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Queen’s to continue with remote classes for Winter Term

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In a letter to students at Queen’s University, dated Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s, stated that most courses will continue to be delivered remotely in the 2021 Winter Term.

According to the letter, a small number of on-campus academic activities will be held based on the need for some students to access specialized facilities, such as labs or clinical settings, and to ensure all students can meet the academic requirements of their programs. Students will be contacted by their faculty or school when details are finalized for the Winter Term.

In order to adjust the current Winter Term timetable and provide classrooms for the small number of academic activities that will occur on-campus, access to student’s Winter Term course enrolments will be suspended from Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.  Access to the Student Online University System (SOLUS) will reopen on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, to allow students to view time and room changes to Winter Term classes and make any adjustments to their Winter Term class schedule.

“I realize the decision not to expand our on-campus academic activities in the Winter term will be disappointing to some students,” Green stated in the letter. “Keeping students, instructors, and staff safe is always our first priority, and regardless of the class delivery format, the university remains committed to ensuring all students receive an equitable and robust learning experience.”  

Programs and services to support academic progression and personal well-being continue to be available, including academic advising, library services, and wellness support. Students are advised to reach out to their instructors or to one of the many support resources available if they need assistance.

According to the letter, residences will be communicating to all first-year students who have indicated an interest in a ‘winter term only’ residence space in the coming weeks. Spaces will be prioritized for students with new or increasing on-campus academic activities.

A similar letter was also issued to faculty and staff, according to Queen’s.

Updated information will continue to be posted on the Queen’s COVID-19 website.

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