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Fall Semester Update

June 29, 2020 –  Since March, faculty and staff have worked hard to develop innovative and engaging ways to teach and support students both inside and outside of the classroom. We are excited to turn our learning into action this fall.

We recognize that students need to make important decisions about where they plan to live and learn this fall. The following includes important information about the fall 2020 semester, including information about student life and what courses will be delivered by face-to-face instruction.

Student Life

We are always excited for the start of a new semester, and there is no shortage of opportunities this fall for you to get involved and stay connected with other Gryphons. The fall semester will begin with a virtual Orientation Week for new students where more than 250 events and activities will take place remotely, supported by hundreds of Orientation Volunteers.

Athletics, the Experiential Learning Hub, the Library, Student Experience, and Student Wellness Services have many programs and supports ready for new and returning students. These will be mostly available online and range from making volunteer connections to helping you succeed in your online learning environment. Clubs and activities are a go! Whether you are connecting with your academic club or want to meet others who share a similar interest, there will be meetings and events happening all semester long.

Currently, academic advising services are available for new and returning students.

As well, other advising services for any Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ2IA+, International, and new students are open.

Course Delivery

Most undergraduate courses and course components for the fall 2020 semester will be delivered in an alternative delivery format through CourseLink and other online platforms. What do these delivery formats mean?

  • Asynchronous (AD-A) learning happens without the need for real-time interaction. Your instructor will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments and assessments with deadlines, and you can access the material and satisfy these requirements based on your own schedule. You do not need to log in at specific times.One example of asynchronous learning at U of G is Distance Education (DE), which uses a variety of tools and resources to provide students with an enriched and flexible online learning experience.
  • Synchronous (AD-S) learning is the kind of learning that happens in real time. This means that you, your classmates and your instructor interact through a specific online medium (e.g., Zoom), at a specific time (e.g., 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

Each of these formats will require students to have sufficient internet access. However, students who choose to enroll in synchronous courses should have more reliable internet access and bandwidth to participate in real-time interactions (e.g., live streams via Zoom).

Traditional face-to-face course delivery may take place in some programs. The University has health and safety protocols in place and will adhere to public health directives for all face-to-face instruction.

Below we have listed all courses that will be taught with some face-to-face instruction. Students should consult the undergraduate academic calendar to identify if these courses are a requirement for their degree program in the fall 2020 semester.

If the academic calendar indicates a student should register for a course with required face-to-face instruction, but they are unable to participate in-person this fall, they should contact the program counsellor for their degree program.

Please note that course delivery plans are based on information as of June 29, and could change because of, but not limited to, the governmental response to the current pandemic.

To search for course sections with the most current delivery format, please visit WebAdvisor.

The following courses will only be available through face-to-face instruction and require completion of a mandatory face-to-face component to receive course credit:

CHEM3750FIN 3200PBIO4000

The following courses include an optional face-to-face component:


All other courses in the fall 2020 semester will be available in an alternative delivery format.

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to welcoming you back to your studies and to an innovative and successful fall semester.

Previous Fall 2020 Semester Updates

Please note: these links are for archival purposes only. Much of the information in these links is no longer accurate. Please refer to the notice above and our FAQs for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

As we finalize plans for the fall semester, we will keep our community informed. Updates will be posted on our COVID-19 website and social media channels as they become available. Our Gryphon Family portal also has useful resources to help our community navigate life during the pandemic. We are grateful for your patience as we plan for what comes next.

Planning to join U of G this fall? If you have questions about life as a first-year student, you can find information, resources and supports at startonline.ca.

View the University of Guelph Guiding Principles for Fall 2020 planning and beyond as per COVID 19 restrictions.