COVID-19 update: March 17

Several updates were sent in an email to St. Thomas University students today, including the update that online courses will be delayed until Monday, March 23.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Classes are delayed until March 23 to allow “for residence students who are able to move out of their residence, professors to restructure their courses, and our move to an essential services staffing model on campus,” said the email. In an update sent yesterday, students living in residence were asked to “return home if they are able.” The residence system and food services will continue to operate for those who cannot go home.
  • The Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick is moving to online service delivery only.
  • STU is scaling its on-campus staffing to “an essential services model.” Offices are staffed to a minimum. Some employees are working from home.
  • Campus offices will remain open for essential services only.
  • STU will be communicating shortly more detailed information on how students can access the Registrar’s Office, Academic Advising, Accessibility Services, Writing Centre and Counselling Services online. An update is expected this afternoon or evening.

UNB COVID-19 cases

In an email sent yesterday, students were informed that St. Thomas University received information from the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Health services about presumptive cases of coronavirus disease in the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus community.

The email said those individuals are self-isolating and their cases are related to the first travel-related case in the province.

It is currently unclear what university department these cases of coronavirus appeared in.

All UNB students, faculty and staff are being asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. STU students are not.

If you have questions, you can read STU’s FAQ at www.STU.ca/covid19FAQ. You can also continue to send your questions to ask@stu.ca.

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