COVID-19 UpdatesAugust 31, 2020
In an effort to maintain recommended social distancing practices, the Brock University Students’ Union has come to agreements with the St. Catharines Transit Commission and Niagra Region Transit system to allow students to access buses using only their valid Brock student card for the fall semester. Students will not need the traditional U-Pass sticker for the fall term.
BUSU will continue to follow and monitor provincial and federal recommendations and guidelines, and work with Brock and our bussing services providers to develop a safe solution for the fall term.
If you do not have a student card, or have lost your student card, please visit The Brock Card Office, who is now offering online student card fulfillment.
August 6, 2020
Brock University has announced their re-opening plan. Read the full story here.
August 6, 2020
After a month of diving deep into our fees and exploring all our options, we have been able to reduce our fees to save students $4.2M collectively in the coming year.
- FULL (fall & winter) access to St. Catharines Transit at HALF the price.
- ZERO Zone Expansion (fitness facility) fees all year.
- ZERO reductions to coverage for the Health & Dental Insurance Plan with a complete online claiming system.
July 29th, 2020
During these uncertain times, we know that students may need support from BUSU in new ways. In order to ensure we are serving students to the best of our ability, we want your feedback. Help shape what this year at Brock will be like, and take the survey at BUSU Student Feedback Survey.
June 4, 2020
The Brock University Students' Union is pleased to announce COVID Conversations, a bi-weekly live video update from your BUSU Executives. In this series, we'll be providing COVID related updates from BUSU, re-capping COVID updates from Brock and answering your questions. For more information, please visit COVID Conversations.
March 28, 2020
Brock University announces Fall 2020 Academic Plan. Read the full story at The Brock News.
March 14, 2020
Brock University announces a student-focused plan for Fall Term: Both online and on-campus delivery. Read the full story at The Brock News.
March 20, 2020
BUSU's Health and Dental Plan provider, Student VIP, has provided COVID-19 related resources for students, which can be found below.
March 16, 2020
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and in an effort to practice social distancing for the safety of all staff, students and community members, BUSU offices will be operating remotely moving forward. Please follow us on social media or visit our website www.brockbusu.ca for the latest updates in regards to resuming normal operations.
Our reception desk can be contacted at: [email protected]
Health and Dental Plan questions and information can be directed to: [email protected]
Emails will be monitored Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
As a result of the office closure, BUSU's Food First program will also be closed until further notice.
Important Elections Update: BUSAC has decided that the SJC referendum was will be postponed. The question will be posed again in the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
March 13, 2020
Dear Fellow Badgers,
The COVID-19 virus has had a global impact, reaching countries far and wide, and affecting us all here at home. First and foremost, we would like to re-iterate that the Niagara Public Health Department has stated that the risk to Niagara residents of contracting the Coronavirus remains low. With that being said, Brock has suspended face-to-face classes and exams and is moving towards alternative forms of delivery. We encourage students to read the full statement and find future updates at https://brocku.ca/coronavirus/.
Given the reduced activity on campus, BUSU operations will be affected. Please see below for some brief updates on the status of various BUSU businesses, services and initiatives:
- While BUSU will be operating at a reduced capacity, our main office will remain open, Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm.
- All BUSU operated businesses (Isaac’s Bar and Grill, Union Station and General Brock) will be closed for the remainder of the academic term.
- All BUSU organized events for the remainder of the academic term will be cancelled. This includes St. Patrick’s Day at Isaac’s on March 17th, the Drag Show featuring Roxxxy Andrews on March 19th, Wellness Week and more.
- All BUSU club events for the remainder of the academic term will be cancelled.
- BUSU’s March elections will proceed digitally. Full election details can be found at www.brockbusu.ca/elections beginning on Monday, March 16th. Voting will take place via your Brock email from March 24th to 26th.
- BUSU’s Health and Dental Plan benefits will be unaffected. Full Health and Dental Plan details can be found here: www.brockbusu.ca/healthplan. Support for our Health and Dental Plan will shift from in-person to a digital format. If you have a question or concern regarding the BUSU Health Plan, please email Joanne Matko at [email protected] For specific Health and Dental Plan COVID-19 information, please visit this information site.
- Any changes in public transit to Brock will be shared with you by the transit providers and BUSU.
- BUSU’s Food First program will remain in operation, and requests can be submitted online at www.brockbusu.ca/food-first. Requests will be reviewed on Wednesdays and Fridays, and upon approval, grocery store gift cards will be available for pickup at the BUSU office.
- For further BUSU updates, please monitor our social media channels (@BrockBUSU) or visit our online home for updates: www.brockbusu.ca/covid
In closing, we want to encourage everyone to take proactive steps to maintain good health and minimize transmission. At this point, most people know the basics: diligently washing your hands, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces or objects, sneezing/coughing into your elbow and self-isolating if you feel sick or show any common symptoms. We also encourage students who choose to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day to do so responsibly by avoiding large gatherings and confined spaces, avoid handshakes and minimize other physical contact, and do not share drinks, vapes, cigarettes, etc.
Each of our actions has an impact on those around us and to our community as a whole. Take care of yourself, and please be a responsible citizen. Stay safe, Badgers.
Brock University Students’ Union