Info coronavirus (COVID-19)

INFO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Info coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last update*: April 7th, 2020

In the current COVID-19 pandemic context, UQAT is, as the Quebec government, very aware that solidarity and the reinforcement of all the available resources, notably in the health and social services fields, will allow society to cope with these events.

Mindful to preserve the health and safety of its community members and embodying values like humanity and equity, UQAT has ensured that all of its members may benefit from a fair and equitable same treatment for the continuation of their university studies.

Instructions and measures

  • Teaching activities resumed on March 30, in an appropriate format, with reduced content, since classes have been suspended for two weeks and final exams like all teaching services cannot be offered face to face.
  • The Easter holiday from April 10th to the 13th will be respected.
  • The winter session ends as planned on April 24th, 2020, according to the calendar adopted initially by UQAT.
  • The deadline for the submission of grades by members of the teaching staff (teachers and sessional instructors) has been extended to May 15th, 2020.
  • The date for the publication of the results on the internet has been extended to May 22nd, 2020.
  • The deadlines contained in the entire undergraduate study regime and its equivalent at the graduate levels are suspended for the teaching activities offered in the 2020 winter session, in order to postpone by at least one semester any binding or enforceable deadline for students. Consequently:
    • the deadlines set out in Regulation 3 – Undergraduate studies will be applied in a flexible manner, particularly for the following articles, but not limited to: 2.10 Maximum duration of studies, and 2.14.2.1 Trusteeship.
    • the deadline set out in Regulation 10 – Graduate studies will be applied in a flexible manner, particularly for the following articles, but not limited to:15.4 Calculation of the maximum duration of the study program, and 20.2.3.1 Obligation to meet under penalty of exclusion from the program.
  • Easing of the Lessons Assessment Policy removes the obligation to assess lessons for the activities of the 2020 winter session. Thus, it is not compulsory to evaluate at the end of the 2020 winter session each of the courses taught by a department at the request of a module or of a graduate program committee. However, a member of the teaching staff who wishes to do so can request, from their module or graduate program director, the establishment of a process for evaluation lessons at the end of the 2020 winter session for the course or courses he has given. Since the courses will continue in unusual conditions, the lessons taught in the current context will not be evaluated by the students for the 2020 mid-session. The students will then not be invited to complete the usual teaching evaluation form for their uqat.ca courses.
  • According to the request of the Minister of Education and Higher Education to resume teaching activities from March 30th, 2020, it has been decided by the administration to suspend elements of Article 3 of the Procedures relating to course outlines. Thus, in the current exceptional circumstances, the unanimity of two-thirds of the students present will not be required to make the necessary modifications. Therefore, approval of the revised course outline by students is not mandatory. However, each member of the teaching staff must diffuse any modification made to the course outline, and this, by the means deemed most appropriate.
  • Although we have put in place measures that will make it possible to successfully end the 2020 winter session, the current situation will undoubtedly lead to exceptional cases, which will be unique and will require a specific approach. Thus, different possibilities relating to the submission and evaluation of the assessments exist and it is up to the teacher to choose the most relevant in regards to the objectives of the course and the personal and professional situation of the student. Especially if he or she works full-time or part-time to provide essential services (list of the government of Quebec), if he or she has to take care of family or any other special circumstances.
  • As the end date of the session is maintained on April 24th, 2020 and the deadline for submitting marks having been extended to May 15th, 2020, the teachers were invited to postpone the deadline for assignments as far as possible.
  • When the final exams are maintained, they must be carried out in a format other than face-to-face and take place by April 24th, 2020, inclusively.
  • Except for the final exams, which must be completed by April 24th, 2020 inclusively, faculty members are asked to assign an « R » grade (postponed) if a student is unable to submit their work within the time required to meet the deadline for submission of grades. A new date for handing over the work must then be agreed between the two parties, normally during the 2020 summer session, or at a later session with the authorization of the department’s management. It is up to the faculty members concerned to follow up with the student until the final grade is given.

