Teams across the university have been working diligently to plan for a safe return to campus informed by public health advice and best practices. A COVID‑19 Management Committee (CMC) composed of university leaders is overseeing Redeemer’s plans.
Every student and employee has an important role to play in mitigating the spread of COVID‑19. It is up to each and every one of us to follow public health guidance and the recommendations in this guide and to respect each other as we return to and share the space on our campus.
Each member of the Redeemer community has a responsibility to look out for the other members. The COVID‑19 pandemic is an opportunity for students and employees to care for each other by practicing the elements of Redeemer CARES.
Clean - Wash your hands and sanitize spaces thoroughly and often.
Assess - Evaluate your physical and mental health daily.
Respect – Show you care about those around you by staying home when symptomatic, practicing distancing, and wearing protective equipment where required.
Educate - Know the symptoms of COVID‑19 and follow university and public health guidelines.
Support - Check in with others, reach out if you need support, and take time to practice self-care.
Redeemer’s approach to reopening campus does not depend on any single safety measure. Instead, in accordance with well-established hazard control approaches and best practices, the university will implement multiple layers of protection to reduce risk to students, employees, and pre-approved visitors (see Visitor Protocols).
If you are returning to campus, you can help mitigate the spread of COVID‑19 on campus by following health and safety guidelines.
To mitigate the spread of COVID‑19 on campus, students and employees are required to monitor themselves daily for symptoms of COVID‑19.
Before arriving on campus each day, you must complete a self-assessment using the Health Check form available on the Redeemer App. This tool can help determine whether you should stay home on that day. The self-assessment is only meant as an aid and cannot diagnose you with COVID‑19. It will also help Redeemer’s Campus Care Nurse to monitor the health of the Redeemer community.
If you awake with symptoms on a day you were planning to go to campus and know the correct action is to stay home, please still fill out the screening form so Redeemer can monitor trends.
A face mask is required in all indoor spaces on campus other than private offices and your own dorm. You may remove your mask to eat, but please resume wearing the mask as soon as possible. While you are eating, you must practice distancing unless you are eating in the dining hall, where protective screens have been erected on the tables. When outdoors, you may remove your mask if you can maintain a distance of two metres from others.
Where a mask cannot be worn due to a disability, an accommodation may be sought from the university which allows for an alternative form of protection. Face shields and three-sided personal barriers will also be available in these cases, or as a second layer of protection, in limited quantities.
A face mask can be a medical or non-medical mask or other covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin without gapping.
Each student and employee will receive two high-quality Redeemer branded masks when they come to campus. Other required PPE, such as for labs, will also be provided as needed. You can also use your own mask or purchase extra masks at the bookstore.
Proper hygiene helps reduce the spread of infectious disease. Redeemer is implementing measures to make proper hygiene easier on campus such as touchless hand sanitizer stations, touchless water bottle refill stations, automatic doors and hand dryers, and faster access to hot water in washrooms.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze and immediately discard the tissue. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
Campus will look a little different when you return. Redeemer has modified classrooms, workspaces and other physical spaces on campus to help you maintain physical distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID‑19.
The Redeemer experience of living in community has been reimagined to mitigate the spread of COVID‑19.
Whether online or in-person, Redeemer is ready to support students.
The new Student Health and Wellness Clinic, located in Luther Court, is available to treat minor injuries, illnesses (i.e. fever, cough, abdominal pain, sore throat etc.), wound care, depression or anxiety. Medication renewals, immunizations and smoking cessation supports are also available. Students can access health-related educational resources on stress management, nutrition, staying active, mental health support and other topics. Book an appointment on the Health and Wellness page on the Redeemer App.
Counselling services are available through Shalem Mental Health Network and Christian Counselling Centre for both students and employees. Redeemer’s chaplain is also available to provide support. Visit the Health and Wellness page on the Redeemer App for more information.
If you are showing any symptoms or are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID‑19, please book an appointment to get tested through Hamilton Public Health.
If there is a confirmed COVID‑19 case on campus, Redeemer will notify Hamilton Public Health who will conduct contact tracing. Redeemer will seek and follow the advice of public health. For students living in residence, dorms have been set aside for isolation/quarantine if needed.
If you test positive for COVID‑19, please inform the Campus Care Nurse.
Our plans to resume campus operations will be responsive to any potential COVID‑19 cases. Redeemer is prepared to return to fully remote learning and work for all students and employees if necessary.