Redeemer University intends a full return to relational, face-to-face learning this Fall. Access to in-person instruction and student support services is a top priority. The university’s reopening framework provides the road map to achieve this goal safely while empowering students to make decisions appropriate to their unique situation.
A recent survey indicated that more than 94 per cent of incoming students would strongly prefer in-person learning and on-campus living. Redeemer’s synchronous dual-delivery model provides an excellent Christian university education that maximizes in-person learning while providing the most enriching virtual experience possible. The remote option remains available for the fall 2021 term and provides maximum flexibility should the university need to pivot in response to changing public health regulations.
Redeemer will also implement a vaccination education and support plan that will provide information and resources for students who have not yet received their first or second dose vaccination.
Health & Safety Framework
Redeemer will abide by public health regulations and is committed to the health and safety of everyone through the following guidelines and provisions:
- Synchronous dual-delivery model of in-person and remote learning for maximum student choice and for a flexible response to changing health regulations
- Education about the efficacy of vaccines and support for students and employees, including efforts to work with public health to provide vaccination clinics on campus
- Dedicated healthcare staffing specifically for COVID-19 in the form of a COVID-19 care nurse (for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of COVID-19 illness in students) and administrative support for on-campus contact tracing
- On-site COVID-19 PCR (Nasopharyngeal) testing and rapid testing for student athletes
- Campus wastewater testing in partnership with McMaster University
- UV air filtration system and classroom ventilation upgrades
- Mask requirements in line with local and provincial regulations
With these safety measures in place for approximately 1,000 students, and with a maximum class size of 120 and an average class size of about 35 students, Redeemer is excited to safely return to in-person learning.
Redeemer University will deliver the majority of its courses on campus with the primary mode of delivery being live and in class. In most cases, students will have the option to participate in their program in person or remotely. Redeemer’s investment in the latest technologies last summer continues to ensure the availability of online participation. While Redeemer will not offer any for-credit courses in an asynchronous format, there will be portions of courses that will be available for asynchronous learning where appropriate for learning outcomes and when in compliance with privacy and intellectual property rights.
Students will choose “in-person” or “remote” as their enrolment option for the fall term by July 26. In-person students may elect to, or be required to, transition to remote learning during the term for a variety of reasons. These students may later return to in-person learning if the conditions leading to the need to go remote have been removed. Only in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of all instructors and the Provost/VPA will students who initially chose “remote” be allowed to transition to “in-person” during the term.
Course Requirements & Scheduling
Some courses will require live and in-person interaction (e.g. some labs) and will only be available to students attending classes in person. Some courses may have enrolment limitations for in-class or online learning. Redeemer is committed to working with every student to help them find a pathway that avoids disruption of their degree program. At the same time, not all undergraduate courses and programs will fit a remote model, and in some cases undergraduate students may have to delay a course or switch majors if they choose the remote option.
Student Services & Technology
Office hours and other services such as financial aid, program advising etc. will be available in person and virtually (e.g, Google Meet, Zoom etc.). The library, bookstore and other campus amenities will be open.
Reliable computer resources are required for students choosing remote as well as a secure and stable internet connection. The same computer resources are also recommended for on-campus students to prepare for all scenarios. Please check the Required Student Technology List before the fall term.
Major tests and exams will be taken at Redeemer. Students taking them remotely will be responsible for ensuring they have additional software necessary for secure invigilation (see the Required Student Technology List).
Redeemer’s vibrant campus community flows out of a holistic approach to education that integrates all of life and learning. Giving students a meaningful campus experience this fall is a top priority for the university. Redeemer will continue to monitor the public health guidelines and will adapt as needed.
Residences will include recreation, hospitality, porch visits, worship and so much more. All students are encouraged to get vaccinated. Self-monitoring and screening of all guests for symptoms is advised.
Dorm dinners will continue and groceries will be purchased at The Market. Redeemer is exploring various options to enjoy a weekly communal meal with larger groups of students. Refresh and Tim Hortons will be open.
Student activities such as chapel, discipleship groups, orientation, clubs and other aspects of the extracurricular experience will resume standard practices in line with public health regulations. The weekly chapel service aims to resume the Wednesday slot at 11 a.m. and operate with the capacity limit given by the province or local health authorities that is applicable for religious services at any given time. They will continue to be live-streamed.
Professional counselling and support will continue to be available through the Shalem Mental Health Network, Christian Counselling Centre and various community/local support agencies.
Athletics & Recreation
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and its members have made the decision to begin varsity competition on schedule for the fall term. Some regulations for athletes and spectators will be in place and more information will be provided in the coming weeks. The Athletic Centre will be open for all students and intramurals will begin where possible.
Students Crossing International Borders
All international students returning to Canada are responsible for understanding and following the government regulations and protocols. International students who need to complete a required quarantine period are encouraged to properly complete the government’s quarantine requirement at a trusted family/friend’s place, if possible. For those who cannot, arrangements to quarantine on campus can be made by contacting Student Life.