The University of British Columbia (UBC) has announced that classes will be moved online and will continue for Term 1 of the summer semester.
The announcement was made in a statement by Santa J. Ono, the school’s president and vice chancellor, who says that this will apply to classes at all three campuses, with some exceptions.
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Term 1 of UBC’s summer semester takes place from May 11 to June 18, 2020.
“In clear recognition that current mitigations may need to continue for an as yet undetermined period, I am announcing that Term 1 of Summer Session at UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan, and UBC Robson Square will be online,” says Ono.
#UBC announces that Term 1 of Summer Session (running May 11 – June 18) at UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan and UBC Robson Square will be online.
— University of British Columbia (@UBC) March 25, 2020
The summer sessions for Vantage One programs, which include arts, science, and engineering, will also be held online.
Classes that cannot be held online are being postponed or redesigned. Students are told to expect more information from their respective faculties if the class cannot be done online or be adjusted.
Ono adds that the school is also planning in case Term 2 of the summer session, which takes place from July 6 to August 13, also needs to be held online.
“These past weeks have seen this university make enormous shifts in its academic delivery and its operations,” he says. “I know this has added to the stress levels and workloads of all our students, faculty and staff.”
Earlier this month, the university cancelled all in-person classes and urged international and domestic students to return home. Most post-secondary institutions across the country have cancelled in-person classes, although many students are still expected to complete assignments and attend lectures online.