What you need to know before coming to campus

*Important Information for Students (International and Canadian) Arriving from Outside Canada

All international students travelling to Mohawk College from outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for a period of 14-days. Also, any other students returning to Canada within 14-days of the start date of their program must also complete a 14-day self-isolation period. These rules apply after any subsequent international travel for as long as the self-isolation requirement remains a directive of the Government of Canada.

Where Mohawk College becomes aware of any compliance issues within the 14-day mandatory self-isolation period; and/or any cases of COVID-19 infection during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, we will coordinate with Public Health Authorities and other local authorities where necessary.

New! COVID-19 testing requirements for all students, international and Canadian arriving from outside Canada.

The Government of Canada is mandating one COVID-19 test to be administered to every student who has travelled internationally in advance of classes starting.  This test should be undertaken during the 14-day quarantine period and in advance of arrival to campus. Ideally, this test will be completed by students on days 4 or 5 of your self-isolation period. For full instructions on how to book your COVID test, and supports available to you, visit the Testing During Self Isolation section found within the COVID Safe menu in the iCent app. Information on how to download the app is available on our website

Note: all students arriving to Canada must complete the forms within the COVID Safe menu, under Arriving to Canada Forms. For questions about your self-isolation and testing requirement, please reach out to arrivals [at] mohawkcollege.ca

 

Access to campus is restricted to students who are required to be on campus for in-person training, and employees who are required for the delivery of academic programs or campus services.

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.

 

Questions or comments?
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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?

  1. Fever chills cough or shortness of breath that is new or worsening?
  2. Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, a stuffy or runny nose not related to seasonal allergies?
  3. A persistent headache or loss of smell or taste?
  4. Muscle aches or extreme tiredness that is unusual?
  5. In the last 14 days, have you been in close physical contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (unless you have spoken with public health and have clearance to be on campus)?​​​​​​ Close physical contact means:
    • being less than 2 metres away in the same room, classroom, workspace, or area without masks or other PPE
    • living in the same home
    • received a COVID Alert exposure notification
  6. Has a doctor, health care provider, Public Health unit, or Mohawk Student Wellness told you that you should be currently isolating (staying at home)?
  7. Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
    • This does not include essential workers who cross the Canada-US border regularly.

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

Upon entering the campus building, you will pass through a Mohawk Security Screening Desk.

Please complete the Health Screening Questionnaire on the Mohawk Safety App each day you are scheduled to come to campus.

Please put on your mask/face covering before entering the building. Please see the Health Protocols for more information on mask requirements.

Clean your hands using the sanitizer provided.

New for the fall semester, employees and students who are required to come to campus must use their ONE Card to access campus. The ONE card will confirm that you are approved to be on campus. When you tap your ONE card at the security desk you are also confirming that you have completed and passed the Daily Health Screening questionnaire. See Campus Services for information on obtaining a ONE card.

You will receive a wristband once you complete the screening protocol with security. With this wristband you are free to enter and exit the campus as required for that day.

Please note access to campus is restricted to students who are required to be on campus for in-person training, and employees who are required for the delivery of academic programs or campus services.


Transportation and Parking

Parking

Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses

Parking at Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses is free until December 31. You must register with Parking Services through the college’s online parking payment site if you need vehicle parking to access your program’s required on-campus hours. The registration process is the same as purchasing a daily or semester parking permit with the exception that you will not be charged for the transaction.

  1. Select ‘Student or Staff Permits’
  2. Login using your Mohawk ID
  3. Select Permit Category ‘Student / Staff’.
  4. Choose Fall Permit

Institute for Applied Health Sciences

McMaster University will be offering free monthly parking on campus to faculty, staff, and registered students until Dec.31, 2020. A valid parking permit and transponder will still be required to use the parking facilities. For more information about parking on campus, including how to obtain a transponder, please visit: https://parking.mcmaster.ca/.

Transit

HSR

The fall HSR bus pass program has been suspended. Students will not be charged for a bus pass in their student fees.

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.

For students who can demonstrate financial needs, the Mohawk Students' Association (MSA) has worked with the Mohawk College Financial Assistance department to set a MSA Transit Bursary. The application details for the MSA Transit Bursary will be released in the coming weeks. Please remember to hold on to your receipts and stay tuned for more details.

See COVID-19 related service and safety updates from HSR.

Go Transit

See COVID-19 related safety updates from GO Transit.

See service updates from GO Transit.

Cycling

Secure Bike Parking Facility

The secure bike parking facility is open for the fall semester and a sanitizing station has been provided. Unenclosed bike racks are also available - please follow all public health guidelines when locking and removing bikes from the racks.

Bike Loan Program

The bike loan program through the Mohawk Library is suspended for the fall semester due to COVID-19. Hamilton Bike Share offers a network of bikes for loan in the lower city. New Hope Community Bikes offers refurbished bikes for sale.

Carpooling

According to Hamilton Public Health, COVID-19 is spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Potential sources of exposure when carpooling include having close contact with others with COVID-19, or touching surfaces touched by a person with COVID-19. Carpoolers should take the following steps to help protect themselves and others:

  1. Stay home if you are sick
  2. Limit contact
    • Have passengers sit in the back seat rather than the front
    • Consider wearing non-medical masks
    • Use a contactless method of payment, if applicable
    • Limit the number unknown individuals travelling together
    • Avoid using the recirculated air option for the car’s ventilation during passenger transport; use the car’s vents to bring in outside air and/or lower the vehicle windows
  3. Practice good hygiene
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds -when this is not possible, clean hands often with an alcohol-based hand rub
    • Always clean hands after handling money or assisting with another’s personal items.
    • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, or mouth)
    • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette
    • Clean and disinfect the vehicle and commonly touched surfaces

Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric vehicle charging stations remain available for use at Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses. Charging is allowed up to 4 hours daily per vehicle. Please follow all public health guidelines when using the stations.

Zipcar

Due to COVID-19, Zipcar is not currently offering its car-sharing vehicles at Fennell Campus. Zipcar is still available in other areas of the city for use by the Mohawk College community. Learn more and sign up.


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 Fall 2020 semester, students and employees can enter via:

  1. The entrance nearest to the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre (exit 23, across from the short-term parking lot).
  2. The entrance to C-Wing from the traffic loop closest to West 5th Street and the bus terminal.
  3. The entrance to F-Wing (exit 37) from the south east corner of the MSA Plaza.

See Fennell Campus map for location (PDF).

Stoney Creek Campus

For the Fall 2020 semester, students and employees can enter via:

  1. The main entrance (Atrium) from the traffic loop off Barton Street.
  2. C-Wing (exit 29) entrance on West side of campus.
  3. For the Centrum and Leaside buildings use the shed screening desk that will be located outside of the Centrum building (Exit 1).

See Stoney Creek Campus map for location (PDF).

Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster (IAHS)

Employees and students coming to the IAHS will be screened by Mohawk Security upon entering the building. Please use the main entrance across from the Engineering building.

See IAHS map for location (PDF).

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.


Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster (IAHS) Campus Specific Information

If you are a student, faculty or staff member returning to the IAHS campus, please make note of the following additional protocols:

  • All Mohawk College staff and students (including the collaborative programs) will have access to the Basement through 2nd floor ONLY. McMaster School of Rehabilitation Science staff and students will be occupying the 3rd and 4th levels in an effort to keep a separation between the schools. We ask that if you are faculty with an office on the 3rd floor you respectfully limit access to storing or retrieving personal or teaching items in your office space
  • Elevators/Staircases: Signage will direct all Mohawk staff and students to utilize the main bank of elevators located in the atrium/lobby, while McMaster School of Rehabilitation Sciences staff and students will use the elevator located near receiving. There will be additional signage indicating students/staff keep a safe distance while using the elevators
  • Upon entering the building, please utilize the main atrium staircase for both up and down. The side staircases should only be used as secondary options when exiting the campus. McMaster School of Rehabilitation Science will be utilizing the staircase nearest receiving

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

*Important Information for Students (International and Canadian) Arriving from Outside Canada 
All international students travelling to Mohawk College from outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for a period of 14-days. Also, any other students returning to Canada within 14-days of the start date of their program must also complete a 14-day self-isolation period. These rules apply after any subsequent international travel for as long as the self-isolation requirement remains a directive of the Government of Canada. 

Where Mohawk College becomes aware of any compliance issues within the 14-day mandatory self-isolation period; and/or any cases of COVID-19 infection during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, we will coordinate with Public Health Authorities and other local authorities where necessary. 


Self-disclosure of confirmed/suspected COVID-19 illness for employees and students 

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

 

Beginning September 8, there will be limited Food Services available at the Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses for the Fall semester. For a complete list of locations including hours of operation visit: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/campus-services/food-services

Vending machines snacks and beverages will also be available at various locations.

IAHS (Institute for Applied Health Sciences) campus at McMaster University

The IAHS Cafe within the IAHS Building will be closed for the Fall Semester. For food options at McMaster University, please visit their Hospitality page at https://hospitality.mcmaster.ca/locations/on-campus/

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

Water fountains/water bottle filling stations will be available for students and employees to use at their own risk.

ONE Cards

Students with in-person program requirements and employees who are required to be on campus must use their ONE Card to access campus. The ONE card will confirm that you are approved to be on campus. When you tap your ONE card at the security desk you are also confirming that you have completed and passed the Daily Health Screening questionnaire. Students and employees who are new to the college and need a ONE Card must submit a photo online. If you are a returning student or employee who needs to replace your ONE Card, submit the ONE Card Replacement Request Form online. Once you have submitted your request you will be contacted to arrange curb-side pickup of the new card. Questions? Please onecard [at] mohawkcollege.ca (email the One Card office).

Continuing Education (CE) students who are attending classes on campus are also required to have a special Mohawk College Access Card. The CE program area will arrange to distribute Access Cards to students on the first day of their on campus class. Please bring photo ID for campus access for the first class.

Locker Rentals

Lockers at the Fennell & Stoney Creek campus are available for rent for those students with labs and in person classes starting Tuesday, September 8, at 9:00 am.
Locker Rental instructions

Residence

The Mohawk Residence at the Fennell campus is offering accommodations to enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information, and to request accommodations, please visit the Mohawk Residence webpage.


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.