Laurier is making daily decisions and service adjustments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep the Laurier community informed of these updates in a timely and accurate manner. Visit the wlu.ca/coronavirus website and the Internal Coronavirus information page for faculty and staff for the latest information.
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March 23 key updates:
- Laurier will continue remote and on online learning delivery for the spring, intersession and summer (“sprummer”) terms. The term will begin May 11 rather than May 4 to align with UW’s schedule and accommodate the high number of Laurier-UW double-degree students. The university appreciates the understanding and flexibility shown by students and faculty as we work to ensure academic continuity for students during these exceptional times. Details about service and fee implications of delivering sprummer courses online will be provided as decisions are made.
- Laurier’s Indigenous student centres are closed, but the team is available to support Indigenous students remotely. Students are advised to contact the Indigenous Student Outreach Coordinator at their respective campus for assistance.
- Laurier Libraries and Access to Electronic Resources: The Library’s e-resources (ebooks, databases, journals, streaming videos, etc.) continue to be available off campus through your Laurier network login. Scholarly publishers and vendors are also making select online resources available by lifting user access limits and opening up some resources freely for a limited time. More information on the Library’s website. Link to Omni.
For faculty and staff:
- Update to form collecting information about final exams on Academic Continuity webpage: The Registrar’s Office needs to identify which courses will proceed with an online proctored exam during the originally scheduled time slot. This information is needed so that the posted exam schedules in LORIS and the Student website can be updated accordingly. Please complete the form as soon as possible, but no later than 10 days prior to the course’s scheduled final exam date. If you will continue delivering a proctored, online final exam, please follow the directions as posted to the Online Exam Resources webpage.
- If your course did not originally have a scheduled in-person, proctored final exam for the Winter 2020 term you do not need to complete the form.
- If you will have students complete an alternate final assessment or take-home exam and require assistance with its delivery through D2L, please contact the My Learning Space team at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to allow for maximum time for the MyLS team to respond.
- Laurier’s Care and Support Team is available remotely to initiate early intervention and coordinate elevated levels of support for students expressing concerns for their well-being or demonstrating distressing behaviour. Faculty and staff with concerns for a student’s well-being, or who feel a student could benefit from coordinated levels of support, can submit an online Care Report.
- A reminder to staff and faculty to check the coronavirus information page on Connect for updates and information relevant to faculty and staff, such as working remotely and frequently asked questions.