Community Update #20 COVID-19 - Summer 2020 term will proceed

Summer 2020 term will proceed, with a one-week delayed start.  Academic programs to be provided to students by online/remote learning methods.

In light of the ongoing pandemic situation and in order to allow students to keep progressing in their programs, the University is proceeding with a Summer 2020 term and plans to offer as many summer courses as possible through online/remote delivery formats.

Academic program planning is underway to determine which summer courses can be offered through online/remote learning, in order to be able to inform students by no later than April 17, 2020 about the final suite of offerings for the summer term.  Instructors will be contacted shortly by their Dean/Chair/Director/GPD to discuss planned and possible summer course offerings.

To allow more time for instructors to plan and prepare to deliver summer courses online/remotely, and following consultation with Senate Executive, the SU and S1 terms will start one week late, on May 11, 2020.  The S2 term will start on June 29, 2020.

The Teaching Commons is partnering with Learning Technology Services (LTS), University Information Technology (UIT) and the Faculties to develop a new website section that will feature resources to assist instructors with pedagogical and technological aspects of transitioning summer term courses for a remote teaching and e-learning environment. There also will be access to individual support services. Resources will be available in early April.

Information on summer term and course options will be communicated to students directly.

Graduation and Convocation

We are now looking into possible options for June convocation. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for the spring ceremonies to go forward as planned, but our team is working on developing a virtual option. While not a replacement, we want to find a meaningful way to celebrate the academic achievements of our graduating students. We are also planning on expanding our Fall 2020 convocation for those who receive their degrees in the spring but wish to attend a ceremony in person at a later time. Once we have worked out the details, we will send further information to our graduating class.

As always, you can access the latest information and updates on York’s response to COVID-19 at You can also email your questions to

I would just like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank you all once again for the truly extraordinary work being done, despite the unprecedented circumstances, to provide our students with the best possible course options, to allow them to continue their academic journey.

Thank you

Lisa Philipps
Provost and Vice-President Academic