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July 3, 2020

Academic Plan for Fall 2020

Dear students,

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. Continue reading

 

April 17, 2020 - 3:45 p.m.

Academic Plan for Summer II

Dear students,

As you know, the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve with new developments on a daily basis. We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to update you whenever there is new information available.

Summer II Semester

We previously announced the Summer I semester (May 11-June 26, 2020) will take place online.

While clearly recognizing that plans may still continue to change, I am announcing the Summer II semester (July 6-August 28) will also take place online. Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s, similar to other schools including UBC, have made this decision to offer Summer II online to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Fall Semester

As we continue to navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19, we are actively planning for the Fall semester and the possibility that it may take place online. We will make an announcement regarding the Fall semester as more information becomes available.

We are 100% committed to offering Summer and Fall courses, whether they are online or onsite, to ensure your learning can continue.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We are here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website

 

April 9, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.

Information and Resources for International Students

Dear students,
The COVID-19 pandemic and related global changes means we are all adapting to this new reality.
As international students, you may have recently dealt with difficult decisions or have these decisions ahead. There is no playbook for this unique situation in which you find yourself, and every student has different options to consider. It is important to remember, however, that you are not alone.
Corpus Christi is committed to having a supportive community for all students and we will always stand by you. We will continue to bring you the personal academic advising, specialized programs and high-quality Canadian education that is globally recognized.
These are undoubtedly difficult times, but we are all working to ensure our community of students, faculty and staff will get through this together.
Below, we have outlined relevant information and resources specifically for international students. If you have any questions or need guidance, please contact [email protected]
What should I do if I am staying in Canada?
All international students currently residing in Canada should check with their respective embassies, consulates general or high commission offices to determine if they are required to register with the government for assistance in the event of an emergency.
International students may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Students living in Canada who have lost a job due to COVID-19 should refer to the CERB website for application details.
My study permit will expire soon and I am currently in Canada. I’m not able to go home. What should I do?
Temporary residents who are currently in Canada are able to apply to extend their status online if they need to extend their status. You must submit your study permit extension application before your study permit becomes invalid. Read more about study permits and how to keep a valid study permit. You will have “implied status” if you’ve applied for a new study permit but it won’t arrive before your current study permit expires. In this case, you’ll be able to remain in Canada until a decision is made on your new application.
I want to go home. Can I leave Canada and continue my classes online?
International students who are leaving Canada should be able to return to their home country by air or land. Summer II classes will be completely online and you can continue your classes online.
How will leaving Canada impact my Post-Graduate work permit?
As classes were moved online because of COVID-19, the Canadian government has stated your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program won’t be affected. International students may take classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.
If I am abroad, can I return to Canada?
International students who have a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020 are exempt from the travel restrictions.
Upon arriving in Canada, incoming international students will be subjected to the Canadian health screening protocols at the border and are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Review the Immigration, Refugees and Citizens Canada (IRCC) website for detailed information.
At Corpus Christi, we will always be a community of individuals who care deeply. Please know that we are here for you. In the coming weeks, I will send out other communications that may be helpful to you. Please do be in touch if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share to [email protected]
Sincerely, Gabriel Pillay
Dean of Students
For quick reference, listed below are the emails where you can reach staff for help.

April 2, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Dear students,

The global situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving quickly, and the last few weeks have transformed all our lives in ways we could never have imagined. With that in mind, I want you to know that we are all in this together. Below I have outlined some key updates that will be important to you.

Convocation

We have made the difficult decision to postpone Convocation. This will not impact your ability to graduate. One of my greatest joys as President is giving out degrees to our graduates as they celebrate their impressive accomplishments with classmates, friends and family. Please understand Convocation is not cancelled and will take place at a later date to ensure your hard work is recognized.

Summer Semesters

As previously announced, Summer I will take place online. There are no updates on Summer II at this time, but please know that preparations are underway for the semester to take place online if needed.

We want to hear from you

You’ll receive a quick survey through email shortly. We want to hear from you about how you are feeling and how we can support you during this ever-changing time. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know what help you need, as your feedback will guide our outreach and communication.

Thank you for your determination, resilience and understanding as we navigate this situation together.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected].

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

March 26, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Dear students,

As you know, the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve with new developments on a daily basis. Many in our community are asking what the status of our summer terms and convocation will be in light of these uncertain times.

