COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions for Arts & Science Undergraduate Students

Updated: January 15th, 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

With the exception of a very limited number of lab-based and studio courses, Arts and Science classes will be delivered remotely (online) during the Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 semesters.

Details regarding the delivery format for Fall 2021 classes have not yet been determined.

The following is the list of Arts and Science courses for which some or all learning activity has been approved for face-to-face teaching in Winter 2021:

  • ARCH 250, 270, and 385
  • ART 241, 251, 323, 326, 450, 452, 473, 476, 485, 487, 826, 851, 872
  • CHEM 369 (section 2)
  • CHEM 380/482 (section 2)
  • GEOL 226
  • GEOL 477/898
  • GEOL 465
  • ENGINPHY 325, 354
  • MUAP 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 207, 208
  • MUS 225
  • EMUS 337, 431
  • DRAM 210, 213, 321, 325, 363, 368, 418, 419, 421, 463, 469
  • PHYS 472/895
  • PHYS 404

If you are registered in one of the above courses and have questions about the delivery of the class, please contact your instructor and/or lab facilitator.

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.

All final exams scheduled for the April 2021 exam period will be completed remotely. If you have questions about the format of your final exam, please contact your instructor.

The delivery format for the Spring and Summer session 2021 exam period will be the same.

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.

Deferred Exams

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.

For the Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 terms, the majority of classes will be delivered remotely and there will be few in-person final exams. While it may be easier to access certain course materials as a resident of the Saskatoon area, students may study from a place of residence outside of Saskatoon.

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 March 31, 2021.

Yes. If you have completed your program requirements but wish to wait until Fall 2021 to graduate, you may do so. Students must apply to graduate online by August 31, 2021 if they wish to graduate in the Fall of 2021. 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.