Fall 2021 semester
We're excited to have more students on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Some students will be on campus to complete in-person learning that requires access to college facilities, and all students will be able to visit campus to access select services and participate in activities. Details can be found on our Student Support and Service Delivery page.
Within the revisions to the vaccination policy announced September 15, 2021, the following requirements come into effect immediately:
- All students, employees, contractors and volunteers coming onto college premises are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021. (Individuals are deemed to be fully vaccinated 14 days after having received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.)
- In order to comply with the policy, individuals will have to have received their first dose by September 20, 2021, and their second dose by October 18, 2021, at the latest.
- The college will support access to vaccinations by hosting Toronto Public Health vaccination clinics on campus starting September 20, 2021.
- The college will abide by its commitments under the Ontario Human Rights Code and consider accommodation requests based on medical and/or religious/creed grounds.
Specific students will be required to show proof of full vaccination as of October 2. They include:
- Students participating in varsity athletics,
- Students participating in work-integrated learning activities (work placements), and
- Students living at George Brown’s residence, The George.
We encourage everyone in the George Brown College community, even those who are not currently on campus, to be get vaccinated by October 18, 2021, to ensure uninterrupted study and work, and to safeguard our community.
Visit the Vaccine Information page for more details.
All on-campus activities follow Toronto Public Health guidelines. Please note that we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make decisions based on the latest guidance from Toronto Public Health. Our health and safety protocols are subject to change as guidance from public health evolves. Check this page regularly for updates about on-campus activities.
The steps students must take before coming to campus
- 1 One-Time Mandatory Covid-19 Awareness Training
- 2 Daily Mandatory Covid-19 Health Screening
- 3 Verified COVID-19 Vaccination OR Negative Test
- 4 Upon Arrival at Campus
One-Time Mandatory Covid-19 Awareness Training
Students must complete COVID-19 Awareness Training in STU-View before entering any college building. This one-time training is mandatory and students need their George Brown College ID and password to sign in. Once logged in to STU-View, you'll find the training under Registration Services > My Action Items.
Daily Mandatory Covid-19 Health Screening
Students coming to campus must complete COVID-19 health screening before entering a college building.
- Students must complete online screening each day you come to campus.
- When you arrive on campus security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.
- If you receive a fail result, or if you are experiencing symptoms, and/or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home and you should notify your instructor and Student Counselling and Well-being at georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19.
Verified COVID-19 Vaccination OR Negative Test
If you are coming to campus you will be required to do one of the following:
- Provide verification of full vaccination (employees and students only, details below); or
- Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 rapid test administered within 72 hours of entry, or have such a test performed on site, and receive a negative result. Book your campus rapid test in advance.
Providing proof of vaccination
Visit the Vaccine Verification - Students page for instructions on providing proof of vaccination.
Valid proof of vaccination includes:
- Receipt from issuing vaccination clinic or pharmacy
- An electronic vaccine receipt issued by the government of Ontario or another province
- A record of each dose of your vaccination, such a receipt, card or confirmation from an international organization in English, or with a certified English translation.
All students visiting campus are required to provide proof of full vaccination by November 1. Select students must show proof of full vaccination by October 2, and they include: students participating in varsity athletics, students living at The George residence, and students participating in work-integrated learning activities (work placements).
For more information on our vaccination policy, visit the Vaccine Information page.
Upon Arrival at Campus
In order to gain access to campus:
- Complete the one-time COVID-19 awareness training.
- Complete the health screening each day, before arriving on campus.
- Ensure you have appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). Masks are mandatory on campus. Eye protection (e.g.: face shields or safety goggles) is also required in closed spaces such as labs, clinics, shops, classrooms and offices, or when working in close contact with another person in an open space. A reusable face shield will be provided at campus entrances. Visit the PPE Required on Campus page for more information.
- Students and employees can swipe their George Brown ID at the entrance. Continuing Education students will only need to provide their student number.
- Students can also use their digital ID. Your ID with a barcode is available in the George Brown College app. Scan it at the entrance. Continuing Education students will only need to provide their student number.
You will notice several safety measures in place on campus to ensure a healthy learning and working environment for everyone:
- Enhanced building access controls and screening process at college entrances
- Extra cleaning
- PPE requirements
- Classroom capacity limits
- Elevator capacity limits
- Rapid COVID-19 testing at all campuses
- Vaccination policy
Frequently asked questions
What to expect on campus
*UPDATED* Is it safe to return to campus?
George Brown College is doing everything possible to ensure our campuses are safe. We are following all Toronto Public Health guidelines, have assessed all physical spaces, added signage, and created new processes and protocols to keep our community safe and healthy. We are also offering rapid testing and we encourage everyone who comes to our campuses to take advantage of this service. Find information about rapid testing on the What to Expect on Campus page.
Will there be barriers in place for safety?
Yes. We have installed Plexiglass barriers in various areas on campus to help facilitate safe interactions and protect all members of our community.
Will the college be cleaned frequently?
Yes. We have increased cleaning frequency and are using hospital-grade disinfectant in common areas and on work surfaces before and after students and employees are on-site to reduce the spread of illness.
How will shared equipment be kept clean and safe to use?
All shared equipment, devices, tools, materials or supplies are disinfected between use. Disinfecting spray and cloths are provided to wipe down all shared equipment.
How can I follow physical distancing rules on campus?
We ask that all George Brown community members follow physical distancing rules by staying a minimum of two metres (six feet) away from others at all times. We have installed COVID-19 protocols signage and floor decals throughout the buildings to help you maintain a safe distance.
Students and employees must also avoid congregating in groups outside of class.
Find information about COVID-19 protocols in common areas on the What to Expect on Campus page.
How do I keep my distance from colleagues and students if we have to work together?
We are limiting the number of people on campus this winter so that everyone has enough room to safely work and learn while adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Here’s how:
- Restricting the number of people on campus
- Requiring PPE including masks in all indoor spaces and eye protection in closed spaces like labs, clinics, shops and offices
- Limiting the number of people in one space at the same time
- Adding traffic signage and one-way arrows on the floor, so that students and employees move in one direction down hallways and common areas
- Minimizing the number of people using each piece of equipment or technology in instances where sharing cannot be avoided
- Holding meetings virtually or in a large space, if a meeting cannot be accommodated virtually
*UPDATED* Will the college provide PPE (personal protective equipment)?
Disposable three-layer masks are available at campus entrances if you do not have one.
A reusable face shield will be distributed at campus entrances to all students and employees who are using George Brown facilities. Please clean your face shield and bring it every time you come to campus
In some program areas, goggles or safety glasses may be used instead. Students and employees already using eye protection as part of their programs should continue to use those items, and wear them for the duration of their lab.
If additional ppe is needed for specific programs, divisions will advise employees and students.
Visit the PPE Required on Campus page for more information.
What if I start to feel symptoms or come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please visit our What to do if symptomatic or exposed page for detailed information and steps you should take if you develop symptoms and/or come into contact with a positive case.
COVID-19 Awareness Training and screening
Where can I find the COVID-19 awareness training?
Students can log into the link below to complete the training.
This student training is available on any device you use to access STU-VIEW. If you have technical problems with the training, please call the Contact Centre at (416) 415-2000.
Students can also find and complete the training on STU-VIEW by following these steps:
- Log in at stuview.georgebrown.ca
- Go to the Registration Services tab
- Select the Registration tab, then the My Actions sub menu
- Click on and complete COVID-19 Awareness Training
Do only registered students have access to COVID-19 awareness training?
Yes, students registered for the Fall 2021 semester all have access to the training. Every Monday the list of registered students is refreshed to include new registrants.
Where do I find the online screening form?
Students granted access to complete labs and hands-on learning experiences on campus must complete COVID-19 health screening before entering a college building.
- Students must complete online screening each day they come to campus.
- When you arrive on campus security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.
- If you receive a fail result, or if you are experiencing symptoms, and/or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home and you should notify your instructor and also email Student Wellbeing and Counselling at email@example.com.