At the beginning of March St. Mary’s University made the transition to online learning and remote working capacities to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that initial transition, we have been preparing for the upcoming Fall semester and planning to deliver high quality learning experiences while following all public health guidelines and recommendations. As we look ahead to September, we remain committed to taking all necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 while ensuring that we continue to provide the level of education that our students and community members have come to expect from St. Mary’s.
Some key information for the St. Mary’s community:
- The Fall 2020 semester will be primarily virtual. A maximum 30% of students is allowed in a face to face course. In keeping with this recommendation, a decision has been made that St. Mary’s University will deliver courses primarily online for the Fall 2020 semester. Courses such as Science Labs that require in-person teaching will be offered on campus according to Alberta Health Services COVID-19 safety protocols.
- The health and wellbeing of our community is our top priority. In addition to asking any persons displaying symptoms of COVID-19 to vacate campus immediately, St. Mary’s is implementing strict protocols aligned with AHS recommendations and government regulations. These include but are not limited to: enforcing strict social distancing measures, requiring the use of masks where and when social distancing is not possible, limiting the number of people allowed on campus, increased internal signage, restriction of large gathering spaces, and enhancing available campus sanitation stations.
- Our faculty and staff are committed to the success of our students. Students and their families can be assured we are planning for robust and high-quality teaching, even if the modes of delivery will be modified for this term. St. Mary’s University remains committed to providing quality courses and experiences for our students, even at a distance.
We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. Your continued patience is appreciated as we work through the complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking forward to a unique and successful semester and hope to welcome the St. Mary’s University community back to campus as soon as we are permitted to do so.
Dr. Gerry Turcotte, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor