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University of Regina excited to resume near normal academic programming in Winter 2022

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: November 8, 2021 5:00 a.m.

University of Regina students Shoila Madayag (L) and Maria Shakhawat (R) are excited about the return to in-person classes for Winter 2022 term
University of Regina students Shoila Madayag (L) and Maria Shakhawat (R) are excited about the return to in-person classes for Winter 2022 term Photos: UAC

After nearly two years of offering most classes remotely due to the pandemic, the University of Regina is eagerly anticipating a return to near-normal operations and activities for the Winter 2022 term. 

“We have been hearing the message from students loud and clear,” says Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Overwhelmingly, they have told us they want to be back in the classrooms, in the labs, at the events, and participating in the activities that make the University of Regina experience so rewarding both academically and socially. With everything that we’ve learned about the pandemic over the past 19 months, we are confident we can safely provide them with that experience.” 

The Winter 2022 term, which begins January 5, will come close to restoring the University’s previous balance of approximately 80 per cent of classes being delivered in-person out of a total of more than 3,200 class offerings. Students can now access the Winter 2022 class schedule, which outlines how individual courses will be delivered, so they can start planning their class schedules when registration opens fully this week.

"On-campus learning is a more positive learning experience for me because of social cues and it is easier for me to retain information more effectively. It also helps me to stay motivated, productive, and to perform better academically. So, I really look forward for the Winter term as it will allow us to have that active learning again," said Shoila Madayag, 4th year Psychology student. 

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Student Shoila Madayag is looking forward
to the return to near-normal academic
programming for Winter 2022 term.

The ongoing health and safety of students, faculty, and staff continues to be paramount. The University plans to provide 163 courses that offer Hybrid or Hyflex learning options. Hybrid classes are delivered both on-site and remotely, allowing students to choose how they wish to take the class. Hyflex offers students the option of attending either in person or remotely from day-to-day and class-to-class as it fits their schedules. 

With higher numbers of people expected on campus, the University is introducing more robust health and safety requirements. Students, faculty, and staff who attend campus in person in Winter 2022 will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or, alternatively, undergo testing three times a week by an external agency at their own expense. The University will no longer provide testing services for those selecting this option except in cases of approved accommodations. Visitors to campus will also be required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent, negative test result. 

"I'm looking forward to returning to in-person classes because I believe that social contact with classmates and building relationships with professors is an important part of the university experience. I'm also very excited to attend in-person classes since it has always helped me learn more effectively while maintaining an active lifestyle,” said Maria Shakhawat 3rd year Sociology Student.

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Student Maria Shakhawat is eagerly
anticipating going to in-person classes
when the Winter term begins on
January 5, 2022.

Approximately 97 per cent of students, faculty, and staff (those who are coming to campus for in-person classes or for work) report they are fully vaccinated. Those numbers are expected to increase further as we continue to work with people who have not yet completed the full vaccination regimen or are still trying to obtain the appropriate vaccination documentation. The University also continues to conduct on-site vaccination clinics to make accessing the vaccines as convenient as possible. 

With stringent health and safety measures, including mandatory mask usage, encouraging physical distancing where applicable, improved ventilation, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting the University can ensure students, faculty and staff have a safe environment in which to return to in-person teaching and learning. 

Related  

What to know about returning to Campus for the Winter 2022 Term 

Understanding the Winter 2022 Class Schedule 

How to Register for a Class during Winter Term 2022 

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