COVID-19 Update for Students

February 17, 2021 4:00 PM

Hello Western Students,

We want you to know how proud we are of the grit you have shown in continuing your studies through the last year, whether you are a graduate student pushing forward with research, or an undergraduate managing online coursework. This past year has looked very different from the experiences we know and love. 

Time is passing strangely and it’s hard to believe that we’ve made it all the way to Reading Week. Our memories are often very connected to place and while the past year might seem like a blur spent in front of a computer, there is hope on the horizon. 

Vaccines are rolling out steadily, the province-wide shutdown and stay-at-home orders have ended in Ontario and the Middlesex-London region is now in the red-control level of the province’s COVID-19 response framework. 

Western is following guidance from the Middlesex-London Health Unit and is taking steps to re-open some campus spaces: 

  • Starting February 21, Western will resume most in-person instruction for courses where this was previously planned. Students are advised to contact their instructors to confirm delivery format for their courses.
  • A number of services and in-person programming on campus will reopen with enhanced health and safety protocols on February 22, including Taylor Library, Western Student Recreation Centre, eateries, study spaces, and more. Visit our ‘What’s Open’ page for more information. 

Although these are good signs, the pandemic is still not over. Uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 increases the possibility of new variants, so prevention is vital to ensure the pandemic ends as quickly as possible. 

  • All members of the Western community are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings indoors, in the presence of others, and in common and shared spaces. If you need a mask, please contact facecoverings@uwo.ca.
  • A reminder all students must complete the ‘Return to Campus’questionnaire prior to each visit to campus. 
  • We must continue to be vigilant and follow all public health guidance, especially by avoiding non-essential travel to protect ourselves, each other and our community. 
  • Students in residence can review all updated safety protocols on the Housing website
  • International students and students who are currently outside of Canada can contact our team of International Student Advisors for support connecting with peers, regarding immigration or finances, and steps necessary for travel to Canada.  

We know how much we are asking for, but if we can work together just a little longer, we are hopeful we can all be together that much sooner. And we can’t wait. 

Thank you for your hard work Mustangs. 

Jennifer Massey, 

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Associate Vice-President, Student Experience