Watch the newest Academic COVID-19 Video Newsletter (updated: May 26, 3:58 p.m.)
Read UCN's Sharing Space Safely plan. The plan contains guidelines for safely reopening UCN (updated: April 7, 1:35 p.m.)
Watch UCN President Doug Lauvstad's lates video message
President's message. (updated: Feb. 12, 10:33 a.m.)
Everyone who is working on campus is required to self screen before coming to work. Click here for the UCN self screening tool.
If you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, follow the Manitoba Shared Health COVID-19 screening tool found here.
If you or someone you work with tests positive for COVID-19, go to the Sharing Space Safely web page to download COVID Positive Checklists. Those checklists are also attached to this email.
From time to time, some UCN services may be limited due to how we are managing pandemic issues in an abundance of caution.
Any questions? Suggestions? Please ask! Many ideas for UCN protocols come from communicating during this pandemic. Email us at email@example.com (updated: Feb. 9, 10:43 a.m.)
WINTER TERM (202030) & SPRING TERM (202040)
(January 18 – July 7, 2021)
WINTER TERM DATES JANUARY 18 – MAY 7
Winter Term Classes begin - January 18
Last Day to Add/Drop a Course - January 29
Last Day for 100% Refund - January 29
Last Day for 50% Refund - February 12
Louis Riel Day (no classes) - February 15
Bachelor of Nursing – Reading Week - February 16 – 19
Reading Week (no classes) - March 29 – April 1
Last Day to Voluntarily Withdraw from Winter term courses and courses offered of Fall/Winter terms without academic penalty. (VW grade will appear on transcript) - April 2
Good Friday (no classes) - April 2
Easter Monday (no classes) - April 5
SPRING term: last day for submission of a Spring Term Application for Admission including submission of all required documentation - April 15
Spring Term Registration Period - April 20 – May 9
Last Day of Classes for UNIVERSITY courses that have a final exam - April 23
Winter Term Exam Period – UNIVERSITY COURSES - April 26 – 30
Last Day of Classes for COLLEGE courses that have a Final Exam - April 30
Winter Term Exam Period – COLLEGE COURSES - May 3 – 7
SPRING TERM DATES - May 10 – July 9
Spring Term Classes begin - May 10
Last Day to Add or Drop a Course - May 14
Last Day for 100% Refund - May 14
Last Day for 50% Refund - May 21
Victoria Day (no classes) - May 24
Last Day to Voluntarily Withdraw from Spring term courses without academic penalty. (VW grade will appear on transcript) - June 11
Last Day of classes that have a Final exam - June 18
National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21
Spring Term Exam Period - June 22 – 25
UCN Convocation - TBA (may be virtual) (updated: Jan. 12, 4:09 p.m.)
A flowchart is available to show next steps when a UCN student, staff or faculty member is not feeling well or advised to self isolate because of COVID-19. (updated: Nov. 3, 9:33 a.m.)
COVID Alert is Canada's free exposure notification app. You can download it here.
(updated: Oct. 1, 2:11 p.m.)
There is no shortage of information at presentwith regard to COVID-19; however, you will want to ensure that you seek information only from valid and authorized sources. Included below are a numberof links torelevant and respected training and information about COVID-19:
(updated: Aug 21, 4:16 p.m.)
Go here for the latest information about working from home: ucncovid.ca/ucn-employee-faq
(updated: Aug 21, 3:54 p.m.)
Keeping Students, Faculty, and Staff Safe, Healthy, and Engaged in Education
The Government of Manitoba released on March 30th a list of provincial-wide closures, and UCN is exempt from that closure order.
Manitoba Economic Development and Training advises that provision 3(4)(b) of the Public Health Order means that University College of the North is not impacted by the closures noted in the order or accompanying schedules. Specifically, this section states:
3(4) Nothing in this Order prevents operations or the delivery of services by any of the following, regardless of whether they are listed in the schedule:
(a) the Government of Canada, the Government of Manitoba or a municipality;
(b) any person or publicly funded agency, organization or authority that delivers of supports government operations and services, including health care operations and services.
However, while UCN remains open, UCN is adhering to physical distancing, intensified cleaning routines, encouraging handwashing, and advising students, faculty, and staff that they must stay home when ill, and following other direction from Manitoba’s chief public health officer to restrict transmission of the virus.
UCN is digitally open for learning. Our faculty and staff are working hard from different locations to ensure that northerners have ongoing access to high quality, relevant education! UCN will maintain essential staffing in its two main campuses and some Post-Secondary Education Access Centres to ensure that online and other resources remain available to support student learning. The vast majority of our courses and programs are taking place using alternative methodologies. In some cases, practicums, clinical and other work-integrated learning placements will continue in consultation with the partners offering those placements.
UCN is practicing physical distancing to ensure that students still have access to computer labs and library resources to support their ongoing education. Additionally, and as of today, 19 students live in residence, staying in single rooms. Security and minimal administrative and support activity is occurring on site. UCN is as near to closed as it can be given the current circumstances, and continues to work to move all activity online and off site.
(updated: April 1, 3:52 p.m.)
All University College of the North work-related travel, whether out of province or out of country, is suspended until July 1, 2020. Please remember to cancel any travel arrangements (hotel, airfare, etc.). UCN staff working out of Access Centres are to check local travel advisories or restrictions before leaving or travelling to and from their community.
MB Government is advising no out of province or out of country travel. If a UCN employee chooses to travel into another province on personal time, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return. If work from home arrangements are possible for the employee’s job, such arrangements must be approved by the supervisor before travelling. Employees will need to use personal leave if arrangements weren’t made in advance of travel.
UCN campus doors in The Pas and Thompson will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Outside those hours, the campus doors will be locked.
Library Hours (for student/staff access only)
· The Pas: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Thompson: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(updated: March 25, 3:38 p.m.)
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