CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE March 21, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020

Booth UC continues to support the health and safety of all Students, Faculty and Staff as we work in partnership with public health officials with regards to COVID-19.  The Crisis Management Team continues to meet, and we have been working diligently to respond to this constantly changing situation.

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, all employees except those in departments listed (essential services) will work from home. There will be someone onsite at the University College from our Facilities, Hospitality, Student Services, and Library Departments. Petersen Hall will be closed, but the John Fairbank Memorial Library will remain open for students and employees.

ACADEMICS

There will be no in-person final examinations held for any courses offered in the Winter 2020 term.  All assessments will be completed by alternative means. Instructors have the latitude and responsibility to adjust assessments as they deem most suitable and appropriate (i.e., online tests, take-home tests, new assignments, adjusted weightings of completed assessments, etc.) and to communicate these changes promptly to students and their School Directors. The current exam period of April 13 to 20, 2020 will be maintained to provide a dedicated period within which online examinations may be scheduled.

The Voluntary Withdraw (VW) Period has been extended until the last day of classes (April 9, 2020), allowing students to withdraw from courses without academic penalty. Students wanting to VW should contact the Registrar’s office as soon as possible.  

The School for Continuing Studies continues to work with instructors regarding the May and August 2020 Intensive Courses and will be in contact with students about any possible cancellations or changes in delivery.

RESIDENCE

Booth UC continues to be compassionate and will support all while being diligent in the fight against COVID-19.   Therefore, while we are NOT closing our residence, we are strongly encouraging all residence students who can make alternate living arrangements, to do so at this time. Requests to stay in residence will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis.

COMMUNICATION

We will update the BoothUC.ca website and send bulletins to the Booth UC Community as new information and initiatives are available.

Understanding the situation is ever-changing, any general questions not addressed here can be directed to communications@boothuc.ca.

RESOURCES/SOURCES

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Public Health Agency of Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Manitoba Health

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Government of Canada Travel Advice

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Health Links – please call 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257