Updates from the President

  • Coronavirus update: September 8, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

    The coming academic term is going to be different from any other we’ve experienced at UNBC. ?I am exceedingly grateful to our phenomenal faculty and staff who dedicated so much of their time and energy the past few months to create exceptional learning experiences for our new and returning students.?

    Everyone at UNBC has gone above and beyond to ensure we are ready for this unique semester. From faculty members who have adapted their courses for alternative modes of delivery, to the incredible team at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology who provided expert assistance, to staff members in every department who worked diligently to maintain service levels, thank you, thank you, thank you!?

    Over the past two days, it was my pleasure to participate in modified versions of two annual campus traditions – move-in day for our students living on campus and orientation for new and returning students. On Monday, it was wonderful to see the excitement of so many of our students make their residence suites their new homes. This morning, I greeted hundreds of more students virtually as part of the Virtual Welcome 2020 event. A big thank you to the Housing and Residence Life and Student Life teams who made those events possible.

    Today’s update focuses on one significant item, our planning for the Winter Semester.?

    In today’s update:

    • The Winter Semester

    The Winter Semester

    The health and safety of the entire University community remain our top priority as we map out the Winter semester. As we finalize our plans, we are continuously exploring ways to offer more face-to-face instruction opportunities for selected clusters of courses and selected cohorts of students. However, many of our courses will be offered through alternate delivery modes. We are approaching this decision-making process in consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training as well as our colleagues at other research universities in B.C. Thank you for your patience, resilience and creativity as we find new ways to offer exceptional teaching, research and service. We have already published a draft Winter semester schedule. On Sept. 11 we will remove that version of the schedule from the website so that we can update it with information about the mode of delivery for all courses and make any necessary changes. We will publish the updated schedule at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 28. Registration opens at 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 5.

    Thanks again to the UNBC community for your outstanding collective efforts and understanding.

    Geoff Payne,
    Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Previous updates

  • It is wonderful to see more people on campus this week as final preparations for the new academic term are wrapping up and students are beginning to return to campus. Beginning next week, there will be even more... more
  • If you blinked, you may have missed the summer weather this year. It feels as though the past few months have gone by in a flash and it is hard to believe we are ready to begin the Fall academic term. I am very grateful... more
  • The summer continues and we get closer to the Fall semester! We continue to develop our response and action plans regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all while heeding direction from the Provincial Health... more
  • It has been a few weeks since the last update but wanted to let you know that planning continues with all our stakeholders. We also continue to monitor advice from the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies... more
  • We continue to monitor advice from the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies and various ministries regarding UNBC’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In today’s update: Return-to-Campus... more
  • The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to present challenges to us all at UNBC, but as I have highlighted many times, our community is responding in tremendous fashion. ? In today’s update:... more
  • We continue to adapt to new processes and new approaches in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I remain impressed with how our students are showing tremendous resilience and patience in such uncertain... more
  • Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts and questions with me as we adapt to change during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Today I’ll address a couple of the frequent themes that have come our way.? In... more
  • Some big news to share for our students today regarding the federal government’s Canada Emergency Student Benefit program. Please remember to visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for the latest information. In... more