COVID-19: Update


As one of four universities in the Laurentian Federation, Huntington University is working closely with Laurentian University, under the guidance of public health authorities, to ensure our COVID-19 preparedness and protocols are aligned with their recommendations. 


For more information on COVID-19, please visit the PHSD web page. FAQ about coronavirus (COVID-19) are also available at laurentian.ca/COVID-19. ​​

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the Ministry of Health self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

Huntington University is establishing the Huntington Helps Emergency Bursary Fund – a $25,000 COVID-19 response initiative to assist post-secondary students in need, across the Greater Sudbury community.


Due to high demand, and urgent need, from university and college students across Greater Sudbury, applications to the Huntington Helps Emergency Bursary Fund are now closed.  $25,000 in emergency funding to support local post-secondary students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is now in the process of being distributed.  

 

• All applicants are advised to monitor the university or college email address they provided on the application form.

 

• Successful applicants are being notified via their institutional email (the university or college email address they provided on the application form), and will be required to contact us within 72 hours. 

 

• Please note, only those students who are successful will be contacted.  

 

In the event more funds become available, the call for applications may reopen.  Applications will be processed, in the order they were submitted.  


Students are also advised to contact their home institutions regarding financial support programs that may have been recently established, and for which they may be eligible to apply. 


Thank you to the following community leaders, Abbas Homayed (Chair), Jeanne Warwick Conroy, Bela Ravi and Allain Labelle, who volunteered their time to review and approve applications for the Huntington Helps Emergency Bursary Fund. 

Effective Friday, March 13, 2020 all members of the Huntington University community, including faculty, staff, students and residents, are strongly advised to adhere to the Government of Canada Global Travel Advisory, which currently states individuals should avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.  Read the official media release for more information regarding this travel advisory.


As per Public Health Sudbury & Districts, all returning travelers to Canada (including from the United States) must:


  • Self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada. Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers.
  • Monitor your health for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days, continue to isolate yourself from others and immediately call a health care professional or Public Health. Call ahead—do not drop in.


Huntington University continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, with Laurentian University, and under the guidance of Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and consider the health and wellbeing of our employees and students of utmost importance.  As such, and in light of the Government of Canada Global Travel Advisory Huntington University, and Laurentian University, are taking the following actions:


  • Effective immediately, we are suspending international and domestic travel for business purposes until August 31, 2020 and until otherwise notified
  • We are highly recommending that our community follow federal travel advisories for personal travel. We highlight that provinces are increasingly requiring self-isolation for returning international travelers. 
  • We are recommending that our staff and faculty members currently outside the country also return to Canada


Please refer to the Government of Canada Global Travel Advisory and Public Health Sudbury & Districts websites for most up-to-date and accurate information.


March 24, 2020


On March, 23, 2020 Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses for two weeks.  The order, will come into effect today, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 


This provincial directive has triggered another series of actions on campus, which will result in Huntington University, along with the other three members of the Laurentian Federation, to take further measures to limit access to campus, effectively locking and closing all facilities, but remaining open online and digitally. 


Please note that our team is ready to serve and support you through various means, including by phone and email. During the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact us by phone at 705-673-4126 ext. 200 or by email to llevasseur2@huntingtonu.ca.  We are committed to returning your call as soon as possible. 


Members of the Huntington University community, please note the following:


  • Effective March 25, 2020, Huntington University staff and faculty are to work remotely, if possible, unless explicitly told otherwise by the President and Vice-Chancellor. 


  • As of 8 p.m. March 24, 2020, the Huntington University building, as with all buildings at Laurentian University, University of Sudbury and Thorneloe University, will be closed with only limited access to employees deemed as required for current core operations. If access to the Huntington University building is absolutely critical, you must contact Karen McBain, Executive Assistant to the President.  


  • Staff and faculty will have until 8 p.m. today on March 24, 2020, to retrieve any personal or work-related belongings. 


  • The general public is not permitted on campus, at this time.


  • Students in the Huntington University residence continue to be one of our main priorities.  We are committed to their safety and wellbeing, and will be communicating further information to them directly. 


