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COVID-19 Updates

November 12, 2020

Due to the announcement by Manitoba Public Health this week, the following directives are in place for the duration of Response Level Red.

All employees (faculty and staff) except those in the departments listed below (essential services) are strongly encouraged to work from home during Level Red. Employees are to notify their supervisor about how this affects their schedule. At this time, the following departments will remain working from campus during regular working hours Monday – Friday:
– Facilities
– Hospitality
– Student Services
– Front Desk (Waldron Building)
– Library
– Financial Services (limited days)

All business meetings will be held virtually.

All on-campus classes will continue to be delivered virtually. Any scheduled face to face meetings will be cancelled.

Library hours will be reduced, evening hours will be eliminated; exact hours to be posted on the library website.

All Student Services supports will continue to be provided virtually.

Residence will continue to interact within cohorts. As per provincial directives in regard to households, no socializing outside of residence or between cohorts will be allowed at this time.

The Crisis Management Team continues to monitor the situation and will review as provincial regulations change.

Understanding the situation is ever-changing, any general questions can be directed to communications@boothuc.ca.


October 30, 2020

In light of the announcement made by Manitoba Public Health this afternoon, the following will be effective immediately:

All employees (faculty and staff) except those in the departments listed below (essential services) are encouraged to work from home during Pandemic Response Level Red. Employees must speak with their supervisor regarding how this affects their schedule. At this time, the following departments will remain working from campus during regular working hours Monday – Friday:
– Facilities
– Hospitality
– Student Services
– Front Desk (Waldron Building)
– Library
– Financial Services (limited days)

All employees are encouraged to hold business meetings virtually.

All on-campus classes will continue to be delivered virtually. Any scheduled face to face meetings will be cancelled.

All Student Services supports will continue to be provided virtually.

There have been no changes to residence restrictions at this time.

The Crisis Management Team continues to monitor the situation and will review as Manitoba Public Health officials provide updates.

Understanding the situation is ever-changing, any general questions can be directed to communications@boothuc.ca.


October 14, 2020

We have now entered Phase 4 of the re-opening plan, organizing and planning for the Winter term.

All employees and students are required to wear a face mask in all common and/or shared spaces. This means anywhere outside of offices/classrooms/meeting rooms. Masks may be removed in offices/classrooms/meeting rooms where social distancing guidelines are being maintained.

The following requirements are now in place:

  • Training workshop for all employees and students
  • 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 winter term, except by appointment with a specific individual or department for a Booth 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. 

Commuting students should only be on campus if they have a scheduled class, appointment, or are accessing the library.

All employees and students must abstain from stigmatizing others.   Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger instead of focusing on the disease. Stigma can also make people more likely to hide symptoms or illness and keep them from seeking healthcare.   Stigma can make it more difficult to control the spread of an outbreak. This includes passing judgment on individuals becoming ill, staying home, seeking testing, and returning to campus following an illness.

ACADEMIC

Fall Term Exams/Winter Term Delivery

  • All fall term exams will be virtual. Students requiring accommodations should contact Accessibility Services.
  • The winter term will be delivered virtually in the time slots assigned. All courses which would normally be instructed face to face will be delivered virtually.  Some instructors may also provide in-class delivery following all government directives regarding social distancing and maximum number of students allowed, and will inform their classes.
  • For students that may not be in Winnipeg or cannot come to campus, the virtual option will be available for all courses.   
  • Faculty office hours will be virtual only.
  • The Field Education Coordinator has been securing placements and working with agencies to ensure student safety. 

Library

  • The library is open to Booth UC students, including cadets, Booth UC employees, including sessional faculty and CFOT Officers.
  • All persons entering the Library much swipe the fob at the entrance for tracking purposes.
  • Social distancing will be maintained. 
  • Library computers will be separated throughout the library, to allow the recommended 6 feet distancing guideline. 

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

Commuter Students

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that students are safe to come to campus and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • Commuter students who wish to come to campus will be required to use their fob to access campus buildings (ie. Waldron Bldg, Peterson Hall, Library).

Residence

  1. All residence students must complete the MB self-screening tool prior to leaving their floor. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
  2. All four floors will continue to be utilized.  Students access to floors other than their own will be determined by the MB Provincial Response Level at any given time. No visitors are allowed.
  3. The residence 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.
  4. Students traveling outside the province of MB for Christmas break or anytime during the winter term will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon their return and attend all their classes virtually during the quarantine period.
  5. Students will be permitted to remain in residence over Christmas and charged at the regular room rate. Meal provision will be determined once a definite number of students living in residence over the Christmas Break is known.
  6. Each residence student will be provided one reusable face mask at no cost.
  7. Shared spaces will be managed using the practice of social bubbles or cohorts within their floor group. 

