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Classes and academic updates

Updated: September 30, 2020 

Winter 2021 semester at UFV will be delivered primarily online 

Dear colleague,

Thank you for approaching the Fall semester with determination, creativity, and enthusiasm.

COVID-19 will continue to be a major factor in the educational environment for the foreseeable future and UFV’s number one priority continues to be the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and our broader community. The University follows the directives of the Provincial Health Officer, Health Canada, and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training.

With these directives in mind, UFV has made the following decision:

Education will continue to be delivered primarily online for the Winter 2021 semester with opportunities for limited face-to-face (F2F) instruction where deemed essential to achieving learning outcomes.

The UFV Senate has decided that wherever possible, courses will be delivered in a remote/online format for the entire duration of the Winter 2021 semester. For cohort-based programs, entire courses, or components of courses, where achieving the learning outcomes and objectives in a F2F format is deemed to be essential, in-class instruction will be considered through the process outlined below.

Following a similar procedure used for the Summer and Fall Semesters, departments must complete and submit a Standards and Protocol Form for Face-to-Face Instruction to have F2F programming considered. Approval must be provided by the appropriate Dean, the Risk and Safety office, and the Provost for F2F instruction to proceed. We will be communicating shortly on the timelines to submit proposals for F2F instruction so we can open Winter registration in early November.

UFV remains committed to providing a high quality educational experience for students online and F2F. Approximately 15% of current Fall semester students have some F2F instruction. These learning environments prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and community and have been recreated and reengineered to ensure adherence to existing protocols.

Thank you for preparing these learning environments and welcoming back these students and faculty in a safe and responsible manner. Thank you for working very hard over the past months to pivot to teaching courses online and thank you for supporting faculty in making this transition.

Your dedication and your perseverance in engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community is greatly appreciated.


Dr. James Mandigo
Provost and Vice-President, Academic

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