Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 Update: Spring 2020 – POST-SECONDARY Semester One Program Starts - March 20, 2020

Due to the ongoing challenges with COVID 19 and some uncertainty as to when we will be able to return to normal academic operations, Mohawk College will be suspending all Post-Secondary Semester One program intakes that were scheduled to begin in May 2020. The one exception is the Community Integration through Cooperative Education program (CICE). If conditions allow, Semester One of CICE will commence in May 2020 but we will continue to review the CICE status on a regular basis. Other program starts such as CitySchool (Access), Academic Upgrading, LINC, and all Apprenticeship are being reviewed and decisions made independently. All applicants who have applied for Post-Secondary Semester One in the Spring/Summer 2020 will have their applications and acceptances moved to the Fall of 2020.

Please be aware this is Semester One only. Mohawk College plans to offer all regularly scheduled Semesters Two and above during the Spring/Summer 2020 semester. To be clear, any Semester Two, Three, Four, Five or Six that was scheduled in the Spring/Summer 2020 semester will continue. Please also be advised that the details as to how this learning will be offered and whether we need to delay the start of these semesters will be determined in the near future and communicated as soon as possible.

Please be advised that this does NOT apply to Continuing Education programs and courses. Continuing Education Registration is now open for the Spring/Summer 2020 semester. Presently the only registration method available is online. Course dates for on campus delivery as currently published, do not reflect any adjustments that may be needed due to COVID-19. If it becomes necessary to adjust course dates, registered students will be notified.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.


Previous Updates

COVID-19 Update: Program Completion Plans Now Available – March 19, 2020

Program completion plans for the Winter 2020 semester are now available on eLearn and via your Mohawk email. These plans have been developed based on the best and most current information available. As the situation changes, modification and changes may be required. They include:

  • how your lessons will be delivered;
  • what is expected of you for each class;
  • how your final grade will be determined for each class; and
  • information on placements and classes with labs.

We ask that you review your plan carefully.

If you have questions or concerns about the plans or your academic needs, please contact your faculty or program coordinator for clarification. For non-academic-related questions, please connect with the college through questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

COVID-19 Update: Campus Closure – March 17, 2020

Message to All Mohawk Students from President Ron McKerlie

I would like to start by thanking you all for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. The situation continues to change rapidly with the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Earlier today, the Premier of Ontario declared a State of Emergency for the province. Our top priority is slowing the spread through social distancing.  Therefore, we have made the decision to close all campus buildings and learning hubs, as of 6 pm, on March 17, 2020. This closure will remain in effect until Sunday, April 5. We will update the college community by Thursday, April 2.

This means that while students and employees will not be able to access Mohawk College buildings during this time, we will support students virtually.  Your faculty continue to prepare the transition of as many courses as possible to an online format and will send semester completion plans to students on March 19, as previously communicated.

We recognize this has a significant impact on you and I want to assure you that this decision was only made after very serious deliberation.

What does this mean?

  • Online classes will continue for students resuming on March 23.
  • College buildings at Fennell, Stoney Creek and our learning hubs will be closed.
  • Building operating hours are being handled differently at the IAHS campus, however, the building is closed to students.
  • Faculty continue to prepare the transition of as many courses as possible to an online format. We still plan to send semester completion plans to students on March 19, as previously communicated.
  • Core student services, including counselling, continue to be available to students in an alternative format. For specific information about how to access each of our services during this time, please see the FAQ page online.
  • Students who live in residence will be contacted separately to confirm next steps.
  • Online application and payment options remain open for people planning for future semesters.

While the college buildings are closed, Mohawk remains committed to supporting you as you continue to work towards completing your semester virtually.
 
We understand there is a lot of uncertainty at this time and this can make many people feel more anxious than usual. I want to emphasize how important it is for us to support and to look out for each other throughout these extraordinary times. We are a community, and in times of crisis, communities stay strong by supporting one another.
 
Remember that you are not alone. We are all in this together. If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. If you think someone is overwhelmed, please reach out and offer help.
 
Counselling services are available, Monday to Friday
Students can email: counselling [at] mohawkcollege.ca or call 905-575-2211.
 
If you have a question or concerns, please connect with us through questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca.
 
We will update you further on March 19.
 
Ron

COVID-19 Update: Ontario declares State of Emergency – March 17, 2020

  • Mohawk College is aware of today’s announcement by the Ontario Government.
  • We will re-assess our plans in light of this news and adjust accordingly.
  • More details will be communicated soon.
  • Please stay tuned to this site for the most recent updates.

Community Employment Services walk-in service locations closed – March 17, 2020

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our Mohawk Community and the general public, Mohawk Community Employment Services is closed for walk-in service at both the Fennell Campus and 163 Centennial Parkway locations until further notice.  Please check mohawkcollege.ca/CES for updated information.

If you have questions or require employment assistance please call us at 905 575-2177 or email jobs [at] mohawkcollege.ca. We will be monitoring messages daily and providing assistance remotely.

If you are a current client and need assistance you can contact your Employment Consultant via email or phone. If you don’t have their contact information please contact us as indicated above for assistance. 

Important update: Suspension of All Placements and Co-ops – March 15, 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues,
 
In light of the fast-changing circumstances around the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Mohawk College is temporarily suspending all learner and co-op placements until further notice, effective at the end of day, Sunday, March 15.

This important decision has been made with concern for the health and safety of our students and our community in mind. Clinical, Field and Co-op Placement Specialists are in the process of contacting students, placement agencies and employers today in an effort to ensure they are aware of our decision. 

This notice applies to all students in internship, co-op, clinical and field placements. Students will receive more information related to their placement suspension as part of an overall program alternate completion plan for the remainder of their semester. Those plans will be communicated to students by March 19.

Mohawk College values its training partners and we look forward to working with them once operations return to normal or the conditions are in place to do so.

There are many people working hard to protect the health and safety of our college community and our students. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together on the next steps. For specific questions related to your own placement, please contact your program areas. For general questions, please continue to contact questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Paul Armstrong

Vice President Academic

Update on classes - March 13, 2020

Mohawk is suspending all classes at end of day, Friday, March 13.

Classes will restart online or with alternative delivery beginning Monday, March 23. 

Mohawk will be contacting students on Thursday, March 19 to let them know how the remainder of their semester will be managed and grades evaluated.

All in-person exams are cancelled.

All campuses will be closed to students and the community as of March 14. 

Designated employees will have access to campuses during the closure. More details on this will be shared with employees directly.

Mohawk is encouraging students in Residence to return home, if possible. More details will be communicated to students in Residence directly.Check this site often for updates.

COVID-19 and Academic Continuity - March 12, 2020

Message to All Students from AVP Student Services, Meg Houghton

We recognize that news about the growing cases of COVID-19 is cause for concern for you and your family, and for your academics. With that in mind, I would like to provide you with an update and guidance on how this will affect your course of studies at Mohawk College this semester.

I would first like to assure you that the safety of our students, your teachers and our employees is our highest priority. A college team has been closely monitoring the progress of COVID-19 cases for several weeks and, as of March 11, 2020, the college has initiated its emergency management planning process while maintaining regular communication with local Public Health officials.

As more information becomes available, we will share it with you.

Shifting to online instruction

You will soon have the ability to attend more of your classes online in an effort to reinforce social distancing as a precaution. Faculty will be communicating their plans to you soon. In the event that you have questions, please contact your faculty members to find out if your courses are being offered online.

At this time, classes, labs and skilled trades shops remain open. If you are in a class, lab or skilled trades shop, you are reminded to practice strict personal hygiene practices. You can find a list of those practices on this webpage.

Mohawk College libraries and Tech Bars and Student Services remain open to offer support as you work to complete your studies this semester. If you require any accommodations for online learning, you can also contact Accessible Learning Services. 

Note that, effective immediately, all events, on and off campus, have been cancelled until the end of April. At this time, we are not making any decisions with respect to events after April, including spring Convocation ceremonies in June.

Please also note that effective immediately, the David Braley Athletic & Recreation Centre will be closed until the end of April.

Stay healthy – in case of illness

Please stay healthy, and please stay home if you are not feeling well or concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19. It’s the best thing you can do for your fellow students and the college community.

If you suspect that you may be infected with COVID-19, you must self-report. Contact questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca and our team will work with Public Health to determine next steps. 

If you are more comfortable staying away from your campus and you have the opportunity to attend classes online, use that option. If you are missing on-campus classes, labs and skilled trades shops, you are still required to contact your instructors. Your instructors will work to accommodate your absence from classes and assessments as much as reasonably possible.

You will not be required to produce medical documentation for your absenteeism.

Mohawk will continue to work closely with Public Health to support students who may be required to follow the self-isolation protocol for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

Stay informed

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca

For ongoing updates on the COVID-19 situation at Mohawk, please refer to this website. You can also send questions, comments and concerns to questions [at] mohawkcolllege.ca.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this challenging situation.

Memo to all Faculty, Staff and Students - March 12, 2020

From Ron J. McKerlie, President 

Dear Colleagues and Students: 

I know that many in our college community have concerns about the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Many are worried about what they are hearing in the news and with what they are seeing happen in other parts of the world. 

Our top priority is keeping our college community safe, and we have been monitoring this situation very closely. As we have shared through earlier updates, a team was assembled in mid-January to monitor the situation, take action to keep our college community safe and stay in contact with Public Health officials. I have also been in contact with my colleagues through the Committee of Presidents, administered by Colleges Ontario. 

Yesterday, the situation changed with the World Health Organization’s declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and the report of cases in Hamilton. The college responded to this by restricting domestic and international travel for employees, re-assessing events and activities on campus, and encouraging anyone with upcoming travel plans to closely monitor and follow the Government of Canada guidelines and travel advisories. 

We also launched our emergency management planning process. This means that we are now committing more people and more resources to the development of plans and actions. As outlined in Paul’s memo, to support social distancing, we are now asking faculty to begin moving as much content as they can online to reduce the need for students to come on campus. The campus will remain open to maintain access to services. If the situation were to escalate further, the college may need to close. In this case, we would strive to continue with online learning and offer as many services as we can online. More details on these steps will follow. Through all of this, we will continue to be in regular contact with our partners in the community, including Hamilton Public Health and McMaster University. 

Classes and labs will continue as scheduled, but effective immediately all other events and facility rentals on and off campus are cancelled until the end of April. We will re-assess at that time. We are doing this to limit the number of people gathering on campus, so we can focus on our core business, which is students and learning, while supporting social distancing in the community. Information regarding events can be found online and we will update frequently

At this time, we are not making any decisions with respect to events after April, including spring Convocation ceremonies in June. 

All information related to the COVID-19 situation will be posted to the college’s website. Here you will find the latest updates from the college. It will have information for students and employees and include links to important information being provided by Public Health. Please bookmark this site and check it often. Important updates will be shared via Announcement emails and the college’s social media channels. 

The best thing we can all do is to continue to follow the advice of Public Health. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if water is not available. Avoid touching your face, and if you are ill, please stay home. The college has already introduced enhanced cleaning on campus and will continue to review its procedures to make sure we are doing everything we can. 

We recognize that this is a stressful situation for everyone and it presents significant challenges to us as a college. We sincerely appreciate your support and patience as we work through this together. 

Regards, 

Ron 

Update - March 12, 2020

Classes and labs will continue as scheduled, but effective immediately all other events and facility rentals on and off campus are cancelled until the end of April. We will re-assess at that time. We are doing this to limit the number of people gathering on campus. We are doing so we can focus on our core business, which is students and learning, while supporting social distancing in the community.

At this time, we are not making any decisions with respect to events after April, including spring Convocation ceremonies in June.

