

Today, the Government of Ontario announced the implementation of targeted temporary measures to move Toronto (along with Peel Region) into lockdown restrictions beginning Monday, November 23 at 12:01 a.m. for a period of at least 28 days. Please see the full announcement here.

Humber’s current academic offering, both interactive online and in-person education, remains the same. There are no changes to on campus teaching and instruction as these courses were previously identified as only being able to be delivered in-person. 

Here are some specific updates to Humber’s on-campus services:

- The locations and hours of Food Services on campus remain unchanged. Seating areas in the food courts on campus and residence cafeterias remain closed.

- There will be no changes to the operation of Humber’s Child Development Centre, with a limited capacity for 45 children.

- Gyms and fitness centres at North and Lakeshore Campuses will be closed.

- Residences will remain open.

- We recognize that the lockdown measures in Toronto and Peel Region may impact placements for some students. We will contact any affected students as more information becomes available.

- Only employees deemed to be essential to campus and academic operations should be onsite. All other employees should continue to work remotely. It is critical that we limit the number of people on campus to support public health measures.

In keeping with the recommendations of public health and government authorities, there may be additional changes to available on-campus services and supports. Any new information will be shared with the Humber community as decisions are made. 

For the latest campus and COVID-19 information, please visit humber.ca/updates and humber.ca/campus-return.

President's Message: Humber to offer both online and limited in-person education in Winter 2021 term

As the global pandemic continues, we remain committed to providing you with a rich, career-focused education, academic and student services and supports, and innovative opportunities for connection and collaboration with faculty and peers at Humber and around the globe.

We know that this coming Winter semester will be different for everyone. We welcome those of you who are starting at Humber, and welcome back those who are continuing or completing your studies. No matter where you are in your educational journey, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to you.

Following our announcement last month that the Winter 2021 term would include both interactive online and in-person education, Faculties have completed a thorough review of their programs and courses for the upcoming semester. To ensure the health and safety of our community, 52 per cent of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. Eighty-four per cent of courses, including all electives, will be delivered online.

You can find the complete list of programs, their mode of delivery and course-specific information here.

Please note that some program/course information may be delayed as delivery for those specific areas may be dependent on outstanding information from external or affiliated parties. If this is the case, we will communicate to the impacted students as soon as possible.

I want to remind you that the Winter term is scheduled to begin on January 18, 2021 and end on April 30, 2021. Please visit the 2020-2021 academic calendar for other key dates.

Academic Delivery

Winter term academic plans have been designed to meet students’ needs and follow Humber’s tradition of excellence in teaching and learning, and expertise in delivering online courses. Please note:

  • Online learning will include virtual experiential activities and opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with their professors and each other using various technologies.
  • On-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.
  • Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components.
  • The amount of time that students will be required to be on campus will be limited to those specific courses.
  • Regardless of delivery mode, all classes will include regular interaction with your peers and faculty.
  • Your professors will be accessible and have regular office hours. They will also make online lectures and coursework available outside of classes (i.e. posted on Blackboard)
  • Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during the Winter term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements.
  • The college may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.

Virtual Open House

We know that new students may have questions about the upcoming semester and life as a Humber student. This Fall’s Virtual Open House will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available here.

Student Services, Fees and Financial Support

Student services will remain primarily online for the Winter term. Please see the latest list of services and their mode of delivery. Winter Orientation will be offered entirely online. More information will be available and sent to students in December.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased financial stress for many students. In order to help ease this stress, Humber established the Support our Students Fund to assist new and returning students who are experiencing financial hardship. This fund will continue to provide support in the Winter term.

Financial aid information, including bursaries and scholarships, can be found on our website. If you have questions, please email finaid@humber.ca. We’ve also posted information about government support for students.

There are no changes to tuition fees for the Winter 2021 term. Tuition fees are established in accordance with the requirement of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. They support the cost of academic program delivery and general college operations. Tuition is not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online), as it funds ongoing instruction, assessment and administration of programs and courses. Humber has also made additional investments to support the transition of the majority of our courses and services to online delivery.

