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University of Regina COVID-19 update

News Release Release Date: March 13, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Contrary to rumours circulating in the community and on social media, there continue to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the University of Regina. We continue to await test results from the Saskatchewan Health Authority regarding two students who were experiencing flu-like symptoms and who have self-isolated. We will provide updates as they become available.

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In consultation with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Ministry of Advanced Education and in alignment with today’s release of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 new prevention measures, the University of Regina is cancelling all non-essential events on and off campus that are not directly tied to the academic progress of students until April 30, 2020, at which point the situation will be reassessed.This includes third party events and activities that have been booked to take place on campus.

University organized or sponsored public lectures and events as well as non-academic student events and gatherings are canceled until further notice. This includes public lectures and seminars such as the Stapleford Lecture on March 17, all upcoming UR International events, the Indigenous Student Association Feast and Round Dance, March 27, PD Days: Summer Sports School Days March 20, film showings, concerts and more.

For any University sponsored event for which a fee was paid by attendees, the fee will be refunded. Event organizers should be contacted directly to arrange refunds.

We regret the necessity to make this difficult decision. However, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is paramount and canceling events that are not core to the teaching and research mandate of the University is the right thing to do.

For now, classes, seminars, labs, field work and work experience activities will continue as scheduled. As well individual drop-in counselling, UR Guarantee, and advising sessions will continue. The University of Regina continues to monitor the situation closely and is prepared to take further action as may be required.

 

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