Updates

While the world continues to grapple with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Humber is focusing on our mandate of providing rich, career-focused education that prepares graduates for success. 

This Fall, we are offering classes in both interactive online and in-person formats. On-campus learning will only occur for courses where it is safe and necessary to do so.

Our plans to provide a mix of online and in-person classes means that students can continue to pursue their career and academic goals, rather than put them on hold, during this uncertain time. Regardless of delivery mode, our students will have many opportunities to engage meaningfully with their peers and professors using different platforms and technology.

The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We have a dedicated team working with our faculties and departments to oversee the safe reopening of different buildings and facilities, and we expect students and employees to adhere to all guidelines established for any planned on-campus activities. Our Return to Campus microsite will continue to be updated to provide key resources and information about what to expect when coming to campus. 

We will continue to work diligently to provide regular updates to our diverse student, faculty, staff and alumni populations. In the meantime, we are focused on the future. The future of our students, the future of learning at Humber and future contributions of our graduates to this new world. 

Chris Whitaker
 
President and CEO 

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

If a student or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms, thinks they may have COVID-19 or has tested positive for the virus, please 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 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Responses can be expected within four hours, except at the end of the timeframe when a response will be given the next day.

COVID-19 Update - July 29 - Toronto to enter Stage 3 of reopening – what that means for Humber

Today, the Government of Ontario announced that Toronto will enter Stage 3 of reopening as of Friday, July 31 at 12:01am.  

In Stage 3, nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. 

Humber’s academic plans for Fall 2020 remain the same. We still plan to provide both interactive online and in-person education in the Fall 2020 term. Sixty per cent of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. All electives will be delivered online.

When we announced those plans, we indicated that we wanted students to feel confident that they could plan for the term ahead, including making decisions regarding living and work arrangements. 

In keeping with the recommendations of public health and government authorities, the on-campus services and supports that are available this Fall may change over the coming weeks. 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.

Fee Adjustments for Fall 2020 Term

While the Fall term will be different this year, we remain committed to providing students with a great online learning experience; helping keep them connected; fostering an environment of wellness, kindness and inclusion; and doing our best to be flexible. As always, we are focused on their future.

To ensure students are able to plan for the upcoming term, all posted tuition and ancillary fees are accurate and up to date. Financial aid information can be found on our website: humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html. Students may also email finaid@humber.ca with questions.

Fall 2020 Term Fees Overview

Humber has undertaken a full assessment of compulsory ancillary fees for the Fall 2020 term. The goal of the assessment was to determine which fees should be reduced while ensuring that all virtual supports for meaningful online learning, and an enhanced set of virtual student services are provided to our students. Additionally, we expect some on-campus services will be offered in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. Wherever possible, we reduced compulsory fees and are passing any potential savings on to students.

For the Fall 2020 Term only, students will not be charged for the following items:

  • Athletics & Recreation - $44.92
  • Student Buildings - $58.00
  • Student Records - $8.24
  • Campus Safety - $4.45
  • Student Government and Enhanced Student Experience - $23.75

Total Reduction in Ancillary Fees for Fall 2020: $139.36.

Program-specific ancillary fees have also been fully assessed to identify the necessary supply or activity costs required in order to successfully deliver the program’s learning outcomes in the Fall term. Where the course material or activity would no longer be offered or required, the fee has been reduced or removed completely. For example, uniform, headshot, field trip, venue use, guest speaker, in-person training, admission or placement costs.

In some cases, there was an increase in program ancillary fees to accommodate individual student lab kits or materials, where they may previously have been shared. This will allow us to meet health and safety guidelines while delivering the course. Program fee information for Fall 2020 can be found on individual program pages or in printer-friendly format here.

As with Fall 2020 fees, we will assess Winter 2021 Term fees to ensure they reflect the services/supports students can access as the situation continues to evolve.

Parking

For the Fall 2020 semester, Humber College will offer complimentary daily parking at all campuses to any staff, faculty or students when they need to attend the college. Parking permits will not be sold for the Fall semester. Information on staff and student parking permit sales for Winter 2021 semester will be posted in November.

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/.

COVID-19 Update – June 18, 2020 - Limited programming to resume on campus in July and August

When we announced the closure of our campuses in March, we indicated that students would have the opportunity to complete in-person program requirements at a later point, once we could safely resume on-campus activity. Following the Government of Ontario’s announcement on June 10 about academic institutions’ ability to open for a limited number of programs as of next month, Humber will reopen a limited number of facilities on July 6.

A small number of Humber College students and apprentices will be permitted to return to campus in July and August to complete in-person requirements from the Winter and Summer terms.

