Information for instructors about transitioning to campus

Embrace a Fresh Start, Safely.

Patience. Understanding. Adaptation. Caution. Trust. These are the attributes that have allowed our community to endure during the global COVID-19 pandemic. They are also the characteristics that will carry us through the next phase of this pandemic.

We know that COVID-19 will shape the academic year ahead; this is why your safety and the safety of our students remains our top priority. While we are planning to open our campuses carefully, we know that there may be points ahead when our community may need to readjust and shift to ensure that Fall 2021 remains the safest experience possible for all.

Some members of our community will be ready to embrace a fresh start safely, while some will need additional support to adjust to the realities of our learning environment; no matter where you fit on this spectrum, know that how you are feeling is understandable and okay.


To address the challenges faced by you and your students, planning and response groups have worked to create Fall 2021 Recommendations for Instructors. This guide will provide you with tips and advice to help navigate the start of the fall term.

To view this link, ensure you are logged in to Email & Apps using your Campus Computing ID (CCID).


A Start of Term Guide for On-campus Instructors, Fall 2021 has also been created as quick reference for essential health and safety information for a successful term of in-person teaching on U of A campuses.


A a short slide deck has been prepared to help you review the current protocols and guide conversations around health and safety with students. Please make a copy of the presentation to add your course details to the slides.


Other resources and services will continue to serve as supports for you throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall. To stay up to date on the latest information and resources for instructors, visit:


You can also reach out to your chair, associate dean, dean, or HR Partner, if you have questions or concerns related to the teaching term ahead. Additional supports will continue to be offered through the Office of the Dean of Students, IST, and the university’s other service units.