Important update on COVID-19 response for UBC Extended Learning winter session students

Some in-person classes will move online starting Monday, March 16

As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the university.

UBC is transitioning its undergraduate and graduate classes online for the rest of the term. In alignment with that decision, UBC Extended Learning will transition the majority of the remaining in-person winter session classes online effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Classes being held Saturday, March 14 will continue in-person as scheduled.

For classes that can not be accommodated online, we will be cancelling those classes. Further information will be sent directly to students early next week for classes that are affected.

UBC’s campuses will remain open and all university operations will continue as normal as we transition. Updates continue to be posted to UBC Extended Learning and UBC websites.

It is important to note that the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19 within British Columbia. UBC’s actions are aligned with advice from the Provincial Health Officer announced on March 12, 2020.

To be clear, we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty or staff. However, we understand the need to be prepared as a university and act accordingly – aligned with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact on our community and you might have many questions. I would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.


Larry Bouthillier
Executive Director
UBC Extended Learning 

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 19:00