Vaccinations Requirement FAQ

Updated: Nov. 19, 2021

These FAQs continue to be updated with new information and in response to questions.

Frequently asked questions about:

Winter Term 2022 Deregistration

Why will students be deregistered?

Students who are non-compliant with the university’s government-mandated COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy will be deregistered from their winter term in-person courses.

In line with provincial government requirements, Laurier requires all students to be vaccinated or have a valid exemption to attend in-person classes and activities on Laurier’s campuses. The university has communicated its vaccination requirement since August, and since the end of October has reminded students that they must upload their current vaccination status by Dec. 1 to avoid deregistration on Dec. 2.

Students are required to have received and uploaded their second vaccination or an approved exemption no later than Dec. 21 to avoid deregistration on Dec. 22 and to attend a Laurier location for in-person classes or any in-person activities in the winter term. Students registered in in-person courses in the winter term will receive a number of increasingly urgent reminders and follow-ups before being deregistered.

Will my tuition be adjusted based on my deregistered courses?

Student accounts will be re-assessed to reflect the new course load cost as per usual fee adjustment guidelines. You can find more information about dropping courses and penalties on the webpage for Invoicing and Accounts.

Will I receive a refund?

Potential credit balances will be assessed using the regular refunding processes.

What happens to my scholarship?

Scholarships will be adjusted on a case-by-case basis based on your revised course load. You can check the specific scholarship program requirements. Any changes to scholarship or award amounts will be reflected on LORIS under "Student Awards & Financial Aid" > "View my Funding" > "Aid year 2021-2022."

If you are an OSAP student and you received a scholarship or bursary, your OSAP account will be updated following our usual processes.

If you have specific questions related to your scholarship eligibility, contact Service Laurier for more details.

What happens to my OSAP?

To remain eligible for full-time OSAP funding you must remain registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students registered with a permanent disability). If your course load falls below a full-time OSAP course load, contact the Laurier Financial Aid Office to discuss the financial implications.

OSAP applications will be adjusted to reflect any change to student registration and updated information can be found on your OSAP account.

I am fully vaccinated but did not upload my status to SAFEHawk. Can I be re-registered in my on-campus courses?

Students who are fully vaccinated and who did not upload their status to the SAFEHawk app should log into SAFEHawk and complete the upload using your Laurier credentials. Once you have your green badge on SAFEHawk, it will take approximately two business days for your registration hold to be lifted.

Once the hold is lifted you can log onto LORIS for course registration. Please note that once deregistered, re-registration in the same courses(s)/section(s) is not guaranteed. You may need to wait-list (if applicable) or select a different course. Students must also adhere to academic dates, with the last day to add a winter term 12-week course being Jan. 17, 2022.

I am partially vaccinated and have a date of second vaccination booked. Can I be re-registered in my on-campus courses?

The last day to add a winter term course is Jan. 17. Students must be fully vaccinated and have uploaded their second-dose vaccination receipt to SAFEHawk by this time (i.e., have received their second dose two weeks prior) in order to re-register in their winter term course.

I uploaded my status to the SAFEHawk app and now have a green badge. How quickly will my registration hold be lifted?

Two business days.

My registration hold has been lifted, but I am unable to re-enroll in the course(s) I was deregistered from as it is now full. Can I be re-registered into the same course(s)?

If a course is full, students can join the waitlist (if applicable) or continue to check LORIS for a space to become available. Once a course is deregistered, re-registration in the same courses(s)/section(s) is not guaranteed.

I have a vaccine compliance registration hold and would like to register in an Online Learning course. How can I register in an Online Learning course?

Students who have a Vaccine Compliance Hold and are requesting to add online courses only will be able to do so through a form (available Dec. 2). Such requests will not be completed if you have any additional registration holds.

I have a registration hold and would like to drop an Online Learning course. How can I drop an Online Learning course?
Can I still get vaccinated and return to my class?

If you are not yet vaccinated, please book your vaccination appointments and upload them to the SAFEHawk app as soon as possible.

If you are not fully vaccinated (i.e. you have not received your second vaccination dose two weeks before the last day to add courses on Jan. 17), you will not be able to re-join your in-person winter term course(s), but you will be able to participate in in-person courses in future terms, provided you have your green badge on SAFEHawk.

What courses will I be deregistered from?
  • Courses with in-person components including placements and practica.
  • Courses that have an in-person component (e.g. if the lecture is remote, but the lab is in-person; both are deregistered).
  • Two-term courses that were remote in the fall but are in-person in the winter.
Can I still take my class remotely?

In-person courses were identified at the time of course registration in May and included required in-person elements in the course syllabus. The courses will continue to be delivered in person and cannot be redesigned to be delivered remotely.

I have in-person courses to complete in order to graduate or progress – how can I complete these courses?

Students can contact academic advising regarding their courses, but the university is under no obligation to ensure program requirements can be met by students who will be not attending campus in person because they have not complied with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

I uploaded my vaccination documents to SafeHawk, but I am still receiving an email that I will be de-registered. Why?

You should ensure that you uploaded your status into SAFEHawk using your Laurier credentials. If you uploaded your status with a non-Laurier student email, please log in again to SAFEHawk using your Laurier email credentials and upload your status again.

To check that your status is correct, select your campus location, then click on "COVID-19 Resources" > "Vaccine Passport" > "Passport Status." If you have entered your information correctly, you should have a green badge (if fully vaccinated) or a pending badge (if you are partially vaccinated or applied for an exemption). If you’ve received your second dose, make sure you upload your vaccination receipt to update your status now.

I'm a BBA student who was previously deregistered but now I've uploaded my proof of vaccination and my registration hold has been lifted. What should I do next?

BBA students who have their registration hold lifted should contact bbaadvising@wlu.ca to be added back to their core courses.

Vaccination Requirements: Winter 2022

What are the vaccination requirements for winter term?

The university will resume normal in-person operations in the winter term and students must be fully vaccinated for the winter term to take part in in-person courses or activities, which means uploading your vaccination status by Dec. 1 and receiving and uploading proof of your second vaccination dose no later than Dec. 21 – two weeks before the first day of classes Jan. 4.

Note that the university will be closed for the holidays as of Dec. 23, so staff will not be able to assist any students who miss this deadline until after the holidays. Students in this situation will not be able to attend their in-person winter term classes beginning Jan. 4.

What type of vaccination is approved?

Wilfrid Laurier University will require all students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated with Health Canada or World Health Organization approved vaccines.

International students can contact wellness@wlu.ca (Waterloo campus) or lbwellnesscentre@wlu.ca (Brantford campus) with specific questions.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

As described in Laurier's COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy: An individual is fully vaccinated if they have received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada/World Health Organization and they received their last dose at least 14 days before the date of the self-declaration.

What can students who are not fully vaccinated expect?

Students who have not uploaded their vaccination status to the vaccine passport by Dec. 1, and students attending a Laurier location in the winter term who have not received and uploaded proof of two vaccination doses or an approved exemption by Dec. 21, will be unable to attend Laurier’s campuses or locations and will be deregistered from winter term in-person courses.

I am an online degree program – do I need to be vaccinated under Laurier’s policy?

Note that students who are enrolled in fully online degree programs – i.e. programs such as online criminology and policing, public safety or social work – who are not required to attend a Laurier campus at any time during their degree program and do not have any plans to visit a Laurier location at any time, do not fall under the university’s vaccination policy and are not required to upload their vaccination status.

I am not planning to get vaccinated and do not have a valid exemption. What do I do?

Students who do not plan to get vaccinated and who do not have a valid exemption and are currently attending Laurier’s locations or plan to attend Laurier’s locations in winter 2022 will not meet the requirements of the university’s mandatory vaccination policy.

Consequences for students who do not comply with this policy include one or more of the following: being unable to attend Laurier’s campuses or locations; having access to MyLearningSpace suspended for in-person courses; being de-registered from in-person courses; and being unable to take part in in-person courses.

Students should contact academic advising regarding their courses.

There is no option to have “not vaccinated” as your status on the SAFEHawk app. How should unvaccinated students share their status?

In line with provincial government requirements and the university’s mandatory vaccination policy, Laurier requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination and all students must be vaccinated or have a valid exemption to attend in-person classes and activities on Laurier’s campuses.

  • Students who are attending Laurier locations in person and who have a valid exemption and students who have received one dose must upload their status to the SAFEHawk app.
  • If you are not yet vaccinated, you will not be able to upload your status to the SAFEHawk app.
  • All students should book their vaccinations as soon as possible and upload their status as soon as they receive their first and second doses.
  • If you have in-person courses and do not have a valid exemption and do not have plans to be vaccinated, you will not meet the requirements of the university’s mandatory vaccination policy. Students in this situation have received a follow-up communication about being deregistered from in-person courses.
I have my first vaccination, but my second dose is not booked. What should I do?

