Further to Principal Goldbloom’s message: more details on academic activities

Further to Principal Goldbloom’s message: more details on academic activities

December 31, 2021

Dear Bishop’s community,

As we prepare to say good-bye to 2021, we want to provide as much information as possible about the academic programming for winter 2022. This message follows Premier Legault’s press conference from last evening and the Principal’s Memo from a few minutes ago.

As the Principal’s Memo indicates, course delivery will proceed as follows:

  1. All classes previously scheduled to be delivered online will continue to be delivered online. Synchronous courses will continue at the time scheduled in the current timetable. All classes and hybrid ‘sections’ of courses that are currently scheduled to meet in person will begin online at the scheduled time and will continue online until at least January 17, 2022.
  1. For practical and pedagogical reasons some courses will remain in-person (science laboratories, clinical activities, project courses, various activities in music, drama, fine arts studio, languages, and other experiential in-person components of courses, including those required for graduating students). A list of these exceptions is currently under review and will be communicated early next week. These in-person classes will be offered at the times scheduled and in the classrooms posted in the current timetable (online Timetable (4070).rdl (ubishops.ca).


  1. Education practica start dates will remain as planned. The School of Education will be in touch next week with further information concerning changes to the practica in light of new government regulations (i.e. schools will open with online learning initially). At the moment in-person teaching is expected to resume in schools on January 17.


  1. Community-based experiential learning, internships and COOP placements will continue unless the host organization is unable to accommodate our students, in-person or virtually.


  1. The University plans to revert to offering as much in-person instruction as possible once it is allowed by Public Health. Therefore, students who have registered for in-person classes must be prepared to return to Lennoxville for these in-person classes beyond January 17. Students should not expect that hybrid sections of in-person classes to be offered if the course returns to in-person delivery.


  1. Research activities may continue, following approved public health guidelines (including research with human participants).


  1. Faculty should offer office hours virtually until further notice. Individual meetings with students should be done online until further notice.


  1. Faculty may come to campus to access their offices, classrooms and the video-recording room in the LLC to prepare and deliver classes. It is not necessary to obtain permission to do so.


  1. Should Faculty seek supports for teaching on-line, please refer to the ITS Virtual Helpdesk for additional information: ITS Virtual Helpdesk (ubishops.ca).


Here are answers to a few other questions that are likely front of mind:


Will the Library Learning Commons be open in January 2022?

The Library Learning Commons (LLC) will reopen on January 6, 2022 to support your studies, teaching and research. Only seating for individual study will be available. This includes group study rooms, fishbowls and booths/banquettes. No group work or study will be permitted.

The circulation services at the main service desk will remain open.

The Writing Centre will continue to offer its services virtually.


Will masks be required in classes and in the Library Learning Commons?

Procedural masks will be required while circulating and while seated in all locations in the Library Learning Commons as well as in classrooms. The only exception to this rule is when students are studying alone in a LLC study room after the door is closed.

The University will provide procedural masks to everyone.


Will the language exams for Teacher Certification (EETC) and TECFE exams continue in-person?

Stay tuned for more information on language testing for Education students.


Future updates

The University commits to communicating regularly with the community as the COVID situation evolves. A return to in-person academic activities will be announced to the community at least one week in advance.

Unfortunately, significant uncertainty remains as we commence the Winter semester. We recognize that such uncertainty is difficult, and may cause extra work, anxiety, and stress for staff, Faculty, and students. At this moment, unpredictability is the reality so we need to be supportive of each other as we face these challenges.

May 2022 bring us all hope, health and joy! We MUST control COVID!


Miles Turnbull

Vice-Principal Academic & Research

Claire Grogan

Associate Vice-Principal Academic