Supports and Connections During COVID-19 Isolation

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To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, students in residence are required to isolate if they:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19. Students who learn of a positive result online are asked to notify Student Housing immediately
  • attended the gatherings at East Townhouse Villages between Jan. 14 and 17 - whether or not they have symptoms
  • have a roommate or suitemate who attended the gatherings and is awaiting test results. If their roommate or suitemate’s results are negative, students must contact Student Health Services before leaving isolation. If the results are positive, students must isolate and get tested.
  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have been contacted by Public Health and told to isolate

If you have questions about risk of exposure, isolating or testing contact Student Health Services 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

Supporting our students

While students are in isolation, the University is supporting them by delivering meals and providing daily check-ins.

The University also has the following supports for their physical and mental well-being:


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U of G is helping students in isolation keep physically active through:

  • free on-demand exercise classes from Gryphon Fitness and Recreation that require little to no equipment. Check the @gryphons_fitness Instagram account for the weekly schedule and to view the workouts. 
  • regular fitness challenges to get students moving through the GryphFit app
  • weekly yoga classes on Fridays offered by Classical Yoga for Total Health and Awareness.

Maintaining connections

Staying connected with others during isolation is essential to students’ mental well-being. The following online activities let students connect with others while staying physically apart.

  • Friday trivia nights and other online activities hosted throughout the week by Student Housing.
  • Social Saturday programing from Student Wellness. Visit the @wellness_uofg Instagram account for the latest info.
  • CSA clubs are running online. Check out the club listings on GryphLife to find Gryphons who share your interests!
  • Other online social activities organized by groups across the University. Check out the Student Experience @uofgstudentexp Instagram account for more info.

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To help support students’ mental well-being, particularly during isolation, the University has a number of supports and resources.

  • USHINE - This peer-to-peer mentorship program connects students in isolation with an accountability partner to set up new healthy habits. Students can set goals for physical activity, sleep, substance use, mental well-being or anything else related to wellness. Email USHINE@uoguelph.ca to get started.
  • Student Counselling Services provides a variety of counselling resources. Students can call 519-824-4120 ext. 53244 to connect with a Wellness Navigator.
  • Student Support Network offers peer-to-peer confidential, non-judgemental listening and support to other students. Book a session online at https://wellness.uoguelph.ca/ssn
  • The Multi-Faith Resource Team is available to speak with students at 519-824-4120, Ext. 58909 or email faith@uoguelph.ca.
  • The Crisis Text Line connects students with a trained counsellor. Text “UofG” to 686868 to start a conversation.
  • Graduate Student Support Circles offer peer support specific to graduate students. Email grad.circle@uoguelph.ca to connect.
  • International students can access support through:
  • U of G’s International Student Advisor. Call 519-824-4120 ext. 58698 or ext. 53636.
  • keep.meSAFE offers counselling support to International Students for free by chat, phone and virtual appointments. You can contact keep.meSAFE anytime – day or night – and connect with counsellors who understand your culture and speak your language. Download the My SSP App or call 1-844-451-9700.

If you need further support, contact your RA.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.