UBC extends winter break due to COVID-19 pressures

Dec 3 2020, 6:50 pm

The University of British Columbia is extending winter break by one week at both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

This means most classes will now resume on January 11, 2021.

“The hope is that by allowing a delayed start to classes, we can help our students, faculty and staff to better prepare for Winter Session Term 2,” president Santa J. Ono wrote in a news release.

Certain programs, including some professional degrees, will still resume on January 4 because they can’t be postponed due to their nature, Ono added.

The senates for both campuses voted to make the change on December 3.

To accommodate the change, both campuses are re-working their April exam schedules so that more exams can be written in a shorter amount of time. In Okanagan, that means there will be four exam time slots per day, and the Vancouver campus will add Sunday exams.

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