COVID-19 Information

While DC’s campuses remain closed for regular business, services and some programs continue to be offered remotely. Planning is underway for Fall 2020
in-person and remote program and service delivery.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

All important updates and information on how Durham College (DC) is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on this webpage.

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Updates

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...

Returning to campus safelyJuly 15, 2020 at 10:05 am

This message is being distributed on behalf of the Return to Work Operational Task Force. Last week, a limited number of students and employees returned to campus as part of the provincial government’s July 2020 pilot...

This message is being distributed on behalf of the Return to Work Operational Task Force. Yesterday, the Regional Municipality of Durham announced that non-medical masks or face coverings will be mandatory in public and enclosed...

This message is being shared on behalf of Ken Babcock, director, Athletics and Recreation and Sarah Wagg, manager, Esports Gaming Arena. Please be advised that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Durham College (DC) will...

In This Together DC – final updateJuly 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Dear students, Over the last six weeks, members of various teams across the college have shared email updates with you about what is happening in their departments as operations continue during COVID-19. On Monday, June...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will provide you with details about ongoing Food Services activities. On June 27, Durham College (DC) entered into a new food service contract with...

This message is being distributed on behalf of the Return to Work Operational Task Force. Starting Thursday, July 2, we will welcome back to campus a small group of employees and students as part of...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will provide you with details about ongoing activities in the Campus Library. Even before COVID-19, the Campus Library delivered supports and services for faculty...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will provide you with details about ongoing activities in the Career Development office. The Career Development office continues to shift and pivot our way...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will focus on the Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning (PPL). While every part of the college has been impacted by the pandemic,...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing FastStartDC activities. Very fortunately for FastStartDC, the move to a virtual service offering was one we were...

COVID-19 Update: Parking refundsJune 17, 2020 at 11:01 am

WHAT Additional parking refunds to be issued to DC students and employees. DATE Wednesday, June 17 IMPLICATIONS DC students: Durham College (DC) is issuing final reimbursements of parking refunds, due to the on-going campus closure...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will provide you with details about ongoing activities in the Communications and Marketing (C+M) department. As a team, navigating through the challenges and changes...

This message is being sent on behalf of Don Lovisa, president, Durham College. Dear employees and students, As we near the end of our third month apart, I want to thank our entire campus community...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about activities taking place within the Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE). The transition to work-from-home...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing Corporate Training Services (CTS) activities. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic quickly reverberated across the corporate...

Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano announced today a framework for reopening the post-secondary sector in Ontario. This framework will see some in-person classes resuming in July in a range of college programs requiring hands-on work to...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing activities in the Campus Store. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent campus shut...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing garden activities in the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) gardens. It is fascinating to watch...

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health guidelines, the OCAA and its members have suspended the varsity schedule for the fall semester. Durham College (DC) sports directly affected by this decision...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing activities in the International Education (IE) office. Goal three of DC’s Academic Plan is to “establish and...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) activities. CAFE is currently supporting academic schools across Durham...

As the province begins to carefully reopen, Ontario’s colleges are getting ready for the fall term. While COVID-19 has definitely changed the way colleges operate, promoting and supporting a safe environment for everyone who studies,...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing Campus Safety activities. Like everyone else, the members of the Office of Campus Safety (OCS) were...

As the evolving COVID-19 situation continues to impact college operations and plans for the coming weeks and months, we know you have a lot of questions. To make it easier to get in touch with...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing Enrolment Services activities and convocation updates. With the warm and sunny weather upon us, it reminds...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing Human Resources (HR) activities, and the importance of staying connected. The shift to online learning and...

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will share with you details about ongoing activities at the Whitby campus. While much of Durham College’s (DC) operations have been largely silent over...

Sharing a news release below from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities that was released Wednesday, May 20. For more information or for inquiries, please visit news.ontario.ca. TORONTO — The Ontario government is reducing financial...

Dear students, As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Provincial government closed most businesses and services in April including all construction activity that was not deemed essential.  As of May 4, however, an amendment...

Semester Plan UpdateMay 20, 2020 at 11:31 am

Dear DC Students,   Following Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce’s announcement yesterday about the pause to the reopening of Ontario’s secondary schools, Durham College (DC) is planning to offer hybrid program delivery for its fall semester...

Dear students, The long weekend is behind us and the spring semester has begun – the first in Durham College (DC) history with both program and service delivery starting completely online. As a college, we...

Hi DC! This planning activity update is brought to you from the employees of the Administration Team.  Over the next number of weeks, we will be providing you updates to inform you of all of...

Hi DC! Durham College is prepared to offer a wide range of academic courses for the Fall 2020 semester, despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While we don’t know what the world will...

Sharing a news release below from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that was released earlier this morning. For more information or for inquiries, please visit www.pm.gc.ca.  Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19 April...

Update #5 MESSAGE FROM DC PRESIDENT DON LOVISA

This message is being shared on behalf of Graham Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of the College Employer Council, as he recognizes Ontario Colleges’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the letter below. Re: College Employer Council Recognizes...

WHAT DC is offering more than $1.5 million in emergency bursaries to help students during COVID-19 WHEN Monday, April 13 IMPLICATIONS It is a challenging and unprecedented time in Ontario. And it has been particularly...

Easter message from DC president Don Lovisa.

As Durham College (DC) begins its third week of online learning and virtual service delivery, we recognize that some students and employees may be facing wellness challenges while working or studying from home. The Campus...

