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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continuing our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.

We are following the public health guidelines for post-secondary institutions and all classes will be delivered remotely for the Winter 2021 term. All extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually. Our campuses are currently closed.

Although our campuses are physically closed, our staff and faculty continue to work remotely and are online and ready to support you. Please feel free to contact our staff, using our directory.

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We at St. Mark's College are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain a high level of education and sense of community.

Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control in planning for a phased return to campus whenever it is safe to do so.

For information about St. Mark's College’s operational and health and safety plans moving forward, please read our Go Forward Plan.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. If you have any questions at any time, please email or call our Welcome Centre – Information Desk at [email protected] or by calling 604-822-6862 Ext. 111.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 - 4:03 P.M.

ACADEMIC PLAN FOR WINTER 2021

Dear students,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continue our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.

We are following the government’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions and have made the following decisions for the Winter 2021 term:

1. All classes will continue to be delivered through remote methods.

This will allow access to learning for all students regardless of their health risks or physical access to campus. There will be no requirement for students to physically visit campus during the Winter 2021 term.

2. Due to health and safety concerns and in order to avoid the spread of the virus, extracurricular activities and events will not take place in person and will occur virtually.

3. Our campuses are closed. Please do not come to campus, as both campuses are closed due to COVID-19 and ongoing construction.

4. We will continue to ensure that our remote learning and teaching provides a high-quality experience.

5. We will continue to deliver student supports, academic resources and services remotely. Please visit our website to access student services.

Going forward, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

We at St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi are grateful for the openness, compassion and strength we have seen as we navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to maintain a high level of education and sense of community.

This academic year looks different. We have adapted and are ready—welcoming the new realities and rising to meet new challenges. Working together, we are eager to welcome you back to campus when safe to do so.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Although we’re not physically together, please know that our staff and faculty are available to you digitally. We are here to help. If you have any questions at any time, please email [email protected] and they will connect you with the best office to address your concern.

Sincerely, Dr. Michael W. Higgins

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark’s College

JULY 3, 2020

ACADEMIC PLAN FOR FALL 2020

 

Dear students,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the colleges are committed to continue our work as a vibrant centre of intellectual life while ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.

We cannot control the full trajectory of this pandemic, so we must accept the unknowns and be ready to adapt. We do have control over doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we will do this by following the government’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions. Continue reading

MARCH 17, 2020 - 1:05 P.M.

Dear students,

I’m writing to provide an important update regarding Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). With the health and safety of our community being a top priority, we will be following the Federal Government's recommendation that everyone should stay home as much as possible.

•    All students, staff and faculty are asked to remain offsite for the next three weeks (Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, April 3, 2020).

•    Faculty and staff members will continue their work. All staff will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff during regular business hours. Staff members who are working remotely will be accessible via email, phone or video conferencing.

•    Online instruction will continue and final exams will NOT take place in person. You will be provided details on arrangements and timing for exams and course schedules through your instructors, as soon as possible.

•    In light of the growing national response to COVID-19, all students planning to travel home may now do so.

•    All discretionary events on campus currently scheduled until May 1, 2020 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually.

We appreciate these are extremely challenging times for our students, and our faculty are working exceptionally hard to adjust courses that will allow you to continue and complete your studies this term. This series of events is unprecedented and rest assured we will provide you with information as we receive it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact c[email protected]. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Sincerely,
Dr. Peter Meehan
President, Corpus Christi College
Principal, St. Mark's College

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

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March 13, 2020 - 8:00 p.m.

Dear students,

I am writing to provide an important update regarding Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The COVID-19 outbreak has presented an unprecedented situation for schools. With the health and safety of our community being a top priority, we have made the decision to move our classes online.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all classes will be transitioned online for the remainder of the term.

  • Information regarding exams will be shared next week.
  • The College buildings will remain open but there will be no physical classes or events taking place.
  • Faculty and staff members will continue their work. All staff will be available during regular work hours via email and phone.
  • All discretionary events on campus currently scheduled until May 1, 2020 are being cancelled, postponed or offered virtually.
  • Over the weekend all students will receive directions on how to access their courses online.

Our internal taskforce is exploring the potential to offer exams remotely and considering any potential impacts on events scheduled for after this term. These decisions will be shared as they become available.

We know these decisions will cause some disruption, and we apologize for that. We are working as quickly as possible to inform everyone in our community so they are prepared for Monday. We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact and you have many questions. I would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.

To our faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to ensure we are prepared to protect our community of learning and faith – thank you.

To our students, who are encountering situations of uncertainty and stress – we are here for you. We promise to support your academic journey during these unusual times. We always refer our Colleges as a “community” and that has never been truer than right now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College at UBC

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March 12, 2020

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The global situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving quickly, with more than 100 countries, including Canada, reporting cases.

At this stage, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the risk for Canadians as low. However, we recognize the uncertain nature of this virus means you may have questions or concerns. As the areas affected by the outbreak change and we learn more about the virus, we will provide updated public health recommendations.

I can confirm there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus or on the UBC campus. The Colleges continue to be open for classes and regular operations.

It is our priority to protect our students, faculty and staff as best we can and to help them be informed. With that in mind, we have created a COVID-19 taskforce that meets to assess risk and can take quick action, if needed.

I can share the following updates with you that have come from meetings with the taskforce:

  • We are prepared to move classes and exams online, in the event this is necessary.
  • There is a team ready to assess any reported cases of COVID-19 contact among students, faculty or staff. They will investigate the case and follow proper protocol.
  • The Colleges are open until further notice. In the event of a closure, all students will be contacted via email and notices will be posted online.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected].

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Meehan

President, Corpus Christi College

Principal, St. Mark's College

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MARCH 6, 2020

Students, faculty and staff of St. Mark's College,

Please see below for an important update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

There have been a small number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C. which are being very closely managed. Updated information regarding these cases can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

As the areas affected by the outbreak changes and we learn more about the virus, we will provide updated public health recommendations. We are now aware that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. Given this new information, there are steps that people at risk of COVID-19 can take to reduce the chance of spread to others.

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, OR STAFF

We now recommend that:

  • Students, faculty or staff who are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19 should stay home. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, or staff returning from mainland China or who have been in contact with someone returning from China should stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after they've left China. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

If you are going to stay home, please contact your instructor, dean or director to let them know.

There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.

 

The following advice is for people who are self-isolating. Students, faculty, or staff who are recommended to self-isolate under the guidance above should call 8-1-1 for additional advice. While self-isolating:

  • Stay in a well-ventilated room, including an open window, if possible. Do not have other people come in the room.
  • Do not attend classes. Limit going in shared spaces. Try to keep a two-metre distance between yourself and others whenever possible.
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
  • If possible, have supplies dropped off outside your door to help avoid direct contact, and limit the number of people helping to take care of you.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Regular household cleaning products are effective against most viruses, and you can also use 1 part bleach to 9 parts water as an effective disinfectant. Use dedicated linen and utensils, which can be washed with soap and water and re-used, and do not need to be disposed of.
  • Dispose of any tissues, wipes, masks, or gloves in a waste container lined with a plastic bag before disposing with other household waste.
  • Wash your clothes in hot water (between 60-90 °C), and then thoroughly dry them.

Staying in isolation can be difficult and lonely. If you are isolated, keep contact with friends and family through phone or computer.

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

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