COVID-19: Faculty-Specific Updates

The Faculty of Health Sciences aims to keep its community up to date with regards to the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to visit this website regularly and contact us if you have any questions.

Final Exams and Practicum Placements

See exceptional evaluation policies for Winter 2020.

Services of the Dean's Office

Learn how the administrative team can help you during this time.

How We're Helping

Donation of medical equipment to Ottawa Hospitals

To help alleviate the shortage of personal protective equipment, the Faculty of Health Sciences has donated its equipment used for teaching purposes to hospitals in Ottawa. During the month of March 2020, more than 20,000 pairs of gloves, 1,000 protective masks, hydroalcoholic gel and dressings were donated to the Ottawa Hospital, which will oversee the distribution within the region.

The Faculty also made 2 artificial respirators available to hospitals, to combine efforts with those of La Cité College and Algonquin College.

4th-year Health Sciences’ students lend a hand

As of the first week of April, 30 students from the School of Nursing will lend a hand at Montfort Hospital and the General Hospital. Following an invitation from hospitals, the 4th year cohort will support the delivery of health care to the people of Ottawa who are going through this pandemic.

This support adds to the dozens of nurse practitioners in training who have been assisting staff at COVID-19 screening sites since mid-March with coordination duties and logistics.

Key Contacts
For Students (Last updated: March 18, 2020)

Assignment, Midterm, Exam Review

As per 10.3 Revision of grades and appeal, "The University recognizes the right of every student to see, on request after grading, all documents that have been used to establish their grade for courses in which they are duly registered; " students have the right to review their graded assessments and if they feel justified, contest the mark as a grade appeal.  https://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/academic-regulation-10-grading-system

Process to request feedback on your assignments, midterms, tests and exams
Step 1: Virtual feedback

Given that we are unable to conduct review sessions in person at this time, your professors have been asked to develop a virtual manner to discuss student performance on academic assessments.

  • Email your professor and request feedback on your midterm/exam/assignment
  • Participate (if offered) in virtual meetings or chats with your professor/TA regarding feedback

Examples may include: (1) individualized breakdown of each component mark, indicating the portion of the test or assignment where you lost marks with an explanation; (2) distance individual or small group sessions to discuss questions or portions of an assignment that were generally handled poorly.

If you are still dissatisfied with your feedback and wish to see your midterm/exam/assignment in person, please note you may have to wait until the COVID-19 isolation conditions have been lifted for an opportunity to do so. However, to preserve their right to a later in-person review session, students must first demonstrate they have completed step 1 and engaged with the professor virtually. If your professor offers no opportunity for virtual feedback you will still be able to proceed to a later in-person review session.

Note we are unable to guarantee when this review session will be held, summer or fall.

Step 2: Later In-Person Review Session

The Faculty of Health Sciences has agreed to extend the deadline to appeal an exam result until students have been able to come in person. If you have requested and participated in virtual assessment feedback, you will be eligible to participate in a later review session to go through your assignment/midterm/exam in person.

Step 3: Formal Grade Appeal

You may still request a grade appeal following step 2. In this extraordinary circumstance, if the results of your grade review (Regulation 10.3) indicate a change to your final grade, this will still occur even if months post-completion of the course.


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Suspension of all clinical placements and labs

Amid this pandemic, the Faculty of Health Sciences is suspending all clinical placements and labs to ensure the health and well-being of our students. This decision is effective until the end of the Winter 2020 semester. 

Please note, your best interest is at the core of our mission and we realize this decision has significant impacts on your learning objectives. Additional information will be communicated to you in the upcoming days.

We are working with University officials as well as health authorities to make these decisions. Major updates can be found online through Ottawa Public Health. We are following their guidelines.

As more information is made available to us, we will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

For Professors (Last updated: March 18, 2020)
Assignment, Midterm, Exam Review

As per 10.3 Revision of grades and appeal, "The University recognizes the right of every student to see, on request after grading, all documents that have been used to establish their grade for courses in which they are duly registered; " students have the right to review their graded assessments and if they feel justified, contest the mark as a grade appeal.  https://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/academic-regulation-10-grading-system

Step 1: Virtual feedback

Given that we are unable to conduct review sessions in person at this time, please develop a virtual manner to discuss student performance on academic assessments.

Examples may include: (1) individualized breakdown of each component mark, indicating the portion of the test or assignment where students lost marks with an explanation; (2) distance individual or small group sessions to discuss questions or portions of an assignment that were generally handled poorly.

Please keep a record of all students who go through this process. Keep all emails, correspondence and dates/times of student requests and your strategies to answer questions via distance.

Step 2: Extended Grade Appeal Deadline

The Faculty of Health Sciences has agreed to extend the deadline to appeal an exam result until students have been able to come in person.  To preserve their right to appeal, students must first demonstrate they have completed step 1 and engaged with the professor virtually.  As a professor, if you fail to offer opportunities to complete step 1, students will still have a right to appeal.

Optional: Deliberately breach the integrity of your exam/assignment

If you do not intend to use the exam/assignment in future, you could share the rubrics or discuss openly in emails/videos the assessment and the answers. Reminder: if you discuss questions/answers online you will have compromised the integrity of these questions and you will not be able to use these in the future.

For Researchers (Last updated: March 18, 2020)

​​​​​Research Operations

Supervisors are asked to finalize their own contingency plans if they have not already. Starting March 27th and until further notice, all non-essential research activities should be stopped and no new experiments started. Ongoing experiments should be ramped down as soon as possible. Essential experiments (e.g. animal work and cell culture) should be slowed down if possible. All non-essential laboratory trainees and staff should work from home. We ask laboratory staff and research personnel that remain in labs be vigilant in adhering to preventative measures such as social distancing (e.g. have no more than one or two person in at a time), good laboratory safety and microbiology practices (e.g. wearing adequate PPEs, sterilization, etc.) and cleaning/sanitizing protocols.

Supervisors are asked to contact their lab members regarding expectations for immediate-term directives. Supervisors, trainees and research staff should agree on optimal teleworking procedures for research trainees and staff who will work from home. Depending on individual project stage, this might be a good time to start writing manuscripts, reading foundational papers, or conducting a literature review.

Guidance from Research Ethics Board

In light of the COVID 19 outbreak, the uOttawa REBs advise investigators to consider if their research protocols could be modified or delayed, to limit personal contacts, laboratory visits or trips into clinics and hospitals. Specifically, in some research settings in-person participant interactions could be reduced and/or replaced with telephone or online communication. Considerations include the nature of your protocol, the type of participants engaged in the research, and any additional risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication. Revised participant consents or consent addendums may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations with use of different communication channels). Where research staff are feeling unwell, care should be taken to stay home to prevent transmission of any illness. If COVID-19 is known or suspected, Public Health Ontario protocols should be followed.

While TCPS 2 typically requires review and approval of modifications prior to implementation, an exception can be made where the change is necessary to eliminate an immediate risk to participant(s) (Article 6.15). Such changes may be implemented but must be reported to the REB at the earliest opportunity (within 5 business days as a guide).

A reminder that where the research involves physical assessments and use of equipment (e.g., metabolic carts, facemasks, mouthpieces, noseclips, straps, turbines, valves, tubing, cannula, treadmills, etc.) disinfection according to manufacturer’s standards where applicable is paramount and use of single use accessories is advisable. In the absence of manufacturers standards, thorough cleaning between participants is advised.

Please see Health Canada’s website for up-to-date information.

Other useful links:


During this time of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are worried or scared. This is a stressful time for everyone. Please take the necessary health precautions but also take care of your mental health. Reach out to friends and family and look after yourself and others. Social distancing is not equal to isolation. If you feel anxious, scared or have any other mental health concerns, please contact the Faculty Wellness Program by phone at 613-562-5800 x 8507 or by email at wellness@uottawa.ca. Here are some additional ways you take care of your mental health and well-being in the face of uncertainty:https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/.

The situation is evolving rapidly and we ask that you please visit the uOttawa coronavirus website (https://www.uottawa.ca/coronavirus/en).

School of Nursing (Last updated: March 18, 2020)

Undergraduate Students

We are continuing to work on plans for your skill and simulation lab activities as well as continuing to work on strategies for clinical.