Compulsory student fees reflect our ability to deliver services. These fees were adjusted for the current term and the same adjusted fee structure will be implemented for the Winter term. Information will be posted online shortly.

Your Safety and Well-Being

The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We understand that direction and advice from government or public health authorities may change quickly and we may need to respond just as rapidly. This may mean needing to slow down or reduce on-campus activity or shift our approach, and we are prepared to do that.

We will provide you with clear, ongoing communications and keep you informed of any impacts on your studies or our services. Please visit our websiteReturn to Campus microsite, and Updates and FAQ pages for information about college initiatives and what to expect when coming to campus. We are posting updates regularly.

We are committed to helping you develop the skills you need to lead and innovate. Our decision to offer a mix of online and in-person classes means that you can continue to pursue your career and academic goals, rather than put them on hold, during this uncertain time.

We are here to help you move forward and achieve your goals.

October 14, 2020 - Humber-sanctioned International travel update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Humber has decided to extend the ban on Humber-sanctioned international travel for students, faculty and staff, from Canada to all countries until the end of the Winter term, May 1, 2021. This does not apply to International students who are approved to travel to Canada to attend Humber.

Requests for exemptions in exceptional circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval from the divisional Vice-President.

October 9, 2020 - Toronto to move back to modified Stage 2 restrictions - What it means for Humber

Today, the Government of Ontario announced the implementation of targeted temporary measures to move Toronto (along with Ottawa and Peel Region) back to modified Stage 2 restrictions for a period of at least 28 days beginning on Saturday, October 10 at 12:01 am. Please see the full announcement here.

Humber’s current academic offering, both interactive online and in-person education, remains the same. There are no changes to in-person teaching and instruction as colleges are exempt from the restrictions. 

Specific to Humber on-campus services:

  • The locations and hours of Food Services on campus remain unchanged. Seating areas in the food courts on campus and residence cafeterias will be closed.
  • There will be no changes to the operation of Humber’s Child Development Centre, which was reopened on October 5 with a limited capacity for 45 children.
  • Gyms and fitness centres at North and Lakeshore Campuses will be closed for a period of at least 28 days beginning on Saturday, October 10 at 12:01 am.

In keeping with the recommendations of public health and government authorities, there may be changes to on-campus services and supports that are available. Any new information will be shared with the Humber community as decisions are made. 

As always, the latest information can be found on humber.ca/updates.

October 8, 2020 - Reminders about Reading Week (Updated Oct. 22)

**UPDATED October 22, 2020.**

Dear Students,

We hope you are having a successful start to your semester. With Fall Reading Week approaching (October 26-30, inclusive), we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you about the services that are available during that week, as well as the health and safety measures that all students must follow when returning to campus after Reading Week.

Though there are no classes during Reading Week, services to support your academic and personal success will continue to be available. Please visit the student services update page for more information, including Library and student services. As always, our aim is to support your health and well-being.  

If you must be on campus during Reading Week, entry at North Campus will be restricted to the LRC main doors and UGH main doors. For Lakeshore, all buildings will be closed, and anyone wanting access must email publicsafety@humber.ca in advance or phone Public Safety at 416-675-8500 to ask for assistance. 110 Carrier is open with reduced hours (Monday to Friday 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

If you are traveling outside of the province or country during Reading Week, please ensure you are aware of medical/travel insurance along with local travel health and safety measures, including the need to quarantine, where applicable. The Government of Canada continues to advise all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of the country. Anyone returning to Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days. More information is available here.

We know we are all living, studying and working in challenging times. The health and safety of students and staff is Humber’s top priority. As a reminder, for anyone who will be on campus during or after Reading Week, please ensure you follow the safety measures in place before coming onto campus.

If you feel sick, please stay home. If you think you might have COVID-19, or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, contact COVID reporting at covidreporting@humber.ca or 416.675.5007. The email and phone line are confidential, and any personal information shared will be kept confidential. Alternatively, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

All Humber students are required to complete and submit the Return to Campus Agreement using DocuSign. This agreement was sent to you by email from dse@camail.docusign.net. Please sign and submit this form if you haven’t already done so.

