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Academics – Students COVID-19 FAQs

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Find answers to FAQs about tuition on the Student Financial Services website.

Fall 2020

Read the latest update on the COVID-19 Fall Semester 2020 page.

The Office of the Registrar’s Fall 2020 website has:

  • Information on synchronous, asynchronous and face-to-face course delivery and courses with multiple modes of delivery
  • Lists of fall 2020 courses that will be delivered with mandatory face-to-face instruction and optional face-to-face instruction (all other courses are available through alternative delivery formats)

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. The complete fall 2020 timetable is available on WebAdvisor.


Fall 2020 course enrolment begins:

  • Graduate students: July 10 at 8 a.m.
  • Ridgetown students: July 10 at 8 a.m.
  • Guelph-Humber students: July 13 (according to course selection windows)
  • Undergraduate and diploma students on the Guelph campus: July 14 (according to course selection windows)


Talk to the program counsellor for your degree program (undergraduate students) or your graduate program coordinator (graduate students).


Refer to the Office of the Registrar’s Fall 2020 website for information on courses that require students to be on campus for face-to-face instruction.


Refer to the Office of the Registrar’s Fall 2020 website for information on courses that have an optional face-to-face component.

We are committed to ensuring students have access to reliable resources. Students are asked to notify the University by sending an email to CourseLink@uoguelph.ca if they have issues with internet connectivity.

Summer 2020

All face-to-face course delivery will be cancelled until August 15, 2020. Undergraduate, graduate and associate diploma courses planned in this delivery mode will only proceed in an alternative delivery format enabled by remote instruction. The summer semester began May 7, 2020.

Distance education courses will proceed as planned through online delivery.

Final exams for the summer semester will also be conducted in a modified format.

More information on the summer 2020 semester will be posted as it becomes available.

Faculty and course instructors can find information specific to them on the Faculty and Academic Staff Relations COVID-19 FAQ page.


Alternative delivery can mean something different for each class. It may mean students will view PowerPoint presentations or submit video assignments. Details will be available from your instructor and CourseLink.


Consistent with public health policy and to promote physical distancing, the Office of Research urges, in the strongest terms, the significant scale back of research activities. Learn more on the Office of Research’s website.


Winter 2020

Information on the Winter 2020 grading structure is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning


Please register for your corresponding co-op work term course (e.g., COOP*1000 Work Term 1, COOP*2000 Work Term 2, etc.) after you secure employment. If you secure employment after the Course Selection Period ends, the Co-op Office will add the course to your account for you without penalty.


If you have stopped working, or if your work hours are reduced because of COVID-19, you could be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), employment insurance, and/or financial assistance from U of G. Information about the CERB, the CESB and other federal assistance programs is available on the Government of Canada website. A comprehensive list of financial aid opportunities for students is available at U of G’s COVID-19 Student Finances FAQ page.


The minimum number of work terms required by most programs will be reduced by one. No program will reduce its requirements to fewer than three work terms. Provided a student affected by COVID-19 meets their program’s adjusted requirements, they will receive their co-op credential.


Please discuss your work arrangement with your supervisor and refer to the Pay and Benefits section on the COVID-19 Employment FAQs.


Your college or department will contact you to share information about your work-integrated learning experience.


Yes. Students who choose not to work under the current circumstances will not be penalized due to impacts of COVID-19.


Yes, if students complete a minimum of 280 hours of work over at least eight weeks, including working from home, they will receive a co-op credit.


Inform your co-op coordinator immediately. You will get access to the Experience Guelph system and be able to apply to other jobs.


Contact your co-op coordinator. They will work with you to determine the best solution for your given program.


Across all co-op programs, for any students whose work term is impacted by COVID-19, the minimum number of work terms required by the program will be reduced by one. If a student impacted by COVID-19 meets their program’s adjusted minimum requirement, they will be given a co-op credential.

If summer 2020 was the last opportunity for students to gain the required number of work terms, they may complete a work term in the summer following their last academic semester.


Supports and Services


No face-to-face meetings with instructors will be available. Contact your instructor for an alternative meeting method.


Instructors are working hard to ensure students are not disadvantaged through the use of alternate assignments or formats. Please wait for your instructors to confirm what assignments and formats they have decided on. Once that information is available, any concerns should be discussed with and resolved with your instructor.

If concerns cannot be resolved between you and your instructor please consult your Program Counselling office for support.


Your instructor will have information on who to contact if you have trouble accessing the class material.



We are committed to ensuring students have access to reliable resources. Students are asked to notify the University by sending an email to CourseLink@uoguelph.ca if they have issues with internet connectivity.


Students experiencing difficulty accessing technology should e-mail the CourseLink support office at CourseLink@uoguelph.ca and explain their needs.

If you cannot acquire the technology needed, you may contact your instructor to discuss suggested options. If an alternative cannot be agreed upon between you and your instructor please consult your Program Counselling office for support.


Existing academic consideration policies continue to apply. Contact your instructor for more information.


Graduation and Convocation


The graduation clearance date for both graduate and undergraduate students on the Guelph campus has been extended until May 29, 2020. Convocation ceremonies planned for June 2020 have been postponed.


Unfortunately, convocation ceremonies will not be held this June. June convocation ceremonies have been postponed. We understand this is disappointing for our upcoming graduates and their loved ones. Provided you meet the requirements, you will graduate this spring. Your will receive your degree parchment by mail this spring. More information will be available on U of G’s convocation site soon.