“We have made the decision to continue with an alternative delivery system for Spring Term, meaning that regrettably we are not going to deliver in-person course activity," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “While there is nothing like learning in person, this allows us to make sure that we can continue to deliver a great academic experience for our students during this extraordinary time.
"We have delivered online courses since the late 1990s, so the University of Waterloo has a great deal of expertise in online learning. We believe we can apply this experience to provide a range of courses and programs in new ways while we cannot plan to learn in person.”
The Spring Term will start on May 11, 2020 and will see all domestic and international students take courses, exams and graduate research milestones in a way that does not require them to come to campus.
During the Spring Term, Waterloo will create more flexibility for co-op students whose work terms may need to be held remotely.
“I would like to thank our students, faculty and staff for their incredible resiliency during this extraordinary period,” said Hamdullahpur. "Working together, we can ensure that Waterloo continues to deliver a quality University of Waterloo academic experience."