International Students

  1. International students arriving to study at Booth UC for the winter term must adhere to the Booth UC Safe Arrival Plan that has been put into place in accordance with the directives from the federal government for international students coming to Canada. It is imperative that all incoming international students follow the guidance of our safe arrival protocols carefully.

Supports

  • New Student Orientation will be conducted through an on-line course in Populi in January.
  • Student programming and events will be done virtually.  
  • The Academic Learning Centre will continue to run virtually, including appointments and workshops.
  • Virtual ‘drop-in’ times have been set up to encourage student interaction with Student Services staff, as well as interaction with other students. This includes a ‘Virtual Front Desk’ and ‘Hallway Chatter’ sessions set up through zoom.
  • Personal/Mental Health supports will be provided virtually where possible. Students are encouraged to use the My Student Support Program app to access counselling services virtually.
  • Booth UC Community gatherings will continue through pre-recorded video and audio reflections posted through the Booth UC YouTube channel and shared via social media.

HOSPITALITY

  • The Bistro is now open for pickup.  Delivery within the Waldron building, to 290 Vaughan and neighboring colleagues will continue to be available.    
  • Employees will have the options of having a declining balance within the Bistro or paying over the phone by credit card as well as paying at the till at pickup.
  • Booth University College will not be accepting any outside rental groups during the winter term. 

FACILITIES

  • The following system is in place to ensure that employees are safe to come to work and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • All employees are required to fob in each day when they arrive on campus
  • 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 remain closed.
  • Signage has been provided to direct students and employees to endure provincial directives on social distancing are met.
  • Booth UC has installed MERV 13 filters in our ventilation system.
  • Classrooms/meeting rooms for any in-person classes/meetings are set up to accommodate social distancing guidelines.  Chairs and tables must NOT be moved without permission.  Please contact facilities if you require a different setup.

COMMUNICATION

We will update the BoothUC.ca website, post to social media 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.

 


September 1, 2020

On September 8, 2020, Booth UC will enter Phase 3 of the re-opening plan as students return to campus virtually and/or in person. 

As of September 1, 2020, all employees and students are required to wear a face mask in all common and/or shared spaces. This means anywhere outside of offices/classrooms/meeting rooms. Masks may be removed in offices/classrooms/meeting rooms where social distancing guidelines are being maintained.

The following re-opening requirements are now 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 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. 

Commuting students should only be on campus if they have a scheduled class, appointment, or are accessing the library.

All employees and students must abstain from stigmatizing others.   Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger instead of focusing on the disease. Stigma can also make people more likely to hide symptoms or illness and keep them from seeking healthcare.   Stigma can make it more difficult to control the spread of an outbreak. This includes passing judgment on individuals becoming ill, staying home, seeking testing, and returning to campus following an illness. 

ACADEMIC

Fall Term Delivery

  • The Fall term will be delivered virtually in the time slots assigned. All courses which would normally be instructed face to face will be delivered virtually.  Some instructors may also provide in class delivery following all government directives regarding social distancing and maximum number of students allowed. Students are advised to contact their instructors to enquire whether an in-class option is available.
  • For students that may not be in Winnipeg or cannot come to campus, the virtual option will be available for all courses.   
  • 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

  • The library is open to Booth UC students, including cadets, Booth UC employees, including sessional faculty and CFOT Officers.
  • All persons entering the Library much swipe the fob at the entrance for tracking purposes.
  • Social distancing will be maintained. 
  • Library computers will be separated throughout the library, to allow the recommended 6 feet distancing guideline. 

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

Commuter Students

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that students are safe to come to campus and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • Commuter students who wish to come to campus will be required to use their fob to access campus buildings (ie. Waldron Bldg, Peterson Hall, Library).

Residence

  1. All residence students must complete the MB self-screening tool prior to leaving their floor. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
  2. Only Booth University College students will be permitted to live in residence.  All four floors may be utilized.  Students may only access the floor on which they live.  No visitors are allowed.
  3. The residence 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.
  4. Students coming from out of province will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks and attend all their classes virtually during the quarantine period. Residence will be open after August 20th for students who wish to move to campus and quarantine two weeks before classes start, students will not be charged room fees for early move-in, although they will be charged for the cost of Bistro meals provided during quarantine.   Arriving students must arrange their own transportation to campus, wear a mask at all times and not be in contact with anyone en-route.  Arrival plans must be communicated to the Student Services Coordinator in advance of arrival.
  5. International students must adhere to the Booth UC Safe Arrival Plan.
  6. Each residence student will be provided one reusable face mask at no cost.
  7. Shared spaces will be managed using the practice of social bubbles or cohorts within their floor group. 
  8. Students traveling outside the province of MB during the fall semester, will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon their return.

