Memorial University switches to online learning for the start of the winter semester


ST. JOHN’S – Memorial University will switch to online distance learning for the start of the winter semester.

In a December 22 statement, MUN Vice President Florentine Strzelczyk said classes will come back online until at least January 31, 2022 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the province and detection of the Omicron variant.

Originally scheduled to start on January 6, the winter semester will now start on January 10, with most courses reverting to an e-learning format.

Strzelczyk said some courses with in-person requirements, such as labs, performing and fine arts programs, and work placements, will be held in person, on campus, where possible.

Campus gatherings such as welcome orientation activities are also on hold until January 10.

Events after January 10 will take place at the discretion of the MUN health and safety team.

In addition, according to provincial public health guidelines, all students, faculty or staff who have left the province and are returning for the winter semester are required to self-isolate for five days.

All students coming to MUN for the first time at the start of the winter semester are also reminded to provide full proof of vaccination as soon as possible.

Vaccination exemption requests must be made online and will only be considered for medical conditions or other grounds protected by human rights law.

University buildings will reopen Jan. 4 at the Marine Institute and Jan. 5 for the St. John’s Campus and Grenfell Campus.

Additional counseling services were also offered at the Student Wellness and Counseling Center in St. John’s.

Corner Brook students can contact Grenfell Counseling and Psychology Services for more information on additional services.

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