UBC’s approach for 2021 Summer Session

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As we begin the second term of the 2020/21 Winter Session, I would like to update you on our plans for the Summer Session, which starts in May 2021.

This past year was extraordinary and unlike any other, as we all adapted to new ways of working, teaching, learning and conducting research. Thank you, once again, for responding so quickly to the unique circumstances of the last 10 months.

We are now planning for our approach to Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June 2021) and Term 2 (July – Aug 2021). We can assume that, for most courses, remote instruction will remain in place. However, additional opportunities to expand in-person instruction will be considered, where it is safe to do so.

Planning for 2021 Summer Session

In planning for the 2021 Summer Session, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remains our priority. We will follow the ongoing guidance and direction of the Provincial Health Officer and the Public Health Authorities with respect to protecting public safety.

Although the majority of courses will be taught through remote instruction, we anticipate that it may be possible to expand the number of in-person courses, in a measured way. Faculties and Schools will determine further opportunities for in-person instruction – taking into consideration factors such as academic rationale and public health requirements. Specific updates will be provided by Faculties and Schools, ahead of the student registration period for the 2021 Summer Session.

Looking ahead

In addition to planning for the Summer Session, we are mapping out scenarios for the 2021/22 Winter Session. Key to being able to contemplate a return to largely in-person instruction will be the ability to travel more freely and gather in greater numbers than is currently possible. Recognizing the continued uncertainty regarding COVID-19, and any vaccine rollout, we cannot confirm specific timelines at this stage. But please be assured that we will communicate any decisions as soon as we can.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to UBC, and your continued commitment to the university’s academic mission.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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