International Students

  1. A plan has been put into place in accordance with the directives from the federal government for international students coming to Canada.
  2. It is imperative that all incoming international students follow the guidance of our safe arrival protocols carefully. Canadian Border Services will ask you to present your quarantine plan at the border and this document guides you through the process.
    Safe Arrival Protocols for International Students

Supports

  • New Student Orientation will be conducted through an on-line course in Populi, which will be available between Sept 1-22.
  • Student programming and events will be done virtually.
  • Welcome Week activities planned to take place virtually.   
  • The Academic Learning Centre will continue to run virtually, including appointments and workshops.
  • A ‘Virtual Front Desk’ link has been added in Populi for students to initiate zoom meetings with the Student Services Information Desk.
  • Personal/Mental Health supports will be provided virtually where possible.  Students are encouraged to use the My Student Support Program app to access counselling services virtually.
  • Booth UC Community gatherings will continue virtually.

HOSPITALITY

  • The Bistro is now open for pickup.  Delivery within the Waldron building, to 290 Vaughan and neighboring colleagues will be available September 8, 2020.    
  • Employees will have the options of having a declining balance within the Bistro or paying over the phone by credit card as well as paying at the till at pick up.
  • Booth University College will not be accepting any outside rental groups during the Fall term. 

FACILITIES

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that employees are safe to come to work and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • All employees are required to fob in each day when they arrive on campus
  • 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.
  • Booth UC will be installing MERV 13 filters in our ventilation system.
  • Classrooms/meeting rooms for any in-person classes/meetings are set up to accommodate social distancing guidelines.  Chairs and tables must NOT be moved without permission.  Please contact facilities if you require a different setup (maintaining the room maximums).
  • Room maximums are:
    • Meeting Room 106 – 4 people
      • Boardroom 228 – 6 people
      • PH1 – 6 students
      • PH2 – 14 students
      • Classroom B – 10 students
      • Classroom C – 10 students
      • Classroom D – 25 Students
      • Chapel – 35 People

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.


July 15, 2020

Booth UC has now entered Phase 2 of the re-opening plan effective August 4, 2020, which allows employees to start preparing for the return of students for the academic year.

The following re-opening requirements are now 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 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.  All courses which would normally be instructed face to face will be delivered virtually.  Some instructors may also provide in class delivery following all government directives regarding social distancing and maximum number of students allowed.   Students are advised to contact their instructors to enquire whether an in-class option is available.
  • For students that may not be in Winnipeg or cannot come to campus, the virtual option will be available for all courses.   
  • 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

  • The Booth UC library is open to 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

Commuter Students

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that students are safe to come to campus and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • Commuter students who wish to come to campus will be required to use their fob to access campus buildings (ie. Waldron Bldg, Peterson Hall, Library).
    • By fobbing, the student is declaring they have completed the MB self-screening tool and are safe to come to campus. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/

Residence

  1. All residence students must complete the MB self-screening tool prior to leaving their floor. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
  2. Only Booth University College students will be permitted to live in residence.  All four floors may be utilized.  Students may only access the floor on which they live.  No visitors are allowed.
  3. The residence 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.
  4. Students coming from out of province will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks and attend all their classes virtually during the quarantine period.  Residence will be open after August 20th for students who wish to move to campus and quarantine two weeks before classes start, students will not be charged room fees for early move-in, although they will be charged for the cost of Bistro meals provided during quarantine.  
  5. Each residence student will be provided one reusable face mask at no cost.
  6. Shared spaces will be managed using the practice of social bubbles within their floor group. 
  7. Students traveling outside the province of MB during the fall semester, will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon their return.

Supports

  • New Student Orientation will be conducted through an on-line course in Populi, which will be available between Sept 1-22.
  • 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.
  • A ‘Virtual Front Desk’ link has been added in Populi for students to initiate zoom meetings with the Student Services Information Desk.
  • Personal/Mental Health supports will be provided virtually where possible.  Some in person meetings may be requested by appointment may be provided while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • Booth UC Community gatherings will continue virtually.

HOSPITALITY

  • The Bistro will re-open for pick up or delivery only, to serve residence students, commuter students, and employees. 
  • Employees will have the options of having a declining balance within the Bistro or paying over the phone by credit card as well as paying at the till at pick up.
  • The Bistro will also provide pick up or delivery to our neighboring colleagues.
  • Booth University College will not be accepting any outside rental groups during the Fall term. 

FACILITIES

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that employees are safe to come to work and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
  • 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.


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