    Particular case : For a student who completed an activity in the 2020 winter session for which he/she had already obtained an « R » grade, the deadline for meeting the course requirements may not exceed the end of the 2020 summer session unless otherwise instructed by the management of his department.
  • If the whole class needs more time to submit assignments, it is also possible for the teacher to give an « R » grade to all the students. A new date for submission of assignments must then be agreed between the two parties, normally during the 2020 summer session, or at a later session with the authorization of the department’s management. It is up to the faculty members concerned to follow up with the group until the final grade is given.
  • Some faculty members are permitted to use the « pass or fail » notation type if the context of their course warrants.
    • Each change of notation type must receive the prior approval of the Dean of Academic Management and Studies;
    • This type of notation will then apply to all students enrolled in this activity;
    • This type of notation cannot be applied only to one or some of the students registered in this activity;
    • This type of notation will only apply for the 2020 winter session.
  • No course successfully completed by a student in the 2020 winter session can have a negative influence on their cumulative average, the cumulative average calculated at the end of the 2019 fall session and accordingly:
    • Each student who obtains a grade (included between A + and D) greater than or equal to his cumulative average for an activity, will keep his grade for this activity. This process will not require any action on the part of the student, the teacher, the module, the program or the department.
    • Each student who obtained a grade (included between A and D) below their cumulative average for an activity will automatically obtain a grade « S » (requirement satisfied) for this activity. This change will not require any action on the part of the student, the teacher, the module, the program or the department.
    • A student could still choose to keep their initial grade (included between A and D) rather than obtaining the grade « S » (requirement satisfied). The terms of this type of change will be published as soon as possible.
    • Any student for whom the 2020 winter session is the first registration session and who consequently has no cumulative average, will keep their grade (included between A + and D) for each successful activity while having the possibility of having this note modified for the « S » note (requirement satisfied). This change will be made at the request of the student. The procedures for applying this process will be published as soon as possible.
  • The deadline to withdraw without mention of a failing grade and without refund is extended to April 24th, 2020, inclusively. For students dropping one or more courses between March 9th and April 24th, 2020, there will be the possibility of resumption, free of charge, within the 2020-2021 school year, of the course or courses abandoned. The terms and conditions for applying for courses at no cost will be published as soon as possible. It is important to note that:
    • Only an activity abandoned between March 9th and April 24th, 2020, may be resumed free of charge at a later session, and this, within the 2020-2021 school year (2020 summer sessions, fall 2020 and winter 2021).
    • All fees related to the courses taken in the 2020 winter session will have to be paid by the students, whether they complete the course or abandon it. It will indeed be an abandonment without mention of a failing grade and without a refund.
    • No reimbursement of the tuition fees already paid for the 2020 winter session will be granted.
    • Exceptionally, in connection with the current COVID-19 crisis and in order to allow as many students as possible to continue their university career, registrations for the 2020 summer and fall sessions will be possible even if a tuition balance remains unpaid. In addition, the deadline for payment of tuition fees for the 2020 summer and fall sessions is extended until October 23rd, 2020.

    Visit the web page to consult the terms and conditions for retaking free of charge courses abandoned during the 2020 winter session and to download the form.

  • The registration date for the summer session has been extended to April 6th, 2020. Information about the courses offered will be released no later than the beginning of the week of April 6th, 2020.
  • The 2020 summer session will run on schedule, starting April 27th, 2020.
  • The other dates for the 2020 summer session remain unchanged.
  • Exceptionally, in connection with the current COVID-19 crisis and in order to allow as many students as possible to continue their university career, registrations for the 2020 summer and fall sessions will be possible even if a tuition balance remains unpaid. In addition, the deadline for payment of tuition fees for the 2020 summer and fall sessions is extended until October 23rd, 2020.
  • Research and creation activities on campuses and centers, in laboratories as well as field activities, are suspended until further notice. Only a few people will be able to go to the site to carry out activities deemed essential, including the care of plant material or the maintenance of specific research infrastructures, after obtaining authorization from Éric Arpin (eric.arpin@uqat.ca).
  • Congresses, seminars/conferences and trips abroad as well as welcoming visitors, postdoctoral fellows and research interns are also suspended until further notice.
  • Activities related to the submission of grant applications, grant notices, contract signatures and the ethical evaluation of projects continue.
  • UBR openings are maintained. The purchase of material or equipment is maintained according to the usual rules but could be made more difficult due to the constraints of managing the situation.
  • In order to give the necessary time to the provincial and federal granting agencies and to the government of Quebec to confirm the possible adjustments to the current grants, UQAT gives the assurance that the remuneration of the personnel under a grant from March 14th to April 30th, 2020 for the employees who are currently paid without being able to offer work is guaranteed by their budgets. Researchers can, therefore, continue to pay their staff for this period with the assurance that either the granting funds or the UQAT funds will compensate for the salary payments for this period.
  • With regard to the payment of scholarships to students, researchers are invited to maintain them until April 30th by reorienting as much as possible the work of students so that they can be accomplished from their residence and, therefore, elsewhere than in our facilities and elsewhere than in the field. These measures will be reviewed when we know the support arrangements that will be taken by provincial and federal granting agencies.
  • The services of the Dean’s Office for Research and Creation (DRC) are maintained, but they will be offered remotely and according to variable schedules. If you know who to contact, you can reach the person directly by email. You can also contact the Dean’s Office by email: recherche@uqat.ca.
  • The instructions and procedures for resuming internships/practicums are managed individually by the module or program directors concerned. In case of questions, the students concerned can communicate directly with those responsible for practical training or with the departments concerned.

To all students: 

A human relation agent is available to offer confidential support services for students who are experiencing personal, social, family or relationship difficulties.  Please note that no question concerning the COVID-19 outbreak or classes can be answered by the human relation agent.

For an appointment during regular office hours, please contact Christine.desrochers@uqat.ca

The hour and day of your appointment will be confirmed to you in your UQAT email

We invite you to consult Symbiose for more details on your EAP. Please note that no question on the COVID-19 outbreak can be answered by the human relation agent.

  • Students who receive financial assistance will continue to do so.
  • Since academic institutions will not be able to confirm academic information (CRS) for the month of March, AFE (Aide financière aux études) will override the system in order to pay out financial assistance for the month of April.
  • The award ceremonies scheduled for April 8 in Val-d’Or and April 16 in Rouyn-Noranda are cancelled. The selection process is conducted normally. More details to come.
  • Due to COVID-19, the government is postponing student loan debt repayment, which means that you will have no payments to make during the next six months. In addition, no interest will be calculated or added to your loan debt. More details
  • All face-to-face academic events, including symposia, conferences and lectures, are suspended until further notice.
  • Access to UQAT centers, campuses and service points remains limited for all staff as well as for students until May 1st inclusively.
  • Only people authorized by the director of material resources, Mr. Éric Arpin, will be able to circulate while respecting health and safety instructions. In order to obtain an authorization, you must therefore communicate with him by email specifying the reason or reasons of your request: eric.arpin@uqat.ca.
  • University residences remain open, but are only accessible to residents. University residences remain accessible, but only to residents. No eviction is planned in the current context.
  • Those who attend the campuses, centres, and points of service in Amos, Mont-Laurier, La Sarre, and Chibougamau must comply with the measures taken by the site owners.
  • Due to reduced staff, international applicants should expect delays for responses. However, rest assured that all admission requests will be examined as soon as possible.
  • If you are a French student, consult the Consulat general de France à Montréal website.
  • If you are an International student from any other country, please consult your embassy and/or consulate websites for specific recommendations.
  • For any other information: international@uqat.ca

Students:
Secure access to your work session and your documents

  • Never leave your session accessible to others. When you finish a study or writing period, log out systematically.
  • Close any application once it is no longer required (Moodle, Academic Files, Symbiose, Panopto, etc.)
  • Never reveal your password.

Take extra care when checking your emails

  • Immediately delete any messages deemed suspicious.
  • Do not click on attachments or links from unknown correspondents.
  • Delete any chain letters or inheritance offers upon receipt.
  • Avoid exchanging personal information with your UQAT email.
  • Avoid sending personal or financial information by email.
  • Always validate the identity of a person asking you for personal information. For example, you can ask your contact person to write you an email to validate their professional title at UQAT.

If in doubt or to report any incident, contact the Information Technology Department at extension 2525 or by email 2525@uqat.ca.

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Internal communication

Security of the Zoom platform

Several pieces of information are currently circulating relating to the security of the Zoom platform. We would like to assure you that the usage made at UQAT in connection with this platform is entirely secure. Indeed, the issues currently raised on social media, as well as by various journalists, do not affect the security or the confidentiality of your meetings and your recordings. To ensure maximum security, some functions have been disabled, and other mandatory options have been added, including:

  • The obligation to use a password in order to access a meeting;
  • The animator must be present at the meeting before guests can access it;
  • Meetings can no longer be shared on Facebook;
  • 1 on 1 chat is no longer available;
  • File transfer via chat is disabled;
  • The password is required when the recording is shared.

These options are active since Thursday, April 2, 2020.

For people who secured their access before this date, the data was already secure. However, for those of you who shared videos without asking for a password, the recordings were indeed public. The link to these videos is, therefore, no longer functional. We also remind you that all files kept on Zoom servers are deleted after 90 days. If you need the videos after the 90 days, you can find them on our Panopto platform. The records have been transferred there since November 2019. For Panopto, you will have access to the recordings as long as you do not delete them.

If you have any questions, doubts or want to report an incident, contact the Information Technology Department at extension 2525 or by email at 2525@uqat.ca.

Message to the University Community

The first week of resuming our teaching activities will end shortly. First of all, we would like to highlight the immense work accomplished and the efforts made by all of the UQAT teaching staff, students and staff members to take action and do differently considering the current conditions. A variety of teaching methods were proposed. For example: synchronous courses with VIA, ZOOM or Teams; narrated PowerPoint presentations or video clips posted on Moodle; readings by the students and presented to the rest of the group in synchronous mode or by video; creation of various channels in a Teams class with several simultaneous discussions; online quiz; case studies; availability of the computer laboratories remotely for the use of specific software, etc. Good job to everyone!

