Concordia will be following the lead of universities across the country
Concordia University has officially announced the upcoming fall semester will be almost entirely online.
In an official statement made this afternoon, the administration said the decision was based on public health recommendations regarding social distancing, and that an online semester is the “responsible choice.”
Some exceptions will be made for courses that require hands-on learning, such as studio work, biology labs, and research labs. Concordia students involved with courses that are deemed an exception should expect big changes to how the courses will be taught in person.
The administration said the in-person classes will be taught with “fewer participants than usual, attending on a rotating basis.” More details regarding which other classes will remain on campus are still to come.
Students that are unable or uncomfortable attending in-person classes will be provided an online option for in-person classes.
Student access to campus life will also be affected, with all campus libraries closing during the fall. Online access to the library collections and research assistance will continue to be available.
Concordia’s announcement comes the same week as McGill’s announcement to move classes online.