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May 12, 2020 5:54 PM

Message to Faculty: Fall 2020 Semester

There are a lot of questions around what the fall semester will look like from a learning perspective.

Will it all be remote learning? Will we be back in the classrooms and labs? Will it be a combination of both?

At this point, we are not sure. We will continue to follow public health and ministry guidelines and take the actions necessary. We are ready to start classes on September 8 whether students will be attending on campus, studying remotely, a combination of both or hybrid. You can be confident in the knowledge that Teaching & Learning, chairs and deans will support you as you prepare for the fall.

It is our intent to open labs, studios and shops for the fall and start a gradual return to campus for select programs. It is expected that many courses will be delivered remotely. For those courses where on-campus, face-to-face learning is critical, our labs, shops, and studios will be open. These classes will be timetabled at specific times. We will work within public health guidelines to create a safe environment for you and your students. Our number one priority is the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. This means that physical distancing, diligent hand hygiene and infection control measures, as well as staggered scheduling, will be part of our phased, re-opening plan.  To enact the guidelines necessary, courses offered on-campus will be spread between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Courses may also be delivered on the weekends by contract faculty.

Whether you are teaching on-campus or remotely, trust you will be supported by our service areas. Our experience over the last few months has taught us how to deliver excellent service to students in personal and innovative ways. You will be provided with key contacts closer to the fall semester start.

We will continue to monitor the guidance and advice put forth by all levels of government and will provide updates through Academic Administration, and deans and chairs.

We are proud of the way students, faculty and staff have rallied to support each other through this crisis. We now look forward to our fall semester as we all help students realize their next steps towards an exciting career.

More information will be provided by chairs in the coming weeks specific to your program.  As well, information about our phased-in approach and guidelines will be sent to as they are confirmed.  

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