COVID-19 — Community update, Mar. 25, 2020

As we move into the second week of an alternative delivery model for delivering university classes and adjust to working and learning from home, I would like to share the following updates with you.

Final Grading, Withdrawal Deadline Extended
Two important changes for undergraduate and graduate students were approved by General Faculties Council at its meeting on March 24, 2020.  These changes were communicated to our faculty and students earlier today.

Further information can be found at here.

Restricted Access at our Lethbridge Campus
As communicated previously, the University continues to move toward restricted access to campus and as a result building doors will be locked beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. Detailed information will be communicated tomorrow outlining access for those 1) required to work on campus for operations continuity, 2) required for critical research continuity, or 3) one-time access.

As a reminder, Anderson Hall remains open for students (and others in the campus community) to borrow laptops and/or access Wi-fi and these spaces are monitored to ensure physical distancing and cleaned between users.

Calgary Campus Update
The Bow Valley College Campus is now closed to staff and students unless coming to retrieve personal belongings from offices or lockers. All onsite services, food outlets, computer labs and common areas are now closed. Campus security is posted at the C-train entrance on South Campus, or the 6th Avenue SE entrance for North Campus from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm and will ask to see your staff/student ID to gain and track access to the buildings.

Cyber Attacks on Campus
Throughout the day, multiple university personnel experienced cyber attacks. In recent days, many news reports have reported increased cyber-attack frequencies – in the context of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically at the U of L, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of emails being received that appear to be coming from your supervisor or a colleague asking if you are free and requesting that you buy gift cards for them.  These are not legitimate and are coming from fake email addresses that look similar to those of your supervisor or colleague.

If you receive one of these emails please forward it to phishing@uleth.ca and then please delete it.

The efforts of our students, faculty and staff to help move us forward over the past couple of weeks are inspirational and I am sincerely thankful for your collective work and flexibility. Please continue to take diligent action to keep yourself healthy and safe as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.

Mike Mahon, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor


Contact:

COVID Inquiries | covid19.inquiries@uleth.ca | uleth.ca/covid-19