October 15, 2020 | 3:30 pm
Burman University to Continue Online Delivery for Winter 2021
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continue to be our highest priority. While it is our desire to have all our students return to campus this winter, our decisions are impacted by the guidelines set by our government, health officials, the difficulty faced by our international students, as well as the continued rise of COVID-19 cases locally and across Canada. Therefore, Burman University will extend this fall’s online delivery of academic programs into the winter term beginning January 2021 through the end of April 2021.
This decision may be disappointing for some of us. While the majority of the feedback received from the three concurrent Town Hall meetings (Students, Faculty and Staff) favored online learning in the winter semester, we also want to acknowledge those who were hoping to return to face-to-face instruction. We understand the challenges of learning and building relationships virtually. We remain committed to connecting with you through various online events and programming. We are excited by the amount of interaction with our students throughout this fall semester through our online delivery of social and spiritual programming–thank you for continuing to be a part of our online community.
We are also still committed to offering in-person social and spiritual programming for those who are on-campus or in the local area. If you are wanting to return to campus, please ensure that you have contacted our Residence staff as campus housing is limited due to government Covid-19 protocols. International students are required to contact our Student Services office to ensure that a proper entry and quarantine plan is in place.
I would like to encourage our students to make use of all our online resources. Please reach out to our Sakala Success Centre for academic and mental health support. This is crucial for any student that finds the online environment challenging. Thank you for completing our feedback surveys on the fall semester. Please don’t hesitate to speak to your professors and our office of Academic Administration for any support you may need.
This fall semester has been challenging but we are grateful for our student’s resiliency throughout this pandemic. We continue to pray for the health and safety of our community at this time and we are hopeful that we can welcome our entire student body back to campus for Fall 2021.
God bless and stay safe!
President, Burman University
August 6, 2020 | 11:30 am
Burman University will provide supports for international students during isolation/quarantine and throughout their stay, including:
- welcoming international students;
- transportation to a suitable residence upon arrival;
- material supports for isolating/quarantining;
- establishing systems for monitoring student health and enforcing isolation/quarantine requirements;
- wrap-around supports; and
- providing ongoing monitoring of the students’ health and safety once isolation/quarantine is complete.
Note: Burman University will offer these services to ALL incoming international students regardless of their final place of residence, on or off campus*. The Government of Alberta requires all students coming from outside Canada to have a isolation/quarantine plan. Only those students who can provide an alternative isolation/quarantine plan will be exempt from these supports offered by Burman University.
*room and food fees apply
June 24, 2020 | 2:30 pm
Return to Campus Information - Message from the President
Our Fall semester is just a few weeks away. As you have heard by now, Burman is planning on a flexible, hybrid system for our Fall semester. All courses for our Fall 2020 term will be delivered online and students can choose to take online classes remotely, or to take their online classes while being on campus. Many of you right now are deciding on what you will do for the Fall semester. What does the Fall semester look like for me if I stay home or if I return to campus?
Our goal is to ensure that the Burman experience is felt by those who study remotely and by those who return to campus. We are committed to providing social and spiritual opportunities for both on and off campus students. Our programming teams are working to ensure that our events and other co-curricular programs are available online. We are also committed to providing our returning students a safe environment on campus to experience the social and spiritual aspect of the Burman community. As new protocols are handed out by health and government officials, we will respond accordingly and continue to ensure that our campus remains safe for those who return in-person. We all have our parts to play in ensuring the safety of our campus and I am confident that we all will be responsible campus citizens ensuring a successful Fall semester.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
Custodial Services has been working tirelessly this summer sanitizing the campus in anticipation of our Fall semester. New equipment has been purchased that will be used to sterilize common used spaces. Sanitizer will be available throughout the campus and appropriate signage will be in place for physical distancing. Cleaning plans for campus spaces have been created and regular cleaning and sanitizing will be implemented.
Faculty and staff are currently undergoing safety training in COVID-19 prevention protocols.
Physical distancing (2 metres) will be required in all areas. Any group activities will be held in spaces that will allow for physical distancing. This will apply to social and spiritual programming (Vespers, Power Up, etc…).
Quarantine & Self-isolation Plans
Plans for quarantine and self-isolation have been prepared in the event someone is exposed to COVID-19. Areas have been designated for isolation. Meals, laundry and other services will be provided to those who may need to isolate.
Campus Safety – Student’s Responsibility
All Burman students have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 please call 811 and then the Burman University Student Services office 403.782.3381 ext.4033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Residence hall students should also contact their residence dean. Please self-quarantine until cleared.
Returning students arriving from outside of Canada must self-isolate and follow the protocols given by Government of Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#ua). Residence Hall International students will be provided a room for self-isolation. Dining and laundry will be provided for. Students arriving from outside of Canada not residing in the dorm must contact Student Services for either on-campus accommodations during the 14-day isolation period or for providing a detailed and verifiable comprehensive plan of self-isolation for this 14-day period.
Residence Hall Life
While Residence Hall Life will look different due to COVID-19 protocols, we are still committed to providing the best possible experience in our dorms.
Physical distancing protocols will be implemented in our Residence Hall’s. The common areas will be rearranged to allow for physical distancing. Other common use areas, like the laundry room, will have access limited to allow for physical distancing.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
All Residence buildings, rooms, and hallways have undergone stringent sanitization in compliance with AHS standards.
Residence Hall Access
To ensure the safety of our residents, the Residence Halls will be open only to residents of each building. Room assignments will be handed out to ensure appropriate spacing between residents.
Quarantine & Self-isolation Plans
Plans have been developed in an event a resident is exposed or contracts COVID-19. Certain areas will be reserved for self-isolation or quarantine if needed.
In order to mitigate the movement of the COVID-19 virus, it is strongly encouraged that students not travel outside of Central Alberta during the semester. Central Alberta has been blessed with low COVID-19 numbers and limiting travel outside of the region will continue to keep our numbers low.
Residence Halls will be open on August 21, 2020 at noon local time.
Vege, our campus dining facility is committed to serve you, the students in the safest way possible! All cafeteria employees will wear appropriate PPE to ensure food safety.
Vege employees will serve students in lieu of the buffet line and quality self-serve options will also be available.
Seating in the cafeteria will reflect physical distancing. Group seating will be limited to eight individuals.
Tuition, Fees & Scholarships
Tuition Rate Reduced to Previous Year’s Rate
Burman has made the decision to not implement the planned 2% salary increase for faculty and staff scheduled for September 2020. This decision not to implement the faculty and staff increase has allowed us to reduce the 2020-2021 tuition rate to the 2019-2020 rate.
Although an organization set up to provide online education may be able to provide it at a significantly reduced cost because of differences in infrastructure requirements, Burman is set up for providing face-to-face instruction and has the infrastructure in place to provide that. In addition to maintaining that infrastructure we now have added costs of training and software for providing courses online. Burman does not save money by moving our classes online.
Currently we are studying our General Fees and looking at areas that can be reduced. More information will be sent out once those decisions are finalized.
Residence Hall Room Charges
For those living in Residence, single room occupancy will be charged the double occupancy rate.
Renewal of scholarships will not be affected by the lack of opportunities that COVID-19 presents. Please speak with our Student Finance staff so they can advise you on your scholarships and renewal.
Co-Curricular Campus Life – On Campus and Online
We are committed to providing social and spiritual opportunities for those studying remotely and for those returning to campus.
Spiritual programming (Vespers, Power Up, Church Service, etc…) will be happening in person with physical distancing protocols in place. These programs will also be provided online in order to meet the needs of both our students on and off campus.
Burman Athletics will not participate in league play for the Fall of 2020. We will follow government guidelines for reopening our athletic programs. The decision for the Winter semester league play has not yet been determined. Options are available for other activities like the Acronaires who are eligible to be a cohort group. Intramural play is being studied as to what can be offered under the direction of government protocols.
The protocols for group activities are ever changing as health and government officials continue to determine new practices. Burman will continue to explore what is allowed on campus based on the new standards that government officials allow.
Academic Campus Life – On Campus and Online
Synchronous or Asynchronous
Will classes be synchronous or asynchronous? It's difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all answer! Your professors are experts in their fields. They may choose to engage you, the students, synchronously or asynchronously depending on the course content or material that needs to be taught. Please contact your department for details on how their classes will be offered.
As part of Burman University’s flexible, hybrid approach to the Fall 2020 term, there may be a choice of in-person lab and practical experiences for those who choose to be on campus. Virtual lab options will also be available to students. Charges to students for these labs reflect the costs from the publishers. Moreover, your lab instructors still spend time instructing and assessing these labs.
Assessment is a vital part of any course. Your professors are familiar with multiple methods of assessing student learning in a remote learning environment that not only safeguard the integrity of the exams but also reduce anxiety of students.
COVID-19 has immensely changed the way we live our lives and it will change the way that we go forward as a University. What it will not change is our commitment to Christian education and your journey through university. Our goal is to have our Burman community back together, in-person or remotely, to continue our educational journey together.
We are excited to get started for our Fall semester. I know there will still be many questions left unanswered. We are working diligently to ensure you have all the information you need to make your decision for the fall. At this time no determination has been made for the winter semester.
If you have any more inquiries we will be planning a ZOOM Q&A where we can dialogue further. Details for this ZOOM Q&A will be emailed to you, students, in the near future. You can also visit the COVID-19 section on our website and go through our FAQ.
Once again, we are excited to resume our semester this fall and we hope to see you soon.
God bless and be safe!
Dr. Loren Agrey
President, Burman University
Update June 10, 2020 | 1:30pm
Burman University to Offer Hybrid System for Fall 2020
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority. While it is our desire to have all our students return on campus, our decisions are impacted by the guidelines set by our government and health officials. Therefore, Burman University has chosen to adopt a flexible, hybrid approach to the Fall 2020 term. All courses for our Fall 2020 term will be delivered online and students can choose to take online classes remotely, or choose to take their online classes while being on campus. Social distancing protocols will be in place.
To read the full statement visit our website: https://www.burmanu.ca/…/burman-university-offer-hybrid-sys…
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 email@example.com.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.