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 14, 2020)

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

See below for updates on the following topics:

  1. Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  2. Fall 2020 term update
  3. Reminder: physical distancing and proper hygiene while on-campus
  4. Grading options
  5. Student Emergency Fund (SEF), including how Faculty & Staff can make a donation
  6. Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

1. 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

2. FALL 2020 TERM UPDATE

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 today, 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. I am 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.

3. REMINDER: PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND PROPER HYGIENE WHILE ON-CAMPUS

With the spring/summer semester beginning this week, the Health, Safety, and Wellness team is reminding both staff and students to only come to campus if absolutely necessary. While here:

  • Keep your visits brief
  • Leave at least six feet (2 meters) between yourself and other people. This includes anyone you are having a conversation with, sitting near, or walking by.
  • Practice good hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and coughing or sneezing into your sleeve.
  • Allow one person to take the elevator at a time. If others are ahead of you, wait until the elevator comes back or take another elevator, or take the stairs if you are able.

4. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON GRADING OPTIONS

In recognition of the unprecedented changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University’s subsequent move to distance learning, new grading options have been made available to students.

As announced on March 30, for each class a student is enrolled in for the Winter 2020 semester the student may, depending on their numerical grade, choose to:

  • take their numeric grade as normal;
  • take a CRC (which denotes a passing grade – no impact on Grade Point Average [GPA]); or,
  • take a NCC (which denotes a neutral/non-credit grade – no impact on GPA).

Students will have until May 31 to select one of the options. As well, the deadline for withdrawing from a class and receiving a W with no impact on GPA has been extended to April 9.

More detailed information regarding these grading options and other academic contingencies has now been posted on the Registrar’s Office web site at: https://www.uregina.ca/student/registrar/academic-contingencies.html Specific deadlines, forms and step-by-step instructions as to how to select your chosen grading options are all clearly outlined for students.

Students that wish to discuss the best grading options for their individual situations are always free to contact their academic advisors. Contact information for academic advising can be found by clicking the following link: https://www.uregina.ca/student/registrar/registration-withdrawal/academic-advising-offices.html

5. 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.

6. 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