Residence COVID-19 Information: FAQs
Please see Seneca’s on-campus vaccination conditions for fall 2021 that will include students living in Seneca’s two residences and employees who work there.
Yes, Residence is available to all Seneca students enrolled in full-time studies.
Yes, Residence is available to all Seneca students enrolled a full-time studies.
The Fall 2021 Residence term starts on Sept. 5, 2021, and residence move ins will take place across several days to allow for a safe experience. You will receive an email with all of the move-in information in August.
Guests are not permitted in Residence until further notice. When it is safe to ease guest restrictions, residents will be notified.
Non-medical facial coverings or masks are mandatory in public and enclosed indoor spaces to help manage the spread of COVID-19. All students are asked to wear a mask in all common spaces of the Residence, such as hallways, elevators, kitchens, laundry rooms and lobbies.
Residence Life has been offering supports virtually. Our team of Resident Advisors will check in with all of our students during their time in Residence. Residence Life programming is also being offered online through social media and platforms like Zoom.
Each student is assigned a Resident Advisor who they can contact virtually to provide resources and support. Residence staff can also connect students to Seneca supports, such as Counselling and Accessibility services, the Student Conduct Office and more.
Our front desk staff members are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can connect students with resources and supports.
Our Residence Life team is ready to adapt our community model as restrictions continue to be eased to support and encourage your academic and social success.
Traditional residence events, such as move-in and orientation, will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. We have developed programs to engage students and building community, either in smaller groups or through online platforms.Our Residence Life team will also be collaborating with our residence outreach worker to promote and support the delivery of virtual counselling services.
Students in residences must comply with regulations in place by local and public health authorities and government limiting the size of social gatherings. They will be made aware of these regulations through regular communications and signs in common spaces.
When gathering limits are exceeded, students are reminded of this information and asked to reduce the gathering size to meet these limits.
Our residence staff members are working hard to ensure students feel connected, engaged and academically supported in their residence communities through fun, virtual events, and where possible in compliance with public health directives, small in-person activities.
Additionally, student services, events and workshops continue to be offered online, so you are able to connect from anywhere.Seneca has many virtual events to help you meet other students, including a weekly international student virtual hang out, every Wednesday from 2 – 2:30 p.m. EST.
Along with increased sanitization throughout the building, residents will be required to comply with all physical distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed while on campus due to COVID-19.
Residents will be asked to wear a facial covering/mask in the residence building anytime they are not in their suite, maintain a six-foot distance from those around them while in common areas of the building, and adhere to all posted room occupancy guidelines (e.g. laundry room).
In order to support physical distancing guidelines, kitchens, lounges and common areas may be closed or operating under reduced occupancy. Students will still be permitted to bring CSA approved appliances, including induction cooktops and toaster ovens, to accommodate cooking within your suite.
Laundry rooms are still open with limited capacity.
If you begin to show symptoms of COVID-19, you should:
Students living in residence who have been told to self-isolate should stay in their rooms and notify the residence front-desk and firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must self-Isolate in your suite. This means you should stay in your suite and not attend any in-person events or classes. You can also complete the Government of Ontario Assessment Tool.
If you have tested positive to COVID-19, contact Ontario Telehealth at 1- 866-797-0000
Remain in your suite until your self-isolation period is finished
Expect follow-up wellness check calls from Residence staff during your isolation period
If you need assistance with travelling to the Testing Centre, please contact Public Health for all inquiries
If you require immediate medical assistance, contact 911.