UFV and the BC Go Forward plan

Thank you UFV students, for your flexibility, patience and determination in continuing your educational journey. Thank you UFV Faculty and Staff, for your tireless work advancing the UFV mission over the last several months and into the summer semester. Your efforts have been exemplary and demonstrate your dedication and passion for engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community.

We know you may have questions regarding Premier Horgan’s announcement to gradually lift some of the province-wide restrictions under the BC Go Forward phased plan.

Your health and safety is UFV’s number one priority and the University will strictly adhere to the directives of the BC Provincial Health Officer, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training.

Is summer semester still online?

UFV will continue to offer only online and remote learning for the summer semester.

Does remote and learning work continue?  

In this current phase, remote work will continue as it has for the last two months.

What will the Fall Semester look like?

In mid-April, two cross-functional working groups at UFV were formed and have dedicated their attention and resources towards options for the Fall and how we can meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff.

In the coming weeks, UFV will communicate the processes, standards, and plans on how we will deliver a high-quality educational experience in the Fall with constant and rigorous attention to your health and to the well-being of our community.

We understand the pandemic will change how programs and services are delivered. For many programs, alternate forms of delivery will continue. Time and resources have been dedicated and will continue to be dedicated to ensure you have the support needed to effectively study, teach, and work remotely as required in September.

Thank you again for your amazing diligence, adaptability, and perseverance.


17 thoughts on “UFV and the BC Go Forward plan”

  1. Sorry, but just to clarify: “For many programs, alternate forms of delivery will continue”. Would this mean for now that remote education via online will continue on for the fall semester? Because I really like being able to attend classes online.

    • Hi KL,
      Glad you are enjoying the online experience… yes many courses will be online in the fall. In the weeks ahead we will be providing details, offerings etc. UFV will be adhering closely to the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer so face to face teaching will be a lot less common for some time until a vaccine is developed.

    • I think we all are wondering how it will unfold, Heidi – and some experiential learning will be impossible to teach other ways – although with simulations, and tech a lot is possible. Stay tuned.

  2. Hi Dave

    I noticed on my Student Billing and Accounts, it says I still have to pay for all of the fees which are pertaining to the UFV building/ campus. All of our classes are remotely online for the entirety of the semester, even if the campus does open up, the summer semester is still remaining fully online. I’m a little rattled as to why we are still required to pay for all of these fees.

    Please advise or pleaser direct me to someone I can speak with about this matter

  3. Hi Dave
    The last date given to pay Fall fee is 15th May. But there is no clarification if the session will start even online.
    1. In this ambiguous situation , how do I decide whether to block my money with ufv.
    2. If classes will take place online, why the fees include various building and campus fund?

    • Dear X – I feel your pain. Sorry – but take some solace in the idea that you are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You are helping people avoid getting sick. And that’s massive. Thank you.

  4. Hello,

    As a student highly involved on campus and heading into my final year of study, I strongly hope that at least part of Fall 2020 will be taken in the classroom. It is challenging enough to have finished Winter 2020 online but to have regular Fall and Winter semester’s in the future online as well makes students who are used to face to face personalized interactions hard to come by.

    Professors are cutting down lecture material, students are having less access to resources and not everyone can learn well through an online platform. I understand the health reasons but hope that our UFV community can come together to accommodate those who struggle with online classes, as well as for those who may prefer and need the online classes due to health concerns. I know it is easier said than done, but I hope my message will be heard and that it is the step in the right direction.

    Thank you so much for all your efforts, UFV.

    • Dear AN,
      I understand completely. But we have to adhere to the direction given by our Provincial Health Officer. the BC Ministry of Health and our own ministry that looks after universities. And they say no big gatherings. So… that means we are looking at online classes. I know it’s not what we are used to, but we have to avoid a resurgence of COVID. And that means social distance. We will give you a lot of support and we promise a high quality education.

  5. Hi Dave,
    Just wondering if you have any information on if there will be info sessions for the teaching program held this fall? Or if you can point me in the direction of someone who would know?
    Also, was there a survey (besides the ones sent by SUS on what they can do) for student opinion or input on UFV’S response and measures to protect against Covid-19 going forward?

    • Sarah – how nice to have a question that is not about COVID! Thank you! So – I see you have missed the May 7 session – too bad. Tell you what – I’ll look into this for you through the program – here is their site in the meantime.Take a look https://www.ufv.ca/teacher-education/info-seminars/
      Also – teachers make a big difference – nice choice. There will be a survey coming ouot for students thanks Sarah. Watch for it in your UFV email if you are a student or on ufv.ca if you are not.

      • Hi Again Sarah,
        Sorry for the delay and hope yor long weekend was good. I spoke with the department head and the Professor who organizes the sessions. She says, “There are always 5-6 each semester, and I will schedule them soon. They will be offered virtually. Please assure the student that dates and times will appear on the website soon. If the student wants to speak with me earlier than that, they can book a one-on-one time through our website.” Here is their email
        and their website… https://www.ufv.ca/teacher-education/

  6. Hi,

    I am also wondering about the student fees. I am doing the summer semester and will not be using any of the buildings or student services that I am billed for. Is there someone I can ask about this?


    • This is a very good question and I wish I had a complete picture for you KVW. And this issue would catch my attention too. This adjustment to COVID requires such massive and ongoing change that we are still sorting out many of the structures and processes. What a lot of people also don’t realize is that the UFV Student Union Society (SUS) has the authority to charge (or not charge) many of the student fees. UFV does collect the fees for the student union as we are already collecting tuition and we pass through this evenue to the SUS. So it is not a simple equation. Having said that, we can tell you that the UPASS and the Shuttle fees will not be charged until August 31. These will be revisited for the winter term too. Also, fees supporting services that are continuing, including those that keep buildings open and running for staff and student centres, fees for the Cascade Newspaper, fees for CiVL radio and other services that are still running, will still be charged. We hope to have more news on fees and services in the weeks ahead.

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