Student Information for Fall 2021 – IMPORTANT UPDATES

Student Information for Fall 2021

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Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing on campus starts Monday, October 4, 2021. The schedule for each campus is below and locations may vary. A third-party SHA-approved service provider will administer all tests on Saskatoon and Northern Campus.

Regina Campus:

  • FNUniv students must go to the University of Regina locations
    • College Avenue Campus (CAC)
      • 2155 College Avenue
      • CB 016 and CB 021
    • University of Regina (UofR)
      • Paskwāw Tower – 2nd Floor
  • Students will not be tested on FNUniv Regina Campus.

Saskatoon Campus:

  • Monday – 7:00am – 12:00pm (*subject to change)
  • Wednesday – 1:00pm – 4:00pm (*subject to change)
  • Sessional Office – Library

Northern Campus:

  • Monday – 7:00am – 12:00pm (*subject to change)
  • Wednesday – 1:00pm – 4:00pm (*subject to change)
  • Room B12

Mandatory Vaccination Update

As a reminder to all Students, Faculty, Staff and Sessionals, the proof of vaccination date is October 1, 2021. Faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated for any reason, or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to undergo regular, rapid antigen testing and receive ongoing negative test results to attend any campus in person.


Case numbers in Saskatchewan are on the rise once again and as we have done throughout this pandemic, the FNUniv will continue to work to ensure a safe environment for all students, faculty, sessionals, staff and Elders. We encourage everyone to do their part in keeping the community safe by getting vaccinated.

The October 1st launch of the University of Regina’s Mandatory Vaccination protocols are fast approaching and more communications will be shared as processes are developed and implemented. The University of Regina shared an email last Friday that provided important information for students.

Students:

An urgent reminder to all students to continue to check your URegina email account. It is your responsibility to check your URegina email daily. You can also have your URegina email account forwarded to your personal email. 

The UofR has distributed time-sensitive information critical to your status as a university student regarding the new mandatory vaccination process. Non-compliance with the University’s mandate can result in potential consequences.

FNUniv Students will be required to follow the procedures outlined by the University of Regina. Students must declare their status by accessing their account on UR Self-Service.

  • All students must complete the Declaration
  • If, for any reason you are unable to complete the Declaration, please contact Ask.Us@uregina.ca prior to October 1st.

Unvaccinated students in Prince Albert and Saskatoon will be required to undergo rapid antigen testing organized by the First Nations University of Canada. More information is forthcoming about the testing schedules and procedures.

For any FNUniv faculty, staff or sessionals who plan to be on the University of Regina campus, you must declare your status by accessing your account through UR Self-Service and upload your proof of vaccination.

Rapid Testing on Saskatoon and Northern Campuses will begin on October 4th. A third-party SHA-approved service provider will administer all tests. 

Sign up for your MySaskHealthRecord Account as soon as possible. eHealth Sask. Saskatchewan residents no longer need a PIN to sign up for an eHealth account.

  • Provides access to your COVID-19 immunization record. Required as proof of vaccination.

Out-of-Province Students: Your vaccination records can be accessed through your local health authority website. 

International Students: Please visit International Student FAQs on the University of Regina website for further information.


RETURNING TO CAMPUS

All Campus Locations are OPEN! However, you must wear a mask when on campus, in all public areas of each campus, such as:

  • Libraries
  • Classrooms
  • Hallways
  • Regina Campus First Nations Veterans Memorial Tipi 
  • Common areas at all three campuses

Students, please contact your instructor if you have questions about your specific course.

The mandatory vaccination requirement will be in effect on OCTOBER 1, 2021. All faculty, staff and students will be required to provide proof of vaccination if you attend an in-person/on-campus course or event. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will have to take a Rapid Antigen Test administered by health professionals. More information will follow about where to submit your proof of vaccination and the Rapid Antigen Test.

Rapid Antigen Testing will begin on OCTOBER 1, 2021.

We encourage students to get vaccinated as the greater campus community who take FNUniv classes or are part of the campus, including our Elders and children, must be kept in mind. More information on the application for exemption will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the FNUniv Crisis Response Team at covid19@firstnationsuniversity.ca

The University’s current COVID-19 safety measures remain in effect until further notice.


