Past Updates

November 16, 2021

As you are aware, there has been rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in the Algoma District, particularly in Sault Ste. Marie. Algoma Public Health (APH) has announced additional measures in response to this in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. You are strongly encouraged to take the time to review these additional measures and review the Class Order issued by APH to ensure you are in compliance. 

It is important that we all continue to do our part to keep our community safe and we want you to be aware of the following when accessing the College:

  • Given the rise in COVID-19 cases, in addition to the College's current screening protocols, staff and students must stay home AND notify their supervisor/Program Chair, if someone in the household has been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case. 
  • anyone who is sick, even with mild symptoms, must stay home and isolate away from others (see class order): 
    •  If you’ve tested for COVID-19, you must remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative test result, have no fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if your symptoms are gastrointestinal, e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or stomach pain)
    • If you’ve not tested, you are considered a probable case of COVID-19 and must follow isolation requirements and other public health direction 
  • Physical distancing must be maintained in all areas of the College with the exception of instructional spaces
  •  Masking is required throughout the College

It is imperative that we follow all public health guidelines and requirements as well as all health and safety protocols and screening of the College to keep our campus and broader community safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.
 

October 8, 2021

As part of the Sault College vaccination policy, anyone accessing College property must be fully vaccinated by October 31.   Staff and students must download the Sault Safe app for campus access after October 31.   Proof of COVID-19 vaccination can uploaded to the app and will then  be reviewed and approved, if appropriate.   Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Sault Safe app.

September  2

In accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines, Sault College is implementing a vaccination policy to help keep our campuses and properties safe for staff and students. View the College's Vaccination Policy.  Please review  Frequently Asked Questions  about this policy and other important information. 

This policy is effective September 7, 2021, and highlights include:

Those wishing to access campus/properties must satisfy one of the following requirements:
 

Be fully vaccinated with two doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO)  with   proof of vaccination.   “Fully vaccinated” means having received (a) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada and (b) having received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

(Note: The College will require an attestation prior to entry but we have purchased an app that will be rolled out in the near future to replace the attestation process).

 

Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep our campus community safe.

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority and vaccinations have proven to be a safe and effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19. The College will continue to have limited number of individuals on campus this fall, including staff, students and others who are required on campus for a defined business purpose.

Algoma Public Health will be holding a vaccination clinic in the APH parking lot (294 Willow Avenue)on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 12-3 p.m. Algoma Public Health has scheduled multiple Pop-Up Clinics across our District and we encourage everyone to visit their website for times and locations: Pop-Up Clinics Times and Locations.

2.      Granted an exemption due to an approved accommodation (ex.  Approved medical exemption)

those with accommodation must provide a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 72 hours of accessing campus/properties. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must provide a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 72 hours of accessing campus/properties, must complete a College-approved educational session about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, and present proof of completion of this session

  Individuals must be fully vaccinated by no later than October 31, 2021. Any individuals without accommodation who are not fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021 will be denied access.
August 26, 2021

In accordance with government of Ontario requirements, the College is implementing a vaccination policy for anyone accessing College properties this fall.

Employees and others wishing to access campus this fall will be required to be vaccinated or qualify for approved exemptions in accordance with applicable legislation and guidelines. Those with one dose of a two-dose vaccine will be allowed on campus and will be given a grace period to get their second dose. Effective dates will be announced shortly.

The college will accept all vaccines approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO) .

Additional public health guidelines will continue to be followed at the college for the fall term, including masking indoors and proper hygiene controls. It should be noted that the College is open to only staff, students and others who are required on campus for a defined business purpose, with vaccination requirements applicable to all.
The College encourages everyone to get vaccinated as it has been proven to be a safe and effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Algoma Public Health has scheduled multiple Pop-Up Clinics across our District and we encourage everyone to visit their website for times and locations: Pop-Up Clinics Times and Locations.

August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

As the beginning of the fall semester approaches, we would like to provide you with an update regarding campus/College operations.

The health and safety of our staff and students is a top priority. This fall, the College will continue to have protocols and precautions in place to help to reduce the risk of additional waves or outbreaks of COVID-19.

As such, the College will have a measured, gradual return to operations. At this time, only those staff who are facilitating student learning on campus or providing face-to-face support services are expected and required to access campus/College properties.

Prior to a return, we want to make you aware of the following important information:

The College will be closed to the general public Masks will continue to be required inside campus/College properties COVID-19 training must be completed prior to entering campus/College properties for. This requirement is mandatory regardless if you completed training last year, this training must be re-taken. Sault College COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

 

We will continue to monitor conditions and will remain flexible and adaptable to any changes in these conditions. Any changes to our operations or health and safety protocols will be communicated.

We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation throughout this time.

“No appointments Necessary Vaccination Clinics” can be found at the link below from APH.

Algoma Public Health - No Appointment Necessary Clinics

  • Parking fees will be suspended for the fall semester
  • Panbio testing and vaccination clinics will be available. More information will be provided as details are available.
  • Vaccinations will be a requirement to attend the campus and additional details will be shared in the near future.  We strongly recommend that you make arrangements to comply with this requirement ASAP if you plan to come onto the campus.

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Swipe cards will be used to enter campus
  • By swiping your Campus One card, you are completing all necessary screening questions. To view what you are acknowledging when entering campus/properties, visit the Latest Update page of our website.
At this time, entering main campus will be through the F Wing doors

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student Informed Consent
July 26, 2021

College Announces Vaccination Policies and International Student Attendance Requirements:  Vaccinations Required in Residence and Varsity Athletics

 
Sault College is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment for its community members. With the upcoming academic year, the College has reviewed operations and monitored vaccination rates throughout the province and country. The College continues to be encouraged by the positive trends in COVID-19 vaccinations within the Algoma region and throughout Canada.

The College is announcing mandatory vaccination policies for those living/working in its student residence and for team staff, students and coaches within its varsity athletics program. Those living/working in residence are to be fully vaccinated by no later than September 20, 2021. Full vaccination for student-athletes, team staff and coaches must be completed based on a prescribed schedule. Reasonable proof of vaccination will be required.

“Sault College is looking forward to the fall semester and welcoming new and returning students. The health and safety of our campus community is an important priority and these mandatory vaccination policies will complement this. The College will continue to follow all public health guidelines and protocols this fall to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff,” says Dr. Ron Common Sault College President.

The College will be welcoming a reduced number of international students this fall. All students arriving from outside Canada will be required to meet Federal and Provincial Travel, Quarantine and/or Isolation and COVID Testing requirements on arrival. Students who arrive already vaccinated by one of four vaccines recognized by the Government of Canada may be exempt from quarantine if their proof is deemed acceptable by Canadian officials on arrival. However, all foreign travelers will still be tested on arrival.

“These Federal and Provincial measures protect Canadians, Ontarians and Saultites. The Sault College team oversees every single student’s arrival to make sure students are following Federal and local regulations. Those requiring quarantine do so for 14 days in Toronto, must take a COVID test and meet Public Health Agency of Canada conditions prior to exiting quarantine and travelling to Sault Ste. Marie,” says Richard Peters Vice President Strategic International Development.

“We all continue to play a role in keeping our campus community and broader community safe. We strongly encourage members of our college community to get their vaccinations as soon as possible,” added Common.

Communication with those impacted by these policies is ongoing.

June 11, 2021

As the province begins to gradually re-open, we would like to provide you with some important updates to the College’s screening protocols and access restrictions.

 Effective Monday, June 14, 2021 and until further notice, please be advised that:
 

the restrictions associated with travel outside of the Algoma District have been lifted. The College will continue to monitor conditions within the province and should the need arise, will reinstate as necessary.
  • Important Note: Aviation staff and students should verify current protocols with their direct Manager or Program Chair
requests to access campus/Sault College property should be directed to your Manager

 

 We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

 Any changes to the above will be communicated.

 As a reminder, a full list of screening acknowledgements and health and safety protocols are available on the COVID-19 Latest Update page of our website.

 

April 8, 2021

As you know, Premier Ford has declared a provincial emergency and ordered a province-wide stay-at-home order.

Given this declaration, please be advised of the following, which are effective Friday, April 9, 2021:

Campus Access

Employees may only access the campus for an essential purpose during this period of time. Access to the campus will either be by the direction of or with the approval of your respective Vice President.  Unless otherwise directed to work onsite or by approval, as noted, staff are expected to work remotely.

Practical Learning and Student Campus Services

there is no impact to classes being taught remotely or scheduled practical learning, including apprenticeship training the study hall will be restricted to no more than two students at one time
  • hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
the majority of student campus services will be available remotely

 

We all play an important role in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health measures and advice and do your part in helping to keep our community safe.

Stay safe!

As a reminder, the College continues to have many screening protocols in place for accessing the campus/Sault College properties, including those associated with travel outside of the Algoma District. These continue to be in effect until further notice.  A list of screening acknowledgements and health and safety protocols are available on the COVID-19 Latest Update page of our website. 

April 1, 2021

We have reviewed the shutdown order from the Premier.  It appears that our current protocols for the College will not be impacted and we may carry on in our current state.  We will continue to monitor developments and any adjustments will be communicated to you by your supervisor/Professor.

As a reminder, the College continues to have many screening protocols in place for accessing the campus/Sault College properties, including those associated with travel outside of the Algoma District. These continue to be in effect until further notice.  A list of screening acknowledgements and health and safety protocols are available on the COVID-19 Latest Update page of our website.

March 15, 2021

To further align with public health guidelines, please be advised that Sault College has updated its screening questions to include the following:

Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms?

Please note: this question is specific to those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and does not apply to those who are awaiting test results to access a long-term care facility or as a requirement to attend work.

If you answer yes to this screening question, you are not permitted onto campus/Sault College property. You should go/stay home to self-isolate immediately and contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1 866-797-0000) to find out if a COVID-19 test is needed.  You must stay home, along with the rest of the household, until the sick individual gets a negative COVID-19 test result, is cleared by their local public health unit, or is diagnosed with another illness.

A full list of screening acknowledgements and health and safety protocols are available on the COVID-19 Latest Update page of our website. Please take the time to review these.

We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation in protecting the health and safety of our campus community.

March 10, 2021

We want to advise that the winter study break will take place as scheduled from March 15-19, 2021.

 We would also like to remind everyone that the College continues to have many screening protocols in place for accessing the campus/Sault College properties, including those associated with travel outside of the Algoma District. If you travel outside of Algoma you may not return to campus for 14 days after your return.

Please consult the College’s webpage for regular COVID updates.https://www.saultcollege.ca/latest-updates

February 19, 2021

As you are likely aware, the Algoma District is no longer in grey lockdown and has re-opened in the yellow zone. As such, please be advised of the following services on campus re-opening on Monday March 1st:

The library staff will be available for material pick up and will require an appointment.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. - 2 pm.
The internet study room in the F wing will once again be accessible to students on campus. The room schedule is as follows:
  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

We would also like to remind all students that the College continues to have many screening protocols in place for accessing the campus/Sault College properties, including those associated with travel outside of the Algoma District. These continue to be in effect until further notice and will be revisited regularly based on provincial conditions. Any changes will be communicated.

Winter Study Break
We also want to advise that the winter study break will take place as scheduled from March 15-19, 2021.

Other on campus services such as the Registrar’s Office, Financial Services, and the Testing Centre will be accessible to students on campus as follows:
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
February 10, 2021

Provincial Lockdown Update February 10, 2021

Further to the communication sent on February 2, the grey lockdown has been extended for most of Ontario, including the Algoma District, until February 16, 2021.  We will continue to provide further updates as available.

As a reminder, during this time:

  • employees may only access the campus/Sault College property for an essential purpose
  • There is no impact to classes being taught remotely or scheduled practical learning, including apprenticeship training
  • Sault College SSM campus will be open for practical learning needs only
  • the internet study area will not be accessible to students
  • student campus services will be available remotely during this time

The College continues to have many screening protocols in place for accessing the campus/Sault College properties, including those associated with travel outside of the Algoma District. These continue to be in effect until further notice.

IMPORTANT SCREENING AND HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

 By entering any Sault College property, you are acknowledging that you:

  • do not have any of the following new or worsening symptoms: fever or chills, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, cough, sore throat or trouble swallowing, runny/stuffy nose or nasal congestion, decrease or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain, not feeling well, extreme tiredness or sore muscles
  • have not had a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 14 days
  • have not been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 
  • or someone in your household have not been in close contact with others in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 (e.g. workplaces, institutions such as Long Term Care Facilities, etc.) in the past 14 days or  negative COVID test result can be provided to Program Academic Assistant/Dean/Chair/Professor or Direct Supervisor
  • have not returned from travel outside of the Algoma District in the past 14 days, you or someone in your household have not been in close contact with an individual from outside of Algoma in the past 14 days   or negative COVID test result can be provided to Program Academic Assistant/Dean/Chair/Professor or Direct Supervisor
  • have not returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • have not been instructed by any public health authority to self-isolate in the past 14 days

AS A REMINDER, IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL DO NOT ATTEND CAMPUS/SAULT COLLEGE PROPERTY AND COMPLETE THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLFOR NEXT STEPS. SPECIFIC INFORMATION, EXPECTATIONS AND NEXT STEPS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE COVID AWARENESS TRAINING ON LMS.

THE FOLLOWING HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS MUST BE FOLLOWED:

  • prior to accessing campus, online COVID-19 awareness training must be completed
  • to access this training, log into your Learning Management System, select the ‘College Reopening Procedures’ from the course list
  • if you are a returning student/staff, you are encouraged to review this training to re-familiarize yourself with the content      
  • your student/staff card is required to access campus to scan into the building
  • enter campus from the F Wing main door (Health and Wellness entrance)
  • parking is available in the J South parking lot      
  • masks or face coverings MUST be used in transit throughout the building, labs, common areas, and in areas where physical distancing is not possible
  • every person entering must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person
  • students are expected to leave campus immediately following the end of their scheduled class
  •  all Designated Smoking Areas are closed

 

 

February 2, 2021

Provincial Lockdown Update February 2, 2021

As you may know, Premier Ford has extended the grey lockdown until at least February 11.

During this time:

  • employees may only access the campus/Sault College property for an essential purpose
  • There is no impact to classes being taught virtually or scheduled practical learning, including apprenticeship training
  • Sault College SSM campus will be open for practical learning needs only
  • the internet study area will not be accessible to students
  • student campus services will be available remotely during this time

Important:  We also want to remind all staff and students accessing the campus/Sault College properties of the following which have and will continue to be in effect until further notice:

By entering any Sault College property, you are acknowledging that you:

  • do not have any of the following new or worsening symptoms: fever or chills, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, cough, sore throat or trouble swallowing, runny/stuffy nose or nasal congestion, decrease or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain, not feeling well, extreme tiredness or sore muscles
  • have not had a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 14 days
  • have not been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • or someone in your household have not been in close contact with others in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 (e.g. workplaces, institutions such as Long Term Care Facilities, etc.) in the past 14 days or negative COVID test result can be provided to Program Academic Assistant/Dean/Chair/Professor or Direct Supervisor
  • have not returned from travel outside of the Algoma District in the past 14 days, you or someone in your household have not been in close contact with an individual from outside of Algoma in the past 14 days or negative COVID test result can be provided to Program Academic Assistant/Dean/Chair/Professor or Direct Supervisor
  • have not returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • have not been instructed by any public health authority to self-isolate in the past 14 days

AS A REMINDER, IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL DO NOT ATTEND CAMPUS/SAULT COLLEGE PROPERTY AND COMPLETE THE SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLFOR NEXT STEPS. SPECIFIC INFORMATION, EXPECTATIONS AND NEXT STEPS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE COVID AWARENESS TRAINING ON LMS.

THE FOLLOWING HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS MUST BE FOLLOWED:

  •  prior to accessing campus, online COVID-19 awareness training must be completed (to access this training, log into your Learning Management System, select the 'College Reopening Procedures' from the course list). If you are a returning student/staff, you are encouraged to review this training to re-familiarize yourself with the content      
  • your student/staff card is required to access campus to scan into the building
  •  enter campus from the F Wing main door (Health and Wellness entrance)
  • parking is available in the J South parking lot      
  • masks or face coverings MUST be used in transit throughout the building, labs, common areas, and in areas where physical distancing is not possible
  •  every person entering must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person
  • students are expected to leave campus immediately following the end of their scheduled class
  •  all Designated Smoking Areas are closed

 

January 8, 2021

As you know, Premier Ford has extended the Grey Lockdown in Northern Ontario until Saturday, January 23, 2021. Following this directive along with guidance from Algoma Public Health, please be advised of the following:

Impact to students (SSM campus)

- Employees may only access the campus/Sault College property for an essential purpose.
- The study room will be closed during the lockdown and some on-site personnel will be working from home; however, all on-site classes and online classes will continue as planned for the winter semester.

 

Impact to Academic Delivery

- This extended lockdown will have no impact to classes being taught virtually (online) or scheduled practical learning, including apprenticeship training
- students should continue to follow their prescribed class schedule unless advised otherwise by your program area

 

Impact to Student Campus Services:

-Sault College SSM campus will be open for practical learning needs only
- the internet study area will not be accessible to students. Any changes to this will be communicated

 

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding.

Stay safe!

 

December 22, 2020

Premier Ford has ordered a Grey Lockdown in Northern Ontario that is in effect from December 26th to January 9th. We will provide an update on this the week of January 5, 2021. Keep checking your email.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The College has updated its rules on coming into contact with someone in the following two scenarios:

1) If YOU or SOMEONE in your household has been in close contact with an individual from outside of Algoma you cannot attend campus for 14 days or you may attend if you provide a negative COVID test.

2) If YOU or SOMEONE in your household has been in close contact with an individual who is coming from a physical setting (workplace, school etc.) in any geographic location, including Sault Ste. Marie, that is experiencing an outbreak you cannot attend the campus for 14 days or until you provide a negative COVID test.

Note: any staff or student travelling outside of Canada to the United States or otherwise must quarantine for 14 days and be tested as per Federal and Provincial requirements.

Further FAQs can be found on the College website at COVID FAQs

December 15, 2020

Travel Outside Of Algoma District

To further protect the health and safety of our staff and students and to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, please be advised that effective immediately any staff or student who has travelled outside of the Algoma District is not permitted onto campus for 14 days from the date of return or until negative COVID-19 results are provided. Likewise, any staff or student who has been in close contact with others in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 is not permitted onto campus for 14 days from the date of close contact or until negative COVID-19 results are provided.

Please note that any staff or student travelling outside of Canada to the United States or otherwise must quarantine for 14 days and be tested as per Federal and Provincial requirements.

We all play a role in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 and your cooperation and strict adherence to this requirement are an integral part of this. As such, the College will assess and take appropriate actions for those who fail to comply.

It is important that we continue to be diligent in following all preventative protocols for the protection of our campus and broader community.

We thank you for your ongoing cooperation and your continued support.

Stay safe and stay well.

November 10, 2020

Following the direction of the provincial government and to further protect the health and safety of our college community, any student who has travelled internationally must quarantine for 14 days as per the federal Quarantine Act, must have a COVID-19 test at least once at the end of their two week quarantine period, and must have a negative test result prior to entering or returning to any Sault College campus. Please note that this includes those returning from the United States of America.

Students are required to advise the College of COVID-19 testing and the results thereof. You will not be permitted to attend campus until this is requirement is fulfilled and clearance to return is received from the College.

For further details on how to self-isolate, visit https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en.

All students returning from abroad should continue to check the COVID-19 test and testing location information to ensure they have current information about testing options and locations available to them. Students are also reminded to continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures, including wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and maintaining physical distance of at least two metres.

We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation during this time.

November 5, 2020

Winter 2021 Program Delivery Information

We would like to provide you with an update on program delivery for the Winter 2021 semester. To protect the health and safety of our staff and students, the College will continue to deliver practical learning on campus with theory delivered remotely.

Please visit www.saultcollege.ca/winter/ to review whether a program is being delivered online or as a combination of in-person practical learning and online learning. Each program includes detailed course-level delivery information.

Questions about program delivery should be directed to the Academic Assistant or designated contact in your program area. Services provided by the Dean’s office staff will continue to be provided remotely.

The preferred method of communication for Academic Assistants is via email or MS Teams as follows:

School of Aviation, Trades & Technology, Natural Environment & Outdoor Studies, and Business

Aviation Technology programs: please reach out to Marie O’Hara Marie.Ohara@saultcollege.ca

Natural Environment, Business and Culinary: please reach out to Nicole LaCoix
nicole.LaCroix@saultcollege.ca

Engineering, Technology, Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship: please reach out to Sasha Coleman Sasha.Coleman@saultcollege.ca

School of Health, Community Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Media & Design

Health Programs and Media & Design:
Collaborative BScN, Practical Nursing, Pre-Health, Personal Support Worker, Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant, Fitness and Health Promotion, Gerontology, Mathematics, Personal & Developmental Support Services, Digital Film Production, Graphic Design or Game-Art: please reach out to Marcie Logan Marcie.Logan@saultcollege.ca

Community Services and Interdisciplinary Studies:
Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Care, Social Service Worker, Social Service Worker – Indigenous Specialization, Justice Studies, General Arts and Science, Hairstyling, Esthetician: please reach out to Melanie Sanche-Hirst Melanie.SancheHirst@saultcollege.ca

Continuing Education: please reach out to Carla Bumbaco Carla.Bumbaco@saultcollege.ca

Community Integration through Co-Operative Education (CICE): please reach out to Velma Simon Velma.Simon@saultcollege.ca

Brampton and Toronto Campuses: For questions pertaining to programs delivered in Brampton and Toronto please reach out to Sault College International International@saultcollege.ca

We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation throughout this time.

Thank you and stay well.

October 5, 2020

Considerations For Thanksgiving Long Weekend

As Thanksgiving weekend approaches, many in our campus community will be travelling within the province and beyond, or getting together with friends and family. While travel throughout Canada remains without restriction at this time, we remind all employees and students to follow safe practices while travelling and gathering to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and to help keep our community healthy.

Those who travel outside of Canada are required to quarantine for a 14-day period following the Government of Canada Quarantine Act. If you are travelling outside of Canada, you must report this to Residence. You will need to find off-campus accommodations to complete your 14-day quarantine period at your own expense.

We ask that students and employees be extra vigilant upon your return from family celebrations and travel, using the daily self-assessment tool and limiting contact with others for the first week or two, given the province's experience with rising COVID-19 cases after long weekends and holiday events.

Have a great long weekend.

September 24,  2020

Positive COVID-19 Test Result Confirmed In The Sault College Campus Community

Sault College has been informed that a positive COVID-19 test result was confirmed within our campus community. While the College has been closed to the general public, limited students and staff have been onsite since early September with safeguards in place to protect the health and safety of the campus community.

Algoma Public Health has deemed this to be low risk at this time. As part of the College’s gradual reopening plan, it has developed an extensive COVID-19 pandemic plan in consultation with local public health and implemented key preventative protocols including: mandatory masks throughout the building, in common spaces, in labs and where physical distancing cannot be maintained, strategies to ensure physical distancing throughout campus, scanning into the building, a controlled single point of entry and exiting, enhanced disinfecting procedures and schedules, restricting face-to-face meetings, and ensuring anyone who enters the College has completed the COVID-19 awareness training that outlines all protocols and expectations while on campus. The College has and will continue to enforce these strong preventative protocols.

“First and foremost we hope for a safe and speedy recovery of our campus community member,” said Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College. “The College has established thorough processes to protect the health and safety of the College. These processes allowed us to identify and contact trace members of the campus community that were potentially at risk. We are confident in the mechanisms that we have put in place to keep our College safe and we will continue to work closely with APH to assist in its efforts regarding this positive test result.”

August 12, 2020

Sault College Extends Withdrawal Period To Further Support First Year Students

Recognizing that the current situation surrounding COVID-19 has re-shaped post-secondary education for the upcoming fall semester, Sault College understands the importance of being flexible and providing options to further support its students during these unprecedented times. To complement this, Sault College is providing its full-time first year students with an extended opportunity to make an informed decision regarding their academic year by extending the withdrawal period with no financial or academic penalty until October 9, 2020.

This extension is available for the fall semester only and provides an opportunity for first year students to be immersed into their programming and make a decision that is best for them. “Beginning post-secondary education is a decision that can be life-changing, and we understand the complexity of this decision particularly given the current COVID-19 situation and the changes to the way we will be delivering programming in the fall semester,” said Dr. Ron Common, President Sault College. “We are focused on helping our students succeed and providing them with the tools to do so is paramount. This extension for withdrawal is one more way we can support them in their decision to pursue post-secondary education,” he added.

Our priority is to keep our students and staff healthy and safe while balancing our mandate of delivering a quality education. In keeping with this, Sault College has announced that program delivery in the fall will be remote or a combination of remote and in-person. While the delivery method of programming may change, our programs continue to be held to the same quality standards and the curriculum and learning outcomes remain consistent with our commitment to our students.

“Our staff has and will continue to work hard to ensure all students receive an educational experience that is both engaging and innovative,” said Dr. Ron Common, President Sault College. “To further reinforce this positive learning experience, our extensive student services will be accessible by all regardless of program delivery. This is our commitment to all students to help them to succeed and gain the most from their time at Sault College,” he added.

“We acknowledge and realize that our students have big questions about what the college experience will look like when they begin their studies in fall 2020. With the college decision to extend the withdrawal date to October 9 students will feel confident about enrolling in the fall knowing that they and their learning experience are important priorities. This decision is also a reflection of the confidence the College has in relation to the quality of education regardless of the mode of delivery,” said Ahmad Alkosani, President, Sault College Students’ Union. “I’m very proud to be a part of Sault College and the Students’ Union. We’ve worked together and collaborated on many projects to support our students particularly during COVID-19. The College has really acknowledged student needs throughout these challenging times, and this initiative is one more example of that support, which will positively impact the experience of new students.”

Should students decide that the learning environment is not right for them at this time, they can withdraw as late as October 9, 2020 without academic or financial penalty. Students will receive a full refund, including their tuition fees and ancillary fees.

For more information about our fall academic delivery information as well as what we are doing to keep students and staff safe, visit www.saultcollege.ca/Fall.

Interested in learning more about our programs? We have some amazing recruiters who want to help. They are available for a call or video chat or you can join them live each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2-3 p.m. in the weeks of August 17, 24 and 31. For more information, visit https://www.saultcollege.ca/virtualopenhouse/ or email studentrecruitment@saultcollege.ca

July 28,  2020

Sault College Cougars COVID-19 Hockey Update: Season Postponed To November

After a thorough assessment of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Sault College Athletics has decided to suspend its 2020/21 Men’s and Women’s American Collegiate Hockey Association hockey operations until November 2020. There will be a reassessment in October to determine if play could resume in January 2021. Unfortunately, our hockey programs face challenges similar to other leagues competing against teams from the United States. We are hopeful that today’s announcement is only a postponement of our season but should conditions not improve in the United States it may result in the cancellation of the full season.

“We made this decision after reviewing the cost/benefit analysis of playing hockey and ensuring the safety of our student athletes and ultimately our greater community. We all want to get back to sport, but until we can do so with the confidence that we are not placing our student athletes or others in our community at risk of infection, we must err on the side of caution even if that means postponing or if necessary cancelling our season.” – Paul Orazietti, Manager of Athletics, Sault College.

July 23, 2020

Important Information Regarding Registration For 2020-21

As we look to the upcoming academic year, Sault College wants to share some important information regarding your student registration. You will be receiving this and other information via email.

Your Registration
To be registered as a Sault College student for the 2020-21 academic year, you must:

  • meet all outstanding admission requirements
  • pay your tuition deposit

As a registered Sault College student, you are on the path to receive an education that counts towards a College credential. Given the current circumstances surrounding the pandemic, Sault College has announced that program delivery may be in one of the following methods: remote, in-person or a combination of remote and in-person. Please see www.saultcollege.ca/Fall for projected program delivery information. While the delivery method of your program may change, our programs continue to be held to the same quality standards and the curriculum and learning outcomes remain consistent with our commitment to you.

As with every academic year, you will also be required to pay non-refundable mandatory ancillary fees in each semester that you are enrolled. Given this year’s significant uncertainty, we have made the decision to set ancillary fees on a per semester basis with a view to the services we expect to provide. It is important to note that if there is need to eliminate services in a semester, refunds will only be granted if warranted and at the discretion of the College. Through your registration you are acknowledging and agree to this policy (note: specific registration information is being provided to you via email).

For the safety of yourself and others, prior to entry to campus or participation in a clinical or other work placement, you will be required to complete training in health and safety protocols and requirements relative to COVID-19 and consent to certain risks relating to COVID-19.

Preparing for Remote Learning
To prepare for remote learning, students are required to have their own access to electronic devices and an internet connection that enables remote learning at Sault College. The minimum recommended device and internet standard is published and updated regularly on the Sault College website www.saultcollege.ca/Fall and the student portal.

Please see your registration email for more specific information about the upcoming academic year and what this means for you as a Sault College student.

We look forward to your studying with us this fall. Stay well.

July 7, 2020

Sault College has developed plans for students for the 2020/2021 academic year. For more information and updates on these plans, visit https://fall.saultcollege.ca/

June 23, 2020

The Student Financial Assistance Team is excited to offer you an opportunity to chat with us on a DAILY LIVE CHAT! We are adapting our services to meet your needs in this new exclusively online world.

In addition to our very efficient email service, we will also be available for daily chat sessions with our students. We will be available Monday to Thursday, from 9- 10 am in Microsoft Teams for a live chat. You will use your Sault College student email address to set up an account in Microsoft Teams. All you need to do is email us at student.financial.assistance@saultcollege.ca by 8:30 am and we will send you the link to join us in Teams at 9 am.

During these daily chats, we will answer any of your OSAP related or other financial questions. These will be informal sessions that we use to help share information. We will answer your general questions and, if needed, will arrange a private call with you to talk specifically about your application. Maybe your parents have some questions? They are more than welcome to join you on the chat to learn more about OSAP.

We have really missed seeing all our your faces in the halls and meeting with you to help you navigate the (sometimes) overwhelming world of student funding. Join us on a daily chat and we can help you be better informed.

Please connect with us on our daily live chats so that we can do what we do best- To help you get the financial support to find the real you!

https://www.saultcollege.ca/FinancialAssistance/index.asp

June 11, 2020

Fall 2020 Academic Delivery Plan

Sault College’s focus during this pandemic is the health and safety of the communities we serve.

The College has developed plans for students for the 2020/2021 academic year. We will accomplish course learning outcomes initially in fall 2020 through a combination of remote and face to face teaching. Students with practical learning needs will have the opportunity to access the College campus for that learning.

On-campus instruction will take place in accordance with Public Health guidelines and the College will adapt the teaching approach according to the COVID situation in the region as it develops and evolves.

Additional information will be made available to students for their program specific plans as the information becomes available and will be communicated to students before the end of July 2020.

We would like to thank our students for their patience while we are taking the necessary steps to keep safety as our first priority.

Continue to check this page for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

June 9, 2020

Statement From Ontario's College Presidents - Fall Programs

As the province begins to carefully reopen, Ontario’s colleges are getting ready for the fall semester.

While COVID-19 has definitely changed the way colleges operate, promoting and supporting a safe environment for everyone who studies, works or visits college campuses continues to be the No. 1 priority. Colleges remain committed to providing safe environments for students and employees while ensuring learning continues. As always, colleges will continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience to all students and support their success in every way.

All 24 colleges continue to consult with health authorities and the provincial government and are putting appropriate health and safety measures in place to be ready for when students and employees can safely return to campus.

Since the onset of the pandemic, colleges have been focused on helping students and clients progress in their programs.

Ontario’s colleges are looking at every possible solution to ensure students and clients who must be on campus to fulfil program requirements can do so within provincial guidelines. Students who can utilize online resources will have the ability to take advantage of high-quality materials, instruction and services designed specifically for their programs.

In the coming weeks, each college will have a specific plan in place outlining details on the remote learning options, campus life and the standards to promote safety on campuses. These plans are being developed in consultation with public health authorities and the provincial government, along with college health and safety committees.

Among other things, elements of these plans will include guidelines for physical distancing, protocols for cleaning and rules for using personal protective equipment (PPE).

Working together in partnership with the government and health authorities, colleges will make sure programs are delivered in ways that are in the best interest of students, employees and everyone who visits college campuses.

June 4, 2020

New Sault College Summer Schedule

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sault College has implemented a new summer schedule. As part of this, the College is closed every Friday beginning June 5 up to and including September 4, 2020. The College will also be closed the week of July 13-17 inclusive. On these dates, service areas will not be available; however any online classes will continue as scheduled. Please note students can continue to access the student food bank on Fridays. Any changes to this will be communicated to students.

Please note: The new summer schedule does not affect Employment Solutions offices in SSM and Blind River. Services continue to be available remotely.

June 1, 2020

Covid-19 Support Programs

We want to support our students and we understand that this has been a challenging time. To help, the following page includes links to various student financial aid supports available through the provincial and federal government developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to review these programs to determine if you are eligible for support.

https://www.saultcollege.ca/FinancialAssistance/Student financial aid supports available through the provincial and federal government.asp

June 1, 2020

Sault College’s Waterfront Adventure Centre To Remain Closed This Season

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON June 1, 2020) – Sault College regrets to announce that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has made the difficult decision to not open the Waterfront Adventure Centre in any capacity this summer. Although the College is disappointed, this decision was made in the best interests of both our staff and our community as a whole.