Employees travelling on college business

Effective immediately and until further notice, there will be no business-related travel, domestic or international, for all college employees. All other discretionary travel should be avoided, if possible. For regular meetings, on and off campus, the college strongly encourages employees to use options such as phone-in, Skype, Zoom and video conferencing.

March break travel for personal reasons

With March break approaching, many employees will have made plans to travel with family. Mohawk is asking employees to closely monitor and follow the Government of Canada guidelines and travel advisories.

For travel information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Please note that Global Affairs Canada is advising Canadians to avoid all cruise ship travel.

Travel to countries most impacted by COVID-19

Those who have returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea in the last 14 days must:

  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including anyone in their household, for a total of 14 days from the date they left one of the countries above
  • Contact their local Public Health Unit within 24 hours of arriving in Canada; (Hamilton Public Health Unit 905-546-2424, ext 7970)
  • Learn more about self-isolation tips

Procedure for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19

If an employee or student suspects that they may be infected with COVID-19, they must self-report it to Louisa Drost, Director of Student Wellness Initiatives (louisa.drost [at] mohawkcollege.ca) as soon as possible. The director will work with Public Health to determine next steps. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Practice good personal hygiene

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness is to practice good personal hygiene. Standard practices to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Students on placement at health care facilities should continue to follow protocols in place at those locations.

Support for employees and students

Mohawk will continue to work closely with Public Health to support employees and students who may be required to follow the self-isolation protocol.

Students who need help or are in crisis should contact counselling [at] mohawkcollege.ca or by phone at 905-575-2211.

Employees who need support are encouraged to contact the college’s Employee Assistance Program.

Stay home if you are ill

Employees and students who are feeling unwell with symptoms such as cough, runny nose, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until they are feeling well. Employees must report their absence in accordance with departmental procedures.

Students should inform their faculty and seek guidance with respect to any tests or assignments that may be missed due to an illness.

Campus Information

  • Effective immediately, all Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, and Relay locations on campus are no longer accepting reusable cups. This is a temporary measure to align with their locations in the community.
  • The college has implemented enhanced cleaning on campus, and will be distributing signage in washrooms and key locations reminding everyone of the importance of good personal hygiene.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Update - March 11, 2020

Mohawk College continues to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The college has initiated its emergency management plan process and is in regular communication with local Public Health officials.  We will continue to update this site as new information becomes available. We encourage everyone to check this site frequently for new information.

Upcoming Events and Activities

As of Thursday, March 12, Mohawk will be re-assessing all events and activities on a case-by-case basis moving forward.

Employees travelling on college business

Effective immediately and until further notice, there will be no business-related travel, domestic or international, for all college employees. All other discretionary travel should be avoided, if possible. For regular meetings, on and off campus, the college strongly encourages employees to use options such as phone-in, Skype, Zoom and video conferencing.

March break travel for personal reasons

With March break approaching, many employees will have made plans to travel with family. Mohawk is asking employees to closely monitor and follow the Government of Canada guidelines and travel advisories.

For travel information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Please note that Global Affairs Canada is advising Canadians to avoid all cruise ship travel.

Travel to countries most impacted by COVID-19

Those who have returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea in the last 14 days must:

  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including anyone in their household, for a total of 14 days from the date they left one of the countries above
  • Contact their local Public Health Unit within 24 hours of arriving in Canada; (Hamilton Public Health Unit 905-546-2424, ext 7970)
  • Learn more about self-isolation tips

Procedure for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19

If an employee or student suspects that they may be infected with COVID-19, they must self-report it to Louisa Drost, Director of Student Wellness Initiatives (louisa.drost [at] mohawkcollege.ca) as soon as possible. The director will work with Public Health to determine next steps. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca

Practice good personal hygiene

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness is to practice good personal hygiene. Standard practices to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Students on placement at health care facilities should continue to follow protocols in place at those locations.

Support for employees and students

Mohawk will continue to work closely with Public Health to support employees and students who may be required to follow the self-isolation protocol.

