How Calgary's public universities addressed the COVID-19 crisis

Kelly Sundberg, Jamie Ferrill

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There is no question, COVID-19 has caught universities and colleges around the world off guard.As a result, brick-and-mortar campuses were forced to quickly modify operations and address building hygiene with a sense of urgency. Many of the adaptations are likely to remain permanent: international students had to quickly return to their home countries; classroom-based face-to-face (F2F) instruction transitioned to online (OL) delivery platforms; and libraries,recreation facilities, food services, student housing, and other campus facilities closed. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused administrators, staff, and students to rethink how classes are delivered and research completed during a crisis (Friesen, 2020). The responses taken by the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University—the only two publicly funded universities in Calgary—offer examples of how Canadian public universities addressed issues such as physical space, technological services, and staffing during the COVID-19 crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education
Issue number11
Early online dateNov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


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