As agreed, the terms related to certain measures implemented have been confirmed, in particular:

Abandonment – 2020 winter session

  • The terms and conditions for retaking free of charge courses abandoned during the 2020 winter session are now available. You can visit the web page to consult them and download the form to complete if necessary.

2020 summer and fall sessions

  • As mentioned, students will be able to register for their summer session courses next Monday, April 6th, 2020.
  • Exceptionally, in connection with the current COVID-19 crisis and in order to allow as many students as possible to continue their university career, registrations for the 2020 summer and fall sessions will be possible even if a tuition balance remains unpaid. In addition, the deadline for payment of tuition fees for the 2020 summer and fall sessions is extended until October 23rd, 2020.

Considering the evolution of the situation, please note that as of today, official communications to students and staff members will only be issued when new information becomes available.

  • To support you in the best possible way in these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit for students, as well as the COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) for employees available on the appropriate Symbiose sites.

To conclude, we remind you that, at all times, psychosocial support services are offered to our students as well as to staff members. Continue to follow the health safety guidelines! Everything will be ok!

Message to the University Community

Teaching activities continue, and the entire UQAT team is always mobilized and attentive to ensure the best possible continuation of the winter session.

Today, we would like to highlight the creation of the new COVID-19 Emergency Fund totalling $100 000 to help students who, in the context of the current pandemic, are in financial difficulty.

Indeed, it is thanks to the unification of the forces of UQAT, AGEUQAT, the Dépanne-moi Committee, the UQAT Foundation and the Lucien-Cliche Fund that this announcement is made possible! Congratulations to all the people who helped set up this fund! We sincerely hope that it will provide a little support to our students.

We invite you to consult the web page to learn more about this fund and the eligibility criteria. For those who wish to support our students, it is also possible to donate.

  • To support you in the best possible way in these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit for students, as well as the COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) for employees available on the appropriate Symbiose sites.

Message to the University Community

Today, as agreed, the 237th extraordinary meeting of the “Commission des études de l’UQAT” was held by videoconference to adopt various measures of flexibility and accommodation.

The “Commission des études” represents an inclusive and fundamental body in the collaborative management of our University, which is attended by representatives of students, faculty members and sessional instructors.

Thus, you can consult all the measures adopted during this meeting, especially in connection with the flexibility in the ratings for the 2020 winter session, by clicking here. Considering that the situation is evolving rapidly, it should be noted that certain methods of applying these measures will be specified and published as soon as possible.

The heads of departments, modules and graduate programs will soon be convened by a Teaching, Research and Creation Board, which will present these various measures.

Despite the desire to put in place measures that will allow as many students as possible to complete the winter session successfully, the current situation will inevitably lead to exceptional cases, which will be unique and will require a special approach. In these specific cases, students are invited to contact their teacher first to find, together, possible options according to their personal or professional situation.

  • To support you in the best possible way in these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit for students, as well as the COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) for employees available on the appropriate Symbiose sites.
  • To consult all measures and guidelines in place, including those related to public health, visit uqat.ca/coronavirus. Please note that the update of the “Measures and instructions in place” section will be carried out as soon as possible according to the latest developments. Thank you for your understanding.

To conclude, we reiterate our thanks to all the students and staff for their excellent collaboration.

Good continuity to all!

Message to the University Community

The resumption of teaching activities continued today, and we confirm that an impressive number of activities other than face-to-face have taken place since yesterday. Today alone, more than 750 virtual ZOOM meetings have been carried out, without counting all the other possibilities offered by the teaching staff. Congratulations to all of you, students and teachers! We can be proud of this recovery, considering the challenges that everyone must do otherwise and try to adapt ourselves as best as possible according to our current personal and professional realities. Congratulations to the teams from the IT Services, the University's Pedagogical Services, Distance Education and Student Services. THANK YOU!

Security of UQAT systems
UQAT offers the most secure environments possible for the University Community. For this purpose, rest assured that everything is done by IT Services to resolve problematic situations as they arise. In addition, system security is a priority and is monitored very carefully to protect the integrity of everyone's data.

We remind you that in case of doubt or to report any incident, you can contact the IT Services at extension 2525 or by email 2525@uqat.ca. The team will be able to detect fraud attempts and put in place the necessary measures to counter any flaws.

To support you in the best possible way in these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit for students, as well as the COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) for employees available on the appropriate Symbiose sites.

Message to the University Community

The resumption of teaching activities started well today. This recovery is the result of significant mobilization and remarkable work by all the UQAT staff in order to allow a differentiated course offer through the best possible accommodations according to the exceptional situation we all live in currently.

Thank you!
For the chairman of the board of directors, Mr. Michel Leclerc, and the administration of UQAT, thank you to all, students and staff, are in order on this particularly important day.

