Updates: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND UBC’S RESPONSE: Information and FAQs available.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. For information on UBC’s response and frequently asked questions, visit covid19.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan campus is still open; however, some services and operations have modified hours or are closed. For the most up to date campus-specific information, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca

For Faculty of Education specific updates, please visit educ.ubc.ca/covid-19.

Last revised: November 27, 2020

General

The SUO has partnered with UBC to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund which will help offer you some financial relief if you are affected by the pandemic.
This one-time bursary is available to all students whether domestic/ international or undergraduate/graduate who are registered as a student at UBCO in 2019/2020. The bursary is meant to assist with costs such as housing, food, emergency travel, or other unforeseen expenses.

Please see message from UBCSUO on how to apply:

If you are in immediate financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is asked to email Enrolment Services at sis.ubco@ubc.ca. Please be reminded that this is an emergency fund, and at the moment the bursary is being awarded to those in immediate, dire, financial need.

In your email include:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • How you have been funding your education to date (e.g., personal savings, parental support, government student loans, bursary, scholarship, etc.)
  • Where you are currently residing
  • Details on your urgent COVID-19-related need

This will allow us to determine if emergency funding is your best option for financial support, or if other funding sources and strategies are better suited to your needs. If other options are better suited to your needs we will respond with the details and support you need to apply for that support.
We recognize that students are dealing with unexpected expenses and other financial impacts due to the pandemic, and students are reminded that emergency funding requests will be processed carefully and confidentially. Please note that our focus at this time is to help those with urgent, unexpected financial need as a result of COVID-19. Please contact Enrolment Services at sis.ubco@ubc.ca with any questions.

The BC Federation of Students has compiled a list of available relief measures.

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UBC IT has facilitated discount packages for students to support their online learning activities. You can find the various vendors and services with instructions as to how to access the discounts at https://it.ubc.ca/services/student-discounts-remote-learning

Current items/services include: home internet, cellphone and data plans, computers, monitors, webcams, laptops and headsets.

Many of you may be aware of friends or colleagues who have been tested for COVID-19, or who suspect they may have been exposed. You are asked to be diligent about not sharing any information about a person’s state of health in relation to a suspected, presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19. To share such information is a violation of the Public Health Act.

Please use the following protocol to protect the health and privacy of our community:

UBC Okanagan Athletics & Recreation is offering virtual classes to provide more ways to move your body and revitalize your spirit while practicing physical distancing at home.

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Students who access the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) are encouraged to speak directly with the DRC and your instructor for accommodations.

The Students’ Union has negotiated to operate only the Fall 2020 semester using the opt-in model, so those students who would like the cost savings and are able to use the U-PASS can, and while those who are outside of the transportation area, do not have to be assessed the U-PASS fee.

The U-PASS fee for Fall 2020 will automatically be reversed onto all UBC Okanagan students SSC accounts prior to the September 2020 fees deadline.

The Students’ Union and U-PASS partners will review the transportation for Winter 2021 semester.  Further information will be updated on the Students’ Union website:
www.ubcsuo.ca/u-pass

Starting mid-August, students have three options to purchase textbooks:

1. Order books online and have them delivered

2. Order books online and pick them up at the dedicated pickup location on campus

3. Shop in-store

Note: there will be a limit of 40 customers in the store at one time. Customers will be required to follow health guidelines including one-way traffic, using hand sanitation stations and leaving any food and beverage at the front of the store.

Students are strongly encouraged to order digital materials this semester, as the bookstore is predicting a large number of online orders that may result in shipping delays.

The bookstore has sourced digital options wherever possible to assist with your online learning. Students can receive their books immediately by choosing digital options.

As always, students can check their course syllabus, provided by their instructors, for their course list. You can also enter your student number on the bookstore course materials page to view course requirements.

More information will be available on the UBC bookstore website in mid-August.

Bachelor of Education Students

Block 3 coursework will get underway as planned on Jan. 4, 2021.  Keeping this timeline will allow us to meet expectations for field experiences and program completion.

Given the evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), your Winter Term 2, January to April 2021 will be predominately online. We pride ourselves in always offering high-quality learning experiences no matter the format.  UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine when it will be safe for students and faculty to return to classrooms. Until we can return to face-to-face classes, a program expectation is that you ensure you have technological capacity for accessing learning experiences online.

 

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc’ education.ubco@ubc.ca.

Your faculty advisor is here to support your learning needs. Please feel free to contact your faculty advisor if you have questions or need assistance.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

Graduate Students

Please view course offering times and dates on the Graduate Student Resource page.

Contact your instructors if you have any questions.

Students registered in graduate programs are not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading in any course.

The College of Graduate Studies has some helpful updates for graduate students related to program progression.

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

We ask that you continue to stay in regular contact with your supervisor by phone, email or Skype meetings. You are encouraged to discuss plans for thesis and dissertation exams and your research plans with your supervisor. The College of Graduate Studies has information on the new temporary protocols and procedures.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

For graduate student resources including the upcoming course list, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/student-resources/graduate-student-resources.

Certificate or Diploma Students

Winter Term 2 classes will be from January 11 to April 16.

Please view course offerings on the Certificate and Diplomas page.

Contact your instructors if you have any questions.

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

Prospective Students

The Okanagan School of Education (OSE) will accept a Credit/D grade for most courses that an applicant presents towards meeting BE.d academic requirements. OSE will not accept a Credit/D grade for the 6-credit English Composition and Literature requirements as applicants have to present an average of at least 65% across those six credits.

Understandably, the admissions team will not accept an ‘F’ course towards meeting an academic requirement.