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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Return to On-Campus Research - Process and Application

October 27, 2021 

The University is currently in Stage 4 of resuming on-campus research.  Researchers are encouraged to continue to ramp up their on-campus research activities.  To facilitate on-campus research the following updates have been implemented: 

  1. Removal of capacity limits:
    1. With the commencement of Stage 4, there are no longer any COVID-19-related occupancy limits in research laboratories located at Ontario Tech University.
    2. University vaccine and mask policies must be adhered to at all times.
  2. Previously Approved On-Campus Research Activities:
    1. Researchers who have already received FORC approval are no longer required to seek approvals for amendments to their approved on-campus research activities (e.g. additional personnel, etc. ) unless otherwise subject to REB or other safety approvals.
    2. The Faculty On-campus Research Committees (FORCs) will remain as a COVID-19 risk mitigation resource for all researchers to consult with about C19 and other health and safety matters as needed. 
  3. New On-Campus Research Activities:
    1. Researchers who have not previously received FORC approval to resume on-campus research activities must complete the Return to Campus Checklist and Laboratory Guidance Document and Pre-start Laboratory Checklist (if appropriate).
    2. There is no requirement to submit and receive approval from the FORCs for COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures prior to resuming research activities on campus; however, it is strongly recommended that researchers consult with the FORCs before resuming research activities on-campus.
    3. In addition, it is strongly recommended that a copy of the completed return to campus checklist and laboratory guidance document and pre-start laboratory checklist be kept in the laboratory records and be reviewed and/or accessible to research personnel, as appropriate.
    4. Note: Researchers who require approval for research ethics and specialized safety requirements (e.g. human ethics, biosafety, radiation, lasers, X-rays, animal care) must inform their FORC and may require approval, if required by the REB, Animal Care Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, and/or Biosafety Committee. 









  • Robyn Ruttenberg-Rozen
  • Bin Chang
  • Patrick Hung
  • Bill Kapralos
  • Meenal Soman
  • Khalid Elgazzar
  • Scott Nokleby
  • Min Dong
  • Brendan MacDonald
  • Shahryar Rahnamayan
  • David Kim
  • Kirk Atkinson
  • Brian Ikeda
  • Sharman Perera
  • Shilpa Dogra
  • Bernadette Murphy
  • Syed Qadri
  • Ryan Foley
  • Sean Forrester
  • Brad Easton
  • Theresa Stotesbury
  • Steven Downing
  • Matt Shane
  • Joe Eastwood
  • Andrea Slane (alternate)


 Other relevant documents:

 For more information, please read the latest COVID-19 research updates.

 If you have any research questions, please do not hesitate to contact

 Thank you again for your continued research efforts during COVID-19.