UB Academic Year 2020/2021Continues in Emergency Remote Operations
On 9thJuly 2020, the University issued a statement outlining the resuming of classes and student services for Fall 2020. Since then, the number of positive cases has climbed exponentially both globally and locally. While we anticipated that we would be able to offer a hybrid/blended learning environment this Fall, we were also mindful that we would have to be fluid enough to adapt to our current reality.
Given the uncertainty of Covid-19, we have determined that the 2020/21 Academic Year (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) will continue in Emergency Remote Operations. This means that all lecture, seminar, tutorial, some laboratories and practicum courses will be conducted virtually. For these courses, distance education technologies will be used to deliver the course 100% via virtual means. There will be no on-campus visits, visits to other designated sites, or in-person events. These courses have both synchronous and asynchronous elements. These are not self-paced and have substantive faculty-initiated interaction as an integral part of the course.
There are however, a few exceptional courses that must be face-to-face with strict social distancing protocols, wearing of masks and facial shields. These exceptions include, but are not limited to: –
- Clinical rounds;
- Specified fieldwork and
- Some laboratories.
We are calling our plan Protecting Mingoesbecause our success to return to any semblance of normalcy is predicated on the disciplined efforts of each member of the UB community to protect themselves and each other. Our protocols are consistent with the Ministry of Health and the WHO’s guidelines.
At UB, the health and safety of our community remains paramount and we must make decisions in the best interest of all. In the coming days, more information will be provided regarding staff and the way forward. As conditions change and decisions are made impacting the community, those details will also be placed on UB’s COVID-19 webpage, which is updated frequently.
Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to UB. I am confident that together we will continue to move forward as we do our part to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Rodney D. Smith