Suspend Classes and Activities at Ontario Tech University
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It's time for our university to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community. This petition demands our university to:
- Immediately suspend all ON-CAMPUS classes, examinations, services, and events.
- Provide solutions for students to make up for missed course work, either through online activity, online exams, or additional projects.
- Prevent any interruption or delay to our learning process and curriculum
- Provide alternative resources for suspended services, such as mental health resources.
We are not calling to stop the classes and interrupt our learning process. What we want to do is to minimize the probability of the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the campuses, cancel the ON-CAMPUS classes and consider other solutions (eg.online).
Ontario Tech comprises a population of 10,000 students and over 2,000 faculty and staff, with the majority of the population commuting from different parts of the Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Region. Our university also shares the campus with Durham College, which comprises of a population of 13,000 students. The impact of a community outbreak at our university would be catastrophic.
Laurentian University in Sudbury has become the first Canadian University to announce its closure to prevent the spread of coronavirus this week. Several other Universities in the United States (Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard) have also closed. Additionally, the Ontario Government has ordered the close of all publicly funded schools for two weeks following March break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19.
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to protect against it.
Official university updates can be found at: https://ontariotechu.ca/static/coronavirus-information/index.php
Please refer to the Government of Canada's Health website for official statements on COVID-19. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
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