Given the uncertainty regarding the health and social measures that will be in effect in the fall considering the current pandemic and like other Québec and Canadian University establishments, the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) will offer almost all the activities for the 2020 fall and 2021 winter sessions other than in face-to-face mode. Building on the success of the 2020 winter and summer sessions, UQAT is doing everything it can to experience the 2020 fall and 2021 winter sessions in the most positive way possible, while ensuring a high-quality study experience for UQAT students.
It is in an atmosphere of humanity, creativity and audaciousness that the training will be offered thanks to the contribution of teachers and staff.
Creativity, flexibility and support will guide the organization and holding of the 2020 fall and 2021 winter sessions, and new students will be accompanied and supported in a particular way to encourage the start of their university studies in this particular context and remember temporary context.
— Denis Martel, Rector.
Almost all the training activities planned for the 2020 fall and 2021 winter sessions will be offered other than in face-to-face mode. The teaching methods will be adapted so that the training activities that will be offered other than face-to-face meet the objectives to be achieved as well as high-quality standards. Thus, any teaching that can be provided other than face-to-face will be. However, if the course objectives cannot be achieved other than in face-to-face teaching, certain activities may take place on the campuses and centres of the University following rigorous analysis. Among these, activities requiring laboratory or field presence as well as practical training activities, including internships/practicums, are targeted.
The teaching methods offered will be varied, and the possibilities are numerous, going from synchronous lessons with Via, Zoom or Teams, to narrated PowerPoint presentations or video capsules deposited on Moodle and to software requiring specific video performances.
Security protocols have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of students and staff members. In addition to ensuring the health and safety of people, these protocols ensure the smooth running of activities that will be offered face-to-face this fall as well as this winter on UQAT campuses and centres.
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.
For any questions regarding registration for a course of the 2020 fall session, please communicate by email with your module if it is an undergraduate course, or with your program, if it is a 2nd or 3rd cycle course. Please note that staff members are currently in telework mode, which can cause response times of more than 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding.
Certain flexibility measures have been put in place regarding the admission to UQAT of the students from CEGEP. Usually, to be eligible for conditional admission to UQAT, only one activity missing from the college diploma (DEC) is accepted. Considering the current situation, this rule will be eased and applications in which a maximum of three activities are missing, including the comprehensive program test or the uniform test of literature and language teaching, will be accepted. For some programs, specific conditions could be added. Normally, a period of no more than two terms (excluding the summer session) following registration with UQAT is granted to provide proof of satisfaction of the conditions. An extension of one term, for a maximum total of three terms (excluding the summer session), will be granted to students conditionally admitted in the fall of 2019, in the winter of 2020 and in the fall 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.Click here
Exceptionally, in connection with the current COVID-19 crisis and in order to allow as many students as possible to continue their university studies, registrations for the 2021 winter session will be possible even if a balance of tuition fees related to courses taken during the year 2020 remain unpaid. In addition, the deadline for paying tuition fees for the 2020 winter, summer and fall sessions has been extended until January 22nd, 2021.
Several services are available to support you in your university journey during this challenging period involving several changes and adaptations of each and everyone. We invite you to consult the Fall 2020 Studies Kit available on Symbiose site.
Access to UQAT centres, campuses and service points remains limited for all staff members as well as for students until further notice. Currently, only certain activities are carried out on-site, including targeted research activities, building maintenance as well as some administrative activities requiring a presence in the facilities.
Before entering, you must follow the procedure found in the Fall 2020 Student Kit or in the Fall 2020 Employee Kit available on Symbiose.
Each day that a person will have to access a UQAT facility, a form on access to the buildings and declaration of state of health must be completed to ensure the health and safety of everyone on the premises. The form is found in the Fall 2020 Student Kit or in the Fall 2020 Employee Kit available on Symbiose.
For more information or for any special request, it is possible for students to communicate directly with the various departments.
Students who must go to UQAT to pick up personal belongings must obtain the approval of Mr. Éric Arpin by email at email@example.com. Gradually, this new procedure will apply to other centres and campuses.
All questions related to the access of UQAT facilities can be sent by email to Mr. Éric Arpin at firstname.lastname@example.org, who can then refer you to the right person if necessary.
Research activities in the campuses and centres of the University and in the field resumed little by little since May and gradually thereafter in accordance with the instructions of public health and occupational health and safety. The people concerned will be contacted by the people responsible for the laboratories following the approval of the business resumption plans by the management of UQAT.
The priority of resuming research activities is to enable graduate students to continue their training course and to respond to partnership agreements with companies and organizations. Graduate students must remain in contact with their research director or their immediate supervisor during their stay at the University facilities or in the field. The current health and safety rules apply to both students and staff.
Access to the facilities is possible for members of the research teams (teaching staff, staff members as well as students) who must use equipment located in UQAT facilities to carry out their research activities. Graduate students can also attend centres and campuses to access their workstations according to the instructions issued following the analysis of the premises accommodating the workstations.
Meetings between graduate students and the person or people who supervise their research, creation, intervention or internship activities are also authorized. It is advisable to hold these meetings in meeting rooms rather than in the professors’ offices, in order to easily respect the physical distance of at least 2 meters between the individuals present. Staff members can reserve a meeting room with the Financial Resources and Procurement Service at: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The UQAT Research Ethics Committee (CER-UQAT) remains operational and will continue to evaluate all planned research projects, renewal and modification requests.
From a preventive perspective, travels outside of Canada for all staff and students are no longer guaranteed. Therefore, these trips, whether for work or university studies, are prohibited until further notice, regardless of the region of the world in which they were to occur. When inbound and outbound mobility is authorized in Canada, new rules respecting health and safety standards will be issued.
Welcoming visitors, postdoctoral fellows and research interns are suspended until further notice. When inbound and outbound mobility is authorized in Canada, new rules respecting health and safety standards will be issued.
All face-to-face academic events, including symposia, conferences and lectures, are suspended until further notice.
Anyone returning to Canada from outside the country must self-isolate at home for fourteen days upon their return as a preventive measure, regardless of where they’re arriving from.
The student or employee of UQAT who experiences symptoms associated with Covid-19 (fever (over 38°C), cough, difficulty breathing, loss of smell or extreme fatigue) or has been in close contact with a person diagnosed positive for Covid-19, must call this number: 1 877 644-4545. If, following a detection test, a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 is declared or if Public Health asks you to isolate, we ask you to inform us by writing to us at: email@example.com.
In the email, please explain your situation and leave a telephone number for a staff member to contact you..