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Academic update

April 28, 2021 – Anna Burke

Good afternoon everyone:

As you know, a two-week, province-wide lockdown began at 8 a.m. this morning and will continue until Wednesday, May 12. NSCC has paused in-person learning for the same timeframe to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

I know this raises important questions for students who are dedicated to continuing with their programs and courses. It is important to note that instructors may need some time to adapt to this lockdown announcement and students should watch for communications from their faculty.

Winter Term

  • Faculty are working to respond to the disruption to any course-end activities, including supplemental evaluations, that were planned during the lockdown period (April 28 – May 12). Students should work directly with their faculty to discuss options. Supplemental evaluations need to be completed by May 25.
  • As this may lead to some delays in grading, we are extending the deadline for student appeals by two weeks to Friday, May 28.

Work Placements

  • The lockdown is affecting employers’ ability to support work placements in different ways. Some are able to continue with remote work options or modified in-person options. Some employers need additional time to understand how they can accommodate a work placement.
  • Where work placements can continue without interruption, they should. Students and employers can contact faculty or their placement coordinator to discuss options. A reminder that students have until August 4 to complete work placements.
  • Students with questions or concerns about proceeding with their work placement should contact their faculty or work placement coordinator.
  • Academic Schools are reviewing programs to see what other options may be available to students to help fulfill work placement requirements. We will share any updates as quickly as possible.

Spring and Summer Courses

  • Campuses are closed to all but essential employees and service providers, so students must make an appointment through Student Services before coming to a campus between now and Wednesday, May 12. For those who need to access books and other supplies, you can expect to hear directly from your Campus Principal with details on how to safely do so.
  • To accommodate the unusual start of the Spring and Summer terms, we are extending the date to withdraw from courses with a 95% refund. The new deadlines are: Wednesday, May 12 for Spring term courses, and Wednesday, May 19 for Summer term courses.
  • We have a number of courses and programs that are offered fully online across the province. Fully online learning can continue for Spring and Summer terms.

Student Services

All core services (advising, counselling, learning supports, library and research support and disability supports) are available remotely and general questions can be answered through Live Chat (login required). 

If students need to access materials, the bookstore, the laptop loan program or the campus in general, they should contact Student Services to set up an appointment.• Testing Centres, including GED testing, are closed until Wednesday, May 12.

Students who receive funding from Employment Nova Scotia, Department of Community Services or Student Assistance are encouraged to contact their program case manager with any questions.

Thank you everyone for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to safely deliver programming in these challenging circumstances. Please – stay safe and watch your email, our website and social media channels closely for future updates.

Warm regards,

Anna

Last updated on: August 18, 2021 11:40 AM