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​WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Friday, December 4 DETAILS The individual was last at the Oshawa Campus in the SW wing, on Thursday, November...

WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Friday, December 4 DETAILS
  • The individual was last at the Oshawa Campus in the SW wing, on Thursday, November 26.
  • This case is unrelated to any other cases that have been reported on campus.
  • Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) has determined a low risk to our campus community.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRHD.
  • DRHD will provide specific direction to any individuals who may be at risk.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
  • Please do not come to campus if you're feeling unwell.
  • Continue following DC's preventative safety measures when coming to campus.
  • Complete the mandatory one-minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus.
  • If you have received a COVID-19 test, you are required to remain at home until you are cleared by DC's risk management/health and safety office.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren't sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
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WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Thursday, December 3 DETAILS The individual was last at the Oshawa Campus, Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) on Friday,...

WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Thursday, December 3 DETAILS
  • The individual was last at the Oshawa Campus, Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) on Friday, November 27.
  • This case is unrelated to any other cases that have been reported on campus.
  • Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) has determined a low risk to our campus community.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRHD.
  • DRHD will provide specific direction to any individuals who may be at risk.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
  • Please do not come to campus if you're feeling unwell.
  • Continue following DC's preventative safety measures when coming to campus.
  • Complete the mandatory one-minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus.
  • If you have received a COVID-19 test, you are required to remain at home until you are cleared by DC's risk management/health and safety office.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren't sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
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WHAT Three new, unrelated COVID-19 cases have been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Tuesday, December 1 DETAILS We have been advised that three members of the DC community have tested positive...

WHAT Three new, unrelated COVID-19 cases have been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Tuesday, December 1 DETAILS We have been advised that three members of the DC community have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The first individual was last on campus in the A-Wing of the Gordon Wiley building on Wednesday, November 18. The second individual was last on campus on Tuesday, November 24 also in the A-wing – however, these two cases have been determined to be unrelated to one another.
  • The third individual was last on campus in the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) on Monday, November 30.
  • Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) has determined a low risk to our campus community with these three cases.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRHD.
  • DRHD will provide specific direction to any individuals who may be at risk.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.
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WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Thursday, November 26 DETAILS A member of the DC community was last at the Oshawa Campus, Centre for Collaborative...

WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Thursday, November 26 DETAILS
  • A member of the DC community was last at the Oshawa Campus, Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) on Sunday, November 22.
  • This case is unrelated to any other cases that have been reported on campus.
  • Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) has determined a low risk to our campus community.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRHD.
  • DRHD will provide specific direction to any individuals who may be at risk.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.
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​WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Tuesday, November 24 DETAILS A member of the DC community was last at the Oshawa Campus, Centre for Collaborative...

WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus. WHEN Tuesday, November 24 DETAILS
  • A member of the DC community was last at the Oshawa Campus, Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) on Friday, November 13.
  • Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) has determined a low risk to our campus community.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRPH.
  • DRPH will provide specific direction to any individuals who may be at risk.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
  • If you are contacted by DRPH, you are required to follow their direction.
  • Continue following DC's preventative safety measures when coming to campus.
  • Complete the mandatory one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus.
  • If you have received a COVID-19 test, you are required to remain at home until you are cleared by DC's risk management/health and safety office.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren't sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
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WHAT Today Durham Region enters the Red-Control zone which has impacted some on-campus services. In-person classes are not affected. WHEN Monday, November 23 DETAILS On Friday, November 20, Premier Doug Ford announced that as part...

WHAT Today Durham Region enters the Red-Control zone which has impacted some on-campus services. In-person classes are not affected. WHEN Monday, November 23 DETAILS On Friday, November 20, Premier Doug Ford announced that as part of several province-wide COVID-19 restrictions, Durham Region will enter the Red-Control zone as of Monday, November 23 to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. This change will impact access to some on-campus services and facilities – however, all currently scheduled in-person classes and labs will not be affected. Impacted services:
  • Closed:
    • 2200 North (restaurant at Campus Ice Centre)
  • Gathering limits for:
    • Athletic facilities– a maximum of 10 people per room indoors, or 25 people outdoors, at:
      • Campus Ice Centre (excluding 2200 North)
      • Campus Fieldhouse
      • Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, including The FLEX (area with weights or exercise equipment) and indoor track.
    • Food services – seating restrictions may take place within indoor dining areas based on Provincial recommendation. For an updated list of campus operations and restrictions, please check the Campus Operations chart.
    • Bistro ’67 – maximum 10 people seated indoors with no more than four people per table. Please visit bistro67.ca for more dining restrictions and details.
Note: If Durham Region Public Health posts additional restrictions, this list will be updated accordingly. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IMPORTANT LINKS

WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Whitby campus. WHEN Friday, November 20 DETAILS An individual associated with the DC community was last at the main building of the...

WHAT A new COVID-19 case has been reported at the Durham College (DC) Whitby campus. WHEN Friday, November 20 DETAILS
  • An individual associated with the DC community was last at the main building of the Whitby campus on Monday, November 16.
  • Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) has determined a low risk to our campus community.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRPH.
  • DRHD has provided specific direction to any individuals who may be at risk.
  • If you have not been contacted, your campus classes and activities continue as scheduled.
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WHAT Two new, unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Durham College (DC) – one at the Oshawa campus as well as a student studying off-campus. The risk to our campus community remains...

WHAT Two new, unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Durham College (DC) – one at the Oshawa campus as well as a student studying off-campus. The risk to our campus community remains low. WHEN Tuesday, November 17 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that two additional DC students have tested positive for COVID-19. These two cases are unrelated to one another, with one student studying out of the Oshawa campus and the other studying remotely. DETAILS
  • Oshawa student – last on campus in the G-Wing of the Gordon Willey building on Thursday, November 12.
  • The second student is studying remotely and has not been to campus this semester.
  • Durham Region Public Health has determined a low risk to our campus community.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing any necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who is determined to be at risk.
  • Our students are currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
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WHAT Two new unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported a Durham College (DC) – one at the Whitby campus and one at Oshawa. The risk to our campus community remains low. WHEN Monday,...

WHAT Two new unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported a Durham College (DC) – one at the Whitby campus and one at Oshawa. The risk to our campus community remains low. WHEN Monday, November 16 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that two DC students have tested positive for COVID-19. These two cases are unrelated to one another, with one student studying out of the Whitby campus and the other out of the Oshawa campus. DETAILS
  • Whitby student – last on campus in the shop area of the main building on Monday, November 9.
  • Oshawa student – last on campus in the F-Wing of the Gordon Willey building on Monday, November 2.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
  • Risk mitigation measures, including appropriate cleaning protocol, have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing any necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who is determined to be at risk.
  • The risk to our campus community has been deemed low.
  • Our students are currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
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WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 at the Oshawa campus has been reported today. This case is unrelated to all other cases that have been reported this week. WHEN Friday, November 13 IMPLICATIONS We...

WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 at the Oshawa campus has been reported today. This case is unrelated to all other cases that have been reported this week. WHEN Friday, November 13 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a DC student, who was last at the Oshawa campus in the SW Wing of the Gordon Willey building on Sunday, November 8 has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to all other on-campus cases we have reported on.
  • Risk mitigation measures have been implemented based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing any necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who is determined to be at risk.
  • If you are contacted by DRPH, you are required to follow their direction.
  • At this time, classes and activities will continue as scheduled and the only action required of you is to continue following DC’s protocol outlined below.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college’s preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaireprior to arriving.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting documentfor steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 associated with the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus been reported this morning. WHEN Thursday, November 12 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a DC student, who was last...

WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 associated with the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus been reported this morning. WHEN Thursday, November 12 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a DC student, who was last at the FLEX fitness facility in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre on Monday, November 2 has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other case we have reported on.
  • The FLEX remains open for those who have booked time slots for facility use.
  • Risk mitigation and appropriate cleaning measures have been implemented based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing any necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who is determined to be at risk.
  • If you are contacted by DRPH, you are required to follow their direction.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college's preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren't sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 associated with the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus been reported. WHEN Wednesday, November 11 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a DC student, who was last at the...

WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 associated with the Durham College (DC) Oshawa campus been reported. WHEN Wednesday, November 11 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a DC student, who was last at the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) on Monday, November 2 has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other case we have reported on.
  • Risk mitigation measures have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing any necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who is determined to be at risk.
  • If you are contacted by DRPH, you are required to follow their direction.
  • At this time, your classes and activities will continue as scheduled and the only action required of you is to continue following DC's protocol outlined below.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college's preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren't sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT Two new unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 associated with the Durham College (DC) Whitby and Oshawa campuses have been reported. WHEN Tuesday, November 10 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that two DC students have...

WHAT Two new unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 associated with the Durham College (DC) Whitby and Oshawa campuses have been reported. WHEN Tuesday, November 10 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that two DC students have tested positive for COVID-19. These two cases are unrelated to one another, with one student studying out of the Whitby campus and the other out of the Oshawa campus.
  • The Whitby student was last on campus on Wednesday, November 4 and visited an exterior lab.
  • The Oshawa student was last on campus on Tuesday, November 3 and visited the G-Wing in the Gordon Willey building.
  • Risk mitigation measures have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community.
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who would be determined to be at risk.
  • Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of you is to continue following DC’s protocol outlined below.
  • Our students are currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college’s preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT Positive case of COVID-19 associated with Durham College (DC) has been reported. The risk to our campus community has been identified as low. WHEN Monday, November 9 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a...

WHAT Positive case of COVID-19 associated with Durham College (DC) has been reported. The risk to our campus community has been identified as low. WHEN Monday, November 9 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a student who studies out of the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Weston Centre) at the Whitby campus and lives in the South Village Residence has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The student was last in the Weston Centre on Thursday, October 22.
  • As the result of Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) contract tracing, unrelated to DC, our student has been self-isolating in the South Village Residence since Thursday, October 29.
  • Due to the fact that the student has been self-isolating for the past 11 days, DRPH has determined that the risk to our campus community is low.
  • Our student is currently being accommodated academically and we wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college’s preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT Durham College (DC) confirms a new off-campus case of COVID-19 DATE November 4, 2020 IMPLICATIONS The student is studying remotely and has not been on campus this semester. Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking...

WHAT Durham College (DC) confirms a new off-campus case of COVID-19 DATE November 4, 2020 IMPLICATIONS
  • The student is studying remotely and has not been on campus this semester.
  • Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking place at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).
  • The college continues to support the student academically and wishes them a speedy recovery.
  • Reminder: If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact Public Health and contact:
  • All those coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arriving and should review our preventative safety measures and COVID reporting document.

WHAT Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at Whitby campus – no risk to campus community WHEN Monday, November 2 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a student at the Whitby campus has tested positive for...

WHAT Positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at Whitby campus – no risk to campus community WHEN Monday, November 2 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a student at the Whitby campus has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Durham Region Public Health has determined that there is no risk to the campus community.
  • The student was last in the main building of the Whitby campus on Saturday, October 24, but was not contagious at that time.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and being accommodated academically. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college’s preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All coming to campus must complete a one minute COVID-19 screening questionnaireprior to arriving.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting documentfor steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT FLEX fitness facility and indoor track to open for scheduled appointments. WHEN Monday, October 26 IMPLICATIONS The Athletics department at Durham College (DC) is welcoming back a controlled number of students and employees to...

WHAT FLEX fitness facility and indoor track to open for scheduled appointments. WHEN Monday, October 26 IMPLICATIONS The Athletics department at Durham College (DC) is welcoming back a controlled number of students and employees to use the FLEX fitness facility and the indoor track. The facility will now be open for scheduled appointments from Monday to Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The below guidelines are to be followed by those using the facility:
  • Before arriving on campus, you are required to complete the mandatory COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire on the date of your visit. Please be sure to complete the assessment and keep the confirmation email as you will be required to present it when checking in at the CRWC.
  • One 90-minute time slot is available per person, per day and will only include access to either the FLEX fitness facility or indoor track.
  • Change rooms, showers and lockers are not available. Visitors should come dressed for their workout and bring their own towel and water bottle.
  • Face masks are required at all times except when engaged in a physical activity.
The health and safety of our campus community is a top priority. Between each time slot, the facility will close for cleaning and all users must exit the building. More information regarding the booking and sign-in process can be found on the CRWC website. As a reminder, please continue to regularly visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Durham College’s (DC) Whitby campus WHEN Friday, October 23 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a student studying out of the Whitby campus has...

WHAT A new positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Durham College’s (DC) Whitby campus WHEN Friday, October 23 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a student studying out of the Whitby campus has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The student is taking a course through Corporate Training Services and was last on campus Tuesday, October 20, in a classroom not associated with a shop or lab.
  • Deep cleaning and sanitization of affected areas have taken place.
  • Those who shared a classroom with the student have been contacted by the college and may receive further communication from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) for contact tracing, only if they are determined to be high risk.
  • Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of you is to continue following DC’s protocol outlined below.
  • Risk mitigation measures have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRPH to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home. We wish them a safe and speedy recovery.
Please be reminded of the college’s preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • All those visiting DC campuses, including employees, students and visitors, must complete a brief (less than one minute) COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to coming to campus.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside all campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly
  • Self-screen upon entry.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT International students who are registered with Durham College (DC) may now travel to Ontario to study with us. WHEN As of October 20 IMPLICATIONS DC is thrilled to be one of the first Ontario...

WHAT International students who are registered with Durham College (DC) may now travel to Ontario to study with us. WHEN As of October 20 IMPLICATIONS DC is thrilled to be one of the first Ontario colleges approved by the Canadian government to accept international students. This means international students who are not currently in Canada and who have an approved study permit can now travel to DC to start or continue their studies. Designated learning institutions (DLI) across the country are required to have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province that protects the health and safety of all students, employees and their surrounding community. DC is currently one of only four public Ontario colleges to receive this designation – however, new institutions nationwide will be added in the coming weeks. International students who meet the requirements may be able to travel to Canada effective immediately, but are required to quarantine upon arrival for 14 days as per the Government of Canada’s regulations. During quarantine students must follow a number of requirements including staying in quarantine accommodation for at least 14 days, remaining isolated (no visitors) and arranging for necessities to be delivered to them. As we look forward to welcoming our international students, those registered students and applicants not currently in the country have received an email communication from our International Education office providing them with further details. Together, we’re leading the way! More information is available on the International Education website and any questions can be directed to isa@durhamcollege.ca.
Video icon Keeping in touch through COVID-19October 20, 2020 at 8:09 am

President Don Lovisa, keeps in touch through a DC COVID-19 update. As we settle in to our new normal, this is our time to work together, to support each other, and to share new approaches...

President Don Lovisa, keeps in touch through a DC COVID-19 update. As we settle in to our new normal, this is our time to work together, to support each other, and to share new approaches to education and service delivery.

WHAT All individuals coming to campus are required to complete a new COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening questionnaire prior to accessing Durham College (DC) buildings. WHEN Effective Thursday, October 22 IMPLICATIONS To further ensure the health and...

WHAT All individuals coming to campus are required to complete a new COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening questionnaire prior to accessing Durham College (DC) buildings. WHEN Effective Thursday, October 22 IMPLICATIONS To further ensure the health and safety of our campus community, effective Thursday, October 22, all those visiting Durham College campuses, including employees, students and visitors, must complete a brief (less than one minute) COVID-19 screening questionnaire. The Government of Ontario has mandated this screening process for all post-secondary institutions in compliance with the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation. Below are the steps to follow:
  1. On the day you plan to come to campus, open the COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Tool and enter your Banner/Student ID and password. External visitors must provide their name and email address.
  2. Answer the three questions and submit the form.
  3. You will receive an automated email confirmation based on your responses with a directive indicating either:
    • You may go to campus; or
    • Do not come to campus.
If you receive permission to come to campus, keep the confirmation email and be prepared to show it to Campus Security personnel prior to entering college buildings. This confirmation is valid until 11:59 p.m. on the date you complete the questionnaire. Additionally, we encourage you to download the Health Canada COVID Alert Exposure-notification app. With the COVID Alert Exposure-notification app, users receive a phone alert if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and can let others know if they’ve tested positive, without sharing any personal information. The app is free, easy to use, private and secure, and another tool to help protect yourself and your community. We encourage you to check our COVID-19 webpage regularly for updates and if you have a question, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Our ability to provide a safe on-campus experience depends upon each member of the campus community doing their part for our collective health and safety. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

WHAT Two new, unrelated confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 associated with Durham College’s (DC) Oshawa campus have been reported. No risk of campus community exposure. WHEN Friday, October 16 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that two...

WHAT Two new, unrelated confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 associated with Durham College’s (DC) Oshawa campus have been reported. No risk of campus community exposure. WHEN Friday, October 16 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that two DC students have tested positive for COVID-19. These two cases are unrelated to one another – one student is studying remotely, and the other student was last on campus Thursday, October 8. Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) has determined that due to the period of time the student was contagious while on campus, there is no risk to the campus community. While our students are currently isolating, they are being accommodated academically. We wish them both a safe and speedy recovery. Please be reminded of the college’s preventative safety measures when coming to campus and on campus.
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH as well as:
  • Review our COVID reporting documentfor steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside all campus buildings at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly
  • Self-screen upon entry.
  • Ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT Durham College varsity athletics for the 2021 winter semester have been cancelled. WHEN October 15, 2020 IMPLICATIONS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health guidelines, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association...

WHAT Durham College varsity athletics for the 2021 winter semester have been cancelled. WHEN October 15, 2020 IMPLICATIONS As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health guidelines, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) has made the decision to cancel its sanctioned varsity athletic season for the 2021 winter semester. The OCAA made this difficult but necessary decision in collaboration with its member institutions based on several factors that put the health and safety of students and campuses first and foremost.  Contributing to this decision is the fact that most member institutions adopted a hybrid model of academic delivery for the 2021 winter semester, thereby minimizing the number of students and staff on campuses to reduce the further potential spread of COVID-19. Durham College (DC) sports directly affected by this decision include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball and indoor soccer. The OCAA will continue to monitor the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and make decisions about future varsity athletics based on public health and safety concerning the well-being of student-athletes and membership as a whole. As a reminder, please continue to regularly visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and answers to frequently asked questions.
How DC is responding to COVID-19October 9, 2020 at 12:19 pm

WHAT Information outlining the steps DC takes in responding to COVID-19 cases is available on the COVID-19 website. WHEN October 9, 2020 IMPLICATIONS The college is committed to operating its campuses in a way that...

WHAT Information outlining the steps DC takes in responding to COVID-19 cases is available on the COVID-19 website. WHEN October 9, 2020 IMPLICATIONS The college is committed to operating its campuses in a way that puts the health and well-being of our campus community at the forefront of our decisions. For this reason, DC moved to a remote and hybrid learning and services model as well as partially re-opened campuses while closely following COVID-19 health and safety risk mitigation measures, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health. With the fall semester underway, it’s important to note that because everyone is doing their part to keep the campus community healthy and safe, the COVID-19 cases we have reported related to our campus have been isolated and the risk to our students and employees remains very low. It is also important that our employees and students continue to follow DC’s guidelines for working and learning on campus. Since March, when COVID-19 began to impact our campus operations, Durham College (DC) has been sharing updates and information through email communication, the mobile app, and the college’s COVID-19 webpage. To supplement these updates and to provide you with information about how DC handles these COVID-19 cases, we have recently added DC’s COVID-19 Response Plan to the COVID-19 website. This section of the website focuses on: As a reminder, answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our COVID-19 FAQ tab. We encourage you to check back regularly for updates. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

In September, we announced that Durham College (DC) would continue offering its post-secondary programs through a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) delivery for the winter 2021 semester. To help students plan for the...

In September, we announced that Durham College (DC) would continue offering its post-secondary programs through a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) delivery for the winter 2021 semester. To help students plan for the term ahead, a chart outlining programs, semesters and mode of delivery is available on the COVID program delivery page. Where possible, programs will be delivered remotely, with a limited number of students coming to campus for required in-person activities. Some students may also participate in a remote, onsite or blended work-integrated-learning opportunity. Examples of work-integrated-learning include co-op, field placement, practicum, clinical placement and preceptorship. As a reminder, the winter semester starts on Wednesday, January 6 and ends on Friday, April 16. The winter reading week is scheduled for Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26. Learn more about the term’s important academic dates. While this year looks different from what we are used to, students can rest assured that they will still receive a high-quality academic experience that will prepare them for their futures. Please note that these decisions may change as a result of public health and government guidance and direction. As a reminder, regularly visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Friday, October 2 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a Durham College (DC) student, who was at the Oshawa campus on September 23, has...

WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Friday, October 2 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a Durham College (DC) student, who was at the Oshawa campus on September 23, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The student was on campus for class in the F-Wing of the Gordon Willey building on September 23.
  • Risk mitigation measures have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community.
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who would be determined to be at risk.
  • Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of you is to continue following DC’s protocol outlined below.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and is being accommodated academically.
We wish our student a safe and speedy recovery. Students and employees are to follow the college’s strict preventative safety measures when coming to campus and while on campus. As a reminder:
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH and contact:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside all campus buildings, and keep your mask on at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
  • Limit capacity in offices to ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Thursday, October 1 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a Durham College (DC) student, who was at the Oshawa campus on September 30, has...

WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Thursday, October 1 IMPLICATIONS We have been advised that a Durham College (DC) student, who was at the Oshawa campus on September 30, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The student was on campus for class in the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), fourth floor, and in the Campus Library, second floor, on September 30.
  • DC has closed both spaces and is in the process of conducting a deep cleaning and sanitization under guidance from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH). These spaces will continue to be out of service for the appropriate amount of time. Please check the campus operations chart for up-to-date closure information.
  • Risk mitigation measures have been implemented at the college based on specific direction from DRPH to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community.
  • DRPH officials are also in the process of completing necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who would be determined to be at risk.
  • Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of you is to continue following DC’s protocol outlined below.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and is being accommodated academically.
We wish our student a safe and speedy recovery. Students and employees are to follow the college’s strict preventative safety measures when coming to campus and while on campus. As a reminder:
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact DRPH and contact:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside all campus buildings, and keep your mask on at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
  • Limit capacity in offices to ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
IMPORTANT LINKS Report an illness Safety Measures on campus Reporting dashboard DC mobile app COVID-19 webpage Contact us – DC Cares

WHAT Durham College (DC) confirms a new off-campus case of COVID-19 DATE October 1, 2020 IMPLICATIONS As the student’s program is being delivered online, the student has been studying remotely this fall semester. Appropriate risk...

WHAT Durham College (DC) confirms a new off-campus case of COVID-19 DATE October 1, 2020 IMPLICATIONS
  • As the student’s program is being delivered online, the student has been studying remotely this fall semester.
  • Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking place at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).
  • The college continues to support the student academically and wishes them a speedy recovery.
  • Reminder: If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact Public Health and contact:
  • Review our COVID reporting document.

WHAT Durham College (DC) confirms a new off-campus case of COVID-19 DATE September 30, 2020 IMPLICATIONS The student is studying remotely and has not been on campus. Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking place at...

WHAT Durham College (DC) confirms a new off-campus case of COVID-19 DATE September 30, 2020 IMPLICATIONS
  • The student is studying remotely and has not been on campus.
  • Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking place at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).
  • The college continues to support the student academically and wishes them a speedy recovery.
  • Reminder: If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact Public Health and contact:
  • Review our COVID reporting document.

WHAT Updates to health and safety guidelines on campus. WHEN As of September 25 IMPLICATIONS As we are seeing across our province and even right here at Durham College (DC), there is a rise in...

WHAT Updates to health and safety guidelines on campus. WHEN As of September 25 IMPLICATIONS As we are seeing across our province and even right here at Durham College (DC), there is a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Appropriate risk mitigation measures are in place at the college, in consultation with Public Health, to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. However, it is important that our employees and students continue to follow DC’s guidelines for working and learning on campus. Updates to these guidelines, include: MASKS ON CAMPUS
  • You are required to bring a face mask or covering to wear inside college buildings.
  • If you cannot wear a face mask or covering, you must complete a risk assessment by emailing susan.smikle@durhamcollege.ca.
  • Students who cannot wear a mask and come to class without completing a risk assessment will be asked to leave.
FOOD CONSUMPTION AREAS
  • Masks are required in food consumption areas except while seated and eating.
  • Food consumption is permitted in these areas only:
    • Oshawa campus Marketplace (food service unavailable)
    • Whitby Cafeteria (food service unavailable)
    • Private offices or workspaces (self-cleaning protocols required)
    • Exterior grounds of the Whitby or Oshawa campus
COVID-19 SELF-SCREENING SELF-MONITORING VS. SELF-ISOLATION If you come into contact with a positive case of COVID-19, you may be asked by Public Health to self-monitor or self-isolate – but what does that mean?
  • Self-monitoring: you must monitor your symptoms for 14 days. Try to avoid crowds and be sure to wear a mask when inside buildings or when closer than two metres to someone. If you begin to feel ill, you should stay home, contact your doctor and follow our reporting guidelines.
  • Self-isolation: if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay at home. If you haven’t already, contact your doctor and follow our reporting guidelines.
As a reminder, all individuals are also asked to:
  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
  • Limit capacity in offices to ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
  • Review the steps in our COVID reporting document if you feel unwell.

WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Thursday, September 24 IMPLICATIONS A Durham College (DC) student, who has been on the Oshawa campus, has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was...

WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Thursday, September 24 IMPLICATIONS A Durham College (DC) student, who has been on the Oshawa campus, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The student was in the A-Wing and B-Wing of the Gordon Willey building for classes and to visit their locker on September 21.
  • Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking place at the college based on specific direction from Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community.
  • DRPH officials are in the process of completing necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who would be determined to be at risk.
  • Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of you is to continue following DC’s protocol outlined below.
  • Our student is currently isolating at home and is being accommodated academically.
We wish our student a safe and speedy recovery. Students and employees are to follow the college’s strict preventative safety measures when coming to campus and while on campus. As a reminder:
  • If you are feeling unwell, or aren’t sure whether or not you should come to campus, please stay home, contact Public Health and contact:
  • Review our COVID reporting document for steps to take when reporting illness.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside all campus buildings, and keep your mask on at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
  • Limit capacity in offices to ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT One new off-campus positive COVID-19 case WHEN Wednesday, September 23 IMPLICATIONS A seventh Durham College (DC) student has tested positive for COVID-19. Please note: The student has not been on campus and is isolating...

WHAT One new off-campus positive COVID-19 case WHEN Wednesday, September 23 IMPLICATIONS A seventh Durham College (DC) student has tested positive for COVID-19. Please note:
  • The student has not been on campus and is isolating at home.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please go home and contact us as soon as possible:
  • Review our COVID reporting document.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside all campus buildings, and keep your mask on at all times.
  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
  • Limit capacity in offices to ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
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WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Tuesday, September 22 IMPLICATIONS This morning we received confirmation that a Durham College (DC) student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was on...

WHAT Confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at DC’s Oshawa campus  WHEN Tuesday, September 22 IMPLICATIONS This morning we received confirmation that a Durham College (DC) student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was on campus for a very short period of time in the A-Wing of the Gordon Willey building, Oshawa campus on September 11 and is currently isolating at home based on Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) direction. Appropriate risk mitigation measures are taking place at the college in consultation with Public Health to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community. Additionally, Public Health is in the process of completing necessary contact tracing and will directly contact any student or employee who may be determined to be at risk. It is important to remember that Public Health leads COVID-19 contact tracing for any member of our community and will only contact individuals as deemed necessary. While the student recovers, we will continue to accommodate them academically to ensure they are fully supported. We wish them a speedy recovery. It is crucial that all students and employees continue to follow the college’s strict preventative safety measures when coming to campus and while on campus. As a reminder, all individuals on campus are asked to:
  • Wear a mask or face covering when inside.
  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry to college buildings.
  • Limit capacity in departments and offices to ensure proper physical distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity or service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
Students and employees who are feeling unwell should stay home, seek guidance from Public Health and follow the steps outlined in our COVID reporting document. If you are feeling unwell, students are to contact susan.smikle@durhamcollege.ca and employees are to contact maureen.calhoun@dc-uoit.ca. To ensure full transparency when reporting positive COVID-19 cases at DC, the college has developed a reporting dashboard, found on our coronavirus webpage, that will be updated daily. The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority and DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, the DC Mobile app and on the COVID-19 webpage. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca.

WHAT Fifth DC student tests positive for COVID-19 – risk to campus community remains very low DATE Monday, September 21 IMPLICATIONS We have received confirmation that a fifth Durham College (DC) student has tested positive...

WHAT Fifth DC student tests positive for COVID-19 – risk to campus community remains very low DATE Monday, September 21 IMPLICATIONS We have received confirmation that a fifth Durham College (DC) student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been in isolation per public health guidance prior to receiving their positive test and our risk management team has advised that the risk to the campus community remains very low. The college has taken all necessary steps required by Public Health, as well as our health and safety and risk management teams to ensure the well-being of the entire campus community. At this time, Public Health has completed COVID-19 contact tracing for this individual and no on-campus exposures have been identified. We continue to support this student academically and in their health and wellness, and wish them a speedy recovery. To ensure full transparency when reporting positive COVID-19 cases at DC, the college has developed a reporting dashboard, found on our coronavirus webpage, that will be updated daily. The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority and DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting the amount of people on campus and implementing very strict preventative safety measures and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. Seek guidance from Public Health and follow the steps outlined in our COVID reporting document. We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, the DC Mobile app and on the COVID-19 webpage. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca.
Winter 2021 semester program delivery updateSeptember 18, 2020 at 12:59 pm

After carefully assessing the success of the blended-learning approach used in the July pilot program and fall semester, Durham College (DC) will continue offering its post-secondary programs through a combination of fully remote and hybrid...

After carefully assessing the success of the blended-learning approach used in the July pilot program and fall semester, Durham College (DC) will continue offering its post-secondary programs through a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) delivery for the winter 2021 semester. With fewer students and employees on campus this year, DC can continue to keep the campus community healthy and safe as everyone does their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. In the coming weeks, a full list will be released detailing which programs will be delivered fully remotely or through a combination of in-person and remote delivery. Please note that these decisions may change as a result of Public Health and government guidance and direction. As a reminder, please continue to regularly visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

Dear students and colleagues, I am writing to inform you that a fourth Durham College (DC) student, who has not yet been on campus, has recently tested positive for COVID-19. As all current positive COVID-19 cases...

Dear students and colleagues, I am writing to inform you that a fourth Durham College (DC) student, who has not yet been on campus, has recently tested positive for COVID-19. As all current positive COVID-19 cases at DC have not been to campus and are isolating at home, the risk to the campus community continues to be very low. Public Health leads COVID-19 contact tracing for any member of the DC community. At this time, no on-campus exposures have been identified related to this individual. We wish the student a quick and healthy recovery. To ensure full transparency when reporting positive COVID-19 cases at DC, the college has developed a reporting dashboard, found on our coronavirus webpage, that will be updated daily. The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority and DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. This includes: limiting the amount of people on campus, implementing very strict preventative safety measures and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. Seek guidance from Public Health and follow the steps outlined in our COVID reporting document. We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, the DC Mobile app and on the COVID-19 webpage. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Stay safe, stay well. Don Lovisa President, Durham College

Dear students and colleagues, I am writing to inform you that a third Durham College (DC) student, who has not yet been on campus, has recently tested positive for COVID-19.  As with the previous two...

Dear students and colleagues, I am writing to inform you that a third Durham College (DC) student, who has not yet been on campus, has recently tested positive for COVID-19.  As with the previous two positive off-campus cases, the risk to the campus community is deemed very low. Individuals who have been in contact with this student will be notified by Public Health, and we are working closely with health authorities and our health and safety and risk assessment teams to stay informed and receive timely guidance and directives. We hope this student recovers quickly and we look forward to welcoming them back to campus once it is safe to do so. As a reminder, the health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority and DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting the amount of people on campus, as well as implementing very strict preventative safety measures and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. Seek guidance from Public Health and follow the steps outlined in our COVID reporting document. We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, the DC Mobile app and on the COVID-19 webpage. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Stay safe, stay well. Don Lovisa President, Durham College

With the fall semester under way, this welcome message from DC President Don Lovisa provides an important update for students and employees.

With the fall semester under way, this welcome message from DC President Don Lovisa provides an important update for students and employees.

Dear students and colleagues, I’m writing to advise you that two Durham College (DC) students, who have not been on campus, have tested positive for COVID-19. The risk to the DC campus community is deemed...

Dear students and colleagues, I’m writing to advise you that two Durham College (DC) students, who have not been on campus, have tested positive for COVID-19. The risk to the DC campus community is deemed very low and both students are in quarantine and self-isolating at home. Per protocol, individuals who have been in contact with these two students will be notified by Public Health and DC will continue to be informed. We wish both of these students a quick recovery and will welcome them back to campus once it is safe to do so. In addition, one student in residence was contacted by Public Health and identified as possibly being in contact with a confirmed positive case, unrelated to the students mentioned above, at an off-campus event. The student and their roommate are now self-isolating in separate residence suites and are being supported by the residence team. DC continues to work closely with Public Health authorities, as well as our own health and safety and risk assessment teams, to stay informed and receive timely guidance and directives. We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates to the campus community through email, the DC Mobile app and on the COVID-19 webpage. The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority and DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19, including transitioning many of our programs and services to remote delivery and therefore limiting the amount of people on campus, as well as implementing very strict preventative safety measures and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. As a reminder, please continue to regularly visit our COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and answers to frequently asked questions. If you are feeling unwell, please follow the steps outlined in our COVID reporting document. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Stay safe, stay well. Don Lovisa President, Durham College

We are committed to operating our campuses with a priority on the health and well-being of our Durham College community. With some students and employees coming to campus for scheduled face-to-face activities this fall semester,...

We are committed to operating our campuses with a priority on the health and well-being of our Durham College community. With some students and employees coming to campus for scheduled face-to-face activities this fall semester, a number of health and safety measures have been implemented to ensure we’re all doing our part to keep our campus community protected. Cleaning protocols
  • 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.
Health and safety protocols
  • 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.
As a reminder, answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our COVID-19 FAQ tab. We encourage you to check it regularly for updates. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, or on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are looking forward to a great fall semester!

The fall semester at Durham College (DC) is set to begin and we are ready to welcome you! Although campus life will look different this year, DC is committed to providing students with a high-quality...

The fall semester at Durham College (DC) is set to begin and we are ready to welcome you! Although campus life will look different this year, DC is committed to providing students with a high-quality academic experience through its blended-learning approach and continued support services. With a focus on keeping our campus community healthy and safe, we will see fewer students and employees on campus this fall. Still, we have been working hard to ensure our remote programming and services maintain the same level of commitment to students’ success as they always have. While we are well-prepared to serve you virtually, our school offices and some support services will be open for in-person appointments with modified hours. A full list of services is available here. Before September arrives, we’ve compiled a number of frequently asked questions and answers to ensure a smooth transition into a new and exciting academic year. Who can come to campus? 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.
  • 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.
What’s open on campus? 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. How to access campus? 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. Whitby campus
  • 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.
Oshawa campus
  • 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.
What do I need to know before coming to campus? 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.
As we begin to gradually and carefully reopen our campuses, we will continue to reassess our operations and provide regular updates as they become available through email communication and our COVID-19 webpage. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate changes to operations in anticipation of our fall semester. As a reminder, answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our COVID-19 FAQ tab. We encourage you to check it regularly for updates. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, or on our COVID-19 webpage, we encourage you to email dccares@durhamcollege.ca.
Fall 2020 parking updateAugust 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm

With Durham College’s (DC) blended-learning approach in place for the 2020-2021 academic year, there will be no charge for parking during the fall 2020 term (September 1 through December 31). This means: The Parking Services...

With Durham College’s (DC) blended-learning approach in place for the 2020-2021 academic year, there will be no charge for parking during the fall 2020 term (September 1 through December 31). This means:
  • The Parking Services offices will remain closed until further notice.
  • Parking Services will not sell permits or charge daily parking rates during the fall term.
  • All parking gates will remain open.
  • Spaces in all parking lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Should your desired lot fill up, please use the next available lot.
    • Should the Whitby main campus lot fill up, please proceed to the free off-site lot, located at Landmark Cinemas, 75 Consumer’s Drive. A complimentary parking shuttle has been arranged, beginning on Tuesday, September 8, which will run Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., at roughly 15 minute intervals.
  • Illegal parking in fire routes and accessible parking stalls will be enforced.
For more information please visit the Parking Services registration website. For information about fall services and supports you can visit the DC Ready site.

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...

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.
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. Last week, a limited number of students and employees returned to campus as part of the provincial government's July 2020 pilot program. With increased movement on campus, Durham College (DC) has implemented enhanced safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. These guidelines are based on protocol outlined by the government and Public Health officials. To help guide you through the college’s return-to-campus protocol, we have created a short video outlining important information on keeping yourself and each other healthy while at DC. An alternative format flipbook is also available. Please take five minutes to familiarize yourself with the content and do your part to keep our campus community healthy. For more information and FAQs, please visit our July 2020 pilot program webpage.

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 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 indoor spaces effective Friday, July 10, to help manage the spread of COVID-19. There is growing public health evidence indicating that the widespread use of non-medical masks or face coverings – when used in combination with other public health recommendations – is effective in the fight against COVID-19. This includes physical distancing in public spaces, frequently washing your hands, respiratory etiquette, and staying home when you are sick. While post-secondary institutions were not explicitly referenced in the list of establishments that are required to enforce mandatory masks, Durham College (DC) will adopt this best practice in good faith to help keep our community – and each other – safe, and to support the excellent work our Region is doing to flatten the curve of COVID-19. As students in the July 2020 pilot program and employees continue to return to campus, and we prepare for fall intake, DC asks that individuals wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside a college building. Such spaces include 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. If you do not own a mask or face covering, a mask will be provided at the entrance of college buildings. For more about how DC is keeping its students and employees safe while on campus, please visit our COVID-19 webpage.

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...

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 not be delivering its Summer Sports Camps this year. Based on their unique delivery, esports camps will be offered online in July and in-person in August, pending sufficient registration. The health and safety of our campus community, including our young campers, continues to be DC’s top priority. Although we will miss our campers this season, we look forward to having everyone back with us in 2021.
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...

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 29 we distributed the final email in our #InThisTogetherDC series – well-timed as we welcome the return of  “stranded students” taking part in the recently announced July pilot. While we have been apart for much longer than anticipated, we hope these updates have provided insight into how employees are supporting our students and one another, and serve as a reminder that despite the physical distance between us, we continue to be a united campus community. We welcome your feedback on this series so that we can continue to provide transparent and useful information during these challenging times. Thanks for tuning in! Be safe, be well, Communications and Marketing

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...

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 Compass Group Canada, commonly known as Chartwells. We have been working closely with Chartwells regarding changes to the food service program in order to provide a variety of menus, new concepts and new looks within our current food service locations that will benefit the entire campus community. Some of the exciting new features to look forward to include:
  • A full Starbucks in the South Wing (previously home to Country Style and Mr. Sub). This location is tentatively scheduled to be open for January 2021.
  • The South Village Dining Hall will be renovated to provide a brighter, cleaner look and will continue to offer the All You Care to Dine program. The resident chef will develop menus with balanced meals made from nourishing, sustainable and delicious ingredients. Included in this transformation are concepts such as The Sprout, Global Village, BYO Bowl, and La Cucina.
  • The Marketplace will also receive a renovation with new concepts, including: San Marzano (pizza concept), a global rotating menu that will feature Greek cuisine, a create your own bowl, Taste of India and other offerings throughout the year.
  • Subway will be added to the Whitby campus cafeteria, along with some internal Chartwells brands.
  • Our much-loved Tim Hortons locations will continue to be active in Whitby and Oshawa, although the self-serve locations in the C-Wing, Galleria and Whitby in-shop kiosk) will initially remain closed when we return to campus to allow for a reformatted version to take shape that respects our new social distancing standards.
  • The Booster Juice and a new grill concept in the Student Centre will now be operated by Durham College Students Inc.
Chartwells is very excited to start the new operations at DC. They are taking great care to ensure COVID-19 health and safety considerations are in place when it is safe to re-open food service on campus. Their plan, called Project Spark, includes implementation of social distancing, fully-trained staff on COVID-19 best practices for food services, and enhanced quality assurance and cleaning. As an example, a new mobile app called Boost will be implemented at all food service locations to avoid double handling of food orders. More to come on this in the days ahead. We are excited about our new campus partnership and we look forward to serving you when you return to campus. Alan Dunn, Associate vice-president, Facilities and Ancillary Services

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...

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 the provincial government’s July 2020 pilot program. We want to assure you that while COVID-19 has changed the way we operate, the health and safety of our entire campus community remains our highest priority. It’s crucial now more than ever that we work together, support one another and respect the health and safety of those we share our DC campuses with so that we can move forward while also continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below you will find important information on return-to-campus procedures and guidelines that are in place to ensure all students and employees are coming back to a safe working and learning environment. Entry into Whitby campus buildings through:
  • Main building: as of July 2, front entrance adjacent to the bus loop.
  • Galen Weston Centre for Food: as of July 6, main doors located at the southeast corner of the CFF.
Entry into Oshawa campus buildings through
  • Gordon Willey building
    • South Wing doors just north of the Commencement parking lot.
    • I-Wing main entry doors in the bus loop.
    • Please note: the main entry doors adjacent to the Security Desk and The Pit will be closed.
  • Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE)
    • South doors only, close to the Student Services building front parking lot.
Parking Those returning to the Oshawa campus should park in the Commencement lot for entry to the South Wing doors. The parking gates at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses will be up and parking will be free until Monday, August 31. Parking at other campus locations, including pay-and-display lots, will also be free until that date. Building access and screening After arriving at one of the above entry points, students and employees will observe a Screening Notice displayed in the window of the entry door. Each person entering a DC building is required to read the notice and self-screen prior to entry. You may not enter the building if you do not meet the requirements set out in the Screening Notice. Security personnel will be present at each entrance to observe and monitor those entering campus. They will confirm each person has self-screened and applied hand sanitizer before continuing further into the college. Individuals entering the campus are required to have with them either a student or employee identification card or government-issued photo identification to display upon request. Please note: Ontario Tech University is currently closed and entry into university space is strictly prohibited. Conduct guidelines while on campus To ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community, students and employees are to follow the below guidelines for how to conduct themselves while on campus.
  • All individuals are required to watch the DC health and safety video before coming to campus.
  • Only those who are scheduled to attend an on-site activity will be permitted access to campus. Building access will only be provided 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled activity.
  • Students are required to walk directly to their assigned classroom or lab.
  • All individuals are required to maintain 2 metres of physical distancing and practice proper respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
  • Where physical distancing may not be possible, face coverings are encouraged.
  • Individuals may not congregate or socialize in hallways or open spaces throughout the college.
  • Students must exit the college upon completion of their scheduled on-site class or activity.
  • Those who fail to follow directions as set out by provincial guidelines will be directed to leave the property.
Please note: students and employees are required to read recent Public Health advice regarding face coverings prior to attending campus. If you do not have a face covering, masks will be available at point of entry for those who require/desire one. Reporting symptoms or illness Students and employees who are unable to make or continue to go to class or work for any of the below reasons should contact their faculty member or supervisor:
  • 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.
Faculty or supervisors who have been advised that their student or employee is experiencing any of the above should contact the health and safety officer at Maureen.Calhoun@durhamcollege.ca. Please see the attached reporting infographic for more information. Health and safety considerations As we invite our students from the winter 2020 semester back to campus to complete their in-person program requirements, please note that there will be no more than 200 students at the Whitby campus and 130 at the Oshawa campus on any given day. Student schedules have been well spaced, ensuring extra time between classes to encourage social distancing and provide opportunities for enhanced sanitization. New signage has been placed throughout the college with information on physical distancing protocols and proper hand hygiene, all of which are mandatory while on campus. At this time, only classrooms and labs that are part of the July pilot project are open. Common areas such as lounges, food services, vending machine banks, computer commons and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre are not available. We look forward to once again seeing a few familiar faces on campus this time next week. Our campus has felt empty of the energetic students and employees that make DC feel like home. For more information and FAQs, please visit our July 2020 pilot program webpage.

