COVID-19 FAQ Hub

COVID-19 FAQ Hub

Webinars Recordings
Student Recruitment and Admissions
Academic
General Information for Students
Student Services for Counselling, Career & SAAS
Residence
Faculty & Staff

Webinars Recordings

If you missed any of the webinars in June, watch the recordings now available below!

Principal’s Town Hall for Students

Principal’s Town Hall for Students Webinar

Host: Principal Michael Goldbloom

Panel Members:
Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice Principal Academic and Research
Dr. Stine Linden Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs
Mr. Dan Seneker, Director of Student Recruitment and Retention

Originally aired on Tuesday June 23.

New Domestic Students

New Domestic Students Webinar

Hosts:
Mr. Dan Seneker, Director of Student Recruitment and Retention
Ms Lyssa Paquette, Manager of Student Recruitment

Panel Members:
Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice Principal Academic and Research
Dr. Stine Linden Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs
Ms Annick Corbeil, Manager of Student Life
Mr. Enzo Evangelisto, President, Student Representative Council (SRC)
Ms Deb Langford, Director, Residences
Mr. Hans Rouleau, Registrar

Originally aired on Thursday June 25.

New International Students

New International Students Webinar

Hosts:
Ms Annick Corbeil, Manager of Student Life
Mr. Dan Seneker, Director of Student Recruitment and Retention
Ms Lyssa Paquette, Manager of Student Recruitment

Panel Members:
Ms Sylvie Bertrand Immigration consultant
Ms Isabelle Audet, Vice-President, Student Life SRC
Mr. Hans Rouleau, Registrar
Mr. Doug McCooeye, Associate Registrar – Admissions
Mr. Wilton Burgos, International Student Representative SRC

Originally aired on Friday, June 26.

Returning International Students

Returning International Students Webinar

Host: Ms Annick Corbeil, Manager of Student Life

Panel Members:
Ms Sylvie Bertrand Immigration consultant
Mr. Hans Rouleau, Registrar
Mr. Doug McCooeye, Associate Registrar – Admissions
Ms Isabelle Audet, Vice-President, Student Life SRC
Mr. Wilton Burgos, International Student Representative SRC

Originally aired on Friday June 26.

Returning Domestic Students

Returning Domestic Students Webinar

Host: Dr. Stine Linden Andersen, Dean of Student Affairs

Panel Members:
Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice Principal Academic and Research
Mr. Enzo Evangelisto, President SRC
Ms Isabelle Audet, Vice-President, Student Life SRC

Originally aired on Friday, June 26.

Séance de questions et réponses en français

Séance de questions et réponses en français

Hosts:
Mme Annick Corbeil, Gestionnaire à la vie étudiante
Mme Lyssa Paquette, Gestionnaire du recrutement étudiant

Panel Member: M. Hans Rouleau, Registraire

Originally aired on Friday June 26.

Student Recruitment and Admissions

Can I still accept my offer of admission?

Can I still accept my offer of admission?

Yes. We understand that these are difficult times and choosing a post-secondary option is stressful in the best of times. Therefore, exceptionally, we will be accepting confirmations until Friday, August 20, 2020.

I am expecting to receive advanced credit for my previous studies. When will I know what credits have been approved?

I am expecting to receive advanced credit for my previous studies. When will I know what credits have been approved?

Advanced credits that can be awarded will appear on your transcript prior to the beginning of Fall online registration, currently scheduled for early August. All CEGEP, A-Level, AP Exam, Baccalauréat Français (BACF), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit will be assessed automatically. For University and College credit evaluations, course descriptions (in English or French) normally must be submitted to the Admissions Office directly by the applicant. This information can be submitted via email to admissions@ubishops.ca.

The maximum number of credits a student can receive from outside of BU is 60 (out of the 120-credit program).

Note that the full official evaluation is only done for students who have applied for a degree program, been admitted into that program, and accepted the offer. To receive any approved credit, a copy of your final official transcript is normally required.

I am a returning student – am I eligible for returning student merit scholarships?

I am a returning student – am I eligible for returning student merit scholarships?

Many students will be faced with uncertain summer income due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is why the University has decided to award returning student scholarships earlier this year – to help plan and minimize anxiety and stress. All students who have obtained a minimum average of at least 80% calculated on their best 12 credits attempted during the Fall and Winter semesters will be eligible for consideration. Exception: Students participating in an internship, co-op placement, or practicum will have their file evaluated by the ASAP Committee.

I am an International Student; do I need a CAQ/Study Permit to study at Bishop’s if I choose to do my whole semester remotely?

I am an International Student; do I need a CAQ/Study Permit to study at Bishop’s if I choose to do my whole semester remotely?

International students who are unable to travel to Canada in September are permitted to enroll at Bishop’s as a full-time student and take courses remotely. A study permit is not required to start and complete programs of study outside of Canada. However, this time will not be counted towards Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) eligibility or the length of the PGWP issued.

Note: Bishop’s is not planning on offering full degrees online.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Annick Corbeil at acorbeil@ubishops.ca.

My situation has changed, and I no-longer can attend Bishop’s – what should I do?

My situation has changed, and I no-longer can attend Bishop’s – what should I do?

Please advise the Admissions Office of your change of situation. Email: admissions@ubishops.ca.

Will I be able to take my Fall 2020 semester courses remotely?

Will I be able to take my Fall 2020 semester courses remotely?

We will provide an outstanding experience for all our students, including an engaging and supportive environment both in person and virtually. The University is currently preparing to deliver a rich academic program for those students who will be participating remotely.

Whether attending in person or remotely, all students will be provided high-quality and engaging instruction with significant interaction with their professors and fellow students.

Will I be able to take my Fall 2020 semester courses in person?

Will I be able to take my Fall 2020 semester courses in person?

We will provide an outstanding experience for all our students, including an engaging and supportive environment both in person and virtually and will offer as many in-person classes as possible for those students who are able and who wish to be on campus.

Whether attending in person or online, all students will be provided high-quality and engaging instruction with significant interaction with their professors and fellow students.

My situation has changed, and I no-longer can attend Bishop’s – what happens to my confirmation deposit?

My situation has changed, and I no-longer can attend Bishop’s – what happens to my confirmation deposit?

Between the time of accepting an offer with payment ($350 CAD), up until and including August 31st, there is a refund policy which allows for $100 CAD to be refunded to the applicant ($250 CAD in non-refundable). From September 1st onwards the $350 CAD becomes completely non-refundable.

My situation has changed, I no-longer can attend Bishop’s in the Fall but want to attend in Winter or next year – what should I do?

My situation has changed, I no-longer can attend Bishop’s in the Fall but want to attend in Winter or next year – what should I do?

Please advise the Admissions Office of your change of situation. Email: admissions@ubishops.ca.

Your confirmation deposit will be applied to your new start semester.

Academic

When will I be able to register for courses?

When will I be able to register for courses?

Online registration will open the week of August 3rd. All registration for Fall 2020 classes will take place online – even if you are registering for an in person course. See the Registration Instructions web page for details.

General Information for Students

Will students receive a face covering?

Will students receive a face covering?

All Faculty, staff and students will receive a reusable face covering, free of charge. Those who wish to purchase a Bishop’s branded face covering can visit Doolittle’s Co-op or the Gaiter Store.

I am an International Student, if I attend courses in person, what quarantine protocol will I have to follow?

I am an International Student, if I attend courses in person, what quarantine protocol will I have to follow?

Student will be expected to follow the guidelines outlined by the government health officials.

I am an International Student, what are the quarantine and transportation to campus instructions?

I am an International Student, what are the quarantine and transportation to campus instructions?

Read the details on the web page: Quarantine and Transportation to Campus – Fall 2020 Semester

What will be the on-campus social-distancing and safety policies for the Fall semester?

What will be the on-campus social-distancing and safety policies for the Fall semester?

We cannot guarantee that no one will contract COVID-19. However, we are committed to the health and safety of the Bishop’s community and we will follow the advice of Quebec’s public health authorities in determining how best to limit propagation of the virus on our campus. In order to minimize risk to others, everyone on campus will have a responsibility to adhere to all health guidelines and should expect that these will be strictly enforced.

In-person classes will be held in classrooms which will respect the physical distancing guidelines of the public health authorities.

What will happen if the University is forced to suspend activities?

What will happen if the University is forced to suspend activities?

The health and wellbeing of our community is paramount and remains our highest priority. Should we be forced to suspend academic activities, we will revert to exclusively remote instruction.

What do I need to know as a new or returning international student for Fall 2020?

What do I need to know as a new or returning international student for Fall 2020?

See the online version of an email sent to International Students on August 2.

What is the status of the University’s International Student Exchange program?

What is the status of the University’s International Student Exchange program?

The University has suspended both its Fall 2020 in and out going exchange programs. For more information please write to exchange@ubishops.ca.

Student Services for Counselling, Career & SAAS

What are Student Services current hours of operation?

What are Student Services current hours of operation?

Student services (Counselling, Career & SAAS) are still open but offering virtual services!

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (meeting times are flexible depending on individual staff schedules).

NOTE: Do not present in person to the campus! All of our services are being offered virtually!

Are you still offering walk-in Counselling appointments?

Are you still offering walk-in Counselling appointments?

YES! We are offering VIRTUAL services via telephone or video chat.

Please see our Facebook Page for weekly VIRTUAL hours.

Are you still offering Career Counselling and Employment Support?

Are you still offering Career Counselling and Employment Support?

YES! We are also offering VIRTUAL services via telephone or video chat.

Please contact studentservices@ubishops.ca in order to book an appointment with the career counsellor or assistant.

Are you still offering SAAS Support?

Are you still offering SAAS Support?

YES! We are also offering VIRTUAL services via telephone or video chat.

Please contact your SAAS Coordinator for an appointment.

If you are new to SAAS, please register on the SAAS web page.

For any exam related questions, please contact exams@ubishops.ca.

How do I book an appointment?

How do I book an appointment?

To book a VIRTUAL counselling appointment or access our VIRTUAL walk-ins, please email studentservices@ubishops.ca.

To book a VIRTUAL counselling appointment with the Counsellor in Residence, please email Sarah.Frost@ubishops.ca.

To book a VIRTUAL Career appointment please email studentservices@ubishops.ca.

To book a VIRTUAL SAAS appointment please email your coordinator directly. For Laura Rezlescu: lrezlesc@ubishops.ca and for Amanda Manning: amanning@ubishops.ca. If you are unsure who your co-ordinator is, contact studentservices@ubishops.ca.

If you are not yet registered, please register on the SAAS web page.

I am feeling stressed and anxious, what online and community supports are available?

I am feeling stressed and anxious, what online and community supports are available?

A reminder to all students that our Student Services Counselling web page offers a number of online and phone-based community mental health and wellness supports. Please refer to the detailed list of resources if you need remote support.

Students with urgent mental health concerns should contact the following resources:

In Quebec:

  • Urgence-Detresse | (819) 780-2222
    24-hour mental health crisis line
  • Jevi Centre de Prevention du Suicide | 1 (866) 277-3553
    24-hour crisis line for people who have suicidal thoughts and for the friends and family supporting them
  • Empower Me | 24-hour crisis Line: (844) 741-6389
    24-hour clinical response centre for students supported by SRC

Rest of Canada:

  • Kid’s Help Phone | (800) 668-6868 | https://kidshelpphone.ca/
    24-hour national, bilingual, anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for youth
  • Good2Talk | (844) 741-6389 | text: 686868
    Confidential emotional support services for post-secondary students
  • Hope for Wellness | (855) 242-3310
    Emotional distress support for First Nations and Indigenous peoples

For more information, visit the Public Health Canada website regarding COVID-19 prevention and risks.

Residence

General

Will I be able to live in on-campus residence accommodations?

Will I be able to live in on-campus residence accommodations?

Yes. For the 2020/21 academic year, we will only be offering single rooms in campus residence buildings.

All students living on campus will have a semi-private washroom in BOG or Suite style residence buildings, or an assigned washroom in traditional style residence buildings. Students living in traditional style residence buildings will need to ensure that they utilize only the washroom that they are assigned.

Are residence accommodations guaranteed?

Are residence accommodations guaranteed?

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation the University has had to reduce capacity in residence and as such, the University is no longer able to guarantee on campus housing for any applications received after June 1st, 2020. Residence Services will assign students, who apply after June 1st, 2020 to residence on a first come first served basis. Only after receiving both your application and deposit will we consider your application complete. The date of your complete application is the date that will be used to determine residence priority.

Are double rooms being offered in residence?

Are double rooms being offered in residence?

No. All students living in residence will be housed in single rooms for the upcoming academic year. No double rooms will be offered.

What will happen if the University is forced to close residence accommodations?

What will happen if the University is forced to close residence accommodations?

In the event of a University closure during the fall that requires the closing of University residences, students will receive a prorated refund from the date the University institutes the closure of the residences.

Students must completely vacate their residence room prior to departure. Bishop’s will supply boxes if needed at a small cost and on campus storage will be provided free of charge if needed.

What transportation can I take to get from Montreal Airport (YUL) to Bishop’s?

What transportation can I take to get from Montreal Airport (YUL) to Bishop’s?

The University is looking into alternative transportation to travel from Montreal Airport (YUL) to Bishop’s, in case public bus transportation is not back in service. In either case, we will ensure that you may travel safely to campus and respect Canadian government quarantine regulations.

Residence Administration

When will room assignment be sent out?

When will room assignment be sent out?

You will receive your room assignment in early August.

When is move-in day for residence?

When is move-in day for residence?

New students to Bishop’s University will be welcomed between Friday, September 4, 2020 and Sunday, September 6, 2020.

Returning students to Bishop’s University will be welcomed Monday, September 7, 2020 or Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Move-ins will be scheduled by appointment in accordance with the dates that are relevant to you.

How will I know my appointment to arrive on campus to move-in to residence?

How will I know my appointment to arrive on campus to move-in to residence?

After room assignment is sent out to students in early August, you will receive your lease. Once your lease is signed, you will be contacted in order to schedule a move-in appointment.

Will I be provided with a set of instructions to follow for my move-in appointment?

Will I be provided with a set of instructions to follow for my move-in appointment?

All residents will receive detailed move-in instructions in the lead up to their arrival on campus.

Students will have to fill out a self-assessment form including information about their state of health and their movements prior to their moving into residences.

Students will be asked to:

  • Have their own thermometer
  • Have their own face cover or mask
  • Identify a housing option in the event of rapid closure of residences or a public health isolation order

Students can have one person accompany them to assist the resident with their move-in. No sleepovers will be allowed and said person will also have to respect the safety guidelines in place. It is unlikely that family members of international students will be allowed into Canada to help their student with moving.

I am a returning student to residence, and I placed items in storage when I left campus. What is the process to retrieve my belongings?

I am a returning student to residence, and I placed items in storage when I left campus. What is the process to retrieve my belongings?

When your move-in appointment is confirmed, the Residence Office will coordinate to have your items delivered to your residence room to limit contact.

I have symptoms of COVID-19 and my move-in appointment is in less than 14 days – what do I do?

I have symptoms of COVID-19 and my move-in appointment is in less than 14 days – what do I do?

The University asks that students moving into residence and who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 do not come to campus and to residences until their 14-day quarantine period has lapsed and that they no longer have symptoms.

For the safety and well being of our campus community, all students moving into residence must not be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of their move-in.

Please contact us at residence@ubishops.ca if you cannot make your move-in appointment due to quarantine, and the residence team will provide you with a new appointment once you are able to travel to campus.

My situation has changed, and I no-longer can attend Bishop’s – what happens to my residence confirmation deposit?

My situation has changed, and I no-longer can attend Bishop’s – what happens to my residence confirmation deposit?

As of June 1, 2020, residence deposits will be fully refunded to those students who are required to withdraw from residence due to any COVID-19 related reason. Please inform us in writing at residence@ubishops.ca on or before August 21, 2020 (i.e. travel restrictions, inability to get CAQ or study permit, or if a student indicates that they will remain at their permanent address to study online). As of August 22, 2020 students will forfeit their residence deposits in full.

Any student who feels that they have already had to make an alternate arrangement due to COVID-19 and wishes to request a full refund of their residence deposit can contact residence@ubishops.ca to make this request.

My situation has changed, I no-longer can attend Bishop’s in the Fall but want to attend in Winter or next year – what happens to my residence deposit?

My situation has changed, I no-longer can attend Bishop’s in the Fall but want to attend in Winter or next year – what happens to my residence deposit?

Any student who wishes to defer their residence deposit to Winter 2021 must notify the Residence Office at residence@ubishops.ca on or before August 21, in writing and the entire

$500 will be credited towards the Winter Semester. For more information please write to residence@ubishops.ca.

Will the Residence Office be open?

Will the Residence Office be open?

The Residence Office is open Monday to Friday. Transactions (e.g. rent, gaiter dollars) are encouraged to be completed online as much as possible to limit unnecessary contact. For lost cards and lockouts, students will have to respect social distancing markers when they come to report at the Residence Office.

Residence Life

I heard about a family concept in residence during the Principal’s Town Hall – what does that mean?

I heard about a family concept in residence during the Principal’s Town Hall – what does that mean?

During deconfinement, residents of a same apartment or floor will be considered a “family unit”. Each family will be composed of 8 residents and will be granted special permission to gather and share common spaces or participate in common events on campus.

I am living in residence; can I invite a friend to come visit me in the fall semester?

I am living in residence; can I invite a friend to come visit me in the fall semester?

During the deconfinement period, external visitors are not allowed in residence buildings and rooms, unless special authorization is granted with precise guidelines to follow. To submit a request, residents must contact the residence life team at residencelife@ubishops.ca.

Will my Resident Assistant (RA) still put on activities in the fall semester?

Will my Resident Assistant (RA) still put on activities in the fall semester?

Yes. Residence life activities will continue during deconfinement. The number of residents per activity will be determined on a case by case basis, ensuring social distancing is respected between individuals, as well as Public Health guidelines.

Activities will be conducted outdoors as much as possible, with members of the same “family unit”.

I am going to be living in Paterson Hall, will I still have roommates?

I am going to be living in Paterson Hall, will I still have roommates?

Yes. Paterson hall is a suite style residence housing four students per suite, each student will have their own single room and share a washroom with one other student. They will have a shared kitchen, living room and dining area.

Your apartment and roommates will be considered a “family unit” and can participate in activities without respecting social distancing.

I am going to be living in a traditional style residence, will I share a washroom with other students?

I am going to be living in a traditional style residence, will I share a washroom with other students?

Students living in our traditional style residence will be assigned to a single room and each student will be assigned to a washroom in their hallway. Within the large washroom showers, toilet stalls, and sinks will be assigned to individual students. It will be imperative that each student only utilize the shower stall, toilet stall and sink that they are assigned. In collaboration with their floor mates, they will create a schedule that will ensure that everyone can access the washroom in a fair and equitable way.

I am going to be living in a new side residence (Abbott, Munster or Kuehner), how many people will I share my washroom with?

I am going to be living in a new side residence (Abbott, Munster or Kuehner), how many people will I share my washroom with?

All students living in these residences will be housed in a single room and have a semi-private washroom, shared with one other student (commonly referred to as your “bogmate”).

Will I still have access to the laundry room in my residence to do my personal laundry?

Will I still have access to the laundry room in my residence to do my personal laundry?

Yes, students will have access to laundry rooms to do their laundry. Signage will be installed to indicate the expectations of students utilizing the laundry room: high touch cleaning will be done twice per day by the Custodial team, social distancing rules will apply, students are asked to wash their hands upon entering the laundry room, and to wipe down the laundry machines before and after use.

Will I be responsible for cleaning my own washroom?

Will I be responsible for cleaning my own washroom?

If you are living in a traditional style residence, you will not be responsible for cleaning your own washroom. High touch cleaning will be done in the washrooms twice per day by the Custodial team.

If you are living in Paterson Hall or a New Side residence (Kuehner, Abbott, Munster), you will be responsible for cleaning your own washroom. This should be coordinated with your roommates/bogmate in order for cleaning to be shared in a fair and equitable way.

Will counselling in residence still be offered to students living in residence?

Will counselling in residence still be offered to students living in residence?

Yes, the Counsellor in Residence will offer both virtual and in person counselling to students living in residence. Safety guidelines and policies will be respected.

Where can I easily find the safety guidelines and policies I will have to follow as a student living in residence?

Where can I easily find the safety guidelines and policies I will have to follow as a student living in residence?

A COVID-19 specific annex will be added to the Residence Community Living Standards (RCLS) in order to formally reiterate the importance of respecting health and safety guidelines in the residence community to keep everyone safe. It will include the guidelines and policies that the University will expect students in residence to follow.

Residence Safety Guidelines and Policies

What will be the on-campus social-distancing and safety policies for the fall semester?

What will be the on-campus social-distancing and safety policies for the fall semester?

We cannot guarantee that no one will contract COVID-19. However, we are committed to the health and safety of the Bishop’s community and we will follow the advice of Quebec’s public health authorities in determining how best to limit propagation of the virus on our campus. In order to minimize risk to others, everyone on campus will have a responsibility to adhere to all health guidelines and should expect that these will be strictly enforced.

In-person classes will be held in classrooms which will respect the physical distancing guidelines of the public health authorities.

If I am living in residence, will I still have to apply social-distancing and safety policies in place for the fall semester?

If I am living in residence, will I still have to apply social-distancing and safety policies in place for the fall semester?

Yes, the same will be expected of students living in residence. In order to minimize risk to others, everyone on campus will have a responsibility to adhere to all health guidelines and should expect that these will be strictly enforced.

How will I be kept informed of the guidelines I need to follow whilst living in residence in the context of COVID-19?

How will I be kept informed of the guidelines I need to follow whilst living in residence in the context of COVID-19?

You will be provided with the necessary information by email prior to your arrival on campus, and again during orientation and move-in day. Each residence building at Bishop’s is unique and guidelines will be different for each building (shared bathrooms, hallways, staircases or elevators, common rooms, etc.).

What are the health and hygiene measures implemented in residences by the Custodial service?

What are the health and hygiene measures implemented in residences by the Custodial service?

You will be provided with the health and hygiene measures implemented in residences by the custodial service team by email prior to your arrival on campus, and again during orientation and move-in day.

Dewhurst Dining Hall (Dewies)

Will Dewhurst Dining Hall still be open?

Will Dewhurst Dining Hall still be open?

Yes. Dewhurst Dining Hall (Dewies) will still be open, but only to students living in residence. Public Health Authorities have approved the universities’ plan for its dining facilities.

What will the dining experience be at Dewies?

What will the dining experience be at Dewies?

The Dining Hall will not look like previous years and has been fitted to comply with government health official guidelines. The servery area has been enlarged by removing tray rails at each station. Plexiglass have been put up on all stations. Everything, including beverages will be served to students by Dining Hall staff.

Will there be scheduled times to eat in order to respect social distancing?

Will there be scheduled times to eat in order to respect social distancing?

This year, the seating area in the dining hall will be reduced in order to respected social distancing. Students will have the choice to be able to take-out food via a take-out area, or eat in the dining hall.

Residence Self-Isolation and Quarantine

I am an International Student, if I attend courses in person, what quarantine protocol will I have to follow?

I am an International Student, if I attend courses in person, what quarantine protocol will I have to follow?

Students will be expected to follow the guidelines outlined by the Canadian government and government health officials.

International students living in residence will be provided with a living space in residence to complete their 14-day quarantine, as mandated by the Canadian government. The Norton Building has been reserved strictly for quarantine purposes this Fall semester.

What about my meals, are these provided during mandated quarantine?

What about my meals, are these provided during mandated quarantine?

Yes. You will be provided with three meal services for each day you are in quarantine: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Is there a cost associated with the 14-day quarantine as an International student in residence?

Is there a cost associated with the 14-day quarantine as an International student in residence?

Yes. There will be a cost for the “quarantine package” for international students in residence. This will include, all official documentation regarding your quarantine arrangements in Bishop’s University residences, transportation from Montreal Airport to Bishop’s residences, 3 meals per day for every day in quarantine, online activities during quarantine, rent for every day in quarantine. The cost will be communicated to international students in residence by late July.

Please be prepared to communicate to the residence team at residencelife@ubishops.ca your planned arrival dates in order for a transportation schedule to be created.

Outside of the “quarantine package”, all International students attending Bishop’s University will be provided an official letter from the University, indicating that the University is offering classes in person.

What is the earliest date I can arrive on campus to start my 14-day quarantine?

What is the earliest date I can arrive on campus to start my 14-day quarantine?

International students needing to complete a 14-day mandated quarantine can arrive on campus Wednesday, August 19th at the earliest. This provides enough time to complete the 14- day quarantine in time to participate in Orientation week and classes in person if desired.

Can I have visitors when I am completing my mandated quarantine?

Can I have visitors when I am completing my mandated quarantine?

No. Your mandated 14-day quarantine is subject to the order Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) No. 2.

Your compliance with this Order is subject to monitoring, verification and enforcement. Those in violation may face detention in a quarantine facility as well as fines and/or imprisonment.

Spending 14 days with limited contact with others can be challenging both physically and mentally. Will I be able to participate in any activities?

Spending 14 days with limited contact with others can be challenging both physically and mentally. Will I be able to participate in any activities?

The University acknowledges that 14 days in isolation can be challenging. Students in quarantine are subject to the order Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) No. 2 and must respect this Order.

To provide community activities and opportunities to connect with others in quarantine, residence staff will provide several online activities for students to partake in during their quarantine. Offering a chance to be virtually connected with others.

What happens if a second confinement period is invoked by the government and residences can stay open – what will change regarding safety measures?

What happens if a second confinement period is invoked by the government and residences can stay open – what will change regarding safety measures?

If a second confinement period is mandated, you will be communicated the necessary information via email regarding any change in safety measures and policies that residents will have to follow. Everyone in residence will have a responsibility to adhere to all health guidelines and should expect that these will be strictly enforced.

What should I do if I start having symptoms of COVID-19 once I am living in residence?

What should I do if I start having symptoms of COVID-19 once I am living in residence?

If a resident has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they must self-isolate in their room and contact line 1-877-644-4545 first. If they cannot reach anyone on this line, they should call the BU health clinic (do not come to the clinic in person). The resident must contact residencelife@ubishops.ca to make the residence team aware. The residence team will coordinate with the resident for food deliveries and provide an isolation room away from other students.

What will happen if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in residence?

What will happen if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in residence?

The public health department will carry out an investigation. They will identify all significant contacts and ensure they are notified of their exposure and that isolation instructions are sent to them. When required, the public health team also communicates with the environments frequented by the person suffering from COVID-19 (e.g. University residences).

Faculty & Staff

Version française (PDF)

How to plan a Safe Return to Work on Campus?

Please read the guide to planning a Safe Return to Work for Staff and Faculty (PDF – updated September 8)

Un guide pour planifier le retour au travail sécuritaire (PDF – mise à jour disponible bientôt)

What are the Health & Safety measures in place on Campus?

What are the Health & Safety measures in place on Campus?

The Universal health guidelines are in effect on our Campus. This include respecting the physical distance of two meters and not allowing anyone who has symptoms that may apply to COVID-19. Also, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high contact surfaces.

Hand Sanitizer dispensers have been installed in several strategic locations and cleaning product will be accessible to all Staff and Faculty to clean their own workstation.

How often do I have to fill out the self-assessment form?

How often do I have to fill out the self-assessment form?

You have to fill out the self-assessment form every time you come on Campus.

It is available on the SafeGaiter app and online.

How do I access Campus?

How do I access Campus?

Campus is now accessible during regular working hours. Some services and operations have been modified because of sanitary measures in place. When accessing a campus building please fill out the Health Self-assessment using SAFEGAITER. Also note that many buildings now have a uni-directional flow to facilitate circulation. Please follow the signage when entering, circulating and exiting buildings where and when possible. Please contact Security if you require assistance.

What should I do if I believe that I have COVID-19 symptoms?

What should I do if I believe that I have COVID-19 symptoms?

You should not be on campus.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue, sudden loss of sense of smell without nasal congestion with or without loss of taste, OR
  • If you have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive, OR
  • Have travelled abroad in the past 14 days.

Please go directly to the COVID testing center in Sherbrooke (500 Rue Murray, Sherbrooke, QC J1G 2K6). Opened 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week. No appointment needed. No referral needed.

If you are unsure if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call the COVID-19 hotline. 1-877-644-4545 or in Estrie 819-644-4545.

Important links on COVID-19 for more information:

Worried about COVID-19?

Bishop’s employees can benefit from free, confidential counseling services available through the Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provided by Morneau Shepell.

To contact Morneau Shepell’ 24-hour, 7 days a week toll free telephone service please calls:

  • English – 1-844-880-9142
  • French – 1-844-880-9143

If you prefer to consult services that are available online, you can visit https://www.workhealthlife.com/.

For additional stay-at-home access, you can also download the Morneau Shepell My EAP app to access E-counselling, Financial Planning Services and First Chat and many other resources.