Academic Adjustments

Convocation ceremonies cancelled — students will still graduate

  • Now is not the time for public gatherings. Spring Convocation ceremonies that were scheduled for May 28 and 29 are now cancelled.
  • Eligible students will still graduate, and the Senate will still confirm degrees.
  • We know this is difficult and disappointing. We hope to schedule a future Convocation so that all students who want to will have the chance to walk across the stage, shake hands, and be formally presented with their degree.

Courses and classes — Winter 2020

  • There will be no in-person delivery of classes, labs or other educational work for the remainder of the Winter 2020 term.
  • Most courses will resume Monday, March 23 and will run through the normal end of term, on Friday, April 3.
  • An exception will be the Faculty of Health Studies, where courses will resume Monday, March 23 and will be extended by one week to conclude on Friday, April 10, to fulfill regulatory requirements.
  • Instructors should develop a plan for alternate delivery of the remainder of their courses and inform their dean of these plans.
  • Instructors will communicate to students the specific details for each course.

    Student practicums

    • Student practicums are being affected in different ways. Faculties are working hard to develop individualized solutions for each course.
    • Students should hear directly from their instructor or dean the specific details of their practicum.

    Exams or alternate final assessment

    • There will be no in-person assessment or exams for the remainder of the Winter 2020 term.
    • The regular exam period will remain from April 8 through April 22.
    • The exam schedule will remain the same, with exams remaining in their previously scheduled days and slots.
    • An exception will be the Faculty of Health Studies, where a small number of courses in their extended period may interfere with a small number of exams. Students in these classes will be communicated with directly.
    • Instructors should develop a plan for alternate delivery of their exams or alternate plans for assessment and inform their dean of these plans.
    • Instructors will communicate to students the specific details for each course.

      Academic accommodations

      • For students who have accommodations granted through Student Accessibility Services, those accommodations will remain in effect.
      • Anyone with questions about how those accommodations may be affected by these changes should contact Student Accessibility Services.

      Courses and classes — Spring/Summer 2020

      • There will be no in-person delivery of spring/summer courses, including PENT and EAP.
      • Some courses, including in PENT and EAP, will be delivered through alternate methods. Many are already offered online, and these will not change.

      Registration — Fall 2020

      • Returning students may begin registering for 2020–21 courses on April 1, and new students may begin registering on April 29.
      • We are currently restricting registration to online-only. There is no need to visit the Registration desk and we are not accepting in-person registrations.
      • If you need assistance, please reach out by email to FinReg@BrandonU.ca or phone either 204-727-9724 or 204-727-7313.

      Thank you!

      We deeply appreciate the resourcefulness and flexibility shown by all members of the BU community in crafting solutions to these vexing challenges. There are many courses where in-person instruction, participation, or assessment is at the core of your experience. Thankfully, creative solutions have been found to bridge the gap between now and the scheduled end of term. Thank you to everyone for your tremendous efforts to make this happen.

      We are taking these extraordinary measures as part of our responsibility to keep our entire community safe while also ensuring that students can complete their terms.