COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
This webpage provides the latest information about Burman University’s actions to respond to the spread of COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus.
The university is actively monitoring the provincial and global health situation in order to ensure the continued safety and health of our campus community. Below you will find the latest Burman information about COVID-19, including information about travel and prevention. Updates will continue to be provided on this page.
Update April 24, 2020 | 7:00 PM
Online Graduation | June 21, 2020
This weekend was when our 2020 graduation was scheduled to take place. We are disappointed that we are not able to celebrate our graduates face-to-face but we do feel that it is important to celebrate this great achievement.
Please mark June 21, 2020 in your calendar as the new online Spring 2020 convocation date. While this experience will be different than if we all meet face-to-face, we look forward to celebrating our graduates online with our Burman community.
We look forward to welcoming our 2020 graduates back to the Burman University campus for a face-to-face ceremony during our 2021 spring convocation.
Please visit our Burman University graduation webpage. More details will be posted as they become available.
Congratulations to the Burman University class of 2020. We look forward to celebrating your success this June.
Please watch a video message just for you from the Burman University Campus.
Update April 20, 2020 | 2:18 PM
Alumni Homecoming Postponed
With the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place, the Alumni Homecoming 2020 will be postponed until June 4-6, 2021. Burman will host a 'double-honour year event' with more details being developed. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Southcott or Shannon Bechtold.
Update April 1, 2020 | 10:50 AM
Residence & Cafeteria Charges
Residence Halls - The amount you will be charged will be based on when you left and checked out of the dorm. The calculated refund is based on the check-out sheets. Students leaving the dorm must sign out appropriately and fill out paperwork at Lakeview Hall. If a student has left the dorm without signing out they must email Dean Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vedge Cafeteria - Charges for second semester will be based only on usage.
Update March 30, 2020 | 12:45 PM
ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE END OF WINTER TERM
Burman University keenly understands that the abrupt transition from face-to-face to online environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic presents physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges to students and faculty. We have listened to student and faculty concerns. We understand that flexibility is an important principle. Burman wishes, to the best of our ability, to ensure our students and faculty overall health, safety, and mental well-being. In the light of current circumstances, the following actions are being put into place:
Extended Exam Schedule
Classes will still end on April 9, 2020. The rest of the academic schedule is extended. Students now have more reading days for completion of assignments, term papers, projects, etc. A new extended exam schedule has been set(April 20, 2020 - May 7, 2020). Thereafter, faculty will have the remaining time to complete all assessments; Final grades due from faculty is now May 15, 2020.
Adjustment of due dates for papers, exams, etc. in the light of the new due date for grades. Submission deadlines should be made as flexible as possible.
Suspension of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading restrictions. [Page 23, Academic Calendar.] Students have the option to apply for S/U in any course by May 22, 2020. Application can be found here.
Notation to be made on transcript that S/U Grade for this term is due to COVID-19 pandemic.
D2L, Zoom and Google hangout Meet are the preferred platforms.
When faculty use synchronous methods of delivery they should also record their lectures as well.
Reminders to Students
Please do not hesitate to contact your professors.
Remember that Library is still “open” and ready to assist with research needs. Various additional on-line resources are now available. The Librarian is available to answer your question. Her number 403-596-4062; email:email@example.com
The Writing Centre are available for remote assistance. Please be academically responsible and ethical in the completion of your course requirements.
Do not hesitate to contact the Sakala Success Centre for support and or help.
Please contact deans, chaplains, and/or pastoral staff as needed.
To All Students: Please take care of yourself as you are able—physically, mentally, spiritually, and academically. Never be afraid to reach out for assistance. We are all in this together and Burman faculty while trying to make adjustments for ourselves wish to assure you that we are dedicated to doing what we can to assure you that your academic path is clear in these uncertain times. God Bless.
Update March 23, 2020 | 2:36pm
Essential Services Update and Online Learning
Today we return from reading break and resume classes online. Faculty have worked hard to deliver classes online but nevertheless there may be some bumps along the way as we work through technology and other challenges. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to adapt to an online environment.
If you have any problems with the new online delivery of classes, please let your professor know. Your Department Chair, Faculty Dean and the IT Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) are also there to help you resolve any problems that may arise.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or need health and wellness support please contact our Sakala Success Centre (email@example.com). An email from the Sakala Success Centre has been sent to your emails with more information about their services.
Update March 18, 2020 | 4:25pm
Available Student Services
The campus will continue to operate for students that require essential services.
Essential departments/services will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday - Thursday and 9:00 to 11:30am Friday. The following departments available to students are as follows:
Student Financial Services
The following departments are essential services but will follow independent hours of operation. Please contact with the department for specifics.
Residence halls for approved occupants
Update March 17, 2020 | 2:48 pm
Burman PE Centre Closed
The government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency, empowering authorities under the Public Health Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
all events over 50 people to be cancelled
no attendance at rec centres, casinos, bingo halls, bars, theatres and other facilities
sit-down restaurants can remain open at lower capacity
With these new regulation in mind, effective immediately, the PE Centre is closed until further notice.
Update March 16, 2020 | 4:37 pm
Graduation Postponed Until Further Notice
Due to new Alberta Health Services regulations, Graduation has now been postponed until further notice. This has been a very difficult decision to make but unfortunately, due to the government of Alberta’s guidelines of large gatherings, combined with the closing of the Canadian border, and the self-isolation guidelines for travelers returning from out of the country, this decision has been taken out of our hands. When the opportunity arises to hold graduation, we will provide at least two months notice of the new date.
Update March 13, 2020 | 4:54 pm
Due to the measures implemented by the government of Alberta to prevent the spread of COVID-19 related to large gatherings, and self-isolation for travellers returning from outside Canada, Burman University is suspending graduation until further notice. We will monitor the measures implemented by the government of Alberta and make a decision on April 10, 2020 on the viability of hosting graduation currently scheduled for April 24-26, 2020. It is our hope that we are able to host graduation and are able to celebrate the achievements of our students with their friends and families.
Update March 12, 2020 | 5:01pm
All Burman University courses will move from face-to-face to online delivery beginning Monday, March 23, and for the remainder of the winter semester.
All Burman University courses will move from face-to-face to online delivery beginning Monday, March 23, and for the remainder of the winter semester. We will send updates on how distance coursework will be delivered. If you have any specific questions about your program please contact your program chair.
Students are encouraged, where possible, to return to their place of permanent residence. Students in university residence will need to leave their dorm residence by the end of Reading Break, March 22, 2020, unless they receive prior permission from the Residence Deans. Permission for staying in Residence Halls will be offered to international students and to students who are unable to return to their permanent residence. Please contact your dean for further details.
Parkview Adventist Academy – Information concerning PAA will be sent out by PAA administration on Friday, March 12, 2020.
Update March 12, 2020 | 2:22pm
Effective immediately, all university sponsored travel (staff, faculty, and students) outside of Alberta is suspended or cancelled until further notice.
Effective immediately the following trips have been cancelled.
Academic VP Trip to a conference in Florida
Choir Tour to BC
Youth Rally Trip to Vancouver
Maryland Recruitment Trip
Basketball team out of province travel
If you have questions about a trip not listed above, please contact your supervisor (i.e. director, chair, dean, or VP).
Staff, faculty and students already travelling on University business are asked to follow Alberta Health Services protocol for returning travellers.
-READING BREAK TRAVEL-
For students who are travelling for reading break we are advising that you take any books or course materials with you. At this time the campus is not closing, but we are preparing for all possibilities. Discussions have taken place on campus and further discussions will be happening with our sister institutions in Alberta as well as the government of Alberta as we plan for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please observe the AHS guidelines for travel.
At this time, on-campus events have not been cancelled.
Update – March 6, 2020
At this time no official university travel has been cancelled.
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as “low for Canada”.
Please read and follow the guidelines for the preventions of COVID-19 as presented by Alberta Health Services. Link is provided below.
If you were in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, regardless of which country you were in, Alberta Health Services recommends that you self-isolate and limit your contact with others for 14 days and call Health Link 811 for additional advice.
COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched.
To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:
Wash your hands often and well
Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
For the latest information on Coronavirus please visit the resources listed below.