Using the free Humber Guardian app (Apple Store, Google Play Store), you will need to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Form located in the COVID-19 Updates section of the app before attending campus each day. Take a screenshot of your screening approval in case Public Safety asks to see it.

Masks are mandatory inside all campus buildings. If you are required to be on campus for classes, you should have received two reusable cloth masks in the mail. If you did not receive masks by mail, please email enquiry@humber.ca. Please bring a mask with you to campus each day. If you forget, there are disposable masks available at the entryways. Please also remember that someone may have a medical exemption from wearing a mask.

Physical distancing is required. There are signs around campus to help remind everyone to stay six feet apart, wherever possible. Please follow all posted guidelines, including room and elevator capacities and closure notices, as well as directional signage.

We wish you a safe and productive Reading Week and a successful rest of the semester. Please continue to check the Return to Campus and Updates web pages for FAQs and more information.

October 1, 2020 Update - COVID-19 Positive Cases on Campus – How our reporting works  

Humber has created a webpage to provide our community with the latest number of COVID-19 positive cases on campus. If Public Health determines there is a health and safety risk on campus due to a positive case of COVID-19, they will provide Humber with information and direction. The College will take the appropriate steps to maintain health and safety on campus and adjust operations, if required. Public Health will directly contact any individuals deemed to be at risk for contracting coronavirus as a result of the confirmed case. 

As of September 28, we are currently reporting two confirmed cases. Having multiple confirmed cases does not mean that any specific action is required by the College, unless we are directed otherwise by Public Health. Each case is managed individually, unless they are found to be connected. 

With the return to elementary and secondary schools last month, you may have heard reports that two positive cases in an elementary or secondary school would potentially result in classes being quarantined or schools closing. It is important to note that this threshold, mandated by the provincial government, does not apply to colleges and universities. 

The Humber Covid-19 Reporting Health team is engaged in ongoing communication with Public Health. The team investigates all reports of presumed and confirmed cases of COVID-19 and ensures that Public Health is informed. If Public Health is informed of a positive case first, they ensure that Humber is notified immediately. 

Humber will update this page every Monday with the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported to the College, if any. The numbers represent Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students, employees and others who were present on our campuses or other locations, either inside or outside, including residences, within 14 days of their diagnosis. 

The week in which a case is shown as reported reflects the date that Humber received confirmation of a positive case. It does not necessarily reflect that the individual was on campus that week. For each case listed, a member of the COVID Reporting Health team will coordinate appropriate follow-up and/or directly contact any Humber or Guelph-Humber individual who is deemed to be at risk for coronavirus and/or may have been in close contact with any campus community member who has tested positive.

For ongoing updates and information, visit humber.ca/updates and humber.ca/campus-return.    

Winter 2021 Academic Programs Update

The following message was sent to returning students on September 25, 2020. 

Today, I am writing to update you on our planning for the upcoming Winter term.  

We expect to announce our detailed Winter 2021 program and course-level delivery plans, including information about field and clinical placements by the end of October.  

The health and safety of our community members remains our top priority. You can expect that programs will continue to be either fully online or have a mix of online learning and limited in-person components. Most student services will continue to be offered virtually as well. 

We know you need course-level information to make your plans. We are working hard to ensure we provide you the full picture for your courses and activities in advance of the November 11 Winter term tuition deposit date. We are currently:  

  • reviewing all our programs and courses and their learning outcomes 
  • tracking our ongoing online and on-campus academic activities 
  • monitoring the local COVID-19 situation, and required health and safety measures 
  • working with our industry and community partners to ensure we have clear information about the availability and format of work integrated learning opportunities.  

Regardless of delivery mode, you will continue to have opportunities to pursue your career and academic goals and engage meaningfully with your peers and professors using different platforms and technology. As we are following physical distancing and other health and safety measures, and limiting the number of people onsite, on-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so. All electives will continue to be offered online. 

