St Catharines university dubs their Step Three as ‘Brock 3’

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Published July 16, 2021 at 6:25 pm

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While the rest of the Province moved into Step 3 of the provincial reopening plan today, Brock University in St Catherines is waiting until July 19.

That’s when the university will shift into their initiative, which they’ve dubbed “Brock 3”, calling it their “Protect and Prevent” stage.

With the hopes of seeing a significant return to the campus this fall after months of online learning, the university is still pushing to protect the student body and facility by not opening every door.

The university said, “The (Brock 3) plan relies heavily on a high rate of vaccination, so all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get both doses as soon as they’re able to.”

The Brock 3 initiative “allows for most classes to be offered in person and some offered online or in a hybrid format, as well as the reopening of student residences, dining facilities, recreational areas and other amenities on campus.”

Further restrictions or reopenings of the Brock 3 initiative are:

  • While in-person and hybrid classes are permitted to resume, ongoing Summer Term courses delivered online will continue in this format.
  • Exams and testing will primarily be delivered online.
  • The James A. Gibson Library will increase bookable study space to a maximum capacity of 50 within the Learning Commons. Appointments for Archives and Special Collections continue to be available with limited capacity.
  • The Computer Commons will continue to provide appointment-only bookable space with a maximum occupancy of 25 students.
  • Time-sensitive research, including some in-person human research, can be authorized. Domestic travel for research purposes is permitted.
  • Additional events or activities at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts may be authorized, subject to restrictions.
  • Student wellness and academic services will continue to be offered primarily online, with some limited on-campus services.
  • Some student events may resume indoors and outdoors with restrictions in place.
  • Athletic facilities inside the Walker Sports Complex, including the Zone Fitness Centre, Brock pool, gymnasia and Brock Sport Performance Centre, will reopen on August 3 for pre-booked recreational use, with capacity limits and other restrictions in place. In addition to outdoor athletic training, which previously resumed with capacity and physical distancing limits in place, authorized indoor training may also resume with restrictions.
  • The Campus Store will remain available for online sales only until August 3, when it will reopen for in-store shopping with limited capacity allowing two metres of physical distancing.
  • While dining services are permitted to open under Brock 3, they remain closed for the summer.
  • Public access to campus remains limited with authorized access only.
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