COVID-19 FAQ

What is the move out procedure?

As of March 20, the University of Alberta requires all residents on campus (including SJC) to move out by March 24 at 4pm to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Exceptions can be made for those who are prevented from leaving by Tuesday at 4pm (e.g. if you are an international student unable to travel to your home country or if you are currently in self-isolation). To appy for an exception, please complete this brief application by Sunday at 12:00 noon: https://forms.gle/imgBke4HDXGRCJju5. There is no guarantee we will be able to accommodate your request. However, if an exception is made, we will be working with the University of Alberta to provide housing for you. It may or may not occur at the SJC Women's Residence.

For those not requesting an exception, please remember the following related to checking out:

  1. Do your best to clean your space.
  2. Keys can be turned into staff offices on the first floor of the Men’s Residence, or placed in a labeled envelope (full name, cell phone, mailing address) and slid into the silver box in the Women’s Residence near the office, or given to your RLA if they are available.
  3. SJC will reimburse you 25% of your rent and your meal plan. Because the vast majority of your House Fees have already been spent, there are no plans to pro-rate that amount at this time.
  4. If you are leaving items behind in your room for storage between now and August, please box all your items, label them with name and cell number, and leave them in your room. The cost is $250 for this storage service, which will be deducted from your 25% refund.

What do we do with trash or recycling?

For everyone's safety and well-being, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE TRASH OR RECYCLING IN THE HALLWAY OR IN YOUR ROOM/SPACES. Please take it outside to the two dumpsters between the two buildings.

What do we do if we feel sick?

  1. It is essential, first of all, that anyone who does not feel well immediately self isolates and lets residence staff know right away. Saint Joseph’s College and the University of Alberta have procedures in place to protect not only those who are sick, but everyone else in the residences as well. But we cannot activate those procedures if our residence staff are not informed.  
  2. Second, right after you self-isolate and advise residence staff, go to the Alberta Health Services Self-assessment tool, complete it, and follow any instructions therein: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=self-assessment&utm_content=GoA-v1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9-SVrdql6AIVsRx9Ch2QkQ8XEAAYASAAEgLFw_D_BwE
  3. Third, do NOT go to the hospital; do NOT  go to any clinic or emergency department.
  4. Fourth, if you experience difficulty breathing at any time during your isolation, call 911 immediately. 

What are the building hours?

Effective the evening of Friday March 20, we will be securing the Men's Residence on weekends until further notice. This means that the building will be locked between Friday evening at 10pm and Monday morning at 7:30am every weekend until further notice. Residents of the building will need to use their keys to access it from the outside. Female residents that would like to eat at the dining hall will need to call the RLA on-call (780-940-3726) to get access to the building. Saturday meals occur between 7:30-9:30am, 11-2pm, and 4:30-7:30pm. Sunday meals occur between 10-2pm and 4:30-7:30pm. 

What are the dining hall hours?

The Dining Hall will continue to be open for residents as follows, until March 24 at 4pm :

  • 7:30 - 9:30 AM for Breakfast,
  • 11:00 - 2:00 for Lunch, and,
  • 4:30 - 7:30 for Dinner.

The gate will be closed for all other hours to ensure staff are able to concentrate on sanitization procedures and plating of food for meal services.  There will no longer be buffet style service as of the 4:30 Dinner service March 16th, 2020. A plated salad and plated dinner will be available for each meal service. You will be able to have more than one plate, but it is plated meal service effective this afternoon. 

We have eliminated a number of chairs from the tables and ask that residents practice social distancing by sitting with space between chairs.  If no chairs are available (i.e., all of the seats are currently taken), please take your meals in to-go containers and leave the area.  Do not use chairs that have been stacked and placed to the side. 

What is the situation with enhanced cleaning at SJC?

Cleaning staff are currently cleaning five days a week with particular attention to Touch Zones like door handles, washroom taps and toilet handles. SJC is in regular contact with our cleaning contractor and ready to increase enhanced cleaning as and when the situation requires it. When advised to do so by University Administration, a procedure will be put in place that provides a high level of disinfection to Touch Zones and ensures that staff involved providing the service are protected and aware of their responsibilities.

What is happening with SJC courses?

All classes at the University of Alberta, including all SJC courses, have moved to remote delivery. You should already have received information from your instructors regarding what this will look like for the specific courses you are currently taking.  

What is happening with mass and other worship services at SJC?

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, the Catholic Archdiocese has decided to cancel all public masses, including those at SJC, until further notice. For further information, read the Archbishop's pastoral letter on the situation. In brief, the following are cancelled:

  • All weekend and weekday masses
  • All Lenten parish missions
  • All parish penitential celebrations
  • All celebrations of Baptism, First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation
  • Sacramental preparation classes for both children and adults

Confessions may still be heard, for which contact the college chaplain, Fr. Jim Stenberg.

What is happening with staffing at SJC?

At this point, only essential SJC staff are staying in the building. We are having as many staff work from home as possible in order to limit the opportunities for any potential spread of infection.