Please note that some program/course information may be delayed as delivery for those specific areas may be dependent on information from external or affiliated parties that we may not receive until later in the semester. If this is the case, we will communicate to the impacted students as soon as possible.  

The Winter term is scheduled to begin on January 18, 2021 and conclude on April 30, 2021. Please visit our updated 2020-2021 academic calendar for other key dates. 

Since we first welcomed students and staff back to campus in July for our summer pilot, we have been carefully monitoring the impact of in-person activity. We have also surveyed students about their experiences with online learning and later this fall, we will be asking you for feedback about your experiences this term. 

While we are focused on your future, we want to ensure you have the supports you need now to be successful. As you continue your studies this term, I encourage you to access our virtual student services and supports and to share your feedback with your professors and college staff.  

We are committed to providing rich, career-focused education that prepares graduates for future success and to being transparent and accountable to you during these challenging times. Our Return to Campus micrositeUpdates and FAQ pages will continue to be updated to provide key resources and information about college initiatives and what to expect when coming to campus. 

Sincerely, 

Chris Whitaker 
President, Humber College 

COVID-19 - September 14, 2020 - New process for reporting COVID-19 symptoms/diagnosis

Students or employees who have been on campus in the last 14 days or are scheduled to be on campus in the next 14 days, have COVID-19 symptoms, think they may have COVID-19 or have tested positive for the virus, should follow the confidential protocol for reporting to the College as soon as possible.

A confidential email (covidreporting@humber.ca) and confidential phone line (416.675.5007) have been set up for these COVID-19-related inquiries and concerns. They are monitored by regulated health professionals from the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) and members of the Occupational Health and Safety team.

They will be monitored Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will not be monitored on public holidays. Responses can be expected within four hours, except at the end of the timeframe when a response will be given the next day.

Additional COVID-19 related scenarios and step-by-step instructions of what to do are available here

Masks now mandatory on Humber campuses

As Humber gradually reopens campuses, new health and safety measures have been put in place. These measures include the mandatory wearing of masks in indoor spaces.

Mandatory Masks

Masks are to be worn within all areas of campus buildings, with the only exemptions for employees working in private offices and personal workspace where 6ft of physical distancing can be maintained. Also, students and employees who are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons safely will be exempt.   

Humber will be providing two reusable cloth face masks to each staff or a student returning to campus.  

For the summer pilot currently underway, students, faculty and staff already on campus have been provided masks.

For the Fall term, requests for masks required for staff will be handled by management in each faculty and department with the Occupational Health and Safety team. This will follow the submission of completed COVID-19 Faculty/Department Plans from each faculty and department, indicating the number of staff who will be required to return to campus.

Humber has centralized the process for procuring and distributing face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) required for protection against COVID-19. The PPE working group, with representatives from Purchasing, CDFM, SWAC, and Occupational Health and Safety, are involved in overseeing the availability of appropriate face masks and PPE for the college community.

Employees who are required to be on campus to complete their work and are unable to wear masks should inform their manager and Occupational Health and Safety. Students who are unable to wear face masks should inform their instructor or program coordinator. Issues about confidential medical conditions covidreporting@humber.ca. Any concerns with can be confidentially emailed to covidreporting@humber.ca or call 416.675.5007. A regulated health professional from the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre or a member of the Occupational Health and Safety team will respond and consult with Toronto Public Health to determine the next steps if needed. 

Masks and face coverings are an additional measure used to help prevent the spread of infection in addition to physically distancing, carrying out proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and staying at home if ill.

Access to Campus

While limited facilities have reopened, the process for accessing campus remains the same. Employees require approval from their Director/Senior Dean to come to campus, and time on campus should be limited to only what is necessary. If a staff member needs to visit campus, they must submit a request in advance and once approved, an email from management must be sent to publicsafety@humber.ca to arrange the visit at a specified date and time. They will also need to complete a health self-assessment.

As always, visit https://humber.ca/updates/ for the most up-to-date information. Information for those returning to campus is available on humber.ca/campus-return/.