IF YOU FEEL UNWELL, have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the reporting protocol.
Students and employees can access campus at one of the below entry points. Security personnel will manage capacity at key locations to ensure health and safety guidelines are followed. At this time, only Durham College students are permitted to access college facilities. Please note: on-campus parking gates will be open and parking is free until December 31, 2020.
Program delivery method
2020 Fall Semester - What to expect
Academic delivery plan
The list below identifies Durham College’s (DC) approach to academic instruction in post-secondary programs for fall 2020 only. While every effort is made to ensure this list is accurate and current, it is subject to change based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from public health officials and the provincial government.
Details regarding the winter 2021 semester and beyond will be shared as more information becomes available. This approach means, that while semester 1 of a program may be delivered remotely or remotely and in-person, semester 2 or semester 3 of the same may be fully in-person later in the program. The listing below only applies to the fall 2020 semester.
Apprenticeship students looking for program delivery information are directed to contact their designated Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Employment Training Consultant (ETC). They will advise you what is possible.
Students with questions regarding Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning courses can visit the website for details regarding fall offerings.
Remote: Fully remote delivery, onsite presence not required.
Remote/In-person: A combination of remote and face-to-face activities, onsite presence required for part of the program.
Deferred: Program and semester will not be offered in the fall 2020 semester.
Students with questions related to their program should contact their school office. Visit the academic schools page for contact details.
Fall 2020 FAQs
At this time, limited and controlled access to campus is available only to:
- Students and employees who have a scheduled on-campus activity, like a class, lab or in-person appointment with one of DC’s student services or school offices.
- Students who need to use campus resources, such as the library or on-campus internet connection. Note: at this time, it is encouraged that students only come to campus if it is absolutely necessary.
Between Monday, August 31 and Monday, September 21, some offices on campus will be open to support semester start-up. Pre-scheduled in-person appointments will be encouraged, but offices will be staffed between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Oshawa campus and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Whitby campus to support students without appointments as they begin their semester. As of September 22, those student services will be open for pre-scheduled in-person appointments only.
As we navigate this unique, new semester, we will monitor our services to ensure that they are meeting the needs of our students and staff, and adjust as necessary.
For a full list of what is open on campus or operating virtually, please visit our Fall Semester tab on the DC COVID-19 webpage.
Students and employees can access campus at one of the below entry points. Security personnel will manage capacity at key locations to ensure health and safety guidelines are followed. Please note: on-campus parking gates will be open and parking is free until December 31, 2020.
- Main building: front entrance adjacent to the bus loop.
- W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF): main doors located at the southeast corner of the CFF.
- Gordon Willey building – Monday to Friday
- South Wing doors just north of the Commencement parking lot.
- I-Wing main entry doors (Galleria) in the bus loop.
- Gordon Willey building – weekends
- Main entry doors in bus loop adjacent to the Pit and Security Desk.
- Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE)
- South doors only, close to the Student Services building front parking lot.
- Student Services building
- East doors only, near Student Services building front parking lot.
For those students who have a scheduled on-campus activity, like a class or lab, or for those with an in-person appointment with one of our student services or school offices – please follow the below guidelines before coming to campus.
- Download the Durham College Mobile app in the Google Play Store or App Store and log in before accessing campus. Individuals entering the campus are required to show ID when requested. This can include a returning DC student identification card, or a course schedule in the Durham College Mobile app or a printed copy from MyCampus.
- Bring a non-medical face mask or covering to wear inside college buildings. It is required for all individuals to wear a mask or covering when in public spaces such as hallways, elevators, washrooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and other common areas. Exceptions apply to those who have health, respiratory and sensory issues; various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance; or other valid reasons.
- Watch the Return to Campus Safely video or read the flipbook.
- Be prepared to self-screen before entering a college building. You must meet the requirements set out in the Screening Notice at the building entrance. Security personnel will be present at each entrance to observe and monitor those entering campus and confirm each person has self-screened, is wearing a non-medical mask or face covering and has applied hand sanitizer before continuing further into the college.
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell, have travelled outside of Canada within 14 days or have been exposed to someone who is, or may be infected with, COVID-19. If you have developed any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, etc.) please follow the procedure on this reporting infographic.
Yes, to print while on campus students must access the print portal Papercut and apply credits to manage print jobs.
Returning students should note that changes have been made to the print credits process and printing will now function on a “pay as you go” service for which you are responsible.
Any existing print credit balances from the 2019-2020 academic year will be brought forward and can be used in the fallsemester and students will be able to purchase “print packs” to top up their cards as they wish.
It is recommended that credits be purchased no less than a day in advance to allow for the processing of updates.
The changes follow a reduction in ancillary fees paid by students. As printing charges are no longer included in these fees, this allows you full management of your printing. This means that the $23.00 print credits that were applied in the past on student cards at the start of the academic year will no longer occur. Ancillary fees will continue to cover other facets of technology services including your use of DC Connect, MyCampus and DCApps (a new portal allowing students to access many software titles in computer labs remotely).
Students can purchase print credits online or in person at the Oshawa and Whitby Campus Bookstores. As well, you can print on any printer on campus without adding the printer to your laptop.
If you wish to verify your purchased print credits balance (when on campus or when connected via VPN), please visit the campus printing self-service portal. To log in to the portal use your network username and password, this portal provides many features including a view of your print history, and view the print rates for a variety of printers (colour, black and white, double sided etc.) and other print details.
- Black and white prints - 3 cents per page
- Coloured prints - 30 cents per page
- Duplex printing - 2 cents per page (B&W), 10% discount per page (colour)
DC Bookstore hours: (effective September 8)
Tuesday to Friday
10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Only residence students will receive a Campus ID card to be used for their meal plan. No other students will receive a Campus ID for the fall semester.
Oshawa campus students who are required to be on campus must show proof of a course schedule (either through the Durham College Mobile app or a printed copy of their course schedule from MyCampus) to gain access to the Oshawa campus. ID is not required to enter the Whitby campus.
To reduce the amount of people on campus, students are encouraged to go home or leave campus buildings after their class. If you have a break between classes and are not able to go home or are not able to use one of our outdoor spaces or picnic tables due to inclement weather conditions, you are permitted to remain on campus in one of our open student spaces, such as the Oshawa Campus Library or Computer Commons. For a full list of what is open on campus, please visit our Fall Semester tab on the COVID-19 webpage.
At this time, only the Oshawa Campus Library is open reduced hours for all students and employees.
- Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Closed on weekends.
In-person services available, include:
- Access to course reserve material on one- or three-day loan, with a mandatory three-day quarantine for all returned materials
- Individual, quiet study spaces that meet physical distancing requirements
- Access to print books, journals and DVD materials for regular borrowing and returns.
- Research help and assistance searching for information and accessing library resources.
Please note, the following health and safety considerations have been made to ensure everyone’s library experience is a safe one:
- Seating capacity has been reduced.
- Masks are required for all students and employees.
- Signage has been posted throughout to ensure physical distancing guidelines are followed.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available near the elevator on each floor.
- Spray cleaner and paper towel are available to clean workspaces before and after use.
Online library supports for students also include:
- Virtual chat help via AskON.
- Email help at email@example.com.
- One-on-one research consultations with your dedicated subject librarian.
- Program-specific Research Guides, which highlight the best resources for your assignments and projects.
- Access the Library’s online resources, including eBooks, online journal and newspaper articles, streaming videos and more by searching Omni, the Library’s academic search tool. Log in for 24/7 online access using your campus network credentials.
Online library supports for faculty include:
- Teaching Supports, including Library workshops and classes and how to integrate Library resources in your DC Connect course. Contact your dedicated subject librarian.
- Research Supports, including assistance with citation management, research data management and research metrics
- Course Reserves, including print and electronic course materials. Don’t forget to submit a Course Reserves Request to get your course readings on reserve for the fall semester
Where possible, programs will be delivered remotely. Where there is a need for in-person learning activities, programs will be delivered both remotely and in-person.
For a list of programs and their delivery formats, please see the program delivery chart. Dates and delivery may be subject to change based on public health and government direction in keeping with program learning outcomes.
Remote delivery at DC provides students with a high-quality academic experience in a rich and supportive learning environment that will help them learn the vocational and durable skills employers are looking for.
Our exceptional faculty are committed to supporting students remotely, enabling them to achieve their goals while providing an interactive and student-centric experience. By leveraging a variety of tools, students will receive a quality education at DC.
We have tools and supports in place to ensure that remote delivery meets our quality standards.
Some programs will be delivered remotely and in-person. Students in programs with lab/shop/studio in-person delivery requirements will be scheduled for classes on campus.
Theoretical content will be delivered remotely, and in-person activities will be delivered on campus, following all directives from public health and safety.
Learning outcomes that are addressed by experiential learning opportunities may be achieved through alternate forms of learning, which may include a capstone or remote placements.
Some field placements/practicums/co-ops will proceed as planned, either in person or remotely. Where an experiential learning program component is suspended, the college will ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve the required learning outcomes.
Contact Strategic Enrolment Services for information regarding admissions.
Remote courses offer an interactive and engaging student-centric experience. Courses are led by faculty who are committed to supporting students, enabling them to achieve their goals and be successful. All student-faculty and student-student interactions occur remotely, online.
Faculty will post course-related learning materials, assignments, resources, etc. in DC Connect, the college’s learning management system. Faculty and students will interact using various technologies that may include Microsoft Teams, DC Connect’s virtual classroom and Office 365.
Courses will be delivered synchronously, asynchronously or using a blend of the two approaches.
- Synchronous – courses will have scheduled meeting, or class, times in a virtual classroom, using Microsoft Teams or DC Connect’s virtual classroom.
- Asynchronous – where learning takes place at times and locations of the student’s own choosing through online communications technologies. Instruction may occur through interactive discussion posts, content sharing, video recordings, etc.
Courses may also blend the two delivery approaches, combining elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity.
It is recommended that students have access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and have internet access. Recommended specifications will be posted to each program page on the college’s website in the coming weeks.
Students in laptop programs should review technical requirements for their programs. Information is available on the program page on the college’s website.
Yes, fall ancillary fees have been reviewed and adjusted to reflect remote delivery. Students can expect a savings of $190.28 for the fall semester.
Some ancillary fees are used to support the college’s infrastructure that are non-tuition-related expenses and are subject to approval through a framework that involves both Durham College and the independent student union, Durham College Student Inc. (DCSI).
Any increases or new ancillary fees are voted on by a committee and in some cases by a referendum to support the college's investment in facilities that students value like the Campus Recreation Centre and Student Centre. While we understand that there may be limited access to campus this coming fall, we can assure you that most of our services will be offered remotely. Adjustments made to the fall ancillary fees have been carefully reviewed by both DC and DCSI to ensure that students are paying for services that they will receive in this upcoming semester and into the future.
Students registered in the fall semester will not be charged for the UPass in their ancillary fees this fall. If using DRT public transit, you will be required to pay the applicable rates when entering the bus.
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- 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.
- GDI, our campus cleaning service provider, is adhering to public health cleaning protocol, as well as the college’s Enhanced Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Advisory. They are:
- Performing enhanced cleaning, including disinfecting high touch areas, two to three times daily in all academic schools, departmental and employee offices, as well as classrooms and other shared/common areas.
- Cleaning all washrooms three times daily.
- Taking immediate action on service requests from the health and safety officer for enhanced cleaning in specific areas.
- Hand sanitizer is available at building entrances, in all learning environments and in common areas across the college.
- Spray disinfectant and paper towel is available in common office spaces for employees to clean their individual work spaces. Note: employees must disinfect their personal workstation at the start and end of each day. Requests for additional cleaning products or cleaning service can be submitted through the Service Desk.
- As of mid-September, sanitization wipe dispensers will be available in each classroom for employees and students to disinfect high touch areas. Students are also encouraged to use these cleaning products to sanitize their workstation before and after using it.
- Employees and students are required to practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
- Plexiglass partitions have been installed in frontline service areas where possible.
- Anyone accessing a campus building is required to wear a mask or face covering when inside and must sanitize, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
- Departments or offices that are student-facing are required to limit capacity to ensure proper physical distancing guidelines are followed.
- Many employees are still being encouraged to work from home and many programs are being delivered fully or semi-remotely to limit the number of people on campus.
- Only those required to be on campus for a scheduled class, activity or service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access, will be permitted into college buildings.