Safely Welcoming You Back to Campus!

CMU College is preparing to return to in-person learning for fall 2021. 

 

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority.  Vaccines have proven to be one of the most effective ways to minimize the dangers of COVID-19. To continue to protect the health of our community and stop the spread of infections, vaccinations will be a condition of participating in activities on campus. 

CMU's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

We will require everyone intending to study, teach or work on campus to be fully vaccinated.  All activities that take place on campus will continue to be subject to public health guidelines and rules.

COVID-19 is a deadly virus, and its variants are increasingly contagious. Thanks to mass vaccinations, many deadly and debilitating diseases and viruses such as polio, rubella, diphtheria, measles, and mumps are now a thing of the past.  Vaccinations are now essential to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

Vaccines are generally available to everyone in Canada.  International students who are in Canada, as well as those arriving in Canada unvaccinated, are fully eligible for vaccinations.

Everyone coming on campus will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine or written proof of a medical reason, provided by a physician or registered nurse, for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time period for the medical reason.

“Fully vaccinated” means having received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by WHO (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); and having received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to coming on campus.

Those seeking a medical exemption can make a request by contacting Student Services.  Please note that approval is not guaranteed. Those granted a medical exemption must get an Independent Molecular PCR COVID Test and provide verification of a negative test result within 72 hours of coming on campus for the first time.  They must also submit to regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 and demonstrate a negative result at lease once per week thereafter for the duration of their medical exemption.

Weekly Rapid Antigen screening tests are mandatory for those with an approved vaccination exemption or those in the process of becoming fully vaccinated if they are coming to campus.   Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests will be administered by a trained professional.

We will continue to provide online learning in order to provide access and flexibility if and as may be required. However, we strongly urge all members of our community to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to safely return to the in-person activities and relationships that we have all missed.

Ongoing updates and further details will be provided as soon as they become available.  

Protecting ourselves and others is a social responsibility CMU College takes very seriously.  Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

General:

  • What if I only have my first dose before the start of my program?
    • Individuals who have received the first dose of an accepted COVID-19 two-dose vaccine will, after a minimum of 14 days from receiving the first dose, be able to participate in on-campus activities for a grace period that allows them to receive a second dose. At the end of an individual’s grace period, they will not be permitted on campus until they have received their second dose of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine.  Please contact us <embed email link> regarding your circumstances. 
  • How will I prove I have received both shots?
    • Fully-vaccinated Ontarians can log onto the provincial portal and download or print out your electronic COVID-19 receipt, a process that requires an individual’s OHIP card, date of birth, and postal code similar to what you need to book an appointment. You will then go to a page with the option to book an appointment or view your receipts. You can then download a PDF copy of each of your shots. If you have received your vaccination through a different resource please provide a scanned/photo of documents provided to you on the day you received your vaccination. 
  • Can I stop wearing a mask if I have been vaccinated?
    • CMU will continue to follow the COVID-19 regulations in place by Ontario public health authorities and the Canadian government. Currently, facial coverings and physical distancing are mandatory while on campus.
  • Can I complete my program fully online?
    • Due to the nature of our programs requiring hands-on practical applications we are not able to offer our courses fully online.
  • Will blended learning (in-person & online combination currently offered) still be available?
    • We will continue to provide online learning in order to provide access and flexibility if and as may be required. However, we strongly urge all students to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible in order to safely complete in-person course elements such as practical applications, exams and photoshoots.
  • How will the vaccination policy be enforced?
    • Everyone returning to campus for in-person teaching, learning and work must show proof of having been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.
  • I would like to get vaccinated, how do I get my shots?
    • Booking appointments for vaccines is now easier than ever before. You can use this link; for additional information about clinics, eligibility criteria, and related information please refer to this link. For those without an Ontario health card you can locate your local public health unit by entering your postal code. Please call the number listed to book an appointment.

Current staff/faculty/students:

  • Will current students get an extension to get both shots as we started our programs before this mandate?
    • Given this notice is going out with ample time to schedule and receive at least one of your shots, we expect you to have your first dose with appointments/plans for your second dose by September 7th.
  • I am near the end of my program, what happens if I do not get both shots?
    • You must be fully vaccinated to participate in on-campus classes, exams, and photoshoots. Failing to be vaccinated will result in not being able to complete your program requirements.

International students:

  • What about international students who have vaccines that are not approved by the Canadian government?

We acknowledge the uncertainty surrounding mixing vaccine doses, especially if you have received two doses of a different vaccine. We will continue to follow the Canadian government’s recommendations and assess each exceptional case individually. 

  • Can I get a vaccine if I do not have health insurance/card?
    • Yes, everyone in Canada over the age of 12, including those who are not residents or citizens, can get vaccinated free of charge. You can book an appointment through your local pharmacy. Without a health card, you are not able to use the provincial booking system. Locate your local public health unit and contact number by visiting Ontario.ca/bookvaccine and then select the “no Ontario health card” option from the drop-down menu under “Health Card Type.”
  • Can I get vaccinated while in quarantine?
    • It is strongly encouraged by public health officials to wait until you have a negative test, and are completely symptom-free before your vaccine appointment. Following these recommendations ensures you are taking part in reducing the risk of exposure.