Your Responsibilities to Keep Everyone Safe

Brandon University takes the safety of everyone on campus very seriously. It is our top priority. We have developed several protocols protect the health of our community.

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:

  • Wear a mask. Masks reduce viral transmission and are required at all times on campus when you might be in contact with other people.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • If students become symptomatic (during their 14-day quarantine period), they should seek medical advice and information about COVID-19 testing: the student must complete the self-screening tool from Shared Health and / or call Health Links – Info Santé in Winnipeg at 204-788-8667, toll free elsewhere in Manitoba at 1-888-315-9257. If a student is experiencing severe symptoms or difficulty breathing, they should call 911.
  • Based on test results, Manitoba public health officials will advise the student what actions should be taken. For example, if COVID-19 test results are negative, the student may be advised to stay home until symptoms have resolved for 24 hours.
  • The institutional outbreak management plan will be invoked upon direction and notification from Manitoba public health officials.

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.
  • 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.

Avoiding stigma

Social stigma and microaggression stigma occurs when people associate a risk with specific people, places, or things, and stigmatization is common in disease outbreaks such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Know the facts:

  • diseases can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity;
  • someone who has completed or been released from isolation is not a source of infection to others;
  • there are steps everyone can take to protect themselves and others.

Everyone has a role to play in preventing stigma:

  • be kind and patient with self and others, we are all in this together;
  • create awareness, correct misinformation, challenge myths, and show empathy;
  • choose your words carefully;
  • always choose curiosity before judgement (e.g., perhaps that person not a mask is doing so in accordance with a medical accommodation).

Discrimination is illegal in Canada. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly because of skin colour, race or religion, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or physical or mental disability then you can get support from the Brandon Human Rights Commission. The Brandon Human Rights Commission is located at 340-9th Street and can be reached by phone at 204-726-6261 or 1-800-201-2551. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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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.