COVID-19 UPDATE: General Human Resources update


As DC moves to an online learning and service delivery model, below are some general guidelines to keep in mind.


As of Tuesday, March 17


  • Over the next few days, GDI will do one last collection of garbage.  GDI staff will remain onsite to do additional disinfecting during the college building closure.
  • Voicemail should be updated to identify to callers the frequency with which voicemails will be checked.   Sample voicemail message:Effective March 18, Durham College is operating with essential services only on campus, and this voicemail is being checked on a daily basis.  I will return your call, or feel free to reach me via email.  The most up-to-date information on the college’s operations is available on the DC website.  Thank you.


  • Managers should ensure they have a means of contacting all of their staff during the closure period, and have communicated how staff should contact them.
  • Staff who must come to campus are advised to notify their manager, and follow the sign-in and sign-out processes in place with security – more detail on building access will be shared in the coming days. Please note: visitors or children are not permitted onto campus at this time.  Do not come to campus if you are not feeling well.
  • Technical software or hardware issues can be addressed by contacting the IT service desk:
  • Departments should be monitoring upcoming meeting schedules, project deadlines, etc. and communicating the impact of today’s decision with all affected staff.  For example, are meetings being held virtually, or will they be cancelled?  Are deadlines extended, or will the work continue remotely?
  • Effective March 18, non-essential employees with previously scheduled vacation will have the opportunity to reschedule.  If vacation time is taken, it will continue to be recorded as such.  To ensure essential operations continue, supervisors may decide to re-schedule vacation for their staff.

DC takes the health, safety and wellbeing of our community seriously.  We will continue to monitor this actively evolving situation, and make decisions based on the best information available from government and health authorities. When the time is right and in accordance with health authorities, our campus will resume operations.

DC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our campus operations and community. Please visit for updates and FAQs.