For more details, please see the March 24, 2020 update from Laurentian University


Huntington Helps Emergency Bursary Fund

Huntington University is establishing the Huntington Helps Emergency Bursary Fund – a $25,000 COVID-19 response initiative to assist post-secondary students in need, across the Greater Sudbury community.


For more information, please visit the Huntington Helps Emergency Bursary Fund page.


Winter Courses

Huntington University classes continue to run online. All face to face exams/invigilated exams are suspended. The format will be either online exam, a take-home exam, or a take-home assignment.  Students should monitor email as updates will come directly from faculty. 


Spring Courses

Huntington University is offering a variety of distance education courses during the spring term.


Communication Studies

  • *COST 2446 EL 12 / RLST 2446 EL 12 Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I
  • *COST 2447 EL 12 / RLST 2447 EL 12 Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II
  • COST 2526 EL 12 News Culture


Gerontology

  • GERO 2226 EL 12 End of Life Care
  • *GERO 3337 EL 12 / RLST 3327 EL 12 Ethical Issues for the Elderly

Alternate Method of Delivery

  • GERO 3307 EL 01 Music Therapy - Please note that this course will be delivered online by alternate means, to be determined by the instructor.

Religious Studies

RLST 3336 EL 12 Food, Ritual and Religion


*These courses have been cross listed


J.W. Tate Library

The J.W. Tate Library is temporarily closed at this time.  Please visit the J.W. Tate Library page for information that may be helpful regarding research help, checked out and overdue material, and access to library material.

March 18, 2020 


The COVID-19 situation in our country, province, community and campus has been developing quickly. Most recently, several governmental announcements of significance have been announced.  In addition, and of great importance to our university community, the Laurentian University Senate has made important decisions regarding the remainder of the academic year.


At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in the province, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The order mandates the closure of many public spaces and services and prohibits gatherings of 50 people or more, until March 31st.  For more information regarding the provincial emergency declaration and public health guidance for COVID-19 please refer to the Public Health Sudbury & Districts website.


Canada has also closed its borders to all foreign nationals except for US citizens.  Many countries around the world are also imposing border restrictions, and airlines have cancelled flights.  The Government of Canada’s Global Travel Advisory states that all countries are now at a state of level 3.


Everyone has a role to play in minimizing the impacts of COVID-19 and managing the spread of illness. The Huntington University community is urged to take the advice of public health authorities seriously.  Please wash hands often, stay home if you are sick, and practice social distancing as much as possible.  Visit Public Health Sudbury & Districts website for an updated measures advisory on social distancing. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS AND STUDENTS OF HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY


It is important to stress at this time that all students in the Laurentian Federation, including Huntington University students living in residence, are encouraged to return home if they are able to. Those students who need to remain on campus will be accommodated.


  • Students living in the Huntington University residence will receive more information later today from their Proctors regarding move-out schedule, refunds and more.


  • Yesterday, the Laurentian University Senate met to make decisions regarding the remainder of the academic year.  You can read the full Senate follow-up – COVID-19 update currently posted to the Laurentian University website.  More information will be coming soon from your instructors. 


  • The J.W. Tate Library at Huntington University will be closed until further notice.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE LAURENTIAN FEDERATION, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY


The following information is included in the March 17, 2020 update from Laurentian University.


  • The Laurentian campus remains open. We encourage students to work remotely if they can, and remain committed to providing students with access to the facilities to complete their academic term.


  • In order to reduce population density and the spread of COVID-19, alternate work arrangements, upon directive and approval from supervisors, continue to be encouraged. This may include, where possible, working remotely, staff rotations, modified hours, etc. As we attempt to reduce density and the spread of COVID-19, we will continue offering services which support our students and ensure our long-term success.


  • The myLaurentian Hub counter will remain closed for in-person counter service. The Registrar’s Office will continue to operate remotely and will be available by live chat, email, telephone as well as virtually through Zoom meetings when required as students remain our number one priority. 


  • The Desmarais and Architecture Libraries will close as of 4:30 p.m. today. The resource centre at the Alphonse Raymond Pavilion will be open for limited access to computers. Reference services are still available via electronic platforms (email, live chat, etc.) or virtual appointment with a librarian. Patrons can request materials through email at : bibdesmaraislib@laurentian.ca.


  • Some computer labs will remain accessible across campus, including at the McEwen School of Architecture. While we will be vigilant in ensuring proper and thorough cleaning procedures within the lab, we encourage all users to respect appropriate social distancing and hand washing protocols established by Public Health. The following are accessible labs: AR201, AR102, F213, F228, F441, SA-219.


  • All business travel is suspended until August 31st, 2020 until otherwise notified, for students, faculty, researchers and staff.


As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we thank you for your ongoing patience and support.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Huntington University team through Lisa Levasseur at llevasseur2@huntingtonu.ca or by calling 705-673-4126 ext. 200.


If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the Ministry of Health self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.



March 16, 2020 


The COVID-19 situation in our community, and across the country, is evolving quickly.  


A full update from March 16, 2020 can be found on the Laurentian University Website.  Students and residents of Huntington University will want to note, in particular, the following:


  • A second case of COVID-19 in Sudbury was confirmed by Public Health Sudbury and Districts on Sunday, March 15. The individual was in close contact with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 and remains in self-isolation. At this time, there is no evidence that the virus is circulating locally.
  • Health Sciences North has recently established a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) on Walford Road and a strict protocol for reporting.
  • The Federal government is now closing of Canadian borders to most non-citizens.
  • We expect the Provincial government to be in meetings today with further advisories and we will communicate any updates relevant to our operations as soon as they are available.
  • All travel relating to Huntington University business is suspended until August 31st, 2020 or until otherwise notified, effective immediately. This applies to faculty, staff, and students. Full details will be communicated shortly.
  • We will be requiring all members of the Huntington University community returning from international travel to self-isolate for 14 days. Returning travelers are asked to contact their supervisor to confirm arrangements.
  • If international students would like to make arrangements to return home, they may do so. We will communicate the decision on exams with all students late in the day Tuesday, March 17, 2020 . Students remaining on campus will be kept current with special arrangements as they relate to move-out. Further details will follow.
  • The Recreation Centre facilities will remain closed until at least April 5, 2020. 
  •  Information on exams will be communicated late in the day, Tuesday, March 17.​


March 13, 2020 


As our community continues to take precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Huntington University and Laurentian University are also working diligently to preserve the integrity of the academic semester and to continue to deliver a quality education to our students. 


A full update from March 13, 2020 can be found on the Laurentian University Website.  Students and residents of Huntington University will want to note, in particular, the following:

  • Course delivery will remain online until further notice
  • On campus events have been cancelled up to and including Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • The Student Recreational Centre will be closed from 4:00 PM Friday, March 13, 2020 to Monday, March 16, 2020
  • The Laurentian University Senate will meet on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will consider how best to facilitate completion of the academic term

As we have implemented these measures in an effort to avoid large gatherings, we are encouraging all students and residents to follow prevention practices as outlined by Public Health Sudbury & Districts (PHSD). We recommend that everyone follows preventative measures such as hand washing, avoiding large gatherings and keeping two metres between people as outlined by Public Health Sudbury & Districts


March 12, 2020


As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, with Laurentian University, students and residents of Huntington University should be advised that 48 hours notice will be provided prior to any resumption of in-course class delivery. Events on campus are also cancelled through until March 15, 2020. 


For more information, please refer to the Laurentian University website.  


March 11, 2020


We are monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).  As a precaution, Huntington University and Laurentian University have determined that all classes as of 12:00 PM today, March 11, 2020 will be suspended. As of tomorrow March 12, all classes will now be moved to online delivery until further notice.  Please monitor your email, as professors will be in contact soon with more details. 


Huntington University, J.W. Tate Library and residence remain open at this time at this time.  Events that were planned to take place on campus between now and March 13, 2020 inclusively, are cancelled. 


For more information, please refer to the Laurentian University website.  





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