To the University community,
Yesterday, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil declared a public state of emergency (SOE) across the province and announced additional preventative measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The SOE order is to ensure the health and safety of Nova Scotians and will be in effect for 14 days.
As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation and our response continues to evolve with it. Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through these unprecedented times and move to a virtual operational environment.
Based on the new announcements made by Premier McNeil yesterday, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 5 pm, the University has decided the following:
- The CBU library, computer labs and Tim Horton’s will close. Library services are being offered digitally.
- Many subcommittees are working to develop plans to support students as the situation continues.
- All employees are required to work remotely to support CBU operations unless deemed an essential service by senior leadership. Those who are required to be on campus for their work, your health and safety are our top concerns. Department leaders have developed continuity plans with social distancing and health and safety protocols as mandatory components. Essential services include campus security, facilities management, finance office, IT services, residence, research equipment maintenance and animal care.
- Campus facilities will be locked except for the Campus Centre entrance. Employees needing to come to campus must sign-in at the Campus Security Desk. There should be no reason for students to come to campus. Residence students are to stay at residence.
- Human Resources continues to work with Directors and Managers to successfully set-up employees who will be working remotely. The goal is to have employees, who were not able to easily transition to a remote working format, ready to do so by Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 12 noon. As departments adapt their processes to remote delivery, be sure to regularly check departmental pages on MyCBU so you’re able to continue with your work effectively.
- The Information Desk originally planned for the Boardmore Theatre Box Office is now moving to a virtual delivery model. Students needing to connect with Student Affairs, the Registrar’s Office or Enrolment Services can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-888-959-9995.
- All research activities that cannot be sustained remotely must be suspended. All campus-based research must be suspended. The ORGS intranet page will be the primary resource of information regarding all research activity. Check regularly for updates.
- Campus Security will enforce the SOE order in residence to ensure all social distancing directives are adhered to. A meal hall schedule has been developed in order to manage numbers in Harriss Hall and additional measures have been implemented to help keep our students healthy and safe. Additional information will be sent directly to residence students.
Remember, we all have a responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the public health orders from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, for social distancing and healthy flu prevention practices like washing your hands frequently and staying home as much as possible. Please visitwww.cbu.ca/covid19 for more information.
We’re in this together.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President & Vice-Chancellor