COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions for Arts & Science Undergraduate Students

Updated: September 14, 2021

The College of Arts and Science continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and will provide relevant information to students as needed.

USask is following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

For University Updates please visit: updates.usask.ca

Beginning Sept. 7, every member of the USask community—all students, faculty, and staff—will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus.  Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than Oct. 18.  Please refer to the vaccination FAQs for more details.

On campus, every member of the USask community will be required to wear a mask in all indoor USask spaces. Please refer to the Health and Safety Requirements for more details.

In the Fall 2021 term, Arts and Science some classes will be delivered in-person while other will be delivered remotely (online). The delivery mode for your class will be indicated in the ‘course attributes’ associated with that class.

Here’s a video to clarify how you can determine whether your class will be delivered in-person or online:

Remote Delivery means that classes will be delivered online and not in-person. Some courses will be delivered on a specific day and time so students must be online at that time. This is called ‘synchronous’ delivery. Some courses will not be delivered on a specific day and time, so students will not be required to be online at that time. This is called ‘asynchronous’ delivery. Students taking asynchronous courses will need to be more self-directed in their studies. Many courses will include both synchronous and asynchronous elements, so be sure to read your course syllabus carefully, as online attendance may impact your grades. If you are unsure about a class, please contact your instructor.

Please visit this bookstore page for information about how to order textbooks for your classes.

Final exams scheduled for the December 2021 exam period may be delivered in-person or remotely, depending on the course delivery of the class.

Please read your course syllabus carefully and if you have questions about the format of your final exam, please contact your instructor.

Yes, if a student experiences an extenuating circumstance that impacts their ability to write a final exam, they may be eligible to request a deferred exam. Deferred exams must be requested within three business days of the scheduled date of the exam. For more information, or to request a deferred exam, please click on the link below.

Yes. In-person academic advising has been suspended, but the Undergraduate Student Office and the Trish Monture Centre for Student Success will continue to advise students remotely by phone, email, or WebEx. To book an appointment with an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Science, please go to the Academic Advising Appointment site.

If a student registers in any classes that will be delivered in-person, they must be in Saskatoon to complete the requirements for those classes. 

The delivery mode of classes cannot be changed to satisfy individual student needs.  For example, if a class is scheduled to be delivered in person, a remote version of the class will not be added to accommodate students living outside of Saskatoon.  If a class is scheduled to be delivered remotely, an in-person version of the class will not be added to accommodate students living in Saskatoon and the surrounding area.

Please note that good internet connectivity is a requirement for successful remote learning. Please check the minimum requirements. If the internet at your home does not meet those minimums, consider remaining in Saskatoon if this is already your place of residence.

For international students, please visit this page for information about how COVID-19 may impact your studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

Visit this page for information about how COVID-19 impacts Residence living:

For international students, please visit this page for information about how COVID-19 may impact your studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

Please visit this page for information about changes to Study Abroad and international travel due to COVID-19.

Yes. Students who have completed their program requirements must apply to graduate online by August 31, 2021.

Yes. If you have completed your program requirements but wish to wait until Spring 2022 to graduate, you may do so. Students must apply to graduate online by March 31, 2022 if they wish to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Students may also request a Letter of Confirmation from the Undergraduate Student Office. This is beneficial for students applying to graduate school, or for employment purposes.

Tuition payment deadlines are posted in PAWS and at www.students.usask.ca.

Students may be eligible for crisis financial aid to help them through an unexpected temporary financial crisis. Please contact Student Central at askus@usask.ca and be sure to include a brief description of your needs in the message.

If you are experiencing distress due to extenuating circumstances (including COVID-19), there are a number of health and wellness supports available to U of S students on campus. These services are currently being offered through remote delivery.

Students and their families can also access supports through Family Service Saskatoon and Sasatoon Open Door Society.

For essential information for students regarding COVID-19 please visit this website.

For other student health and wellness resources at this time, please visit this website.