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UNB 2020-21 update

While we continue to be grounded by our strength as one university with two campuses, the university experience will differ slightly for our various programs and campus communities to ensure physical distancing and capacity within our spaces.

The 2020-21 academic year at UNB is being delivered through a blended learning model that includes alternative delivery methods and in-person classes and labs. The 2020-21 academic calendar is revised to reflect self-isolation requirements for anyone travelling outside of the Atlantic provinces over the December break.

2020-21 academic year

The 2020-21 academic calendar has been adjusted to help ease some of the difficulties presented by COVID-19 and accommodate 14 days of self-isolation required for travellers coming to UNB from outside of New Brunswick.

  • The deadline to withdraw from a fall term course without academic penalty is extended up to and including Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. If you choose to withdraw from a course, you are not required to complete the course work or write the final exam if applicable. If you withdrew from a course after the original withdraw date of Nov. 2 and received a withdraw fail (WF), your transcript notation will be changed to a W. If your transcript is not changed by Jan. 8, 2021, please contact the Registrar’s Office, UNB Fredericton (records@unb.ca) or UNB Saint John (unbsjreg@unb.ca) for more information.
  • After receiving your final grade, you may choose to keep the letter grade or request a CR/NCR for any of your fall term courses. You must notify the Registrar’s Office by Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 if you wish to change your letter grade to CR/NCR and indicate which course(s), UNB Fredericton (grades@unb.ca) or UNB Saint John (unbsjreg@unb.ca).
  • Winter term classes will begin on Jan. 11, 2021 with the last day of classes taking place on April 15, 2021. The winter term break and final exam period will remain unchanged.
  • All classes during the first week of winter term will be offered solely through alternative delivery methods to ensure students, faculty and staff can safely complete a 14-day university approved self-isolation if required.
  • In-person classes will resume on Jan. 18, 2021 for those required to be on campus for course instruction.
  • If you travel outside of New Brunswick over the December break, or join us for the start of the winter term from outside of New Brunswick, you must self-isolate for 14 days prior to coming to campus on Jan. 18, 2021. Students arriving to UNB for the winter term must have an approved self-isolation plan. For assistance creating your self-isolation plan and to attain plan approval, please complete the COVID Isolation Plan Form as soon as possible. Questions can be directed to selfisolationhelp@unb.ca.
  • Students living in residences must contact their campus Residence Office to set-up a specific move-in date and time for the winter term.

Graduate studies and open entry courses

The dates shown above apply to undergraduate programs and don’t necessarily apply to the School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Law, Nursing ASP, or to open entry courses offered through the College of Extended Learning. Consult the appropriate calendar for more information on how the revised academic calendar affects your program and courses.


After receiving your final grade, you may choose to keep the letter grade or request a CR/NCR for any of your fall term courses. You must complete all course requirements to receive a CR/NCR, including the final exam if applicable. Students in the Faculty of Law are exempt from selecting CR/NCR as an option for any courses. More information on open-entry online courses, contact the College of Extended Learning.

You must notify the Registrar’s Office by Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 if you wish to change your letter grade to CR/NCR and indicate which fall term course(s).

Students who do not have a final course grade as of Jan. 8 due to an approved course extension, deferred exam or missing grade will have 5 business days (one week) from the date the grade is posted to their academic record to submit a CR/NCR request to the Office of the Registrar. Students in these circumstances should review their academic transcript for grades to be posted. After Jan. 8, all CR/NCR requests should be emailed directly the Office of the Registrar, Fredericton: grades@unb.ca or Saint John: unbsjreg@unb.ca. The CR/NCR online form will be inactive as of Jan. 9.

CR/NCR Request Form

A new form has been created to support student CR/NCR requests. Students wishing to submit CR/NCR requests for Fall 2020 term courses can now do so.

Note that you can use one form for more than one course or you can use it for a single course. The deadline to submit Fall 2020 CR/NCR requests is Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Due to the start of Winter Term and high request volumes, longer processing times can be expected. Once your request is processed, changes will be reflected on your transcript.

Important: Selecting CR/NCR options may affect scholarship awards. CR/NCR it is not recommended if you are considering applying to graduate studies, law and other programs in the future. We encourage you to consult your academic advisor regarding your options, especially if you are considering converting a D to NCR.

Questions can be directed to the Office of the Registrar (Fredericton: grades@unb.ca, Saint John: unbsjreg@unb.ca).


Most courses and labs in undergraduate and graduate programs are adjusted appropriately for students who are unable to be on campus. However, some programs require in-person instruction to meet program outcomes and attendance is mandatory to satisfy lab, clinical and practicum requirements.

Contact your academic advisor immediately for program advising if you are unable to participate in mandatory in-person courses, labs and practicum requisites required to meet your program outcomes that do not have an alternative delivery method option.

  • UNB Fredericton: Undergraduate programs are offered with a blend of alternative delivery methods and limited in-person instruction. In-person instruction will take place where it has been identified as a priority and is required to meet program outcomes. In-person instruction will largely focus on lab components.
  • UNB Saint John: Undergraduate programs are delivered with a combination of in-person instruction and alternative delivery methods.
  • UNB Moncton site: Advanced Standing Program is delivered through alternative delivery methods with off-site clinical placements.
  • Graduate Studies: On both campuses, graduate programs are delivered with in-person instruction, with alternative delivery methods available.

The delivery method for each course is identified in the course registration system. The UNB course timetable indicates if courses are offered through in-person instruction, alternative delivery method or a combination of the two. The delivery method for each course is specified by the classroom assignment. If the winter term course delivery method is not listed by Oct. 28, 2020 contact your faculty for details.

  • In-person: Courses delivered by an instructor with students in attendance will have a physical room listed.
  • Alternative delivery methods: Courses delivered remotely using a variety of learning strategies selected by the instructor have the code AD listed under the room assignment.
  • Combination: Courses offered using a combination of both in-person instruction and alternative delivery methods list a physical building for the in-person component, AD for the portion offered remotely and combination is noted in the comment section. TBA (to be announced) is listed if the course has not yet been assigned an actual location.

Admitted undergraduate and graduate students who have already registered for their courses can view the delivery method of each course through the myUNB portal under class schedule.


On both campuses, libraries will support learning in all programs but with limited capacity in accordance with New Brunswick Public Health guidelines. Harriet Irving Library and Hans W. Klohn Commons are open.

Contact UNB Library Services to learn how they may provide additional research support. More information how to access library services:


UNB Residences are open with limitations as directed by New Brunswick Public Health requirements.

Whether students live on or off-campus, when you become a student at UNB, you become a part of the UNB family. Student Services is available to liaise with students who require off-campus housing.

Students must make the personal decision to move to Fredericton or Saint John based on what is best for their individual set of circumstances. Students unable to participate in required course components should contact their academic advisor immediately for program advising.

Residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) can travel within the four provinces and will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. Students entering New Brunswick from outside of the Atlantic bubble are required to self-isolate for 14 days. See the Government of New Brunswick for more information on international and interprovincial travel.


Support services

Regardless of the learning delivery model, students continue to have access to resources and services such as academic advisors, financial aid, health centres and counselling, library services and various student academic help centres.

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