New: COVID-19 Restrictions in Effect Dec. 13-Jan. 12
Effective December 13, 2020, new COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Government of Alberta will be in place. These restrictions may impact graduate students in the following ways:
Graduate students are expected to work from home, except in the case of research-based students who must be on campus in order to access laboratories, studio spaces or other facilities that provide equipment necessary to the student’s research. When it is not necessary for you to be on campus, you should work remotely.
Students who continue to conduct research on campus must do so in compliance with up-to-date and approved workspace safety plans. Please ensure you have reviewed and comply with your workspace safety plan.
Library and Cultural Resources (LCR) facilities, including the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL), will close. LCR will continue to offer a pick-up service for students who require physical resources.
FGS is exploring contingencies for oral exams. For students planning an oral exam during the period affected by the new restrictions, if you have booked a room in the TFDL for the exam, please plan to use the room. FGS will contact you directly only if another arrangement is required.
Please take note of the following general restrictions. As of December 13, 2020:
The fitness centre, pool and recreational facilities will close.
All Active Living group programs are suspended.
The University Athletics suspension first announced on Nov. 26 will continue.
Study spaces outside of libraries will remain open to solo study only.
Group studying is not allowed except in situations where two or more students must be physically present for the purpose of practice or a practical activity. Students should opt for virtual study groups instead.
If two or more students must be physically present to practice a specific activity, the students should stay 2 metres apart from one another at all times and be masked.
Students who must come within 2 metres of each other for practice, rehearsal, or study must wear a mask, even if they are outdoors.
Performance practices and rehearsals can occur; however performances, concerts, and inter-school performance activities are not allowed at this time.
Streaming a live performance for an exam is permissible if there is no live audience involved.
No social gatherings in indoor workplaces, such as lunchroom gatherings, are allowed.
Until further notice to the contrary, food courts will only be permitted to provide take out, there will be no use of tables and seating permitted.
New: Bursary for UCalgary Students
The Tuition Reinvestment Bursary is designed to help students with demonstrated financial need. This bursary program is funded by tuition fees paid by undergraduate, professional and graduate students. Learn more.
New: Spam Alert: Fraudulent Tutoring Requests We have been notified that some graduate students have been contacted regarding remote tutoring sessions. The individual claims to be seeking tutoring services for their child and requests personal details (e.g., full name, mailing address, phone number) for sending payment upfront. For information on how to detect and report spam, go to https://it.ucalgary.ca/it-security/phishing.
Reminder: CR/F (Credit/Fail) Course Grades for Fall 2020
As part of ongoing efforts to support student mental health and wellness, the University of Calgary is implementing flexible grading options for one of your Fall 2020 courses. This decision is in response to concerns raised about the stress many students continue to face during COVID-19. For a single graded course in which a grade of B- or above is achieved, graduate students can request the CR option rather than having their letter grade shown on their transcript.
CR grades are not included in GPA calculations; however, failing grades (C+ and below) will remain unchanged and will be used in GPA calculations.
You must request the CR grade by January 15, 2021. Details will be posted here and will be shared in upcoming issues of GRADpost. These measures will apply to any course scheduled during the Fall 2020 term, including regular, block week, and non-standard courses. Any courses scheduled over both Fall and Winter terms are exempt from flexible grading at this time.
There could be longer-term impacts of selecting a CR grade. Please consult with your supervisor, instructor or Graduate Program director if you have questions about potential impacts:
CR grades can affect a student’s ability to meet admission requirements for future programs, including further graduate and professional programs.
CR grades are not typically accepted for transfer credit at other institutions.
CR grades may impact your eligibility for scholarship consideration.
Dec. 12 - Start of exams for Fall 2020 semester Dec. 23 - End of exams for Fall 2020 semester Dec. 25 -31 - Holiday observance - University closed