Monday, August 31, 2020

On August 31 the following email was sent to current graduate students


To: Graduate students

From: Jeff Casello, Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Subject: Preparing for the fall 2020 term


  • Course information
  • Physical return to campus
  • Practica/internships
  • Thesis proposals, comprehensive exams and thesis defence
  • International student information
  • Staying connected and supported

The fall 2020 term is about to begin – classes start on Tuesday, September 8. You may be studying remotely, attending in-person classes, or conducting research on campus. No matter what your circumstances, know that we are eager to ensure that you are safe and can also continue to advance your learning and academic progression.  Below you will find some helpful hints and reminders to get you ready for the fall term.

If you are enrolled in courses, you should:

For online courses:

  • Reliable internet access will be required.
  • Tools such as a webcam may be used in your course.
  • In case your instructor is using LEARN:
  • If instructors are using other platforms, you can expect:
    • an email from your instructor, no later than Thursday, September 10, to your @uwaterloo.ca email address.
    • after September 10, if you still haven't heard from your instructor, reach out to them via email.

If you are returning to campus for courses/research/teaching or are taking part in a practica/internship:

If you are completing your thesis proposal, comprehensive exams, or thesis defence:

International student information:

Staying connected and supported

On behalf of the University of Waterloo, please know that we are here to support you during your fall term – and always.  If you have any questions as you approach the start of the term, I encourage you to contact your supervisor or graduate co-ordinator, or send me an email. Stay well.   

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