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Redeemer University officials are monitoring the coronavirus situation. We are in contact with local public health officials and we continue to heed the advice of local, provincial and national health organizations to ensure the safety of the campus community.

Update – April 8, 2020

Here is the latest information about Redeemer’s response to the COVID-19 situation:
  • Redeemer’s campus – including outdoor recreation facilities – remains closed to the public, to students, and to non-essential employees
  • the west entrance to campus (off Kitty Murray Road) has been closed to vehicular traffic
  • the reception desk has been closed
  • the north doors (by the main parking lot and Athletic Centre) will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays) for authorized employees/contractors and for deliveries
  • for deliveries after hours, please call Security at 905-961-4444

Update – April 1, 2020

Here is the latest information about Redeemer’s response to the COVID-19 situation:
  • students and faculty are working together to complete online courses, with online exams scheduled for the second half of April
  • Redeemer’s campus – including outdoor recreation fields – is closed to the public and to students; the main building may be accessed only by authorized employees, contractors and for deliveries
  • students have been provided with information about housing, meal credits and key returns, and Financial Services staff are working to calculate credits to student accounts and refunds where applicable
  • Graduation has been postponed until early fall. However, those graduating will officially be graduates after the May Senate meeting. Students who would like to check on their graduation status may contact the Registrar’s office.

Update – March 26, 2020

Here is the latest information about Redeemer’s response to the COVID-19 situation:

  • in compliance with the government of Ontario’s direction to non-essential businesses, Redeemer’s campus remains closed to the public and to students. The main building may be accessed only by authorized employees, authorized contractors, and for deliveries.
  • Redeemer staff and faculty continue to work remotely where possible.
  • Students who moved out of residence will receive a pro-rated credit for the time between the required move-out date and the end of the term; credits will be applied to student accounts and refunds, where applicable, will be mailed out in approximately one month.
  • Graduation has been postponed until early fall. However, those graduating will officially be graduates after the May Senate meeting. Students who would like to check on their graduation status may contact the Registrar’s office.

Update – March 19, 2020 – 7 p.m.

Here is the latest information about Redeemer’s response to the COVID-19 situation:
  • the university continues to prioritize and support those services and functions which are critical to its mission
  • most students will move out of residence by Friday at 4 p.m., and plans are in place to assist those who cannot leave by that time
  • arrangements and protocols are in place for employees who can work remotely
  • effective Monday, March 23, access to the main building will be restricted to essential-services employees, deliveries, approved contractors, and employees who have been given specific permission
  • Library, athletics facilities, and food service operations will be closed
  • the front doors and reception desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Friday; the north doors (leading to the main parking lot) will be open during business hours, Monday to Friday; the building will be closed Saturdays and Sundays

Update – March 17, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

Here is the latest information about Redeemer’s response to the COVID-19 situation:
  • Redeemer’s campus is now open only for essential functions and operations
  • campus is closed to visitors and guests
  • students must leave residence as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 20, at 4 p.m.
  • until students have moved out, some facilities and services will continue to be available, including IT help desk, some classrooms, the library and food services. Some services may be limited and hours reduced.
  • where possible, employees will work remotely; only employees whose physical presence is required for essential functions will work on campus
  • the Redeemer community continues to pray for all those affected by COVID-19, and we are grateful for your prayers for Redeemer as well

Update – March 16, 2020

Here is the latest information about Redeemer’s response to the COVID-19 situation:
  • faculty members continue to work to move classes online
  • employees must hold meetings electronically instead of in person, where possible
  • employees returning from out of country must self-isolate for 14 days after return
  • most student services – including library, classroom study space, food services, and recreation facilities – will continue to be available, although with reduced hours and implementation of screening, hygiene and distancing precautions. Facilities and services are closed to community members.

Another update will be posted as soon as any of the above information changes given the rapidly changing environment.

Update – March 13, 2020

The well-being of Redeemer students, staff, faculty and visitors is of the utmost importance. The university’s Emergency Response Team continues to assess, plan, and act, in consultation with public health officials and other institutions and organizations.

As a result of that risk assessment, Redeemer will:

  • Cancel all in-person classes, effective at 5 p.m. today (March 13);
  • Cancel all university-sponsored and student-sponsored events until further notice; and
  • Advise students living in residence that they may choose to either move out or continue to live in residence until the end of the term.


There will be no more in-class instruction or required in-class examinations, tests, labs, etc. for the remainder of the winter 2020 term. Redeemer is making every effort to ensure that the academic term is not at risk, but students will be required to successfully complete course work as amended by instructors. Instructors will provide further information to students next week about how coursework will continue.


Students living in residence may choose to move out upon notifying Residence Life staff.

Students remaining on campus are asked to continue to practice proper hand hygiene, to apply social distancing measures, and to avoid physical contact with those who may be ill.

More information on classes, residence life and other important matters will be provided next week. Please regularly check for the latest information.

Update – March 12, 2020 – 5 p.m.

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is implementing a rule effective tomorrow (Friday, March 13) that only essential personnel be permitted at any OCAA sanctioned event; including student-athletes, coaches, trainers, team staff, convenors and host staff. All other people will be prohibited from entering the Indoor Soccer Facility at Redeemer during the OCAA event.

Update – March 12, 2020

While there are currently no cases on Redeemer’s campus, plans are in place to respond quickly in the event the situation changes. Redeemer is in contact with public health officials, Universities Canada, the Council of Ontario Universities and other institutions to ensure that we have access to the latest information and to best practices for dealing with the situation.

Redeemer’s Emergency Response Team has been activated and has scheduled regular meetings. The team includes Redeemer’s vice presidents as well as various area directors and managers, and is led by our Emergency Manager, Ed Bosveld. 

Redeemer has already taken precautionary measures to protect the health of our campus community. We have brought on additional custodial staff to provide increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, augmented supplies and imposed travel restrictions (more information below.)

There have been no indications at this time from public health officials that we should cancel events or classes, though some events may be cancelled on a case-by-case basis. Plans are being made to respond appropriately, including with flexible learning options, if the situation changes.

Please continue to practice proper hand washing, and cough into your sleeve or a tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately. Avoid close physical contact with others. If you have a fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms, please stay home or in your residence until you feel better. Students in residence should ensure that surfaces, especially those frequently touched, are regularly disinfected. 

Students who are being examined or tested for COVID-19 should email Kevin Johnson, Dean of Students (, immediately. Staff and faculty should email June Hulbert, Associate Vice-President of Human Resources ( immediately.


Virus transmission within Canada is still predominantly related to travel. With the elementary/secondary school March Break coming up, you are encouraged to be cautious with travel plans. Government-imposed travel restrictions, as well as mandatory days-long quarantines, have been implemented for many international travellers. These restrictions may increase in the short term and March Break travel plans may be disrupted.

In light of that, all Redeemer-sponsored international travel is cancelled until further notice. Staff, faculty and students are strongly encouraged to cancel plans to attend  large gatherings (100+ people) such as for academic conferences and professional development workshops. Costs (flight, conference cancellation fees, hotel reservations, etc.) arising from cancelled Redeemer-sponsored travel will be reimbursed and/or covered by Redeemer.

If you have returned from China’s Hubei province or from Iran in the last 14 days, you should stay at home for 14 days after your return and avoid close contact with others. You should also contact Hamilton Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 905-546-2424 ext. 7970.

If you have returned from mainland China (outside of Hubei province), Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, or South Korea in the last 14 days, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after your return. If you develop symptoms, please contact Hamilton Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 905-546-2424 ext. 7970.

Respect for others

It’s important to remember that the virus is not related to race or ethnicity, but to geography. Please continue to treat all members of the Redeemer community with respect and grace, and do not assume or suggest that someone may be at higher risk because of that person’s race, country of origin, or ethnic background.


Update – March 6, 2020

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 on the Redeemer University campus. Redeemer officials are continuing to monitor the situation and have plans in place should further action be required.

Redeemer is undertaking extra cleaning and sanitation in an effort to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. 

What to do to protect yourself and others:

  • wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • avoid travel to high-risk areas

What to do if you feel ill:

  • stay home from school or work
  • get plenty of rest
  • drink plenty of fluids

If you are ill and must visit a health-care professional, call ahead or tell them when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness. Your health-care provider may recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms. Consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible if:

  • you are concerned about your symptoms or
  • you have travelled to a high-risk area where severe coronaviruses are known to occur

The sooner you consult your healthcare provider, the better your chances are for recovery. There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own.

Mental health:

Students are reminded that free on-campus counselling services, as well as off-campus mental health services are available. Visit the Campus Health and Safety page for detailed information on these services.

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