Return to Campus planning

June 25, 2020 3:00 PM

Dear Colleagues,

As we head into the extended July 1 break, I wanted to provide an update on a few important items.

Phase 2 (Return to Campus):

As the province gradually reopens businesses, services and spaces, so too will Western.

Our phased ‘return to campus’ approach provides flexibility to adapt and comply with public health and government protocols, and supports employees who are balancing home life with work. Each phase allows units to permit employees to have a gradual, rotational, and periodic presence on campus as we ramp up for the fall.

Phase 2 of our phased ‘return to campus’ and our research recovery will begin next Thursday, July 2.

This means that starting July 2, some employees from units identified in Phase 2 can return to campus. Employees required to work from campus will be notified by their supervisor. Most employees will continue to work from home unless specifically required to come to campus.

Throughout Phase 2, which is estimated to last two to three weeks, all campus buildings will remain locked (card access only).

The recovery of research activities will continue to evolve through Phase 2, as per the research recovery plan. At this phase, resumption of research activities is at the invitation of the Dean or designated Department Chair or School Director.

Health & Safety Measures:

As always, the health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority.

Those returning to campus will experience a new environment - additional signage, new rules and regulations, and changes to physical spaces. I invite you to learn more about the steps Western is taking to keep the campus community safe, including cleaning measures and building preparation, on our  Health & Safety Measures web page.

Returning to Campus:

If you have been notified by your supervisor that you are required to work on campus, please take the following steps:

  1. Complete the ‘Return to Campus’ questionnaire before each work shift/visit to campus. The questionnaire, which has been simplified based on feedback from the campus community, is accessed by logging in to My Human Resources. You do not need to complete the questionnaire if you are feeling sick. Just complete the Absence Notification Tool and notify your supervisor.
  2. Practice physical distancing. When possible, stay two metres apart.
  3. Western requires the use of non-medical masks/face coverings in the presence of others and in common and shared spaces on campus. Should you require a non-medical mask/face covering, contact your supervisor.
  4. Wash hands thoroughly and often and avoid touching your face.

Resources and Contacts:

Enjoy your extended July 1 holiday weekend!

As per the announcement shared on June 5, the University will close at 1 p.m. Friday, June 26 and will reopen Thursday, July 2 to provide employees some extra and well-earned personal time.

Intersession and MBA exams, as well as Summer Academic Orientation, will proceed as planned during these days and faculty and staff involved in these activities will be granted personal time to use at a later date. 

Thanks also to our Facilities Management, Campus Police, Housing, Hospitality Services, and Student Academic Orientation staff for continuing to provide services and ensuring the safety of our campus during this closure.

On behalf of Western’s senior leadership team, thank you for your patience and support as we work together to protect the health and safety of our campus community during these unprecedented times.


Lynn Logan

Vice-President (Operations & Finance)