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COVID-19 Update: Classes to resume on campus March 1

Posted on: Feb 11, 2022
Important COVID-19 Update

Dear CUE Community,

We are planning to resume on-campus learning on March 1 as anticipated, and I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know more about what to expect as we plan for a safe return to campus.

Earlier this week, the Government of Alberta shared plans for gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions across the province. Following this, we received a letter from the Minister of Advanced Education about the expectation for post-secondary institutions to lift several restrictions in order to align with the province’s plans.

Throughout the pandemic, we have closely followed the province’s public health guidance. This approach will continue and we will keep monitoring the pandemic and the needs of the CUE community. We are prepared to adjust our response as necessary and, based on advice and guidance, to prioritize protecting the health and safety of our people. 

While the City of Edmonton masking bylaw is still in effect, masks will remain mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including in classrooms (except for instructors while teaching). Physical distancing on campus is no longer required, but rather will be encouraged wherever possible. We hope that our small class context and overall small community will assist with this. Please continue to show care for others in our community, and to respect their choices. 

The letter from the Minister also directed post-secondary institutions to eliminate proof-of-vaccine requirements. CUE’s current students, faculty, and staff on campus are all fully vaccinated; however, we have not made a final decision about how we will proceed with our vaccine policy moving forward. We are seeking further clarification. For now, as of March 1, you will not be required to scan your ID at the main doors and we will reopen all campus entrances.

As always, it is critical that you do not come to campus if you are not feeling well and that you follow AHS isolation requirements. Students, faculty, and staff will be supported through any absences for this reason.

As we approach March 1, please stay tuned for information about how we are preparing to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus for a safe and successful remainder of the term. This will include details on the reopening of campus services and facilities, plans for community events, and any supports available to you through this transition. In the meantime, we will continue to add answers to some of the FAQs here.

I know it’s been a very challenging start to the year for all of us, and I know some of you will be eager to return to campus, while others will be anxious. I recognize that people will have many different feelings and opinions about this news, but, as we have done so many times in the past, we will come together to show what a supportive and kind community we are. 


Tim Loreman, PhD.
President and Vice-Chancellor