Thank you to our students for their openness, their willingness to continue their learning as well as their constructive comments which guided our decisions, despite an often difficult context.

Thank you to the teaching staff who, in just two weeks, was able to review their methods of transmitting knowledge and offer students adapted options according to their personal and professional situation.

Thank you to all the union leaders, the student association, department, module and graduate program directors for their enlightened advice and for their constant support.

Thank you to the professionals and to all the members of the support and technical staff who also have at heart the pursuit of UQAT activities and who contribute to it day after day.

Our goal: implement all possible measures to minimize the negative impacts inherent in the current situation
We also wish to confirm that a meeting of the «Commission des études» will be held this Wednesday, April 1st and must allow the implementation of additional measures, particularly in connection with the notation. These measures will ensure that, except for a situation of failure, the current cumulative average of students cannot be negatively influenced by the results obtained in the 2020 winter session. The new procedures will, therefore, be sent following this meeting.

Follow-up on internships and practicums
In terms of the 2020 winter session internships and practicums, all students from the departments of creation and new media, health sciences, human and social development sciences (art therapy, psychoeducation, social work) and educational sciences have received information from their respective modules. New terms and conditions have been sent to most of these students.

To support you in the best possible way in these exceptional circumstances, we invite you to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit for students, as well as the COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) for employees available on the appropriate Symbiose sites. Once again, we remind you that at all times, psychosocial support services are offered to our students as well as to staff members.

Optimal resumption of classes this Monday, March 30th

With classes of the 2020 winter session resuming on Monday, we remind students to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit available on Symbiose, a specially developed kit to support them and to make this process easier. In order to be ready on time for a course offered in a synchronous format, it is recommended that you take 15 to 30 minutes to consult the kit before the beginning of the course. A COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) has also been developed to support staff in the current situation.

More specifically, here are some indications regarding the people or the services to contact if you have technical questions.

Students

For any questions relating to the use of Moodle, ZOOM, VIA or TEAMS in connection with the resumption of classes, we invite you to consult the documentation first and to view the video capsules offered in the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit. If this does not answer your questions, we invite you to communicate with your teacher.

If you encounter a problem that your teacher cannot answer, here are the support options available. It should be noted that, as the telephone lines are not always available, we invite you to communicate preferably by chat or email:

  • Chatbox available on the Symbiose Home Page (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Email: 2000@uqat.ca
  • Telephone: 819 762-0971 or 1 877 870-8728 extension 2000 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Teaching Staff

For any support related to the use of Moodle digital learning environment and teaching tools, in particular Panopto, VIA, TEAMS and ZOOM, we invite you to communicate by email: assistance-spufad@uqat.ca (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Members of staff

For any questions relating to technical problems, we invite you to consult the documentation in the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit. If this does not answer your questions, we invite you to communicate with the technical support team, preferably by email, to ensure that a follow-up as soon as possible.

  • Problem with Zoom, call: 819-762-0971 or 1 877 870-8728 extension 2424.
  • For all other problems, contact the team by email: 2525@uqat.ca
  • Or by telephone: 819 762-0971 or 1 877 870-8728 extension 2525 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

To conclude, I am very proud to see that all of the UQAT staff have worked hard over the past few days to allow students to complete the 2020 winter session in order to respond optimally, under the circumstances, to the requirements of their respective study programs and to ensure their quality.

We thank you all for your precious collaboration regarding the continuation of our activities.

Follow-up on the different possible methods for students

Following a meeting with the UQAT General Student Association (AGEUQAT) and the administration and considering the questions received so far on various subjects, here is a follow-up on the instructions issued in the last two weeks, several details, as well as various additional modalities to best support and accommodate UQAT students.

Teaching activities

  • Teaching activities will resume on March 30th, in a suitable format, with reduced content, considering that classes have been suspended for two weeks and that final exams like all teaching services cannot be offered face-to-face.
  • The Easter holiday from April 10th to the 13th will be respected.
  • The winter session ends as planned on April 24th, 2020, according to the calendar adopted initially by UQAT.
  • Considering the current situation, the deadline for teachers to submit their grades is postponed to May 15th, 2020.
  • Although we have put in place measures that will make it possible to successfully end the 2020 winter session, the current situation will undoubtedly lead to exceptional cases, which will be unique and will require a specific approach. Thus, different possibilities relating to the submission and evaluation of the assessments exist and it is up to the teacher to choose the most relevant in regards to the objectives of the course and the personal and professional situation of the student. Especially if he or she works full-time or part-time to provide essential services (list of the government of Quebec), if he or she has to take care of family or any other special circumstances.
    • As the end date of the session is maintained on April 24th, 2020 and the deadline for submitting marks having been extended to May 15th, 2020, the teachers were invited to postpone the deadline for assignments as far as possible.
    • If the student is unable to submit their work, despite the postponement of the submission date for the assignment(s), it is possible for the teaching staff to grant an R grade (postponed).
    • It is possible for the teacher to consider using the grade S (requirement satisfied) or E (failure) if it becomes too difficult to assess precisely the level of learning achieved relative to the objectives of a course. This choice must be approved by the Dean’s office for academic management and studies.
    • When the final exams are maintained, they must be carried out in a format other than face-to-face and take place by April 24th, 2020, inclusively.
  • The deadline to withdraw without mention of a failing grade and without refund is extended to April 24th, 2020, inclusively. Students will have until the 2021 winter session inclusively to resume the abandoned course or its equivalent free of charge.
    Please note that all abandonment procedures will be sent as soon as possible.
  • It is important to note that, sometime next week, other measures will be analyzed by UQAT authorities. They will ensure that, except in a situation of failure, the current cumulative average of students cannot be negatively influenced by the results obtained in the 2020 winter session.
  • Since the courses will continue in unusual conditions, the lessons taught in the current context will not be evaluated by the students for the 2020 mid-session. The students will then not be invited to complete the usual teaching evaluation form for their courses.
  • In the current exceptional circumstances, the unanimity of two-thirds of the students present will not be required to make the necessary modifications to the revised lesson plan. However, each member of the teaching staff will publish any changes to the lesson plan; using whatever means is most appropriate. If questions remain as a result of discussions with their teacher, students can then contact their module directors or the director of their program.

Internships/practicums

  • The instructions and procedures for resuming internships/practicums are managed individually by the module or program directors concerned. In case of questions, the students concerned can communicate directly with those responsible for practical training or with the departments concerned.

2020 summer session

  • The 2020 summer session will run on schedule, starting April 27th, 2020. The course offer will be available as soon as possible.
  • Registration for the 2020 summer session will be available as of April 6th.
  • Admissions to summer and fall sessions are continuing and requests will all be processed as quickly as possible.

The goal to end the winter session is, for everyone, to do what is possible, feasible and realistic to accomplish in the current circumstances.

Again, it should be noted that the administration fully trusts the professional judgement of the teaching staff in order to resume teaching activities as harmoniously as possible in the unprecedented context that we all face. We invite students to contact their teachers to consider, together, the specific measures to take if, for a personal or professional reason, resuming their course is made difficult. Rest assured that teachers and sessional instructors are invited to demonstrate the openness and flexibility necessary to support and accompany their students as best as possible in the current circumstances in order to prioritize respect for people and their conditions of life in the exceptional situation currently experienced.

  • To consult all measures and guidelines in place, including those related to public health, visit uqat.ca/coronavirus

To conclude, let us remind our students to consult the < ahref="https://monsymbiose.uqat.ca/en/students/trousse-retour-aux-etudes-covid-19/">COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit available on their Symbiose, developed to support them and facilitate the resumption of classes scheduled for Monday.

Several services regarding the resumption of teaching activities are now available for our students and employees

As announced, several services are now available to facilitate the continuation of the 2020 winter session for students. It is for this purpose that the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit was developed in connection with the resources offered entirely remotely, given the current context:

  • Technical support
  • Library
  • Linguistic Consultation Service
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Psychosocial support
  • Success Support Office, special needs and students with disabilities
  • Support for foreign students

In the same spirit, a COVID-19 Employee Kit has also been developed to support our staff in the current situation.

We, therefore, invite you to consult the COVID-19 Back to Studies Kit and the COVID-19 Employee Kit (French only) for more details on these available resources!

Rest assured that all UQAT staff have the success and well-being of students at heart, by focusing on flexibility and adaptation according to each person’s realities. Despite the difficult and challenging times, the whole team is there and available to support you in the continuation of your course of study.

In addition, following a meeting with the UQAT General Student Association (AGEUQAT) and the administration, we inform you that a follow-up will be done tomorrow to specify different additional terms and possible flexibility that will be implemented to best support our students.

Please note that due to the increase in cases of people infected with COVID-19 throughout Quebec and not being able to maintain an exhaustive list of confirmed cases from members of our university community, no information on this subject will be sent as of today with some exceptions. However, please let us know if you or one of yours is infected with this virus so that we can take the necessary support measures as needed.
Thank you for your understanding!

We thank you all for your collaboration.

Message to the University Community

As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UQAT University Community and the administration continues to follow developments closely.

UQAT will continue its teaching activities as of March 30th so that students can finish their session on April 24th and thus acquire the necessary learning for their training path and for enriching their professional life. Flexibility, understanding and suppleness remain the key elements in this troubled period.

Students and UQAT staff, each and everyone, are faced with significant changes in their usual environment. Changes that require repositioning of priorities; which can increase anxiety for many. This is obviously a context to be considered in the adjustments to be made in the teaching and assessment formulas.

Maintaining a level of excellence in the current context, therefore, means doing things differently, but doing the best you can according to different parameters. To offer, as always, to our students, not what we offer in a regular context, but what is best in this new context, which, let us remember, is temporary. Asynchronous teaching means (recording of capsules, directed readings, discussion forums, etc.) is suggested, in order to promote flexibility and allow students and teachers to organize their time according to the constraints that each and everyone must face.

We are extremely privileged to have high-quality staff as well as the infrastructure and technical expertise necessary for a differentiated offer of our teaching activities. To promote success in the current context, we quickly made every effort not to penalize students, in particular, teachers adapting the course outlines, timetables and assessment activities (exams, assessments, etc.) as well as extending the deadline for withdrawal to April 14th (without mention of a failing grade and reimbursement, but with the possibility of resuming lessons free of charge by winter 2021 inclusively.) In addition, adapted and flexible support for pedagogical success, psychological and technical support measures are also put in place to ensure the success of our students.

Our priority is to take into consideration the current context of each and everyone and to implement several tools, and this, with the greatest of respect. We must trust ourselves! As a University, we have the privilege of being considered an essential organization for the well-being of Quebec, and it is in this spirit that the entire UQAT team is currently contributing to the achievement of one essential component of our mission, namely education, without setting aside, however, the two other essential components which are research and services to the community.

We, therefore, suggest that we move forward together, one day at a time, during this particular period by offering the best possible conditions currently possible for family, work and study.

Information
For any questions, you can write an email to: covid-19@uqat.ca. A follow-up will be done as soon as possible.

We thank you for your precious collaboration.

Message to the University Community

As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UQAT University Community and the administration continues to follow developments closely.

As of March 24th, work continues to resume teaching activities starting on March 30th.

UQAT staff are working hard to allow students to achieve the objectives of their courses without being penalized as regards to their course of study and the quality of their training. The administration also reiterates its total confidence in the professional judgement of the teaching staff to adapt the transmission of the content of each course and the evaluation of learning, considering the exceptional situation experienced by students and their situation. With the excellent collaboration of the entire UQAT team, support staff, technical staff, professional and executive staff, as well as teachers and sessional instructors, we will maintain the standards of excellence that make UQAT an exceptional university. Let me congratulate each and every one of you, and thank you for your dedication and collaboration.

Concretely, regarding resuming courses, internships and practicums, the directors of modules and programs have contacted or will contact their students by the end of the week as planned. The process, therefore, continues according to the different realities of each department and each program.

Rest assured that students and teachers will be supported in the resumption of activities in order to offer the best study experiences in the current context.

More than ever, let us be human, creative and audacious!

Together we can do it!

Information

  • For any questions, you can write an email to: covid-19@uqat.ca. A follow-up will be done as soon as possible.
  • To consult all measures and guidelines in place, including those related to public health, visit uqat.ca/en/coronavirus.

Message to the University Community

As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UQAT University Community and the administration continues to follow developments closely.

As requested by the Government of Quebec, the UQAT team worked hard to allow its students to complete the 2020 winter session and continue their studies in a mode other than face-to-face. We are therefor working to put in place suitable and flexible solutions to promote the success of our students while considering the realities experienced by each. It is together that this success will be made possible, thanks to the collaboration, mutual aid, patience and understanding of each and every one of us.

The fact that several members in the university community, staff members and students are also parents, caregivers and that some are also among the “guardian angels” of the health care sector is also at the heart of current thinking. Teachers are also made aware of this reality in connection with resuming the session scheduled for March 30th.

The procedures relating to the continuation of your courses as well as the guidelines and the procedures for resuming the internships and practicums will be communicated to the students as soon as possible this week. In addition, for those who would not be able to continue their studies considering this difficult period, remember that the deadline to withdraw without mention of a failing grade and without refund, but with a credit for a subsequent resumption, has been extended until April 14th, 2020.

Need a helping hand to manage the situation?

Do not hesitate to use the psychosocial support services set up by UQAT for students and employees if you feel the need. These services are available to support you in this exceptional situation. To consult the psychosocial support services offered by UQAT, click here.

Information

  • For any questions, you can write an email to: covid-19@uqat.ca. A follow-up will be done as soon as possible.
  • To consult all measures and guidelines in place, including those related to public health, visit uqat.ca/en/coronavirus.

Message to the University Community

As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UQAT University Community and the administration continues to follow developments closely.

As underlined in previous communications, administrative activities are gradually taken over by University staff, either in telework or face-to-face mode, in the rare cases where face-to-face work is absolutely necessary. Resuming teaching and research activities, in a mode other than face-to-face, is still scheduled for March 30th. Our goal is to allow students to successfully complete the 2020 winter session, respecting the course’s educational objectives, in the best possible conditions and on schedule.

As a University that puts students at the heart of it’s decisions, UQAT wishes to support them in their choices according to their own reality.

As of today, considering the questions received so far on various subjects, here are some guidelines and measures in place:

Teaching and research activities

  • The deadline for abandonment without a failing grade and without refund is extended to April 14, 2020 inclusively. Students will have until the 2021 winter session inclusively to resume the abandoned course or its equivalent free of charge.

Internships and Practicums

  • The guidelines and procedures for resuming internships or practicums, depending on the evolution of the situation and the specifics of each type of internship or practicums, will be sent to the students concerned by March 27th, 2020, by their respective modules.

2020 Summer session

  • The new registration dates for the 2020 summer session will be released by March 27, 2020.

Admission (Summer 2020 – Fall 2020)

  • Admissions to summer and fall sessions are continuing and requests will all be processed as quickly as possible.

Access to Facilities

  • Access to UQAT centers, campuses and service points remains limited for all staff as well as for students until May 1st inclusively. Only people authorized by the director of material resources, Mr. Éric Arpin, will be able to circulate while respecting health and safety instructions. In order to obtain an authorization, you must therefore communicate with him by email specifying the reason or reasons of your request: eric.arpin@uqat.ca.
  • People attending campuses, centers and service points located in Amos, Mont-Laurier, La Sarre and Chibougamau must comply with the measures taken by the institutions owning the premises.

Rest assured that we recognize the extent to which this situation involves adjustments, sometimes significant, for each and every one of you. You will have our support throughout this adjustment period.

Take care of your health and that of your loved ones. Continue to follow the health measures suggested by public health, avoid travel and social gatherings.

Information

For any questions, you can write an email to: covid-19@uqat.ca. A follow-up will be done as soon as possible.

Balance work or studies from home as well as your family

As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UQAT University Community and the administration continues to follow developments closely.

In the context of schools or childcare services closing, many of you will have to combine work or studies at home with your family. We recognize that reconciling family and professional responsibilities is often a challenge. In order to assist you in organizing your remote work, we would like to share with you certain information that we find interesting:

Define a workspace
  If you want to define a workspace in the same room where your children are, here is an interesting tip: 

  • Set up a small desk next to yours. Your children will be able to settle there to play quiet games like drawing, making a puzzle, etc.

Communicate with your children
It is recommended that we take the time to speak to our children about the COVID-19 pandemic, however, without alarming them. Several sites have information on how to speak to our children about it.

Establish a work-family routine at home 
It can be difficult to maintain a so-called « normal » work schedule when you are with your children. A work-family routine could help you cope with the situation but remember that it is perfectly normal for this situation to have an impact on the performance of your work or studies, and we will be understanding.

We invite you to allow yourself some time to adapt and share your tips and advice with your colleagues and teammates. Together we are stronger.

We also reiterate the fact that public health care and hygiene measures must be followed. In addition, do not hesitate to use the psychosocial support services offered by UQAT.

Information 

For any questions, you can write an email to: covid-19@uqat.ca. A follow-up will be done as soon as possible.

Message to the University Community

As of today, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UQAT University Community and the administration continues to follow developments closely.

As of today, teaching activities will resume on March 30th and we are currently organizing the resumption of our activities, other than in face-to-face mode. Several meetings were conducted Friday with the directors of Teaching and Research Units (UER), Schools and Institutes, as well as those of UQAT graduate modules and programs.

Thus, as of today, UQAT Management has once again confirmed certain elements:

  • The end date of the winter session remains April 24, 2020.
  • Considering the suspension of teaching and research activities at UQAT between March 14th and March 29th, inclusively, the requirements for each course (assignments, exams, etc.) will be reviewed by the members of the teaching staff. Students will be informed by their respective teachers of the modifications made to each course outline.
  • Regarding the resumption of classes, professors and sessional instructors are invited to consider the fact that several students are also parents, caregivers or are part of the angel guardians of the health sector.
  • For the members of the teaching staff, let us recall the possible support of the University educational methods and distance education service (SPUFAD). Teachers are invited to consult the online resources at enseigner.uqat.ca (French only).
  • For the resumption of internships and practicums, many questions remain unanswered at this time. The conditions for resuming them are to be defined according to the evolution of the situation and the particularities of each type of internship and practicums. These methods will be proposed as soon as possible in collaboration with the module and program directors.

Information

For any questions, you can write an email to: covid-19@uqat.ca. A follow-up will be done as soon as possible.

Let us all be united and show humanity, creativity and audaciousness in this particular period.

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Email: covid-19@uqat.ca