COVID-19 Response



The University of Ottawa’s Student Union is closely monitoring local, national and international developments regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. 

As a result, we have decided to close our offices until further notice. However, we will be there to answer all your questions by email. Please consult the link below for the email address of each of our services or write to us at

Our sympathies are with everyone impacted by this unprecedented situation. 

We will continue to monitor developments and give updates weekly or earlier if needed. 

The University of Ottawa announced the following: 

  • Classes on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 are cancelled.
  • As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 all in-person classes and labs in the current (Winter 2020) term will be moved to distance and online learning formats for the rest of the semester.
  • Plans are currently being developed for the exam period. Exams will not be taken in-person. More information will follow shortly.
  • Students currently in clinical and co-op placements should continue their activities without alteration unless otherwise notified.
  • The University remains open. All residences, food services, libraries and other facilities and services remain accessible and open until further notice.
  • Students will be contacted through digital channels with specific arrangements as to how each course will be completed.

Please check the following links regularly for the latest updates:

As of today (Friday Mar. 13, 2020), given the on-going coronavirus outbreak, our recommendations impact five specific categories of students. We kindly encourage everyone to carefully read and follow these recommendations:

  1. Do you or your child have a cough, fever or trouble breathing? If you have a cough or fever, or are having trouble breathing (regardless of the cause), please study at home and only attend the University once you have fully recovered. If your child has a cough or cold, please do not bring them to the university until they are fully recovered. 
  2. Have you traveled internationally? If you have traveled outside Canada (including to the United States) in the last 14 days, please study/work/pray at home and do not come to the university until 14 days have passed since your return and you feel well.
  3. Have you been in close contact with anyone who has traveled intentionally or who has been exposed to COVID-19 coronavirus? Please study/work/pray at home and do not come to the university until 14 days have passed since your last contact with them and you feel well. 
  4. Are you an elder (over 60 years old)? Out of concern for your well-being, we encourage you to take extra precautions and consider study/work/pray from home. 
  5. Do you have a serious, pre existing medical condition? People who have terminal illness, respiratory problems, weak immune system or are otherwise at high risk of contracting the virus, should study/work/pray at home until cleared by their doctors. 

All students are encouraged to:

  • Not shake hands or exchange hugs (just greet with verbal greetings)
  • Cover their sneezes and cough with their sleeve or a tissue 
  • Regularly sanitize their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching their face 

If you feel the need to talk, the UOSU would like to remind you that many services are available to you. Here are some of them:



  • Distress Centre of Ottawa 613-238-3311 or
  • Ontario resident, you can also call TeleHealth at 1-866-797-0000 to speak directly to a nurse.
  • Quebec resident, you can also call Info-Santé by dialling 8-1-1 to speak directly to a nurse.
  • Good2Talk Students can contact Good2Talk by calling 1-866-925-5454 or 2-1-1 and by asking to speak to Good2Talk.
  • In case of EMERGENCY, call Protection at 613-562-5499 or call 9-1-1.