What you need to know before coming to campus

Health and safety are our top priorities. Mohawk has established the following protocols and procedures to ensure that students and employees can learn and work safely while on campus.

Students and employees are urged to check this site often as information may change on short notice.

 

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Mandatory Daily Health Screening

At the recommendation of Public Health, Mohawk has implemented an enhanced, mandatory health screening at all campuses.

Failure by students or employees to follow this rule may result in a formal review by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office (SSRO) or Human Resources, respectively. Students who do not comply with these standards may lose the privilege of attending campus and employees will be managed by their supervisors.

To gain access to campus you must complete the daily screening questionnaire, on the day you are coming to campus. This questionnaire is available on the Mohawk Safety App under the COVID-19 section. The results of your screening will be emailed to you and to Mohawk Security.

If you do not pass the health screening or if you are experiencing any symptoms, do not come to campus. We must all keep the health and safety of fellow students and faculty in mind.

Health Screen Questions

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms that are not due to another health condition?

  • Fever, chills, cough or shortness of breath that is new or worsening?
  • Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, a stuffy or runny nose, not related to seasonal allergies?
  • A persistent headache or loss of taste or smell?
  • Muscle aches or extreme tiredness that is unusual?
  • Have you been in contact within the last 14 days with someone that is confirmed to have COVID-19 or knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

 

If you answer YES to ANY of the above screening questions, you will not be allowed entry to the campus. If you fail the screening, you are advised to complete the provincial self-assessment and follow the recommendations by going to the Ontario Government Covid-19 Self- Assessment Website.

If you answer NO to all the to the above questions, you are considered to have passed the screening and will be allowed access.


Procedure to Enter Campus

The health and safety of our campus community are our highest priorities. We are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of everyone working and studying in our facilities. Below is the procedure to enter campus:

  1. Sign in with Security.
  2. Show identification (student/employee ID).
  3. Put on your mask/face covering (See Health Protocols section for details).
  4. Confirm your class location.
  5. Show your successful health screening email or be prepared to answer a health screening questionnaire.
  6. Clean your hands using the sanitizer provided.
  7. You will be provided a wristband specific to the current day in order to confirm you have signed in and undergone screening. It must be worn when you are on campus. This provides the benefit of leaving campus for breaks, food, smoking, etc. without having to re-screen upon entry.

When visiting our campuses in July and August, please allow additional time to gain access to your scheduled place of study/work and be prepared to wait in line.

Note: Only students, employees or contractors with approved access privileges will be admitted to Mohawk College campuses at this time.


Parking and Transportation

Parking will be free of charge for July and August. You may park in any of the open lots at the Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses, and at the Airport Learning Hub.

The summer HSR bus pass program has been suspended. If you require access to local transit, you can load funds onto your PRESTO card for individual rides or monthly passes. This can be done online at prestocard.ca or at any of the PRESTO Customer Service locations within Hamilton.

If you have questions about the transit pass program, please contact msareception [at] mohawkcollege.ca


Designated Entrances

To ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus a small number of entrances have been designated for each campus. Mohawk College Security will have Health Screening Checkpoints established at these entrances.

Fennell Campus

For the months of July and August, students and employees can enter via:

  • The nearest entrance to the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre (exit 23, across from the short-term parking lot).
  • The entrance to C-Wing from the traffic loop closest to West 5th Street and the bus terminal.

See Fennell Campus map for location.

Stoney Creek Campus

For the months of July and August, students and employees must use the designated access routes when entering the campus from Barton Street or Leaside Drive.

See Stoney Creek Campus map for location.

Airport Learning Hub

Students and employees coming to the Airport Learning Hub will be screened by Mohawk Security upon entering the building at the main entrance.

See Airport Learning Hub map for location.


Health Protocols

Masks/face coverings are required

As of July 20, 2020, the wearing of a mask or face covering in an enclosed premise is required within the City of Hamilton. The mask or face covering must cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gapping. For more information, please refer to https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/face-coverings-and-masks-by-law. This includes hallways, elevators, lobbies, classrooms, washrooms and other common use areas. Wearing a mask is not an alternative to physical distancing. Every effort should be made to keep a 6 foot or 2-metre distance even when wearing a mask. A face covering or mask is not required in areas such as a private office, or if you are within or behind a physical barrier. You may also temporarily remove a face covering or mask where necessary for the purpose of eating or drinking.