“The Waterfront Adventure Centre opened last season and while we were looking forward to another exciting season, we know that the decision to remain closed is one more step the College can take in helping to keep our community healthy and safe,” said Paul Orazietti, Manager, Athletics, Sault College. “Our community embraced and supported our Waterfront Adventure Centre and for that we are appreciative and grateful,” he added.

Given this decision, all current members will be fully refunded their membership fees. We will continue to keep our members and the public up-to-date on any changes with respect to the Waterfront Adventure Centre.

Stay safe and healthy.

May 27, 2020

Summer Camps Cancelled

We regret to announce that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we have had to cancel all summer camps. https://www.saultcollege.ca/ContinuingEducation/KidCamps.asp

April 17, 2020

Student Services Update

As the College Buildings on campus are currently closed, please see below an update on student services.

During this time, please visit https://www.saultcollege.ca/covid19/ for updates and frequently asked questions.

If you have an existing appointment with one of our Student Services staff/counsellors in the upcoming weeks, you will be contacted directly by that service about next steps.

Our aim, as always, is to support your health and well-being. We will adjust our plans and offerings in response to changing conditions and your feedback.

We understand this is a challenging time. If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, you can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or use the IM Well App to access supports via phone, chat or through the App resources.

Below, in alphabetical order, are the services that are available to you, in the manner described. This content is subject to change. Moving forward, the latest student service updates can be found at https://www.saultcollege.ca/covid19/

Athletics & Recreation: The athletics office, which includes the Fitness Centre,Gym facilities and the Waterfront Adventure Centre, are closed. All recreational programming has been suspended until further notice. Information on our services, facilities and our varsity sports are available on our social media accounts and the website. http://saultcougars.ca

Campus Security: Campus Security will continue normal operations and be available on campus 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Contact information is as follows 705-759-2554 Ext. 2712.

Computer Labs: Currently Closed

Counselling/Accessibility Services: The Counselling and Accessibility Services office is closed until further notice. Staff in all areas of expertise will be available online or by phone, allowing students to access services via remote options. Email us at studentsupport@saultcollege.ca to set up an appointment with your Counsellor or Learning Strategist/Assistive Technologist.

If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, there are free resources that can help you:
Sault Area Hospital Crisis Services: 705-759-3398 or 1-800-721-0077
Sault Ste. Marie Police Services: 9-1-1
I.M. Well App – free download on your cellphone
GOOD2TALK Post-Secondary Student Helpline: 1-866-925-5454
Regional Warm Line: 1-866-856-9276

Equity Room & Reflection Room: These spaces on campus are closed and all programming has been suspended until further notice.

Follets/Campus Shop: The campus store is currently closed. Visit the link below for more information about online orders and services.

Food Services: All food services on campus are closed.

Financial Services

Students:
Our primary means of communicating with you will be via email. Please email financialservices@saultcollege.ca

To make your tuition payments the following options are available:
Payments within Canada

  • Online payment through you student portal using your credit card
  • Direct Deposit payment through your preferred financial institution by selecting Sault College as the “payee” and using your student number as the account number
  • Please visit our website for further instructions on how to pay https://www.saultcollege.ca/Admissions/PayWithinCanada.asp

Payments outside of Canada

  • Pay using our CIBC international Student Pay portal
  • Please visit our website for further instructions https://www.saultcollege.ca/Admissions/PayOutsideCanada.asp

Health Centre: The College Health Centre is closed till further notice. If you wish to speak to a Doctor you can go to https://dialadoc.ca. A valid Ontario health card is needed, and it will cover phone visits with an Ontario Doctor. The International Students can speak with a Doctor through Guard Me Insurance by using their guard me student health card. It has a phone number on the student insurance card. Any other inquiries regarding the health immunization forms can be directed to: Anne.Erechook@saultcollege.ca

Indigenous Student Services and Indigenous Education: These services are closed and all student events and on-campus programs have been suspended until further notice. Staff will be responding to any concerns/needs raised by and for Indigenous students by phone or email. Telephone: (705) 759-2554 x2758. Email: kristol.abel@saultcollege.ca. Follow us on social media for the most recent Sault College updates.

Information Technology Services:
Phone: 705-759-2554 Ext. 2504
Email: itservicedesk@saultcollege.ca

International Recruitment and Services: The Recruitment and Services office is closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice. Our International Services team is still available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for enquiries. Staff can be reached at 705-943-1878 or 705-943-2795 or via email at international@saultcollege.ca. Students are asked to provide their name, student ID, and an explanation of their query. Students can check their ICent App for additional information.

Library Services: The Library is closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice. Sault College Library offers the following online services to students and faculty:

Online research support including (during library hours):
Our online Chat (Use the "Ask Us" chat button, docked to the side of our website, to chat with Library Staff. You can also submit your question after hours, and we will answer once we are open at saultcollegelibrary.ca

Email support via library@saultcollege.ca
Text us at 705-998-5954

Extensive online resources including 80+ academic databases with millions of online articles, over 160,00 eBooks, 50,000+ eJournals, and over 45,000 streaming videos at saultcollegelibrary.ca

Program Guides tailored to your program

The Learning Portal is available to students and faculty and includes tips on research, writing and study skills as well as a faculty toolkit

For students if you have never learned in an online environment please check out our newly created tips on Online Learning

Faculty and students are encouraged to explore the Research Help section of our website

For more contact information, please visit our page Contact Us page

Lockers: Since the campus buildings are closed, personal belongings within lockers will remain securely stored. In cases where students require their belongings for learning or other urgent reasons, a request can be emailed to security@saultcollege.ca.

Peer Tutoring:
Peer Tutoring is going digital to meet our students needs and help them to be amazing!
Peer Tutoring will be run on Microsoft Teams through Microsoft Office 365:

  • Students log-in to Microsoft Office 365 using their Sault College log-ins and password
  • Weekly group drop-in peer tutoring sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams
  • Search for Peer Tutoring in teams and find the team for your program to join tutoring sessions
  • Tutors will be online during the below listed tutoring times to work with students on any of their tutoring needs
  • One-on-One/Small group tutoring will continue digitally, mostly through Microsoft Teams
  • Students can contact the Peer Tutoring staff via email (peer.tutoring@saultcollege.ca) or on Teams by searching Laura McKnight or Jasmine Blatter.

The Learning Portal is available to students and includes tips on research, writing and study skills as well as a faculty toolkit

Online Learning Guide for Students: For students if you have never learned in an online environment you should look at this newly created guide

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we all learn to work in this new environment.

Radical Room & the Write Place: The Radical Room and the Write Place are closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice.

Registrar’s Office
Our primary means of communication with you will be via email. Please email registrar@saultcollege.ca. International students may email international.admissions@saultcollege.ca.

Proof of Enrolment requests must be made through your Student Portal or by emailing registrar@saultcollege.ca. We will not have enrolment letters available for pick up. We will email a copy of your letter to you.

Transcript requests must be made through your Student Portal or by emailing registrar@saultcollege.ca. You can request an Unofficial Transcript on your Student Portal and it will be sent to your Sault College email address immediately, free of charge. Official Transcript requests will be delayed during this time, and available on an as needed basis. We will not have transcripts available for pick up. If you require an Official Transcript, we will email or mail it to the receiving institution that requires the transcript on your behalf.

We will continue to support all students via email during this time. If you wish to speak with your Admissions and Records Officer, they can be reached during our regular business hours via email as well.

Continuing Education registration inquiries can be sent to conedregistration@saultcollege.ca.

Residence: Students who are in residence who have made arrangements to remain should confirm their arrangements with the Residence supervisor. All others are required to leave as previously arranged.

Student Code of Conduct: Normal operations in this area will continue with activities being undertaken remotely wherever possible. Students engaged in proceedings will be contacted with further instructions. All supports offered under this area, including support around sexual assault and sexual violence, will be available remotely. Please contact studentsupport@saultcollege.ca for assistance.

Student Events: Student events are cancelled/postponed until further notice.

Student Financial Assistance:
The Financial Aid Office is available through remote access only by emailing student.financial.assistance@saultcollege.ca.

Student Financial Assistance Email: student.financial.assistance@saultcollege.ca

Student Job Centre: The Student Job Centre is closed until further notice. Advising will continue to be offered remotely, via phone and web. Students with an existing appointment will be contacted directly by their Advisor with instructions on how to access remote advising. All workshops planned by the Student Job Centre have been cancelled. Job postings will continue to be accessible on the Student Portal. Staff can be reached via email at studentjobcentre@saultcollege.ca.

