Concordia University has become the latest school in Montreal to offer its fall semester online.
Concordia President Graham Carr made the announcement through a press release on Thursday, saying that the university’s “Fall 2020 term will be delivered almost entirely online, accessible anytime, from anywhere in the world.”
Carr said Concordia is prioritizing the health of the community and is exercising “our civic responsibility as a large institution in the City of Montreal.”
He says public health has been “clear” that physical distancing will prevail throughout Montreal an indefinite period, which would be too difficult to maintain on both of Concordia’s campuses.
“Moving the bulk of our fall term online is the responsible choice.”
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Carr added there will be a few exceptions where hands-on is key, noting that experiments, teaching labs, and studio work that require a “physical demonstration of skills and competencies” will normally continue provided that appropriate health and safety measures can be observed.
“We remain committed to providing an online version of in-person sessions for those who cannot, or choose not to, attend for any reason. This is part of our commitment to be accessible and equitable. Whether you’re a student in your home country or your Montreal apartment, you will be able to fulfill your course requirements,” he said.
Concordia’s president said the libraries will remain physically closed but access to digital collections will be available while the school seeks to add “additional digital resources.”
“The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (April 2020) put Concordia as the number one university in Canada for ‘quality education.’ That’s why we’re putting all our efforts into providing a quality education and preparing you for whatever you’re planning next.”