We are writing today to make sure you know all that Carleton University is doing to respond to COVID-19 so that we can have a great fall semester. As we navigate these uncharted waters together, let us assure you that the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is our top priority and the first guiding principle in all of our plans.
To prioritize safety, in line with public health information available at this time, we are guaranteeing that all scheduled undergraduate and graduate courses for the fall 2020 term will be delivered online. This decision ensures that we can continue to provide excellent academic instruction in every possible circumstance, including those that require continued physical distancing.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to reopen our physical spaces partially over the coming months and offer some optional on-campus activities when it is safe to do so. In particular, graduate students who have program elements – notably memoirs and theses – requiring specialized research facilities will be contacted over the coming months when their lab or research space is ready to safely open.
You can be sure that, despite these unusual times, we continue to remain focused on supporting your success. For example, we can assure you that Carleton will continue to provide:
- Outstanding online courses delivered by award-winning faculty and instructors
- Online access to library resources and support
- Quality online academic advising
- Continued access to virtual mental health support
- Access to inclusive student-support resources
- Creative virtual social spaces and activities for students to help combat isolation
- An inclusive learning environment that can be accessed from anywhere in the world
This means that if you are unable or choose not to live in Ottawa this fall, you will have everything you need to successfully continue your studies at Carleton from a distance.
As we write, over 14,000 Carleton students are taking courses in our fully online summer semester. This is the largest number of students ever taking summer classes at Carleton. Our community of staff, faculty and student support services has truly mobilized to ensure a high-quality online education and experience for all students, and these efforts continue.
The timetable tool will open on June 8, 2020 so that you can create a draft schedule for the fall term.
Registration for the fall term for returning undergraduate students will start in early July 2020 and you will be notified when your personalized time ticket is available in Carleton Central.The Student Registration Assistance Team is now available to virtually offer assistance to undergraduate students with your registration for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Registration for the fall term for graduate students will start on July 3, 2020 and you will be able to check your time ticket in Carleton Central once it is available.
Teaching and Learning Services has been working closely with faculty and course instructors to develop their courses in a manner that facilitates online delivery.
The staff in our student support service offices remain available and committed to virtually supporting you, too. We have provided a centralized webpage with information on the best way to contact the services that will continue to assist you in every step of your academic journey. One of Carleton’s greatest strengths is our unique sense of community that is at the heart of everything we do. In these strange circumstances, we are confident that the warmth and compassion of our community will continue to shine through.
Due to the still evolving nature of the current public health crisis, it is too early to speculate about what January will look like exactly. Carleton’s decisions will continue to be informed by the guidelines of public health authorities and government regulations and we will continue to provide more information as soon as possible.
As we face these challenging times together, you have a great ally in Carleton, and we promise we will be there to support you every step of the way.
Stay safe and well,
Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)
Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
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