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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Welcome to the 2020 Fall term

Updated on Sep 3
Tags: health and safety, all updates

Welcome to a Fall term like no other.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to fundamentally change the way we live, work, teach, and learn. Here at the University of Regina, hundreds of people have been working to navigate our institution safely through these challenging times. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

That is why nearly all our teaching and learning is taking place remotely this Fall, with only a limited number of low-density, in-person course components (labs/studios) being held on our main campus.

For those of you taking courses remotely, I assure you that the University has invested significant time, effort, and resources into making your educational experience as effective and engaging as possible. I encourage all of you to review the student section of the Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans website. At that site, you can learn how best to engage with distance learning, watch videos with advice from both professors and students, and connect with a variety of student supports including counselling, library, and tutoring resources.

For those of you who may be required to come to campus, please know that we are committed to providing as safe a learning environment as possible, and have implemented many COVID-19-related health and safety measures.  For example:

  • We are asking people who do not need to be on campus to continue working or studying remotely, and not to come to campus unless absolutely necessary;

  • Access to indoor spaces on the main campus has been reduced to four entry points (Riddell Centre, Education Building, Classroom Building, and Administration-Humanities Building);

  • For those who must come to campus, mask/face covering usage is now mandatory in shared, indoor spaces.  Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines, and please bring your own reusable non-medical mask whenever possible;

  • Physical distancing and proper hygiene practices continue to be recommended;

  • Access and activity control measures (with signage) have been implemented to reduce the potential for close contact in shared spaces such as elevators, stairwells, hallways, study areas, and washrooms;

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols that meet or exceed current recommendations are in place for labs, studios, and other spaces, with particular attention being paid to high-touch points and areas where people may gather;

  • Custodial staff are following a comprehensive and regimented cleaning and disinfecting protocol and using only Health Canada-approved processes and products, including Oxivir hydrogen peroxide wipes and electrostatic spray technology;

  • Facilities Management is making ventilation, filtration, humidity, and air flow improvements where recommended (with an initial focus on classrooms that will be occupied) to reduce the possibility of aerosol transmission. That work has already begun;

  • Housing Services is spacing out all students living in residences on campus to ensure they have private accommodations unless they have specifically requested shared ones.  Regardless of living arrangements, each resident has a private bathroom. Housing services has also set aside a number of isolation units should any resident report symptoms; and

  • Information packages have been distributed to students, faculty, and staff who are required to be on campus so they are aware of all health and safety practices and protocols and take the required e-training.

Comprehensive response protocols are also in place should a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 be reported on campus. These have been developed in close consultation with public health authorities.

The day will come when we can all once again enjoy the in-person lectures, labs, sports, events, clubs, and performances that contribute to the overall university experience. In the meantime, however, I assure you that a rich and robust educational experience awaits you this Fall, and I encourage you to participate in it to the fullest extent you can.

I wish you all the best in your studies for Fall 2020. Please continue looking out for each other, practising the recommended COVID-19 safety protocols, and doing all you can to keep those around you healthy and safe. 

Sincerely,

Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor