Engineering Back to Campus FAQ

× Update (Sept 10th): Only Engineering students registered for face-to-face course activities will be granted access to the Engineering complex at this time. The University Centre and the Library are available if you do not have access but require on-campus study space.


Are you planning on returning to campus?

If you do not need to be on campus, please consider staying home to help keep our community safe. All students, staff, faculty and visitors who need to come to campus must follow the steps and complete the training on the U of G’s Return to Campuses website before coming to any University of Guelph location.

Remember to Complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form every day

U of G’s new COVID-19 Screening Form is an important tool that helps keep our community safe. Every day, before you come to campus or any U of G location for any reason, you must complete the screening form. The Qualtrics-based form connects you to the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 assessment tool and then provides you with directions and next steps depending on your results (e.g., stay home and contact your manager, or clearance to come to campus). Full terms and conditions for the form are available online.

You can access the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form:

As we adjust to life at the U of G during COVID-19, remember to follow these important practices:


All students, staff, faculty and visitors must follow the steps and complete the training on the U of G’s Return to Campuses website before coming to any University of Guelph location.

  • Only students registered in Face to Face classes are granted access to the Engineering complex. The School is developing a process by which other Engineering students can request access. Please check this page for updates.
  • Please use your ID card each time you enter to help ensure accurate contact tracing if necessary.
  • Students with scheduled lectures in THRN 1200 or THRN 1307 will be granted electronic access to the building by the Office of Registrarial Services. If you are having problems accessing your lecture rooms and are not an engineering student, please contact your course instructor to determine next steps.
  • External visitors to the Engineering building will need to fill in the Visitor Registration Form. Any SOE faculty/staff inviting external visitors are responsible for escorting visitors into the building, ensuring they adhere to all COVID protocols, and all related arrangements.


If you come to the Engineering building, you must:

  • Use your U of G ID card to enter the building
  • Follow the signage for entrance, exit, and space capacity
  • Wear a face covering and maintain 2 m of physical distance
  • Disinfect your workspace in the labs before and after use with the provided supplies

No, but the lab computers can be accessed remotely via the Engineering Remote Lab. Please see the Engineering IT website for more details.

Engineering program counsellors are conducting all student appointments via phone or Microsoft Teams. Drop-in appointments will be available via a virtual queue system during the first two weeks of the semester. Please visit the program counselling webpage for more details.

We are aiming to grant graduate office access to all students that require them while maintaining physical distancing. Results from a recent survey will be used to determine office assignments and a schedule and the results of this process will be communicated soon.

You can access your assigned locks only if you already have access to the building. If you have access and want a new locker, please contact Charlotte Reich of the Guelph Engineering Society for more details.

  • Students will not be able to use the Machine Shop; instead, the machinists will machine their parts for them.
  • Students are to email PDF drawings of their parts to Ken and Dave:
  • Ken or Dave will reply to the student with a confirmation that the request has been received and an estimated completion date.
  • Further communication will be through email, phone or Teams.
  • Parts will be dropped off or picked up in the cubbies in the Hand Tool Area, Rm 1025.
  • Machine Shop work will be done on a first come, first served basis with the following priorities:
    1. Undergrad course work
    2. Clubs
    3. Research

  • Students who are enrolled in a course with face-to-face labs will be admitted to the labs as per the course instructor’s directions. There will be limited after hours access to labs that require additional time to complete the lab work.
  • Students enrolled in ENGG*41xx can work in the labs but will need to submit both an Undergrad Lab Work Request Form and a Lab Access Form.
    • The Undergrad Lab Work Request Form will be available on the safety webpage (still being developed).
    • Once approved, the student will need to submit a Lab Access Form as normal. This form is also found on the safety webpage.
    • Student clubs can resume their activities provided that they can be done safely, a club representative will need to submit an SOE Club Activity Resumption Request Form. This form is being developed and when ready, will be available on the safety webpage.

SOE common and study areas are open to students with existing building access with limited capacity. Please practice physical distancing. 

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