With the exception of programs where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required, Mohawk College will not be providing masks to students or employees.

Accommodation will be provided to people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, and those who require accommodations in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you require accommodation exemption with respect to wearing a mask, please contact equityandinclusion [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Please be respectful of those who cannot wear a mask by maintaining the minimum 6 feet or 2 metre distance from these individuals.

If you require accommodation with wearing a mask, please contact equityandinclusion [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

For more information on the dos and don'ts of mask wearing, please view this poster from the Government of Ontario.

How to make your own reusable face mask

Reusable masks can be made from everyday materials such as old t-shirts, towels or pillowcases. Your mask must fit snugly over your nose and mouth and must contain at least 2 layers of fabric.

Here are two resources for how to make your own face mask:

 

How to put on and remove your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The following resources provide guidance on proper donning (putting on) and doffing (removal) procedures for personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

Masks should NOT be placed on anyone who has difficulty breathing or is not able to remove the mask without assistance. If you have any questions or concerns about mask wearing on campus, please contact equityandinclusion [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Maintain physical distancing

Everyone on campus will be expected to respect physical distancing measures by maintaining a safe distance (2 meters or six feet) from others.

To enhance your safety, please follow Public Health direction and frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use the hand sanitizer provided.

What to do if you develop symptoms while on campus

If you are a student and begin to feel ill, please notify your faculty member.

If you are an employee, please notify your supervisor.

Go home and contact your healthcare provider and follow their directions.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 test or have symptoms consistent with the virus

Consistent with the Health Risk to College Procedure, Mohawk College is asking that students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have had symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 complete this online COVID-19 Self Disclosure Form so that we can help reduce the spread of the virus. Mohawk College will not mandate this request.

Once you have submitted the form, one of our team members from Student Wellness or Human Resources will follow up with you directly. You can expect questions about how long you have had symptoms, which part of the campus was visited and who you were in contact with during the time of feeling ill, in addition to 14 days prior.

Sharing this information will help us to set plans to help reduce the risk of infection for you and others. No personal information or names will be shared with others. Mohawk College will work with local Public Health to determine next steps including possibly notifying everyone that has been in contact with “an individual” while at Mohawk College so that others can decide if they should self-monitor or seek medical attention.

If you have any questions, or want to learn more about COVID-19 in Ontario, here are some Important Public Health links for you:

 

Failure to Comply with Protocols

Failure by students or employees to follow these protocols may result in a formal review by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office (SRRO) or Human Resources, respectively. Students who do not comply may lose the privilege of attending campus and employees will be managed by their supervisors.

If you require accommodation with wearing a mask, please contact equityandinclusion [at] mohawkcollege.ca.


Campus Services

All in-person Student Service locations are closed but services are fully available online. For details visit the Online Student Services page.

Mohawk Student Association (MSA)

The MSA will not be available on campus, but still have resources, services, and events available online. Check the MSA website for the most up-to-date information.

Food services

There will be no food service at any campus for the months of July and August 2020. Please plan accordingly and bring your own food.

Washrooms

Washrooms will be open with measures in place to maintain physical distancing.

Common areas

All common areas will be closed and not available for use.

This includes all on-campus non-denominational rooms of prayer and reflection as these spaces do not allow for adequate physical distancing. If you require accommodation with respect to these services, please contact equityandinclusion [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Water fountains

In alignment with the City of Hamilton, Mohawk will be turning off the water fountains/water bottle filling stations on campus. Students and employees are encouraged to bring enough water with them to campus to last the day.

ONE Card replacement

Any student or employee who needs to replace their ONE Card can submit a request through the ONE Card Replacement Request Form. A staff member will then arrange for a curb-side pickup of the new card. If you have any questions please email onecard [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Details on how to obtain ONE Cards for the Fall Semester will be shared at a later date.

Residence

Mohawk Residence is offering limited accommodations to enrolled summer students who are require lab access in July and August, at a special rate of $35.00/day. For more information, and to request accommodations, please visit Mohawk Residence.


Cleaning Protocols

Mohawk College has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures for all campuses.

We are asking all students and faculty to wipe down their individual stations and equipment. This is an extra precaution to ensure the safety of the user.