Posted: March 19, 2020
This message is sent on behalf of Maureen Mancuso, interim Provost and Vice-President: Academic
To all students:
I am writing to let you know that Wilfrid Laurier University Senate has approved an extension to the last date to drop winter term courses without academic penalty. The date for winter term 2020 will now be extended to March 27 from the original date of March 6.
Faculty members have been engaged in intensive planning to deliver the remainder of your courses virtually to help you in finishing the term and receiving the credits into which you have invested so much time and energy. By end of day March 20, you will have received information from all of your instructors about plans to complete the term. Resources and supports are available to help you complete the term.
Our goal, in the face of so many pandemic-related accommodations, is to assist you however we can to complete the term successfully and stay on track to complete your degree. But I recognize that some of you are facing challenges that will make it impossible for you to complete some or all of your courses. This extension of the last day to drop is intended to enable you to reduce your course load without filing a petition or incurring academic penalty. FAQs are available if you have questions about the implications of dropping one or more courses.
If technology (laptop, internet, webcam) is an obstacle to completing the term, I would urge you to notify your instructors. We have set up a reporting tool for them to notify us of student technology challenges so that we can assess the impact and identify solutions.
The whole university sector is hard at work developing contingency plans for the spring and summer terms and beyond. I will update you as soon as more information is available.
I want to thank all of you for being flexible and for looking out for one another during the unprecedented events of the past week. Communities show their true character in times of crisis, and the response of the Laurier community to this situation once again proves its fundamental strength, dedication, and compassion.
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