Academic update - May 4
May 04, 2021 – Anna Burke
As we enter the second full week of the provincial lockdown, I know many students are experiencing or wondering about the impacts this will have on their work experience courses during the Spring and Summer terms.
We’ve carefully assessed the work experience course(s) associated with each program to determine which courses must proceed as a graduation requirement (Mandatory or Mandatory – Deferred) and which can be made Optional as a graduation requirement given the current COVID-19 environment. When making these assessments we considered industry needs, accreditation and regulatory requirements, articulation agreements and the input of partner organizations.
A summary of these work experience decisions is available on our website. Please review the list, find your program and confirm whether your work placement is mandatory or optional as a graduation requirement. If you have concerns or questions, I encourage you to reach out to your faculty or placement coordinator.
- This assessment does not necessarily need to impact your work experience course(s). If you have started (or have plans to start) a work placement, you are encouraged to continue your work placement as planned.
Mandatory or Mandatory – Deferred
Where a work experience course is mandatory as a graduation requirement, we understand that some students and some employers may find themselves unable to participate in work experience at this time.
- Students have until Wednesday, August 4, 2021, to complete work placements. This is to accommodate a delayed start or allow students additional time to secure a work placement.
- If a work placement can be done remotely, we can support students with our technology loan program (e.g., laptop, iPad) if needed.
Where a work experience course is optional as a graduation requirement, we encourage students to work with their faculty to complete this course. Work experience builds important connections with employers and enhances your portfolio, which together strengthen employment prospects.
- Any student who is considering opting out of an optional work experience course should discuss this decision with your faculty. From there, you need to withdraw from the course using the regular course withdrawal form. This form should be submitted by Wednesday, May 19, 2021 so that the course doesn’t show on your transcript.
The lockdown may also be causing disruptions for our employer partners. Information for employers is available on our COVID-19 website and, as always, they can direct questions to a faculty member, placement coordinator or .
Finally, I want to thank everyone – students, faculty, staff and employers – for your commitment, resilience and ingenuity as we all find ourselves, once again, adapting to the ongoing pandemic.
My sincere thanks for your continued commitment to your studies and to each other.
Last updated on: August 16, 2021 04:31 PM