Summer Semester

To help our students, faculty and staff as they plan, while clearly recognizing that plans may still continue to change, I am announcing the Summer I semester (starting May 11, 2020) will take place online. Planning is also underway for the possibility that Summer II may need to go online. We will update our community as soon as we determine the final status of Summer II.

Convocation

We’re exploring the option to postpone our graduation ceremony, currently scheduled for May 30, 2020. This will not impact your ability to graduate and we are looking at extending the deadline to apply for graduation. Please understand convocation would only be postponed, not cancelled, and will take place at a later date to ensure your hard work is recognized and celebrated. An announcement about convocation will be made in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We’re here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website

March 20, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

The following announcement is for undergraduate students only

 

Dear students,

 

As your professors work exceptionally hard to make course adjustments that will allow you to continue and complete this term online, your learning continues to be our top priority.

This was not the semester anyone expected - thank you for the kindness and appreciation you have shown for their work.

 

Below is a summary of important changes.

 

Winter Semester

 

The Winter Semester has been extended by one week to accommodate these recent changes and will now officially end on May 1, 2020. This extension is applicable for classes and final exams and gives everyone more flexiblilty to meet learning outcomes and reschedule final exams or deadlines.

 

Your professors are making course-by-course decisions to best serve you and your learning outcomes. Professors will directly provide you with specific details about the remainder of the semester and final evaluations.

 

Final exams

 

Final exams will take place online. No final exams will take place in person and final exams will now follow different dates or parameters. All final exams will be complete by May 1, 2020.

 

Over the remaining weeks of the term, your professors will be working to make this change possible. Each course is unique and the specific requirements for final exams and/or final assignments will be assessed on a course-by-course basis. Exact details for each course will be released over the coming weeks directly by your professor.

 

Students who would like to return home can do so with full confidence that they can take their final exams online. If you do choose to travel, please notify your professor of your travel plans so they can extend their support and continued communication in case there would be an interruption of your access to the course on Canvas.

 

Summer Semester

 

An announcement about the Summer I semester will be made next week.

 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time together. In times like this, everyone needs support and understanding. Whatever category your requests fall into – academic, mental health, financial support – please email [email protected] and they will work with you to find a solution.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website

March 17, 2020 - 1:05 p.m.

Dear students,

I’m writing to provide an important update regarding Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The COVID-19 outbreak has presented an unprecedented situation for schools. With the health and safety of our community being a top priority, we will be following the Federal Government's recommendation that everyone should stay home as much as possible. Just like UBC, all of our classes and exams will take place online.

Effective today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all classes and exams will take place online for the next, at minimum, three weeks.

  • All students, staff and faculty are asked to remain offsite for the next three weeks (Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, April 3, 2020).

 

  • Faculty and staff members will continue their work. All staff will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff during regular business hours. Staff members who are working remotely will be accessible via email, phone or video conferencing.

 

  • Online instruction will continue and final exams will NOT take place in person. You will be provided details on arrangements and timing for exams and course schedules through your instructors, as soon as possible.

 

  • In light of the growing national response to COVID-19, all students planning to travel home may now do so.

 

  • All discretionary events on campus currently scheduled until May 1, 2020 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually.

 

We appreciate these are extremely challenging times for our students, and our faculty are working exceptionally hard to adjust courses that will allow you to continue and complete your studies this term. This series of events is unprecedented and rest assured we will provide you with information as we receive it.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control

 

 

March 13, 2020 - 8:00 p.m.

Dear students,

I am writing to provide an important update regarding Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The COVID-19 outbreak has presented an unprecedented situation for schools. With the health and safety of our community being a top priority, we have made the decision to move our classes online.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all classes will be transitioned online for the remainder of the term.

  • Information regarding exams will be shared next week.
  • The College buildings will remain open but there will be no physical classes or events taking place.
  • Faculty and staff members will continue their work. All staff will be available during regular work hours via email and phone.
  • All discretionary events on campus currently scheduled until May 1, 2020 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually.
  • Over the weekend all students will receive directions on how to access their courses online.

Our internal taskforce is exploring the potential to offer exams remotely and considering any potential impacts on events scheduled for after this term. These decisions will be shared as they become available.

