Memorial University's administration is engaging staff and students as it tries to figure out whether an extended closure will necessitate any changes to the current semester's schedule.
The post-secondary institution announced Tuesday it would remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 22. That will be the fourth day of classes cancelled due to a massive clean-up effort in St. John's linked to last Friday's blizzard. A state of emergency has remained in effect for the capital city of St. John's ever since.
“The impact on the academic term is yet to be determined,” the university said in a news release. “Protecting the academic integrity of the semester is a primary concern, therefore discussions involving faculty, administration and student unions are underway to determine if any changes to the semester schedule are warranted. If changes are made, information will be shared as soon as it is available via the regular channels.”
As has been the case in previous days, Wednesday's closure impacts the St. John's and Signal Hill campuses, the Marine Institute, MUN's childcare centre, the Ocean Sciences Centre and the Holyrood Marine Base.
The university has already announced a change to the deadline for adding a course or dropping one while still receiving a full tuition refund. It will be the day after the university reopens.