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Laurentian extending remote learning by at least a week due to COVID situation

Winter term started with remote learning today

Laurentian University says it is extending remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic by at least a week, into early February.

In December, the university had announced it was delaying the beginning of the winter term until Jan. 17, and that courses would be delivered remotely from Jan. 17 to Jan. 28.

However, Laurentian announced over the weekend that remote delivery of classes will continue the week of Jan. 30. 

“We will be working with our local health authorities to create a plan for a staged return that could begin as early as Feb. 7,” said Laurentian’s president, Robert Haché, in a statement published to the university’s website Jan. 15.

“Laurentian University will always seek to provide an excellent on-campus student experience.

“Recently, the pandemic caused us to pivot to remote learning and though we would like to return to face-to-face learning, it has not yet been deemed safe to do so by local health authorities.”

The university said it anticipates being able to provide further information on the staged return to campus by Jan. 21. 

“Our goal will be to provide two weeks of notice before on-campus learning resumes,” Haché said. “Student services will continue to operate remotely until it is safe to deliver them on-campus.”

Haché said the university realizes there are many challenges as a result of these changes. “Some have preferred remote delivery and some are eager to return,” he said. “I would ask that we have empathy for our colleagues, our peers, and especially our students.”