COVID-19 Updates


New Course Formats and Safety Protocols

This September, we resumed classes on-campus. Large courses are offered online or in a hybrid format.

Our Fall 2020 Academic approach is built on ensuring the health and safety of students and employees, while providing a range of flexible models for students who cannot or choose not to attend in person. Each course is delivered in one of five formats. How a course is facilitated depends on the size of the class, the content topics, and the level of classroom participation.

Students should log into ACORN to complete our virtual COVID-19 Preparedness & Education course and the Student COVID-19 Safety Pledge.

Major Points

  • New options for larger courses.

    The occupancy of our classrooms and lecture halls has been reduced. Most classes with 50 or more students are conducted remotely, while some are split into smaller sections.

  • Your commute to class has changed.

    To avoid congestion in buildings and hallways, we have adjusted class start and end times. Buildings have one-way traffic in stairwells. You'll swipe or tap your new student ID card as you enter buildings to make contact tracing easier.

  • Lab courses have been modified or postponed.

    Shared lab and practice spaces are open by appointment only, to allow for reduced capacities while providing the freedom required to do your work.

  • The academic calendar has changed.

    We've updated our academic calendar. Classes began on September 21 and will end on the last day in residence, December 21. We will be prepared to implement changes should the need arise as determined by University and government and health officials.
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Academics Update

On July 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced additional measures, including faster and easier study permit processing, to make it easier for international students to study online with a Canadian post-secondary institution this fall from abroad.

Academics FAQ

How will I write my exams?

Your professors will reduce the number of in-person exams by using virtual assessments or offering more assignments or projects.

Exams may be held in very large spaces (ex. gymnasiums) to ensure social distancing.

Will professors still have office hours?

Your professor will be reachable for virtual office hours, but you will not be able to visit them in-person. Meetings between faculty members or staff have also been greatly restricted.

Will there still be a reading break?

Yes, November 12 and 13.