COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions for Arts & Science Undergraduate Students

 

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

No. All classes currently underway are scheduled to be completed through remote delivery by April 7, 2020 as originally scheduled, and April 29 is still the last scheduled day of final examinations.

For the remainder of the term and until further notice, there will be no in-person classes at the University of Saskatchewan. This includes classes on our Saskatoon campus, our campuses in Prince Albert and Regina, and classes offered by our regional college partners.

Instructors have been authorized to alter their grading formulas for Winter 2020 courses. Your coursework may now be weighted differently from what is indicated on your syllabus. Please contact your instructors if you are unsure of how your grades will be calculated for each course.

Remote Delivery will take different forms in different classes (email, livestream, BlackBoard, etc.). Some aspects of classes (particular assignments, labs, tutorials, examinations, etc.) may be cancelled or altered during this time. Instructors have been authorized to make changes to assignments, grading schemes and exam formats as appropriate to each course. Please contact your instructor for specific changes to each course.

Students who do not have reliable access to a computer or internet connection should contact their instructor by phone or email to discuss options for completing their coursework.

Effective Tuesday, March. 24, 2020, all university buildings are closed, with only limited access to employees deemed as critical to our core operations.

Visit updates.usask.ca OR library.usask.ca for the most up-to-date information on accessibility to the University’s digital resources.

All final exams scheduled for the April 2020 exam period will be completed remotely. Some final exams may go forward on the date indicated in the existing exam schedule, though the time and duration of the exam may have changed. Other final exams may be replaced with alternate assignments or projects. Instructors are responsible for communicating any changes to the timing or delivery of final exams. If you are unsure of the timing or other details of your final exam, please contact your instructor for specific instructions for each course.

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. An online fillable form will be available on the following web page before T2 final exams commence.

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 advisor, contact:

student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca 306-966-4231

Wait times for telephone queries might be slightly longer than normal

In light of the developing COVID-19 situation, the withdrawal deadline for the 2020 Winter Term and multi-term classes offered over the 2019 fall and 2020 winter terms has been extended to the last day of classes. For most classes, the last day of classes is on April 7. If you withdraw from a class on or before the last day of class, your transcript will list a "W" beside the class instead of a grade. Please note, if dropping one or more classes results in your student status changing from full-time to part-time, this may impact your funding. If you find you cannot withdraw yourself from a class, or if you have any other questions about your student status, please email Student Central at askus@usask.ca for assistance.

Yes, because there are no longer in-person final exams, students are not required to stay in Saskatoon during the exam period. Please note that travel is only recommended if students are well enough to travel and there are no travel restrictions related to their destination.

The Government of Canada has issued a global travel advisory, recommending that Canadians travelling abroad return home as soon as possible. We advise you to return home if you are healthy and able to travel. Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories

For information regarding completion of exchange and study abroad programming, financial appeals, and tuition refund applications, please refer to the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) webpage.

Yes. Students who have completed their program requirements should apply to graduate online by March 31st, 2020.

Apply for Graduation

Yes. If you have completed your program requirements by the June 2020 convocation date but wish to wait until Fall 2020 to graduate, you may request a Letter of Confirmation from the Undergraduate Student Office. This is beneficial for students applying to graduate school, or for employment purposes.

In line with federal and provincial requirements regarding COVID-19 prevention, convocation ceremonies in June 2020 are postponed. Degrees will still be conferred in June to graduating students, though not in-person.

Yes, Spring and Summer courses will be offered in an online (remote) delivery mode only. All Spring and Summer 2020 classes are currently being reviewed for necessary changes. If you are a student currently registered for a class in Spring and Summer, you will be notified of any class cancellations or changes.

Registration for Spring and Summer courses is currently open. Registration for the 2020-2021 regular session will open in June. Students should monitor their Registration tab in PAWS to find out when their registration window opens. Registration period is based on year of study, beginning with all first-year courses.

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.

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.