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Dawson College is closed until May 1. Classes are cancelled until March 30. 

Students will be updated via Omnivox, employees via email from the Communications Office, and the public via our website.

April 5 Important Message to All Students New Security measures for Zoom, Part 2

Starting Monday April 6th, you will be required to authenticate to access your Zoom classes using “SSO”, i.e. your Dawson Office 365 email address and password. If you are unsure about your Office 365 email address and password, please refer to the previous document sent out on April 3 and entitled “New Security Measures for Zoom – Part 1”.

April 3 Important Message to All Students New Security measures for Zoom, Part 1

In light of the recent incidents of “Zoom bombing” in the College, we will soon introduce tighter controls to restrict access to your Zoom classes: you will have to authenticate yourself by using your official Dawson email address (Office 365) and network password. We urge you to review the following, in order to be ready for your classes on Monday.

April 1 Message to Students re: Online Class Rules

Dawson’s Virtual Campus is a new experience for everyone, students and teachers alike. In this difficult time, it is important to minimize the possibility of creating stress in online classes. To ensure that the teaching and learning environment is a positive, safe and welcoming one, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the policies and rules below.

March 31 Message to Students

Dear Students,

I wish to stress the importance of appropriate academic integrity and student behaviour in the online environment and, to inform you about some important updates concerning the system for grading, requests for authorized absences and the English Exit Examination.

March 31 updates

News for employees shared in our weekly newsletter: D News for March 31

March 30 Back to school online

We are very happy to welcome students back to Dawson College, even if it is only remotely.

Many classes will begin to be offered over the period of Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 9.

Some teachers have already contacted students by MIO or their usual way of communicating with students. Other teachers will be contacting students shortly with information about their class and how to join.

Dawson College invites you to visit Dawson’s new Virtual Campus Spring 2020 microsite

March 29 Special Access to Lockers

If you need to retrieve course materials and textbooks from your lockers for the resumption of classes online, Dawson College has arranged a textbook pick-up time by appointment.

By appointment only textbook pick-up
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (by appointment only)

March 27 FAQs for Students

GRADUATING STUDENTS

I am a student on track to graduate this semester. Will I be able to graduate on time?

All possible measures are being taken to ensure that students can complete the Winter 2020 semester, however the semester may be extended beyond its original end date of Friday, May 26. We will communicate more information as soon as it’s available.

Will the Convocation ceremony for graduating students be postponed or cancelled?

We are saddened by the fact that we will not be able to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating class as we usually do in June at Place des Arts. The ceremony may be rescheduled. Graduating students will receive more information as it becomes available.

I am a graduating student who booked a graduation photo session. Will it be rescheduled? 

Graduation photo sessions have been suspended indefinitely. Refunds will be issued to anyone who booked an appointment. You will receive a MIO as to how the refunds will be delivered. If you have any other questions please email them to StudentServicesCOVID19@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

ACADEMIC

Will the classes finish on May 12 and the exam period end on May 26 as scheduled?

No. They will be extended by at least one week. More information will be available in the near future.

Will Dawson transition to online classes?

Yes, classes will gradually come online between March 30 and April 9. Teachers will inform students of the start date of their class.

How will the closure affect summer school classes?

We are aware of the serious impact that a cancellation of summer school would create for students. Given the uncertainty, we must wait before making a decision.

How long will the closure of schools in Quebec last?

Currently, the closure has been extended until May 1 and may be extended further.

SERVICES

I left something important in my locker. When can I come to Dawson to get it?

If you need to retrieve course materials and textbooks from your lockers for the resumption of classes online beginning this Monday, March 30, Dawson College has arranged a textbook pick-up time by appointment. You must schedule an appointment and read information about pick-up on Omnivox.

I am a student who receives financial aid. Will I receive my next installment as usual?

The Ministry is releasing the April installment on schedule. You will receive your funds on time.

I have recently received my acceptance for financial aid. When will I receive my money?

The Financial Aid Office must confirm your status as a full time student. We are working on new files, but delays can be expected, since access to the building (and therefore certain documents) is limited.

Which Dawson services are available to students during the closure?

