As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continue our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.
We cannot control the full trajectory of this pandemic, so we must accept the unknowns and be ready to adapt. We do have control over doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we will do this by following the government’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions. Accordingly, we have developed a phased return-to-campus plan and have made the following decisions for the fall 2020 term:
1. All classes will be delivered through remote methods.
This will allow access to learning for all students regardless of their health risks or physical access to campus. There will be no requirement for students to physically visit campus during the fall 2020 term.
2. Our hope is to begin optional in-person tutorials as soon as we are allowed by government and health authorities and we are able to adhere to public health and safety guidelines. To avoid having an unsafe number of people on campus, we will limit the number of in-person tutorials. Working with staff, faculty and health and safety experts, we will identify which in-person tutorials and activities will be allowed, and we will share that information as soon as we can. Any on-campus tutorials that are offered will be optional as no student will be required to visit campus if they feel unsafe doing so.
3. Due to the limited number of people we can have on campus, extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually.
4. We will continue to ensure that our remote learning and teaching provides a high-quality experience.
5. We will continue to deliver student supports, academic resources and services remotely, with some services being offered in-person, subject to health and safety guidelines.
We are implementing a number of new processes and protections to offer enhanced personal safety, with further updates to come. Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
We at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain the high level of education and sense of community.
The fall semester looks different. We will adapt and be ready—welcoming the new realities and rising to meet new challenges. Working together, we are eager to welcome you back to campus when safe to do so.
Sincerely, Dr. Emil Canlas
Registrar, Corpus Christi College and St. Mark's College at UBC
If you have questions at any time, please email [email protected] and we will connect you with the best office to address your concern.