First two weeks of winter 2022 semester will be held online

As cases rise, Concordia has decided to delay in-person learning

As cases rise, Concordia has decided to delay in-person learning until Jan. 20. Photo Courtesy Brian Lapuz

Concordia University announced on Friday that the winter 2022 semester will begin online from Jan. 6 to Jan. 19 in response to the “rapidly shifting public health situation” as stated by the university in multiple mass emails.

As COVID-19 cases rose steadily due to the Omicron variant, the university undertook action when finals came to an end. The delay to in-person learning was initially set to last one week.

“In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Jan. 13. However, it’s important to be mindful of how the pandemic is evolving,” said the university’s Student Communications Team in a mass email.

This came following the health measures taken by the Quebec government which included the postponement of in-person learning for high schools and postsecondary students until Jan.10.

However, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases following the holidays, a secondary government announcement on Dec. 30 mandated that postsecondary institutions deliver classes remotely until Jan. 17. A province-wide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. would also be enforced for a minimum of three weeks.

As a result, the university announced on Dec. 31 that the delay would now last “from Thursday, January 6, to Wednesday, January 19, with the exception of certain labs.”

Concordia has also updated its health measures, always requiring face masks and two-meter distancing, except for a person alone in a closed space or eating/drinking while two meters away from others.

Libraries, residences, and student services will remain open, but an update on campus events remains.

Letters of attestation for university related activities during curfew hours are available for students and employees.

The university might adjust these measures depending on further updates from health authorities.