University of Regina to return to near-normal academic programming in January

News Release Release Date: November 1, 2021 3:00 p.m.

The University of Regina is preparing for a return to near pre-pandemic operations and activities for the Winter 2022 term which begins January 5. This will include coming close to restoring our previous balance of approximately 80 per cent of classes being delivered in-person out of a total of more than 3,200 class offerings. 

“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 ongoing health and safety of students, faculty, and staff will continue 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. 

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. 

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.

In most instances, visitors to campus will also be required to provide proof of vaccination or a recent, negative test result. 

The University is pleased to report that its current proof of vaccination requirements for the Fall term have resulted in approximately 97 per cent of students, faculty, and staff (those who are coming to campus for in-person classes or for work) reporting 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. 

“As we welcome the majority of our students back to campus, we will continue to monitor and act on reported illnesses and track provincial and local infection rates, as well as all public health orders and restrictions should we be required to adjust our plans,” says Dr. david Gregory, Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic). “However, with the University's requirement to provide proof of vaccination or undergo regular testing, along with our stringent health and safety measures, we are confident that we can provide students, faculty and staff with a safe environment in which to return to in-person teaching and learning.” 

Those safety measures include mandatory mask usage, encouraging physical distancing where applicable, improved ventilation, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. The University has not experienced any cases of community transmission in an academic setting on campus over the Fall term. 

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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