Year 2 and 3 students who were currently in lab when the 3 week suspension of lab and clinical started you will be receiving an email from your specific campus lab (e.g. UOttawa, Pembroke, or Woodroffe) with instructions of virtual lab and evaluation. Please keep your kits. If you no longer have a kit please contact the lab at your campus to arrange to get a kit. I know some of your will be wondering about virtual evaluation. The purpose of these evaluations are formative, not summative, meaning they are to help you improve and provide feedback. The goal is that you learn what you need to meet the competencies that are part of your lab in a unusual situation. For those who are to start lab next week we are also working on virtual labs for your groups and will communicate about when those will start after we start on the groups who are in lab now.

Year 4 students we know you are very anxious about what will be happening with your consolidation hours given that this is graduation year. We are have been working very diligently with the Council of Ontario Universities Programs in Nursing and in communication with the College of Nurses of Ontario. We hope to have a robust plan by the beginning of next week and will be communicating it at that time.

Year 2 and 3 we know you are also very concerned about your clinicals. We are working on several options taking into consideration different ways the future may unfold. Presently, we will re-evaluate the 3 weeks suspension of clinical and labs by April 5th however firm dates on return to clinical are not possible during this state of emergency in Ontario. Through all our planning we are mindful that many of you work during the summer to help with your university costs and we are doing our best to respect that in our planning.

Do try to keep focused on your academics and join your classes on line—not only for academic reasons but also for a feeling of community.

Suspension of Labs and Clinical Activities

The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences is working with the University and taking direction from Ottawa Public Health to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect vulnerable populations. Given the rapid changes, there are decisions that were made in the past few days with our clinical partners that have been re-evaluated today. Unfortunately, it has become necessary to suspend all labs and clinical activities until the end of the Winter 2020 semester - we will revisit our decision in early April and communicate again with you.

We know that you will have questions about what that means for you and where you are in the program. The School of Nursing at uOttawa, our Algonquin College partners, and clinical agency partners have been, and will continue to, work diligently over the coming days to develop a plan for your academic success. The uOttawa School of Nursing is a member of the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) and the Director has had, and will continue to have, meetings with this group to help with strategies as the complications with COVID-19 affect all Nursing programs in the province. It is important to remember, however, that there are differences in the sequencing and structure of all Nursing programs in the province so the specifics of what will be determined as essential in each program will be different. Thus, if you are speaking with friends at different universities or hear through social media that some Schools of Nursing are doing things differently than what is occurring at the uOttawa, it is because of the sequencing and inherent differences on how each program is structured.

COUPN is in contact with the College of Nurses of Ontario to determine acceptable program modifications given this unique situation as changes to any programming will still need to meet entry to practice competencies. We especially want to reassure our 4th year students that we will have a plan to help them be successful and are focused on helping them to graduate on time —the health care system will need you!

Please note that all of your theory courses continue to be held (in distance/online format) and therefore, focus your efforts on being successful in these courses. Help each other out, continue to study together using online means as you maintain some social distance.

Please be patient during this time as we are doing everything to figure out the next steps as soon as possible. As occurred during the labour strike at Algonquin College (in 2017), there may be a need (in some instances) for summer labs and clinical placements. This is not yet determined but I would be remiss not to mention it as a possible strategy.

Finally, this is an incredible learning opportunity. Caring for the public during this health crisis is what nurses do on a daily basis. I encourage you to be updated, read credible evidence, think critically about why measures are in place. Little things matter—wash your hands.

We will continue to communicate as we have firm plans. We are looking forward to when we can all be together on campus again but, until then, please check your uOttawa emails frequently.


Graduate Students  

Suspension of labs and clinical activities

The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences is working with the University and taking direction from Ottawa Public Health to help curb the spread of COVID 19 in order to protect vulnerable populations.

Given the rapid changes, there are decisions that were made in the past few days with clinical partners that have been re-evaluated. Unfortunately it has become necessary to suspend all lab and clinical activities until the end of Winter 2020 semester—we will revisit our decision in early April and communicate again with you.

We know that you will have questions about what that means for you and where you are in your program.

PHCNP students: We are working with the Provincial consortium and CNO to ensure your academic success. We will need you to send your completed hours for ADHAD II and THERA II to your tutor as soon as you can please. We will follow up with more details when they are confirmed—this will take a several days so please try to be patient. Theory content will not be disrupted as it is all online and exams will be online. We know those of you getting ready to do your IP course are wondering what this means for you. We are looking at multiple possibilities and will communicate again as firm plans are made. Although not a confirmed plan, I would be remiss if I did not mention a possible strategy may be clinical into August or later. This is all dependent on when clinical will be available again. However, the University is committed to ensuring that your program fees are unchanged.

Masters students with clinical: Given that the hours in clinical are not associated with licensure each of your theory professors have the academic freedom to adjust your assignments so that you still meet the objectives of the course. Theory content will not be disrupted as it is all online.

Masters and PhD students: All theory content will not be disrupted as it is all online or using video platforms. For those actively recruiting human research participants for your studies confer with your supervisor for direction.Your supervisors are available during this time—albeit using electronic means over in person. The university is committed to your continuation. Defences that are scheduled are being organized for online examination. For those writing their thesis you will still be able to deposit your thesis and we will continue the normal processes with the exception of video defences.

I encourage you to be updated, read credible evidence, think critically about why measures are in place. Little things matter—wash your hands. Also reach out to each other—this is about social distancing and do not socially isolate from communicating with each other.

We will continue to communicate as there are any changes. We are looking forward to when we can all be together on campus again but, until then, please check your uOttawa emails frequently.

School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Last updated: March 20, 2020)

Update:

Placement II for 1st year students in audiology and speech-language pathology has been canceled.

Rehabilitation Sciences (French only)

Message aux étudiants de première année (Message aux étudiants de 2e année suivra.)

Vous avez probablement vu le message indiquant que les stages de la session d’hiver sont annulés. Ainsi les stages qui devaient commencer en mars et avril devront être retardés. Les laboratoires même en petits groupes doivent être aussi reportés.  Nous sommes à voir comment l’horaire peut être réorganisé afin de vous permettre de compléter votre programme de façon optimale. Il y a plusieurs détails à considérer pour pouvoir faire ces réorganisations, donc vous pouvez comprendre que nous avons besoin d’un peu de temps pour le faire. 

En attendant, vos cours théoriques et vos examens en ligne auront lieu comme il vous avait déjà été communiqué.  Nous vous encourageons aussi à travailler à vos projets de recherches, pour lesquels plusieurs activités peuvent se faire sans contact en personne.

Nous vous tiendrons au courant de tout développement au fur et à mesure que les décisions seront prises.

Soyez assuré que notre objectif est de vous transmettre les compétences essentielles nécessaires à l’entrée à la pratique. 

Nous vous transmettrons d'autres informations et des précisions au fur et à mesure qu'on les reçoit. 

Message aux étudiants de deuxième année,

Vous avez probablement vu le message indiquant que les stages de la session d’hiver sont annulés. Nous sommes à voir comment l’horaire peut être réorganisé afin de vous permettre de compléter votre programme de façon optimale. Il y a plusieurs détails à considérer pour pouvoir faire ces réorganisations, donc vous pouvez comprendre que nous avons besoin d’un peu de temps pour le faire. En attendant, nous vous encourageons à avancer vos projets de recherches, pour lesquels plusieurs activités peuvent se faire sans contact en personne.

Nous vous tiendrons au courant de tout développement au fur et à mesure que les décisions seront prises.

Soyez assuré que notre objectif est de vous transmettre les compétences essentielles nécessaires à l’entrée à la pratique.

Nous vous transmettrons d'autres informations et des précisions au fur et à mesure qu'on les reçoit. 


PhD Students 

As you know, courses are moving online this week for the remainder of the Winter semester, starting on Wednesday, I believe your professors will have contacted you regarding teaching format for the rest of the semester. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact your PhD supervisors or any other professors with whom you are doing research work if you have any questions related to your work and their expectations for research projects. 

We all understand that this uncertain situation can be stressful and difficult for many of us; hang in there and please reach out to your friends, colleagues, and professors.  As written in messages you have received from the University, social distancing does not mean social or emotional isolation. Stay in touch and take care of your health. Please know that the counselling services at uOttawa remain available to support you and can be reached at: (613) 562-5200 or couns@uottawa.ca.

Always feel free to contact me if you have any questions and remember that your Student Association is also there for you.

School of Nutrition Sciences (Last updated: March 20, 2020)

Information only available in French.

Baccalauréat spécialisé en sciences des aliments et de la nutrition

Soyez assurés que l’École des sciences de la nutrition continue de travailler activement afin de permettre un éventuel retour aux activités normales, dès que les recommandations de santé publique le permettront. Malgré les récents événements, notre priorité est de vous permettre d’atteindre toutes les compétences essentielles à la pratique de la profession de diététiste. Nous attendons avec impatience le moment où nous pourrons être de nouveau tous ensemble sur le campus.

Cours

Comme vous le savez, tous les cours et examens sont maintenant dispensés en ligne. Les laboratoires reliés à vos cours sur le campus et à La Cité sont remplacés par des activités et évaluations alternatives. Veuillez consulter les directives de vos professeurs pour plus de détails concernant les cours et laboratoires normalement dispensés en classe.

- Si vous avez des questions concernant le contenu de vos cours et évaluations en ligne, veuillez contacter directement vos professeurs.

- Si vous avez des problèmes avec la plateforme BrightSpace, veuillez contacter :

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Stages

Sachez que nous travaillons en étroite collaboration avec la Faculté des sciences de la santé et les milieux de stage pour que vous puissiez réintégrer vos milieux, dès que les consignes de santé publique le permettront. Certains ajustements seront probablement nécessaires pour la complétion de vos stages. Nous vous tiendrons informés des développements le plus rapidement possible.

  • Stage de gestion des services alimentaires : reporté au printemps/été 2021. La formation CPI-NVCI (antiviolence) est annulée. Vos frais d’inscription vous seront remboursés avec un crédit sur votre compte étudiant. Vous pourrez faire la formation l’an prochain. Nous vous tiendrons informés des dates spécifiques en temps et lieu.
  • Stage en nutrition clinique : suspendus jusqu’à nouvel ordre. L’équipe de la formation pratique vous contactera dès que vous pourrez réintégrer vos stages.
  • Stage en nutrition publique et santé des populations : reportés jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Dans les cas exceptionnels où les étudiants devaient terminer leur stage d'ici la fin mars, peuvent faire la totalité de leurs tâches à distance et dont les superviseurs peuvent poursuivre la supervision à distance, les stages pourront être complétés comme prévu. Si les milieux ne peuvent assurer la supervision, les étudiants devront reprendre les semaines de stage manquantes ultérieurement. Les stages commençant en avril sont suspendus jusqu’à nouvel ordre.
  • Stage en milieux variés : reportés jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Dans les cas exceptionnels où les étudiants devaient terminer leur stage d'ici la fin mars, peuvent faire la totalité de leurs tâches à distance et dont les superviseurs peuvent poursuivre la supervision à distance, les stages pourront être complétés comme prévu. Si les milieux ne peuvent assurer la supervision, les étudiants devront reprendre les semaines de stage manquantes ultérieurement. Les stages commençant en avril sont suspendus jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

Nous vous tiendrons informés de tout développement au fur et à mesure que les décisions seront prises.

Si vous avez des questions ou problèmes reliés à vos stages, vous pouvez contacter l’équipe de la formation pratique:

Geneviève Grenier : genevieve.grenier@uOttawa.ca
Chloé Le Quéré : clequere@uottawa.ca
Carole Villeneuve : cvillen4@uottawa.ca

Étudiants en résidence

Comme vous le savez, les étudiants vivant en résidence doivent quitter leur chambre d’ici ce dimanche, 22 mars 2020. Si vous vivez une situation exceptionnelle qui vous empêche de déménager, veuillez remplir le formulaire de requête suivant et informer la Directrice adjointe, Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson.

https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/7PMYDPK?lang=fr_CA

Pour toutes questions ou problèmes, vous pouvez contacter la directrice adjointe de l’École des sciences de la nutrition, Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson, DtP, PhD.

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