COVID-19 Information

FAQs for Students

This section will be updated regularly as information becomes available. 

For all general, health and travel-related questions on COVID-19, please refer to the Government of Canada Coronovirus disease (COVID-19) website.

Spring/Summer 2020 Semester

Where can I find learning and teaching resources for the Spring/Summer 2020 semester?

The University of Regina is conducting the Spring/Summer 2020 term entirely at a distance, and we look forward to providing the best possible educational experience for instructors and students who are teaching and learning remotely.

The Spring/Summer website is your gateway to the Spring/Summer term. Whether you are a current student, a prospective student, an instructor or other employee, or even a parent planning your child's activities for the summer, you will find resources here to help you through Spring/Summer at our University.

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General

How can I access the Student Emergency Fund (SEF)?

Each year the University of Regina allocates funding to provide emergency financial aid to help students experiencing financial difficulty continue their education. Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic may result in many more students seeking assistance this year we have started a fund raising campaign appealing to the community for donations and will allocate additional funding to support students dealing with financial difficulty.

For more information and to apply for support visit the Student Awards and Financial Aid - Emergency Funding web page at: https://www.uregina.ca/safa/emergency-funding.html or email safa@uregina.ca.


If you are a graduate student in need of emergency funding, please fill out the Emergency Bursary Application Form and email it to grad.funding@uregina.ca

How can I apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)?

Students who are not already receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI) can apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

The CESB provides financial support to recent graduates and post-secondary students who are unable to work or find employment due to COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000 per four-week period. The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020 and provides $1,250 every four weeks for eligible students or $2,000 every four weeks for eligible students with disabilities or those with children or other dependents.


Students can find out more about the CESB at: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html

Am I eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) if I lost my job due to a COVID-19 shutdown?

If your job was adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for benefits under the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) announced by the Federal government. You could be a Co-op/Internship student or simply a student who works part-time during the school year. Basically, if you earned $5,000 in the last year, and held a job (even a part-time job), that was terminated as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for $2,000 a month for four months through the CERB.

Students who believe they may be eligible to apply can do so now (application dates vary based on birth month).

Will I receive a partial refund for my winter semester tuition fees?

Students will not receive a refund for their winter semester tuition fees. The University cancelled classes from March 16 to 19, and as of March 20, all courses will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester. As students will be able to complete all of their winter semester classes online, there is not a need to refund tuition fees.

I have recently returned from international travel. Will I have to self-isolate?

Please read: Information sheet for students, faculty, and staff arriving from international travel, including the United States

Fall 2020 Semester

What are the plans for the Fall 2020 semester?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to date, the University of Regina, together with partner institutions and in consultation with public health and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, has worked to safeguard students, faculty, and staff.

We are now developing principles and protocols that will guide a cautious approach to Fall 2020 course delivery.

The safety of all – students, faculty, staff, their families, and the broader community – remains paramount. Fall 2020 course delivery will therefore be aligned with the public health guidelines established by the province’s Chief Medical Health Officer.

As of 12 May, a continuation of the remote delivery we are now using offers students in the Fall term the best chance of academic success as we navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the global pandemic.

The situation is fluid, changing daily. As it changes, we will communicate with you.

Over the next several weeks, comprehensive work on Fall term course delivery will continue. This work will be carried out by the Academic Incremental Recovery (AIR) group, which is chaired by Interim Provost david Gregory and has broad campus representation.

We will build on efforts made and knowledge gained since the emergence of COVID-19 in the province. We will also ensure there is the flexibility to manage the risks of the pandemic while protecting the health and safety of all.

Our first responsibility is a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. Much work remains. Unexpected developments in the pandemic could require adjustments to timelines and details of course delivery. We are confident that our consultations and planning will yield a delivery model that meets teaching, learning, and research needs while keeping people safe.

Again, as they become known, more details about Fall 2020 course delivery will be communicated.

I already registered in courses. Now that classes are online for the Fall, do I need to change my registration?

You will not need to change your course registration. If you have registered in a course that was scheduled with a specific lecture time, this course will either be delivered in real time via remote delivery (all students meet virtually at the scheduled time in a Zoom classroom), or it may be changed to be delivered in a way where you manage the course on your time (not held at a designated time and is delivered on-line, information is posted, discussion forums, etc). These details will be confirmed over the coming months.

If you want to make changes to your registration, please discuss with your advisor as changes could affect future course sequencing. You can find your advisor’s contact info here.

Will my labs be remote or will I need to come to campus? Will I be able to complete my practicum or clinical?

With the uncertainty of Covid-19 and health restrictions, these questions are difficult to answer right now as they depend on the status of the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan. The University of Regina is working on contingency plans and these questions will be answered over the coming weeks; certainly before the end of July and likely sooner.

What can I do to get ready for online classes?

Click here for Information on Remote Learning. You will find information on technical requirements, tips and supports, and common questions students may have.

• Take a course online this summer! Visit www.urready.ca to see the options you can choose from. For example, preparatory classes for English and Math are available over the summer, but are not required.

• The Summer Bridge Program is for all grade 12 students who have already been admitted to the University of Regina in Fall 2020. This program will give you access to skill building workshops, including topics such as reading strategies, note taking, time management and study skills. Participating in these interactive workshops helps students overcome common challenges that many first year students face.

• There are also many other supplemental activities you can take part in. For example, the Faculty of Science will be offering half-day workshops in August to prepare students for fall courses. The Student Success Centre will be offering free workshops in July and August on topics such as note-taking and time management.

• We recommend that all new students participate in Orientation. This year it will be delivered through UR Courses, our online learning management system. Orientation will consist of activities to work on at your own pace throughout summer combined with virtual events on August 31 and September 1.

• Remember - whether you continued your grade 12 learning remotely, or suspended your education when classes were cancelled, the University of Regina welcomes you and will provide whatever supports you require!

What does web-delivered vs. virtual mean?

Web-delivered courses are offered on-line whereby students are able to manage them on their own schedule and at their own pace (not held at a certain time, information posted, discussion forums, etc).

Courses that are delivered remotely may be delivered in real time via Zoom (all students meet virtually at a certain time) or in a way where students manage them on their schedule. If you have registered in a course that was scheduled with a specific lecture time, this course may be changed to be delivered in a different form. These details will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

I am uncertain about remote delivered courses, and I don’t know if I want to start this Fall anymore. What are my options?

With everything happening right now, we understand if you are unsure. We have made some options available to you that will make sure you are still on the right path:

Wait until closer to September - If you are currently registered in courses but on the fence about attending, we recommend that you remain registered in courses until closer to the start of the semester. This way, if you decide that you do want to attend, you will already be registered in the courses you want to take! Courses do fill up, so waiting to register is not recommended. Tuition is not due until the first day of classes, so there is no risk or disadvantage to waiting.

Start courses in January 2021 – no need to reapply! When students apply to the University of Regina, they have three terms in which they can register for courses before they need to re-apply. So if you want to take winter classes, simply accept your offer now and then register in courses for Winter 2021 when course registration opens (November 2020).

We can save your spot for one year - The UR Gap Year Program allows current high school students to take a year off between high school and coming to the University of Regina. By indicating that you'd like to be a part of the UR Gap Year Program, we will defer your admission as well as any automatic entrance scholarships funded by the University of Regina that you have qualified for. Check here for details and eligibility criteria.

Alternately, if you declined your offer of admission - and your circumstances have changed and you have decided you do want to attend the U of R in the fall, please let us know. Email enrolment.services@uregina.ca to accept your offer. This does not apply to the Faculty of Nursing.

Can I try a remote delivered class before Fall?

Yes! You could take a course online this summer! Visit www.urready.ca to see the options you can choose from.

What kind of equipment do I need to do remote delivered classes?

Basic computer equipment is required for remote learning. You will need a computer or laptop, a webcam, microphone and speakers or headset.

• Many Laptops have a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers.

• Most webcams also have a microphone.

• Some headsets have a microphone.

• Most smartphones work well for Zoom as they have a camera, microphone, and speakers.

• Using a smartphone for UR Courses is possible, but not recommended.

Please visit the technical resource page for more details on technology requirements.

How do I register for Fall courses?

You can find information on registering for courses here.

We recommend that all new students talk to an advisor to make sure you are on the right track. You can find your advisor’s contact info here.

Can I stay in residence while I take my classes remotely?

Yes! Housing Services will remain open for all semesters! Are you interested in living on campus and setting up your own perfect, remote learning environment? You can! Our accommodations are modern, comfortable, and set up with everything you need to succeed, regardless of how your courses will be delivered.

We are currently accepting residents for all semesters: spring and summer 2020, fall 2020 and winter 2021, and members of our team remain on-site 24 hours/day to provide support and assistance. Find out more on the Housing Services website, including answers to your most frequently asked questions about living in residence!

Questions?

Please review these FAQs and if you still have questions or concerns, fill out our email contact form.

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