We know these decisions will cause some disruption, and we apologize for that. We are working as quickly as possible to inform everyone in our community so they are prepared for Monday. We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact and you have many questions. I would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.

To our faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to ensure we are prepared to protect our community of learning and faith – thank you.

To our students, who are encountering situations of uncertainty and stress – we are here for you. We promise to support your academic journey during these unusual times. We always refer our Colleges as a “community” and that has never been truer than right now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College at UBC

 

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March 13, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. 

Countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as “low for Canada”.

As of March 12, 2020, The Office of the Provincial Medical Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and Ministry of Health has advised the following:

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled outside Canada (including the United States) after March 12should stay home or self-isolate for 14 days, immediately on their return. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been laboratory tested for COVID-19should stay home or self-isolate, until their test results are known.
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testingshould stay home or self-isolate for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who are experiencing cold of flu-like symptoms should stay home or self-isolate

A new toll-free phone line has also been established for Canadians (1 833 784 4397) to answer general questions about COVID-19.

The Office of the Provincial Medical Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and Ministry of Health has also recommended the immediate cancellation or postponement until further notice of all events with more than 250 people in attendance.

In accordance with that recommendation, and as of March 13, 2020, our colleges are cancelling all non-essential on-campus and off-campus events that are organized by students, faculty and staff.

See the following sites for more information:

Vancouver Coastal Health — http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus

Interior Health – https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/CommunicableDiseaseControl/Pages/Breaking-News-and-Info.aspx

Public Health Agency of Canada — https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

BC Centre for Disease Control — http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

World Health Organization — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

University of British Columbia - https://www.ubc.ca/campus-notifications/

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March 12, 2020

Students, faculty and staff of Corpus Christi College,

The global situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving quickly, with more than 100 countries, including Canada, reporting cases.

At this stage, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk for Canadians as low. However, we recognize the uncertain nature of this virus means you may have questions or concerns. As the areas affected by the outbreak change and we learn more about the virus, we will provide updated public health recommendations.

I can confirm there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus or on the UBC campus. The Colleges continue to be open for classes and regular operations.

It is our priority to protect our students, faculty and staff as best we can and to help them be informed. With that in mind, we have created a COVID-19 taskforce that meets to assess risk and can take quick action, if needed.

I can share the following updates with you that have come from meetings with the taskforce:

  • We are prepared to move classes and exams online, in the event this is necessary.
  • There is a team ready to assess any reported cases of COVID-19 contact among students, faculty or staff. They will investigate the case and follow proper protocol.
  • The Colleges are open until further notice. In the event of a closure, all students will be contacted via email and notices will be posted online.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected].

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

 

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March 6, 2020

Students, faculty and staff of Corpus Christi College,

Please see below for an important update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

There have been a small number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C. which are being very closely managed. Updated information regarding these cases can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

As the areas affected by the outbreak changes and we learn more about the virus, we will provide updated public health recommendations. We are now aware that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. Given this new information, there are steps that people at risk of COVID-19 can take to reduce the chance of spread to others.

Advice for students, faculty, or staff

We now recommend that:

  • Students, faculty or staff who are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19 should stay home. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, or staff returning from mainland China or who have been in contact with someone returning from China should stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after they've left China. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

If you are going to stay home, please contact your instructor, dean or director to let them know.

There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.

The following advice is for people who are self-isolating. Students, faculty, or staff who are recommended to self-isolate under the guidance above should call 8-1-1 for additional advice. While self-isolating:

  • Stay in a well-ventilated room, including an open window, if possible. Do not have other people come in the room.
  • Do not attend classes. Limit going in shared spaces. Try to keep a two-metre distance between yourself and others whenever possible.
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
  • If possible, have supplies dropped off outside your door to help avoid direct contact, and limit the number of people helping to take care of you.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Regular household cleaning products are effective against most viruses, and you can also use 1 part bleach to 9 parts water as an effective disinfectant.
  • Use dedicated linen and utensils, which can be washed with soap and water and re-used, and do not need to be disposed of.
  • Dispose of any tissues, wipes, masks, or gloves in a waste container lined with a plastic bag before disposing with other household waste.
  • Wash your clothes in hot water (between 60-90 °C), and then thoroughly dry them.

Staying in isolation can be difficult and lonely. If you are isolated, keep contact with friends and family through phone or computer.

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

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