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Headlines for Sept. 15, 2020


Growing concern about COVID-19’s spread among post-secondary students

Ontario’s Western University has reported at least eight cases of COVID-19 among students as concerns grow around the virus’s spread among post-secondary students. Meanwhile, a student was expelled In Nova Scotia for breaking the quarantine rule.

The Tyee
Drop in International Students Less than Feared, but Universities Face Cash Crunch

Early enrolment numbers are encouraging, but decline means a loss of revenue for schools and the province.

Ontario takes hands-off approach to COVID outbreaks on campus

Ontario is taking a hands-off approach to dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 at the province’s colleges and universities, with the minister responsible for post-secondary education saying Monday that institutions should continue to encourage peer-to-peer monitoring and warn against large gatherings of students at off-campus events.

Global News
McMaster University announces winter term will be online only

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

The Toronto Star
This Windsor law student has filed numerous complaints of anti-Black racism against the school. When the president showed up to orientation, he and his peers took a stand

First year University of Windsor law students started the school year on a tense footing.

The Globe and Mail
From in-office to virtual: Workplaces are adapting co-op placements to employ students remotely

Two months into a coveted co-op placement at Royal Bank of Canada, creative-advertising student Jeanelle Suarez was given a laptop and sent home when the COVID-19 threat closed offices across the country.

Western students overwhelm on-campus COVID-19 test facility

Concerned after hearing news of eight new COVID-19 cases among their classmates, hundreds of Western University students turned up at a temporary on-campus testing facility Monday, causing it to hit its daily testing capacity and turn students away an hour after opening.

London Free Press
Will Western University discipline off-campus COVID-19 rule-breakers after outbreak?

Western University is not ruling out using its enhanced code of conduct to discipline students who break COVID-19 public health regulations at off-campus gatherings, penalties that could include expulsion.

Global News
McMaster University employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at McMaster University has tested positive for COVID-19.

Global News
Kingston police bust 2 gatherings for breaking COVID-19 restrictions in university district

Kingston police say officers were repeatedly called out to the university district over the weekend to deal with loud and boisterous behaviour, and also busted two gatherings that exceeded the province’s COVID-19 limits.

UVic investigating after large gathering during pandemic broken up by police

The University of Victoria is investigating after a large gathering hosted during the COVID-19 pandemic was broken up by police Friday night.

The Globe and Mail
Students adjust to campus life during COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of students moved into Brock University’s campus housing this week, as they try to adjust to campus life in a pandemic.

UPEI ‘not safe’ from financial pain of international student slowdown: report

UPEI is not among the institutions most at risk financially as the pandemic keeps new international students out of Canada due to the pandemic, but it will likely suffer, says a report by Higher Education Strategy Associates.

Trump adviser tied to efforts to downplay COVID-19 not on McMaster’s payroll, university says

Hamilton’s McMaster University appears to be distancing itself from a part-time faculty member who’s been working for the Trump administration to allegedly downplay the impacts of COVID-19.

Students studying remotely from China face security risks, warns UW prof

A University of Waterloo professor says he’s concerned about security risks for international students who are taking classes remotely from home in China.

Global News
11% of female post-secondary students have been sexually assaulted at school: study

A new study says more Canadian university and college students who identify as women were sexually assaulted in a postsecondary setting over a year than those who identify as men, with the majority of sexual assaults perpetrated by other students.

Experts call on Canadian universities to close off China’s access to sensitive research

The U.S. State Department revealed last week that, over the past three months, it has expelled more than a thousand Chinese “high-risk graduate students and research scholars” who were working at American universities.

The Coast
NSCAD Alumni Association takes a vote of non-confidence in its president

Three months after Aoife Mac Namara’s dismissal as NSCAD’s president, the art school community is still upset about why this happened.

UPEI Student Union’s 1st-ever mental health officer starts work

The UPEI Student Union has hired its first mental health and wellness officer, and she says her hiring comes at a crucial time.

Winnipeg Sun
“LIVING BOOKS”: U of M organizing virtual living library with prominent Indigenous alumni

The University of Manitoba will be organizing a virtual living library event with influential Indigenous alumni on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CKPG Today
Quebec Student Sports Federation cancels fall university sports due to COVID-19

The Quebec Student Sports Federation has cancelled university sports for the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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