Student Recruitment: The College is closed for all tours. Please visit www.saultcollege.ca and click on Virtual Tour to check out our campus. You can also email studentrecruitment@saultcollege.ca.

Student Success Office: The Student Success Office is closed until further notice. Staff will be available online or by phone and will be working to support students with their transition from face-to-face classes to distance learning. Staff can be reached via email at success@saultcollege.ca

Staff will also be responding to any Academic Grade Appeal enquiries remotely. Students can access services through a combination of remote options. Please email appeals@saultcollege.ca.

Testing Centre: The Testing Centre is closed until further notice. Test Centre staff will provide support by telephone for students requiring accommodations. Please email Accessibilitytesting@saultcollege.ca or testing@saultcollege.ca for entrance, challenge or other testing enquiries.

Looking to put a face to the name of some of our staff? Please click on the link below for videos and introductions from some of your Sault College Support Staff members who are here to help! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7XVz2qhjMdFgJWHy898UbRp6t9jBM1Ki

April 17, 2020

Sault College And Student Union COVID-19 Relief Fund

Sault College and the Sault College Students’ Union have provided funds to establish the Sault College and Student Union COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund is to assist students facing any of the following financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Job loss for student
  2. Increased living costs (temporary location change, community supports no longer available, etc.)
  3. Job loss of family member who offered direct support to the student
  4. Travel restrictions or increased travel costs
  5. Increased educational costs such as access to wifi, data plan etc.

The application form will be available online through the student portal.

The application deadline is: April 24, 2020 4 p.m. EST

Thank you for your ongoing support throughout this time.

April 7, 2020

As you are all aware, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and we have taken many important measures to help in the effort to ease the spread of this virus. As part of these efforts, our College will continue to be closed to all but those positions deemed essential until further notice.

We will continue to take direction from both the provincial government as well as public health officials to determine when our College can re-open. We are committed to keeping you up-to-date on any developments or changes to our current operations.

Although College buildings are closed, students will continue with remote studies for the remainder of this semester and various student services are available to them remotely. For further information on these services, frequently asked questions, and updates on the upcoming spring semester, visit https://www.saultcollege.ca/covid19/.

We know that there is a lot of uncertainty right now and we will continue to navigate through this situation together. At this time, we all need to follow the important instructions to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and friends, and our community.

Stay healthy and safe.

March 31, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Order To April 13

As   you may have seen, the Premier of Ontario announced an extension to the order of the closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario. As part of this, the College will remain closed to all with the exception of those deemed to be providing an essential service until April 13, 2020 subject to further developments.

We want to reiterate that students should continue their online, remote studies for the semester as prescribed.

We remain committed to providing you with further updates on this situation as they are available. Please continue to check our website for updates and FAQs, and your email.

We are grateful to all of you for your ongoing support during this time of uncertainty.

Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy and safe.

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/ontario-extents-emergency-order-to-april-13-2213322

March 27, 2020

Important Update Regarding Sault College Spring 2020 Convocation Ceremonies

As a precaution and as part of our larger response to the ongoing COVID situation, we have made the decision to postpone the Spring Convocation ceremonies scheduled on June 4 and June 5, 2020 until Fall 2020.

While this was a difficult decision, it was made in the best interests of you, your family and friends, our staff and our broader community.

Please be assured that students graduating this Spring will receive their Sault College credential. These will be sent via mail and this is expected to occur before the end of June. Please continue to check the student portal, email, and the COVID-19 section of our website, including the Student FAQ, for further updates.

We are committed to providing you with the opportunity to participate in your Convocation ceremony and celebrate your hard work, dedication and ability to persevere, particularly during these unprecedented times. Details on the rescheduled convocation ceremonies will be shared with you as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and cooperation.

Stay healthy and safe.

March 23, 2020

Important Update Regarding College Operations- Sault College Currently Closed

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and following the direction of the Premier of Ontario to close all non-essential businesses, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Sault College is moving to an essential services model with an expected re-opening date of April 8, 2020 subject to further developments.

The College is closed to all staff except those positions deemed to be providing an essential service and it is closed to all students.

For further details on this, please check your student or staff email.

Thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and cooperation. This time is to allow all of us to follow the government’s instruction to “Stay Home” and practice social distancing for the safety of everyone.

Stay healthy and safe.

March 20, 2020

Student Services Update (Updated March 24, 2020)

As the College is currently closed, please see below an update on student services.

During this time, please visit https://www.saultcollege.ca/covid19/ for updates and frequently asked questions.

If you have an existing appointment with one of our Student Services staff/counsellors in the upcoming weeks, you will be contacted directly by that service about next steps. While campus access is limited, we expect that most services will be offered remotely rather than in person.

Our aim, as always, is to support your health and well-being. We will adjust our plans and offerings in response to changing conditions and your feedback.

We understand this is a challenging time. If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, you can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or use the IM Well App to access supports via phone, chat or through the App resources.

Below, in alphabetical order, are the services that are available to you, in the manner described. This content is subject to change. Moving forward, the latest student service updates can be found at https://www.saultcollege.ca/covid19/

Athletics & Recreation: The athletics office, which includes the Fitness Centre and Gym facilities, are closed. All recreational programming has been suspended until further notice. Information on our services, facilities and our varsity sports are available on our website. http://saultcougars.ca

Campus Security: Campus Security will continue normal operations and be available on campus 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Contact information is as follows 705-759-2554 Ext. 2712.

Computer Labs: Currently Closed

Counselling/Accessibility Services: The Counselling and Accessibility Services office is closed until further notice. Staff in all areas of expertise will be available online or by phone, allowing students to access services via remote options. Email us at studentsupport@saultcollege.ca to set up an appointment with your Counsellor or Learning Strategist/Assistive Technologist.

If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, there are free resources that can help you:
Sault Area Hospital Crisis Services: 705-759-3398 or 1-800-721-0077
Sault Ste. Marie Police Services: 9-1-1
I.M. Well App – free download on your cellphone
GOOD2TALK Post-Secondary Student Helpline: 1-866-925-5454
Regional Warm Line: 1-866-856-9276

Equity Room & Reflection Room: These spaces on campus are closed and all programming has been suspended until further notice.

Follets/Campus Shop: The campus store is currently closed. Visit the link below for more information about online orders and services.

Follett Communication

Food Services: All food services on campus are closed.

Financial Services

Students:
Our primary means of communicating with you will be via email. Please email financialservices@saultcollege.ca

To make your tuition payments the following options are available:

Payments within Canada

  • Online payment through you student portal using your credit card
  • Direct Deposit payment through your preferred financial institution by selecting Sault College as the “payee” and using your student number as the account number
  • Please visit our website for further instructions on how to pay https://www.saultcollege.ca/Admissions/PayWithinCanada.asp

Payments outside of Canada

  • Pay using our CIBC international Student Pay portal
  • Please visit our website for further instructions https://www.saultcollege.ca/Admissions/PayOutsideCanada.asp

Health Centre: (update coming soon)

Indigenous Student Services and Indigenous Education: These services are closed and all student events and on-campus programs have been suspended until further notice. Staff will be responding to any concerns/needs raised by and for Indigenous students by phone or email. Telephone: (705) 759-2554 x2758. Email: kristol.abel@saultcollege.ca. Follow us on social media for the most recent Sault College updates.

Information Technology Services:
Phone: 705-759-2554 Ext. 2504
Email: itservicedesk@saultcollege.ca

International Recruitment and Services: The Recruitment and Services office is closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice. Our International Services team is still available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for enquiries. Staff can be reached at 705-943-1878 or 705-943-2795 or via email at international@saultcollege.ca. Students are asked to provide their name, student ID, and an explanation of their query. Students can check their ICent App for additional information.

Library Services: The Library is closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice. Sault College Library offers the following online services to students and faculty:

Online research support including (during library hours):
Our online Chat (Use the "Ask Us" chat button, docked to the side of our website, to chat with Library Staff. You can also submit your question after hours, and we will answer once we are open at at saultcollegelibrary.ca

Email support via library@saultcollege.ca

Text us at 705-998-5954

Extensive online resources including 80+ academic databases with millions of online articles, over 160,00 eBooks, 50,000+ eJournals, and over 45,000 streaming videos at saultcollegelibrary.ca

Program Guides tailored to your program

The Learning Portal is available to students and faculty and includes tips on research, writing and study skills as well as a faculty toolkit

For students if you have never learned in an online environment please check out our newly created tips on Online Learning

Faculty and students are encouraged to explore the Research Help section of our website

For more contact information, please visit our page Contact Us page

Lockers: Lockers can only be accessed until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Please check in with security upon arrival.

