Dean's message to students regarding COVID-19

Posted on March 13, 2020

Update (3:30 pm): After sending out this message, the Principal issued a statement announcing that undergraduate classes will suspended next week (Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20). Please see Queen's COVID-19 website for details.

Notice to instructors: To assist with contingency planning in responding to COVID-19, the Engineering Teaching and Learning team has provided this list of remote teaching options.

Friday, March 13, 2020
9:00 AM

Dear Students

I want to amplify the message that has been sent by the Principal earlier this week regarding the COVID-19 issue. This is a time of uncertainty and changing conditions. I know this can be stressful for you, and I want you to know that we are doing all we can to support students. I have had questions from staff, students, and faculty about whether Queen’s will cancel classes and/or exams. At this time classes (and tutorials, labs etc) are going on as usual at Queen’s.

As you have seen at other institutions (i.e. Western, Laurentian) the situation can change very quickly. It is important to know that the leadership team of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is working together with the University leadership to make decisions for the safety of all those concerned. In this situation decisions are being made based on the best advice from Public Health. As engineers, you will recognize the importance of the subject matter experts informing the decisions. We have a team led by Dr. David Walker and the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore and this team is constantly monitoring the changing situation at Queen’s to inform decision makers on the appropriate course of action.

If something changes that affects classes, we will inform you immediately, but at the current time classes (and labs and tutorials etc) are being held in their usual format.

Queen’s has a website that you can consult for information about the COVID-19 coronavirus. It has up-to-date information about prevention, travel, symptoms, public health updates, academic considerations and arrangements, FAQs etc.

I wish you all the best,

Dean Deluzio