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University of Regina to temporarily shift to remote learning to begin Winter 2022 term

Updated on Dec 21
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Dear students,

Due to the accelerating spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant in Saskatchewan and Canada, the University of Regina is temporarily shifting to remote teaching and learning to begin the Winter 2022 term. This means we will be instituting a two-week pause to our planned return to primarily in-person instruction. All courses will be delivered remotely up to and including Saturday, January 22.

To allow faculty and students time to plan for the transition to remote course delivery, classes will not begin on Wednesday, January 5 as originally scheduled, but instead will commence the next week, on Monday, January 10. Remote learning will continue until Saturday, January 22, with a target date of Monday, January 24 for the return of in-person instruction. The situation will be re-evaluated in mid-January, and updates will be communicated to all members of the University community as soon as they become available.

What this means for students:

Leading up to Monday, January 10, students should check UR Courses for specific information on how to access their courses remotely. In advance of that date, your instructors will be working to ensure your course material is ready to be temporarily delivered remotely.

We ask for your patience as we work through the numerous details associated with this transition. I appreciate and understand that a temporary shift to remote teaching and working will mean additional work for all members of our community. That said, we have done this before, and have learned a great deal about remote teaching and learning during the previous waves of the pandemic.

In the meantime, please do everything you can to ensure your ongoing health as well as that of the people around you. Booster shot eligibility has now been expanded to all Saskatchewan residents 18 years of age and older. Please obtain your booster shot if you are eligible to do so and I encourage you to keep your gatherings small during the holiday season.

This is not how we envisioned starting the Winter 2022 term, but it is our hope that delaying in-person instruction for two weeks will help the University of Regina resume near-normal operations sooner rather than later, and allow us to return to campus in the safest environment possible. As we head into the holiday break, I know that everyone in our campus community will do as we’ve done before – pull together to support one another and get through these challenging times stronger than ever.

Please enjoy your holiday break, and check your email and our website and social media channels as necessary for further updates.

Yours sincerely,

Jeff Keshen
President and Vice-Chancellor