Updated May 15, 2020 at 10:49 a.m.
- Fall and summer semesters
- Academics and Research
- McGill Operations
- Working during the closure
- Coronavirus and your health
All courses that can be taught remotely in the Summer 2020 semester will proceed remotely. There will be no in-person sit-down final examinations on McGill campuses.
Courses will be offered primarily through remote delivery. The Fall 2020 term will begin as scheduled.
No – classes that begin remotely will finish remotely, including exams.
Some student learning activities may be held on campus in the fall if public health directives allow. For students who are not in Montreal, on-campus learning activities will be complemented virtually.
This is an important consideration as we continue academic planning. Instructors are aware of the challenges students face when learning remotely and will be supported in adapting their courses in light of this; instructors will be encouraged to consider teaching approaches that take into consideration students who are studying in different time zones.
No — we are confident that we will offer the same quality of instruction remotely, and the value of a McGill degree remains despite this temporary interruption. We are increasing support to students and instructors for remote learning, and the vast majority of our student services are still available. We are also working to create virtual communities and experiences to ensure a dynamic student experience, even in a virtual environment.
We recognize that the pandemic has affected many people financially — rather than reducing tuition, we are increasing financial aid for students in need. Consult the Scholarships and Student Aid website for information on financial support.
We are exploring options such as virtual labs, simulations, and multimedia resources. Not all courses are suited to the same tools and solutions, but professors are collaborating to identify creative, engaging approaches for remote delivery.
Many laboratories will be redesigned to ensure they can be offered remotely.
Some clinical activities that do not have a remote alternative may happen on campus, if they can be held safely. Deans will work with the Administration in the coming weeks to determine which activities might continue in-person. We recognize that in some disciplines, like health professions, clinical work is necessary for academic continuity.
If organizations offering internships are able to adopt proper safety protocols, internships could continue in the fall.
Yes, some residences will be open, and you can still apply to live in residence. The residence application deadline for undergraduate students is July 7, 2020. Application for residences are accepted and accommodation is assigned based on the understanding that students are making a commitment for the full academic year. Cancellation policies still apply.
Consult the latest FAQs on residence services.
McGill is exploring new methods and platforms, and working to adapt course material and programming to be as accessible as possible — including for students who may not have high-speed devices or internet access. Courses will be formatted in ways that take into account these potential challenges.
McGill is a member of Eduroam, a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Students who have access to a local research university campus who is also an Eduroam member can use their McGill credentials to access McGill’s IT infrastructure using the local campus Wi-Fi infrastructure (at no cost). Most research universities around the world have access to Eduroam. For more information, please visit McGill’s Knowledge Base.
Please consult the adjusted academic measures available for the Winter 2020 term.
The office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is providing important information on graduate studies during the closure.
- McGill campuses are closed. This includes library branches, athletics facilities and food service locations.
- Shuttle bus service is suspended between the downtown and Macdonald campuses until further notice.
- All McGill in-person events, on or off campus, are cancelled until June 5
Building access is restricted to members of the community who need to carry out necessary functions or pick up equipment to work from home. Learn how to access buildings during the closure.
The Government of Quebec ordered all university campuses in the province to close until further notice. The summer semester will go ahead through remote instruction. The fall semester will begin as scheduled, primarily through remote instruction.
All regular and contractual University employees who have a valid contract after May 1, including casual and work study employees who were scheduled to work, will continue to be paid.
Please see IT’s website, Working Remotely, which provides extensive information.
- Zoom is available to instructors, and reserved for teaching and learning activities
- MS Teams is available to all employees for collaborative work (web conferencing, chat, etc.)
- WebEx is available to employees for all Web conferencing needs
People authorized to be on campus should consult the mandatory directives and watch training videos for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAP) offers resources to support staff members’ mental and emotional well-being.
HR is providing important updates for staff on their COVID-19 Resources page.
Symptoms are similar to the flu: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- Isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible
- Immediately call Montreal’s coronavirus hotline at 514-644-4545, or 1-877-644-4545 if you are elsewhere in Quebec
- Describe your symptoms and travel history to the health professionals on the hotline
- Follow their instructions carefully
- Stay at home until the Public Health Authority advises you that you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others
- All students and staff who have received a positive test result for COVID-19 must follow guidelines for reporting illness.
- Employees who are required to be on campus to provide necessary activities, but are unable to do so because they must self-isolate, must use the self-declaration form.
- Students in residence should report their status by contacting Student Housing and Hospitality Services at housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca ( ).
Rest assured that this information will be treated confidentially. The University will only share personal information with the Direction de la santé publique (DSP) as required. Personal information will not be shared with the community.
People who are ill, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are awaiting test results must isolate immediately as per the government of Quebec’s guidelines for home isolation.
- Practice proper health precautions, including washing your hands often and covering your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
- Practice social distancing: This means limiting close contact with people and especially avoiding crowds.
For more information, view the Government of Canada’s guidelines on COVID-19 prevention.