Your Responsibilities to Keep Everyone Safe

Brandon University takes the safety of everyone on campus very seriously. It is our top priority.

As we continue to take measures to limit any spread of coronavirus on our campus, there are several ways you can help. These are based on guidance from public health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Health. Please read and follow these instructions.

Brandon University requires you to take certain precautions:

  • If you have travelled internationally, you MUST self-isolate AT HOME for 14 days, starting on the date of your return to Canada.
  • If you develop symptoms that are characteristic of COVID-19, you MUST call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 and you also MUST follow their directions regarding self-isolation AT HOME starting from onset of symptoms.
  • If you come into DIRECT contact with a CONFIRMED case of COVID-19, you MUST call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 and you also MUST follow their directions regarding self-isolation AT HOME.
  • If you have no symptoms, and have had only indirect contact, second-hand contact or contact only with an unconfirmed case, you are NOT required to self-isolate at this time.
  • All members of the BU community who self-isolate at home MUST notify their immediate supervisors as well as BU Human Resources at FisherK@BrandonU.ca. All information will be kept confidential.

We strongly advise that you practice the following habits:

  • Avoid prolonged, close contact with other people. Stay at least two meters (six feet) away from other people as much as you can. Spend less than 10 minutes closer than that.
  • Avoid greetings that involve touching, such as handshakes, hugs, or high fives.
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces.
  • Follow all other current public health advice, including thoroughly washing your hands with soap.

We know that these strategies can feel unusual and can cause social awkwardness. It is normal to want to respond with humour. Humour can help defuse awkwardness, but please be aware that humour can also misfire during times of anxiety like this.

We request that you kindly:

  • Avoid joking or making fun of people who are practicing more strict social distancing than you. They are protecting themselves, their loved ones, and you.
  • Ask for and receive consent before entering someone else’s personal space, including offices or desk areas. Respect their boundaries and try to stand further away than you normally would. Don’t be a “close talker.”
  • Where possible, avoid touching shared surfaces or surfaces in other peoples’ areas. Avoid sharing items like pens and staplers.

One of Brandon University’s greatest strengths is our close-knit, caring campus. As we respond together to this global coronavirus pandemic, we must lean on our caring and find new ways to be close-knit.

Thank you for helping BU’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus in our community.