Coronavirus COVID-19 Information for Higher Ed
Coronavirus COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global health issue. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as a serious health threat, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
The pandemic presents unique challenges for higher education administration. This interim guidance will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.
Why is this guidance being issued?
Canada’s universities have undertaken a leading role in addressing COVID-19 by supporting students, staff and broader communities. The information provided can help members understand how they can prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their institutions.
The following links provide regular updates on matters regarding COVID-19 and higher education:
- COVID-19: Updates for Canada’s Universities – University Affairs
- COVID-19 on Canadian Campuses – Eduvation
As institutions enter the initial stages of reopening campuses, the following resources raise important considerations and offer guidance to administrators to inform the development of their reopening strategies:
CAUBO recently hosted a webinar that is available for free to institutional members that shares emerging practices and examines reopening scenarios, planning frameworks, guiding principles, what physical distancing could look like, communication elements, and staffing protocols.
Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA) is hosting a series of weekly webinars every Friday at 1:00 PM (ET) to discuss Canadian higher education’s response to COVID-19. Access the recordings using the link below:
NACUBO will be hosting a series of webcasts to support administrators as they respond to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, addressing the impact on college and university operations. Access the webcasts through the link below:
APPA hosted a townhall to discuss the financial situation for higher education and share emerging practices in response to COVID-19. Access the townhall using the link below:
- Impact of COVID-19: The Higher Education Financial Situation & Futures
- The presentation slides can be accessed here, reference documents for the panelists are also available here
CAUBO member preparations and responses
The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has compiled this list of member resources to contribute to the higher ed community’s awareness of and response to COVID-19.
CAUBO member universities have developed webpages to provide updates and inform their communities of the actions being taken to contain the propagation of COVID-19 and for information regarding the re-opening of campuses:
- University of Alberta
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- The University of British Columbia
- University of Manitoba
- McGill University
Let us know
Please let us know if your institution has developed a policy/procedure in response to COVID-19 and would like the opportunity to highlight the actions that have been taken.