Planning, support and additional questions

How is UNB managing the reopening process?

UNB is taking a thoughtful and phased approach to reopening. That way, we can manage activities and people on campuses to ensure health and safety during reopening.

We have dedicated people working to help us accomplish a successful and smooth transition back to campuses. Two subcommittees have been established to help with our return to campus—an academic subcommittee and a transition subcommittee to address operational considerations.

UNB will reopen with limited capacity once operational plans are approved and facilities management has safely prepared the buildings for re-opening with public health requirements implemented.

How is UNB preparing for a second wave?

All decisions regarding campus openings are based on the recommendations of UNB’s Bi-Campus COVID-19 Response Steering Committee subject to New Brunswick Public Health guidelines. UNB will continue to take direction from New Brunswick Public Health and respond appropriately should we experience COVID-19 cases within our university community.

UNB has prepared an outbreak plan, approved by New Brunswick Public Health, that has established processes and supports that will help us address the safety and academic needs of faculty, staff and students should we experience a second wave or cases of COVID-19 in the community.

We have learned from the first wave what works well and what we need to improve upon. We are better prepared moving forward with New Brunswick Public Health safety measures in place for fall term to provide a safe environment within the university community. UNB will continue to take direction from New Brunswick Public Health and respond appropriately should we experience a second wave.

Will the university support travel outside of the province?

UNB faculty, post docs and staff: Travel for university purposes is not allowed to countries with a PHAC travel health notice related to COVID-19 at any risk level, 1-4 inclusive. Due to the pandemic COVID-19, all countries have been assessed as level 3 risk by the Government of Canada as of March 19, 2020.

Only pre-approved, essential domestic travel outside the Atlantic bubble will be reimbursed. For clarity, the only exceptions that will allow domestic travel outside the Atlantic bubble must be pre-approved in writing by the Vice President with oversight for the portfolio. Exceptions will be rare and only related to essential university operations that cannot be completed within the Atlantic bubble.

New Brunswick Public Health guidelines must be adhered to at all times whilst traveling. Travel restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

UNB students: Travel is restricted for all UNB undergraduate and graduate students travelling under UNB supported programs which includes exchanges, travel study, summer schools, field schools, research and conferences. All official UNB student international travel continues to be suspended until further notice. Once the travel suspension is lifted, all university-sanctioned travel will require pre-approval by the Assistant Vice President Academic (Partnerships) office.

What student services are available for 2020-21?

Whether your program is offered on-campus or through alternative delivery methods, UNB will have strong student supports in place. Students will 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. UNB is committed to providing additional resources to ensure the highest quality learning environment for our students.

The university experience this year is going to be different from what we all expected. Even though we may not be physically together, we remain united as one UNB community. UNB will continue to operate based on New Brunswick Public Health guidelines. Counselling Services, for example, has been functioning using alternate delivery methods since March and has found it to be highly effective. They will continue using an online model through the fall, however, if there is a need for face-to-face intervention, arrangements will be made on an individual basis.

On both campuses, libraries will be open to support learning in all programs but with limited capacity in accordance with New Brunswick Public Health guidelines.

We will continue to work with staff to provide specific details for students relating to campus operations.

Are there any other mental health supports that UNB can offer beyond counselling?

For updated information on various groups and programs, join the UNB Counselling Services – Online Student Support group on Microsoft Teams.

Additional online resources include TAO (Therapist Assisted Online), for 24-hour private online self-help. Sign up with your university email address and use enrollment key Unb1785!

Will there be accommodations to borrow technology?

UNB Libraries offers a wide range of technology and tools that may be signed out.