COVID-19 Updates

July 15, 2020

Booth UC has created a re-opening plan effective July 6, 2020, which allows employees to return to campus gradually with the following safety protocols in place.  

  • Training workshop for all employees and students
  • A staggered return-to-campus schedule
  • Rotating work schedules
  • An ample supply of recommended PPE available
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing supplies available for use
  • Fixed property distancing equipment/signs installed (Floor markers, signs, Plexiglass shields, sanitizing stations, touchless garbage cans)

Booth UC will be closed to the public for the fall term, except by appointment with a specific individual or department for a Booth UC related reason. 

Anyone coming to campus (staff, faculty, students and visitors) will be required to complete a self-screening declaration before entering and must adhere to social distancing guidelines posted throughout campus.

ACADEMICS

Fall Term Delivery

  • The fall term will be delivered virtually in the time slots assigned.  Instructors will choose how that time is used; however, instructors may, given social restrictions in place in September, opt to have limited face-to-face classes (number of students and room availability to be determined).
  • Even if an instructor opts for some face-to face meetings, all classes will be delivered virtually as well for students that may not be in Winnipeg or who cannot come to campus.  Instructors will be responsible for communication with students.
  • Faculty office hours will be virtual only.
  • Plans for Field Education and practicum placements are being developed. The Field Education Coordinator has been securing placements and working with agencies to ensure student safety. 

LIBRARY

  • Open library in August to Booth UC students only, while maintaining social distancing. 

SCHOOL FOR CONTINUING STUDIES

  • Booth UC has increased the number of online courses through the School for Continuing Studies to give students more options. These are fully online, asynchronous courses.

STUDENT SERVICES

Residence

  • Booth University College will be allowing students in residence.  All four floors may be utilized.
  • The community kitchen will be closed, and the Bistro will provide 2 meals 7 days/week.  The Bistro will provide weekend meals with no additional cost to the food plan.
  • Students coming from out of province will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks and attend all their classes virtually. 
  • Shared spaces will be managed using bubble theory. 
  • Residence deposits are refundable till August 1, 2020.
  • Students travelling outside the province of MB during the fall term, will be required to follow the provincial governments directives upon their return.

Supports

  • New Student Orientation will be conducted through an on-line course in Populi.
  • Welcome Week activities are still being planned and may include a number of virtual and in-person, while maintaining social distancing.
  • The Academic Learning Centre will continue to run virtually, including workshops.
  • Student programming and events will be done virtually.
  • Personal/Mental Health supports will be provided virtually where possible.  Some one-on-one may be provided while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • Booth UC Community gatherings will continue virtually.

HOSPITALITY

  • Bistro will re-open for takeout or delivery only, to serve residence students, commuter students, and employees.
  • Booth University College will not be accepting any outside rental groups over the Fall term. 

FACILITIES

  • Plexiglass shields have been installed, where needed, to allow work to continue where distancing may be difficult.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed at the main entrance and strategic locations throughout the institution.
  • Disinfecting / Cleaning of the facilities have been increased.
  • Common spaces will be closed.
  • Signage has been provided to direct students and employees to endure provincial directives on social distancing are met.

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.


June 1, 2020

FALL 2020 COURSE DELIVERY

With news of provincial reopening, many in the Booth University College community are wondering about what the Fall term will look like. Our top priorities are the health and safety of all members of the Booth UC community and providing the highest quality education for our students.  All of the decisions we have made are in line with federal and provincial public health advice and restrictions and recognize that conditions could change. 

The Fall 2020 term will be virtual with limited in-person delivery (at the instructors’ discretion, at the student’s choice, and as size and space allow) to ensure that students and professors are engaging in real-time. One of the most important advantages of a Booth University College education is our students’ connection with faculty. That will continue to be true in these temporary times. 

Classes scheduled in a particular slot will be expected to meet in that assigned time slot. Faculty are working now on developing quality, flexible courses. This, along with the experience faculty had at the end of the Winter 2020 term, will make a shift (if necessary) to a completely online delivery easier. Booth UC has been, and will continue to be, mindful of the recommended guidelines for physical distancing on campus: classrooms will be reconfigured to allow for the advised 6 feet distance between participants; floor layouts will be reconfigured to address traffic flow; common spaces will be closed to limit congregating; high contact areas, such as doorknobs and handrails, will be cleaned frequently.  

Booth UC has also increased the number of online courses through our School of Continuing Studies to give students more options. These are fully online, asynchronous courses. 

