The following information was sent to students on September 3, 2021.
We wanted to provide an update on Humber’s new COVID-19 vaccination policy and requirements to access college facilities during the first few weeks of the fall term.
We appreciate your patience as we implement the new policy. This week, we have received further information from the provincial government about mandatory requirements for Ontario college and university vaccination policies and exemption processes. We are reviewing that information to ensure our policy is in alignment with government and public health directives.
We are committed to keeping you up to date and informed. We know that there are many questions and we are working hard to answer them as quickly as we can.
We look forward to a safe return to campus for all.
Communications and Contact Information
Please continue to visit our vaccination policy FAQ as we are adding new content to it on an ongoing basis.
We have also made a change to better respond to the range of questions and concerns about COVID-19 infections, campus access, technical issues and the exemption process.
- we now ask that you contact the COVID-19 Reporting team at email@example.com ONLY if you think you may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19
- you have COVID-19 related concerns,
- are feeling sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,
- you have tested positive for COVID-19
- or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but does not yet have a positive test.
If you have general questions about the vaccination policy, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the exemption process, contact email@example.com.
Please note that you will receive communication regarding your exemption request once you have completed both the Declaration of COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Acknowledgement of Return to Campus Conditions and the exemption details form. The exemption details form will be sent to you after you have submitted the Return to Campus Acknowledgment form, beginning the week of September 13.
Return to Campus Acknowledgment Form
Earlier this week, a Declaration of COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Return to Campus Acknowledgment form was sent to students by email.
Thank you to all of those who have submitted their form. For forms received the week of August 30, the deadline for submission is September 7.
As students continue to register and confirm their enrolment status, we will be sending out this form. Please submit the form within a week of receiving it.
If you have not yet received the form, it may be due to the fact that you have only recently confirmed your enrolment status for the fall term. Please also check your junk mail/spam folder. If you have not yet received the form and would like to confirm if it has been sent to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exemption form distribution update
We now plan to issue exemption forms beginning the week of September 13.
We recognize that we previously communicated that exemption forms should be submitted by September 7. However, as we continue to receive new information from the provincial government relating to mandatory vaccination policies, we are completing a further review of the exemptions process.
For those intending to seek an exemption on medical grounds, please note that the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario has advised its members that there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.
Students seeking an exemption can come to campus if they follow the requirements outlined below.
Requirements to access college facilities beginning September 7 for students who are currently not fully vaccinated or are seeking an exemption
Until you are fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption, you are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend campus. This can be done with a hard copy or email result of the negative test taken within the 72 hours prior to attending campus. Valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen) must clearly show the individual’s name, type of COVID-19 test performed, date and time of the test, and the negative result.
We are planning to provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite at the North and Lakeshore campuses beginning the week of September 13. Students and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. A reminder that Rapid Antigen Testing is for asymptomatic individuals, if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 please do not attend campus for any reason. Students at the International Graduate School can find information on testing location options on the IGS student portal.
Prior to those sites opening, anyone coming to campus who is not fully vaccinated is responsible for ensuring they have secured a negative test result, including any associated costs. Rapid Antigen Testing is available at pharmacies to individuals who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. To find a location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.
Everyone is required to complete the screening tool on the Humber Guardian app when attending campus in-person. You will need to show the result of your screening to access campus facilities.
Later this month, we expect that you will be able to upload your test result via the Humber Guardian app as part of the screening process, and we will share more details on how to do that and information on the app’s privacy protections.