BREAKING: UNB cancels classes for academic year

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On March 13, UNB announced that classes are cancelled for the remainder of the academic year to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.

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“The health of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk of our community to unnecessary exposure we are implementing the following change on UNB campuses and sites.” Paul Mazerolle, UNB’s President and Vice-Chancellor, said in an email to students.

  • All UNB in-person classes will be suspended for the remainder of the academic year, effective March 14 at 8 a.m.
  • On Monday, March 23, classes will resume using alternative means, likely online delivery.
  • Campuses and residences will remain open.
  • The university is working to ensure students will finish the term on time and are adhering the the exam schedule.

To prevent infection and spread, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends washing your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water, acoid touching your face with unwashed hands, stay home if you are sick, self-isolate if you believe you have COVID-19.

UNB Saint John’s Student Representative Council announced earlier today, March 13, that their major events will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester, including the Last Class Bash.

They also announced that clubs and societies are not permitted to hold events and SafeRide users must adhere to precautionary measures and will not be permitted to use the service if not.

“We appreciate your understanding during this difficult and uncertain time. The SRC will continue to work with the university to ensure that the health, safety, and needs of students are met, while trying to maintain a regular academic schedule for the remainder of the semester.” said the UNB-SRC in a Facebook post, earlier today.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer, said in an announcement today not to contact Telecare to ask what the symptoms are and that they can be found on the Government of New Brunswick website. If you believe you have COVID-19 you can contact Telecare at 811.

UNB has provided resources for information and support, listed below.

Saint John Counselling Services: (506) 648-5501

Fredericton Counselling Services: (506) 453-4820

Tele-care: 811

COVID-19 Information Hotline: 1 (833) 784-4397

UNB Student Health Centre Saint John: (506) 648-5656

UNB Student Health Centre Fredericton: (506) 453-4837

International Student Services Saint John: (506) 648-5618

International Student Advisor’s Office Fredericton: (506) 453-4860

More information can be found here.