Brandon University’s commitment remains providing the highest quality educational experience and the safest environment for all. Information about our response to the novel coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic is collected here.
Fall 2020 Term to be mostly online
Brandon University’s Fall Term will see instruction that is mostly delivered online, as we continue to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of our whole community.
A limited number of classes, labs, studios, or practicums may need to be held in-person. These exceptions, when known, will be posted in the online registration guide.
Much work remains to be done to plan for the Fall, and the university has created several administrative and academic working groups to develop recommendations, in consultation with representatives from all areas of campus, for Senate and the President’s Administrative Council.
Detailed plans for the Fall Term will continue to be developed through June and will be shared in early July. Faculty should begin discussions with their chairs and deans about their course plans, and the resources they will need.
Campus open to faculty and staff
The university campus remains open for faculty and staff, as well as for students who have arrangements with their dean to access needed campus facilities. Phase Two reopening includes the possibility for limited in-person instruction over the summer. Employees should continue to work from home, where possible.
Buildings are locked. Employee key fob access will be unchanged. All student key cards have been turned off. If you need campus computers to finish your studies, please contact your dean to request specific building access. Building access will be approved on an individual basis, and for safety reasons buildings will only be accessible to approved students between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Summer youth camps will not be offered in 2020
Brandon University has made the difficult decision to not offer its popular youth summer camps this year, due to the ongoing pandemic. This includes Mini University, as well as Athletics camps and music camps.
There is unfortunately no way to offer programming that relies on gathering kids together and mixing them in different groups to engage them in hands-on, team-based learning activities.
We look forward to welcoming families back to campus in the future.
- Fall 2020 term will be mostly delivered online, with limited in-person instruction.
- Registrations for Fall 2020 are underway and are being accepted online only.
- There may be limited in-person instruction through spring and summer 2020 terms.
During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Brandon University is encouraging all employees to work from home if they are able. By continuing to reduce the number of people who must come to campus, we are keeping it as safe as possible for those whose work must be done on campus.
- Brandon University has locked its buildings. Staff and faculty key fob access is unchanged.
- Student key cards has been turned off. Individual students who require campus facilities to complete their studies should make arrangements directly with their deans or with the Dean of Students.
- Online supports have been increased.
If you feel ill, stay home. Practice social distancing and diligent hygiene to stay healthy.
All faculty, staff and students who have symptoms characteristic of Covid-19 should call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 and immediately begin self-isolating at home.
The BU critical incident team continues to meet and monitor the swiftly changing situation regarding coronavirus and COVID-19. This team brings together people from many areas across campus to share information, coordinate our response, and plan for future action. This team is following our written plan for infectious diseases.
Learn more about the Critical Incident Team.
Contact the team at CriticalIncidentTeam@BrandonU.ca.
We know that this is a situation that can cause anxiety and concern.
- BU employees and eligible family members can access supports, including counselling, through Homewood Health. Access their resources online at https://homeweb.ca/ or by phoning their toll-free number 24/7 at 1-800-663-1142.
- BU students have access to our free counselling services which are now being offered by phone or video chat. Please call 204-727-9737 to set up an appointment. More information is available online: https://www.brandonu.ca/student-services/personal-counselling/
Many government and international organizations are responding to the coronavirus spread. Here are some additional websites with significant information:
- Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- Province of Manitoba: http://www.manitoba.ca/health/coronavirus/index.html
- Prairie Mountain Health: https://www.prairiemountainhealth.ca/
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus