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Healthy campus

Last updated: August 19, 2021, 12:02 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 every time you are about to come to campus and avoid coming if you have any symptoms.

Please note: if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact Quebec Public Health (1-877-644-4545) and follow their instructions. You are also required to consult the Procedure for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases and complete the Self-Isolation form under the My CU Account section the Student Hub (for students) or Carrefour (for faculty and staff).


Space management

Last updated: August 19, 2021, 12:03 p.m.

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At Concordia, a minimum of two metres of physical distance from others must be maintained in high-traffic spaces including eating areas and places where lineups can form.

Physical distancing is not required in classrooms in which students remain masked. Instructors may remove their masks if they maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance at all times.

For courses with activities requiring significant movement or interaction, e.g., performance-based courses, masks may be removed only when individuals are able to maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance at all times.

In spaces such as teaching or research labs, studios, meeting rooms and offices, masks may be removed when individuals are able to maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance at all times. Procedure masks are required in library spaces at all times.

As for campus spaces, Environmental Health and Safety assesses each based on types of activities, numbers of participants and access to and from locations. Based on findings, limits may be imposed on uses of space, partitions installed or access restricted.

For additional information, continue reading the following sections on Mask requirements, Cleaning and disinfection and Air quality and ventilation.


Mask requirements

Last updated: August 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

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Procedure masks continue to be 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 procedural 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.

Details according to type of space

Location As of September 2021
Outside Masks may be removed when one metre from others
Classroom settings: STUDENTS Procedure masks must be worn by students at all times in the classroom 
Classroom settings: INSTRUCTORS Procedure masks may be removed when at least two metres from others, if students are seated
Teaching or research labs, meeting rooms and offices Procedure masks may be removed when at least two meters from others OR if there is a physical barrier like plexiglass
Spaces with activities requiring significant movement or interaction, e.g., performance-based courses Masks may be removed only when individuals are able to maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance at all times
The library Procedure masks must be worn at all times.
Eating areas Masks may be removed when eating or drinking inside, provided there are two metres between individuals

Vaccines

Last updated: September 1, 2021, 12:02 p.m.

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To protect themselves and each other, all Concordians — faculty, staff and students — are expected to get fully vaccinated, unless they are unable to do so for medical or religious reasons.

Vaccination passports were introduced in Quebec on September 1, 2021, for non-essential services. To comply with public health requirements, Concordia now 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.


Classrooms

Last updated: August 19, 2021, 12:03 p.m.

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Fall 2021 will be a mix of online and in-person activities. Keeping the health, safety and wellbeing of Concordians as our first priority, the university has made a number of decisions about classrooms linked to the specificity of its campuses.

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

For more information, consult the classroom health and safety directives.


Cleaning and disinfection

Last updated: August 19, 2021, 12:03 p.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 will be 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: August 19, 2021, 12:03 p.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
  • Elaborating 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: August 31, 2021, 4:46 p.m.

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There are specific COVID-19 guidelines for research processes on campus, 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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