- Social Gatherings
- Accessing Campus
- Supporting Your Mental Health and Well-Being
- COVID-19 Student Resources
- Planning for the Winter 2021 Term
As we navigate through these difficult times, Carleton University wants our students to know that we are here to support them. Both on-campus and in the community there are many support services and resources available during this time to support our students.
Over the summer, we also updated a number of policies and processes in preparation for the fall term. The health and safety of all members of the Carleton community is the university’s top priority. We all have to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Staying home, maintaining physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene remain the primary approaches to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
We recognize that part of the university experience is to gather with your friends and other students. However, we all have a responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our loved ones. We encourage you to gather virtually with friends and take part in a variety of virtual programming. If you are visiting with friends, be Social Wise by keeping groups small, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing of two metres, isolating yourself when you are sick and exercising proper hand hygiene.
Students living off-campus are strongly advised not to come to campus unless it is essential, or you have made the appropriate arrangements to access limited facilities. Please note the following before coming to campus:
- Complete the COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Training on cuLearn.
- Please note which buildings are publicly by visiting the Building Updates webpage.
- Review Carleton’s Mask Policy and note that masks must be worn in all publicly accessible spaces.
- Stay home and do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- If you are on campus and are feeling unwell, please leave campus immediately.
- If you have been on campus and are experiencing symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19 are asked to self-report.
Whether you call Ottawa home, you’re currently living across Canada or even around the world, the Mental Health and Well-Being website has been updated to provide you with a directory of support services and resources to help you prioritize your mental health and find the help you need. For even more mental health and well-being tips and resources, check out the new Carleton Wellness Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Carleton University’s Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually and Campus Safety Services remains operational 24/7. In case of an emergency, please call 4444 from any on-campus phone. If it is not an emergency, please call 613-520-3612.
If you are feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed there is always someone you can talk to. Carleton University undergraduate students have access to free, confidential, 24/7 counselling services in the community through Empower Me. Empower Me support is available in person, by telephone, video-counselling or e counselling. The service allows you to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants and life coaches at their private practice in the community 24/7, 365 days per year – for free.
Call 1-844-741-6389 (toll free) to make an appointment with a counsellor in the community.
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. Visit bouncebackontario.ca for more information.
In order to help students find the support and community resources they need, the Office of Student Affairs has prepared a COVID-19 Student Resources guide to help you find the resources you are looking for.
- Student Wellness Resources
- Provincial Support Resources
- International Support Resources
- Safer Substance Use
- Studentcare Legal Service Consultation
- Ombuds Services
Following a discussion at a recent meeting of Senate and the final recommendation of the Carleton University Scenario Planning (CUSP) working group, the Winter 2021 term will proceed online, with some leeway for selected optional instruction on campus (e.g. specific labs, capstone projects, recitals) if circumstances allow.
For those courses that offer optional instruction on campus, online options will be offered for students who cannot or choose not to come to campus and course instructors will be advised to prepare to pivot online at short notice if public health guidelines change.