Posted: March 18, 2020
In keeping with public health advice to avoid crowds and practice social distancing, Laurier announced a suspension of all in-person classes on March 13 and advised students that alternate class-delivery methods would be communicated to them by March 20.
When the province further urged organizations to prioritize the health of the community on March 16, Laurier directed all staff and faculty to start working from home. For the health of students, staff and the larger community, Laurier also decided to require all students living in residence — with some exemptions — to move out by 11:59 p.m. on March 18. Those who may be allowed to remain in residence include: international students; out-of-province students who need extra time to move out; students who live more than five hours away from campus; and students who are currently self-isolating. Please see our message to students for more details.
We appreciate that this decision has caused frustration and distress among some students and parents. We emphasize that our decision was made for the well-being of students and the larger community, and is in line with the general direction of public health officials. We would also note that while Laurier was one of the first postsecondary institutions in Ontario to require students to move out of residence, many others quickly followed with similar directives to their students.
With regard to refunds, Laurier continues to examine the calculation for pro-rated reimbursements. We ask for your patience as we finalize this and many other considerations associated with doing our part to address an extraordinary global health crisis.
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