January 2021 FAQs

As you know, our country and the world continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. After much consultation, it has been decided that the January 2021 semester will be delivered entirely online, with a limited number of exceptions in cases where in-person delivery is essential. This decision was informed and thoughtful and is made with the very best interest of our campus community in mind.  

The frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page relate to the Winter semester at Cape Breton University, as well as international travel. Information was last updated on October 7, 2020.

On May 3, 2021, we will resume in-person classes. Should epidemiology and/or other health and safety circumstances change and face-to-face teaching is not possible we will adjust our plan accordingly.

Our commitment to academic integrity, quality educational opportunities and positive student experiences remain. We will continue to support students through our student readiness resources and other areas of support. Increased access to the Library, Math and Science Centre, Writing Centre, Enrolment Services and others will begin in the coming weeks and increase during Winter Semester. We also plan to create some on-campus engagement opportunities for students when possible.

Faculty, staff and students have done an exceptional job over the summer months to prepare for online delivery, and the first weeks of the fall semester are going well. While there may still be challenges ahead, we will work hard to ensure a successful Winter 2021 term.

On Friday, October 2, 2020, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced amended travel restrictions to allow international students to enter Canada effective October 20, 2020, if their designated learning institution (DLI) has an COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their Province.

CBU is working with the Province of Nova Scotia to ensure our plan meets the criteria to ensure we are on the approved DLI list. The safety of our employees and students and the broader Cape Breton Island communities continues to be at the forefront of our planning.  Once on the approved DLI list, CBU will begin to provide international student with travel support letters so they may travel to Canada to complete their studies online. In order to receive the letter, students will have to provide their quarantine plan and fill out an online application. The ultimate decision for their entry into Canada rests with the Canada Border Services Agent, and students will be informed of the full process as more information becomes available. For those students who do not wish to study online we will communicate our deferral process. Please check your CBU email regularly for updates.

COVID-19 has created much uncertainty. We continue to work closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to ensure our response is informed by the most up-to-date information available from the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. Rest assured, we are ensuring any and all on campus activity follows public health and safety protocols.

 

Winter Semester and International Travel FAQs

Please Note: Information is changing daily. Check your CBU email regularly for updates. 

The January 2021 semester will be delivered entirely online, with a limited number of exceptions in cases where in-person delivery is essential. This decision was informed and thoughtful and is made with the very best interest of our campus community in mind.

The University is working with each of the Schools to identify any cases in which in-person delivery is essential.

At this time the decision is that we will resume in-person classes on May 3, 2021. Should epidemiology or other health and safety circumstances change and in-person teaching is not possible, we will adjust our plan accordingly.

CBU is a Designated Learning Institution.

We are currently working with the Province of Nova Scotia to design a plan that meets the criteria for the second phase of approval and will place us on the approved COVID-19 readiness DLI list. Once approved, we will begin to provide international students with travel support letters so they can travel to Canada to complete their studies online. Please check your CBU email frequently for updates.

In order to receive the letter, students will have to provide their quarantine plan and fill out an online application. Ultimately, the decision on whether or not you will be approved for entry will be made by the Canada Border Services Agent, not CBU.

After CBU receives approval and is added to the DLI list, students will be contacted with information on where to submit their quarantine plan along with a list of the documents and information that will be required. Please check your CBU email frequently for updates.

 

Cape Breton University cannot guarantee your entry to Canada. While we support your travel by issuing a Travel Support Letter after we are added to the approved COVID-19 readiness DLI list, the final decision rests with a Canada Border Services Agency Officer when you arrive at a port of entry. Cape Breton University is not responsible for any financial or other losses due to you being refused entry to Canada.

Until CBU is on the approved list, students should not book any travel. Our team is working toward the goal of having an approved plan and being added to the list in November. When we receive confirmation, students will be notified.

Quarantine accommodations are being discussed as part of the work CBU is undertaking with the Province of Nova Scotia. We will update students with more information as soon as it is available.