COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources

Classes and academic activities

 

Thank you for your continued patience as UFV adapts to the COVID-19 situation. Our goal is to keep you and the UFV community healthy while continuing to provide top-quality education through flexible and engaging methods.

Fall 2020 semester

All courses and exams will be delivered in an online format to help limit the spread of COVID-19. All post-secondary institutions in BC will be operating under similar formats for fall 2020.

Any classes or forms of hands-on learning that can’t be delivered online will be deferred to January 2021 where possible. In cases were rescheduling isn’t possible, we will plan for face-to-face instruction with appropriate measures in place to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.

The Fall semester will begin on August 31 with a two-week intensive session with a limited set of courses available for students. Visit the Condensed University Block Experience (CUBE) webpage for more information.

The regular semester will now begin on Monday, September 14 and go until Friday, December 11. The final exam period will begin on Monday, December 14 and conclude on Monday, December 21.

Registration

Registration began on July 2nd. Please pay your registration deposit well before your registration date to ensure you are able to access the registration system.

View the registration step-by-step.

Additional fall classes information

Almost all classes in the School of Creative Arts will be offered in a fully online format in Fall 2020, with a handful of courses utilizing blended instruction (both online and face-to-face instruction), these are: VA 231, VA 283, VA 351, and VA 383. Demand for online classes has been extremely strong, and we are actively monitoring waitlists and adding seats to online classes whenever possible. For more information on their latest update, view SoCA's COVID-19 message.

Summer 2020 semester

  • Summer semester classes will continue in an online or remote format only.
  • There will be no face-to-face courses, in any of the Summer semester Full, Early, or Late sessions.
  • Students should continue to register for courses as they normally would.
  • All registration deposits are refundable if a student registers, but withdraws from all courses by April 20.
  • Not all courses scheduled will be able to be offered on-line. On the other hand, some new courses not currently appearing in online calendars, may be provided.

The fee payment deadline for summer semester courses was Tuesday, May 19. If you have questions about your summer fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 604-854-4501 to discuss your options.

Students with questions about the Summer semester should contact the Registrar’s office directly at reginfo@ufv.ca.

Athletics

On Friday, June 5, all 17 Canada West member universities made the difficult decision to cancel the first term competition in team sports for 2020-21 season (regular season, playoff, and championships) in men's and women's soccer, football, women's rugby 15s, and women's field hockey. 

Additional decisions will be made by July 15 on championships in golf, cross country, and swimming. 

Note: UFV will honour athletic financial aid commitments made to student-athletes in Canada West sports for the 2020-31 season. 

Read the full statement regarding the 2020-21 first term team competitions.

 

Off-campus placements (internship, co-op, practicum, etc.)

Students currently participating in off-campus clinical placements, internships, co-ops, and practicums may continue with the permission of their partner agencies. Certified Dental Assistant clinical placements are paused and students should contact their program coordinator and faculty for more information.

As a precautionary measure, UFV will continue to pause clinical teaching and practical experiences, with some exceptions, until at least June 30, 2020. This includes PN, HCA, CDA, and BSN semester 1 – 6. Until further notice, students in the BSN program in semester 8 will continue as indicated in their preceptorship schedule, where possible. Faculty advisors will be in contact with individual Semester 8 students.

The school is currently seeking alternative learning experiences for BSN students in semester 7, but these students will not continue with their community placements. UFV is working to ensure this disruption does not negatively impact any program requirements and graduation timelines.

 

Research

UFV’s research guidelines have been updated in response to COVID-19 for all people involved in research work at UFV. These guidelines will continue to be updated as the situation develops and new information is received.

The office is distributing research assistant contracts, timesheets, and expense claims as usual either in hard copy or email, but is located inside the Library, and behind locked doors. Students may call 604-557-4074 or send an email to REGS@ufv.ca for assistance with documents or questions regarding current and planned research and scholarly activities.

Student travel grants

Due to travel restrictions currently in place, student travel grants are suspended at this time. Students may still apply for funding to present at conferences being held later in the year, but are advised not to book travel until restrictions are lifted. Contact Deborah.Block@ufv.ca if you have questions about funding for presenting at a conference.

Frequently asked questions — All students

If you are ill or require to be isolated, you may be eligible for an "Incomplete grade" and you can work with their instructor on preparing an Incomplete Grade Contract.

The option of requiring a doctor's note to document a short term illness is suspended. Students must still contact their instructor to inform them of their illness.


Work with your tour leader or email UFV International to outline some critical dates. The safety of our students is our top priority but some destinations may pose less of a risk than others. 


If you are a student with further questions, including those about assignments or other program/course-specific issues, please contact your instructor through regular communications channels such as email.


Please check with your professor through the usual method you use to contact them. This could be through email or blackboard.


UFV will make attempts to minimize the impact to students in cases where documented health issues affect students' studies. View the refunds information for the winter semester 2020.


Systems and procedures are in place to continue to process the payments onto the student accounts in a timely manner.


 

Frequently asked questions — International students

Visit UFV International permits and visas information page.


Please contact UFV International at international@ufv.ca.


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