Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated March 27, 2020.

The University of Prince Edward Island continues to monitor developments about the Coronavirus disease(COVID-19).

UPEI recommends that you seek information from official government sources as they are continually updating their websites:

Further information is available on UPEI's COVID-19 FAQ page.

We encourage you take the same general health precautions for COVID-19 as you would for influenza. The best defence against any type of flu is following routine prevention measures:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when needed,
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue,
  • if you have a severe cold or the flu, stay home if possible, and
  • avoid contact with people who are sick.

Anyone who feels unwell and/or develops a fever and cough should call 8-1-1, contact their primary health-care provider, or make an appointment at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre

Classes / Courses / Labs / Exams

As indicated in the Message to Students on March 13, 2020, because the situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly, the University of Prince Edward Island advised that it may need to suspend in-person classes prior to the previously announced date of March 20, 2020.

With the PEI Chief Public Health Office announcing on Saturday, March 14, 2020 that there was a first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the province, the University of Prince Edward Island decided to suspend in-person classes and in-person labs effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

To be absolutely clear, in-person classes, in-person labs, and in-person exams will not resume this semester.

This decision to suspend in-person classes, labs, and exams represents a measure to reduce large gatherings of people in line with social distancing advice from the PEI Chief Public Health Office. Any course delivery will occur through alternative means—in most cases, this will mean email communication and/or online delivery through tools such as Moodle, Google Meet, Collaborate, etc.

Instruction will be paused from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020 to allow instructors time to focus on transitioning to alternative course delivery, and develop their plan for teaching through to the end of the semester. Instruction will resume on March 23, 2020 via alternative methods.

All courses for the First Summer Session (May 11–June 18, 2020) will be moved online except clinical rotations in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and clinical courses in the Faculty of Nursing. 

Campus Operations

Effective March 17, 2020, only essential services will be delivered on the UPEI campus, in an effort to reduce the number of people working on campus.

The UPEI Health and Wellness Centre; Accessibility Services and Counselling Services at UPEI Student Affairs; the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Diagnostic Services, Animal Resources, and Central Services at the Atlantic Veterinary College; UPEI Security Services; UPEI Chaplaincy Centre; and the UPEI Residences will remain open.

The W.A. Murphy Student Centre will remain open for students, where they can continue to access and utilize the UPEI Student Union Food Bank.

Many other services will continue to be provided by employees who are working remotely. Please note that some services and hours of operation may vary in order to accommodate changing circumstances.

The Robertson Library is closed, effective March 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm. However, students and instructors will still have access to the Library’s extensive online services that are available. 

The UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre is closed effective March 15, 2020 at 6 pm. All Sports Centre programming, including the Panther Academy March Break camps, and offerings such as the walking track, are cancelled.

In line with social distancing guidelines from the PEI Chief Public Health Office, we advise that people should avoid gatherings where a two-metre distance is not possible. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, UPEI has enhanced cleaning procedures and increased the frequency of cleaning in high-traffic areas.

Events

All University events are cancelled or postponed. At this point, this is in effect until April 30, 2020 at a minimum. Do not book University events until further notice as we continue to monitor the situation.

UPEI Convocation 2020 ceremonies that were scheduled for May 7 and 8 have been cancelled. Students will still be awarded their degree(s)/credentials at the May meeting of the UPEI Senate. More information will be shared with prospective graduates in the near future. Read the Message from the President

Travel Restrictions

All University-related travel outside the province is suspended for UPEI students, faculty, and staff until further notice.

Because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the University is strongly advising student, faculty, and staff to monitor Government of Canada travel health notices before undertaking any personal travel. In keeping with federal and provincial health authorities’ recommendations, anyone who travels outside of Canada (including the United States) must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Students with questions about

  1. international travel as part of their academic program should contact their Program Coordinator or Study Abroad and International Collaboration at sdacorn@upei.ca or 902-894-2837.
  2. travel medical emergency insurance coverage with the UPEI Student Union should contact admin@upeisu.ca.
  3. returning home to countries other than Canada or arriving to UPEI from countries other than Canada may direct inquiries to the International Student Office at irostu@upei.ca or 902-566-0576.  

Faculty and staff with questions about emergency medical travel insurance should contact Human Resources at employeeservices@upei.ca or 902-566-6014. 

Research at UPEI

UPEI researchers are strongly encouraged to make plans to delay, scale back, or stop their research activities. There may be some potential for on-site research activities that are deemed essential, but these must be approved by the Faculty Dean.

For more information, refer to the FAQs regarding research and graduate studies at UPEI. Further questions can be directed to your respective Dean, as well as by emailing the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at lhammell@upei.ca.

Working at UPEI

UPEI is now using an essential services delivery model. UPEI employees are being asked to work from home if possible, unless they provide an essential service that needs to be provided on campus.

IT Systems and Services has developed a "Working Remotely" instruction guide, which is available on my.upei.ca

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

Reach Out For Support

We recognize how this situation may be stressful. UPEI has a number of supports for students through UPEI Student Affairs, including personal counselling (902-566-0488, studentserv@upei.ca) and the International Student Office (902-566-0576, irostu@upei.ca). UPEI faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765. We encourage you to reach out if you have concerns.

University Messages

We are actively working with the PEI Chief Public Health Office and other networks to keep the UPEI community updated about risks associated with COVID-19. Read our previous messages: