Updates for the U of A community for the week ending July 24

This week’s updates cover the new remote teaching FAQ pages, changes to the ONEcard distribution process, the U of A isolation accommodation program, face masks on campuses, next week’s Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund deadline, and a reminder about how important it is these days to check your sources.

24 July 2020

Posted: July 24, 3:50 p.m.

Here are this week’s updates for the U of A community:

New FAQ pages for remote teaching

The Centre for Teaching and Learning’s new FAQ pages contain answers to the most commonly asked questions about remote teaching ahead of Fall 2020. These pages will continue to be updated and are now also available on the MyUAlberta app.

Virtual Student ONEcards

The ONEcard distribution process has been amended for Fall 2020. Student ONEcards will be virtual for those attending classes remotely. Physical cards will be printed for those students required to be on campus for in person learning. All incoming students are required to submit a photo for their ONEcard online by August 19, 2020. Refer to the ONEcard website for distribution details and a list of FAQs.

Staff ONEcards

Staff who are new to the university should submit a photo online and complete the Card Request form. Staff with ONEcards that are nearing or have passed their card "replacement" date are encouraged to wait until October to pick up a new ONEcard. Inquiries can be directed to ONEcard@ualberta.ca.

On-campus isolation accommodations 

The University of Alberta’s isolation accommodation program is available to any U of A student, faculty or staff returning to Edmonton and any international student coming from abroad attending an Edmonton post secondary institution. The program includes airport pickup, accommodation in residence halls, meal delivery, periodic or daily check-ins, and access to virtual connections to campus and community health services. 

Face masks on campuses and in Edmonton

On U of A campuses, face masks must be worn anywhere that 2m physical distancing is not possible, and in all indoor common areas and shared work spaces. Please see the U of A directive on Personal Protective Equipment for details. Starting August 1, Edmontonians will also be required to wear face coverings in all city-owned and operated amenities, attractions, and services, including on public transit. Free single-use masks are available to students at the bookstore.

July 31 deadline for Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

Stage 1 applications are now open for funding through the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF). CRCEF is part of the federal government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. It has three funding stages to help sustain research enterprises at Canadian universities and health research institutions. Be sure to submit your CRCEF Wage Support Application Form before July 31, 2020. 

Check your sources

A friendly reminder that you should be receiving your COVID-19 health and travel information directly from public health and travel authorities, such as Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Global Affairs Canada. Likewise, your U of A information will always come directly to you from the university’s main accounts, your faculty, or another verified and easily identifiable university source.