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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

2020-2021 Academic Year Planning

  • The University of Regina continues to work closely with our provincial advisors and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities as we prepare for Fall 2020 and beyond.

  • See below for details about the work of our recovery planning groups.

  • Read: University of Regina COVID-19 Recovery Plan Framework PDF icon

    • This"living document" is subject to continuous evaluation and evolution, and will be updated as it evolves.

Teaching and Learning Working Group: Academic Incremental Recovery (AIR)

  • The members of AIR provide broad-based perspectives for recovery of the academic enterprise (teaching and learning).

  • For the Winter 2021 term, the majority of courses will be delivered remotely with the exception of a limited number of low-density, in-person, on-campus labs, studios and clinical placements, and some low-density face-to-face courses.

    • Details regarding these approaches are addressed in the plan “In the Presence of COVID-19: Teaching and Learning Framework for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.”

    • A planning tool (criteria) was developed by AIR for the deans to propose which courses should be delivered in-person and on-campus for Winter 2021.

  • AIR subcommittees are also continue to work on supports for students and instructors.

  • Read:

Research Working Group: Return to Research

  • The senior research team (SRT) and research recovery group has recommended a four-phase back to research plan that has been reviewed and endorsed by the Ministry of Health.

  • This plan focuses on three core areas of research including:

    • lab/studio work

    • field research, and,

    • research involving contact with human participants.

  • The phased approach to returning to research activities is being closely monitored in relation to the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 public announcements, and dates will be adjusted accordingly.

  • Phase 1 of the re-opening of research labs began May 25th. Phase 1 (red) was highly restrictive and aligned with phases one and two of the provincial five-stage plan for reopening the economy. During the first phase, only labs and studios located in the RIC, Research Park, and the basement of the Riddell Centre building were opened.

  • Phase 2, with additional spaces approved to resume research activity, began June 8, 2020.

  • Phase 3 begins September 1, 2020.
  • The research risk assessment committee evaluates all applications to resume research activity.

    • As of August 26, 2020, 164 applications had been received.

  • For more information, see:

  • Read: Return to Research Plan, June 3, 2020 PDF icon

Operations Working Group: Operations Recovery Committee (ORC)

The operations recovery committee:

  • provides risk assessment and implementation guidance for all aspects of campus reopening, including supporting the recovery plans developed by the research and teaching and learning teams.
  • leads the planning required to facilitate a smooth return of employees to the workplace.

The committee recognizes its work is intricately tied to others and may require continuous adaptation in response to federal and provincial direction and potential future waves of the pandemic.

Planning under the oversight of this committee includes:

  • Preparing buildings:
    • Assessing and ensuring physical spaces are safe for students, faculty, and staff.
    • This includes evaluating and implementing changes to physical spaces (i.e. entries, exits, classrooms, labs, hallways, offices, etc.), updating and modifying floor plans and signage, and rethinking space capacity in light of continuing physical distancing regulations.
    • Lead: Subcommittee on facility reopening, Chaired by Pat Patton, Director of Security and Operations, with the assistance of external consultants from Stantec
  • Preparing people:
    • Anticipating and preparing for phased employee return as well as continued remote working, where appropriate.
    • This includes detailed preparation for different scenarios, developing and implementing new training and assessment tools and supports (i.e. mental wellness and ergonomics), and meeting evolving employee needs.
    • The Returning to the Workplace (Faculty and Staff) document was developed including Returning to Workplace Guidelines. The guidelines will help the University’s Senior Leadership Team make decisions about when and how employees who have been working remotely return to the workplace.
    • Lead: Kelly Kummerfield, AVP Human Resources
  • Preparing supplies:
    • Identifying and securing items needed to comply with increased cleaning requirements/regulations and other emerging needs.
    • Leads: Jim Woytiuk, Director of Supply Management Services, Lamont Stradeski, AVP Finance, and Darren Cherwaty, Director of Health, Safety, and Wellness
  • Student Services:
    • Assessing and ensuring that residence, student health, counselling, food services, bookstore and other student needs are all addressed in the various modalities.
    • Lead: John Smith, AVP Student Affairs
  • Monitoring and responding to emerging technology needs (i.e. equipment and software):
    • Lead: Art Exner, AVP Information Services
  • Monitoring the University’s financial health and adapting budget plans and projections:
    • Lead: Lamont Stradeski. AVP Finance
  • Responding to event and campus access requests:
    • Lead: Darren Cherwaty, Director of Health, Safety and Wellness
  • College Avenue Campus, Saskatoon Campus and Biology Field Station Cypress Hills:
    • The unique needs of remote Campuses at College Avenue and Saskatoon are critical to continue to monitor, assess, and coordinate.
    • Leads: Janet Cranston, Assistant Director CCE for College Avenue, and Neil Paskewitz, AVP Facilities Management for the Saskatoon Campus and Biology Field Station at Cypress Hills
  • Read: Returning to the Workplace (Faculty & Staff) PDF icon  (Note: You will be asked to log into UR Source.)