The health and safety of all members of the Carleton community is the university’s top priority. Working from home, maintaining physical distancing and hand hygiene remain the primary approaches to minimize the risk of virus transmission. As we slowly and progressively return to campus, you will receive information from your manager/Dean if and when you are permitted to return to campus and the circumstances under which a return would occur. Otherwise, employees are expected to continue to work remotely.

Report all cases of symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19.

Students living off-campus are strongly advised to not come to campus unless essential.

Before returning to work on campus, employees must

Once on campus

  • Respect and follow all posted signage and use approved entrances and exits.
  • Building access is restricted to authorized personnel only with exception of buildings and spaces within them that are designated as publicly accessible. The current list of publicly accessible buildings and spaces as well as hours of operation can be found on the building updates webpage.
  • Practice physical distancing. Where possible, stay two metres (six feet) apart from others.
  • Avoid using the tunnels. Access to the tunnels has been restricted to authorized individuals only and those with approval to use the tunnels for accessibility purposes.
  • Wear a mask as per Carleton’s COVID-19 Mask Policy. This is required when in a publicly accessible space within buildings, in non-publicly accessible Carleton workplaces where a two-meter (six feet) physical distance cannot be consistently maintained or within a common or shared space.
  • Wash hands (or use sanitizer) thoroughly and regularly and avoid touching your face.
  • Employees should disinfect their personal workstation and shared spaces within their unit such as door handles, counter tops, physical barriers, etc., frequently and at a minimum twice daily.
  • Leave campus immediately if you are feeling unwell and notify your manager/Dean electronically.

Report all cases of symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19.

Any additional questions can be forwarded to or

Departmental Return to Campus Process

Each department on campus is required to submit a Return to Campus plan which outlines a phased approach for that department’s return to campus as it pertains to their staffing, operations, and facilities. This plan is focused and must detail and specify how the mitigation measures and processes will be implemented within a departmental space to ensure the health and safety of staff, faculty, students, and community members. Completed detailed plans will be reviewed by the Return to Campus Working Group and then forwarded to the Steering Committee for final approval. Once approval is received, department staff will be permitted to begin a safe and gradual return to campus as detailed in their plans. For more information, please contact

Return to Campus FAQs

Return to Campus Documents