UWinnipeg Update on COVID-19 Situation: Friday, March 13

To the UWinnipeg community,

We are in the midst of a concerning public health situation, one that is evolving rapidly. I want you to know that senior administration is taking considered measures to safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.

The time to act is now so that we may help preserve the health and safety of the UWinnipeg community. This will mean some near-term changes to our daily routines and plans.

Here are the changes we are implementing immediately:

Suspension of in-person classes

All in-person classes and labs will be suspended for the remainder of the winter term.

We are fortunate to be near the end of term, April 3. Our goal is to support students in successfully completing their courses. By March 20, we will communicate our completion plans to students through webmail.  

Deans and department chairs are working collaboratively with faculty on alternate methods of course content delivery and are actively planning how we can support students in completing their courses.

Changes to co-operative placements and other work-integrated learning will be determined by those who are supervising students in the field.

The University of Winnipeg Collegiate is also suspending classes and moving to alternate delivery methods. Dean Kevin Clace will communicate with students and parents.

UWinnipeg’s Professional Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) is moving to online delivery of all courses as of Monday, March 16.

UWinnipeg’s English Language Program (ELP) is also suspending classes. Executive Director Carmelle Mulaire will communicate alternate plans with students.

Essential services will remain open, some facilities will close

The University of Winnipeg campus remains open — including student support services, research support services, and Diversity Foods.

UWinnipeg’s residences will remain open and operational. Extra cleaning of residence space is taking place to ensure appropriate hygiene and safe spaces available for students who live on campus to self-isolate, if required. Students should contact housing@uwinnipeg.ca or 204.786.9900 with any questions.

The Bill Wedlake Fitness Centre will close at the end of day, March 13 (today).

Faculty members should communicate with their departmental chair about their research programs and to develop contingency plans. The Research Office can provide guidance.

Staff and faculty should continue reporting to work as usual. We are developing plans to enable some staff and faculty to work from home, where appropriate —please speak with your supervisor. Of course, if you are ill, please stay home and advise your supervisor.

All university-related, non-essential travel is suspended.

All discretionary events on campus currently scheduled until May 1, 2020 will be postponed. This is in keeping with social distancing strategies and considering that our events may include guests who travel from afar, as well as community members who may be more vulnerable to the health risks associated with COVID-19.

We are pulling together

These adjustments will cause disruption — and we are grateful for your continuing efforts, patience, and understanding as we navigate this challenge together.

We are taking these steps to reduce risk, in keeping with the advice and guidance provided by the Manitoba government and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus is our top priority. 

The University has a business continuity plan and we are actively working through operational contingencies. We will share more information as decisions are made.

All current information will be published on our website. Please check there regularly.

Dr. Annette Trimbee,
President & Vice-Chancellor

20 Comments

  • Marie Durand said...

    I just finished my second term test, after having gotten less then 4 hours of sleep due to my stress and anxiety of this medical situation I feel like I failed at best because I could not focus on anything else aside from how closely I was sitting to my other classmates. I do not feel as though this was a fair evaluation. How do I proceed.
    Thank you

    • Communications said...

      Very sorry to hear that, hope you are doing ok. Probably best to contact your instructor directly to discuss options.

  • Jane Blannin Bruleigh said...

    Is there an alternate plan for exams ?

    • Communications said...

      All classes are moving to alternate delivery. There will be no in-person exams this term. Exams may be conducted online, through Nexus, or by other means.

      Students will hear from the University via webmail by Friday, March 20 for details on how final grades will be determined for this term.

      Upcoming Spring Term (May/June) courses will be offered via alternative delivery options. There will be no in-person classes.

      Please see our online information hub at uwinnipeg.ca/covid-19 for details related to campus and academic operations affected by the public health situation. It is updated regularly.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust our activities in accordance with provincial and federal health agency guidelines.

  • Parminder kaur said...

    I want to pick up my document. Will IIRSS and Student Service centre will remain open?

    • Communications said...

      Please see our online information hub at uwinnipeg.ca/covid-19 for details related to campus and academic operations affected by the public health situation. It is updated regularly.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust our activities in accordance with provincial and federal health agency guidelines.

  • Lisa said...

    What about Practicums for students?

    • Communications said...

      Please see our online information hub at uwinnipeg.ca/covid-19 for details related to campus and academic operations affected by the public health situation. It is updated regularly.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust our activities in accordance with provincial and federal health agency guidelines.

  • Tomiris said...

    Hi! I’m an international student and with the current situation, would really appreciate to know whether our exams are online or not. Because both Canada and my country are shutting the borders, I might not be able to get to my family.
    Thanks a lot

    • Communications said...

      In recent days, we have made a number of changes to our campus operations to help safeguard the health of the UWinnipeg community.

      As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we are taking further precautions — while striving to support students in completing their studies.

      All classes are moving to alternate delivery. There will be no in-person exams this term. Exams may be conducted online, through Nexus, or by other means.

      Students will hear from the University via webmail by Friday, March 20 for details on how final grades will be determined for this term.

      Upcoming Spring Term (May/June) courses will be offered via alternative delivery options. There will be no in-person classes.

      Please see our online information hub at uwinnipeg.ca/covid-19 for details related to campus and academic operations affected by the public health situation. It is updated regularly.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust our activities in accordance with provincial and federal health agency guidelines.

  • Willow said...

    Hi, I left my lock on my locker with a couple things inside. I don’t know if I feel comfortable going into campus to retrieve it at this time. Will we lose our locks and our items?

    • Communications said...

      Hi Willow, thanks for your message. Please contact Student Central at studentcentral@uwinnipeg.ca |204.779.8946 for further guidance related to your locker.

  • Ife said...

    Is the Spring 2020 course timetable still valid?
    Do we need to wait for another one?
    Can we still register?

    • Communications said...

      Thanks for your message, Ife. We will be offering spring term courses via alternate delivery (online, through Nexus, or by other means). We will not be offering in-person classes. Spring term registration is delayed at this time. We will be updating our website, uwinnipeg.ca, with information on spring term course options as details come available.

  • Jessica said...

    Hi there,

    Any information on Spring/Summer registration in regards to courses with a lab component?

    • Communications said...

      Thanks for your message, Jessica. We will be offering spring term courses via alternate delivery (online, through Nexus, or by other means). We will not be offering in-person classes. Spring term registration is delayed at this time. We will be updating our website, uwinnipeg.ca, with information on spring term course options as details come available.

  • Mia said...

    Will lab demonstrators be paid for the labs that were cancelled for the last few weeks of classes?

    • Communications said...

      Thanks for your message, Mia. Lab demonstrators should contact their supervisors for further information.

  • Priya said...

    Hy sir or mam i want to ask you that i have applied loa and i got it but as now due to covid 19 my country and canada is shutting borders what should i do ..should i proceed further or not is embassy is giving visas or not for sepetember intake

    • Communications said...

      Hi Priya,

      Thanks for your message.

      Please email studentcentral@uwinnipeg.ca for more information and assistance.

      Sincerely,
      Kevin