Peer Tutoring:
Peer Tutoring is going digital to meet our students needs and help them to be amazing!

Peer Tutoring will be run on Microsoft Teams through Microsoft Office 365:

  • Students log-in to Microsoft Office 365 using their Sault College log-ins and password
  • Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, weekly group drop-in peer tutoring sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams
  • Search for Peer Tutoring in teams and find the team for your program to join tutoring sessions
  • Tutors will be online during the below listed tutoring times to work with students on any of their tutoring needs
  • One-on-One/Small group tutoring will continue digitally, mostly through Microsoft Teams

Students can contact the Peer Tutoring staff via email (peer.tutoring@saultcollege.ca) or on Teams by searching Laura McKnight or Jasmine Blatter.

The Learning Portal is available to students and includes tips on research, writing and study skills as well as a faculty toolkit

Online Learning Guide for Students: For students if you have never learned in an online environment you should look at this newly created guide

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we all learn to work in this new environment.

Radical Room & the Write Place: The Radical Room and the Write Place are closed to in-person visits and walk-in traffic until further notice.

Registrar’s Office

Our primary means of communication with you will be via email. Please email registrar@saultcollege.ca. International students may email international.admissions@saultcollege.ca.

Proof of Enrolment requests must be made through your Student Portal or by emailing registrar@saultcollege.ca. We will not have enrolment letters available for pick up. We will email a copy of your letter to you.

Transcript requests must be made through your Student Portal or by emailing registrar@saultcollege.ca. You can request an Unofficial Transcript on your Student Portal and it will be sent to your Sault College email address immediately, free of charge. Official Transcript requests will be delayed during this time, and available on an as needed basis. We will not have transcripts available for pick up. If you require an Official Transcript, we will email or mail it to the receiving institution that requires the transcript on your behalf.

We will continue to support all students via email during this time. If you wish to speak with your Admissions and Records Officer, they can be reached during our regular business hours via email as well.

Continuing Education registration inquiries can be sent to conedregistration@saultcollege.ca.

Residence: Students who are in residence who have made arrangements to remain should confirm their arrangements with the Residence supervisor. All others are required to leave as previously arranged.

Student Code of Conduct: Normal operations in this area will continue with activities being undertaken remotely wherever possible. Students engaged in proceedings will be contacted with further instructions. All supports offered under this area, including support around sexual assault and sexual violence, will be available remotely. Please contact studentsupport@saultcollege.ca for assistance.

Student Events: Student events are cancelled/postponed until further notice.

Student Financial Assistance:

The Financial Aid Office is available through remote access only by emailing student.financial.assistance@saultcollege.ca.

Student Financial Assistance Email: student.financial.assistance@saultcollege.ca

Student Job Centre: The Student Job Centre is closed until further notice. Advising will continue to be offered remotely, via phone and web. Students with an existing appointment will be contacted directly by their Advisor with instructions on how to access remote advising. All workshops planned by the Student Job Centre have been cancelled. Job postings will continue to be accessible on the Student Portal. Staff can be reached via email at studentjobcentre@saultcollege.ca.

Student Recruitment: The College is closed for all tours. Please visit www.saultcollege.ca and click on Virtual Tour to check out our campus. You can also email studentrecruitment@saultcollege.ca.

Student Success Office: The Student Success Office is closed until further notice. Staff will be available online or by phone and will be working to support students with their transition from face-to-face classes to distance learning. Staff can be reached via email at success@saultcollege.ca

Staff will also be responding to any Academic Grade Appeal enquiries remotely. Students can access services through a combination of remote options. Please email appeals@saultcollege.ca.

Testing Centre: The Testing Centre is closed until further notice. Test Centre staff will provide support by telephone for students requiring accommodations. Please email Accessibilitytesting@saultcollege.ca or testing@saultcollege.ca for testing enquiries.

March 20, 2020

As you know Sault College has taken many thoughtful precautions to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19, including: cancelling all face-to-face classes, closing the College to the public, closing all common areas, and limiting areas of use.

We understand that many students rely on our technology and computer labs to complete course work. For the protection of yourself and others, we recommend that you use these spaces on an as-needed basis only. We are here to support you and we want to help you succeed. If you anticipate difficulty in accessing technology to complete course work, we ask that you reach out to communications@saultcollege.ca.

If you need to come to the College for any reason, we ask that you follow the measures in place and only use areas that are currently open. It is also important that if you have to be on campus that you practice social distancing, regular disease prevention protocols, including: washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve rather than hands, and staying home if you are feeling ill in any way.

Instructions for students regarding course completions will be provided through the College learning management system. Students who have specific questions may contact the faculty member responsible for the course, the program coordinator, or the academic assistant in the Dean’s office.

We’ve also implemented additional measures effective immediately:

  • access to the College is now restricted to the M-Wing Main door (Emergency Door 1)
  • if you need to come to campus, you can park in the A North parking lot on Northern Avenue
  • College operating hours will be 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. All doors will be locked at 6 p.m. during the week and all doors will be locked on the weekend.
  • access to the College’s Physicians will be done using a telehealth type service at this time, appointments are available Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Thursdays 1-3 p.m. appointments can be booked through the Health Office by emailing anne.erechook@saultcollege.ca or calling 705.759.2554 extension 2720. Please ensure you include your phone number in your email or voicemail for follow up. Emails and voicemails are monitored each weekday.

important: appointments will not be in person, the physician will call students at their scheduled times

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. Please continue to check your email, LMS, student portal and the Sault College website for more information.

 

March 20, 2020

I am reaching out to you today because I know that these last few weeks have not been easy. We have had to make some difficult decisions and, like the rest of the world, we are in unchartered territory.

As new and emerging information is released, our plans and response to COVID-19 evolve as well. This week, I met with our strategic planning team and shared an important direction to help mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19 among our Sault College and broader community.

As part of this, we thoroughly examined our operations to determine how we could limit the number of staff working in our College buildings. Through these efforts, we identified alternative work arrangements for much of our staff, including working from home and rotating schedules.

Our shared goal was realized and we now have approximately 40 employees physically working within our College, which is a significant reduction. We continue to work on strategies to reduce this even further. We are also ensuring social distancing is being practiced among staff physically working within College buildings.

This, along with our other efforts, is a step we needed to take to reduce risk and to do our part in the fight against COVID-19 in our community.

We continue to take more proactive measures. As part of this:

  • Effective immediately, access to Sault College will be limited to the M-Wing Main (Emergency Door 1)
  • Staff and students who need to be on campus can park in the A North parking lot
  • College operating hours will be 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. All doors will be locked at 6 p.m. during the week and all doors will be locked on the weekend.
  • The Print Shop is now closed until further notice

It is also important for me to reiterate the role each of us plays in limiting the spread and risk of COVID-19. I urge each of you to continue to practice regular disease prevention protocols, including: washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve rather than hands, staying home if you are feeling ill, and practicing social distancing.

An official global travel advisory is also in effect for all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Be mindful that if you have travelled outside of Canada on or after March 14, 2020, you must self-isolate for 14 days. Here is some helpful information on self-isolating.

I continue to be in close contact with Algoma Public Health and maintain daily contact with our other Ontario college partners to work together as we work through this situation.

I would like to thank all of you for your support and cooperation. The collaboration and dedication I’ve witnessed throughout this are admirable.

This is an extraordinary time and I look forward to when we can resume our regular activities. Until we get there, we will continue to keep you updated as new information or changes occur.

Thank you.

Dr. Ron Common

March 18, 2020

As you may know,   Algoma Public Health    announced that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Algoma region. While we understand that this may bring concern, we want to assure you that our College has taken many thoughtful precautions to protect the health and safety of our campus community and to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19. We’ve closed our College to the public, limited areas of use in the College – including computer labs – made alternate work arrangements for many of our staff, and are actively practicing social distancing. Facilities Management has increased cleaning and sanitizing and we have also re-arranged work schedules to have additional cleaning staff working as required.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and the College has also been meeting daily with both local unions to exchange information and solicit feedback.

We will continue to keep you updated on this evolving situation.

March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in Canada and around the world and as you know Sault College has suspended all face-to-face classes. The College is taking this time to review its operations to determine next steps, including: preparing for remote instruction where available.

We are keeping residence open as we are very much conscious of the fact that a number of students will not be able to return home because of travel restrictions, health, personal circumstances or various obligations.

That being said, in order to help decrease density in residence, reduce the risks to our community, and to provide maximum flexibility to our students at this challenging time, we will be refunding residence rent on a pro-rated basis for students who voluntarily choose to move out of residence by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Check your student email for more information.

March 16, 2020

Given the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, student flight training will be suspended effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. This decision was made in the best interests of both our students and staff.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We will keep you updated as information is available.

March 15, 2020

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone. Out of concern for our students and employees and being mindful of the public health of our broader community, the following is in effect immediately:

The College is closed to the public. This includes Employment Solutions Sault Ste. Marie and Blind River

All face-to-face classes beginning this upcoming week (March 16) and moving forward, including apprenticeship and nursing, are suspended until further notice

  • At this time, clinical placement will continue
  • At this time, flight training will continue
  • At this time, placements will continue

Where possible, classes that can be delivered via remote instruction will be announced prior to Monday, March 23, 2020

The College will be open to any students who are presently here; however all common areas will be closed

Employment Solutions Sault Ste. Marie and Blind River are closed to the public; however at this time, staff is available to assist by contacting Employment Solutions SSM at Webinquiryssm@saultcollege.ca or (705) 945-0705 or Employment Solutions - Blind River at Webinquirybr@saultcollege.ca or (705) 356-1611.

Until further notice, staff should report to work and practice social distancing unless they are required to self-isolate as per the Official Global Travel Advisory

This advises all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. In addition, all travellers returning to Canada from abroad from March 14, 2020 on are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days whether they have symptoms or not. If this applies to you, please contact your Manager as soon as possible.

  • The Health and Wellness Centre is closed
  • The Ron Doyle Library is closed
  • The Early Learning Centre is closed
  • Food services are closed to all students except those living in residence
  • Residence is open at this time to those currently residing in the building

Students should also be aware of the Official Global Travel Advisory, which advises all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. In addition, all travellers returning to Canada from abroad from March 14, 2020 on are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days whether they have symptoms or not. Please do not come to the College or any College building if this applies to you.

You can keep up-to-date on this evolving situation by visiting the Algoma Public Health website.

We know that this is a challenging time and the fluidity of this situation brings an added level of complexity. We truly appreciate your support, patience and understanding as we work through this together.

We will continue to keep you updated as information is available.

Thank you.

March 13, 2020

The health, safety and well-being of our staff and students remain a top priority for us. We certainly understand and appreciate that there are ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and we would like to provide you with an update on what we are doing moving forward:

For the week of March 16, 2020, face-to-face classes will continue as scheduled.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 all face-to-face classes, including Continuing Education, will be suspended until further notice.

The College is taking this time to review its operations to determine next steps, including: preparing for remote instruction where available

At the present time all flight training will continue.

Clinical and field placements will continue in their current mode. Students will hear directly from the appropriate Dean or Chair about their placements.

The possibility of resuming some face-to-face classes and labs is subject to ongoing evaluation.

Where possible, classes that can be delivered via remote instruction will be announced prior to Monday, March 23, 2020.

Further information on this will communicated as soon as it is available. Please continue to check your email and student portal.

Sault College offices, including Employment Solutions SSM and Blind River, and service areas, including Library and computer labs, will remain open during this time unless otherwise communicated.

The College will also be cancelling or postponing upcoming scheduled events, such as: March Break tours, Scholarship, Bursaries and Awards ceremony, and Spring Open House

We understand that a lot of work has gone into these events; however we must be prudent and follow the advice of public health officials.

We recognize and understand that this brings a lot of questions and disruption. We want you to know that we understand this, we feel this and we are making decisions that are in the best interests of our College community. We are committed to developing semester completion plans for students.

Most importantly, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. Your support will help us as move through this rapidly evolving and sensitive situation.

We will keep you informed as updates are available.

Thank you.

March 12, 2020

I know there has been a lot of information shared about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). I want to reassure all of you that we are working diligently to keep our campus, students and staff healthy and safe. As part of this, Sault College has and will continue to work closely with Algoma Public Health (APH) and follow its direction. At this time, APH has advised that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algoma.

We want to assure you that we are taking appropriate measures to help to protect our College community in response to COVID-19. These include:

  • arranging for additional surface cleaning across the College specifically in high traffic areas
  • installing additional hand sanitizing stations
  • ensuring all cleaning products are hospital grade
  • participating in thorough pandemic planning in coordination with appropriate stakeholders and experts
  • creating four key committees with subject matter experts to actively participate in pandemic planning in coordination with provincial partners and medical experts
  • continuing ongoing communication with staff and students to provide updates as appropriate

As we work through this, we must reiterate the importance of practicing regular disease prevention protocols, including: including: washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve rather than hands, and to stay home if you are feeling ill.

We also want to ensure you are aware of travel restrictions and associated protocols particularly with the upcoming March break. As communicated earlier today, if you do travel, it is essential that you keep up-to-date on travel advisories and what to do as this is a rapidly evolving situation. If you will be travelling, please take active measures to regularly visit the Algoma Public Health website for up-to-date information and follow all protocol as outlined.

We understand there may be concern among staff and students and I want you to know that we are taking this seriously and your health and safety remains our top priority.

We are committed to keeping you updated and we will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Thank you.

March 12, 2020

As you may know, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) a pandemic. We understand that this may be concerning and we want to assure you that we are working closely with Algoma Public Health and will continue to do so as we monitor this situation. As per Algoma Public Health, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algoma.

Upcoming travel

We know that with the upcoming March break many of you may be travelling. If you do travel, it is essential that you keep up-to-date on travel advisories and what to do as this is a rapidly evolving situation. Additionally, the Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

If you will be travelling, please take active measures to regularly visit the Algoma Public Health website for up-to-date information and follow all protocol as outlined.

Preventative Measures:

We cannot stress enough how important it is to continue to practice regular disease prevention protocols:

  • wash your hands often with soap and warm running water, or use hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands
  • cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand
  • stay home if you are sick
  • avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick

You can also keep up-to-date on this situation through these reliable sources:

Learn more about COVID-19 from the Ontario Ministry of Health website

Stay up to date on impacted areas and travel health notices from Canadian public health officials

Get more information from these official public health sources:

  • Public Health Ontario
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • World Health Organization

Sault College is committed to keeping our students and staff safe. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed as updates are available. We appreciate your continued support as we work through this.

Thank you.

March 9, 2020

Further to our recent communication, the College has and will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Algoma Public Health is also closely monitoring this situation with local, provincial and federal partners and the risk in our region remains low.

Algoma Public Health recently released a statement on the COVID-19 specifically regarding an update for travellers. While we have shared this statement, we want to reiterate this important information.

Algoma Public Health has advised the following:

  • Travellers who have returned from Hubei province, including Wuhan City, should:
  • stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province.
  • contact their local public health department within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. For Algoma residents, this means contacting Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172, ext. 5404.

Please note that the College can confirm that there has been no incoming travel from this area to the College.

Travellers who have returned from anywhere else in mainland China, or Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Italy, Singapore, or South Korea should:

monitor themselves for symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after leaving the impacted area.

if symptoms develop, call Algoma Public Health prior to seeking medical care. Algoma residents may reach Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172, ext. 5404. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

We want to assure you that these precautions are being enforced and followed. Again, the risk in our region remains low. The College also has a pandemic plan, which is currently under review in consultation with all the appropriate parties.

As a reminder, it is important that everyone continue to practice regular disease prevention protocols, including: washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve rather than hands, and to stay home if feeling ill. For your reference, please see the attached poster on effective hand-washing techniques.

To help stayed informed, we recommend you visit the Algoma Public Health website.

Thank you.

January   31, 2020

As you may be aware, there have been confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Canada. While the risk in Ontario is currently low, we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to do so as necessary.

Additionally, our College has a reporting requirement to our local health unit for anyone who has been to Wuhan China and has cold like symptoms. Should a local case become known, the College has an emergency response plan in place and will follow the direction provided by the local health unit, including: communications and necessary precautions.

We are asking that everyone continue to practice regular disease prevention protocols, including: washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve rather than hands, and to stay home if feeling ill. The College is also providing extra sanitizer and tissues across campus and increasing surface cleaning.

For further details and the most up-to-date information on the Novel Coronavirus, please visit the following websites:

  • Ontario Minitry of Health
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Algoma Public Health
  • The World Health Organization

You can also get more information by reviewing the Ontario Government statement issued by the Ministry of Health.

Thank you.