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Be a good Bison!

Keep our herd safe and healthy by following UM’s Covid protocols

September 7, 2022 — 

There’s nothing quite like the energy and excitement of the start of Fall Term when our campuses are active and lively with people.

And as we get together this September, we can all do our part to take care of each other and keep our campuses healthy and functioning by following UM Covid-19 protocols.

Here’s what you need to know to help protect yourself and your fellow Bisons this fall:

Mask up!

Wearing masks indoors, especially in crowded or shared public spaces, is a great way to show respect for others and will make a difference in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

KN95 masks are highly recommended, but 3-ply medical masks (minimum ASTM Grade 2) are also a good choice. If you need a mask, just grab one at the distribution sites for students which will all be open September 1 to 16 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Fort Garry campus: Machray Hall, UMSU Service Centre, Engineering Complex, Drake Centre, Fletcher Argue Building, Extended Education Complex.
  • Bannatyne campus: Brodie Centre.

After September 16, students can still get masks at any UM Library or at the UMSU Service Centre.

Instructors who are approximately 2 metres away from others while actively teaching a class may choose to remove their mask.

Masks are also not required outdoors.

Feeling sick? Don’t roam, stay home!

If you’re not feeling well, stay home. Easy, right? Doing so is one of the best ways to protect your classmates, instructors and the rest of the community that makes up UM.

Should you become ill, contact your instructor or supervisor to make arrangements for your absence. Resources are available to you should you need additional support.

You also don’t need a medical note for brief illnesses. The university is adopting a new self-declaration form and student absence policy in which students must submit a Self-Declaration Form to receive arrangements for missed tests, exams and other academic assessments.

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