Students who have received one dose must upload their status to the SAFEHawk app as partially vaccinated by Dec. 1 and receive and upload their second vaccination receipt no later than Dec. 21 to be considered fully vaccinated for winter term and to avoid deregistration.

I am an international student and will not be able to get my vaccination in time/am unsure if my vaccine is recognized. Whom do I contact?

International students should email laurierinternational@wlu.ca and lbwellnesscentre@wlu.ca for direction about obtaining a vaccination and to ensure their circumstances are shared with the appropriate departments. For more information, please visit the international student FAQs.

The pandemic is winding down and the Premier has noted that legal requirements will be lifted in the new year. Why is Laurier deregistering students for not being vaccinated when vaccination mandates may not be an issue in the coming months?

The instructions of the Chief Medical of Health still apply and Laurier continues to be legally required to have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in place for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on our campuses and locations.

Why start deregistering a few students when the vaccination rate on our campuses is so high and it’s not necessary for everyone to be vaccinated to meet the health and safety goals of the policy?

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most effective public health measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We all need to do our part to keep the Laurier community safe and healthy as we get back to in-person courses and activities this winter.

Fall Term 2021 Deregistration

Why was I deregistered?

Students who are non-compliant with the university’s government-mandated COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy have been de-registered from their fall term in-person courses. In line with provincial government requirements, Laurier requires all students to be vaccinated or have a valid exemption to attend in-person classes and activities on Laurier’s campuses. The university communicated its vaccination requirements in mid-August and required people to upload their vaccination status by Sept. 7.

Students were also informed that they were required to have received their second vaccination or an approved exemption no later than Oct. 8 to attend a Laurier location for in-person classes or any in-person activities in the fall term. Students registered in in-person courses in the fall term who did not meet these requirements received a number of increasingly urgent direct reminder communications and follow-ups.

How can I appeal this decision?

The deadline to submit the expedited late course registration petition form has passed. Students may submit a late add of a course petition. There is no guarantee that a filed petition will be approved. Each faculty's Petitions and Regulations Committee takes into account not only what is in the best academic interest of the student filing the petition, but also to what is fair and equitable for all students and what is allowable under university Senate regulations.

I am fully vaccinated but did not upload my status to SAFEHawk. Can I be re-registered in my on-campus courses?

The deadline to submit the expedited late course registration petition form has passed. Students may submit a late add of a course petition. There is no guarantee that a filed petition will be approved. Each faculty's Petitions and Regulations Committee takes into account not only what is in the best academic interest of the student filing the petition, but also to what is fair and equitable for all students and what is allowable under university Senate regulations.

Please ensure that you have your status uploaded to SAFEHawk to maintain registration in your winter term on campus courses.

I am partially vaccinated and have a date of second vaccination booked. Can I be re-registered in my on-campus courses?

The deadline to submit the expedited late course registration petition form has passed. Students may submit a late add of a course petition. There is no guarantee that a filed petition will be approved. Each faculty's Petitions and Regulations Committee takes into account not only what is in the best academic interest of the student filing the petition, but also to what is fair and equitable for all students and what is allowable under university Senate regulations.

Please ensure that you have your status uploaded to SAFEHawk to maintain registration in your winter term on campus courses.

Can I still get vaccinated and return to my class?

If you are not yet vaccinated, please book your vaccination and upload your vaccination status to the SAFEHawk app as soon as possible. You will need to start and complete the vaccination process to be allowed to return and stay in your in-person classes. Also, please note that you will be required to be fully vaccinated when the university returns to normal operations, including in-person course delivery, in the winter term. This means you will need to have your second dose by Dec. 21 to be considered fully vaccinated by the first day of classes on Jan. 4. Although you will not be able to re-join your in-person fall term course(s), you will be able to participate in in-person winter term courses providing you adhere to the dates above.

I think there was a mistake – I am fully vaccinated and uploaded my documentation to the SAFEHawk App or I have an approved exemption, or I have my second vaccination date booked, but I was de-registered from my in-person courses. What do I do?

