As Brandon University prepares to welcome back students for the Fall Term, in-person services are already being re-opened, and the entire campus will be open for access on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Most services will be available in-person when the Fall Term begins in September, with Phase Grey precautions remaining in effect. These include a limit of 25 students or fewer for most classes, masks required for indoor public and learning spaces, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols. These precautions go beyond public health orders and are intended to keep members of the BU community safe while ensuring that student, faculty and staff plans are not disrupted. The re-opening phases are flexible and can be adjusted as circumstances change.
Here is an update on various campus services:
BU is partnering with Prairie Mountain Health to offer walk-in Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations in Harvest Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 7, Wednesday, Sept. 8 and Thursday, Sept. 9. More details are available at Events.BrandonU.ca/event/covid-19-vaccine-clinic/2021-09-07.
Financial and Registration Services
As of Monday, Aug. 16, Financial and Registration Services will once again be providing in-person service in Clark Hall, along with continuing email and telephone service.
The Bookstore will be open to faculty, staff and students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, as of Monday, Aug. 16. The number of people allowed in the store will be limited although that number will be large enough to accommodate normal Bookstore traffic. Access until September 1 will be through the East pit doors off the front parking loop. Shopping can also be done through the Bookstore website at bkstr.com/brandonustore/home, and curbside pickup is available.
The Library will be open to students, faculty and staff using current 2021-22 student cards and fobs as of Wednesday, Sept. 1. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8 pm. Mondays to Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays; and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Music Library is closed on weekends. Group study rooms can be booked for groups of two, three or four depending on room size to maintain physical distancing. Further Library Covid-19 protocols can be found at BrandonU.ca/library.
Commencing Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, IT HelpDesk will resume in-person services. In-person, phone and electronic HelpDesk requests flow through the same triage and queue.
The dining operations will be in our Down Under space this fall, but Harvest Hall will be open as a study space for students.
All three Residence buildings will be open this fall for single occupancy rooms. We still have some vacancy available.
The East pit doors, off the front parking loop, will be open as of Monday, Aug. 16 to allow Bookstore visitors. Other entrances to the KDC will be open as of Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Healthy Living Centre
The Healthy Living Centre is continuing to operate with reduced capacity to enable physical distancing, and participants are encouraged to register for exercise spots. The indoor mask policy is in effect in all common areas, including the foyer, change rooms, hallways and stairways. Masks are not required by participants in activity spaces but are recommended. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in effect.
Most faculty offices are currently open, and all of them are expecting to be able to provide in-person services by the beginning of the Fall Term.
Office of the President
The Office of the President will resume regular office hours starting Tuesday, September 7. In the meantime, while the office is open on a semi-regular basis, appointments are encouraged.
Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic)
The Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) is open daily. Appointments are encouraged.