September

COVID-19 self-reporting guidelines and response plan

COVID-19 reporting and response plans that include guidelines for faculty, staff, and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus are available in the Safety Protocols section at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php. 

Fall Convocation will be a Virtual Celebration 

Unfortunately, as was the case for our 2020 Spring Convocation, due to the pandemic, the 2020 Fall Convocation ceremonies will not be held in person. Although we cannot honour the achievements of our graduates in person, we will celebrate them in other ways.

The Fall Convocation ceremony would have taken place on November 10, and planning is currently underway for a memorable and meaningful virtual celebration on that same day. Beginning mid-November, all fall graduates will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates by mail. For more information about graduation, visit the graduation webpage.

Child care spots available on campus

The pandemic required that our child care centres close for a period of time but all three centres are now up and fully running. Spots in these centres are reserved for the children of USask students, staff and faculty. There are spots available immediately. For more information please contact the centres directly:

  • The USSU Childcare Centre with two locations on Cumberland – spots open for children 6 months to 6 years old - call 306-966-2777 or email executivedirector@ussuchildcarecentre.ca
  • Campus Daycare located in the Education Building – spots open for children 30 months (toilet trained) to 6 years old - call 306-966-7807 or email campus.daycare@usask.ca (ask for Lorie)

Fit Centre reopening October 5 to USask students

The Fit Centre is excited to welcome student members back on Monday, October 5, 2020.

This includes weight room access and indoor fitness classes. At this time, we are allowing students to secure one-hour time slots, up to three days in advance, to ensure we are able to offer a safe and hygienic space to exercise within the limited capacity. We will continue to re-evaluate our capacity numbers weekly with the potential to open more exercise opportunities to our other members.

For more information and new protocols, please click here.

COVID Alert app now available in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents can now download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information. The COVID Alert is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Find out more about the app.

USask unites: Virologist discusses the realities of research amid COVID-19 pandemic

When it comes to developing a vaccine for COVID-19, a virus that has claimed more than 970,000 lives worldwide thus far, researchers, clinicians and public health experts from across the globe have dedicated themselves completely to looking for a solution to this global health threat. Read more

Food options on campus 

For faculty, staff, and students approved for campus access at this time, here are the options available for weekday on-campus food and beverage services:

Culinary Services has two locations open. See culinaryservices.usask.ca/where-to-eat/our-locations.php

  • Marquis Culinary Centre open Monday to Friday 11 am to 2 pm order online and take away.
  • House and Quarter Takeaway  (in Grad House, across from College Quarter off of Aird Street) open Monday to Friday 11 am to 2 pm come by to check out the menu for takeaway

Louis’ Loft is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm. You can order online to pick-up and you can dine in at ussu.ca/main-page/services/louis-loft/

STM Choices is open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm. You can order online and pick-up at stmcollege.ca/eat-here/index.php

COVID-19 safety training required for those authorized to return to campus

Online COVID-19 Health and Safety Training is a mandatory requirement for everyone who is authorized for activity on campus. Training must be complete prior to returning to campus.

The training program takes 30 minutes to complete and includes safety guidelines, including instruction on how to correctly wear personal protective equipment.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Training is open to the entire USask community, including those who are not returning to campus.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Winter term update

Last week, President Stoicheff announced that the University of Saskatchewan has decided on a continued hybrid approach to program delivery for the winter term, which begins January 2021 through to at least the end of April 2021.

Read the complete President's update on winter term planning (see last week's Sept 10 message update below). 

Employee pandemic engagement survey results 

Earlier this summer the university conducted a Pandemic Engagement Survey to help us better understand employee’s experiences working remotely and how they are coping with the dramatic changes brought on by the pandemic. The feedback we received through the survey was extremely valuable and helped guide our decision making about the continuance of our current remote work arrangements, and identify resources that are required to ensure faculty and staff are working safely and efficiently from home. 

Read more about the pandemic engagement survey results.

USask researchers take aim at airborne COVID-19 virus

Daily moments made potentially risky by COVID-19, such as cramming into a crowded bus or elevator, sitting in a packed classroom, and visiting a vulnerable relative in long-term care, may be rendered safer again thanks to new federally funded University of Saskatchewan research into ventilation systems. Learn more. 

Fit Centre reopening October 5th to USask students

The Fit Centre is excited to welcome student members back on Monday, October 5, 2020.

This includes weight room access and indoor fitness classes. At this time, we are allowing students to secure one-hour time slots, up to three days in advance, to ensure we are able to offer a safe and hygienic space to exercise within the limited capacity. We will continue to re-evaluate our capacity numbers weekly with the potential to open more exercise opportunities to our other members.

For more information and new protocols, please click here.

Check the availability of campus operations

Despite university buildings remaining closed, with only limited access to those who have approval, many university services are still operating by appointment or through remote delivery. Check the availability and status of many university services at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php. 

Web and video conferencing best practices

Working remotely has required many of us to rely on web and video conferencing technology as the primary way to connect with colleagues and carry out our day-to-day work activities. Here are some tips to keep in mind before hosting or joining your next meeting to help improve the safety and quality of your calls.

On campus mail and parcel pick up

The majority of packages sent to addresses located on campus are being re-routed to the University Services Building where they are received and delivered to the campus address on the package. If you are expecting a delivery please contact a member of your college or unit who has access to your department mail prior to contacting Facilities Support Services.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has decided on a continued hybrid approach to program delivery for winter term, which begins January 2021 through to at least the end of April 2021.

Similar to fall term, the hybrid delivery model will combine primarily remote online learning, with limited clinical, laboratory and other physical instruction only where required to meet specific teaching goals and where circumstances permit, in consultation with public health and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer. Information on specific courses will be communicated by colleges and schools in the coming month.

This direction aligns with other post-secondary sector partners in Saskatchewan and is based on consultation with key stakeholders along with the comprehensive analysis and planning work done with current pandemic knowledge and projections by our Pandemic Response and Recovery Team (PRT). The planned direction provides the programming flexibility needed to manage the potential risks while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Consistent with the approach taken in fall, academic program planning and decision-making will stem from discussions within colleges followed by a university-level confirmation to ensure co-ordination.

The safety and well-being of our campus communities is our number one priority, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials as we move through the pandemic. For continued campus safety, all staff currently working remotely will continue to work remotely, until further notice. This helps ensure the health and safety for those students, staff and faculty who are required to be on campus.

We appreciate the innovation and flexibility that has been shown over the past several months as we continue to adapt to the changes brought on by the pandemic. With thoughtfulness, responsiveness and resiliency, we will continue to work with the province to adjust our plans as necessary as we remain focused on delivering our world-class academic programming and research.

Peter Stoicheff
President and vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan

Winter term update

The University of Saskatchewan is planning for a continued hybrid approach to program delivery for winter term, which begins January 2021 through to at least the end of April 2021.

Similar to fall term, the hybrid delivery model will combine primarily remote online learning, with limited clinical, laboratory and other physical instruction only where required to meet specific teaching goals and where circumstances permit, in consultation with public health and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer. Information on specific courses will be communicated by colleges and schools in the coming month. Read the complete President's update on winter term planning (see above). 

USask professors innovate as fall term classes offered remotely

Professors in USask’s College of Arts and Science have been looking at innovative ways to teach their courses in Term 1 as students, faculty and staff adjust to the changes necessitated by the ongoing global health crisis. Learn more.

COVID-19 self-reporting guidelines and response plan

USask recently published a COVID-19 response plan which includes guidelines for faculty, staff and students to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus. Visit the Safety Protocols to learn more. 

USask Rec offering outdoor classes

USask Rec is excited to begin reopening recreational programming on campus. Recreation activities will look different when you return, but the measures taken are to keep us all safe. Starting this week, we are offering outdoor fitness classes and CPR and First-Aid training for students, faculty, and staff. For more details and to secure your spot, click here.

Plans to reopen the Fit Centre, other areas of recreation on campus continue to be prioritized and we are proud to be offering virtual recreation programming this fall. We also continue to work on plans for Campus Recreation intramurals and will be offering virtual learn-to programming for students.

For the latest information on USask Rec’s reopening plans, please click here.

Stay connected through MySaskHealth and the COVID Alert mobile app

Sign up for MySaskHealthRecord to track your personal health information online anywhere, anytimeOnce you register for MySaskHealthRecord, you will have quick and easy access to a secure website that contains your personal health information including:

  • Laboratory Test Results
  • Medical Imaging Reports
  • Clinical Visit History, such as hospital visits
  • Immunization History

The COVID Alert app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear. Learn more and download the app at canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html.

Safety Resources available to support your needs

Safety Resources continues to work both on-campus and remotely to support the entire USask community and is providing their standard services plus enhanced offerings in support of COVID-19 health and safety.

These services include:

  • Hazard and Incident Reporting;
  • Occupation Hygiene including ergonomics and respirator fit testing;
  • Laboratory and Research Safety including Research Permits, Lab Inspections;
  • Hazardous Waste Management;
  • Fire and Life Safety Services; and 
  • COVID-19 Training, Resources and Exposure Control Plan Development.

For more information visit safetyresources.usask.ca, or contact us at 306-966-4675 or safetyresources@usask.ca.

Making virtual connections 

When the University of Saskatchewan transitioned most of its teaching and learning activities to remote delivery this past spring many university systems and processes needed to quickly adapt in order to support the vital academic and administrative activities. Learn how the Western College of Veterinary Medicine used WebEx to complete their student application process.

Loneliness and Social Isolation In Today's World webinar

Despite living in a world with instant electronic access to friends, family and all manner of online social networks, the rates of reported loneliness and social isolation have been steadily increasing, which impacts not only psychological well-being but physical health as well. Loneliness is now considered a health risk factor on par with cigarette smoking.

This webinar, which takes place on Sept. 16, 3-4 pm, will address the possible reasons for loneliness and identify actions participants can take to increase their emotional connection with others and decrease the risk of social isolation. Register Now. 

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available.

USask respirologist offers tips for wearing masks, and why they work

Wearing a mask is now mandatory indoors for those on campus, and a University of Saskatchewan (USask) respiratory expert says there are plenty of good reasons why they help protect you and others around you. Learn more.

Keep your home mailing address up to date

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is important you provide your address so we can offer you relevant information, services and supports. The information will also be used for statistical purposes.

To enter your location:

  1. Log in to myprofile.usask.ca using your NSID and password
  2. In the blue information box at the top of the page, select “Add your location”
  3. Select a study location from the addresses listed or add a new address
    • If you are studying from a rural location, provide the mailing address for the location you are studying from
  4. Select “Save changes”

If you have technical problems entering your information into My Profile, go to the IT Support Portal and submit a general IT request. 

Mask usage tips

Cloth face-coverings, like disposable non-medical masks, can be effective in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 and can be a more cost-effective way to help reduce the amount of waste generated by the campus community. Cloth face-coverings can be obtained from USask Stores or Shop USask.

Graduate student study space

Starting September 8 graduate students will be able to apply for on-campus study space in the Education building where they can do their work safely. In order to access these rooms, graduate students must have their supervising faculty members fill out a form authorizing them access to the booking system in 25Live.

Once submitted, Space Booking will email the students with further information on how to book the space. Students are able to book three four-hour shifts per week and are required to wipe down their space at the beginning and end of each of their timeslots. Students must wear masks on campus and in shared study spaces but may remove them while sitting at their table, provided they are maintaining social distancing protocols.  

USask unites: Grad works to bring better PPE to province

As the CEO and owner of Proteus Waters, a company that specializes in wastewater treatment and water recovery, Jason Tratch (BSC’95, BSA’98) is no stranger to introducing new technologies across Canada. When the coronavirus pandemic hit Saskatchewan, Tratch knew he had to move quickly. Learn more.

Masks required on Saskatoon Transit 

To protect the health and safety of bus riders, residents, and employees, non-medical face masks are required when traveling on Saskatoon Transit as of September 1. This change will allow Saskatoon Transit to safely operate full-seated loads to meet the demand on all fixed-route and Access Transit buses. As an added safety measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, masks are recommended, but not required, when access indoor City-operated facilities and services.

University buildings remain closed

With the fall term now underway, an important reminder that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

August

Masks required in all indoor public spaces on campus

As of August 24, all faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses are expected to wear a face mask in all indoor common or shared spaces. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, labs, study spaces, elevators and other designated shared spaces. See Mask guidelines or viist our COVID-19 FAQ for more information.

All university buildings remain closed, with only limited access to faculty, staff and students who are required to be on campus or have approved access.

Final week for requests for the resumption of on-campus activities 

The deadline to receive applications for the next round of submissions for the resumption of on-campus research, scholarly and artistic work, as well as academic program development is Friday, August 28. Applications will be reviewed as they are received to expedite the process.   

Researchers must follow the process outlined under “Steps for Making a Request”. The JIRA form can be used for both campus and field activity. For field activity, researchers should select “Other” when asked for building location. All research team members will need to complete the online COVID-19 Health and Safety Training.

Please continue to use the request for campus activity form for submitting your specific request. 

COVID-19 Safety on campus

As the university prepares for Fall Term, plans and procedures related to COVID-19 continue to evolve. For those approved to be on campus, USask is currently developing the guidelines for reporting illness to your supervisor or instructor/college program leader, responsibilities related to contact tracing, and expectations on when to self-isolate. Once finalized these policies will be shared with the entire campus community. The university is working closely with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and in the event that a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the university will follow the SHA protocols.

In addition to the guidelines in progress, there are a number of existing safety measures and supports available on campus including:

  1. The COVID-19 Self-Monitoring Checklist is to be completed daily by everyone working on campus.
  2. COVID-19 Health and Safety Training is available to all USask personnel and is required for all employees working on campus.
  3. All students, staff, and faculty on campus are required to update their Work Location Journal every day recording what rooms, offices, laboratories, and buildings they have visited each day.
  4. The Laboratory Safety Manual COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement is intended to provide updates to fundamental health and safety practices for approved researchers during the Covid-19 Pandemic and phased reopening.
  5. Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment are available.

Keeping plants green during COVID-19: Employee profile with Sue Johnson

As the Department of Biology’s plant growth facility manager, Sue Johnson ensures that students and scientists have the plants, materials, supplies and supports they need for their studies and research. Discover how Sue and a core group of USask employees have continued working on campus throughout the pandemic to keep vital research plants alive.  

Inside Canada's race for a COVID-19 vaccine 

For months, CBC Saskatoon reporter Alicia Bridges was granted special access to the work of Canadian scientists racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine at USask's VIDO-InterVac. Listen to the entire podcast available here

Updated Saskatoon Transit routes

Starting Sunday, August 30, 2020 a number of significant adjustments will be made to Saskatoon Transit routes in order to better serve customers and the demand for transit. As the University of Saskatchewan will primarily be hosting remote classes for the fall 2020 semester, Saskatoon Transit will have limited bus routes returning to Place Riel.

Transit customers are encouraged to learn about the route changes by going to the website and looking at the new schedules before they take effect on August 30. An overview of the affected routes is available on postcards from operators and at the Customer Service Centre in the downtown terminal. All new schedules are available at SaskatoonTransit.ca/route-and-schedules or by phoning the Customer Service Centre at 306-975-3100.

University buildings remain closed

Please note that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available

The USask community has taken incredible steps in the face of unprecedented circumstances, and together we have demonstrated remarkable resilience during this pandemic. Our community’s response has played an important role in helping the province to flatten the curve, and everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated. As members of the campus community, we are all in this together, and we are now taking the next step to protect each other on campus. 

The best public health evidence available tells us that masks make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. Effective Monday August 24, 2020, the University of Saskatchewan is making face masks (non-medical mask or cloth face-coverings) mandatory on our campuses for all indoor common or shared spaces. The week of August 17 will be a transition week to allow staff, students, and faculty appropriate time to acquire any needed cloth or disposable face masks. All university buildings remain closed, with only limited access to faculty, staff and students who are required to be on campus or have approved access. 

As of Aug 24, all faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert will be expected to wear a face mask in all indoor common spaces. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, labs, study spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, and other designated shared spaces. Students living in residence must wear a face mask in all common and designated areas. If you are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters, you are also requested to wear a mask. 

The health and safety of our campus and the broader community has always been the primary principle guiding our decision making during the pandemic. Creating and maintaining healthy work and learning environments is foundational to USask’s principles and values, and even more critical during the pandemic. A face mask covering your nose and mouth protects those around you as COVID-19 is spread through breathing, coughs, sneezes, and respiratory secretions. Non-medical masks or cloth face-coverings help limit the dispersion of coughs/sneezes; can reduce the frequency of face touches; and in combination with social distancing and good hand hygiene, have been shown to reduce your risk of illness. Many times, pre-symptomatic individuals can spread the virus for up to 48 hours before showing symptoms. In addition, up to 25 per cent of people who have the virus show no symptoms, so even if you feel fine, a face mask can still protect those around you in the event you are asymptomatic. 

Faculty, staff and students can purchase cloth and disposable through the Facilities Store (with a CFOAPAL), Shop usask, or at many non-university retailers. USask will have a supply of disposable masks available to any member of the campus community who is required and approved to be on campus and is without a mask. Disposable masks can be obtained on campus at locations to be announced next week.  

Students, faculty, and staff may wear their own personal face covering (non-medical mask or cloth face-coverings) as long as they meet appropriate guidelines (more information here). It is important to understand the proper methods of donning and doffing your mask, as well as how to clean it after use, which will be each individual’s responsibility. There are programs that have very specific regulations developed around mask usage and other PPE needs. Please check with your program or unit for specific mask protocols.  

Signage is being installed over the next two weeks throughout campus to clearly indicate which spaces require face masks. There are some exceptions to mandatory face masks—children under 2 years of age, those who can’t don or doff a mask, individuals requiring a medical exception—but in general, it is expected that all university community members as well as visitors will follow this requirement.  For individuals who are unable to wear a face mask, a transparent full-face shield is an option.  If neither a face mask or face shield can be worn, working or learning remotely may be necessary. 

We will continue to implement necessary measures in compliance with federal and provincial health directives. Our university, like universities around the world, is an ideal setting for the spread of COVID-19. We welcome people from across the province, the country, and around the globe, and the majority of students and staff on campus are in the age groups known to test positively most often. This, in combination with the close-quartered indoor nature of our teaching, learning, and research environments requires continual analysis and decisions around all health and safety protocols in place during this pandemic. 

If you have any questions, please read visit our FAQ, or contact covid19@usask.ca 

New: masks required in all indoor public spaces on campus

In effort to further protect our campus and broader communities, and in compliance with best public health evidence, USask is making face masks (non-medical mask or cloth face-coverings) mandatory on our campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert for all indoor common or shared spaces.

As of August 24, all faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses are expected to wear a face mask in all indoor common or shared spaces. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, labs, study spaces, elevators and other designated shared spaces. Read the full update here.

All university buildings remain closed, with only limited access to faculty, staff and students who are required to be on campus or have approved access.

USask masks available at Shop USask

USask branded masks are available to purchase online or at Shop USask at Preston Crossing. For every mask sold, Shop USask is donating $1 to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust. This trust provides funding to students experiencing financial and personal crises as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks are priced to enable Consumer Services to recover the costs of the masks sold plus provide the $1 donation. Should any additional profit remain following the Emergency Fund donation, it will be contributed to the Consumer Services' general revenue fund that supports all university operations.

Requests for the resumption of on-campus activities 

The next round of submissions for the resumption of on-campus research, scholarly and artistic work, as well as academic program development, is now open to August 28. Applications will be reviewed as they are received to expedite the process.   

Researchers must follow the process outlined under “Steps for Making a Request” on this page. The JIRA form can be used for both campus and field activity. For field activity, researchers should select “Other” when asked for building location. All research team members will need to complete the online COVID-19 Health and Safety Training.

Please continue to use the request for campus activity form for submitting your specific request. Visit updates.usask.ca for more information. 

Making a difference: USask research centres help to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Several University of Saskatchewan research centres are supporting the international effort to fight COVID-19 with some of the most advanced research tools Canada has to offer. Learn how university centre's such as VIDO-InerVac, the Canadian Light Source, the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Science, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation and the Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. are making major contributions in the fight agains COVID-19.

On Campus parking lots resume normal operations

All surface parking lots (with the exception of Lot S - which is currently closed due to construction) along with Stadium Parkade have resumed normal operations. For more information on Parking Services visit parking.usask.ca/index.php.

USask unites: Exceeding the need

For the past four months, Danno Peters (BE'19) has provided 11,000 ear savers and face shields to assist front-line workers combating COVID-19 across western Canada. And he’s doing it all out of the goodness of his heart. Read more.

COVID-19 and your mental health 

A pandemic is a very stressful event for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display great resiliency during times of crisis.

We should remember that this is absolutely the time to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically, we need to stay close emotionally. So, while you’re staying in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support. Online resources are available at wellness.usask.ca/covid-19.php to help guide you through these challenging times.

University buildings remain closed

Please note that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at updates.usask.ca/campus-status.php

Next call for requests for the resumption of on-campus activities 

The next round of submissions for the resumption of on-campus research, scholarly and artistic work, as well as academic program development, will be open from August 10 to August 28. Applications will be reviewed as they are received to expedite the process.   

Researchers must follow the process outlined under “Steps for Making a Request” on this page. The JIRA form can be used for both campus and field activity. For field activity, researchers should select “Other” when asked for building location. All research team members will need to complete the online COVID-19 Health and Safety Training.

Please continue to use the request for campus activity form for submitting your specific request. Visit updates.usask.ca for more information. 

Life on campus in the time of COVID: Employee profile with Dean Yurkowski

Dean Yurkowski, radiation safety specialist, shares what life is like on campus during COVID-19. Learn about what his experience was returning to campus.

New entry restrictions to Canada for international students

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced changes to COVID-19 travel and entry restrictions to Canada. These changes should have a positive impact on international students starting their studies at USask in the 2020 Fall Term: 

  • International students who start their program abroad without a study permit can now count that time studying abroad toward their post-graduate work permit validity period if they meet certain criteria. 
  • IRCC announced a new two-stage process for study permit applications made outside of Canada. The new process should help alleviate a backlog of applications around the world.

To learn about the specifics of these new regulations, please visit the international students page on updates.usask.ca, or contact the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) at international.students@usask.ca.  

Online ordering for textbook and course materials through Shop USask Bookstore

Shop USask Bookstore has online ordering available for all fall course materials at shop.usask.ca. Online orders can be shipped to a home address for flat-rate shipping fee of $5 (plus applicable taxes) within Canada, or available for pick up at the Shop USask Preston Crossing location at no extra charge. If you purchase any digital books, they will be emailed to you immediately after purchase. In person shopping for textbooks and course materials is not currently available.

A complete list of your required course materials is available in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS, or by searching for your courses individually at shop.usask.ca. Other items such as stationery and lab materials can be added to your online textbook order.

Approval for technical and support services for approved increased activity requests

Starting August 10, requests for technical or other support services that are required to facilitate approved campus activities no longer require additional approvals through the Increased Activity Request Form if the following conditions are met:

  • The service duration of the request is short-term (maximum of two days per service visit/job);
  • A USask employee is available to host and supervise external service providers for the duration of their visit;
  • COVID-19 requirements and guidelines are utilized.

COVID-19 and your mental health 

A pandemic is a very stressful event for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display great resiliency during times of crisis.

We should remember that this is absolutely the time to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically, we need to stay close emotionally. So, while you’re staying in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support. Online resources are available at wellness.usask.ca/covid-19.php to help guide you through these challenging times.

Applying critical security updates while working remotely

For your USask managed computer to receive critical updates and security patches while off-campus, connect to VPN at least one evening per week. Before working remotely, managed machines were automatically updated while on campus. Now that most of us are working remotely, we need to connect our devices to VPN to receive critical updates, security patches, license authentications, and use software centre/self-service. Please connect to VPN at least one evening per week, leave your laptop lid open and your machine running to allow for updates.     

Please note that this message only applies to those staff who are using a USask managed computer off-campus. If you are using a personal computer at home, please remember to apply security updates. 

To learn how to connect to VPN and secure your computer, visit the working remotely site: updates.usask.ca/work-remotely/ 

USask unites: Culinary Services donates to White Buffalo Youth Lodge

Although the familiar hum of activity around Starbucks has been absent from campus over the past few months, the food so many have enjoyed has not gone to waste. Learn more about the donation Culinary Services made to White Buffalo Youth Lodge to provide snacks to support the different areas of their programming.

University buildings remain closed

Please note that only approved staff, faculty, and grad students currently have access to the campus. Requests to access campus buildings are approved by your supervisor and Protective Services. Please have your supervisor email Protective Services to make the requests for short-term access to offices.

The current status of many university services is available at updates.usask.ca/campus-status.php

 

Past Updates

View USask's past updates related to COVID-19.

Questions?

Questions can be sent to:

 Email: covid19@usask.ca

Stages of reopening are guided by Provincial recommendations and guidelines, but USask may decide to move more conservatively in some areas to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

USask is currently in Stage 3 of reopening.