If you have questions about any of the services below, you can email: StudentServicesCOVID19@dawsoncollege.qc.ca or leave a voicemail at (514) 931-8731, local 1019

-Health Services

-Financial Aid

-Ombudsperson

-Athletics

-Library Services

-Student AccessAbility Centre Services

-Office for First Year Students

-Employment Services

-Academic Skills Centre

I was seeing a counsellor at Dawson for mental health purposes. What should I do?

All appointments during the closure are cancelled, and appointments will be rescheduled as soon as possible once the College has re-opened.

If you require assistance during the closure, you can contact:

-Suicide Action Montreal: 1-866-277-3553

-Tel-Aide: 514-935-1101

If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.

ADMISSIONS

I applied to a Dawson program for Fall 2020. Is the admissions process functioning normally? The Admissions/Advising team consists of about 20 staff members processing more than 11,000 applications. Currently, they are working from home and have sent out more than 4,700 letters of admission. There is no delay in the process.

I applied to a Dawson program requiring a portfolio, interview, drawing test, etc. How will I complete these steps?

Students who have applied to programs with additional admission requirements will be contacted directly with further instructions.

GENERAL

I have developed symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?

At this time, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should call the government’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-644-4545 and follow their instructions.

What are the most reliable sources for COVID19 info?

It is important to turn to reliable sources of information and to avoid spreading misinformation, myths or rumours. Good sources include:

Quebec government COVID-19 page

Public Health Agency of Canada

World Health Organization

Myths and Facts about COVID-19

How should I stay informed about Dawson updates during this time?

The Communications Office of Dawson College is committed to providing regular updates as they become available as follows:

Students: on Omnivox platform

Employees: Email from Communications Office

Public: Homepage of website

What can I do to help during this public health crisis?

Premier François Legault has encouraged everyone to practice social distancing. This means staying at home and only leaving the house for essential trips (such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy), or to take a walk. When you are out, make sure to maintain a distance of two metres from other people.

You can help elderly individuals in your neighbourhood by offering to grocery shop for them or by checking in to prevent loneliness from social isolation. You can donate to an organization helping people impacted by COVID-19 and the consequences of COVID-19.

March 27 Special Access to Lockers

If you need to retrieve course materials and textbooks from your lockers for the resumption of classes online beginning this Monday, March 30, Dawson College has arranged a textbook pick-up time by appointment.

By appointment only textbook pick-up
Saturday, March 28, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

March 26 Message to all students from the Academic Dean

Dear students,

In these very difficult times, I hope that you are managing all right and that both you and your family are well.

As the Academic Dean of Dawson College, I am responsible for the academic life of the college, overseeing programs, teaching, student evaluation, and all other academic activities. My team consists of the deans of each academic sector, managers, professionals and support staff. All of us have been working long hours to find solutions that will allow you to complete your semester.

Today, I am writing to share with you some information about how we are going to continue this semester under these very challenging and unprecedented circumstances. Much remains unknown because the context in which the College is operating continues to evolve. The Ministry of Education may issue directives that will require the partial or substantial modification of any plans that we make.

March 24 Update to Students

March 24 Update for Dawson College Students

Dear students,

We hope this finds you and your family well. We know you are eager to hear news about how the semester will continue with the COVID-19 public health measures.

We have prepared this update on a variety of topics you have been asking about.

March 23 Update

  • LOCKERS: Access to lockers is not permitted at this time.
  • ADMISSIONS UPDATE: As of this morning, March 23, Dawson College has sent out 4,700 offers of admission.

March 22 Update

Closing of Dawson College extended to May 1

Premier François Legault announced today that the closing of all educational institutions in Quebec, including Dawson College, will be extended until May 1. This is part of a series of measures to protect the most vulnerable people and the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the statement from Quebec’s Ministry of Education, see this link (only available in French): http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/en/salle-de-presse/press-releases/detail/article/pandemie-de-la-covid-19-fermeture-des-etablissements-scolaires-et-maintien-des-services-de-garde-d/

CBC News has this report in English: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/coronavirus-covid-19-montreal-quebec-march-22-1.5505989

Dawson College is committed to salvaging this semester. We will provide more news later this week to students and employees as we work hard to address the challenges before us all.

March 20 Update

While Dawson College remains closed, essential work continues. The Director General, the Academic Dean, the directors, the deans, managers, and many employees are hard at work to develop a comprehensive plan for the resumption of activities.

Next week (week of March 24), no classes or activities will be held. The Director General and the Academic Dean are in regular contact with Quebec’s Ministry of Education and with their counterparts at other CEGEPs. The plan is to work together to develop an integrated approach.

March 19 Update for Employees

We are all living through a challenging time and we want to update you with the hope that it will provide some level of reassurance.

No COVID-19 cases related to Dawson College

To date, we are not aware of any cases of COVID-19 related to Dawson students or employees. However, several staff members are in quarantine due to recent travel outside Canada.

The directors, deans and managers are continuing to work through this and meeting regularly. The directors are in regular contact with the Dawson Teachers’ Union, the Dawson Support Staff Union, the Association of Dawson Professionals and Dawson’s Management Association.

“We are blessed to count on employees’ understanding,” said Director General Richard Filion. “We would like to thank everyone for their patience and wonderful spirit of cooperation, resourcefulness and flexibility.”

March 18 Update for Students

As we collectively live through this unique experience regarding the closure of the College due to the COVID-19 virus, we appreciate your cooperation and understand that this closure may be causing you some level of anxiety.

The College has been communicating via regular updates on the College website and through Omnivox to students and email to employees. It is a College priority to try and keep students and employees as up to date as possible during this evolving situation.

We wish to offer students the opportunity to ask questions to Student Services staff to possibly put your minds at ease about a topic and alleviate a bit of stress that this situation may be causing you.

March 18 General Update

Admissions update: Dawson College is processing applications as usual. To date, the College has sent 3,728 offers of admission. Applicants can view their letters of admission through the Status page in the Application Centre and they will be contacted by email.

Events cancelled through April 12 and building closed until March 30: Due to the Public Health guidelines issued by the Quebec Government, all events at Dawson College are cancelled through April 12 and the College building is closed to everyone until the morning of March 30. That is the current status. We will notify you if there are further changes.

March 17 Update to Employees

March 13 10 p.m. COVID-19 update to students

Revised on March 14 at 11am.

CLASSES

All classes are cancelled and expected to resume March 30.  At this time, students can expect that the semester will be extended by one week.

AVAILABILITY OF TEACHERS

Teachers will be available during the next two weeks.  They can be contacted using the means described in the course outline.  Some teachers may not have internet access at home. If this is the case, please leave them a voice mail at 514-931-8731; their extension number can be found in the College directory.

BUILDING

Dawson College is closed as of 11 p.m. this evening, March 13 until the morning of March 30.

PERSONAL TRAVEL

As mentioned on March 12, students are strongly advised not to leave Canada for any international destination, including the United States, until further notice. Should students choose to travel outside Canada, they will be quarantined for 14 days upon their return. Leaving the country at this time could put your health at risk and you may get stuck in a foreign country. A student may face consequences from missing school if they knowingly leave the country from March 12 onward.

Students will be informed about the return to class and other news as updates become available. The Communications Office of Dawson College will communicate as follows:

SUPPORT AND INFORMATION:

We know the uncertainty is stressful and we are sorry this is happening. If you feel anxious and wish to speak to someone, you can call 1-800-668-6868.

During this time away from the College, please continue to practice good hygiene and follow the new guidelines:

  • Be vigilant about hand washing
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Discard used tissue and wash your hands
  • Avoid handshaking and close contact with others
  • Avoid large gatherings and public spaces
  • Avoid travelling

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS (FEVER, COUGH, DIFFICULTY BREATHING):

  • Stay home
  • Call the new COVID-19 telephone service at 1-877-644-4545. Do not call 811.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH RELIABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

We wish you the best and look forward to your return to Dawson College.

March 13 5 p.m. COVID-19 update

Dawson College is closed from 11 p.m. on March 13 until March 30 or further notice. The College will be closed while essential services are maintained. Students will be updated via Omnivox, employees via email from the Communications Office, and the public via our website.

Employees need to read an important email message from Director General Richard Filion and Academic Dean Diane Gauvin sent by the Communications Office to All Dawson email list at 4:49 p.m. March 13.

