YORKVILLE UNIVERSITY | COVID-19 Update | March 26, 2020

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March 26, 2020

In these uncertain times, each and every one of us here at Yorkville University has a part to play in ensuring the health and safety of our community – both on campus, and in our broader community.

We at Yorkville University maintain a strong belief that the best course of action for our students during these difficult times is to stay committed to their studies and connected to their peers. We’re doing everything in our power to enable them to do just that, in as safe and nurturing an environment as possible.

As concern around the COVID-19 pandemic grows, Yorkville University is balancing that continued commitment to our students’ education, with our increasing need to respond to the health and safety concerns of students, faculty and staff.

To those ends, we continue to monitor the situation closely and are committed to responding to all developments in as measured and responsible a way as possible, as outlined below.

Read Yorkville University’s answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here.

Information for On-Campus Students:

– Out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, Premier Doug Ford ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario starting on March 25 for a minimum of 14 days. While students are being asked to stay home during this time, please remember that all our services at Yorkville University remain readily available to you both online and over the phone – simply email your program advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

– Yorkville University has delayed the beginning of our Spring term of study for on-campus students until April 20, at which time in-person classes will be temporarily replaced by the delivery of online instruction via synchronistic, scheduled classes.

– All of Yorkville University’s program directors are currently working with their faculty teams to actively prepare for these alternative forms of educational delivery, which could include a combination of online learning, live lectures broadcast via video-conferencing technologies, and other remote forms of instruction. Rest assured, students can look forward to receiving the same level of excellent instruction Yorkville University is known for delivering; it will just be administered online until such a time as we can safely return to on-campus instruction.

– Between now and the April 20 start of the Spring term, all students will receive an online orientation – including information about specific technology requirements – so that you can be fully prepared to take your courses online during this temporary disruption to in-class learning.

– We also encourage all students to stay connected during these in-between weeks, and to reach out to your program advisors, who are available through Zoom, email and AskYU, with any questions or concerns you might have.

– We at Yorkville University also remain mindful of the stress and anxiety these types of situations can bring on. Counselling services are available for those students who need them. Simply visit https://yorkvilleu-bc.janeapp.com/to make an appointment.

Information for Online Students:

– Online classes will continue as normal. The Spring term’s courses will begin on April 6, as scheduled.

Information for Students who take classes both On-Campus and Online:

– For students taking a mixture of on-campus and online courses at Yorkville University, the traditional online courses you enrolled in for the upcoming Spring term will begin, as scheduled, on April 6.

– Meanwhile, the beginning of the Spring term for all Yorkville University on-campus courses has been delayed until April 20, at which time in-person classes will be temporarily replaced by the delivery of online instruction via synchronistic, scheduled classes.

– All of Yorkville University’s academic leadership are currently working with their faculty teams to actively prepare for these alternative forms of educational delivery, which could include a combination of online learning, live lectures broadcast via video-conferencing technologies, and other remote forms of instruction. Rest assured, students can look forward to receiving the same level of excellent instruction Yorkville University is known for delivering; it will just be administered online until such a time as we can safely return to on-campus instruction.

How to Protect Yourself:

According to Toronto Public Health, the best way to prevent infection with COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed. Prevention measures include:

– Practice physical distancing

– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

– Avoid close contact with people who are ill

– Stay home when you are ill

– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands

– If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm

– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces