An update on the fall semester as the Durham Region enters Stage 3

Last week Durham Region entered Stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 re-opening plan. With the health and safety of our entire campus community top of mind, Durham College (DC) continues to operate remotely with access limited to students and employees who need to be on campus as part of the July 2020 pilot project, as well as those who will be attending in-person classes this fall.

As more businesses open and restrictions are eased in the Durham Region, below is an outline of what you will need to know about DC before September arrives.

Fall semester program delivery

As previously announced, DC will deliver as many fall programs as possible through remote delivery. Programs that cannot be delivered in a fully virtual environment will be offered through a combination of face-to-face and remote delivery.

A full list of programs, including how they will be delivered, can be found on our Fall 2020 Delivery webpage.

Face coverings in indoor spaces are required on campus.

As of July 10, non-medical masks/face coverings are to be worn on campus to keep our community, and each other, safe. While in college buildings, students, employees and visitors are asked to wear their mask in hallways, elevators, washrooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and other common areas.

Those who do not own a mask/face covering will be provided with a cloth mask at the entrance of college buildings.

Classroom and lab capacity will be capped at 50 people.

  • The total number of students permitted in each instructional space at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres and cannot exceed 50 persons if the space is indoors and 100 persons outdoors. 
  • Instructional spaces may include classrooms, lecture halls and labs.
  • Where physical distancing is not possible, masks/face coverings must be worn.

More information on returning to campus safely can be found on our website.

Services are offered virtually, with some supports available in-person.

Support services are accessible for students in a virtual format, with some available on campus this September, including:

  • Access and Support Centre (ASC) – the ASC will continue to support students remotely, however, those with assistive technology supports will be able to make in-person appointment times to access or exchange equipment starting in mid-August.
  • Campus Health Centre (CHC) – the CHC is now offering a combination of virtual and approved in-person appointments – including physician, mental health, massage therapy, physiotherapy and chiropractic. At this time, only those patients and clients invited for an in-person appointment will be permitted in the clinic.
  • Residence – the residence at DC has been open throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to support the students completing their in-person classes and will continue to have students living on-campus this fall. New health and safety procedures have been implemented to keep residents safe. More information can be found on the COVID-19 webpage.

The Campus Store is open virtually and all textbooks and apparel can be ordered online and will be shipped to students free of charge.

The Campus Library is operating virtually and a number of resources are available on their webpage to prepare students and faculty for September.

All other student supports will be available online. For a full list of services and how to get in touch, please visit the COVID-19 Student Supports webpage.

Programming is available to get students ready for September.

To prepare students for a new semester, DC is providing a number of virtual program offerings for students to participate in before September, including:

  • Start Stronga platform for students to develop a foundation for success both in and out of the classroom, establish connections and build confidence for the year ahead.
  • RISE to Success transition programfor students who face multiple barriers to success and who need extra and enhanced supports in addition to those offered in the Start Strong programming.
  • Indigenous Student transition programto help incoming Indigenous students create a sense of community.
  • Orientation – a week-long virtual event that includes program orientation and a variety of additional virtual programming.

More information on the above programming will be available in the coming weeks.

Additionally, a DC Ready guide is being developed for students looking for academic preparedness prior to the start of classes. Students will receive the guide in their email inbox the first week of August.

Some campus recreation facilities are re-opening, others remain closed.

The Campus Ice Centre (ice pad only), Campus Fieldhouse and Vaso’s Field will be open as of Tuesday, August 4 for rental use only. The Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre and the FLEX will remain closed until further notice. Varsity sports for the fall 2020 semester remain suspended.

You are required to inform the college if you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with the virus.

Students and employees who are unable to attend or continue to go to class or work for any of the below reasons should contact Maureen Calhoun, health and safety officer, at maureen.calhoun@durhamcollege.ca or 905.926.2401:

  • You have developed a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or other symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 as per Public Health.
  • You have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
  • You have been exposed to someone who is, or may be, infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Please see the attached reporting infographic for more information.

Before coming to campus:

  1. Students are required to watch our Return to Campus Safely video or read the flipbook version.
  2. Employees are required to read the Working on Campus Phase 3 document on ICE.
  3. Students and employees are encouraged to review the college’s COVID-19 webpage for the latest information, including details on parking and the availability of campus services.

As the province continues to respond to the ongoing pandemic while moving through its re-opening framework as it is safe to do so, we hope that you will continue to be vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. As a reminder, students and employees are asked to continue physical distancing and practicing proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette. Additionally, if you think you have been exposed to the virus, please get tested.

Please visit DC’s COVID-19 webpage regularly for all of the latest updates.