Spring/Summer Semester 2021

Welcome back!

It is with great excitement we look ahead to Cape Breton University’s Spring/Summer 2021 Semester. Registration for Spring/Summer courses will open on Tuesday, March 2, and after two completely online semesters, we are thrilled that the upcoming session will include opportunity for in-person learning from our beautiful campus once again.

Due to physical distancing and other mandated Public Health protocols, classes will be offered in four different varieties, each of which are outlined below with a preview of how they will look in the system. 

Online Live

This means the course will be online (virtual) with a set and scheduled time for meeting. (Example: You may have an online live course that meets every Monday at 10:00am virtually. You’ll need to log in at this time to join the class from your computer, and then complete any other assignments on your own time). This is also known as synchronous

Online Not Live

This means the course will be offered online (virtually), but with no set and scheduled time to meet. (Example: You may have an Online Not Live course that you log in to on your own time. You might watch recordings or engage in coursework that is posted in other formats. You will still have deadlines, so please be sure to read your syllabus). This is also known as asynchronous


This means your course will be offered in-person, on-campus at a set and scheduled time. This will appear in the Academic Timetable with “Cape Breton University Campus” and either “Lecture” or “Lab” listed below it. For this purpose, Lecture will mean class, and may take various formats in-person. (Example: Your course is offered on campus and you will be required to come to campus, and will see a room or location listing and set a scheduled time).

In-Person or Live Online

This means your course will be offered both in-person (on-campus) and Live Online, at the same time. You may choose to attend either in-person (on-campus) or Live Online. (Example: You may choose to attend this course in-person, which means you will come to campus at a set and scheduled time. Your friends, who live in Ontario and New Delhi, may also sign up for this class but will choose the Live Online option. They will log in to attend this class virtually at the same time you attend in person). 

We look forward to brighter days ahead

We believe these options meet the needs of all of our students and take into account various situations and scenarios, allowing you to choose the best option for your current academic journey.

As always, this decision was made with the health, well-being and safety of our CBU community in mind, and with direction from Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang. 

A Note on Advising and Registration

Please remember if you are a first-year student, joining us for the first time in the Spring/Summer session, you will need to be advised by the First-Year Advising Centre before you will be able to register. You can book an appointment for that now. If you are a returning student and have already completed your first term at CBU, advising is not required but you are welcome to book an appointment with a faculty member. 

Please remember, all registrations are handled through your Student Compass Portal, and you will need to move courses from scheduled to registered to ensure you officially appear on the class list. 

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Cape Breton University, welcome back!