Plans for Field Education and practicum placements are moving forward for a September 2020 start date. Our Field Education Coordinator has been at work to secure placements and is working with agencies to ensure their capacity for student placements, student safety, and possible contingency plans if the need arises. If restrictions are reintroduced later in Fall, some agencies may not be able to support students and alternate arrangements would have to be made.    

Booth UC will also be investing in technology to increase our capacity to deliver virtual classes and meetings. Booth UC has also increased student financial aid for Fall 2020. 

We recognize that this email does not answer every question, and more details will be forthcoming. All the departments at Booth UC – Academics, Library, Student Services, Facilities, Hospitality –  are working to prepare a comprehensive campus safety plan to protect the faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus in the Fall term, including residences space, food services.  We will have more details on July 15, 2020.

We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these unusual times. Any general questions not addressed here can be directed to communications@boothuc.ca.


May 1, 2020

Booth University College 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 regularly.

We have been working diligently to respond to this constantly changing situation.

At this time, Booth UC will remain closed to non-essential personnel.   As the province begins to re-open, we look forward to the provincial government’s statement on post-secondary education in the coming weeks.

MOVING FORWARD

Cabinet, supported by the Crisis Management Team, is in the process of developing models for the institution, to assist in moving forward over the next number of months. These models are dependant on how COVID-19 and the public health guidelines continue to unfold. 

ACADEMICS

Please note that phone calls to Booth UC staff and faculty may take longer than usual to be returned due to the campus closure. E-MAIL IS THE BEST FORM OF COMMUNICATION AT THIS TIME.  

Payments for courses can be made by cheque through the mail, or by credit card over the phone.  Please phone 204-947-6701 and Sherilyn Burke will be able to process all payments.  

All spring and summer courses will be delivered online, including those courses previously intended to be delivered as intensives.  Spring Online courses will begin on May 4, 2020. 

RESIDENCE

Student Services staff will continue to provide support to all remaining students through virtual meetings, phone, or electronic communication.  In-person support is available for crisis situations.  Student support will continue over the summer months. Student Services staff continue to meet regularly with remaining residential students to provide policy and procedure updates to support their safety. 

COMMUNITY CARE

The Employee Care Committee along with Student Services will continue working to provide community care to employees and students.  

The Financial Awards Committee in partnership with Student Council launched its short-term emergency benefit for students who may need immediate assistance for the purchase of groceries.  Further information on how to apply, can be found on Populi.

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

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


April 14, 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 regularly.

We have been working diligently to respond to this constantly changing situation.

In accordance with the extended Manitoba Public Health order, only the following essential services will be provided at Booth UC until April 28, 2020:

  • Facilities staff remain on campus to provide oversite to the building systems, cleaning, and security
  • At this time, the John Fairbank Memorial Library remains open, with rotating staff, throughout the Spring term, providing online assistance only.  Students will NOT be permitted physical access to the library, for either material access or study space. 
  • Student Service staff continue to connect with students by virtual means, providing a physical presence only when necessary.
  • Booth Bistro staff continue to rotate work hours to provide take-out meals for residence students.   Residence students are reminded to practice safe social distancing in all circumstances.

The Front Desk remains closed.  Payments for courses can be made by cheque through the mail, or by credit card over the phone at 204-947-6701.  

ACADEMICS

Please note that phone calls to Booth University College staff and faculty may take longer than usual to be returned due to the campus closure. Email is the best form of communication at this time.  

All spring and summer courses will be delivered online, including those courses previously intended to be delivered as intensives.  The School for Continuing Studies will contact students impacted by these changes directly.   Spring Online courses will run as normal, starting May 4, 2020  

As a reminder, please note that April 2020 Convocation is cancelled. 

RESIDENCE

Student Services staff will continue to provide support to all remaining students through virtual meetings, phone or electronic communication.  In-person support is available for crisis situations.  Student support will continue over the summer months. Student Services staff continue to meet regularly with remaining residential students to provide policy and procedure updates to support their safety. 

Meals continue to be provided by the Bistro on a take-out basis only.  The Bistro dining area is closed for resident student use.

COMMUNITY CARE

The Employee Care Committee along with Student Services will continue working to provide community care to employees and students.  

The Financial Awards Committee in partnership with Student Council will be announcing a short-term emergency benefit for students who may need immediate assistance for the purchase of groceries.  The terms of this benefit and application process will be announced by Student Services over the next couple of days.

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.

We recognize that these are difficult times and may be stressful.  We encourage you to practice self-care.  Students can use the MySSP App for support and Employees can access EAP services.  Booth UC’s Spiritual Formation Coordinator, Tim Plett is available for additional support. Please contact him via email at tim_plett@boothuc.ca or call 1-204-232-4574. 

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

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