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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Residence and food services

  • Are the residences open?

    Yes, if you are looking for fall or winter accommodations you must create an application by visiting the Residence website. We are working Durham Region Public Health to remain within all guidelines; ensuring the safety of our residents is our number one priority.

  • Are masks mandatory in Residence?

    In 2020, the Regional Municipality of Durham mandated non-medical masks or face coverings in public and enclosed indoor spaces to help manage the spread of COVID-19. The campus as a whole, including residences, have adopted this best practice to help keep our community—and each other—safe. All students and visitors must wear a mask in all common spaces of the Residence, such as hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms and lobbies. 

  • Are students being screened prior to move-in?

    Yes. Students will be asked screening questions prior to their arrival, and again when they arrive to move in. If a student should fail the screening questions upon arrival, the Residence will work with them to determine an isolation plan.

  • Are you preparing residences so that students can practice safe physical distancing in the fall?

    Yes. In addition to our semi-private suites, we have increased the number of single-occupancy room options available to students. We have also created booking systems for shared amenities. The Residence asks that students adhere to all posted signage, keep a safe physical distance from others where possible, and wear a mask in all areas outside of their suite.

  • How does the check-in process for residence work during this time?

    All incoming students will be required to schedule a move-in time to allow for a safe move-in experience with physical distancing measures put in place. Additionally, the Residence will conduct screening prior to and upon arrival. Anyone who is assisting a student with their move will also need to pass screening.

  • How will move-in work?

    The 2021-2022 academic year move-in will take place from August 29 to September 5. We have implemented a booking system that will require you to select your move-in date and time. You're asked to bring a maximum of two people to assist you with your move to reduce the overall number of people in the building at one time. More information about the move-in process will be sent out to applicants in August.

  • How will Residence support me during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    The Residence has adopted policies and procedures to proactively protect residents and employees, while providing a safe and secure living and learning environment.

    This includes:

    • Offering maximum flexibility on Residence payment options and cancellation deadlines.
    • Minimizing physical interactions at the front desk.
    • Increased cleaning of high traffic touchpoints through housekeeping.
    • Reviewing access to lounges, laundry rooms and other non-essential spaces.
    • Wi-Fi available throughout the Residence, offering bandwidth and speed required for remote learning.
  • I’m an international student, will I have to quarantine for 14 days when I arrive in Canada?

    If you are an international student travelling to Canada, you must connect with the university by contacting iss@ontariotechu.ca. Processes and restrictions around international travel, especially related to vaccination, are changing rapidly. Please connect with an International Student Advisor to stay up to date, and to determine what may be required of you during and after your international travel.

  • I have been advised by a medical professional to self isolate, what do I do in Residence?

    Students living in Residence who have been told to isolate should stay in their rooms and notify the Residence front desk by calling 905.728.8700 to be connected with a manager. The Residence staff will inform you of our process to support you.

     

  • I live in Residence and suspect I may have symptoms, what do I do?
    1. Please remain in your room and call the Campus Health and Wellness Centre at 905.721.3037. If you need assistance after hours, please contact Durham Region Public Health Services at 905.668.2020.

    2. Once you have notified health services, please notify the Residence front desk at 905.728.8700.
  • I suspect my roommate may have symptoms or be infected with COVID-19, what do I do?

    Please encourage your roommate or neighbour to contact the Campus Health and Wellness Centre at 905.721.3037 or Durham Regional Public Health Services at 905.668.2020. Please notify the Residence front desk by calling 905.728.8700. Our staff will connect with your roommate or neighbour to ensure they are connected to the right resources and supported throughout this process.

  • What is the guest policy at this time?

    The ability to host guests in Residence has currently been suspended. The easing of restrictions will take on a phased approach, including restrictions on number of guests per host, length of stay and total number of guests in the building.

  • What will Residence life be like during COVID-19?

    After a summer of physical distancing and self-isolation, living in Residence offers an incredible opportunity for you to connect with fellow students. 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 are developing new and innovative programs aimed at engaging our community, either in smaller groups or delivered 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.

  • Will I be able to stay home for the fall semester and move in to residence for the winter semester?

    Yes. The Residence will have limited spaces available for the winter semester. Applications will be available on the Residence website in October.

  • Will I be refunded my Residence application fee and residence fees if I can’t move in due to COVID-19 restrictions?

     Please contact us directly at info@dc-otresidence.ca to discuss your individual situation.

  • Will we receive regular housekeeping service?

    In-suite housekeeping services are currently suspended and the Residence will monitor provincial recovery plans, and determine an appropriate time to reinstate this service. During this time, our staff will continue to focus more on common spaces and high touch areas (door handles, railings, elevator buttons, etc.) which will have a higher frequency of cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Will the bookstore ship my books to my house or do I need to go to campus to pick them up?

    Yes. Orders from the Campus Store can be shipped directly to your home. Shipping is available within Canada and internationally. Shipping fees will vary by location. We will continue to follow Government of Ontario and public health officials' guidelines, and once students and staff are allowed on campus, there will also be an option to pick up books at the bookstore.

  • What should I do if I have more questions?
    Please contact the Residence Front Desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000 or info@dc-otresidence.ca.