CBU Announces Online Winter Semester

Cape Breton University announced, today, classes for the Winter Semester, beginning January 2021, will be delivered online. This decision was made with the safety of the Cape Breton University campus community and the Cape Breton Island community in mind. There will be a limited number of exceptions in cases where in-person delivery is essential. Students will continue to be supported in a virtual environment or in-person by appointment only.

“Our commitment to academic integrity, quality educational opportunities and positive student experiences remain,” says President David C. Dingwall. “We will continue to support students through our student readiness resources and other areas of support, and to support faculty through the Centre for Teaching and Learning. We also plan to create some on-campus engagement opportunities for students where and when possible.”

Over the summer months, CBU’s faculty, staff and students have done an exceptional job preparing for online delivery, and the first weeks of the fall semester have gone very well. Building on success and informed by lessons learned, CBU will work to ensure a successful Winter 2021 term.

On May 3, 2021, CBU will resume in person classes. Should epidemiology and/or other health and safety circumstances change to the point face-to-face teaching is not possible at that time, the plan will be adjusted accordingly.

“The health and well-being of the Cape Breton Island community is paramount, as is ensuring we are providing high-quality education for the next generation of critical thinkers and thought innovators,” says Dingwall. “Cape Breton University will continue to work with, and take direction from Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, to ensure we can efficiently and appropriately achieve both.”