Fall 2021 Update - A message from President and CEO, Dr. Daniel Doz

On March 18, the Minister of Advanced Education said, “I encourage all post-secondary institutions, students and families to prepare for a full return to on-campus learning this September. As we plan to transition back to in-person learning, the safety of students, staff and faculty will be our top priority. We will be working closely with Alberta Health and our chief medical officer of health, Dr. Hinshaw, to ensure a safe return to campus in September 2021.”

What does this mean for Alberta University of the Arts?
The degree to which AUArts will return to on-campus learning in September will be determined by our ability to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.

If we can have everyone safely back on campus in September, we will. The planning work being done by various committees contemplates scenarios from fully back on-campus to various degrees of alternative course delivery modes.

However, there continue to be many unknowns in this pandemic. At present, key unknowns that prevent AUArts from committing to a fully open campus include:

  • What, if any, physical distancing requirements will be in place that could impact our ability to run at full capacity given our limited space
  • The impact of COVID-19 and variants on Alberta Health Services public safety measures

We will update you as soon as we have more information to share. 
Dr. Daniel Doz
President and CEO