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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Oct 23
Tags: students, all updates

Phased-in reinstatement of on-campus parking fees

Those who participated in the 25 September town hall on budget will recall that we discussed various avenues to address the shortfall in campus revenues caused by the pandemic.

One suggestion was to reinstate parking fees, which were suspended together with most parking enforcement in March after the University moved to primarily remote operations.

With some students, faculty, and staff choosing to return – and additional people expected in Winter 2021 should circumstances allow increased in-person activity on campus – parking fees and enforcement will be reinstated. The process, announced yesterday, will be gradually phased in. I encourage you to read the information provided on the Parking Services section of the website, particularly to take note of the 28 October deadline for those wishing to relinquish their underground parking permits.

The gradual reinstatement of parking fees is one small step toward addressing our approximately $13.5 million revenue shortfall. A number of other measures are being explored. As we work together to address the most serious fiscal challenge in the University’s history, I continue to appreciate your input.

Winter 2021 Virtual Exchange Program for students

COVID-19 may be preventing international travel, but UR International has found a creative way for students to participate in its Study Abroad programs. The new Virtual Exchange Program allows students to take online courses and cultural programming at partner universities around the world during the Winter 2021 term. It also provides the option for students to visit a partner university when international travel is again possible.

A virtual open house and information session will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday 26 October. If you know someone who might be interested in the program, please share the Winter 2021 information sheet and encourage them to register for the open house. For additional information about the program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at or (306) 337-2613.

A message to our Nigerian students

Many readers know Victor Oriola, a psychology undergraduate student who served as the University of Regina Students’ Union President. Victor is a dedicated advocate, and one of the most eloquent people I know.

An email he sent me served as a strong reminder that although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect us all, our Nigerian students face additional challenges. Victor wrote of current events in his mother country, where violence and loss of life have occurred. 

To Victor and all of our Nigerian students, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your families and loved ones back home be safe.


Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor