University of Regina’s Fall 2021 term begins with a measured, safe reopening

News Release Release Date: August 30, 2021 9:15 a.m.

The University of Regina’s Fall 2021 term begins today, August 30, and will see more students welcomed back to campus with an increase in the volume of in-class and in-person activities.

Fall 2021 is designed as a transitional term to safely position the University to return to near-normal operations in the Winter term which begins in January. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and wider community continues to be our top priority.

“The fall term is always exciting and busy for universities as we welcome new and returning students who bring our campuses to life and give purpose to our shared academic mission,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. “We are especially looking forward to welcoming more people, more activities, and more energy back to our campus this fall.”

Increased on-campus activities include:

  • approximately 22 per cent of classes to be delivered in-person, on-campus;
  • 4,000 to 5,000 students attending classes in-person (with staggered class schedules spread out across our campuses);
  • Cougars and Rams student-athletes resuming Canada West competition; and,
  • many in-person services and facilities such as our new Student Wellness Centre, the Campus Store, the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre, and the Archer Library available for student and public use.

“In order to safely support the increase of in-person classes, activities, and services, we made the decision to join the growing number of colleges and universities in Canada requiring proof of vaccination, or – alternatively – regular, non-invasive, rapid antigen testing for students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Keshen.

The University’s pandemic protocols also include masking, physical distancing where appropriate, and enhanced cleaning/sanitation. Individuals are also asked to conduct daily wellness checks and to stay home if they feel unwell.

“This pandemic continues to impact all of us, but I am very proud of the resiliency, creativity and perseverance faculty, staff and students continue to display,” said Dr. Keshen. “As is so brilliantly reflected in the title of our Strategic Plan - kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak: All Our Relations - we all have a role to play in ending this pandemic and in helping to safeguard not only ourselves, but our families, colleagues, fellow students and community at large.”

Preliminary enrolment numbers at the University of Regina show an approximate 2.6 per cent decline in the number of students enrolled for the first day of classes compared to the same time last year. This is not unexpected given the ongoing uncertainty around the global pandemic, particularly for international students who are facing travel and other restrictions.

It is important to note that these are preliminary enrolment numbers only and the University’s official enrolment for the 2021-22 academic year, which is based on our census date at the end of the fourth week of classes, will be released in early October.  

NOTE: Media interviews with President Keshen can be arranged through the contact noted.

 

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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