Brandon University to suspend classes for one week, campus remains open

March 13, 2020

Brandon University will remain open next week. However, all classes will be suspended and on-campus events postponed, starting Friday evening, as BU continues to respond to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation.

This precautionary measure is being taken to prevent opportunities for coronavirus spread before it becomes necessary. There is no evidence to suggest that there is any current risk on campus. However, at this time, given Manitoba Health guidance to reduce close and prolonged contact, it is prudent for classes to be suspended and events postponed. Our top priority remains the safety of all members of our community.

The campus will operate in a similar fashion to Reading Week. Offices, services and the library will be open. Staff are expected to and all staff are expected to continue their work. Classes and labs will be suspended, but practicums will continue for now. Those in residence who have an alternate place to live for the week are encouraged to consider staying there.

For those remaining on campus, social distancing strategies will be employed to further limit any potential for virus spread. This includes more video conferencing instead of in-person meetings and encouraging people to spread out in areas where they might gather, like Harvest Hall and the library.

Additional details are available on BU’s dedicated website at BrandonU.ca/Safety/Coronavirus.

Our goal is to ensure that all students are able to complete their courses this year. The BU Senate, BU Board of Governors, and the BU Critical Incident Response Team will continue to work through the academic and other implications of this suspension, and to continue to direct BU’s response to this global situation. We expect to provide an update by Thursday, March 19.

For more information, please contact:

Grant Hamilton
Director, Marketing and Communications
204.571.8542
HamiltonG@BrandonU.CA


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