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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on May 31
Tags: students, all updates

Return to campus this summer

In anticipation of a transitional Fall 2021 term that will see an increased volume of in-person teaching, learning, and other activities on our campuses, the University is preparing for a return to campus during the summer for those who have been working remotely over the past 15 months or so. To that end, the University Executive Team, Senior Leadership Team, Deans’ Council, and a number of University committees have worked consultatively to develop a framework for that return.

This phased return to campus will take place in accordance with all Government of Saskatchewan public health guidelines. It is possible because the pandemic is gradually abating in the province, and because all adults who wish to receive a vaccine are expected to have their second dose by the end of summer. That said, we understand that although many are eager to return to campus, others have reservations. Challenging as it was to move to remote working arrangements in March 2020, it is even more challenging to return to full in-person work after such a long time working remotely. That is why the University is taking a gradual and phased approach that is attentive wherever possible to the unique needs of different areas and individuals.

The return to campus is important to provide in-person services to students who will be present in greater numbers when the Fall term begins on 31 August. It is premised first on continuing to guard the health and safety of the University and wider communities, and on demonstrating empathy to those for whom the transition back to in-person work may pose challenges.

Staff in academic and administrative units will begin returning to campus on Monday 5 July in a phased approach. The return will be managed within the units themselves over six weeks to ensure maximum flexibility for work groups and individuals. Much of the return will be complete by Monday 16 August, with front-counter service resuming that day in preparation for the 31 August start of term.

Quick notes

  • ... earlier this week, biochemist Dr Tanya Dahms and biologist Andrew Cameron participated in two online town halls to answer people’s questions and address misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Thank you, Tanya and Andrew, for providing this important service to the public ...
  • ... also this week, the organization “impakt” released a report that highlights the important role physical activity can play in people’s physical and mental wellness during the pandemic. This is something to bear in mind as warm weather arrives and we look for opportunities to participate in outdoor activities after a long winter and a recent spate of cool spring weather ...
  • ... the remote celebration of Spring Convocation takes place on 11 June (more about that next week!). As of today, 2,552 students will graduate, with 161 receiving multiple credentials. A total of 2,716 credentials will be awarded – the largest-ever number at a single University of Regina Convocation. Congratulations to all graduands ...
  • ... University Advancement & Communications has collaborated with Facilities Management to produce two videos that give a fascinating glimpse into the restoration and modernization of Darke Hall, which is approximately 80 percent complete. When re-opened thanks to the generous support of our community, Darke Hall will indeed once again be a jewel in our city and province as Saskatchewan’s premier historic performance venue ...
  • ... and in closing, the movie Anton is now available on Amazon Prime. Based on a book by alumnus Dale Eisler, senior policy fellow with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Anton was inspired by the tragic experience of Dale’s family in Ukraine in 1919. Featured in Degrees magazine last year, it is a stunning work of film and a tremendous accomplishment.