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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Health & Safety

  • The University is following the guidelines and recommendations for dealing with COVID-19 set out by the Government of Canada, particularly the Public Health Agency of Canada, and by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
  • These are the government authorities and officials with the training, knowledge and expertise required to manage issues such as the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.

What to do if you feel unwell

  • If you are concerned that you, or someone you have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health-care provider or call HealthLine at 811.
  • Supervisors/faculty are strongly encouraged to recommend that any employees/students experiencing cough, fever or difficulty breathing stay home.
  • Employees who are ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and not come to work.
  • Follow your standard absence reporting procedures.
  • Employees will be able to access sick leave provisions per applicable collective agreements or out of scope provisions.
  • CUPE 5791 operational, trades, facility, applied scientific, and security employees who have exhausted their sick leave benefits should contact their manager or supervisor regarding short-term disability benefits.
  • Employees will not need to provide a medical certificate if they have symptoms of COVID-19, as Health authorities do not want the public to overburden the health system.
  • There will be situations when people are advised to seek medical attention.
  • If an employee is sick for a prolonged period (e.g., more than 14 days) the University retains its right to request medical evidence according to University policy and collective agreement provisions.

Support for self-isolation

  • Students, faculty or staff members required to self-isolate are encouraged to contact Health, Safety, & Wellness at:
  • An advisor will follow up with you to ensure you have the proper supports.
  • Your private health information will remain private.

Clean campus

  • Custodial Services has a critical role in the University’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and are "cleaning for health"- focusing their attention on rigorously cleaning and thoroughly disinfecting priority, public areas on campus.
  • The disinfectant used by the University is certified to kill coronaviruses and the usual cleaning products are effective in killing the virus.
  • Steps to help stop or slow the spread of COVID-19, include:
    • Ensuring washrooms are cleaned, disinfected and remain stocked with soap, paper towels and toilet paper
    • Closing some secondary washrooms to limit traffic
    • Increasing focus on disinfecting high touch surfaces (light switches, handrails, elevator buttons/railings, doorknobs, faucet/toilet handles, table tops, vanities, and vending machines)
    • Equipping high traffic areas equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations when supplies arrive
    • Sweeping and washing main floors daily
    • Continuing waste and recycling services

Protect yourself against viruses and other illnesses

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or the bend of your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the next best method.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

Staying safe at work

  • If faculty and staff feel their work is unusually dangerous, they are to contact their direct supervisor immediately.
  • The supervisor is to contact
  • Faculty and staff have the right to refuse work where they have reasonable grounds and believe they are being asked to perform work that is unusually dangerous.
  • A review by the U of R Occupational Health and Safety Committee will be required.
  • For further information please see Article 20 (CUPE 5791) and Section 3-31 The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

Using Masks

Non-medical Cloth Masks

Medical Masks

  • Medical masks, when required for staff members, are being distributed at UR Stores for work tasks when the below criteria is met:

    • Where a risk assessment of campus activities show social distancing is not possible due to the nature of the work,

    • the task cannot be altered or substituted to follow COVID-19 safe work practices, and,

    • other engineering/administrative controls (such as barriers or scheduling) are not possible, then a medical mask is required.

  • If a medical mask must be used on campus, proper usage, donning and doffing, and disposal found in the Medical and Non-Medical Masks: Care, Use and Maintenance Guidelines document must be followed.

Harassment or discrimination related to COVID-19

  • The University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which members of the University community can live, work and learn in a collegial climate of mutual respect, free of harassment and discrimination.
  • Harassment and discrimination are, fundamentally, a selective denial of the basic human right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • If you feel you have been discriminated against or harassed, you should report this behaviour to the Respectful University Coordinator at or 306-585-5400.
  • If you need immediate assistance because you fear for your personal safety, contact 911 or for an on-campus safety concern contact Campus Security Services at 306-585-4999 (24 hrs a day/7 days a week).