Working at UPEI

Beginning in March 2020, the pandemic forced all faculties and departments at UPEI to adapt existing plans and develop new procedures and protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, faculty, and future visitors. After operating under an essential services model for two months, the University unveiled UPEI’s Operational Ease-Back Plan—Planning the Way Forward in May 2020, which outlined a three-stage approach to returning to working, teaching, learning, and conducting research on campus. While we aligned the plan with guidance from PEI Chief Public Health Office (PEI-CPHO), the public health authority on PEI, we also introduced our own unique measures to ensure the safety of our vast and diverse community of students, staff, and faculty.

UPEI safely welcomed students, faculty, and staff back to campus in September for the 2021 Fall Academic Semester. Over 75% of our courses were in-person, while the remainder were delivered online or in a hybrid format for the convenience of our students. 

The plan for the 2022 Winter Academic Semester was to return to a pre-pandemic level of in-person activities, meaning that UPEI would resume in-person course delivery methods and classes across all faculties, with limited exceptions. However, in December 2021, due to the arrival of the Omicron variant and a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on PEI, the University Senate endorsed a move back to online teaching and learning for the beginning of the winter semester. UPEI extended online teaching and learning several times based on PEI-CPHO guidance for post-secondary education.

UPEI confirmed its mode of delivery for the remainder of the semester in February 2022 after the PEI-CPHO released its Moving On—Transition Plan to Living with COVID-19 and issued updated guidance for post-secondary guidance.

UPEI Operational Plan – 2022 Winter Academic Semester

The University will continue to introduce additional measures, when necessary, to ensure the health and safety of those on campus. If you are working on-campus, familiarize yourself with the following:

Human Resources has also developed a FAQ for employees, which is available on my.upei.ca