September 11, 2020

Commitment to Health and Safety

September 11, 2020

Welcome to Western and your new home away from home!

Over the course of our move-in days, we welcomed close to 3,800 students into Western’s residences and we are thrilled to have you as a member of our community. Your time in residence has the potential to be one of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of your university experience. During your time here, you will have opportunities to get involved, make lifelong friends, access academic support and adjust to life as a university student. Western’s residences are designed to make this transition as smooth and successful as possible, and there are resources and supports in place to help you live cooperatively as a member of our community.

Share the Responsibility

Living in residence comes with rights and responsibilities. It is essential that you respect the rights of your fellow residents. You also have a shared responsibility to adhere to the health and safety standards that Western put in place for your safety, as well as the greater Western community. We are committed to minimizing risks associated with COVID-19 and you play a key role in making that happen.

Follow the Guidelines

As you navigate the coming year, you can do a lot to keep yourself and others safe. One way to demonstrate respect and care for others is to follow the guidance of the University and public health officials to maintain physical distancing whenever possible, and wear non-medical masks/face coverings while indoors or when physical distancing outdoors is not possible. We want to express our sincere appreciation for the many students who have demonstrated a commitment to these health and safety guidelines in our residence spaces thus far—but we also acknowledge that there is room for improvement. There have been concerns raised by students, parents and community members regarding students not abiding by these guidelines. Although education remains an important intervention strategy, behaviour that poses a recurring or significant threat to our community will not be tolerated.

Abide by the Safety Signage

In dining halls and common spaces, we ask that you observe signage and decals on doors, elevators and the floor that indicate physical distancing measures. In private bedrooms and suites, we encourage you to practice physical distancing and wear non-medical masks/face coverings when in the presence of other residents. We acknowledge that there is a learning curve for all of us, however, we need to take thoughtful and persistent steps to take care of ourselves, each other, and our community.

If we all do our part, we work together to create a safer and healthier Western community. We hope you enjoy the remainder of your OWeek and wish you the best of luck in your first few days of class.