April 2021

  • Provost’s report to the 689th meeting of Senate

    It is customary for the the Provost & Vice-President, Academic to provide a report to each meeting of Senate outlining plans, priorities, issues and other news. As these reports are already public through the University Secretariat Office, they will also be shared regularly through this memorandum page. Note that appendices to the report can be ... Continue reading

  • Letter from Human Resources on return to campus in the Fall

    The following letter to faculty and staff was issued by Human Resources on Tuesday, April 20. It is reproduced here to ensure the widest possible distribution. __________________________________ The health and safety of our community is a top priority as the University continues to plan for the return of our faculty and staff to campus. Members of the ... Continue reading

  • Guidance concerning academic accommodations for Ramadan

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by practicing Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. The basic requirement is for practicing Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset, meaning that no food or water should pass their lips for 17 hours a day. Further information about Ramadan can ... Continue reading

  • Update on academic planning for the Fall 2021 term

    Dear colleagues, On February 23, I released draft principles to guide academic planning for the Fall 2021 term. The document defines three potential scenarios that align with the Brock Stages of Re-Opening and lists the preparations the University is undertaking for each scenario. It also reiterates that academic planning is rightly within the purview of academic departments ... Continue reading

  • Provostial Guidance on the Use of Digital Learning Resources

    Following a discussion at Senate in the Fall, the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic have developed guidance for faculty members and instructors on the use of digital learning resources in their courses. This topic has become especially important as we continue to operate primarily online through the ... Continue reading