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 Campus Library. Even before COVID-19, the Campus Library delivered supports and services for faculty and students in both face-to-face and virtual modes, so the transition to fully online has been relatively smooth. We have been reaching out through multiple channels to ensure that the community is informed and aware of our ability to assist in the following ways: Faculty support Alternate reserve readings and copyright support Our subject specialist librarians can help you locate both licensed and open online content that you can link to using copyright compliant links in DC Connect. Request information literacy classes  Pre-COVID, we conducted face-to-face information literacy classes for students at the request of faculty. We have taken our instruction online and welcome requests to conduct the same classes in an online environment in the platform of choice (e.g. Bongo, MS Teams etc.) To request a Library instruction session for your class, visit the Teaching Support section of the Library website. Connect with your subject specialist In addition to the instruction described above, our subject specialist provide research support to students, faculty and staff, and select materials for Library collections. Contact us to discuss research help for assignments and citation tools. We also support faculty in areas such as Open Educational Resources (OERs), copyright, access to data sets, research data management, and scholarly publishing. We encourage you to reach out to your subject librarian with any questions. We are here to help. Coming soon: new library content for inclusion in DC Connect We are developing a course in DC Connect called Library Online. Inspired by the success of SALS Online, Librarians are working to develop three modules over the summer in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester:
  • Introduction to the Library
  • Searching Omni to Find Books, Articles and More
  • Advanced Searching for Research Articles
Student support We are here to help students navigate their assignments and courses in our current online environment, providing reference help, through email, chat, in-person and by phone. Students can also book an online appointment with their librarian.   Visit the Ask Us section of the Library website for information about our online research services. The Learning Portal The Learning Portal has just launched a new Learning Online Hub to which faculty can direct their students; it contains timely new content on things like Staying Motivated, Academic Integrity, Navigating Technology and Studying Smart.  Stay well, Catherine Davidson Chief librarian

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 provide you with details about ongoing activities in the Career Development office. The Career Development office continues to shift and pivot our way through the evolving COVID-19 climate. We understand that these are challenging times for our students, alumni, employers and job seekers globally. Over the past few months, we have been developing and adjusting our communication and resources to support our community, as follows: Students/Alumni
  • Creation of a COVID-19 resource page on the Hired portal which includes links to job matching portals, grants/benefits, and volunteering opportunities.
  • Weekly webinars covering topics such as job search strategies, LinkedIn, networking in a virtual world, resumes, cover letters, and virtual interviews.
  • A visual summary of job postings on the Hired portal, featuring both company names and position titles on our Instagram.
  • Unlimited virtual and telephone career development coaching appointments.
  • Weekly emails sent to all full-time students and new graduates providing small and actionable steps to help them successfully launch their careers.
Employers
  • Updated Employer Resource page which includes COVID-19 specific government funding available for employers to hire students, as well as our own Durham College supports.
  • Established a rapid response team who monitor both the employerhiring@durhamcollege.ca and careerdevelopment@durhamcollege.ca inboxes seven days a week to promptly respond and share essential service job opportunities.
  • Continue to post job leads for free on the Hired portal.
  • Piloting virtual recruitment events with our essential service employer partners while developing plans for virtual recruitment in the fall term.
Faculty
  • Our in-class workshops are now virtual and accessible in a variety of ways including:
    • Live workshops via MS Teams or Bongo.
    • Pre-recorded presentations that can be uploaded to DC Connect.
    • The Career Development Faculty Toolkit has been updated with new and relevant resources.
Finally, the Hired portal has been upgraded and has a new look and feel – we encourage you to take a look! The portal continues to offer online career resources, job postings, one-to-one appointment bookings, recruitment events and faculty resources. To stay up to date regarding upcoming virtual recruitment events, webinars, tips, articles and career-focused COVID-19 announcements, we encourage staff, faculty and students to follow (and promote) our hashtag #GetHiredDC on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.  If you have any questions, ideas or thoughts, we invite you to contact our outreach co-ordinator, Jennifer Powell via jennifer.powell@durhamcollege.ca. Although there is still much uncertainty, it has been astonishing to see how our college community has come together to continue our focus on student success.  Together we will continue to lead the way. Stay well, Christine Murphy Interim director, Career Development and Co-operative Education

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 focus on the Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning (PPL). While every part of the college has been impacted by the pandemic, the effects being experienced within the Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning (PPL) have been somewhat unique. With well over 80 per cent of our courses already offered online, PPL’s most significant challenge in recent weeks has been to keep pace with rapidly increasing registration levels. In response, we have been quickly adding additional sections of courses to keep pace with demand. I would like to thank everyone in the PPL team for their remarkable efforts which have ensured that our students have continued to receive the award-winning levels of support and service, as well as high-quality learning experiences, that they’ve come to expect from us. As is the case in the academic schools, placements present particularly interesting challenges because many organizations are closed. However, PPL is working hard to apply creative solutions. For example, the ECE Field Placement III course is currently being redeveloped as a capstone course that leverages case study-type videos to allow students to demonstrate their abilities without having to be onsite at a child care facility during the pandemic. PPL currently offers 70+ different programs – ranging from Recognition of Achievement credentials all the way up to diplomas and graduate certificates - across a diverse range of disciplines. As a member of OntarioLearn, we are able to provide DC students with access to over 1,000 different courses. The marked increase in registration levels seen since March certainly demonstrates that individuals are continuing to place a high value on learning even in these challenging times. In a world faced with unrelenting negative news, this certainly brings a ray of optimism. Ongoing growth will continue to be a priority for PPL. The department recently received approval to launch a number of new programs beginning this fall, including:
  • Veterinary Office Assistant certificate
  • Construction Management certificate
  • Coding Essentials certificate
As we move forward, PPL will focus heavily on very short programs specifically designed to help individuals develop career-relevant knowledge, skills and competencies that will improve their employment opportunities. By continuing to add new and exciting offerings, we will be able to support our students’ evolving needs and contribute to the economic recovery of our community and province. Stay well, stay safe! Debbie Johnston Dean, Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning

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...

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 able to transition to seamlessly. Our intake module, IdeaEngine, has been offered online as a module-based DC Connect course since 2016 and we require all FastStartDC student participants to complete it as a starting block. Upon completion, they become eligible to receive one-on-one coaching with our staff and faculty team, as well as peer-to-peer support from our talented Work Study team, who operate as an internal marketing agency to develop graphics as well as web and AV assets to support our student businesses. The coaching we do collectively occurs by appointment (as it always has) with the only difference being that we now work exclusively through video conference, phone, and as student entrepreneurs often prefer… sometimes even via text! A lot can be said with emojis, it turns out. Additionally, of our five program streams – E-SHOP (ecommerce), Maker2Market (artisan products) Food Foundry (natural products), FastTECH (technology), and SHIFT (social enterprise) – we have always had our strongest numbers (75 per cent of student participants) in the E-SHOP program stream. This is the digital training we offer to help students build online stores through Shopify, our strategic Learning Programs Partner and an international leader in commerce platform technology. Our students receive one year of free access to the Shopify platform, allowing them to start, grow, and manage an online business at no cost, and in current times, ecommerce has never been more important for small business operations. The toughest part of the shift for us has been the temporary loss of our state-of-the-art studio, makerspace and our 360insights Entrepreneurship Centre. Our collaborative space is one where beautiful creative collisions occur. Imagine the conversation at a table where a mechanical engineering student, graphic design student and marketing student are brainstorming about business ideas! This organic, entrepreneurial magic is very difficult to conjure in a virtual world, but we are continuing to collaborate and connect with our students this summer through the establishment of online office hours. In this open, digital space, any student entrepreneur or EnactusDC team member who wants to brainstorm, get some creative advice, or simply touch base and feel the community glow, is welcome to join. These unique times have allowed us to use our entrepreneurial thinking and create opportunities, pivot in how we operate and think creatively about solutions. It’s been a real test and it continues to present us with new challenges, but it’s the reason we are building a fully online service offering in DC Connect, which will become a fantastic and inclusive resource for all DC students to leverage should they be limited from engaging in-person with our team members. We’re also discovering new tools and resources that can support our student entrepreneurs (when the luxury of a studio and photographer, for instance, are not an option for much-needed website product images). We’re growth hacking to make our students and ourselves more resourceful, nimble and creative. We’re scaling back, in order to scale up – and the future looks bright. Best wishes, Lindsey Jeremiah Manager, Entrepreneurship Services
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...

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 a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students who hold a parking pass for the 2019-2020 academic year will receive a parking refund for a seventeen-week period (May 1 to August 31). Refunds will be issued by Friday, June 19 through direct deposit (if banking information is on file) or by E-transfer.  DC employees: Employees who have paid their 2019-2020 annual parking in full, will receive a seventeen-week refund via direct deposit. Employees who pay for parking through payroll deduction will continue to have payments suspended.     Payroll deductions will be reconciled and if an amount is owed, the amount will be deducted on the following dates:
  • Full-time administrative staff: June 26
  • Full-time faculty: June 26
  • Full-time support staff: July 2
  • Contract employees: July 3
There is no action required on the employees’ part. We will communicate when the deduction of these fees is set to restart. Please continue to visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for COVID-related updates and FAQs.  

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...

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 of Durham College’s (DC) response to COVID-19, we’ve gained an even deeper appreciation for the importance of and need for clear, timely and thoughtful communication. In addition to the frequent updates and announcements we prepare and distribute around COVID, C+M continues to support our colleagues across the college on a variety of key initiatives. Below are highlights of some of our most recent projects.

Looking forward, looking back

  • 2020-2021 Business Plan
Developed with the Office of the President, this guiding document complements our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan by articulating DC’s actionable goals for 2020 to 2021. The plan will be published and shared with employees in the near future, per amended Ministry timelines.
  • 2019-2020 Annual Report
Always providing vital acknowledgement and record of what we’ve accomplished, the Annual Report summarizes the work of our employees and students, and reflects on DC’s community impact. This year’s digital report will be shared and published in July.
  • Canada’s Top 100 Employers submission
We know DC is a great place to work and learn, and we’re proud to share our story with the rest of Canada. Working closely with Human Resources, C+M is once again preparing our submission to be considered as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, which highlights how our best practices, progressive policies and innovative programs push the boundaries to create a rewarding workplace for our people.

Guiding new and prospective students

  • 2021-2022 College Guide microsite
A collaboration with Strategic Enrolment Services and our academic schools, the College Guide microsite will serve as a gateway for prospective students, parents and educators to virtually explore DC’s programs, campuses and student services and activities, while also providing opportunities for real-time connections with our recruitment team. This project is expected to launch in August.
  • School viewbooks
These digital viewbooks are the first of their kind for DC and offer a fresh, interactive way for us to share the unique stories, successes and features of each academic school with prospective students, industry partners and placement hosts. Each book will leverage digital assets, including embedded videos, links to our website, features and blogs. Look for the viewbooks to launch in September and October.
  • Professional and Part-time Learning (PPL) support
PPL’s is moving to one annual program guide for 2020-2021 and will also go digital this year; watch for it this July.

Staying connected

  • DC News weekly newsletter
Coming soon – a weekly summary of news and events from ICE delivered directly to your inbox. Stay in-the-know with a wrap-up of weekly announcements that will be shared each Friday.
  • Social media
DC’s accounts across multiple platforms provide our followers with up-to-date information about campus status, safety precautions and academic information. The interactive, real-time nature of social media also allows us to engage with followers and answer their questions quickly. Recent DC social content has celebrated Pride month and offered resources and learning about anti-Black racism. Training and support to DC’s social media administrators and ambassadors is delivered frequently, including sharing best practices, content ideas, and community management tips.
  • DC Cares
Community inquiries through social media and DC Cares have skyrocketed since campus closed in March. To ensure we continue to deliver prompt, informative responses, DC Cares joined other areas of the college in launching live chat functionality this spring.
  • #DCGrad2020
Traditional convocation ceremonies may be postponed, but that’s not stopping DC from celebrating our grads! Working with SES, festivities are underway with the release of the “Graduate Recognition Form”. Graduates, their families and friends, as well as DC employees, can submit pictures, share stories and post congratulatory messages to our newest alumni. These shout-outs will be featured on DC’s Convocation Recognition website, launching on Monday, June 29.  You’ll hear more soon!

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...

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 for your patience as we have adapted to this ‘new normal’. Our students faced the challenge of remote learning with courage and resolve, and our employees were unwavering in their commitment to supporting our students while offering innovative and transformative education. You have all done incredible things during this pandemic. You’ve supported our community by giving time, developing valuable resources for frontline workers and providing for vulnerable populations. Even the small kindnesses, like checking in on a colleague or classmate, have made a difference. I am DC proud of how we have all come together, even though we are apart. In the coming weeks, more information about plans for an eventual return to campus will be shared. Today, I am happy to report on a few of these items. Fall planning Earlier last month, we announced that DC will offer a hybrid program delivery for our fall semester programs. We now have a clearer picture of what that may mean for our students, and have published a list of programs and how they will be delivered for our Fall semester on our COVID-19 program delivery page. To help students receive the valuable hands-on experience their DC program offers, DC has also adjusted the sequence of courses within some programs of study. Some practical courses which are typically offered in the fall semester may be moved to another semester and replaced with a different course. Despite a fall semester that looks different from what we were hoping to offer, students can rest assured that they will still receive a high-quality academic experience that will prepare them for their future. July 2020 pilot for in-person training As part of the July 2020 pilot for Ontario colleges, DC will be allowing a limited number of students to return to campus in a range of college programs requiring hands-on work to fulfil program requirements. Impacted students will receive further communication directly from their academic school office, providing specific details and information on start dates and timetables. In the coming days, we will release further information on this pilot project, including processes and procedures for on-campus learning that follow public health and safety recommendations. Return-to-Work Taskforce As Ontario's government continues a staged approach to re-opening the province, DC is developing plans for a phased return to campus when it is safe to do so. To ensure protocols are in place to support employee health and safety, DC and Ontario Tech University established a joint Return to Work (RTW) operational task force. This taskforce is involved in planning for the fall semester, as well as the July pilot project, which will see students back on campus as early as next month. More information will be shared as decisions regarding the reopening framework for the safe resumption of on-campus operations are made. Ensuring the health and well-being of our employees, students and the broader community will always remain our first priority. Student services Our student services will continue to be offered in a virtual environment for our students – however, we continue to follow the advice of public health authorities, and when common spaces, libraries, food services and athletic facilities are able to open, we will work with our RTW taskforce to ensure we do so safely and with the health of our campus community as a top priority.

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 activities taking place within the Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE). The transition to work-from-home that occurred in mid-March was sudden and unexpected, but the ORSIE team quickly pivoted, barely missing a beat. How did we do it? Most of the applied research projects in the AI Hub and the Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation are naturally technology-based, and with the support of video conferencing and various tools, including Microsoft Teams, projects that were in-progress were able to continue with minimal disruption. Social media efforts were heightened to maintain visibility and several online events have been offered to continue to engage business partners. Over the last two months, the applied research team not only finished the in-progress projects, but also started 12 new projects with industry partners. Three new community-based social innovation projects were launched over the last several weeks involving six faculty, with funding from the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). Some aspects of the research may be delayed as a result of the pandemic, but planning continues and enthusiasm remains strong! Numerous other partnership activities are ongoing virtually in preparation for the next round of CCSIF funding. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council created new opportunities to access funding to improve circumstances for those hit hard by the pandemic, and approval has already been received for one of the applications submitted, permitting DC researchers to assist another community-based organization. Projects involving the Mixed Reality Capture Studio and the Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation depend on specialized equipment. Although the campus remains closed, ORSIE staff, faculty, and researchers are busy scoping projects that will be ready to start as soon as access to the spaces is permitted. The applied research team is also busy working on a number of additional funding applications that, if approved, will create even more opportunities for faculty to engage in applied research. The institutional research (IR) team swung into action following the campus closure to create a Student Climate Survey to understand students’ concerns about the pandemic and its affect on their studies and their well-being. Following that, the IR team partnered with the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) to develop a faculty survey, so that CAFE can best support faculty needs. As program review teams moved meetings online, the IR team has begun providing Program Information Package presentations virtually, with positive feedback from faculty. The Experiential Learning (EL) team had to quickly assess the impact of field placement suspensions and consider alternatives. Working with colleagues from across the schools, this has involved navigating complex requirements, liability issues, safety concerns, and most importantly, student needs. Riipen, an online technology platform that connects businesses with students to work on projects, is emerging as an effective solution enabling remote delivery for several programs. As for ORSIE’s FastStartDC team, you will learn more about their transition in a subsequent In This Together DC segment. While we have been working from home, the ORSIE team has recognized the importance of working together and supporting one another. With frequent communications, effective listening, flexibility, patience, and of course lots of humour, we are committed to success for our partners, DC students, and each other. Debbie McKee Demczyk, Dean, Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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...

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 landscape as various companies and corporations transitioned from onsite working environments to working predominantly from home. In the midst of navigating this rapid transformation itself, CTS also had to quickly innovate to support and enhance the ongoing training requirements of our clientele whose needs didn’t cease, even if going to the office or classroom did. CTS has employed various approaches to support the diverse industries of our local, provincial and national clientele. CTS Live
  • To enable learning outside the boardroom, classroom or shop space, CTS created an all-new training platform: CTS Live.
  • The audience virtually interacts with multiple live hosts and special guests who are in different remote locations but appear to be together, interacting on one set [view sample video]
  • The platform went to air within four weeks of conception, starting with targeted training sessions for leaders in specific industry groups across Ontario. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and planning is now underway to expand these programs to accommodate a national audience.
  • CTS Live captured new client business within six weeks of conception.
National Automotive Training Programs
  • Transformation of a 32-city national product tour to virtual delivery with approximately 3,000 Canadian viewers.
  • Transformation of a 26-city national service training tour to virtual delivery (100 sessions delivered over a one-month period to reach approximately 2,000 viewers).
  • Summer product training that normally goes live in 32 different cities will be supported via a live virtual classroom, teaching vehicle training and coaching customer experience skills (200 sessions from mid-June to the end of August).
  • We are also creating a video series of quick tips for vehicle demonstration ideas.
Corporate Testing Services  
  • With over 4,000 test candidates in the queue and more eagerly waiting to write exams, the Testing team remotely manages queries and questions from candidates daily.
  • The ‘new normal’ for Testing will leverage live remote proctoring in place of traditional in-person proctored exams.
  • Our innovative solution for live remote proctoring developed for the high-stakes exams of our provincial client has garnered the attention of other provinces and territories; CTS is expanding this solution to our new client base over the summer.
Truck Driving and Technical Training
  • With approval from the Ministry of Transportation, we converted our “A” Driver Training Program online, enabling our students to complete their theory while waiting for the practical component to begin (with PPE and sanitization measures).
  • Other courses have been transitioned to an online theory delivery format including our “D” and “F” licence, as well as Transportation of Dangerous Goods.
Keep safe, Tara Brodie Director, Corporate Training Services

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...

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 fulfil program requirements. Returning in July for the pilot framework are “stranded students” who need to finish outstanding practical requirements that are currently preventing them from graduating or completing their semester, resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown of face-to-face activity. The transition to remote learning was very successful due to the dedication and tremendous efforts of faculty and staff. With a focus on academic continuity, DC implemented innovative practices to ensure students continued to receive high-quality programs, and most were able to complete their semester. In the coming days, impacted students will receive further communication directly from their academic school office, providing specific details and information on start dates and timetables. Please be assured that several health and safety protocols will be in place, including:
  • A limited number of students per learning environment.
  • Strict physical distancing requirements.
  • Required use of personal protective equipment where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Campus entry limited to students and faculty who are scheduled for on-site programming and essential employees only.
  • Enhanced screening protocols before coming onto campus.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection protocols implemented across all campuses.
  • The continued closure of common spaces.
  • Virtual access to student services.
  • Food service will not be available on campus.
Additionally, it is expected that students and employees attend on-campus only during scheduled programming times and do not congregate in groups in order to respect the social distancing protocol. DC is very pleased to see these students and employees return to campus and will continue to put the well-being and safety of our campus community at the forefront of our decisions as we carefully make this transition back to campus. For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and campus operations, please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus.

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 activities in the Campus Store. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent campus shut down, the Durham College (DC) Campus Store team had to figure out the best way to service our students. Immediately, our thought went to providing learning materials for the spring and summer semester, translating as many of  them to an online or digital format as possible. Following that, we decided to open the store as an online warehouse, and utilize our existing and robust digital platform. We have since moved fully to the online model since April 27, and continue to sell and ship physical and digital learning materials. The full Campus Store product line is also available online, including grad frames, teddy bears, jewellery, clothing and drinkware. We see this continuing into the fall semester, as the campus moves through this new reality. To ease this burden on our students, all shipping charges have been waived through to the end of the campus shut-down. A few other highlights from the Campus Store team:
  • We are no longer known as the Campus Bookstore. We have now rebranded to the Campus Store.
  • Ontario Tech University no longer shares the Oshawa Campus Store space with DC, and as such, the space is currently undergoing a major renovation. We are very excited to soon unveil a fully DC branded shop.
  • Online orders can be placed at https://durham.bookware3000.ca/
  • The best way to reach out to us for questions is via e-mail:
We will continue to be there for the DC students and employees that rely on us daily, and appreciate your continued support and patience. Ross Carnwith Senior ancillary manager, Durham College.

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 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 the student field crew at the CFF this spring. Arriving at staggered times, gathering for stretches and a daily briefing with social distancing factored in, and working independently in the fields and gardens have all become the new norm for the team and an industry that is often expected to work in close proximity. It seems counter-intuitive to the principles of collaborating and growing together that we have come to understand as so critical to a positive student experience. However, our crew of 13 students and staff are adjusting quite well and the fields and grounds around the CFF have never looked better. Already this summer they have planted the gardens, developed a spectacular new food forest and have been actively engaged in bringing our new recycled shipping container farm to an operating state (did you know it is capable of producing up to 700 heads of lettuce a week?). When the world hit pause not too long ago, the college’s urban farm continued unabated. That is because the thousands of pounds of food grown there this summer will be needed more than ever when culinary students are able to return to labs, and Bistro ’67 and Pantry operations resume in the next few weeks (watch for more details soon) with a takeout menu, curbside pick-up and eventually a return to in-restaurant service.   Providing access to a consistent source of locally grown food has been one of the priorities of government through the current state of emergency, and that will be particularly important in the coming weeks as food-service providers ramp up production and greater strain is placed on the supply chain. The work of our field crew places the CFF and School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science in a state of readiness for a resumption of activities. For the Horticulture – Food and Farming and Horticulture Technician students, working full-time on the farm helps them gain hands-on skills that build on their first two semesters of study and leap forward into the last two. Working in these conditions also teaches them further about adaptability on the job, in even the most unexpected situations.   Given all that we are dealing with right now, it is particularly comforting to have that visual reminder of what sets a college education apart and why a college education makes all the difference for the social and economic well-being of students and our broader community. Tony Doyle Dean, School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science

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 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 include baseball, softball, rugby, rugby 7's, soccer and golf. The OCAA made this decision in order to further reduce the potential exposure to COVID-19, and protect the health and safety of everyone involved in varsity sports, particularly our student athletes, coaches, athletic staff, and fans. The suspension of the fall varsity schedule is also due to most member institutions adopting a hybrid model of academic delivery for the fall 2020 semester, thereby minimizing the number of students and staff on campus. For the 2021 winter semester, basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer are scheduled to continue, starting in January. The OCAA will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and will make a decision during the fall semester on the status of the winter 2021 schedule. As a reminder, please continue to check DC's COVID-19 webpage for updates.

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 activities in the International Education (IE) office. Goal three of DC’s Academic Plan is to “establish and augment internationalization and global engagement initiatives.” In turn, our Internationalization and Global Engagement Plan supports this goal and has four pillars:
  • Internationalization @ Home
  • Education Abroad
  • International Projects and Partnerships
  • International Student Recruitment, Services and Retention
Working with many of you, the IE team continues to move ahead with all four pillars of our plan. Today, I’d like to update you on our work with International Student Recruitment, Services and Retention. When DC went virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had over 2,000 international students from 74 different countries on our campus.  While the transition has been challenging for everyone, international students face some unique barriers. While we retreated to our homes and turned to our families and friends for support, for many of our international students DC is their home and family here in Canada. Here are some of the things we are doing to ensure that our international students are supported virtually:
  • Our International Student Advisement team is fully available via email or video-conferencing to provide academic support and guidance on housing, immigration issues and other concerns.
  • We have created a virtual social circle with online trivia, cultural events and more.
  • We offer bi-weekly virtual drop-ins for international students.  At these open-session drop-ins we tackle topics like immigration questions, financial and housing concerns, and anything else that students may wish to discuss.
  • We have made $650,000 in financial support available through the International Student Emergency Support Bursary for students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
While we continue to support our current students, the International Recruitment and Admissions team is busy promoting our programs globally.  While they typically log thousands of miles in the air around the world, they are now logging thousands of virtual miles. We have participated in virtual fairs in places including Latin America, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, India and Iran. Demand for DC programs across the world continues to be strong. When these students are able to travel to Canada, we are prepared to receive them safely following all health precautions, with a process to meet quarantine requirements before they attend campus. While times are uncertain, DC is well positioned to continue as a leader in global education. Keep safe, Marianne Marando Associate vice-president, International Education (Interim)

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 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 College (DC) as they adapt their courses and programs for remote delivery. New program development also continues as scheduled, including:
  • Site visits in April and May to support the approval of two honours baccalaureate programs.
  • Three proposals for DC certificate programs scheduled for the June Board of Governors meeting.
Program reviews have been condensed due to the pandemic. Comprehensive program reviews (CPRs) for 25 programs on the 2019-2020 roster have had the deadlines for their final CPRs extended to November, while CPRs for 22 programs have a deferred fall 2020 start with a spring 2021 deadline for final reports. Annual program reviews are suspended for 2019-2020. The 18-month update to the College Quality Assurance Audit Process was approved in April, noting DC’s progress towards our recommendations and affirmations. Twenty temporary program of study changes were supported to adapt programs for remote delivery. In addition to these program changes, the CAFE is supporting faculty as they pivot their courses for remote delivery. Our metrics between mid-March and mid-May are as follows:
  • 23,940 visitors to the CAFE website.
  • 77 new resources including instructional videos, documents, webpages.
  • 124 professional development sessions.
  • 124 faculty and staff in the online faculty Community of Practice.
  • 1,460 eLearning requests supported.
New tools, and resources to support their use, were recently introduced including the Virtual Classroom, Video Assignments, Annotations in DC Connect as well as Respondus Monitor. To date, the CAFE held 17 professional development (PD) sessions focused on Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments. The Virtual Classroom has had 5,634 meetings and the Video Assignment tool was used 223 times over the past two months. Some of our new resource spotlights include: The CAFE launched a new workshop series focusing on teaching, engaging, and assessing students in a remote environment. Topics include planning remote delivery, facilitating discussions, assessments and rubrics, choosing appropriate educational technology tools, student collaboration, and ensuring online instructional presence. We are revising the new faculty orientation that will be delivered remotely in the fall, and will focus on the tools needed to teach, engage and assess students in face-to-face and remote environments. I’d like to thank faculty for completing the CAFE survey. Your responses will inform our future PD sessions and resources as we look ahead to the fall. We’ll communicate upcoming PD opportunities and new resources in the CAFE Monthly, as well as on our website. In closing, a huge thanks to all faculty for touching base with us directly, as well as reaching out to your colleagues in the online faculty Community of Practice, to share your ideas and approaches. It has been inspiring to hear about your creative practices as you work with your students and colleagues! Jean Choi, Dean, Teaching, Learning and Program Quality Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment

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 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, works or visits college campuses continues to be the No. 1 priority. Colleges remain committed to providing safe environments for students and employees while ensuring learning continues. As always, colleges will continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience to all students and support their success in every way. All 24 colleges continue to consult with health authorities and the provincial government and are putting appropriate health and safety measures in place to be ready for when students and employees can safely return to campus. As always, colleges will continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience to students and support their success in every way. Since the onset of the pandemic, colleges have been focused on helping students progress in their programs. Ontario’s colleges are looking at every possible solution to ensure students who must be on campus to fulfil program requirements can do so within provincial guidelines. Students who can utilize online resources will have the ability to take advantage of high-quality materials, instruction and services designed specifically for their programs. In the coming weeks, each college will have a specific plan in place outlining details on the remote learning options, campus life and the standards to promote safety on campuses. These plans are being developed in consultation with public health authorities and the provincial government. Among other things, elements of these plans will include guidelines for physical distancing, protocols for cleaning and rules for using personal protective equipment (PPE). Working together in partnership with the government and health authorities, colleges will make sure programs are delivered in ways that are in the best interest of students, employees and everyone who visits college campuses. For specific opening plans from each individual college for fall 2020 please visit the college websites in English or French.

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 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 quite taken aback with the March 24 communication that stated “Durham College implements full closure… until further notice.”  Although some of the OCS staff transitioned to the delivery of their services from home, the essential on-site service provided by security personnel heightened as a result of the emptying of our campus. Below is a brief update on what our teams have been up to during the campus closure to keep our community safe and healthy. Security The OCS relies heavily on the services of our contract security guards from Paragon Security to observe and report on all matters in and around our campuses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. Our security personnel have had boots on the ground since the beginning and continue to protect our assets, oversee restricted access, report infrastructure issues and ensure that the legislative requirements as set out by the province and public health are adhered to. The OCS applauds these frontline workers and the professionalism they have demonstrated through these unusual times. Campus ID In collaboration with Durham Region Transit, Ontario Tech University and Trent University, the OCS is working towards a contactless digital U-Pass targeted for the Fall. The concept of the initiative is to develop a digital solution (i.e. an app) and utilize smartphone technology to allow students to display their U-Pass to the operator when boarding transit vehicles. The digital pass supports physical distancing protocols and administrative efficiencies for the institutions by reducing the need for in-person pick-up and validation of ID cards for U-Pass eligibility for more than 20,000 students each semester. It also provides the ability for the institutions to remotely activate and deactivate student U-Pass eligibility based on enrolment status. Emergency Management The OCS is thrilled to welcome Thomas Bezruki, the new manager, Emergency Management to the team. Thomas has already begun to contribute significantly to the planning of return-to-work strategies. Welcome aboard! Student Conduct With a transition to online delivery of academic curriculum, the OCS is working in collaboration with stakeholders to develop a presentation that reinforces the fact that our students have rights and responsibilities both in a physical campus environment and in the virtual learning space. The presentation will outline expectations for adult self-regulation online, in group work, and in written correspondence as members of a community that emphasizes responsibility, respectfulness and accountability. Stay safe, stay well… Tom Lynch, Director, Office of Campus Safety

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 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 DC when you need support, a number of departments and academic schools across the college have recently launched a live chat feature, available Monday to Friday. Below is a full list of participating departments and their hours of operation.
Student supports Hours of operation (Monday to Friday)
Admissions 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Campus Health Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DC Cares – general questions 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Enrolment Services 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Financial Aid and Awards office 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
First Peoples Indigenous Centre (FPIC) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
International Education office 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Recruitment 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sexual Violence Awareness 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Academic supports Hours of operation (Monday to Friday)
Apprenticeships 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Academic Upgrading 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School of Business, IT & Management 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School of Health & Community Services 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
School of Justice & Emergency Services 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School of Science & Engineering Technology 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other supports Hours of operation (Monday to Friday)
Corporate Training Services 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 

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 Enrolment Services activities and convocation updates. With the warm and sunny weather upon us, it reminds us of how eager we are to return to a life of normalcy – but, what is normal? What will our new normal look like? While we don’t have the answer to those questions, I can assure you that Strategic Enrolment Services is hard at work ensuring that our services can be accessed online and that we will continue to serve our students virtually as we approach the fall semester. As physical distancing requirements will reduce the number of students we can serve in-person come September, we are already advancing and leveraging our technology to continue providing students with a superior experience. Here are some exciting things we have accomplished and are working on to support our students, virtually: Convocation Although we have postponed our in-person convocation ceremonies, we are committed to celebrating the success of our graduating class of 2020. Our teams are hard at work auditing graduates, planning a virtual recognition event and preparing to mail credentials to our successful grads later this summer. Admissions and Recruitment The Admissions and Recruitment teams have been in regular communication with our prospective students and applicants to ensure that they are feeling informed through these unprecedented times. They are using the live chat function on our webpages, are connecting virtually with prospective students and have been teaming up with our campus community to promote DC. Our Recruitment team is also proud to have hosted DC’s first Virtual Open House in April where many DC employees and faculty joined over 2,300 students from more than 90 countries to share why we love DC. Enrolment Services Enrolment Services has worked closely with IT in order to adapt to the changing environment to offer the majority of in-person services to students virtually. These virtual additions include a remote contact centre, the ability to produce PDF transcripts to distribute to other academic institutions or employers, an update to the winter semester grading policy, remote part-time registration for the spring semester and more. Systems and Scheduling The Systems and Scheduling teams have been supporting students, faculty and employees behind-the-scenes by developing online systems to allow students to access our services. Some of their successes include online verification of graduation letters, online registration for part-time students and the launch of the live chat system so students can connect with many departments across campus. They have also been working around the clock to support our academic partners to meet the changing needs of our scheduling and curriculum demands for students. Student Academic Learning Services (SALS) SALS has successfully moved their in-person and peer tutoring services to a virtual platform. They have created a Transitioning to Online Learning video to help students adapt to this new mode of delivery. They have also been working to convert many resources and materials to SALS ONLINE so students can have full access to online supports for the fall. Financial Aid The Financial Aid and Awards team have been meeting with students virtually to assist students in accessing emergency bursary assistance and OSAP. In less than two months they have assessed more than 2,000 bursary applications and have awarded more than $500,000 in immediate support. They anticipate to award over $1 million in support before the fall semester begins. The Strategic Enrolment Services team will continue to advance our processes and systems to support student success. Thank you to all for your continued dedication and support! Stay Safe, Andre De Freitas Associate vice-president and registrar, Student Affairs

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 Human Resources (HR) activities, and the importance of staying connected. The shift to online learning and fully remote work, along with the essential services operational model, has been a significant change for us in terms of how our daily work is accomplished and how we connect with our colleagues and students. While previously there was some course delivery taking place online, and some ability to do our work remotely, I don’t think any of us could have predicted the substantial change that COVID-19 has had on our working and daily lives. These unprecedented times have also presented an opportunity to re-imagine how to accomplish some of the work we do. HR has focused on re-aligning our services for remote delivery, including various administrative processes. In April, full-time administrative and support staff were asked to utilize vacation and lieu time balances. Additionally, the difficult decision was made to implement temporary layoffs and allow the majority of part-time term contracts to expire. The Client Services team is also currently working across the college on re-deployment opportunities for staff who have availability because of a shift in workload. The Professional Development (PD) and Wellness team have focused on important college-wide supports in the shift to remote work, including implementing the Work@home page on ICE and planning a new series of webinars focused on personal health and wellness as well as topics unique to the current circumstances related to COVID-19. Stay tuned, more information on this series will follow shortly.  In addition to the ICE page, a great way to stay connected to PD and Wellness activities is by following our twitter @Durham_PD account, or joining the weekly coffee break sessions where you can chat with colleagues about various work and non-work related topics. Schedules for these sessions are posted to Work@home. HR is also staying connected provincially to learn how other colleges are responding to the pandemic, and have kept in regular contact with both of DC’s local unions. Efforts on behalf of the locals in keeping communications channels open is appreciated. Finally, as we all forge into a future that remains uncertain, but will certainly be changed, the HR team continues to look for opportunities to align our services and support staying connected – together, leading the way. Jennifer Cosway, Associate vice-president, Human Resources

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...

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 the past two months, the Whitby campus has been somewhat of an exception. The continued activity has been critical to looking forward to a day when there is a return to learning on campus. More importantly, it is keeping true to one of the primary mandates of colleges – providing education and training that meet industry demand. The first project I’d like to share an update on is the restart of construction on the 60,000 sq. ft. Skilled Training Centre addition. When completed, it will be home to our electrical, elevating, and plumbing programs, and provide a spectacular facility for showcasing the skilled trades. More importantly, it will help address demand for skilled trades education that was exploding before COVID-19, and will no doubt grow further as our economy begins to recover and more skilled trades professionals are needed to keep pace with new projects. I’m also very pleased to share that as of this week, our growing fields are now planted at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF)! A team of staff and students have been working to transition into the growing season so that the college post-secondary programs and business operations in Bistro ‘67 have a full supply of fresh food once operations get back underway. Highlighting the team once again is a crew of 10 Horticulture Technician and Horticulture – Food and Farming students who are building on their first year of studies by working at our urban farm and gaining critical new skills that will serve them well moving forward. Our staff and students have also been making an impact on both our campus and broader communities. The CFF and Bistro ‘67 teamed up with Community Care Durham during the pandemic to help seniors in our community through their Meals on Wheels program. DC provided fresh produce, pre-made soup, quiches, preserves, and freezer items. Additionally, the greenhouse produced 350 mature potted flowers and vegetables, which were planted earlier this year by students. When these plants needed a home, the CFF crew donated them to college employees to help brighten up their own gardens or spaces. Finally, many in our campus community will be very pleased to learn that the Region of Durham has completed a new sidewalk out front of the Whitby campus, along Champlain Avenue. All of these activities will allow the college and campus to be positioned to meet the skilled trades demand when our campus reopens. Thank you to everyone for all the hard work, creativity and dedication you bring to DC. Be safe. Be well. Rebecca K. Milburn Principal of the Whitby campus Executive Dean School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology

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...

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 barriers for full-time students attending postsecondary education. Starting today, those most in need can apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for the 2020-21 school year. "Investing in higher education is one of the most important investments a person can make in their future," said Ross Romano, Minister of College and Universities. "To help ensure today's students, and tomorrow's entrepreneurs, innovators and workers can obtain the skills they need to succeed in a highly competitive global economy, our government is helping to remove the financial barriers to postsecondary education." For many students, the loans they receive from OSAP are their first major financial commitment. To support a greater understanding of the program and the responsibilities as an OSAP recipient, applicants will be required to complete an information module that highlights basic information about the student assistance program and financial literacy. This is knowledge students will need to make informed financial decisions today, and throughout their lives. During this unprecedented period, the government is providing a six-month temporary deferral of OSAP loan payments and interest accrual on OSAP loans from March 30-September 30, 2020 to support OSAP borrowers in good standing. The province has also worked with postsecondary institutions to support virtual learning and virtual exams. The government is now preparing for the 2020-21 school year by working closely with the province's colleges and universities to ensure students receive the high-caliber education and training they need to obtain rewarding careers. Acting on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario's postsecondary institutions are developing their plans for the fall term - exploring a range of delivery options depending on the trajectory of COVID-19. For more information please view the news release.

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...

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 to the government’s Act allowed for the initiation or restart of construction specifically at colleges and university campuses.  This has allowed us to recommence work of our planned and in-progress projects our Oshawa and Whitby campuses.   A brief summary of some of our campus facilities projects includes: Whitby Phase IV Project: The base foundation work for the building is now in place and Ball Construction, our prime design/builder, has begun to erect the structural steel that will form the structure for the building. Steel work will continue through the months of June and July. In parallel with the building shell, we are now working on an electrical refeed of the entire campus. The current overhead high voltage lines that currently run in between the residence building and the Greenhouse will be replaced with a new 44KV feed from Stellar Drive. Most of the feed will be buried under the main parking lot in conduit and duct-bank along with a new transformer and distribution station located near the south end of the Phase IV building. Overall, the project remains on track for a Fall 2021 opening. Oshawa Softball Diamond Project: Work has begun on a significant improvement to our softball diamond located at the south end of the Oshawa campus beside the Commencement parking lot. The work includes the installation of an artificial turf, similar to what was installed at Vaso’s Field last year.  In addition to the turf, improvements to the lighting, A-V services, bleachers and team amenities will also be completed by August to allow play to begin in the Fall 2020 term once restrictions have been lifted. Oshawa Bookstore Renovation: The departure of Ontario Tech University from the campus bookstore in the Gordon Willey building offered DC with an opportunity to reimagine the space and options to modernize its look. A full renovation of the interior space has begun using a phased approach such that the bookstore staff can continue to operate their virtual or online store. The online store allows students and faculty to order books and have them couriered directly to their home address.  Within the bookstore itself, items such as the flooring, lighting, fixtures and walls are being updated to give a cleaner and more modern look to the space.  Additionally, the e-commerce desk that was previously accessed from the A-Wing hallway will now be directly accessible from within the bookstore. The replacement and realignment of some of the fixtures will allow additional space to showcase branded DC merchandise in a prominent manner.  J.J. McGuire is the selected general contractor undertaking this work and forecasts the work to be complete in time for the Fall term. Food Services: With the change in contract from Aramark to Chartwell’s effective June 30, the food services on campus will be updated with new offerings and a redesign to both the main cafeterias at the Oshawa and Whitby campus. Mr.Sub/Country Style in the South Wing will also be converted to a Starbuck’s.  More information to follow in a future communication.  Other Projects: In addition to the above three noted projects there are numerous less visible projects occurring throughout the summer including:
  • Roof replacement work on the Gordon Willey building.
  • Realignment of the Whitby entrance bus loop for accessibility.
  • Whitby weld shop electrical service replacement.
  • General HVAC and LED Lighting upgrades.
  • Exterior patio and walkway surface replacements.
Alan Dunn Associate vice-president Facilities and Ancillary Services
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 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 programs. As educators across Ontario, including those at DC, prepare for a new academic year, we know it will look very different from previous years. The college is hard at work, creating a learning framework that will keep our students, employees and community safe while also continuing to offer quality education – whether that be online, in the classroom, or both. Below is an overview of our semester planning: Winter semester For winter semester students who need to complete face-to-face classes to finish their courses, DC intends to have them return to classrooms, labs and work placements starting as soon as possible in July. These students will be contacted by their school office with additional information as soon as it becomes available. Spring semester Students in spring semester programs, who do not require face-to-face classes to finish their courses, will complete their courses remotely on August 7. Spring semester students who are in programs that require face-to-face classes will have these courses deferred until the above winter semester students have completed their face-to-face instruction. Specific dates for in-person instruction will be shared by school offices as soon as information becomes available. Fall semester For the fall semester, DC intends to deliver as many programs remotely as possible if the pandemic continues to prevent us from gathering on campus. We will deliver programming through a combination of face-to-face and remote delivery for those programs that cannot be delivered fully remotely. Students will be contacted directly by their school office with additional information as soon as it becomes available. Please note that these decisions are fluid and may change as a result of Public Health and government guidance and direction. In all our decisions, DC is absolutely committed to providing our students with a high-quality, safe and supportive academic experience. Whether you begin your studies remotely or on campus, we are here for you. Our Support Services teams are here to help!  Stay well, Don Lovisa, President, Durham College

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...

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 navigated our way through the short-term “survival” phase of operating in a COVID-19 world and showed the strength of our community to be adaptable, flexible and resilient. Now, we shift to the next challenge of planning for a future in which we have no reference points. A future where all of us have innumerable decisions to make about how to craft our work in ways that will continue to be meaningful and safe. It probably still feels as if the work being done to implement new techniques for program and service delivery is an exception – a one-time thing to respond to odd circumstances. What we are quickly coming to understand is that a COVID-19 world requires new strategies for educating, providing service, and working together that will carry us beyond those exceptions and into the future. We may not have chosen to build this future in this way, but there are opportunities for each of us to make positive choices about how we move forward. To that end, student affairs departments have developed strategies to sustain and expand services to students throughout the end of the winter semester. As the spring semester begins, departments have enhanced options to continue delivering remote services, and are building their plans collaboratively with academic and service partners for a phased approach to return to campus. The plans also consider parameters being developed by a joint campus task force, as they develop best practices for campus engagement in consultation with public health; and in consultation with provincial organizations. Below is a quick overview of some of the changes and plans for service delivery you can expect to see in the fall:
Department Continued Services Fall Planning
All departments continue to provide a full range of services and supports for students. See www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for details.
Access and Support Centre All services have moved to online and/or remote delivery, including accommodations, assistive technology, counselling, and coaching. A plan is in place for on-campus and remote delivery of services to provide options to students.
Athletics Fitness and well-being programs and tips are available online. The department is working with provincial and national organizations to develop detailed strategies for varsity sports.
  Virtual athletic awards, celebration and acknowledgements. Exploration of recreation programs to meet social distancing requirements.
  Virtual wrap up of seasons.
Campus Health Centre Doctors continue to book phone appointments and mental health supports continue. Planning for clinic to reopen is underway and supplies ordered.  Services will continue virtually and in person.
Career Development Employment opportunities continue to be posted on the Hired Portal. Students and graduates continue to book online appointments and sign up for live webinars. Faculty may request live or recorded career workshops to be delivered to their online classes. Career coaching will continue virtually and in-person once approved. Virtual employer campus recruitment plans are underway. Enhanced faculty and student COVID-19 related career toolkits will be available on the Hired Portal.
Co-operative Education On-site and virtual work terms started as of May 19. Students have options to transfer to a non-co-op stream of their program and timelines for decision-making have been expanded. Plans continue for the expansion of a number of programs offering co-operative education options.
Employment Services New job options continue to become available. Clients are accessing employment supports through phone and virtual appointments. We are finding new ways to connect with community job seekers facing barriers to employment. Preparations for continued in-person and virtual supports are underway.  Working with government and impacted sectors to help recruit for these important areas, starting with our health care, food and agriculture industries.
Financial Aid and Awards Processed approximately $1 million in bursaries to support student need during COVID-19 challenges. OSAP applications open May 20 for Fall semester.
Office of Campus Safety Security services continue on campus. Emergency manager working with joint task force for DC and Ontario Tech to plan for return to campus.
Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions Spring orientation programs are underway. New modules for summer transitions developed for remote delivery.
Residence Student space continues to be available for spring and summer. Applications are being accepted for September 2020.
Strategic Enrolment Services Processing grades and records for students to graduate or continue their programs. Plans in place for virtual celebration of graduates.
  Registering students for Spring and Fall semesters. Online tours and live chat for applicants to learn more about coming to campus in the fall.
Student Academic Learning Services Tutoring, workshops and individual appointments continue with remote access. Fall planning includes boot camps in math and science, and enhanced online supports.
  Sincerely, Meri Kim Oliver, Vice president, Student Affairs

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! 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 the planning and activities that are happening behind the scenes to assist everyone in their transition back through the various phases of the reopening of our college campuses. The updates will cover a broad array of topics, in no particular order, ranging from:
  • New food services provider
  • Construction at our campuses
  • Communication’s plans
  • IT Infrastructure and resources
  • Professional Development and Wellness programs
  • 2020-2021 operating and capital budgets
  • HR supports and many other topics of interest
As well, you will receive timely information and updates from our colleagues in academics and student affairs.  Yes, we are in this together! In this first message from the Administration Team, I wanted to provide an update on one of your most important benefits as a Durham College employee, your CAAT Pension. The economy has seen roller coaster declines through the stock market, and I thought an update to you was timely. I am a member of the Board of Trustees for the CAAT Pension Plan and I sit on the Board as Vice-Chair.  The CAAT Plan is a defined benefit pension with guaranteed pensions, regardless of market fluctuations and other unforeseen external factors.  The CAAT Plan has steadily built a healthy funding reserve, consistent with its Funding Policy, as a cushion against market ups and downs (volatility), to keep the pension promise strong and the Plan sustainable. The Plan’s well-diversified portfolio of public and private market investments allows it to manage through a period of short-term volatility while focusing on long-term growth. In summary, the Plan is strong, and benefits are secure because we have:
  • A fund of over $13 billion as of December 31, 2019
  • $2.9 billion in funding reserves, plus an additional $0.8 billion asset smoothing reserves to manage through volatility. The fund reserves far exceed the investment market movements we have seen through the pandemic period to date.
  • A well-diversified investment portfolio which has delivered a 10% net return per year over the last ten years
  • Applied the lessons learned from the Global Financial Crisis in 2007-08
  • A well established and high performing jointly sponsored governance structure and management team focussed on long term sustainability.
If you are interested in more information on your CAAT pension plan, please visit their website at https://www.caatpension.on.ca/en or speak to your HR generalist. In closing, I want to express my sincere gratitude and thanks for all the hard work and dedication you bring to your position at Durham College. Look for your daily communication updates – In This Together DC.  Please stay healthy, and please stay safe. I look forward to the day when we will be back together again. Sincerely, Scott Blakey Chief Administrative Officer

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...

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 look like in the coming months, we do know we will continue to do what we do best, which is deliver our high-quality academic programs and services. Regardless of what our reality is now and going forward, we endeavour to focus on the delivery of superior teaching and learning opportunities for our students, weaving in enhancements to their experiences whenever we can. Currently, faculty are working on courses for fall and in light of the ever-evolving situation, we are planning for three possible scenarios for program delivery in the fall 2020 semester.
  1. Regular: All face-to-face classes will continue as usual this fall.
  2. Blended: Programs will be offered in a combined way, with some courses held completely remotely and other classes and practical experiences (e.g. hands-on practicum, studios, shops, labs, clinical settings) held in person, possibly in smaller sections.
  3. Primarily remote: Offer remote learning experiences for our students, ensuring practicum, clinical, lab, studio and other applied learning opportunities are offered in a timely and flexible manner to enable students to complete their programs as quickly as possible.
Return to campus decisions will be determined based on public health and provincial government directives and guidelines. In anticipation, a system-wide template for our safe return to campus has been developed and is currently with the Minister of Colleges and Universities awaiting comment and approval. The document will guide the development of a DC-specific set of guidelines and standards for our return to campus and will influence the decisions around the above three scenarios. We are committed to providing updates and sharing return-to-campus plans when they become available. Change and transition have become almost day-to-day occurrences since mid-March. Despite this, you have all accomplished incredible things during this time, as you faced these challenges in your academic and personal lives. Thank you once again for your ongoing dedication and support. Sincerely, Elaine

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...

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 22, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario – Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to support their future. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:
  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.
The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:
  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to $350.
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.
Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and experience many students were counting on. The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We are ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on Canadians. Quick Facts
  • As part of this initiative, the Government of Canada will introduce legislation to be considered by Parliament.
  • On March 30, 2020, the Government of Canada placed a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying.
  • On April 8, 2020, the Government of Canada announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians with access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time. This program will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years old.
Read more online.

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...

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 Ontario Colleges’ Response to Pandemic I am writing this letter during these troubling and challenging times to recognize the hard work, commitment, and dedication of so many people in the Ontario College system. I am the Chief Executive Officer of the College Employer Council (CEC), which is the organization that, on behalf of Ontario’s 24 public colleges, is responsible for, among other things, labour relations, negotiating collective agreements with unionized staff and providing a variety of services for the college system including human resource advice, collective agreement administration, and managing the group insurance benefit plans. As a result of CEC’s mandate, we have insight into the pride, work, dedication, and commitment of so many in the Ontario College system to provide safety and medical care as well as to ensure colleges can continue to deliver their ongoing world class programs so students can continue their learning and career advancement. College stakeholders include staff keeping school facilities and operations running, professors and instructors providing remote learning, executives and administrators overseeing and identifying strategies to ensure safe operations, OPSEU leadership working collaboratively to meet this mandate, and our elected and government officials facilitating policies and supporting the system with emergency planning. To this end, an expression of gratitude must be extended to Minister Romano and the Ministry of Colleges & Universities leadership who have participated on almost daily calls helping students, faculty and staff as we transition through this crisis. Their commitment during these unprecedented times has provided strength and guidance to our system, not the least of which was the recently announced $25 million in emergency funding for post-secondary education as a major investment in student success as the province continues to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. While ensuring safe ongoing education during the pandemic, the 24 Colleges quickly mobilized to respond to the urgent need for medical and personal protection equipment. This included hundreds of life-saving respirators, beds, medical carts, masks, gowns, moving equipment, and gloves. On a recent call with Minister Romano, the Government expressed its appreciation that Ontario colleges have donated more than 300,000 pieces of medical equipment. One only needs a quick google search to learn of the incredible support each of the colleges is providing. Another significant example of colleges and its faculty working to save lives is where the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) have worked with a College so that its more than 40 third-year students can begin putting their skills to work immediately during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many colleges are working to provide secondments and student placements into hospitals and related health care to provide much needed human resources. Faculty and staff have worked really hard and creatively in continuing to provide their high quality education in a remote or online format in a very short period of time. There are hundreds of examples, including one fitness and health promotion professor and a second-year student hosting free weekday online fitness classes to keep staff moving right in their own home and allowing for healthy breaks, and creative YouTube videos to provide different delivery. Another college ordered 5,000 Chromebooks so it could assure ongoing education and support students during the teaching at a distance and support their education. All of this has taken place in less than three weeks. It is this commitment, dedication and pride to our system and for Ontario society that positions Ontario’s colleges as true leaders. It is an honour and privilege to work with such a committed group and, during these troubling and challenging times, CEC feels it is important to recognize the dedication of so many people making a difference in the fight against this global pandemic. Wishing everyone health and safety in this exceptional time.  Sincerely, Graham Lloyd Chief Executive Officer College Employer Council

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...

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 hard for students. Not only are students facing the stress of isolation and a rapidly changing pandemic, but also adjusting to the abrupt pivot to an online program and service delivery model.  While this isn’t what any of us expected, the academic year is nearing completion, and we are committed to ensuring that students can complete their semester successfully.  To help address a portion of the financial burden that we know our students are experiencing as a direct result of COVID-19, Durham College has established an emergency bursary fund with the support of the independent student association (DCSI) and Provincial government. Full-time domestic and international students with exceptional expenses related to maintaining their studies during this time are advised to submit an application form.  It has been our unwavering focus to ensure learning continuity for every student. With academic integrity at the foundation of every decision, we are committed to working together to foster learning and achieve academic success, even though it is in a different medium than originally expected. Thus, our tuition policy remains as it is for the 2019-2020 year, meaning we will not be offering tuition refunds or rebates. Faculty and staff at all colleges have worked diligently to provide alternative service and program delivery options that allow students to continue their education as seamlessly as possible. As circumstances continue to change, we develop solutions that support the delivery of programs that would normally require face-to-face interactions, such as science labs, shops and studio work. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure students have access to the support they need to complete the semester successfully and we encourage you to reach out to these supports often.  Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for ongoing updates and FAQs.

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...

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 Health Centre (CHC) and Athletics and Recreation department have a number of resources available for students and employees to help keep our campus community mentally and physically healthy during this time.

VIRTUAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS APPOINTMENTS

The CHC services are available online. Services, including medical appointments and appointments with mental health nurses, wellness coaches, nutritionist and therapists, are available via teleconferencing.
  • To book an appointment, call 905.721.3037 and leave a voicemail with your name and contact information.
  • You will receive a return call within 45 minutes to book an appointment with the appropriate practitioner. Calls will only be returned between Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • To speak to a nurse, call 905.721.8668 ext. 2854 and a nurse will call you back.
Other mental health supports available to students, include: Other support available to employees is offered through: Employee and Family Assistance Program: 1.844.880.9142 or 1.877.338.0275 (TTY service) or www.workhealthlife.com

CAMPUS RECREATION RESOURCE LIBRARY

The Athletics and Recreation department has developed a resource library featuring valuable fitness and health information, including:
  • Online exercise videos
  • Workout plans
  • Healthy eating
  • Mental health and wellness
  • App and play recommendations
The resource library is available on the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre webpage.

GENERAL HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

Students and employees are reminded to use the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it. Preventive measures See the How can I protect myself? section on the Durham Region COVID-19 page for information on how to reduce the spread of germs, including COVID-19 and the flu.

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...

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 costs created by addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.  Of the $25 million, Durham College (DC) will receive $400,000, which will be used to support our most pressing needs. These may include emergency financial support for students, emergency food and housing, mental health support, and expenses related to transitioning to online modes of learning and delivery of service. As we navigate this crisis, our goal has and continues to be ensuring the well-being of our community  while also supporting the continuity of learning for our students. These funds will help us achieve that goal, providing much needed assistance during these unprecedented times. We want to thank the provincial government for its commitment to our students and to the successful completion of their programs. The college is working on finalizing the details of the funding allocation and will share more information, including how to access support, as soon as it is available. Sincerely,  Don Lovisa President, Durham College

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...

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 the recent disruptions to the current semester, Durham College’s (DC) spring semester will begin online on Tuesday, May 19. Should this date be changed due to public health direction, we will communicate updates as they become available.  This means:
  • Most post-secondary programs will be delivered online for the spring semester. Please refer to the list of programs being offered online.
  • Programs that include hands-on learning in labs, shops or studios will also begin on Tuesday, May 19. Theoretical content will be delivered in an online format at the beginning of the semester and required in-class instruction will occur later in the semester, once it is safe to return to campus.
  • The spring semester will run on a condensed 12-week semester, from Tuesday, May 19 to Friday, August 7 and will not include a Reading Week.
  • Decisions to return to campus will be based on public health guidelines in place at the time and will be shared once available.
Additionally, intake for programs that were to begin in May will now start in September, with the exception of the following:
  • Critical Care Nursing – e-learning graduate certificate to begin Monday, May 4
  • Law Clerk Advanced (Fast-track) and Project Management graduate certificate programs to begin Tuesday, May 19
Prospective students who are impacted by this change have been contacted directly. Professional and Part-time Learning course-specific information and delivery dates are available on their website. We appreciate your patience as we continue to respond with the necessary actions that ensure the safety, health and well-being of our DC community.  Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.

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...

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 we are into the second week of our alternate delivery model and have received a great deal of feedback on the effectiveness of the transition. Completing the winter semester this way was not what anyone expected and you have stepped up and made it work. We recognize that the rapid transition to online course delivery comes with its challenges. As such, several interim changes have been made to our standard practices to support your academic success. We will continue to maintain our academic integrity principles, but the persistence of COVID-19 has reinforced the need to be flexible and resilient. As a result, the following interim changes will be implemented for the Winter 2020 semester:  Post-secondary grade release date: 
  • Courses completing on Friday, April 17: grades will be released to students on Tuesday, April 28, 4 p.m. 
  • Courses completing on Friday, April 24: grades will be released to students: Friday, May 1, 4 p.m.
  • Courses with lab/shop/studio/placement or other face-to-face delivery requirements, that cannot be completed until we return to campus: students will see an incomplete grade (INC) for that course when grades are released. When you are back in class and have achieved the required course learning outcomes, your final grade will replace the “INC”.
  • Grade timelines for Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning courses remain unchanged.
Revised post-secondary grading policy (for the Winter 2020 semester only) Where you have not passed a course, you will automatically receive a Withdrawal (W) notation on your transcript. This will be reflected on your permanent transcript as a reflection of DC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the Grading Policy, you will not be granted credit for courses in which a ‘W’ was awarded, and the ‘W’ grade will not impact your GPA. You will still be required to repeat the course where necessary to complete program requirements. The course where a ‘W’ grade has been assigned will not count as a course attempt. There will not be a resulting tuition refund. Where you have received a passing numeric grade in a course, but do not want that result to appear on your transcript or to adversely impact your GPA, you can have your numeric grade converted to Satisfactory (SAT) grade. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must complete the SAT Conversion form that will be available on MyCampus and submit it to Strategic Enrolment Services (SES). Students who choose this option should be aware that your eligibility for honours and awards (including financial aid awards that consider GPA) may be impacted. You may not be eligible for credit transfer, which may impact the evaluation of your transcripts (for admissions, credit transfer or advanced standing) and transfers to co-op options at Durham College and at other academic institutions. Academic progression Academic Standing is used to determine the eligibility of students to continue or graduate from their programs. Although Academic Standing will be assessed, you will not be required to withdraw from your program following the winter 2020 semester. You will be eligible to register in the next semester.   Extension to the withdrawal date without academic penalty As a reminder, students who choose to withdraw from their post-secondary program can do so until Monday, April 6.   Once again, thank you for your cooperation and patience. Please be reminded of the virtual supports available to you to help with your academic and health and wellness needs.  Should you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor. Please stay well, Elaine Popp Vice-President, Academic

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

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 our strategic plan, we remain committed to contributing to the community where we can. Over the past few weeks, some DC employees have been contacted by community partners requesting various types of COVID-19 related support. To ensure a coordinated approach, employees who are contacted with such requests are asked to submit them as follows: Please continue to visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.  If you have a question that has not been addressed in an FAQ, please email dccares@durhamcollege.ca.

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...

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 and parking refunds, due to the campus closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students with a meal plan who have moved out of residence will receive a pro-rated refund based on the type of plan they had. Any student who, as a result of the move to Simcoe residence, requests a refund will be given one. Refunds will be issued by Friday, April 3 through direct deposit (if banking information is on file) or by cheque. Students who hold a parking pass for the winter semester or the 2019-2020 academic year will receive a parking refund for a six-week period (March 23 to April 30). Refunds will be issued by Friday, April 10 through direct deposit (if banking information is on file) or by cheque.  DC employees: Employees who have paid their 2019-2020 annual parking in full, will receive a six-week refund via direct deposit. Employees who pay for parking through payroll deduction will have payments suspended as of Monday, March 23. Employees who have paid for the winter semester only parking through payroll deduction, will also receive a refund. There is no action required on the employees’ part. We will communicate when the deduction of these fees is set to restart. Please continue to visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for COVID-related updates and FAQs.

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...

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 below.

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, 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 Road in Oshawa. Early this evening, we were advised that a Durham College employee has tested positive for travel-related COVID-19. The employee worked part of the day on March 16 and went home after feeling ill. Since that time, the employee has not returned to work and has been in self-isolation. Our thoughts are with our DC employee and their family as they self-isolate and recover. Public health has identified those individuals who were in close contact with the employee and will contact them directly to provide further direction and instructions. They have identified the risk to DC’s campus community as it relates to this situation, as low. We continue to work closely with public health authorities to stay informed and receive timely guidance and directives. The health and safety of our campus community remains our highest priority, as it has been from day one. DC has taken extensive measures to help control the spread of COVID-19, including closing our campuses, transitioning to online course and service delivery, introducing a work-from-home model, and implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. Please be reminded to follow all precautionary protocols outlined by public health authorities. Wash your hands frequently, stay home and continue social or physical distancing, and self-monitor. If you have COVID-19 related symptoms, self-isolate and complete the online self-assessment tool. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates, FAQs and supportive resources. If you have a question that has not been addressed in an FAQ, please email dccares@durhamcollege.ca. Take care of yourself and each other,   Don Lovisa President, Durham College

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...

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 academic strategies or someone to talk to, DC students have access to a wide variety of supports. Keep the following list close by and reach out often. Please remember you are not alone. We are here to support you so email dccares@durhamcollege.ca for any support services not listed below and we’ll help connect you. Take good care. 
  1. Review DC’s quick tips for students transitioning to online learning.
  1. Access details for all DC student support services, including:
  • Access and Support Centre
  • Campus Health Centre
  • Co-op Office
  • Enrolment Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Library
  • Student Academic Learning Services (SALS)
  1. Academic supports
  • Academic schools
Connect with student advisors and other school-specific supports using the links below:
Department Telephone Email
School of Business, IT & Management 905.721.3064 BITM@durhamcollege.ca
Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning 905.721.3052 ppl@durhamcollege.ca
School of Health & Community Services 905.721.3080 HCS@durhamcollege.ca
School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science 905.721.4144 gayle.anderson@durhamcollege.ca (student advisor)
School of Interdisciplinary Studies 905.721.3161 janice.haslett@durhamcollege.ca
School of Justice & Emergency Services 905.721.3070 JES@durhamcollege.ca
School of Media, Art & Design 905.721.2000 ext. 3067 stacy.leaming@durhamcollege.ca
School of Science & Engineering Technology 905.721.3060 SET@durhamcollege.ca
School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology 905.721.2000 ext. 3344 amapola.serrano@durhamcollege.ca (general questions) jennifer.means@durhamcollege.ca (student advisor)
 
    • Accessibility coaching, assistive technology, peer coaching, new intakes and counselling continue to be available by phone or video.
    • Email asc@durhamcollege.ca or your staff member directly during regular business hours to book an appointment.
  1. Mental health supports
    • Services including medical appointments and appointments with mental health nurses, wellness coaches and therapists are available via teleconferencing. To book an appointment, call 905.721.2000 ext. 3037.
  1. Multi-service supports
    • Culture-specific supports
    • Information, resources and referrals
    • Advocacy
    • Self-identification supports
Please email indigenous@durhamcollege.ca or diversity@durhamcollege.ca to book an appointment by phone or video. Most services are available remotely, including student support and advising. Please email international@durhamcollege.ca or isa@durhamcollege.ca to book an appointment. Most services are available remotely, including: Please email using area-specific links above to book an appointment. Durham College Students Inc. DCSI, the independent student association representing all DC students, has additional services available. In addition to the information listed here, please go to their website or contact them directly for updates. Most services continue to be available via online delivery, including:

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...

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 all non-essential services in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. As such, effective Tuesday, March 24 at 11 p.m., access to all buildings will be closed to students, employees, and visitors at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and all locations, until further notice. In an unwavering commitment to supporting our students through semester completion, our learning continuity model will not be impacted by these closures and delivery of online courses and services continues as planned. This means employees and students are to work and study from home as previously communicated, and managers and employees are to continue regular meetings and updates. Labs, shops and studio instruction, which were to begin on April 6, are now postponed. As we determine our next steps, we will communicate directly with impacted students in the coming days. As identified by the government, our student residence remains open to a controlled number of students. A small number of essential service employees are required onsite. These employees will be directly communicated with by their manager. Later this afternoon you will receive an email outlining the supports available to assist DC students through this transition to online learning. We encourage you to refer to, and access these supports, and reach out often. It’s important that we all stay connected through this stressful and uncertain time. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs. If you have a question that has not been addressed in an FAQ, please email dccares@durhamcollege.ca.

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...

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 activities using technology such as Microsoft Teams or virtual class software within DC Connect. These powerful tools allow students to interact meaningfully with their faculty, peers and the course content. They also provide the opportunity for classes to be recorded, which students can then review at a later time to gain a deeper understanding of presented concepts. With this in mind, the following will apply to all recorded classes:
  • When a class will be recorded, the faculty member will make sure students are aware via an announcement in DC Connect and verbally at the start of each recorded session. Faculty members must also communicate how the recording will be shared with students after class.
  • Recordings are only shared and distributed for academic purposes. Regardless of the platform used for recording or sharing, the video will not be made available to the general public.
  • Students wishing to record course learning activities must contact their faculty member before class to request and receive permission.
  • Students who do not wish to be recorded must notify their faculty member in advance and are encouraged to mute their microphones and disable their video displays during class. Faculty members must provide students with an opportunity to participate in, and/or ask questions about any learning activity without their image or voice being recorded. 
  • All recordings of learning activities remain the property of Durham College, at all times.
For additional information regarding recording classes, please review the college’s Recording of Learning Activities Policy and Procedure. Also, please be aware that due to our current circumstances, the six-day written notification period for the recording classroom activities has been suspended. Thank you once again for your patience and flexibility.

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....

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

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 current semester, at this time, DC has decided to delay the start of the May semester to Tuesday, May 19. Please note that this date is subject to change based on public health advice and direction. 

WHEN

Tuesday, May 19 to Friday, August 7.

IMPLICATIONS

  • The May term will run on a condensed 12-week semester, from May 19 to August 7.
  • The semester will not include a Reading Week. 
  • Where possible, the first two weeks of the semester will begin with online-only course delivery with a transition to in-class instruction.
  • Decisions will be based on public health guidelines in place at the time and will be shared once available.
    DC is committed to the delivery of high-quality education and ensuring the academic success of our students.  These are unprecedented times that require us to be flexible and responsive while keeping the best interests of our students and community central to our decision-making.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to respond with the necessary actions that ensure the safety, health and well-being of our DC community.  Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.

    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

    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, March 18,  access to the Oshawa and Whitby campus buildings is limited to a controlled number of employees, students and contractors.    The college’s hours of operation have been reduced to 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Please refer to the entry and sign-in processes before coming to campus. Computer Commons During this time, a controlled number of students and employees can access the Computer Commons at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses. Oshawa:
    • Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Whitby:
    • Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Labs, studios and shops The college is currently reviewing its processes for access to labs, studios and shops. At this time, access to these spaces is not available. Further updates will be shared with the campus community as they become available.   DC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.

    ​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

    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 community. Durham College (DC) and its doctors, nurses and practitioners are here to provide their unwavering support to you during this stressful and uncertain time. While the Campus Health Centre (CHC) is closed, students and employees are encouraged to take advantage of the virtual arrangements available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for:
    • general health-care questions
    • prescription renewals
    • mental health support
    General health-care appointments, prescription renewals or to mental health supports: call 905.721.2000 ext. 3037.
    • Have your health card ready.
    • Leave a message with your name and contact information, including a phone number where you can be reached.
    • For prescription refills, have the information for the pharmacy closest to you, including address and phone number. Please note: not all prescriptions may be renewable.
    To speak with a nurse Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m: call 905.721.2000 ext.2854.
    • Leave a message with your name and contact information
    • A nurse will call you back as soon as possible
    • Outside of these hours, visit durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for more information or contact Public Health at 905.668.2020 (press 2). 
    Additionally, full-time staff have regular access to DC’s EAP, which can be accessed at 1.844.880.9142 or 1.877.338.0275 (TTY service) or www.workhealthlife.com.  Contract staff are granted access on request, which can be directed to Kelly Doyle at kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca. If you need to make an in-person appointment for your health, call your family doctor or local walk-in clinic. DC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.

    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...

    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 (DC) and Ontario Tech Library at the Oshawa campus and DC’s Whitby campus Library will be closed until further notice.  Library support for remote users: Although the physical Library locations are closed, support will still be provided remotely. Please refer to Campus Library’s list of online resources and services.  This list includes:
    • Contact details for our subject specialist librarians who can assist students and faculty with research questions, locating resources for online teaching and more.
    • Links to many online resources such as databases, ejournals and ebooks, as well as research guides.
    • Information about how to get help remotely via email, online appointments and chat reference.
    Borrowing from physical collections: Anyone with items currently on loan may keep them until further notice. Due dates are extended and any late fees will be waived. You are encouraged to avoid coming to campus to return items at this time. Inter-library loan (ILL) service: Suspended until the end of the winter semester. ILL material currently on loan will be renewed until the end of the semester. Library inquiries: The Library team can assist you with locating resources for online teaching or student assignments, and provide information about online chat and email help. DC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.

    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.

    WHAT

    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.

    WHEN

    As of Wednesday, March 18

    IMPLICATIONS

    During the campus closure, a controlled number of designated employees, students and contractors will have limited access to the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and are required to follow the below entry and sign-in processes when they arrive on campus. Entry points
    • Oshawa campus: Students, employees and contractors are required to enter through the Gordon Willey building entrance located in the north west corner of the bus loop, directly adjacent to the security desk. All other exterior doors will be locked. 
    • The Student Services building (SSB), Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) and Student Centre are closed.
    • Whitby campus: Students, employees and contractors are required to enter through the entrance located in the south east corner of the main building directly adjacent to the bus loop. All other exterior doors will be locked.
    • The W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) is closed.
    • Community Employment Resource Centres: Closed but available to clients via telephone appointment only. 
    Sign-in process
    • Upon arrival, all individuals are required to read and review the medical advisory posted at the exterior doors. 
    • Once an individual determines they are clear, based on the criteria in the advisory, they may enter the building. 
    • Self-assessment criteria for entering the building:
      • Do you have a NEW or WORSE cough or shortness of breath?
      • Are you feeling feverish?
      • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, or have had close contact with someone who has been confirmed COVID-19 positive?
    • If you have answered “NO” to the above questions, you may enter the building.
    • Security officers will ensure individuals review the screening questions in order to self-screen prior to entry.
    • Once inside, individuals are required to present their DC-issued identification. Security officers will record the banner number and intended destination on campus. This information will be collected verbally in order to maintain a single user sign-in log to maintain social distancing. Individuals are asked to advise security at this same location before they exit the building to leave the campus.  
    DC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.

    Online wellness and support resources for employees

    WHAT:

    Online wellness and support resources for employees

    WHEN:

    As of March 18

    IMPLICATIONS:

    As we navigate through these ever-changing and uncertain times, please know that we are here to support you. Human Resources would like to remind all employees of the below resources available to you. Please contact Kelly Doyle if you have any questions or require additional supports for members of your team. Collections for Managers Collection for Employees Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP):
    • 1.844.8809142
    • TTY: 1.877.338.0275
    • Workhealthlife.com
    • download My EAP app
    TODAY: EFAP Webinar: Coronavirus Response and Preparedness – How your EFAP can support Wednesday, March 18 at 2 pm EST.   Register: https://join.lifeworks.com/heartbeatseries/ EFAP is available to full-time employees and their eligible dependents.  If you are a contract or part-time employee and are interested in EFAP supports, please contact Kelly.doyle@durhamcollege.ca. DC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and the potential impact on our community. Please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus for updates and FAQs.