COVID-19 Self-Assessment and Absence Notification

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

In keeping with changing regulations and recommendations from the province, Western is implementing a new process for individuals who need to come to campus.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. As much as possible, students are encouraged to do their learning and studying remotely. Employees who can work from home should continue to do so.

Those that need to come to campus are required to complete the province's COVID-19 self-assessment tool daily. You do not need to complete the daily self-assessment on days when you are not coming to campus. 

Western is asking students and employees to complete the provincial self-assessment to ensure proper isolation guidelines are followed. It is a personal choice if you wish to download or print your daily assessment results. This self-assessment tool has replaced Western's Daily Return to Campus Questionnaire.

Absence Notification (Including Self-Isolation)

Employees: To support ongoing continuity of operations, for each unexpected absence, the University is asking employees to complete the absence notification tool, which now includes self-isolation, each day of your illness or isolation, regardless of whether you are working remotely or on campus.

If you are unwell or are required to self-isolate due to illness or being a close contact, please complete the absence notification tool daily, including self-isolation, in My Human Resources and notify your supervisor as soon as you are able. When reporting self-isolation, employees indicate if they can fulfill their work duties. The Human Resources website provides helpful information, including FAQs, on how to use the absence notification tool.

Student notification of absence:
 It is important for us to understand when you are ill or in self-isolation in order to support your academic success. If you cannot complete your remote learning or attend campus for a required in-person assessment due to illness or self-isolation, you will need to either submit a Self-Reported Absence or seek Academic Considerations through your Faculty Academic Counselling Office and/or Dean's Office, as appropriate.

Recording absences is an important way for Western to understand the health status of our entire campus community, which helps inform safe campus operations.


Our Shared Responsibility to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Now, more than ever, we must limit our contacts and work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Take Care of Yourself

  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often and avoid touching your face
  • Use hand sanitizer when you're unable to wash your hands
  • Get vaccinated for the flu
  • Modify your actions and encourage others to do the same as guidelines and recommendations adapt over time

Take Care of Each Other

  • Practice physical distancing, and as much as possible, stay two metres apart from others
  • Wear a Western-supplied medical mask and other protective gear when in the presence of others and in common and shared spaces on campus
  • Stay home if you are unwell or required to self-isolate due to illness or being a close contact
  • Be positive, attentive, and helpful to anyone around you who may be in need of support

Take Care of our Community

  • Keep your clothing, belongings, study area, personal spaces, and shared common spaces clean
  • Adhere to capacity limits as indicated by signage and government regulations
  • Carefully observe instructional signs and follow directions
  • Complete the provincial self-assessment tool daily before coming to campus
  • Complete the absence notification tool daily, including self-isolation (employees) or the self-reported absence tool (students)