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.

For official details on COVID- 19 and the local area please refer to the The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU).
Western University continues to update information applicable to the broader university campus community.

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.

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

April 3, 2020: Letter from the Rt Hon. David Johnston to Dr. Susan Mumm


Latest Update

Updated – May 21
12:00 p.m.

Dear Brescia community,

The last few weeks have been a time for a considerate and thoughtful response to the needs of our students. Our academic year ended abruptly with our being distanced from our colleagues, peers and friends. Specifically for our graduating students, their final term at Brescia was disrupted in ways that we never expected. Because of these disruptions and the safety measures in place to respond to COVID-19, Brescia made the difficult decision to postpone our Baccalaureate and Magisterial Ceremonies.

Though we may not be able to gather in person to celebrate at this time, I want the Class of 2020 to know that the Brescia community wishes to acknowledge their achievements and is proud of their hard work and accomplishments.  Even though our current situation is not ideal, we do not want our physical distance to overshadow the joyful and significant moments experienced over their time at Brescia.

We are proud of our graduating students for reaching their academic and personal goals and remaining strong through the finish line, completing their Brescia journey. As well, they have moved through these challenging past few months with exceptional grace and determination. The Class of 2020 will be bound by this moment in history, where they have overcome obstacles that no other Brescia graduating class has ever faced and responded with perseverance and flexibility.

To mark this significant milestone for our graduating students, our community will come together and recognize their achievements by hosting a virtual “Class of 2020” celebration. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 20th at 11:00 a.m. EST. All are welcome to join–friends and family who are both near and far. Our Class of 2020 celebration will be easy to access through our website; additional details will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

Please note that this celebration will not replace any official graduation ceremony. Discussions are underway as to how we will mark this occasion in-person at a later date when health authorities advise it is safe.

Brescia’s Class of 2020 is filled with outstanding students. Their academic achievements and contributions to our community are a source of great inspiration for our staff, faculty and students. Our graduating class has displayed a high degree of resiliency and are true examples of the bold leaders Brescia graduates. We are so proud of their accomplishments and know they are prepared to make a positive impact in our world, leading with wisdom, justice and compassion.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, DPhil, FRHistS

Updated – May 8
12:30 p.m.

A message to Brescia students from Dr. Susan Mumm:

Dear Brescia students,

I know you are concerned about your academic plans and there is much uncertainty about what the fall and our return to campus looks like. Brescia has begun planning for September and I want to share a few assurances with you today.

You may already know the Ontario government extended the emergency orders until May 19th. While we are all anxious to return to campus, we will only do so once it has been deemed safe by local and provincial health authorities. Brescia has established a working group that will develop a phased approach for our return to campus. The working group will also consider contingency plans so that Brescia is prepared to respond to multiple scenarios.

Alongside plans for a safe return to campus, plans for the fall/winter semester will begin next week. Based on information received from Western and in consultation with other education leaders, I can confirm that for September 2020 at Brescia, pending limited campus reopening is permitted:

1. Some Brescia courses will be moved online, while others will be held on campus. Adjustments will be made to accommodate physical distancing while ensuring a strong, student-centred approach to course delivery.

2. Along with online courses, some of Brescia’s courses will be “blended.” These courses will be offered online with some traditional classroom components, in smaller class sizes where physical distancing is possible.

3. Courses will be required to build flexibility into their format, to ensure we can respond quickly should a “second wave” necessitate a need for exclusive online delivery.

4. Clare Hall will remain open for new and returning students, ensuring physical distancing measures are in place as directed by local health authorities. Since Brescia will offer both in-person and online courses, we will welcome and support you, our students, who choose to live on campus.

Though there are many unknowns, I am confident as a community we can work together to adapt our campus and offer you an experience that reflects what you are accustomed to receiving. Because of our size, Brescia’s staff and faculty are fortunate to have close connections our students, our physical spaces and each other, which gives us a clear advantage for us to excel in this new environment.

I want to be clear that Brescia is working around the clock to provide our students with the student-centred experience you were promised. I realize that it is frustrating to have few certainties as we move into the summer, but can assure you we are committed to providing the bold experience you expect and the exceptional service you deserve. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,

Susan Mumm, DPhil, FRHistS

Updated – April 26
10:30 a.m.

A message to Brescia students from Dr. Mumm

Dear Brescia students,

As the end of the academic year draws near, I want to congratulate you for your perseverance, persistence and strength these last few weeks while you completed your academic year. On behalf of the Brescia community—well done!

While it is not the end of term we expected, I hope that your experience throughout this past year lends moments of gratification to your memories. This was a remarkable academic year, filled with many joyous events, solid achievements, and celebrations—each of you have reached important milestones in your Brescia experience.

I know you have questions about what lies ahead, including when we might potentially return to campus. So do I. We are all anxious to know when these decisions will be made and what our future campus environment looks like.

Brescia continues to work collaboratively with Western as well as local and provincial health authorities to model different scenarios. Discussions surrounding plans for fall 2020 are on-going and several options will be considered. We all want to return to normal operations as soon as the health, safety and well-being of our community can be assured.

I can assure you that this fall, Brescia will be open, offering courses and continuing to provide you with the student-centred and empowering education you should expect. You are an important member of our community and Brescia will continue to make decisions with your needs in mind.

We all have questions about what your academic experience will look like and I understand that online learning is not what any of us had anticipated. Given the uncertainty in Canada and across the world, it’s important for us to consider some form of digital learning—at least for some courses—as it may be a reality for us as we look ahead, towards next term. Though this is a possibility, I assure you it will not compromise our commitment to you in providing you with the best education we can deliver.

I will continue to share updates as soon as decisions are made so you and those closest to you can plan for September accordingly. Please know I am very proud of the way our students have responded over the past few weeks and appreciate your patience and adaptability through these challenging times. Congratulations again on a successful academic year—I hope you take time to celebrate your many achievements.

Sincerely,

Susan Mumm, DPhil, FRHistS