The health and wellbeing of students and staff remains the priority of Camosun College.
Camosun COVID-19 Response Coordination Team is monitoring the situation and has put measures in place to keep the college community safe.
We are ensuring these measures are aligned with the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and are working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Latest Update: May 21, 2020
Course completion over the summer
A limited number of students are being permitted to come on campus for face-to-face instruction so they can complete program requirements that were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are primarily students who were unable to complete their winter courses.
Note: No programs will return to campus without the support of their Dean and the express written approval of the Vice President Education. Students who come on campus to complete courses are expected to leave immediately afterwards.
WorkSafe BC, Provincial Health Officer and B.C. government guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure will be followed. Students with questions about their course should speak with their instructor, while instructors should speak with their chairs or deans.
On campus services over the summer
At this time, there are no plans to resume on-campus or face-to-face services over the summer months. Student services continue to be available through remote delivery:
- All Camosun recreation centres are closed with programs and services available online.
- The bookstores are closed with orders being taken online.
- Cafeterias are closed.
- The library buildings are closed with services available online.
- Computer labs are physically closed with remote access only.
- At this time, child care services are closed. The college continues remains in contact with parents as things change.
- Counselling, academic advising and other student supports are available by phone or online.
A message to all Camosun College Students
Information on withdrawal extension for winter 2020
- Has Camosun extended the course withdrawal period for winter courses? +
- Yes. Advice was requested from the college’s Education Council, and the college then made the decision to maintain grading structures but provide students with the option of withdrawing from winter courses after their grade is known without academic penalty.
- Students may request to withdraw from winter courses by contacting email@example.com by Thursday, May 14, 2020.
- Students who make the request will have their final grade removed from their transcript, and a ‘W’ (withdrawal) notation will be added to their student record. No refund will be provided for the withdrawal of the winter course.
- Students with questions about their specific courses are encouraged to reach out to Academic Advising, their instructors or chairs because of the individuality of each situation.
- Will Camosun allow students to take a pass / fail option for winter courses? +
- No. Advice was requested from the college’s Education Council, and the college then made the decision to maintain grading structures but provide students with the option of withdrawing from winter courses after their grade is known without academic penalty.
- What if I have already received my credential? +
- You may not withdraw from a winter course if a credential has been awarded.
- Can I withdraw from a winter course that is a prerequisite for a summer course? +
- If you request to withdraw from a winter course that is a prerequisite for a summer course, you will be dropped from the summer course and eligible for a refund for the summer course.
- What if I am receiving student loan or grant funding? +
- Withdrawals may impact student loan or grant eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid department firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the potential impact.
- Can I withdraw from a course that is part of a cohort? +
- For students in cohort programs in which a ‘W’ will affect acadSemic progress, the request must be approved by the Chair and relevant instructor.
- Preparing for the months ahead - May 19, 2020
- We’re ready for you: A message from Camosun President Sherri Bell - May 14, 2020
- Next steps as B.C. plans to restart safely - May 7, 2020
- Update from the college president - Letter to all crown agencies and employers' associations - April 30, 2020
- Get Ready for an Online Summer Semester - April 17, 2020
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc), a new dedicated phone line has been set up at 1-888-COVID-19.