Communication Updates – Archive

Updated – March 20, 2020
2:30 p.m.

We know these are extraordinary times. I want to thank each of our staff and faculty for your tireless efforts to support our students and the Brescia community in these days of sudden change. At Brescia, we have 1600 students who rely on us to prioritize their safety and well-being and assist them in completing their academic year, whether they are here on-campus, or in their home communities. At this moment in time, facing uncertainty and world-changing dynamics, we know our students put faith in the strong, student-centred support system that Brescia offers.

As we move to a modified services model, Brescia is upheld by the strength of our community and our commitment to adapt and respond to what is needed for our students to be successful. We are carefully balancing our commitment to providing the best experience for our students at the same time as maintaining a safe and healthy campus environment for all. I applaud our staff and faculty for their resourcefulness and thoughtful dedication to meeting the many challenges that have arisen unexpectedly over the last week.

Navigating and modifying our services across Brescia is similar to driving through a heavy fog; we can only dimly see what is more than a moment away—our decisions and reactions will need to change with every turn in the road. We will make the best decisions we can, ensuring we continue to live Brescia’s mission in our suddenly-changed environment. This isn’t the first time Brescia has faced significant challenges in our history. After 100 years of leading through our Ursuline values of wisdom, justice and compassion, our community will
continue to display empathy, kindness and collaboration to adapt together and make decisions that ensure the health, safety and well-being of all, so that our collective dedication to the education of future women leaders will endure.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, DPhil

Updated – March 15, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Brescia continues to work together with Western and the affiliates to monitor and respond to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19.

On Saturday, March 14th, the Government of Canada announced that all travelers returning to Canada from abroad (including the U.S.) must self-isolate at home for 14 days, whether they are experiencing symptoms or not.

Brescia employees who are impacted by this directive should speak with their supervisor as soon as possible. Middlesex-London Health Unit has resources available to help members of the community learn how to properly self-isolate.

We understand that supervisors across campus may have questions about how this self-isolation requirement may impact operations. If you have questions, please contact Elana Whelan at ewhela@uwo.ca or 519-432-8353 ext. 28394.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together through these challenging times. Let us continue to reach out and offer support to each other and do our part to ensure the safety and health of our community.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, DPhil

Updated – March 14, 2020
12:00 p.m.

Late yesterday a decision was made to move all testing, including final exams, to an online format.

Brescia is following Western’s decision; the implications are such that students will not be required to return to campus for the final exam period. Details concerning alternative testing formats will be shared as soon as they become available.

While some students may choose to return to their home communities, at this time, Brescia’s campus and support services will remain operational. This includes our residence and dining facilities, where many of our students may decide to complete their term on campus.

We recognize this is a highly stressful period of time for you. Brescia’s staff and faculty remain engaged in supporting each of our students through the completion of this academic term.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, D. Phil

Updated – March 13, 2020
4:00 p.m.

Message from Dr. Susan Mumm for the Brescia Community related to COVID-19

During this challenging time, we appreciate your positivity and cooperation as we try, first and foremost, to ensure the safety and well-being of our campus community. At Brescia, we continue to respect and follow the advice of our local health authority. We are acting on all information available to best protect our community and ensure the health and safety of everyone who studies, works or visits our campus. Equally important is our commitment to keeping all students on track to complete their course work for this academic year.

I am writing today to share key decisions made for Brescia’s campus but also in consultation with Western and the other affiliated university colleges, through the end of the term. Our main priority is to support our community. We are quickly responding to concerns as they come forward and will continue to work with our students, faculty and staff to address any of these concerns.

I want to reassure you that Brescia operations remain open and campus services continue to run as usual. Residence remains open; this is our students’ home and our staff are working around
the clock to keep our living space exceptionally clean. Parents, we know you have concerns, please know we are working hard to put the care of your student as our first priority. All non-compulsory/discretionary events held on campus up until April 30th will be cancelled or postponed. On campus events that anticipate less than fifty attendees will be up to the individual event organizer to confirm.

We recognize there are many questions that staff, faculty, students and families will have as a result of the recent announcement. We will continue to share this information and will update
you as we learn more.

As a reminder, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has indicated the health risk to our community and local area remains low. At Brescia, we are making thoughtful decisions to ensure the continued health and wellness of our community and ensure we maintain the safest and healthiest environment to work and study.

For additional information related to COVID-19 on campus, please visit Western’s website: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus and tips for keeping healthy: www.healthunit.com. Brescia has also created a web page with additional resources relevant to the Brescia community: brescia.uwo.ca/covid19.

I appreciate your continued efforts in supporting Brescia’s community as we navigate uncertain times. I am always impressed with the way Brescia responds to challenging situations like this, with compassion, kindness and care which is in line with our Ursuline values.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, D. Phil

Updated – March 13, 2020
10:00 a.m.

Brescia has cancelled all classes and labs today, and will align with Western’s decision to cancel classes Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th to provide time for our faculty and instructors to shift to online learning for the remainder of the semester.This includes cancellation of all classes, labs and exams including make-up exams.

On Wednesday, March 18th and for the rest of the term, Brescia will move to online learning. Additional information will be shared as decisions are made, including the outcome of final exams.

Brescia operations remain open and campus services continue to run as usual. Residence remains open; our staff are working around the clock to keep our spaces exceptionally safe and clean. The Beryl Ivey Library, Mercato and other service offices such as The Hive, all remain open.

Brescia will follow Western’s policy on cancelling or postponing non compulsory/discretionary events with a projected attendance of fifty people or more. This will remain in effect up until April 30th and will be reviewed at that point in time. On-campus events that anticipate less than fifty attendees will be up to the individual event organizer to confirm.

We appreciate your continued efforts in supporting our community members as we navigate uncertain times.

Sincerely,
Susan Mumm, D. Phil