Phased Return

Blooming magnolia on campus
Return to Campus

 

As COVID-19 cases rise across Ontario, and with Western University students among those who have tested positive for COVID-19, effective immediately the university is moving back to a modified version of Phase 3 of our Return to Campus plan. 

More details for students and for faculty and staff.

A reminder that those returning to campus must view a training module video and complete the Return to Campus Questionnaire each day before coming to campus. More details on this and steps you can take to be safe once on campus are available on the Health & Safety Measures page.


The chart below outlines the staged return to campus plan that Western followed from May through to September 2020.

Phase 1 – May 12 (3 Weeks)
Core Services (Approximately 10% of Western employees are on campus)

In Phase 1 some employees from the following university-level units may return to campus. Anyone who can work from home will continue to do so. Employees required to come to campus will be notified by their supervisor.

  • Advancement Operations
  • Senior Administrative and Academic Leaders
  • ACVS
  • Bookstore (course materials shipping)
  • Campus Police
  • Centre for Teaching & Learning
  • Child & Youth Development Clinic
  • COVID Research
  • Facilities Management
  • Faculty Relations
  • Financial Services
  • Fowler Kennedy
  • Fraunhofer Project Centre
  • Housing (Residence Admissions & Catering)
  • Human Resources (Safety)
  • Institutional Planning & Budgeting
  • Library (digital support for course materials)
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Surface Science Western
  • Western Technology Services

Phase 1B – June 3
Faculty and Principal Investigators

In Phase 1B faculty members can have access to their offices, and principal investigators can have access to their offices/ labs - subject to approval from the Dean or, if designated, a Department Chair or School Director. Those that can work from home will continue to do so.

Western Libraries staff return to prepare for the introduction of Scan to Deliver and No-Contact Pick-up Collections services this month.

H.A. Leeper Speech & Hearing Clinic is open for remote visits only.

Western’s Emergency Dental Clinic will also open for emergency visits only, starting June 15.

Phase 2 – July (2 Weeks)
(Approximately 20% of Western employees are on campus)

In Phase 2 some employees from the following units may return to campus. Anyone who can work from home will continue to do so. Employees required to come to campus will be notified by their supervisor. Note: The Phase 2 start date was shifted from June 9 to July 2 based on the extension of Ontario’s state of emergency, which was announced on June 2.

  • Advanced Facility for Avian Research
  • Biotron
  • Bookstore & Graphic Services
  • Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel
  • Collider
  • Communications & Public Affairs
  • Community Legal Services
  • Environmental Services Western
  • Family Practice Clinic
  • Grad Club (opened July 8)
  • Graduate Students (Dean or designate approved – some permitted to start June 15, 2020)
  • Indigenous Student Centre
  • Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources & LIGAR
  • Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic (remote visits)
  • Library (scan to deliver services)
  • Postdoctoral Scholars (Dean or designate approved – some permitted to start June 15, 2020)
  • Research Data Centre (Social Science)
  • Research Parks
  • Robarts Research Institute
  • School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Office
  • Society of Graduate Students (Executive only)
  • Student Experience – Summer Academic Orientation
  • Student Health Services
  • University Students’ Council (Executive only)
  • Western English Language Centre (Education)
  • Western International
  • Western Libraries
  • WindEEE Dome
  • Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB)

Phase 3 – August 4
(Approximately 30% of Western employees are on campus)

In Phase 3 some employees from the following units may return to campus. Anyone who can work from home will continue to do so. Employees required to come to campus will be notified by their supervisor.

  • Academic Support & Engagement
  • Bookstore (floor staff)
  • Continuing Studies
  • Faculty Departments
  • Human Resources
  • MBA Association
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Office of Indigenous Initiatives
  • Research Western & WORLDiscoveries
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Student Experience: Careers & Experience
  • Union / Association Executive Offices
  • Western Libraries (no-contact circulation services)

Phase 4 – August 31
(Approximately 40% of Western employees are on campus)

In Phase 4 some employees from the following units may return to campus. Employees required to come to campus will be notified by their supervisor.

  • Alumni Relations & Development
  • H.A. Leeper Speech & Hearing Clinic
  • Books Plus
  • Campus Recreation (staff only, not facilities)
  • Cronyn Observatory
  • Dental Clinics
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal Counsel
  • Libraries
  • McIntosh Gallery
  • Outdoor garden spaces
  • Principal Gifts
  • Propel
  • Recreation Centre
  • Spoke
  • TD Stadium
  • The Wave
  • University Community Centre (no vendors, atrium clear)
  • University Secretariat 
  • Western Libraries

Modified Phase 3 – Sept 18
(Approximately 40% of Western employees are on campus)

There is no impact to the current operations of the following units:

  • Audiology Clinics
  • Cronyn Observatory
  • Dental Clinics
  • McIntosh Gallery
  • Propel

While the following units were part of Phase 4, employees in these units should continue to come to campus unless otherwise notified by their supervisor:

  • Alumni Relations & Development
  • Campus Recreation (facilities staff only)
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal Counsel
  • Western Libraries
  • Principal Gifts
  • University Secretariat

If you have any questions, please speak directly to your leader/supervisor.

Note: Details about research recovery are available on the Western Research website.