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Healthy campus

Last updated: January 25, 2022, 1:48 p.m.

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Safety is a shared responsibility. As a member of the university community, you must assess your health and COVID-19 contact risk before every visit to campus and stay home if you have any symptoms.

If you have symptoms, test positive or have been in contact with someone who tests positive, complete the Self-Isolation Form. Follow its instructions and notify your professor, supervisor or unit head if you need to declare a medical absence.

If you are unsure about when you can return to campus, please consult the Returning to Campus Following your Isolation Period tool.

All members of the Concordia community are encouraged to get their third COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the vaccine program.


Mask requirements

Last updated: January 27, 2022, 8:21 a.m.

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Procedure masks are required when entering university buildings and using shared indoor spaces, including classrooms, libraries, hallways, elevators, lobbies, reception areas, kitchens and washrooms.

Those who need a procedure mask can continue to pick up a free one from a campus access point. Recycling bins for the masks can be found near the dispensers.

Students who meet Quebec Government mask exemption guidelines can find information on the procedure to follow through the Access Centre.

According to the government’s and to Concordia’s risk assessment, most community members do not undertake activities requiring N95 respirators. Still, those who chose to purchase their own may use them on campus instead of a procedure mask.

Details according to type of space

Location Winter 2022
Classroom settings: STUDENTS and INSTRUCTORS Procedure masks must be worn at all times in the classroom 
Teaching labs and conference rooms Procedure masks must be worn at all times.
Research labs Procedure masks must be worn at all times, unless assessed and approved by EHS.
Study rooms (excluding those in libraries) and empty classrooms Procedure masks must be worn at all times.
Office spaces Procedure masks must be worn in offices shared with others and in open work spaces. Masks may only be removed if an individual is alone in a closed office or meeting room.
Spaces with activities requiring significant movement or interaction, e.g., performance-based courses Procedure masks must be worn at all times.
The library (including study rooms) Procedure masks must be worn at all times
Eating and break areas With the exception of the Library, the shuttle, classrooms, studios and labs, you can eat in locations that allow you to be seated AND two metres from others. Masks must be put back on when not actively eating or drinking.
Outdoors, on campus Masks may be removed when two metres from others

Vaccines

Last updated: January 24, 2022, 2:47 p.m.

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To protect themselves and each other, all Concordians — faculty, staff and students — are expected to get fully vaccinated. Appointments can be made via ClicSanté.

Vaccination passports were introduced in Quebec in September 2021 for non-essential services. Concordia requires a vaccination passport for activities and in locations not directly linked to the university’s academic, research and institutional work.  

Get more details regarding vaccines and vaccination passports.

Learn more about vaccine verification requirements at events on campus.


Classrooms

Last updated: January 20, 2022, 6:08 p.m.

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In accordance with government directives, the university is currently providing primarily remote instruction. As announced on January 13, the university will resume in-person classes as of February 3, 2022.

Given that the public health situation may change, faculty, staff and students will be informed one week in advance should Concordia’s plans for a return to campus need to be adjusted.


Cleaning and disinfection

Last updated: December 8, 2021, 11:10 a.m.

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Concordia has cleaning protocols in place that are consistent with the recommendations from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ).

High touch areas are cleaned twice a day, seven days a week. These include washrooms, eating areas, break areas, elevators and campus access points. Washrooms and break areas also get a third, more extensive cleaning every night.

Libraries are cleaned daily and conference rooms, classes and lounges are cleaned five times a week.

A spray bottle and reusable cloths are available in all classrooms and changed daily.

For more information, consult the cleaning and disinfection workplace safety guidelines.

To report any cleanliness issues, please contact the Facilities Call Centre by phone at 514-848-2424 ext. 2400, or by email at call2400@concordia.ca.


Air quality and ventilation

Last updated: January 6, 2022, 10:53 a.m.

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Proper ventilation reduces the risk of contaminants by bringing outdoor air into a building and diluting and removing those within a space. This can be done through a mechanical ventilation system or through open windows and doors.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Concordia has undertaken a number of measures including:

  • Increasing the amount of fresh air that is pulled in through mechanical systems
  • Increasing the amount of inside air that is pushed out through systems
  • Extending the hours when air is exchanged
  • Continuing to verify the proper functioning of mechanical ventilation systems
  • Developing strategies for the healthy ventilation of spaces without mechanical systems
  • Limiting access to spaces lacking mechanical or natural ventilation

Those with questions or concerns can contact EHS@concordia.ca.


Research labs

Last updated: January 24, 2022, 2:59 p.m.

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There are specific COVID-19 guidelines for research, including those with human participants and essential field research activities.

Get more research-specific information on funding updates, partnerships and innovation, ethics and compliance, and travel.


Additional resources

If you have questions that are not addressed by the FAQs, please write to covid19info@concordia.ca.

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