UBC, SFU, UVic moving to online instruction amid coronavirus crisis

B.C.’s three largest post-secondary institutions are moving to online classes for the remainder of the term to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Victoria (UVic) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced the move will take effect Monday, March 16. UBC says it is still working on plans for classes that can’t be moved online.

The move at UBC applies to the Vancouver, Okanagan and Robson Square campuses. Information on exams will be shared next week, UBC said.

“We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact on our community and you have many questions,” said UBC president Santa J. Ono in a statement.

“I would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.”

UBC says it is not aware of any cases of COVID-19 on campus.

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