Several universities to offer majority of fall semester online

A number of Canadian universities announced that their classes would be held primarily online in the fall, acknowledging that restrictions required to contain COVID-19 may remain in place for months, writes Joe Friesen for The Globe and Mail.

McGill University, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Victoria said on Monday 11 May that they expect a significant portion of fall courses will be mainly online. The universities all expressed hope that smaller classes or labs may be held in person, depending on local conditions and advice from public health officials.

The University of Montreal informed staff on Friday 8 May that the fall semester would be largely held online. McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier said with a little more than two weeks to the deadline for students to confirm their places for September, she felt the university should be clear about what to expect. UBC President Santa Ono said in a message to campus last Monday that the university would offer most large classes online, with “selected smaller classes” conducted in person and with appropriate distancing measures. University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels said similarly that the university would be offering predominantly online programming for the fall.
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