COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Campus Updates

The University of Regina recognizes that students, faculty, and staff may have questions about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

The University has established an operational team through the Emergency Operations Centre to monitor the situation and communicate to the campus community. This web page will be updated as required to provide information to the University community about the coronavirus outbreak, including campus communications and additional resources and information.

University of Regina Social Media

You can also follow the University of Regina's official social media accounts. Please note that any official campus-wide announcement will be provided on this website or through these channels listed below. 

Latest Update (as of May 29, 2020)

*To see all previous updates, please see the All Updates tab.

See below for updates on the following topics:

  1. University update - 29 May 2020 from Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
  2. Student Emergency Fund (SEF), including how Faculty & Staff can make a donation
  3. Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  4. Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

1. UNIVERSITY UPDATE - 29 MAY 2020

  • Remote course delivery in place for Spring/Summer and Fall 2020
  • Working remotely continues until further notice
  • Some research restrictions eased
  • University Recovery Planning Group (URP-G) launched

Members of the University community,

I am moved by the way our students, faculty, and staff have pulled together (while staying apart!) to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Together, we are managing to navigate these trying times with creativity, a sense of optimism, and a spirit of co-operation.

For many, it is stressful, and conditions are not ideal. But you are making it work. I thank you for this. Doing so reduces the risk of subsequent waves of infection on our campus and in our communities.

Overall, remote course delivery continues, as does working remotely; some research restrictions have been eased; and a group of experts has been formed to guide the University’s recovery planning. What follows is a brief update on each of those areas.

Spring/Summer and Fall Remote Course Delivery

Remote delivery of Spring/Summer courses is underway. Plans for the continuation of remote teaching for the Fall 2020 term are in place here at the University of Regina and at our sister institutions in the province. Co-op placements and internships pose significant challenges which we are working to address. Our current registration levels for the Fall term are holding steady with those from previous years, but we will need to do all we can to ensure those registrations become actual enrolments for Fall 2020.

Working Remotely Continues Until Further Notice

Despite certain restrictions related to research activities being eased (see below), our guidelines for working on campus have not changed. Those who are able to work from home are asked to continue doing so. Despite the province’s phased resumption of some services, most campus activities do not yet qualify. We cannot safely accommodate a general return to work at this time.

Research Restrictions Eased Slightly

Restrictions around some aspects of our research enterprise have eased slightly, meaning minimal field and lab work has resumed under protocols and procedures approved by the Ministry of Health. Most restrictions remain in place, among them physical distancing. We are obliged to ensure that these restrictions are observed, and that COVID-19 risk management remains central to our planning.

Recovery Planning Underway

Lastly, we have assembled a small team that will, from scientific, strategic, and financial/risk management perspectives, inform the University’s recovery process. The University Recovery Planning Group (URP-G) includes microbiologist Dr Andrew Cameron (Chair), accountability expert Dr Jacqui Gagnon, risk manager Regan Seidler, and Associate Vice-President (Financial Services) Lamont Stradeski. As in coming months we gradually move from emergency operations to more normalized activities, this group of specialists will advise the University Executive Team as we work with campus leaders to co-ordinate the work of our academic, research, and operational teams. More will be shared on URP-G’s work in the weeks ahead via updates like this one.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and of the wider community including healthcare workers, remains our first priority as we navigate the unforeseen and unprecedented impacts of this pandemic. Thank you again for your patience, co-operation and understanding in these challenging times.

2. STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND

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

Ways for faculty & staff to make a donation:

  • APEA funds can be used to make donations to the University of Regina. APEA balances that are expiring as of April 30, 2020, can be donated up to May 18, 2020. All other APEA donations can continue to be made at any time.

    • For APEA accounts employees can monitor the use and budget availability of their APEAs using the University’s FAST for Finance system. FAST help for APEA can be found on the UR Source or by calling Shukria Amani, Financial Analyst APEA at 306-337-3159 to leave a message (she is working at home and regularly checks for messages).  Or by, sending an email request Shukria.Amani@uregina.ca. Please provide your APEA fund number or your Staff ID, to allow Shukria to help you quicker.

  • For payroll donations supporting the University of Regina, please complete this form and submit to make your gift.

  • For Credit Card donations please go to the Donations form page, and choose the Student Emergency Fund (COVID-19) button to make your gift.

3. 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 $1,000 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

4. CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)

Students may also qualify for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recently announced by the Federal government. Students who earned at least $5000 in 2019 or in the last 12-months and whose job was adversely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, may be eligible for $2000 a month for four months through the CERB. This applies to Co-op/Internship students as well as those who work part-time during the school year.

Students can find out more about the CERB at: https://www.canada.ca/home.html .

If you haven't updated your contact information please do so at UR Self-Service (also easily accessible via the UR Self-Service tab at the top of the main www.uregina.ca site).

 

Questions?

We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the COVID-19 outbreak and actions the University is taking to address this issue.

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

Government of Canada FAQs