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Saint Mary's University moves classes online for fall semester

Saint Mary's University in Halifax is shifting to virtual operation effective Monday, March 23
Courses and program at Saint Mary's University in Halifax will be online for the fall semester. - Tim Krochak / File
HALIFAX, N.S. —

Saint Mary’s University is the latest post-secondary school in Nova Scotia to move its courses and programs online for the fall semester.

After “extensive consultations” on how to proceed with classes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Halifax university announced the change in plans for the upcoming school year Friday afternoon. 

“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount,” Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, SMU’s president, said in a news release. 

“For that reason, we are announcing our intention to move our courses fully online. Our decision ensures that all Saint Mary’s students can start or continue their studies confidently and without interruption, no matter where they are in the world.” 

SMU will launch Jump Start 2020, where students will meet instructors, academic staff and fellow students through online meetings and webinars before the fall semester begins. 

It will also provide more than $1.5 million in additional student financial support for this upcoming year and is to help students “understand the external sources of funding available to them. 

“We remain committed to accessibility and equity as we move toward the fall term," said Summerby-Murray. "We believe that we have put in place the resources to help every student succeed." 

To date, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University and the University of King's College have announced they will be moving their fall classes online. 

Acadia University recently announced it will aim to offer a mix of in-person, online and remote course delivery options to its students for the fall semester. 

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