2020 spring and summer terms

With classes and final exams being completed remotely, there is no requirement to stay on or near campus for the 2020 Spring Term (May - June) and 2020 Summer Terms (July - August).

2020 Fall Term

Most students should plan for instruction that is entirely remote. In-person instruction will be extremely limited and offered only where necessary. Colleges/schools are communicating with students directly about plans for the fall term.

The planned September delivery model will combine primarily remote online learning, with limited classroom, laboratory, clinical, and physical instruction only where warranted and where circumstances permit, in consultation with public health and Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer.

For students concerned about making travel and living arrangements for the fall term, every effort will be made to communicate information about the mode of delivery of specific programs as soon as possible.

The health and safety of our campus community has been our primary focus throughout this pandemic and will continue to be our top priority as we plan for a limited and very cautious reopening of our campuses in the fall. 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.

2021 Winter Term

Decisions for the format of delivery for the 2021 Winter Term have not been finalized yet. Consultations to help inform this decision will occur over the summer, and we hope to make an interim announcement no later than mid-September.

Supports and services

Remote learning

Get help with online tools and accessing your coursework, exams and learning supports remotely.

Shop USask Bookstore

All bookstore locations are closed, but the online store is back in business. Visit shop.usask.ca to purchase course materials, apparel, giftware and more.

Student Central

Don't know who to call? Start at Student Central, they can help with questions about finances, registration, academic life and more.

Accessibility and accommodations

USask is guided by Saskatchewan's Human Rights legislation and the duty to accommodate individuals requiring accommodations based on disability, religion, family status, and gender identity.

Accessibility is of critical importance as we transition to online and alternative methods of course delivery.

Changes in procedures due to COVID-19

Sick notes

If you need an extension on course work or need to miss a class or an exam because you are sick, your instructor should not ask you to provide a sick note.

Spring Convocation

In line with federal and provincial requirements regarding COVID-19 prevention, and supporting the university's decision to close the campus to public visitors until further notice, Convocation ceremonies in June 2020 are postponed. More details will be announced when they are available.

We know how important convocation ceremonies are. They are a celebration of your academic achievements. They are a time to share in the celebration with your family and friends. They are a time for USask to honour you and show you how proud we are of all that you have accomplished. So even though degrees, diplomas, and certificates will be conferred starting in June without an in-person ceremony, USask understands how important the ceremony is and will be discussing potential future dates for convocation ceremonies for members of the class of 2020.

For the health and safety of all members of the community the 2020 Graduation Powwow has also been cancelled.

Withdrawal deadline, 2020 Winter Term

Students in the 2020 Winter Term had the option of withdrawing from a class after they received their final marks until May 8.

If you receive a final grade after May 8 and would like to withdraw from the class, contact an academic advisor in your college.

Before withdrawing from a class, please note:

  • When you withdraw from a class a “W” instead of a grade is recorded (in PAWS, on your transcript, etc.) and will not be included in your cumulative weighted average. 
  • Consult with an academic advisor before withdrawing.
  • A withdrawal will not be recorded immediately and may take several days before appearing (in PAWS, on your transcript, etc.)
  • If you request to withdraw from the 2020 Winter Term portion of a multi-term class, you will automatically be withdrawn from the 2019 Fall Term portion of that class.

Frequently asked questions

Classes

Remote Delivery will take different forms in different classes (email, livestream, Blackboard, etc.). Some aspects of classes (particular assignments, labs, tutorials, examinations, etc.) may be cancelled or altered during this time. Instructors have been authorized to make changes to assignments, grading schemes and exam formats as appropriate to each course. Please contact your instructor for specific changes to each course.

If you do not have access to a computer or reliable internet in your off-campus location, you are encouraged to connect with your instructors for alternative options.

If you need an extension on course work or need to miss a class or an exam because you are sick, contact your instructors, explain your situation and work together on a solution. Your instructor should not ask you to provide a sick note.

You should communicate with your instructors and academic advisors about your course progress and any concerns you may have as the semester progresses.

Faculty members are determining how alternative delivery methods will work for each course. They will communicate to students directly.

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all university buildings are closed, with only limited access to employees deemed as critical to our core operations.

Exams

Yes, if you experience an extenuating circumstance that impacts your ability to write a final exam, you may be eligible to request a deferred exam. Please contact your college's general office to apply for a deferred exam.

Registration

Registration for the 2020 spring and summer terms is open now. Registration for the 2020 Fall Term and 2021 Winter Term will open in June. Find your registration access date, the earliest day and time you will be able to register, on the Registration page in PAWS.

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is planning for a primarily remote approach to program delivery this fall. The goal is to have the fall implementation plan finalized and approved by the end of May.

The planned September delivery model will combine primarily remote online learning, with limited classroom, laboratory, clinical, and physical instruction only where warranted and where circumstances permit, in consultation with public health and Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer.

For students concerned about making travel and living arrangements for the fall term, every effort will be made to communicate information about the mode of delivery of specific programs as soon as possible.

The health and safety of our campus community has been our primary focus throughout this pandemic and will continue to be our top priority as we plan for a limited and very cautious reopening of our campuses in the fall. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Central or an academic advisor in your college.

Textbooks

Shop USask Bookstore is extending the return deadline on any products purchased on, or after, March 1. Items must be in store-bought condition and be accompanied by a receipt. Once the store has reopened, customers will have 30 days to make their return.

We will email your access code and/or etexts to you within 24 hours of placing your order.

We are currently not doing textbook buybacks for the Spring and Summer terms. We expect to re-launch the program for Fall term, so hold onto those books!