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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Nov 13
Tags: students, all updates

In light of COVID concerns: an update on planning for return to the workplace

The health and safety of the University and wider community continues to be our highest priority.

Over the last few weeks the number of active COVID-19 cases in our province has been increasing, a trend that is now accelerating.

In light of this development, and in light of the province’s announcement this morning, we wish to keep the number of people on campus low. Current remote work arrangements will continue until further notice. Those who are able to work remotely are asked to continue doing so.

Faculty and staff wishing to return to campus may be able to do so on an individual basis, subject to the Return to Work Guidelines. Decisions should be made in consultation with their Dean, AVP and/or director.

List of in-person courses to be held in Winter 2021

In early October the University released its updated 2020-2021 framework for teaching and learning. The framework calls for a careful and measured increase in the number of low-density in-person courses and course components to be offered in Winter 2021. The number of on-campus students envisaged by this framework represents less than 10% of our enrolled headcount. In-person course offerings will take place with rigorous COVID-19 health and safety precautions in place.

A full list of in-person courses and course components is available here.

Should the pandemic require modification to our Winter 2021 teaching and learning framework, information will be communicated to faculty, staff and students without delay.

University of Regina research and our strategic commitment to healthy living

Under the rubric “healthy living,” two of the objectives in kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak are to “support and prioritize research activities at existing health-related research centres on campus” and to “educate and provide opportunities to learn new skills around healthy living.”

In a recently published study, a group of researchers led by Dr Tarun Katapally of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy provide a review of recent developments in active living research, which “visualizes physical activity beyond exercise.”

Katapally and his colleagues note that the WHO “has determined physical inactivity as a major public health problem and the fourth leading risk factor of mortality worldwide.” They show that the use of GPS technology can assist with the development of environments that facilitate active living, thereby improving health outcomes.

Their article, which appears in the current issue of Health & Place, is available here.