We’re DC Ready for you – fall semester plans

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.