Mandatory Vaccination by October 1, 2021

The University has aligned with the University of Regina on the Mandatory Vaccinations for all students by October 1, 2021. The Mask Mandate remains in effect for all campus locations.

FNUniv’s Board of Governors and our Board Elders have recommended that the University also mandate full COVID-19 vaccination for our faculty and staff working in and from FNUniv campuses. Given this recommendation from our Board, the guidance from our Elders, and to ensure consistency for not only our students, but those from the greater campus community who take our classes, the FNUniv will implement the University of Regina’s order across all three campuses in Saskatoon, Northern Campus (Prince Albert) and Regina.

We understand that there may be circumstances that prohibit some people from receiving a vaccination, therefore, a process for requests for exemptions will be created. Senior management will provide additional information to our faculty, staff, and students in the coming days, including information on how to apply for an exemption.


Hybrid Course Delivery

The First Nations University of Canada will transition to a Hybrid Course Delivery for the Fall 2021 Term.

Throughout the pandemic, the First Nations University of Canada has made the health and safety of our students, Elders, and staff the top priority while navigating through the best teaching methods to ensure our courses are delivered effectively. As more vaccinations across the province continue to increase and infection rates decrease, the University will transition towards a hybrid learning environment while maintaining flexibility should the COVID-19 situation change for the Fall 2021 term. Delivery of in-class courses, labs, and studios are dependent on various factors, and our plans will depict the process and procedures.

To keep our campus communities safe and protected, and help bring back the welcoming, teaching and learning environment our University is known for, we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination when they are eligible. Working towards the Fall will see a new cycle, a new form of interconnecting. We will continue to work together to ensure the health and safety of all remain top priority by following all mandatory public health orders.

All campus locations will continue with the implementation of Mandatory Masks as recommended and must be worn within all indoor spaces within the University to include:

·       Public areas of a university or college campus, such as libraries, student union building, classrooms, hallways and other common areas, but not labs, offices or residences (dormitories)

You can read the full FNUniv Statement on the Transition to Hybrid Course Delivery here.


Guide to Understanding the Class Schedule

The Guide to Understanding the Class Schedule will help you interpret the Fall 2021 class schedule. Please note that the examples included in the Guide are snapshots of what you will see in the Visual Schedule Builder system. If you are using UR Self-Service to search for courses, you will see the same information as in the examples but in a different format.

IMPORTANT UPDATES Added to FALL 2021 Course Schedule

Our Fall 2021 courses will be delivered in one of the following formats:

  • On-Site Courses: Students registered in these courses will be required to attend in person in the designated classroom on scheduled days and times.  A full list of those courses that are being offered On-Site in the Fall 2021 term can be viewed here.
    • FNUniv Face-to-Face Courses can be viewed here.
  • Hybrid Courses: Some courses allow students to attend on-site or remotely with a level of flexibility on how they would like to attend each week. Students who register for these courses will have the option of attending on-site or remotely via Zoom on scheduled days and times.
  • Courses Delivered Remotely: These courses will be taught via Zoom on scheduled days and times.
  • Online (Web) Delivered Courses: These courses will be delivered via UR Courses and many other multi-media enhancements.  There are usually no scheduled days and times.

If you have any questions on the courses offered, you may call 1.306.790.5950 ext.3001 or email info@firstnationsuniversity.ca


Student Success Services – Support

Student Success Services staff are available for virtual appointments only. Please contact an Administrative Assistant at 306.790.5950 ext. 7501 or at 306.790.5950 ext. 3127 if you would like to leave a message for a Recruiter, an Academic Advisor, a Retention Specialist or a Student Success Navigator. If you choose to leave a message, our administrative staff will follow up during regular work hours, Monday – Friday.

You can also email a request to advising@firstnationsuniversity.ca.
Please be sure to include the following in your email:

  • Your name, student number and if you are a New, or Continuing student.
  • The campus attending: Regina, Saskatoon, Northern Campus (PA), or Community-based program.
  • A phone number where you can be reached to confirm your appointment.
  • A brief message of your request. Our administrative staff will follow up during regular work hours, Monday – Friday.

The Student Lounge, Regina Campus, is closed until further notice.

Student events such as orientation, success seminars and workshops, and collaborative events (among campuses and with U of R) will be remote (via Zoom, Lifesize, Facebook, etc.). No in-person student events are planned for Spring/Summer 2021.

Registered Fall students will have access to the SSS URCourses to find additional information on the writing clinic, wellness counselling availability and retention seminars and workshops.

Pipe Ceremonies will continue to be offered monthly at each campus. These ceremonies will follow all Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines. Campus Elders’ virtual access (phone, Lifesize video-conferencing) will be arranged by appointment by the Elders’ helpers.


Campus Entrance and Exits

Regina Campus:

  • East & West side doors will be open for entry and exit. Surveillance Screeners will be located at both entrances for Check-in.
  • North entrance is designated for parents/guardians and children of the pamināwasowin Child Care Centre ONLY.
  • In case of emergency, all doors are accessible for exit.

Saskatoon Campus: Enter and Exit through Southeast doors (B) and continue to 2nd Floor Campus. If you are visiting the Library, use Southeast door, continue through the main hallway door and exit on the secondary hallway door (marked).

Northern Campus: If entering from Central Avenue, use Main Entrance. If entering from Parkade, head south to Mall Entrance (Pharmacy stairwell) and enter at Main entrance (Central Avenue). Exit through main entrance.


Online Booking System

We encourage students to use the Online Booking System for the computer labs and workstations.

The online booking system for the Computer and Library at each campus are monitored separately.

Please read the following Terms & Conditions – Access and Services prior to booking your study time.

All students will be required to:

  • Book an appointment allowing access for two (2) hours scheduled throughout each weekday.
  • Masks are Mandatory. Please wear yours. All students at each FNUniv campus that utilize this service will be required to wear masks throughout the Fall 2021 term.
  • Agree to the Terms & Conditions that the FNUniv requests from all visitors in the Fall 2021 term, which include social distancing and other safety measures on each campus.

Appointment Schedule (2-hour time-frame) – Monday to Friday

  • 8:30am – 10:30am
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Click on the campus link below to book your study time:


Workstations and Entry/Exit – All Campus locations

  • Regina Campus computer lab will be relocated to Room 2008 (formerly the Medicine Room) on the 2nd Floor East.
    • Students can enter and exit through the East or West side doors.
  • The Saskatoon library will have 8 workstations.
    • Students will enter through the main hallway door and exit on the secondary hallway door (subject to change).
  • The Northern Campus computer lab and library are in the basement, with 18 workstations in total (subject to change).
    • Computer lab – 4 workstations;
    • Library – 6 workstations;
    • A second, temporary lab is established in classroom B12 with 8 workstations.
    • Students will gain access by the stairway and exit through the secondary stairway – the elevator will be available on strict conditions.

Cleaning Procedures:

Thorough cleansing of all surfaces will be done throughout the day.

If you have any questions, please contact FNUniv IT Support at IT-Support@firstnationsuniversity.ca


Student ID Card

New students, including Off-Campus, must have a URegina student ID card. Click here to apply.

Replacement card: if returning students need a replacement, follow instructions on the link for payment.


Zoom for Students

For students who may be new to the FNUniv Zoom videoconferencing method, we have a Student Guide that will walk you through accessing the virtual classroom or take a few minutes to watch the video tutorial.

If you have any questions or concerns about Zoom, please contact FNUniv IT at 306-790-5950 ext. 7777.


Laptop Loan Program

FNUniv continues to offer the program for the Fall 2021 term. Students must meet specific requirements and conditions. Students must indicate which campus they are attending and where they want to pick up the laptop.

If you are interested in the program, please contact your campus library or email: fnunivlibrary@fnuniv.ca for further details and information.

Regina Campus Library:
p: 306.790.5950 ext. 3425 or 3429
Saskatoon Campus Library:
p: 306.931.1800 ext. 5430
Northern Campus Library:
p: (306) 765-3333 Ext. 7430 or 7425


Events

Outdoor Events: Planning for any outdoor event on any campus location will continue. Attendees must maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

Indoor Events: Guidelines will be updated.


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