Although Toronto and Peel Region are currently in Stage 1 of the provincial reopening, Humber’s plan is in line with the postsecondary reopening plan developed by the Ontario government, in consultation with the Province’s Chief Medical Officer.

With enhanced safety measures and guidelines to protect all participants, approximately 350 students and apprentices in the following programs will have the opportunity to return to campus:

  • Commercial Driver Training (Tractor Trailer)
  • Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Apprenticeship – Construction and Maintenance
  • Industrial Woodworking
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Paramedic

Not all students in these programs will return to campus this summer. Students from these programs who have the opportunity to resume their in-person studies have been contacted directly. Faculty and staff involved in delivering this programming have been notified and are preparing for in-person instruction.

All programs will require enhanced guidelines to meet additional standards and specialized health and safety measures. The COVID-19 Resuming On-campus Operations Steering Committee, established to plan and lead the implementation of all initiatives related to the college’s reopening, is working with the Faculties of Health Sciences & Wellness and Applied Sciences & Technology, along with the Education Training Solutions department to ensure the appropriate physical distancing during course delivery and the appropriate use of screening and PPE.

On-site food services and learning spaces, like the library, will remain closed.

COVID-19 Update - June 10, 2020 - Provincial Government announces plan to reopen post-secondary education in a phased approach

The provincial government announced today a phased approach to reopening post-secondary education

Beginning in July, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. 

This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. The pilot project this summer will be made available to students who are considered to be “academically stranded,” which means they only require a limited number of hours of in-person/hands-on instruction or experience to complete their studies. 

The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and specific health and safety measures will need to be met.

Humber's COVID-19 Resuming On-campus Operations Steering Committee has been planning a phased return to campus for students and staff. Part of that planning has involved identifying how students from the Winter and Summer terms who were unable to complete their in-person requirements could return to campus in July and August. More information will be shared in the coming days.

COVID-19 Update - Fall Term Plans

Humber to offer both online and limited in-person education in Fall 2020 term

In the face of a global health crisis, we have all been called upon to rapidly adapt to new realities. While the world continues to grapple with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Humber will focus on our existing expertise in providing rich, career-focused education that prepares graduates for success.

It is with this, the safety of our students and community, and the guidance of public health authorities in mind, that we plan to provide both interactive online and in-person education in the Fall 2020 term. Sixty per cent of our programs will be offered entirely online, with the remainder having both online and in-person components. All electives will be delivered online.

You can find the complete list of programs and their mode of delivery here

This coming Fall 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.

Academic Delivery

Fall term academic plans have been designed to meet student 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 different platforms and technology.
  • 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.
  • Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during the Fall term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear more from your program about what you can expect in the Fall term. 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.

Students from the Winter and Summer terms who were unable to complete their in-person requirements may have the opportunity to return to campus in July and August, if public health and government guidance allows. If that is the case, we will contact you to provide you with those details.

Information Sessions and Student Services

We know you will have questions about the upcoming semester. We will hold program information sessions throughout the summer. These sessions will give you the chance to ask questions and receive updates on our planning and about your classes. You will receive information directly from your program or the Registrar’s Office about when these sessions will be held.

Student services will remain primarily online for the Fall term. Please see the latest list of services and their mode of delivery. When we are able to open libraries, computer labs, study and other spaces, there will be strict rules about physical distancing, and limited numbers of students will be allowed in these areas and on campus.

Fees and Financial Support

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

There are no changes to tuition fees for the Fall 2020 term. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery and are not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online).

Just as for the current Summer term, compulsory ancillary fees will reflect our ability to deliver services. Information on these adjustments, residence availability and other campus services will be shared in the coming weeks.

Your safety and wellbeing

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.

The safety of our community members remains our top priority. We have a dedicated team working on plans for the safe, gradual reopening of our campuses, and we will continue to work closely with the government and public health authorities to ensure that we are adhering to all guidelines established for any potential on-campus activities. While these guidelines may change the look and feel of our campuses, the Humber community has already demonstrated a tremendous capacity to adapt and work together toward a common goal.

We also understand that advice from the authorities may change quickly and we may need to respond just as rapidly. This may mean needing to slow down a return to campus 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. We continue to post regularly at humber.ca/updates.

In the meantime, we are focused on the future. The future of our students, the future of learning at Humber and future contributions of our graduates to this new world.

COVID-19 Update - April 30, 2020 - International Travel

Humber has decided to cancel all Humber-sanctioned international travel for students, in all countries between now and December 31, 2020.

We will work with students to address the financial and academic impacts of these cancellations. Students who were scheduled to participate in these activities should contact their study abroad coordinator or program coordinator to discuss next steps. Similarly, employees who were scheduled to travel as part of any of these student trips should discuss next steps with their manager.