NOSM University’s Response to COVID-19
NOSM University is an inclusive community where everyone is treated with respect. We are grateful to each of you for the efforts you are putting in to keep our students safe during this time. We are committed to keeping each of you safe, and respecting your individual needs. Please be kind and compassionate to one another.
Please check this website regularly for updates.
Guidelines on National and International Travel
As the Government of Canada and the provincial governments continue to remove COVID-19 travel restrictions, NOSM U will now permit all necessary travel across Canada and to international destinations. Necessary travel could include (but not limited to): conferences, workshops and professional development activities. The supervisor of the individual traveling must confirm that the travel is necessary and ensure that funding is available for this purpose as NOSM U Finance has reduced the budget for travel across all NOSM U portfolios.
All international travel must have supervisor approval as travel disruptions may hinder learners’ and employees’ ability to carry out their work duties on or after the date of the scheduled return from travel. A plan to mitigate such potential issues must be in place before departure.
With the evolving characteristics of COVID-19 and emerging variants of concern, international travel may continue to be subject to significant disruptions, including enhanced screening and border measures that are suddenly put into force. It is critical that NOSM U employees and learners follow the Government of Canada travel directives, including reviewing Global Affairs Canada advisories, completing pre-departure/re-entry requirements, possible post-travel isolation/quarantine and reviewing insurance coverage, etc.
Given that a risk remains with international travel, NOSM U employees and learners must be aware of (and assume) these risks as they may impact on academic and employment obligations at NOSM University.
If you have any questions or require additional clarification, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NOSM University no longer requires active screening to enter campus buildings.
Everyone is expected to monitor themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they are feeling sick.
While not mandatory, you are encouraged to screen for COVID-19 prior to entering NOSM University Campus buildings through the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms While on Campus
Should you experience COVID-19 Symptoms or are generally feeling unwell while you are on campus, please follow these steps:
- Immediately return home and self-isolate (secure alternate mode of travel if you are not able to drive).
- Take the online COVID-19 Self Assessment for further instructions.
- Report the illness:
- Staff and full-time faculty are to report to their supervisor (Division Head for Human and Medical Sciences) via email or telephone. Supervisors must notify Human Resources (email@example.com) when their employee has reported symptoms of COVID-19 if they were on campus within the last 5 days.
- Learners are to email the Learner Affairs Office (LAO) at firstname.lastname@example.org LAO to notify email@example.com
- Clinical stipendiary faculty are to email Program Schedulers at firstname.lastname@example.org (Lakehead campus) or email@example.com (Laurentian campus). Program Schedulers to notify firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact tracing is now everyone’s responsibility. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive on a COVID-19 test, tell your close contacts that they have been exposed. A close contact is:
- anyone you were less than two metres away from for a minimum of 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time; and
- Without personal protective equipment in the 48 hours before your symptoms began or your positive test result, whichever came first.
- Follow guidance from the COVID-19 Self Assessment for information on when your self-isolation period ends and you may return to campus.
- If you are eligible for a PCR test or a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is available to you: You may return to campus if a single PCR test, or two consecutive RATs, separated by 24-48 hours are both negative, AND you do not have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for over 24 hours (or 48 hours for GI symptoms).
COVID-19 Exposure Guidance
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please follow guidance from the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
While working on campus, if you are notified that you are required to self-isolate as a result of a close contact, please leave campus immediately and advise your supervisor. You may return to campus when your self-isolation period ends.
NOSM University’s Vaccination Policy
In accordance with the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective May 1, 2022, NOSM University has paused its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Staff, Faculty, Volunteers and Visitors and no longer requires proof of vaccination to enter NOSM U buildings. All employees are encouraged to receive their booster vaccine(s) before coming to campus to help protect themselves and those around them.
As Learners who engage in clinical placements through NOSM University are required to follow the COVID-19 vaccination policies of their clinical location, the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Learners in Clinical Settings remains in effect.
Masks and Face Coverings
In support of Public Health Ontario’s recommentation, NOSM University is strongly encouraging everyone entering NOSM U campus buildings to wear a mask when in public (common) areas, classrooms and within any space where social distancing is not possible. While masking is not mandatory at this time, we ask everyone to be respectful of individuals’ preferences to wear a mask.
Masks will be available in various public areas. If you require additional masks for a scheduled event, please contact Facilities at email@example.com.
Building Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols
- Building Services will be completing increased environmental cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and high-touch areas including washrooms, doors and entranceways (door handles, plates and push bars), elevators, kitchenettes, handrails, and other high-touch horizontal and vertical surfaces.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers is placed at the entrance and exit points for buildings on campus, as well as near elevators.
- Additional signage is posted.
- Shared areas and common spaces such as lunchrooms are open.
- Additional cleaning will occur in these areas and sanitization kits will be available in lunchrooms. Please do your part to wipe down surfaces after use with the available sanitization kits if you will be using these rooms/desks, sinks, fridges, etc.
Continuity of Education Plan
NOSM’s Continuity of Education Plan outlines the planned and established measures for the continuity of teaching and learning in the event of a disruption caused by an emergency or outbreak of COVID-19. These measures are subject to change in accordance with local public health advice and broader provincial public health measures.
Northern Ontario Isolation Requirements
Who to Contact with Concerns/ Enquiries
- Contact your Learner Affairs Officer and/or Program Supervisor
- For working environment/sick leave, contact your direct supervisor cc. to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- For facility issues (e.g. PPE supplies, building access, etc.), contact your direct supervisor and cc. firstname.lastname@example.org
- For general concerns, contact email@example.com, cc. Lyne Aubry-Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org and Melanie Tremblay at email@example.com
EMERGENCY (after hours) CONTACTS:
Ray Hunt, Vice-President, Administration and Chief Operating Officer
Lyne Aubry-Yates, Director of Human Resources
Grace Vita, Director of Planning and Risk
Dr. William McCready, Vice-Dean, Clinical Relations
Campus Security is available 24/7/365
Laurentian University: 705-673-6562
Lakehead University: 807-343-8911
Sophie Regalado, Director, Health Sciences Library
Media and Communications
For any media queries:
Joanne Musico, Director, Communications and External Relations