University College of the North (UCN) will continue to deliver courses online or by other distance learning methods in the fall term that starts in September unless in-person instruction is absolutely required.
UCN said in a May 14 news release that its full suite of courses and programs will be offered in the fall using the teaching methods that currently being employed in the spring term continuing through the summer term as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The first day of classes for most programs is Sept. 10 and online orientation sessions for students will be offered online before it begins.
“Keeping students, faculty, and staff healthy, safe, and engaged in education is our chief focus as the new academic year begins,” said UCN academic and research vice-president Dr. Dan Smith. “UCN will be ready to help our students continue to pursue their educational goals while maintaining physical distancing.”
The hope is to return to return to classroom teaching sometime during the fall term or in the 2021 winter term.
“While we work to keep everyone safe, we look forward to eventually returning to campus,” said UCN president and vice-chancellor Doug Lauvstad. “Our plans for a general return to campus will depend on the public health situation. We want to continue to help protect the health of those learning and working on campus, and we will share more information regarding returning to campus life when the time is right.”