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Welcome to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees! Varsity Athletics has a long and proud tradition of athletic excellence. We recognize the significant commitment required to be a student-athlete and look forward to celebrating your success. We also recognize that sport occupies a special place at the university and in the local community. uOttawa and Varsity Athletics therefore have high expectations of you as a representative of your team, your school and your community. Our presence and our profile in these communities demand a high level of responsibility and accountability; a standard that we all share and strive for.
We have selected you as a student-athlete not only to provide you with the opportunity to pursue excellence in your chosen sport but also because we think you fit with our positive vision of a student-athlete.
Enjoy the experience of being a student-athlete at the uOttawa and in the process make yourself and the institution proud of your contribution. Student-athletes represent the Gee-Gees at all times, even when they are not on campus or competing. Once a Gee-Gee, always a Gee-Gee.
Varsity Athletics’ mission is “to enrich the overall university experience while engaging our community in active living and sport”. As a student-athlete, you are a key part of this mission and these guidelines are designed to provide you with an opportunity to help us achieve our mission.
Our Commitment to Gee-Gees Athletics
Gee-Gees Varsity Athletics' vision is to support competitive opportunities and celebrate and drive excellence in selected U SPORTS sports and drive visibility, excitement and connection to the Gee-Gee name and brand.
We are striving for:
- Student-athlete-centredness in an environment of excellence.
- Gender equity in programming.
- A quality sport experience for all student-athletes.
- Competitive opportunities for student-athletes in a context of fair play.
- Recognition of our student-athletes and coaches as leaders in their sport.
- Quality sport programs that enrich the overall student-athlete life experience.
- A sport environment that is tolerant and respectful of individual differences and choices regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
Varsity Athletics values help to keep us grounded and consistent in our decision and our actions.
As members of Varsity Athletics:
- We are fair, honest and open in our actions and communications.
- We respect people’s individual differences.
- We support innovation, creativity and risk taking.
- We celebrate our successes and share our failures.
- We are committed to carrying our share of the responsibilities and workload.
- We confront problems and issues openly, directly and in a timely manner.
- We respect levels of authority and jurisdiction.
- We will work as partners to make the OUA, the RSEQ and the U SPORTS a success.
- We respect the rights of other institutions.
Gee-Gees behavioural guidelines:
SUMMARY - uOTTAWA COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY – Varsity Sports
The University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Varsity Sports is as follows:
- Student-Athletes are required by August 1, 2021 to have received ONE vaccination dose. Vaccination verification information will be required to be submitted as part of the Annual Medical Pre-Participation Form that is submitted by a student-athlete. The deadline for receipt of a completed form is August 1, 2021. The forms are to be returned to our medical staff.
- Student-Athletes are required by October 1, 2021 to have received TWO vaccination doses. Vaccination verification information will be updated as part of Annual Medical Pre-Participation Forms that will have been initially submitted by August 1, 2021. Student-Athletes will be responsible to submit proof of vaccination to our medical staff who will then update the files.
- Student-athletes who do not comply will be removed from the team’s roster and lose access to all the privileges afforded to student-athletes including team or individual training, competition or any Varsity Integrated Support systems.
- At each stage of the process (One dose and/or Two doses), our medical team will contact student-athletes who do not have required doses to discuss their situation.
- If a student requires an accommodation for medical condition or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code, requests will be processed as per the University’s accommodations policy in conjunction with the sport medicine physicians. Requests for accommodation are to be communicated with the medical team prior to the deadline dates for doses (August 1 and October 1).
- All partially and fully vaccinated individuals should continue to follow the COVID-19 measures consistent with general public health guidance and infection prevention and control measures.
- The University has the right to change, modify, or revoke this COVID-19 Vaccination Policy at any time.