Supporting our students over the Winter Session break

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As many of you have noted, there have been extraordinary pressures on our students, faculty and staff this year due to COVID-19.

Thank you once again to all our faculty who transitioned to teaching online, as well as our staff who continue to support the university remotely and provide essential on-campus services.

As we head towards the end of 2020, I am pleased to confirm that both our Vancouver and Okanagan Senates have agreed to help alleviate the pressure on our community by delaying the start of classes in most programs for Winter Session Term 2 to January 11, 2021. The hope is that by allowing a delayed start to classes, we can help our students, faculty and staff to better prepare for Winter Session Term 2.

Recognizing that certain programs cannot accommodate a delayed start, in particular some professional programs, there will be exceptions and these programs will start on January 4, 2021. Both campuses have also changed their examination schedules to ensure examinations are still completed in April. For UBC Okanagan, this primarily means moving to four examination times per day, and for UBC Vancouver that examinations may be held on Sundays. Further updates will be issued in the coming weeks.

Separate communications are scheduled to go to students at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan with additional details about these changes, as well as support resources. Faculty and staff will be expected to return to work as normal on January 4, 2021, unless they have planned vacation.

Finally, I would like to reiterate my thanks to you and your colleagues for your incredible efforts over the last nine months. As I reflect on the year, I am proud of the way our community has come together to ensure we continue to provide an outstanding experience for our students.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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