NEWS & EVENTS 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A Message from USB President

To all members of the Université de Saint-Boniface community,

Friday, March 13, 2020 – Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) continues to closely monitor the evolution of COVID-19 and is taking appropriate measures to prevent community transmission on its campus.

In light of this rapidly evolving situation, USB is announcing the following measures effective immediately:

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College and University Courses Offered in Person

USB is suspending all in-person class, laboratories, exams as well as activities and class outings as of March 13, 2020, and for the rest of the winter semester.

Our goal is to help students finish their winter session courses. As only three weeks of classes remain, academic integrity is not in question and academic requirements are maintained. Deans and directors will work in collaboration with faculty to identify alternative teaching-learning and assessment methods.

Students are required to check their @monusb.ca email and eCampus to find out about course requirements and changes that have been made by faculty members.

We rely on the expertise of our faculty members to adjust teaching-learning and evaluation methods as need. As such, they will have until March 20 to provide to students with information on changes and requirements for courses and laboratories for which they are responsible. Deans and directors remain available to faculty members who wish to discuss this further.

Online Courses

All online course offerings are maintained.

University and College Practicums

Faculties and schools responsible for practicums and internships will make decisions on changes to practicums based on the particular requirements of each program or the practicum setting. Students must check their e-mail @monusb.ca and eCampus, where applicable, to find out what requirements are expected and what adjustments have been made.

Courses and Activities of the Continuing Education Division

All classes offered in person by the Continuing Education Division are cancelled until the end of the winter session.

The Continuing Education Division’s Camplus sur campus program is cancelled.

More information on the Continuing Education Division’s upcoming Spring activities and courses will be available in the coming weeks.

Intersession and Classes Offered in the Spring

Information on university and college courses for the intersession will be provided at a later date as the situation evolves.

USB Keeps Its Campus Open

Unless otherwise notified, all services to students as well as residences remain accessible.

However, please be aware that the Sportex will close its doors as of 5PM March 13.

All staff members and faculty are asked to maintain their professional activities.

Events and Travel

All events scheduled until May 31, 2020, on the USB campus have been postponed or cancelled.

Any USB work-related travel has been suspended until further notice. This applies to all support staff, faculty and students.

A Team Effort

I understand that these actions will cause significant disruptions and inconveniences. However, it is incumbent upon us to do all that is possible to support the social distancing efforts within our province. We are grateful for your continued efforts, patience and understanding as we work to meet this challenge together. We take these measures to reduce risks, following recommendations from the Province of Manitoba and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, as well as of visitors on our campus is our top priority. The University has a plan to ensure the continuity of its activities and we are actively working to resolve operational issues.

USB will be offering updates on its website as more information becomes available. As well, to learn about health precautions recommended to help stop the spread of the virus, visit ustboniface.ca/covid19.

Let’s work together to protect the health of our community.

Sophie Bouffard, Ph.D.

 


March 31, 2020

USB Closes Off Access To Its Campus 

The university building will be permanently and indefinitely closed as of April 1st, 2020. Access to the student residence will be strictly limited to students only, except to allow for inspections, maintenance and repairs, as well as security services.

We are taking these and other precautionary steps to ensure the continued safety of all members of our community. We are thankful for your ongoing collaboration, patience and support while we work through these difficult times.

Current Status
There is no reason to believe that those continuing to work on-campus are at immediate risk. To date, no COVID-19 cases have been identified at USB or among the personnel currently working remotely. 

USB consults on a daily basis recommendations from provincial and federal health authorities, and continues to coordinate with other Manitoba post-secondary institutions in an effort to ensure the best for our student body, personnel and professors.


March 27, 2020

USB Closed This Weekend 

The university building will be closed this weekend, Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.

March 23, 2020

Exams, Intersession and Computer Lab 1441

Exams: Reminder that there will be no in-person exams for the Winter 2020 session. Professors will communicate with their students to clarify the exam process.

Intersession: Intersession and summer courses are still slated to begin the week of May 4th. All classes will be offered via distance-learning. Registration period has been pushed back to Monday, March 30. For more information, visit https://ustboniface.ca/registrariat et https://ustboniface.ca/horaires (French only).

Also note that computer lab 1441 is closed until further notice.


March 20, 2020

Convocation Postponed and In-Person Student Services Suspended

Due to the current extraordinary circumstances, USB finds itself obligated to postpone the upcoming Spring university and college convocations, as well as suspend in-person student services.

In the following weeks, USB administration will weigh options in the postponement of the convocations in order to allow students to properly celebrate their success, surrounded by their families and friends. The details regarding these events will be communicated at a later time.

USB will cease all in-person student services as of March 23, 2020 until further notice. Students wanting to access the building may be asked to produce a student ID card or other photo ID. Note that the computer lab (1441) will remain open, as well as the library, which is open Mon-Fri from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for the use of computers only.


March 17, 2020

No Access to USB Overnight

In order to ensure the safety and security of our community, USB is implementing additional security measures. As of Wednesday, March 18, the building will be closed overnight during the week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Security will be ensuring that common areas are evacuated.

Hours of operation during the weekend will remain the same, ie 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Points of entry at all times will be limited to 531 Aulneau and the Marcel-A.-Desautels health pavilion. 


March 16, 2020

Preventative Measures in Place

Last week, cases of COVID-19 appeared in Winnipeg. In accordance with its protocol for preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses, Université de Saint-Boniface has enacted the follow measures: 

  • intensified and targeted cleaning of all flat surfaces with which the USB population may often come into contact (doorknobs, phones, keyboards, railings, arms of chairs, etc.);
  • leaving open doors to common areas (bathrooms, library, student centre, etc.);
  • public posting of best practices on how to better protect yourself from COVID-19;
  • cancellation of all conferences and gatherings.

Note that the following student services are suspended:

  • Sportex;
  • Chapel;
  • Tutoring (no cancellation fees will be imposed).

As the campus remains opens, other student services will be making modifications to their operations in order to ensure the health and safety of all. Click the links below for more information (French only). 

Registrariat
Bureau de logement

 


March 11, 2020

Pandemic Status

USB has been made aware of the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the new pandemic status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Currently, Manitoba remains without a reported case, and the Public Health Agency of Canada identifies the risk of Canadians as "low".

Since March 10, Italy joins the ranks of China and Iran with a designation of Level 3, described by the Government of Canada as an area to avoid for all non essential travel.

USB administration remains vigilant as to every development to make informed and responsible decisions regarding necessary adjustments to normal practices and activities.

The guidelines below remain in effect.

 


March 4, 2020

Guidelines for Prevention of the Coronavirus

Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) has received questions regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19 from students, staff and faculty. Although there is a low risk that Coronavirus COVID-19 will present itself in our community, USB is closely monitoring the situation and will take further action as required.

For updates on this situation, visit this page.

Information on Coronavirus

To find out more about the Coronavirus COVID-19, please consult the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.

Recommendations From Public Health Agencies

USB's management team is following recommendations from Provincial and Federal authorities that have expertise in this file. At this time, USB has taken no extraordinary measures for students or staff beyond what is recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Manitoba. The following offers an overview of these recommendations.

Self-Monitoring

Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after their return to Canada, or since their last known contact or exposure to the virus:

  • all returning international travellers;
  • all persons having had close contact (within 2 meters/6 feet) with individuals showing flu-like symptoms who have traveled internationally within 14 days prior to becoming sick.

Information on self-monitoring is available by clicking on Government of Manitoba’s link:

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Contains Advice for Self-monitoring)

Travellers and Self-Isolation

Manitoba Health recommends self-isolation for 14 days after returning from the following regions or since their last known contact or exposure to the virus:

  • travellers returning from the province of Hubei;
  • travellers returning from Iran;
  • individuals who have had contact with or probable exposure to COVID 19;
  • laboratory workers exposed to the virus in their workplace.

Information on self-isolation is available by clicking on Government of Manitoba’s link:

Self-Isolation Fact Sheet

Travellers returning to Canada should be tested for COVID-19 if:

  • they are returning from any of the countries experiencing community transmission of COVID-19 (China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam); AND
  • are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (i.e. fever) within 14 days of returning to Canada.

For a complete list of countries that are reporting COVID-19 cases, click on the following link : https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Travellers who develop cold or flu-like symptoms within 14 days of returning to Canada should contact Health Links/Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 to determine whether testing for COVID-19 is required. In cases where testing is not recommended, Manitoba Health stipulates that these individuals should self-isolate until they are well.

How to Protect Yourself

As a precaution, and to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap, under warm water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing with soap is not possible.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you are suffering from a cold or flu, or if you have a fever, stay home.

Other Resources

To find out more, click on the following links:

Manitoba Health
Canada Public Health Agency

The Government of Canada regularly updates its travel advice:

Travel Advice

Adapted from the following sources:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/index.html
https://news.umanitoba.ca/university-message-on-the-coronavirus

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