The deadline to submit the expedited late course registration petition form has passed. Students may submit a late add of a course petition. There is no guarantee that a filed petition will be approved. Each faculty's Petitions and Regulations Committee takes into account not only what is in the best academic interest of the student filing the petition, but also to what is fair and equitable for all students and what is allowable under university Senate regulations.

If I have submitted a Late Course Registration petition form, can I attend classes and access course materials while I am waiting to hear if my petition is approved?

No, you remain de-registered from the course(s) subject to the Late Course Registration petition decision and are not allowed to attend any in-person classes or participate in course activities (e.g. no meeting other students for group projects) until you have a decision on the petition.

Will my tuition be adjusted for this course?

Student accounts will be re-assessed to reflect the new course load cost as per usual fee adjustment guidelines. You can find more information on the webpage for Dropping Courses and Penalties.

If your course load changes from 2.5 credits to 2.0 credits (typically five down to four courses) within the 55% penalty range, you will not receive a tuition adjustment on your account. This is because 55% of a course cost plus the cost of the courses you are still registered in is greater than the amount that you were actually charged, due to the tuition cap.

Will I receive a refund?

Any credit balance will be reviewed following the regular refunding processes.

What happens to my scholarship?

Scholarships will be adjusted on a case-by-case basis based on your revised course load. You can check the specific scholarship program requirements on our website. Any changes to scholarship or award amounts will be reflected on LORIS under "Student Awards & Financial Aid" > "View my Funding" > "Aid Year 2021-2022." If you are an OSAP student and you received a scholarship or bursary, your OSAP account will be updated following our usual processes.

If you have specific questions related to your scholarship eligibility, contact Service Laurier for more details. Note that adjustments will not be completed until after Nov. 5.

What happens to my OSAP?

To remain eligible for full-time OSAP funding you must remain registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students registered with a permanent disability). If your course load falls below a full-time OSAP course load, contact the Laurier Financial Aid Office to discuss the financial implications.

OSAP Applications will be adjusted to reflect any change to student registration and updated information can be found on your OSAP account. Note that adjustments will not be completed until after Nov. 5.

I’ve been de-registered from my fall in-person course(s) but I still want to complete the course requirements and complete the course.

Students who have been de-registered in their fall in-person course(s) should stop completing the course requirements. Your instructors will be unable to assign any grading and you will no longer have access to course materials on MyLS.

What courses will be deregistered?
  • Courses with in-person components including placements and practica.
  • Courses linked to an in-person component course (e.g. my lecture is remote, but the lab is in-person; both are deregistered).
  • Two-term course with in-person component; both terms will be dropped automatically.
If I am re-enrolled in the course, can I attend classes and exams in-person?

Students who had their Late Course Registration petition form approved and are re-enrolled in the course are able to attend classes and exams in person provided they comply with all of the health and safety requirements outlined for them based on their specific situation (i.e. enrolment in the rapid testing program for valid exemptions, etc.).

Can I still take my class remotely?

In-person courses were identified at the time of course registration in May and included required in-person elements in the course syllabus. The courses will continue to be delivered in person and cannot be redesigned to be delivered remotely for the remainder of term.

I have one in-person course to complete in order to graduate – how can I finish my studies?

Please contact Academic Advising to discuss your options.

I have been deregistered from my fall in-person courses. Why am I still enrolled in my in-person winter term courses?

The university is planning on returning to normal in-person operations in the winter term. Students must meet the requirements as outlined in the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy to attend Laurier locations. If you are not planning on meeting the terms of the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, you should log onto LORIS and drop your in-person courses. Read further winter term de-registration information.

What are the consequences if I continue to attend campus without complying with the vaccination policy?

Any student who continues to attend a Laurier location – for any reason – while not in compliance with the university’s government-mandated COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy will be subject to serious consequences under the Non-Academic Code of Conduct. These consequences could include deregistration from all courses, both remote and in-person, and suspension from the university.

Proof of Vaccination

Do I need to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus?

Everyone must have received a second dose or valid exemption to attend a Laurier location for any reason.

Who decided to make COVID-19 vaccination a requirement at Laurier?

The decision to require vaccines was made by university leadership with endorsement from Brant County Health Unit and Region of Waterloo Public Health. All organizations in Ontario are required to comply with any recommendation issued by or in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ontario Regulation 577/21).

