COVID-19 Information Updates

Brescia University College realizes the importance of keeping our community updated on the latest information regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impacts on our campus. To keep you informed, this page contains links and updates that are relevant for our community.

Return to Campus Plan
For more information about Brescia’s phased approach, visit our return to campus page.
Updates from Western
Western University continues to update information applicable to the broader university campus community.
Helpful Resources
At Brescia, our community’s safety and well-being is our priority. We encourage you to continue to keep yourself and others healthy by following these helpful tips.

More helpful links:

For tips on working at home successfully, please see Brescia’s Tips for Working at Home


Latest Update

Updated – June 8
3:30 p.m.

Dear Brescia students,

By now you have received important information related to Brescia’s fall plans including registration information. I would like to provide you will some additional updates, related to Brescia’s plans for our safe return to campus.

Last Tuesday, the Ontario government extended the emergency order through June 30th, 2020. This will require us to modify some of our return to campus plans and timelines slightly. It is important for the Brescia community to remain flexible as we have seen, information can change quickly based on government directives.

In order to best reflect the changing circumstances, a new page on Brescia’s COVID-19 site has been created to outline our phased approach for a safe return to campus. Information on this page will be updated, when required: www.brescia.uwo.ca/covid19/return-to-campus.

I encourage you to visit this site for the timeliest information related to return to campus activities. Here, you will also see details related to Brescia’s health and safely protocol, response plans and other frequently asked questions.

Related to our plans for September, Brescia’s fall/winter timetable was posted online Monday, June 1st. Students are able to view the timetable online to better understand course delivery format for each of our courses.

Based on our posted timetable, approximately 50% of Brescia’s courses for the 2020/2021 academic year will be offered online. The other 50% will be a mixture of in-person classes (following physical distancing protocol) and blended format (both in-person and online requirements). Our dedicated team in The Hive and Registrar’s Office are available to assist you during the course registration period. We know you have questions related to course delivery this fall; we are doing our best to work with each of our students individually to help prepare them for a successful fall semester.

For new, incoming students, we are preparing to welcome you to the Brescia community with a new, entirely virtual, “Summer Orientation Day” program. Our online format will ensure your needs as a new Brescia student are taken care of, while supporting a successful transition to fall studies.

Also related to fall planning, we are actively preparing our residence and food services facilities to ensure the health, wellness and safety of our residents and broader campus community.  Currently, we are planning for a reduced number of students living on campus, at approximately 50% of our usual capacity in Clare Hall. This will allow for a safe, comfortable home for all Clare Hall residents.

Plans are underway to ensure common spaces in both residence and food services have appropriate distancing measures in place and modified reception/service areas. Brescia’s Food Services team is working closely with Western to ensure all health and safety protocols are being implemented, while considering new options to provide creative, safe solutions for our students so that they continue to enjoy Brescia’s high quality dining experience.

Plans are also underway to modify our classrooms, the Beryl Ivey library and other student service areas; upon your return to campus you will see many changes to traffic flow with increased signage to ensure our community remains safe and healthy.

As we continue to plan for September, please know we appreciate your continued support and flexibility as we work together through these changing times. I encourage you to visit this page for additional, timely updates.

I know we are all anxiously awaiting our return to campus and have an urgent desire to know what the future holds. I can assure you we are working hard to make decisions that best support our community and our most importantly, our students.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, DPhil, FRHistS

Updated – May 28
4:30 p.m.

Dear Brescia students;

Registration for Fall-Winter 2020 is almost here. I understand the decisions you are making around fall studies at Brescia this year are not exactly as you imagined. Our staff and faculty are thinking ahead and collaborating to ensure you are able to continue working towards completing your Brescia/Western degree.

As we finalize our timetable, we are considering options that will ensure your safety, health and well-being, at the same time as offering you choices for course selection. I encourage you to visit the Fall-Winter 2020/2021 course registration site for up-to-date information. Timetable information will be released on June 1st.

We don’t have all the answers, but together we can sort through the upcoming year. Please note, we are in close contact with Western and the Middlesex-London Health Unit, so if changes in our community force us to shift our plans, we will be ready.

If courses will be delivered online, we are excited to share that our faculty have been working with an instructional design team to make the learner experience engaging and truly Brescia. Our support services have moved programming virtual, and have launched new programs to support your campus experience, either in person or online.

Some new features to check-out:

As you being to map out your course selections and registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Hive staff with any questions, by phone at 519-858-5151 or by email brescia@uwo.ca

Brescia students bring vibrancy and life to our campus community—whether you are joining us on-campus, or perhaps a bit further away—we look forward to “seeing” you in September!

Sincerely,
Marianne Simm