March 14 COVID-19 Update: Academic Operations

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The University of Guelph is announcing several updates regarding its academic operations as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an evolving situation so please continue to monitor U of G’s COVID-19 web page regularly for updates and information. Changes affecting the University’s academic or operational functions will be communicated there and through the University’s other web pages and social media channels.

Online Courses

Distance education courses will follow the same academic schedule as classroom-based courses, which currently provide for a one-week cancellation from March 16 to 20 followed by a continuation of coursework the subsequent week. Exams for online courses will also align with the new exam schedule.

Library

The Library will remain open but with reduced hours. All in-person consultations, workshops, and events are cancelled until further notice. Online services will be delivered where possible, details are available on the Library’s website. If an instructor needs additional online reserve material (book chapters, articles, media and other materials) for their class, please email libres2@uoguelph.ca, or call Ext. 53621

Program Counselling

Program counsellors and faculty advisors will continue to meet with students individually, either face-to-face, over the telephone, or in an online format. Students are encouraged to call or send an email to pre-arrange meetings to help reduce the potential of people gathering outside of counselling offices.

Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses

Student evaluation of teaching and courses for the winter 2020 semester will be at the discretion of the faculty member and/or instructor. The faculty member/instructor should inform their chair by Friday, March 20, if they would like to proceed with an evaluation. Evaluations will be online only as paper-based evaluation administration is not possible given the University’s current teaching and learning situation.

If the faculty member/instructor chooses to have an evaluation administered, they may choose whether to include these in their annual/biannual submission for promotion, tenure and performance review. If the evaluation has been set up in CEVAL and is not wanted by the faculty member, department CECs will need to deactivate the survey.