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Safe Return to Campus for Students and Parents

Stine Linden-Andersen, PH.D., Dean of Student Affairs

Guiding principles and values

Four principles guide our plan to safely and successfully return students to campus.

1.   Health and Safety
The main priority of Bishop’s University during the COVID-19 pandemic remains the health and safety of our community. By acting in responsible and evidence-based ways, we can, as a community decrease the risk to our community members.

2.   Student-Centred
We are committed to using a student-centred approach to see us through the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes ensuring a rich and safe student experience, involving social and informative programming through a harm-reduction lens.

3.   Government-informed and evidence-based
We will adhere to Government and Public Health directives regarding COVID-19 and will move swiftly to implement new instructions we may receive during the pandemic. We will incorporate data and other information from Public Health agencies to ensure an evidence-based response.

4.   Equity
The University will consider and recognize issues of equity unique to different groups and individuals. This will include but is not limited to, consideration and appropriate accommodation of those who feel that they are at increased risk and those who rely on schools and daycare centres for childcare. Furthermore, we acknowledge that pandemics will affect groups of individuals differently, and we are committed to providing equitable support for all students.

Protocols implemented during COVID-19:

In order to prepare for on campus life, several protocols have been developed to support students, staff, and faculty through the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide is aimed at summarizing return to campus information for students. Please read the following protocols for further information.

  1. Academic Protocol
  2. Residence Protocol
  3. Dinning Protocol
  4. Addendum to Code of Student Conduct: Student Community Standards
  5. Second Wave Protocol

Health and Safety Guidelines

Signage:

The entire campus has been outfitted with signs indicating which directions you must enter and exit buildings. You will also find signs about mandatory face-covering and sanitization stations. Follow all signage on campus to ensure a healthy return.

Face-covering:

The government has mandated that we must wear a face-covering when circulating in buildings, this means that you must put on your face-covering when entering a building and only take it off once you are seated in class or exited the building. Each student will be provided one reusable face-covering by the University. You can also purchase BU branded face-coverings in Doolittle’s CO-OP or in the pro-shop in the Sports Centre. Please note that bandanas or face shields are not considered appropriate face-coverings.

Physical distancing:

According to government directives, students must be at least 1.5 metres apart during teaching activities and at least 2 metres apart during all other activities.

When it is not possible to maintain physical distancing (either 1.5 or 2 metres), students must wear face covering.

Families:

In line with Quebec Public Health guidelines, eight students who are designated to a “family” in residence are allowed to socialize without physical distancing. It is important to note that only the eight residents assigned to a family can benefit from this bubble. Students living in “families” in residence are able to disregard physical distancing with their “family members” only. It is important to note that the concept of “families” does not apply to any other living context.

Use of hand sanitizers:

Although hand washing is preferred to the use of hand sanitizer; all entrances to buildings on campus will be equipped with hand sanitizing stations. In order to enter ANY building, proper hand sanitizing must take place.

Gaiter Squad:

We have created a group of trained students who will be cleaning classrooms between each class. They will also be present during the first days of classes to help guide you through safety procedures.

Social gatherings in general:

Bishop’s University takes a harm reduction approach to social gatherings. That is, we understand students’ need to gather and build relationships. We seek to increase safety and reduce harm during such events rather than prohibiting them, which would result in large gatherings off campus with little control. We aim to support students in making safe choices regarding their gatherings. For more information as to how to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19 during social gatherings, please visit Safer Social Gatherings.

Social gatherings on campus:

The SRC, Manager of Security and the DSA will evaluate and if appropriate approve social gatherings on campus. In order to allow social gatherings on campus, the organizers will have to demonstrate how they plan to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct addendum and other health guidelines regarding COVID-19. We will prioritize events taking place outside and will ensure that all public health guidelines and University policies are followed. Failure to comply will result in cancellation of the event in question and/or future events.

Social gatherings off campus:

In order to ensure a safe and healthy community, the addendum to the Student Code of Conduct (as well as the Code of Conduct) applies to all University related events off campus as well. That means social gatherings mostly comprised of Bishop’s students will need to adhere to these guidelines and respect physical distancing at all times. Specifically, and in line with Quebec Public Health Guidelines, no more than 10 individuals are allowed at any private property off campus at the same time. These ten individuals should be from a maximum of 3 different households. Students will still need to adhere to physical distancing when gathering off campus. Sherbrooke Police in collaboration with Bishop’s University will strictly enforce these rules.

Management of COVID-19 symptoms:

COVID-19 symptoms include (but are not limited to):

If you experience these symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you must contact Quebec Public Health (1 877 644-4545) immediately and follow their instructions for testing and procedures.

Any positive diagnosis received must be emailed to the Manager of Health Services, Kendra Brock (kbrock@ubishops.ca) by the student. Informing us will help us keep our community safe.

If you or a medical professional suspect that you may be infected with COVID-19, you must remain in isolation until a diagnosis is given. Quebec Public Health provides recommendations for those awaiting a test result here: (Instructions while waiting for COVID-19 testing or test results).

How and where to get tested:

To find a testing site closest to you in Quebec, please call (1877 644-4545). There is currently a COVID-19 testing clinic in Sherbrooke: Centre désigné de dépistage (CDD)* CLSC Murray, 500, Murray Street, Sherbrooke. Opening hours: Every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Covid-19 Testing Site Sherbrooke.

If you have COVID-19:

You must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days and until you are symptom free. During this time, you must not go to class, nor attend any social gatherings. If you live in residence, you will need to follow the residence COVID-19 confirmed case procedure. If you live off campus, you must stay in your home and not socialize with any of your room mates. If you share a kitchen and/or a bathroom, you must sanitize shared surfaces after each use. According to Quebec Public Health (Instructions while waiting for COVID-19 testing or test results) you are only allowed to go to class and socialize when:

  1. 10 days have passed since the onset of your symptoms.
  2. AND you have had no fever for 48 hours without the use of fever medication.
  3. AND you have had no symptoms for 24 hours except for cough or loss of smell, which can persist longer.

Student Support During COVID-19

Counselling

Counselling services has transitioned to using an online data management platform which allows for online therapy and counselling sessions.

Counsellors will continue to offer support to students should the university have to close.

Regular counselling hours will be maintained.

Student Care and Empower Me

Students also have access to Student Care and Empower Me.

Student Care offers comprehensive health coverage to all students in the Fall and Winter. Students who are members of the Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and who are paying tuition fees at either the Canadian or Quebec rates are automatically covered by the collective Enhanced Care Health & Dental Plan.

For more information contact the SRC or BU SRC Student Care.

Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. As a Dental Plan member, you are entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

Empower Me is a confidential, multilingual, culturally, gender and faith inclusive service offered 24/7, 365 days per year. For more information contact the SRC or BU SRC Empower Me.

Residence Adaptation to COVID-19

Residence life is an important part of our community. Several changes have been made to residence life to increase health and safety among residents.

Highlights:

  • We have decreased the number of residents to minimize shared bathrooms and rooms.
  • Students coming from abroad must quarantine before entering residence communities.
  • One residence has been set aside for quarantine should any residents contract COVID-19. Residents with a positive diagnosis are not allowed to leave their rooms and food will be delivered to them. We will support the students and monitor their health.
  • Residents will enter into “family cohorts” of 8 residents who will be allowed so socialize without physically distancing after 14 days on campus.
  • Common spaces are closed, except for family units who can book the spaces.