On Aug. 17, Ontario universities were directed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health to have a mandatory vaccination policy. On Aug. 24, 2021, the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, strongly recommended that universities implement policies requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors), with rare exceptions for those individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to medical and other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Laurier’s mandatory vaccination program complies with these recommendations and the university has released a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.

Who needs to provide proof of vaccination?

Anyone attending a Laurier location in person.

What kind of vaccination proof do I need to provide and where can I find it?

You can obtain your proof of vaccination at covid19.ontariohealth.ca. After accepting the terms of use, you will be prompted to enter your health card number, at which point you can download your receipt(s) from your COVID-19 vaccine(s). Take a picture of the documents or save a screenshot from your phone. Out-of-province or international students can contact their local health authorities for information. These receipts can be uploaded to the SafeHawk app to obtain your vaccination passport.

What if I can’t access my vaccination documentation?

Please contact public health for guidance through their website or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Information Line (available in more than 300 languages) 1.888.999.6488 (TTY: 1.866.797.0007). If you are an international student who is unable to access your information, please contact coronavirusquestions@wlu.ca.

How do I show proof of full vaccination?

A Vaccination Passport section is included on the SAFEHawk app. You can upload your vaccine receipts to indicate that you are fully vaccinated, which will provide you with an approved vaccine passport to attend Laurier’s Brantford or Waterloo campuses, or other locations, including in Kitchener, Toronto and Milton. Note that you will still be required to conduct a daily COVID self-assessment and follow Laurier’s health and safety protocols and policies. Web-based access will be available for those without access to a mobile phone.

Do my vaccine receipts need to be translated to English?

You can upload your documents in any language and they will be translated for you.

I’ve already provided information as a residence student or an inter-university athlete. Do I still need to upload my information through the SAFEHawk app?

Yes, please upload your proof of vaccination through the SAFEHawk app to receive a vaccination passport.

Will I be asked to show anyone my vaccine passport while on campus?

No, the mandatory vaccine program is being managed centrally through Human Resources and the Student Wellness Centre, and you will not be required to show your vaccine passport or disclose your vaccine status to your instructors, staff, managers, colleagues or fellow students. You may, however, be asked to show your daily self-assessment badge.

Who will have access to my information?

Note that information will only be collected, used and retained as required to fulfil COVID-19 requirements and access will be limited to key individuals in the university. Your managers, instructors and colleagues or fellow students will not have access to your vaccine status.

Exemptions and Accommodations

Can I request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to attend campus?

Yes. Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to submit a request for exemption through the forms provided on the SAFEHawk app Vaccine Passport section. Assessment of the exemption requests will be completed by Human Resources for employees and the Wellness Centre or Dean of Students’ Office for students.

You will be required to follow the additional health and safety protocols and rapid testing program requirements outlined by the university and in line with recommendations from public health to attend campus. Full details about rapid testing requirements and processes will be shared directly with those who qualify for the program.

I am requesting an exemption for reasons of religious beliefs or creed. How do I get my request sworn or affirmed before a Commissioner of Oaths?

A Commissioner of Oaths is an individual with authority to administer oaths, affirmations and declarations. Commissioning a document verifies its integrity and is common in a range of commercial and legal transactions. In Ontario, a number of individuals may commission an oath or affirmation, including lawyers and paralegals, as well as clerks, deputy clerks, treasurers and deputy treasurers of municipalities. You can find further information for the Region of Waterloo and for the City of Brantford. There will typically be a nominal fee involved for the service.

I hold convictions and beliefs that compel me to object to the COVID-19 vaccination as a matter of conscience and I have submitted the request for an exemption based on my religious beliefs/creed. What will the university consider in assessing my request?

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has noted on its FAQ page that “a singular belief or personal preference against vaccinations or masks does not appear to be protected on the ground of creed under the Code.” Only beliefs, convictions, and practices rooted in a creed or religion are protected.

In order to engage the protection of the Ontario Human Rights Code against discrimination because of creed, an individual must demonstrate that they sincerely believe that a certain practice or belief is experientially religious in nature and that belief must have a nexus with a religion. Secular, socially based, or conscientiously held beliefs are not protected under the Code and will not be approved as an exemption to the university’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Why question the religious sincerity and beliefs of an individual, particularly in light of the small risks posed by having a small number of students who are unvaccinated?

The university has implemented an exemption request process that fairly and appropriately considers the standards under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We appreciate that individuals hold strong and sincere personal beliefs, but these beliefs must be rooted in religion or have a nexus with religion, to trigger protection under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

How do I get a rapid test?

Students and employees with a valid exemption will be enrolled in the rapid testing program and test kits will be made available by the university through the government StaySafe program.

What if I don’t have access to a mobile phone for the SAFEHawk app?

Web-based access to SAFEHawk is available for those without access to a mobile phone.

Will there be an online version of classes available to accommodate students who are not vaccinated?

For many courses in the fall, there are in-person and remote or online sections available. Subject to availability of spaces, students may select the section that best meets their needs.

However, many courses are offered only in person and remote sections of these courses will not be created in order to accommodate students who are not vaccinated.

Students should note that Laurier will return to regular, in-person operations by the start of winter term and students will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption to attend in-person classes in winter term.

If I choose not to be vaccinated, why can’t I just continue with the rapid testing program?

The rapid testing program is only available to those with an approved exemption or who have an exemption request still under review.

Testing is a reasonable safety measure and alternative to vaccination. Why not keep the testing program going to help further accommodate students who do not wish to be vaccinated?

Public health leaders have noted that rapid testing protocols are not preventive and are not a replacement for immunization and should be used only in instances where vaccination is not possible. Vaccination, along with other public health measures, is essential in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why aren’t there more accommodations for exemptions from the policy considering the impact/stress it is inflicting on students?

The health and safety of the Laurier community continues to be our main priority. Vaccination of all students and employees is the best way to help us all safely get back to in-person activities. The university has applied the exemptions as recommended by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and public health officials, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Further Information

Do I still need to wear a mask and follow health and safety protocols if I am fully vaccinated?

Yes. Currently, Laurier’s face-covering policy and all other health and safety protocols and policies, including daily self-assessment, apply to anyone attending campus regardless of their vaccination status.

What right does the university have to require this of its students?

The university is required by the provincial government to have a mandatory vaccination policy. The policy requires that all students must be vaccinated or have a valid exemption to attend in-person classes and activities on Laurier’s campuses.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Staff, faculty and students can register for an appointment through Ontario’s booking portal.

The Student Wellness Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus also hosts COVID-19 immunization clinics for students, faculty and staff.

Brantford students can also find vaccination clinics through the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) vaccination website.

Where can I find more information on vaccinations?

The Government of Ontario is the best source for information about Ontario’s vaccination program.

The Provincial Vaccine Information Line is available in more than 300 languages 1.888.999.6488 (TTY: 1.866.797.0007).

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

More information for those with symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 can be found in our health and safety information.

What if I have tested positive in the past?

The vaccine passport is based on your vaccination status and the results of your current daily self-assessment is based on your current symptoms. A past positive test will not influence your results.

Is the SAFEHawk app secure?

The SAFEHawk app was reviewed through the university’s privacy and security impact assessment process and approved for confidential/restricted information. App Armor, the company providing the app has privacy and security processes in place that meet the university’s legal obligations under the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and university policies and standards.

How long will my proof of vaccination information be retained?

Proof of vaccination information will be securely destroyed within one month of the end of the vaccination program unless we are required to retain the information for a longer period to comply with legal obligations or public health directions. For those in the COVID-19 rapid antigen COVID-19 testing program, personal health information will be collected and retained in the Student Wellness Centre in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act and retention policies relating to personal health information.

Who can see my personal information?

The mandatory vaccine program is being managed centrally through Human Resources (for employees) and the Student Wellness Centre (for students). The personal information will be accessed by university employees who need to review it to administer the vaccine passport process. Access will be on a “need to know” basis. Information may be shared with public health if required to comply with legal obligations. Provincial and regional COVID-19 requirements are changing frequently however, which could potentially impact how we use and share the information.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

We understand that each decision made by Laurier as part of our recovery efforts has a personal impact on our community members. We remain committed to the guiding principles of our recovery work with the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty at the forefront:

  • Safeguard the health and safety of our university community.
  • Maintain academic and research excellence.
  • Enhance our exceptional student experience.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to the care and well-being of our employees.
  • Continue to partner with our local communities as an anchor institution.

If you have any questions related to Laurier's vaccinations requirement, please reach out to coronavirusquestions@wlu.ca.

Employees: If you have any questions related to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please reach out to hr@wlu.ca.