UPDATE: The COVID-19 situation continues to change quickly and the University is being proactive in its response. We understand your frustration with this. Decisions are being made with the health, safety and well-being of our campus community as the highest priority. The closure of the residences are aimed to reduce the number of people on campus and to further reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. We know the end of semester is stressful enough without a pandemic, and we are committed to supporting you through this in any way we can. Housing Services staff are working directly with affected students. Students who have no place to move to will not be forced out, and we’ll make accommodations for the effect this has on your coursework and exams. The University will also refund rent on a prorated basis for the remainder of the academic year. Additionally, we can provide mental health and financial aid resources to help you cope.
The University of Lethbridge continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is responding with the health and safety of our community in mind. At this time we have been directed to close ALL residence buildings. All 12-month and summer contracts are cancelled effective immediately. All residents are required to follow the timelines below.
Students living in the Siksika and Tsuutina Townhomes and Residence Village will be required to vacate by 4:00 PM on Monday, March 23.
Students living in University Hall, Kainai House, Piikani House and Mt. Blakiston House will be required to vacate by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24.
International students, and those without safe alternative housing options, may be permitted to stay however, they must notify Housing Services immediately at email@example.com and receive permission to do so. There will be limited capacity available and the University will no longer be offering services for those in residence buildings. Further, for those permitted to stay in residence beyond March 24, they will be required to adhere to a new policy of social distancing. There will be a zero-tolerance approach to enforcing this policy and individuals in breach will be immediately removed from campus.
These measures are meant to reduce the number of people on campus and to further reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
The U of L recognizes this is a significant and disruptive change and academic accommodations will be considered for students adversely affected. Students seeking academic accommodation should contact their instructor if required.
For more information about the U of L’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.uleth.ca/COVID-19.