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COVID-19: Several Ontario universities and colleges ask most students to vacate dorms


After several universities and colleges including Guelph, Waterloo, Laurier and McMaster had already begun asking students to move out to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 Ryerson University announced today that their students have until Monday to leave.

Ryerson University

Ryerson said students who are unable to go home due to travel restrictions or need extra time to arrange an out-of-province move can apply for an exception.

University of Toronto students were also encouraged to work from home “We will continue to provide residences for those students who cannot return home at this point,” said U of T in a statement to students. “The University is working on ways to support students who will not be able to return home when the term ends.”

Toronto’s York University also advised students that Those in residences who can return home should do so immediately,” but “food services and residences will be available for those who cannot return home due to travel restrictions, health, personal circumstances, or various obligations.”

In the Nation’s capital the University of Ottawa is also asked students other than international ones or those with “exceptional circumstances” to fully vacate their rooms by Sunday afternoon. in order to curtail the spread and impact of the virus. Some Carleton University students are also leaving residences after a strong recommendation was posted to say “While we recognize that some of our residents are not in a position to go home, we strongly recommend that those who can go home do so as soon as possible.

Carleton also explained to students that residents who move out by 4:00 pm on March 22, 2020 will be provided a pro-rated refund for residence and meal plan costs.

While Algonquin College says they are asking, but not requiring, students to move out of campus residences. But a spokesperson at the Ottawa college believes at least 50 percent of the students will move out.

Many parents and students have expressed concerns about the mass moves with concerns about bringing large groups of potential virus carriers within close proximity of each other.

Late last week most universities and colleges announced they were switching to online classes only starting this week.

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