March 13 12:20 p.m. COVID-19 update

As of March 13 at 11 p.m., Dawson College will be closed for two weeks in compliance with the directives from the Quebec Government to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

All classes and activities are cancelled until March 30 or until further notice. Employees and students are asked to stay tuned for further details.

If you have symptoms, the Government has set up a new telephone service at 1-877-644-4545. You are asked to not call 811.

We reiterate this important message about travel:

TRAVEL

PERSONAL TRAVEL

Students and employees are strongly advised not to leave Canada for any international destination, including the United States, until further notice.

Leaving the country at this time could put your health at risk. A student may face consequences from missing school if they knowingly leave the country from March 12 onward.

BUSINESS TRAVEL

All business travel for Dawson College outside Canada, including attending conferences, is forbidden.

IF YOU HAVE RETURNED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP ON OR AFTER MARCH 12

All students and employees who return from ANY country outside Canada, including the United States, must go into self-isolation for 14 days. This is effective March 12 until further notice from the Quebec Government. If you returned to Quebec before March 12, this does not apply to you. However, those who have returned to Quebec within the last 14 days are asked to carefully monitor their health for 14 days following their return.

The Communications Office of Dawson College is committed to providing regular updates as they become available as follows:

Students: on Omnivox platform
Employees: Email from Communications Office
Public: Homepage of website

More details to follow.

March 12 09:45 a.m. COVID-19 update

DAWSON IS FOLLOWING PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

Dawson College is open today, March 13, and is following the latest recommendations (March 12) from the Quebec Government to all schools in the province. The Directors Group is monitoring and evaluating the rapidly evolving situation. Quebec Premier François Legault is holding a press conference at 11:45 a.m. and we will provide another update later today.

School boards and universities that decided to close today are giving themselves a day to plan and prepare for next week, which is a regular week of school for their students.

Most classes at Dawson College are not being held next week (week of March 16) because it is Study Break. Some exceptions include particular AEC and non-credit courses. A decision about these courses scheduled for next week will be communicated later today.

Meanwhile, for the next 30 days (beginning March 12) Dawson College has cancelled all activities of over 250 people and all non-essential events.

 

CONTINUE PRACTICING GOOD HYGIENE:

  • Be vigilant about hand washing
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Discard used tissue and wash your hands
  • Avoid handshaking and close contact with others

 

THE WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES REMAINS A PRIORITY FOR DAWSON COLLEGE.

If you are anxious and wish to speak to someone:

Students may call 1-800-668-6868
Employees may call 1 888 687-9197

 

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS):

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

 

AT HOME:

If you develop symptoms while at home:

  • Stay home
  • Call Info-Santé at 811 and follow their instructions

 

AT DAWSON COLLEGE:

If you develop symptoms while at Dawson College:

  • Avoid contact with others as much as possible
  • Contact Security at ext. 1500 or at security@dawsoncollege.qc.ca or come to 2E.14
  • Call Home
  • Call Info-Santé at 811 and follow their instructions

 

TRAVEL

PERSONAL TRAVEL

Students and employees are strongly advised not to leave Canada for any international destination, including the United States, until further notice.

Leaving the country at this time could put your health at risk. A student may face consequences from missing school if they knowingly leave the country from March 12 onward.

BUSINESS TRAVEL

All business travel for Dawson College outside Canada, including attending conferences, is forbidden.

IF YOU HAVE RETURNED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP ON OR AFTER MARCH 12

All students and employees who return from ANY country outside Canada, including the United States, must go into self-isolation for 14 days. This is effective March 12 until further notice from the Quebec Government. If you returned to Quebec before March 12, this does not apply to you. However, those who have returned to Quebec within the last 14 days are asked to carefully monitor their health for 14 days following their return.

 

GATHERINGS OF 250+ PEOPLE

Cancelled for the next 30 days

All events of over 250 people and non-essential events at Dawson College and across Quebec are cancelled effective March 12 for the next 30 days.

 

STAY UP TO DATE WITH RELIABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION

***The information in these messages are about a developing situation and were accurate at time of posting/distribution. Please do not email, phone or message the College with further questions about COVID-19.

The Communications Office of Dawson College is committed to providing regular updates as they become available as follows:

  • Students: on Omnivox platform
  • Employees: Email from Communications Office
  • Public: Homepage of website


Last Modified: April 5, 2020