March 18 Special Announcement | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | UNB

Special Announcement

March 18, 2020

Good afternoon,

UNB is entering the final phase of transitioning to provide only essential services as directed by New Brunswick Public Health. Over the last 48 hours, we have been scaling down operations to only those essential to the delivery of courses by alternative methods and business continuity processes. It is imperative to make necessary changes in our operations to limit the risk of interpersonal interactions that can allow the virus to spread on our campuses and in the workplace.

  • As of Thursday, March 19, all buildings on UNB campuses and off-campus sites will remain locked until further notice.
    • Both campuses and off-campus sites will remain open for essential services and functions only.
    • All faculty and staff should remove items required for remote access.
    • All UNB employees are expected to work remotely unless explicitly told otherwise.
  • Course instruction, using alternative delivery methods, will resume on March 23 as scheduled. In-person classes will not be held for the remainder of the term. This includes graduate studies and invigilated exams for online courses.
  • UNB Libraries has shifted operations to online delivery of services and resources.
  • Public access to UNB campuses is restricted until further notice.
    • ALL events on UNB campuses are cancelled or postponed. A decision to hold Encaenia and Convocation May 27-29 will be made in the near future.
    • ALL athletic facilities are closed.
    • ALL non-essential businesses on campus are closed.
  • Students living in residences who are able are in the process of moving out by the end of day, March 18. As previously communicated, international students who are unable to leave or those who are experiencing illness will remain. Only individuals who are unable to leave residences for specific reasons will remain on campuses.

I recognize this has been a difficult and stressful time for students, parents, faculty and staff. As a community, it is important to continue supporting your peers and colleagues with empathy and compassion during this time of uncertainty.

We will continue to address your concerns and provide the latest information on COVID-19 developments at and follow direction from New Brunswick Public Health.

Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle

President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of New Brunswick