Dear colleagues and students, This week, the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, announced an investment of $25 million in funding from the provincial government to help support post-secondary institutions mitigate the early...

WHAT Durham College’s spring semester will be delivered online beginning Tuesday, May 19. WHEN Tuesday, May 19 to Friday, August 7. IMPLICATIONS With the continued campus closure due to COVID-19 restrictions and in response to...

Dear students, Let me first start by saying THANK YOU. You have faced a whirlwind of change, and I want to acknowledge your patience and ability to pivot to online learning under such stressful circumstances.  Now...

WHAT Durham College (DC) has developed a process for submitting COVID-19 related community support requests. WHEN March 31, 2020 IMPLICATIONS Now more than ever, our community is need of our support. And as one of the four pillars in...

WHAT Parking and meal plan refunds will be issued to DC students. Parking refunds will be issued to DC employees.  DATE Tuesday, March 31  IMPLICATIONS DC students: Durham College (DC) is issuing partial meal plan...

As another week begins in our COVID-19 world, DC President Don Lovisa has a message for employees, students and the broader community. You can view it by clicking on the video below.

In light of the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the Durham College (DC) closure, DC President Don Lovisa has a message for employees, students and the broader community. You can view it by clicking on the video...

Dear students, I’m writing to advise you that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in connection with Durham College’s (DC) administrative building, Campus Corners, located at the south-east corner of Simcoe Street and Conlin...

Dear students,   While transitioning to online learning is a positive step towards keeping your semester moving forward, Durham College (DC) recognizes that it is also another significant change in uncertain times. Whether you need...

WHAT: Durham College implements full closure of Oshawa and Whitby campuses and all locations.  WHEN: As of Tuesday, March 24 at 11 p.m., until further notice. IMPLICATIONS: Yesterday the provincial government announced the closing of...

Online course delivery tools provide flexible and creative ways for faculty to teach and connect with students. Some of your courses may have scheduled meeting times, where your faculty member will engage in real-time learning...

As we prepare to move into our online learning model on Monday, I wanted to close this week with a brief video message to our employees and students and remind everyone to stay informed by visiting our website....

WHAT As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Durham College (DC) leadership and faculty continue to review academic plans and calendars to ensure continuity of learning for our students. In response to the recent disruptions to the...

WHAT While Durham College (DC) has controlled and limited access to buildings at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses, reduced hours will be in place.  WHEN Thursday, March 19 IMPLICATIONS Until further notice, as of Wednesday,...

​WHAT Health care and mental health supports available for Durham College students and employees. WHEN As of Wednesday, March 18 IMPLICATIONS Continuity of care is very important to the health and well-being of our campus...

WHAT The shared Durham College (DC) and Ontario Tech Library at the Oshawa campus and DC’s Whitby campus Library is closing today. WHEN As of Wednesday, March 18, 4 p.m.  IMPLICATIONS The shared Durham College...

Employees, students and contractors are required to follow sign-in process for limited entry to buildings at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses, until further notice.

Online wellness and support resources for employees

WHAT Technologies for consideration while working and collaborating from home. WHEN As of Tuesday, March 17 IMPLICATIONS As DC transitions to online learning and service delivery, which includes working and collaborating from home, IT Services would like...

COVID-19 Work from Home GuidelinesMarch 17, 2020 at 4:41 pm

Human Resources is sharing work from home expectations and guidelines for successful a business continuity model.

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

Continuity of Durham College’s (DC) financial operations

As we all experience the quickly evolving circumstances around COVID-19, a new week is underway that is already vastly different from the last. We are witnessing history in its making at a global level and...

Durham College (DC) business continuity plans, including work accommodations to reduce the number of people on campus.

The Durham College (DC) Campus Health Centre (CHC) will close to students, employees and the general public as of noon on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

Durham College suspends clinical and field placements, as well as internships.

Athletics facilities closedMarch 16, 2020 at 11:38 am

Athletics facilities including Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Campus Ice Centre and Campus Field House are closed until further notice.

Durham College is assessing its essential and non-essential services for the campus operation.

The Government of Canada is advising to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Everyone returning from travel outside Canada should voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Essential and non-essential meetings for Durham College employees.

Athletic facilities, including the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Campus Ice Centre and Campus Fieldhouse, are closed to the public until further notice. Access to the facilities remains available to students and employees, however, the...

COVID-19 update – DC next stepsMarch 13, 2020 at 6:07 pm

We are living in a rapidly evolving time as we face and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Durham College’s (DC) commitment to our students, employees and the broader community is unwavering, as is our dedication...

On March 12, the Ontario government announced the mandatory closure of all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools until Monday, April 6 due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. In response, classes will be cancelled at...

We are aware of the recent announcement by the Ontario government regarding the closure of all public elementary and high schools until April 5th.  We are currently seeking clarification and direction from government authorities and...

COVID-19 UpdateMarch 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm

Dear DC Community, Today the World Health Organization announced that they have classified the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. Please be assured that the health and safety of our campus community is top of...

Given the global evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including cases that have presented closer to home, we would like to assure you that Durham College (DC) is closely monitoring the situation. DC’s healthcare team of...

The health and safety of our campus community is of the utmost importance, which is why we are reaching out to address concerns regarding the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Durham College (DC) is aware of...

DC update on coronavirusJanuary 23, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Durham College (DC), along with other institutions and organizations across Canada, continues to monitor the ongoing situation with Novel Coronavirus and will take direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities.  The Public Health Agency of...