Students who need help or are in crisis should contact counselling [at] mohawkcollege.ca or by phone at 905-575-2211.

Employees who need support are encouraged to contact the college’s Employee Assistance Program.

Stay home if you are ill

Employees and students who are feeling unwell with symptoms such as cough, runny nose, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until they are feeling well. Employees must report their absence in accordance with departmental procedures.

Students should inform their faculty and seek guidance with respect to any tests or assignments that may be missed due to an illness.>

Campus Information

  • Effective immediately, all Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, and Relay locations on campus are no longer accepting reusable cups. This is a temporary measure to align with their locations in the community.
  • The college has implemented enhanced cleaning on campus, and will be distributing signage in washrooms and key locations reminding everyone of the importance of good personal hygiene.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Update - March 2, 2020

Mohawk continues to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. To date there are a very limited number of confirmed cases in Canada. Locally, one possible case that was linked to McMaster University has since tested negative. Public health officials maintain that the risk to Canadians remains low.

Mohawk continues to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. To date there are a very limited number of confirmed cases in Canada and locally there is one possible case linked to McMaster University. Public health officials maintain that the risk to Canadians remains low.

For anyone travelling abroad, the Canadian Public Health Agency has issued travel health notices for the following countries and jurisdictions:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Northern Italy
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

The agency warns travellers to be aware of the risks and plan accordingly. Travellers should also monitor their health closely and if they become sick, call ahead to a health professional to explain their symptoms and seek advice. If a traveller becomes ill after their return, they should contact their local Public Health authority for further instruction. For up-to-date information on travel advisories please refer to the Canadian Government's latest travel health advice.

Employees and students who are feeling unwell with symptoms such as cough, runny nose, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until they are feeling well. Employees must report their absence in accordance to departmental procedures. Students should inform their faculty and seek guidance with respect to any tests or assignments that may be missed due to an illness. 

Reducing the spread of illness such as seasonal colds and flu can help ease the pressure on local health systems and protect people who are at a high risk due to age or pre-existing health conditions.

Getting the flu shot is another way to limit the spread of seasonal influenza and is being recommended by health officials. Good hygiene practices are also effective at limiting the spread of illness. Standard practices to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Students on placement at health care facilities should continue to follow protocols in place at those locations.

Mohawk has a team that is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at questions [at] mohawkcollege.ca.

Local resources: 

The Health Centre
Fennell Campus (C109)
Call or text 289-237-6538
Walk-in and urgent care

About the Coronavirus:

Update - March 1, 2020

Mohawk continues to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. To date, there are a very limited number of confirmed cases in Canada and locally there is one possible case linked to McMaster University. Public health officials maintain that the risk to Canadians remains low.

For anyone travelling abroad, the Canadian Public Health Agency has issued travel health notices for the following countries and jurisdictions:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Northern Italy
  • Singapore
  • South Korea

The agency warns travellers to be aware of the risks and plan accordingly. Travellers should also monitor their health closely and if they become sick, call ahead to a health professional to explain their symptoms and seek advice. If a traveller becomes ill after their return, they should contact their local Public Health authority for further instruction. For up-to-date information on travel advisories please refer to canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html.

Employees and students who are feeling unwell with symptoms such as cough, runny nose, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home until they are feeling well. Employees must report their absence in accordance to departmental procedures. Students should inform their faculty and seek guidance with respect to any tests or assignments that may be missed due to an illness. 

Reducing the spread of illness such as seasonal colds and flu can help ease the pressure on local health systems and protect people who are at a high risk due to age or pre-existing health conditions.

Getting the flu shot is another way to limit the spread of seasonal influenza and is being recommended by health officials. Good hygiene practices are also effective at limiting the spread of illness. Standard practices to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Students on placement at health care facilities should continue to follow protocols in place at those locations.

Mohawk has a team that is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at questions [at] mohawkcolllege.ca.

Local resources: 

The Health Centre
Fennell Campus (C109)
Call or text 289-237-6538
Walk-in and urgent care

About the Coronavirus: