COVID-19 | Academic Governance Resources

Summary of Changes to Academic Operations, Regulations & Procedures

In response to COVID-19, on March 13, 2020 several major changes to academic operations were announced including the suspension of face-to-face classes for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester. In keeping with guidance from public health and government officials, additional changes to academic operations, regulations and procedures have been made since that time. 

These changes have been approved by Senate, through special administrative authority granted by the Policy on Academic Continuity, or through regular administrative authority. A summary of significant decisions related to academic operations, regulations and procedures is provided in the table available below: 

Summary of Changes to Academic Operations, Regulations and Procedures due to COVID-19

Policy on Academic Continuity 

The Senate Policy on Academic Continuity, and its related procedure, define an academic disruption as occurring “when academic activities are substantially interrupted or impeded as a result of hazardous weather, public health emergencies, natural disasters, prolonged service interruptions, ongoing labour disputes, or other like causes.” Consistent with the policy, the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) formed a COVID-19 Academic Advisory Group comprised of senior academic leaders from across campus including deans, associate deans, and administrative unit leadership. In consultation with this advisory group, adjustments were made to academic activities and operations to ensure continuity, while balancing principles of academic integrity and fairness to students.

More Information

More information about the University of Guelph's response to COVID-19 can be found on the institutional COVID-19 website. The following pages will be of particular interest: