Message to students from Dr. Dr. Mark Abrahams, provost and vice-president (academic) pro tempore: Update to Fall 2021 semester
In person for fall
We are optimistic for the next year, and expect to be on campus and in-person for university activities in September.
We are excited to share this news and look forward to welcoming you.
We are now in the process of preparing for the return to on-campus teaching and learning. Detailed planning for the fall 2021 semester is ongoing and information will be shared as it becomes available on Memorial’s COVID-19 website or Grenfell's COVID-19 website.
New and current students should make plans to be on our campuses for their university experiences this fall, unless all of the courses they are registered for are offered online.
Students arriving from outside of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador may be required to self-isolate for 14 days and should make plans to arrive in the province by mid-August.
International students who wish to attend Memorial this fall are strongly advised to move quickly to submit their study permit requests to the Government of Canada immediately following receipt of their offer of admission from Memorial.
They should also make plans to arrive in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador by mid-August to allow for the required 14-day self-isolation period before classes begin. For students needing to self isolate upon arrival, please visit Memorial’s Arrivals website for information or by emailing email@example.com.
Your health first
Memorial is continually assessing the evolving public health environment and will make any needed adjustments to the fall semester based on public health requirements.
The fall 2021 semester experience will look different, as Memorial will continue to follow public health requirements, which could include the use of non-medical face masks, physical distancing and other public health measures.
I look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available.
Key updates- March 26 2021
As announced by the provincial government, our region will move to Alert Level 2 effective Saturday, March 27. The change to Alert Level 2 will result in the following for Grenfell Campus:
- Faculty and teaching staff are permitted back in their offices under a blanket approval (no longer require pre-approval before coming to campus).
- Staff who can work from home should continue to do so. This will help keep densities low for those who have to be on campus.
- Staff who need to be on campus include those who cannot complete the majority of their responsibilities while working remotely, who require access to specialized equipment/files, and those whose mental and physical wellbeing are at risk due to remote work. Staff will require approval from their supervisor before returning to on-campus work. Preference will be given to staff required to provide support to teaching, learning and research activities. A one time form will be required to be completed prior to returning to work from campus
- Research work is permitted to continue based on previous committee approvals and working within the current density restrictions and approved health and safety plans.
- Winter 2021 classes that had been offered on campus have resumed. New in-person teaching requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as per the previous process.
- Density restrictions across campus will move from 144sf to 114sf (low risk).
- Buildings will be open 7 days per week and check in with CEP is no longer required.
- Individual departments should keep a daily log of visitors external to the department.
- Everyone is encouraged to keep visitors external to campus to necessary functions only.
- Everyone is encouraged to download the Government of Canada COVID alert app.
- Study and studio spaces, including graduate study spaces, will re-open.
- The gymnasium will re-open to Grenfell Faculty, staff and students. We are working toward opening the gym to the public.
- The computer lab (AS3003) will remain open for students from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30p.m.
- The bookstore will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. with the exception of March 29, 30 and 31 when it will be closed for inventory.
- Masks are mandatory while on campus and are available in the Arts and Science atrium for anyone who may need one (2 ply is a minimum but 3 ply is strongly recommended).
- Parking is permitted in designated areas based on the permit you have displayed in your window. If you need a permit please contact Paula Dawe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Library and Computing Building will be unlocked, so contact-less pickup will be available for everyone inside at the library's entrance. Staff are available Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm and can be reached at 637-6236 or email@example.com.
- The bookable, individual study spaces in the Arts and Science extension will re-open to students. Hours will be Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm, Friday: 11:00am-3:00pm, and Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm. Physical distancing must be followed and face masks must be worn at all times while in the study space.
- Grenfell Art Gallery will be reopening by appointment as of March 30. To schedule a visit to see Michelle MacKinnon’s Pandemic Portraits and Robyn Love’s MUNINN fill out the short form at the link below. In support of public health measures anyone scheduling a visit to the Grenfell Art Gallery is required to complete a short COVID-19 Assessment, included in the form. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Administrative and support services will be available 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday- Friday through email, video conferencing or appointment only:
- Bursar's Office: email@example.com
- Registrar's Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Services: email@example.com
- International Student Support: firstname.lastname@example.org