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Registration continuing as scheduled for Fall 2021 / Winter 2022 – April 27, 2021
A message from Paul Cantelo, University Registrar
I’m writing to confirm that the 2021-2022 Fall/Winter academic timetable will be available for viewing as planned on May 4, 2021, and registration will start as scheduled on May 11 for undergraduate students who have 7.00 units of course work or less required to complete their credential (certificate, diploma or degree). All other students will be able to register on May 12.
Though our pandemic situation has changed in Nova Scotia recently with the onset of a third wave, we remain optimistic about Fall 2021. September is four months away and vaccination programs will continue to roll-out this spring/summer with the majority of the population to be vaccinated by fall. Of course, we will continue to follow the guidance of Nova Scotia Public Health officials and be prepared to respond as needed.
The 2021-2022 Fall/Winter academic timetable will reflect a shift to a majority of courses taking place on-campus, with a planned increase in online course options for those who need or choose to continue their studies remotely. The format for each course will be noted in the timetable. Find more information on online course formats (provided by the Teaching and Learning Centre and Online Learning). We will work directly with any students nearing the end of their credential (certificate, diploma or degree) to ensure timely completion. Anyone with a related concern should be speak to their academic advisor or department chair as soon as possible.
In response to current COVID-19 circumstances in NS, three on-campus courses in Summer Session I (starting in early May) were moved online. Any student that was impacted by this change has been contacted. A very limited number of classes/labs are able to continue safely on campus during Summer Session I, with COVID-specific safety protocols in place.
If you have any questions about course registration or important dates, please email email@example.com.
Impacts of new COVID-19 restrictions on MSVU – April 22, 2021
On April 22, 2021, new temporary restrictions were announced by Nova Scotia Public Health in response to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the province. Learn how these latest restrictions have impacted MSVU operations: Read the full message.
A message from the MSVU Registrar’s Office – April 13, 2021
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all students registered in Winter 2021 term courses have been given the option of requesting “P” (Pass) grades subject to the following conditions:
- Undergraduate students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or request a grade of “Pass” (for grades of “D” or higher) for each of their courses in the Winter 2021 term.
- Graduate students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or request a grade of “Pass” (for grades of “B-” or higher) for each of their courses in the Winter 2021 term.
For important information, deadlines and conditions regarding the Pass/Fail option, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.
The grading confirmation request form will be made available from 9:00 am ADT on Monday, May 3 until 4:30 pm ADT on Friday, May 14, 2021. A reminder and a link to the form will be sent out at the end of April.
You are asked to wait until all your grades are recorded before submitting your request to use the “Pass” grading option.
Note that it is up to you as the student to directly make the request for a “Pass” grade. This request should not be made through your instructor.
Once a request for a grade of “P” has been submitted, the decision is final. Once grades have been recorded on an official academic transcript they cannot be changed.
If you have any questions or require additional assistance, check our website and join us for our webinar To ‘P’ or not to ‘P’ on Wednesday, April 28th, at 3 pm ADT. International students will be able to join a separate webinar at 9:00 am ADT on Wednesday, April 28th. Reminders and links to the webinars will be sent out shortly.
You can also contact the Registrar’s Office at Grades@msvu.ca. For course-specific grading matters, please contact your course instructor.
Fall 2021 Update – March 4, 2021
A message from Dr. Julie McMullin, Vice-President Academic & Provost
I am writing today to provide an update on planning for the 2021/2022 academic year.
Starting with the fall 2021 semester, we are planning to offer a significant increase in on-campus learning opportunities at MSVU. To ensure that we can provide you with the most accurate timetable possible, we will delay fall/winter registration to May 2021.
While our intent is to return to in-person classes to the greatest extent possible, we appreciate that some students will need or want to continue to learn online. We have a long history in online learning at MSVU – in fact, many of our courses and some entire programs were available online before the pandemic started. Throughout the 2021/2022 academic year (and beyond), we will continue to provide opportunities to learn online.
We are also planning to offer increased on-campus student life opportunities this fall, including Residence options and resumption of on-campus student services. Students are encouraged to apply now for Residence as spaces are expected to be fewer than usual due to pandemic protocols. Throughout this past year, we’ve learned a lot about remote delivery of student services and we will consider how we continue to provide that option in order to meet the needs of those studying at a distance.
The safety of all members of the MSVU community will remain our top priority as we plan for the upcoming academic year. Things are likely to look a bit different as we return to campus as certain Public Health protocols are likely to remain in place. We’re committed to adhering to all Public Health directives while providing a welcoming space.
And of course, we will remain responsive to any changes in the pandemic. If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that flexibility is key. If we need to change course at any point, we will be ready.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I continue to be impressed by the resilience of the MSVU student body. You’ve risen to the challenges that the pandemic has presented admirably. Remember that your MSVU community is here for you should you need us. You can find a full list of student supports here.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. You can also contact Paula Barry Mercer, MSVU’s Associate Vice-President of Student Experience, at firstname.lastname@example.org.