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Update: Tuesday, Sept. 29

SAIT’s 2020 Fall Convocation Ceremony will be held online on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 1 pm. Students — we look forward to celebrating your accomplishments and welcoming you to the SAIT alumni family.

Find out more.

 

Update: Monday, Sept. 28

SAIT established COVID-19 face mask protocol

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Students, employees and visitors are accountable for their actions.

For the safety and protection of our community, SAIT requires the wearing of masks (clean cloth, procedural or surgical mask) in indoor areas on campus (building common areas, labs and classrooms).

To support compliance with this requirement, there is now a SAIT established COVID-19 face mask protocol.

 

Update: Thursday, Sept. 3

SAIT eCards for new students in blended programs

New students in blended programs only — programs with in-person classes this fall — who are unable to collect their SAIT eCard from campus this week, can visit campus any time between 9 am and 4 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 11, to pick it up. Come to the eCard tent by Heritage Hall. Watch your inbox for details and learn more about what’s required when visiting campus during COVID-19.

 

Update: Monday, Aug. 31

SAIT goes smoke free

SAIT is a smoke-free campus, effective Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. If you're coming to campus, please note you can no longer smoke anywhere, on any campus. If you do leave to smoke, you may not be allowed back into campus buildings due to health guidelines related to COVID-19.

 

Update: Friday, Aug. 28

SAIT eCards

If you submitted a photo for your  eCard, you'll receive an email invitation to collect your pre-printed eCard on a specific date, at a specific time. Watch your inbox.

eCards will be distributed by program and prioritized based on blended programs — programs with labs and/or hands-on learning taking place in-person, on campus.

If you can’t make it to campus at the designated time and don't pick up your card, an alternate collection time will be scheduled on Sept. 8 or 9. You'll receive an email with the new time.

 

Update: Monday, Aug. 24

Smoke-free campus

In support of health and safety regulations due to COVID-19, and for the ongoing overall well-being of our community, SAIT will permanently become a smoke-free campus, effective Monday, Aug. 31.

The updated Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products policy and procedure, HS.1.4 and HS.1.4.1, are posted on  sait.ca. This procedure does not apply to the use of cannabis for medical purposes, which is governed by specific SAIT rules and processes. Designated smoking areas and associated signage will be removed from all campuses and replaced with new applicable signage by Monday, Aug. 31.

Smoking cessation resources are available through  Saitsa’s Student Health and Dental Plan,  SAIT’s Employee and Family Assistance Program and through community resources, including:  Alberta Quits and  MyHealth.Alberta.ca.

 If you’re  coming to campus, please note you can no longer smoke anywhere, on any campus. If you do leave to smoke, you may not be allowed back into campus buildings due to health guidelines.

 

Update: Friday, Aug. 21

Locker clean out and library book return

Students who still need to clean out their locker will be able to come to campus the week of Aug. 24. If you have library books you need to return, you can drop them at a designated collection bin by the building entrance listed below. 

You must sign up in advance of coming to campus. The health and safety of our SAIT community remains our first priority, and you must follow the on-campus health and safety requirements.

Things to know:

  • Check the schedule, take note of which day and time access to your locker location is available and sign up.
  • Review the safety training document,  SAIT Campus Access Safety Information, before coming to campus.
  • Complete the Daily Campus Access Form before coming to campus on the day. 
  • Bring your SAIT ID and be prepared to show it to security on entering and exiting the building.
  • Bring what you need to move your things, only you can enter the building, you can’t bring a friend.
  • You must provide your own mask to be worn in the building at all times. 
  • Designated building entrances will be clearly marked.
  • Please place recycling and waste in bins near your locker.
  • Parking is available in lots P1, P2, P3 and P6 with credit card payment, and in lot P5 with the HONK mobile app.   

If you are unable to retrieve your belongings yourself and require a friend or family member to clean out your locker, that person will need to have your SAIT ID number in order to be granted access. 

If you have any questions, please email lockers@edu.sait.ca.

Schedule

Date

Building

Aug. 24 – 28

Aldred Centre

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: West (closest to 12th Street entry)

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: Southeast

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

E.H. Crandell building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: South

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

John Ware building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: South

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: Southeast (under the giant egg)

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

Senator Burns building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: North

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

Stan Grad Centre/Hertiage Hall

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: East

Sign up

Aug. 24 – 28

Thomas Riley building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: Southeast (closest to 12th Street roundabout)

Sign up

 

Update: Thursday, Aug. 20

High call and message volume

We’re experiencing high call and message volumes and appreciate your patience, especially during this unique time. If you need to get in touch, here are some options available to you:

  • Check the  Knowledge Base to find quick answers to common questions.
  • Review  frequently asked questions about Fall 2020 delivery.
  • If your question has not been answered, request a call back. During regular office hours, text the word 'SAIT' to 587.318.2823 to join our virtual call-back system or go to your App Store and download QLess to join the queue. An agent will call you as soon as possible.
  • Fill out our  Fresh Desk support form and you’ll be contacted by email. Once a ticket number is generated, your request has been received and you are in the queue.

If you’ve already reached out to us, there’s no need to follow up — you will hear back. Thanks for your understanding.

 

Update: Wednesday, July 22  

SAIT is taking a careful and measured approach to the reopening of campus, with the first students now back in labs and classrooms and finishing their Winter 2020 courses. As we move into the Fall 2020 semester, there are a few things you should know if any of your classes are being delivered in-person.

 

Update: Wednesday, July 15

Effective immediately, wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory inside SAIT buildings until further notice. This applies to students, employees, contractors and any other visitors to SAIT campus. Those on campus are expected to supply their own masks. If you have concerns about the safety of wearing a mask during a particular activity please reach out to HSE Services  hse.services@sait.ca for advice.

Anyone coming to campus must also fill out the  daily campus access form every day  prior to arrival. The form is intended to protect the SAIT community from the transmission of COVID-19 and create a record of individuals who are accessing campus in the event contact tracing is required.

 

Update: Friday, July 3

Fall 2020 program delivery information has been updated to include program delivery mode (online or blended). Unfortunately, there are also some programs that have been deferred for n ew, first-year students until further notice. Students impacted by program deferrals will receive an email outlining their options. Learn more about Fall 2020 program delivery.

 

Archive

Archived updates

 

Update: Friday, June 26 | Locker clean out

Students who have items in their locker will be able to come to campus to clean it out. You  must sign up in advance and review the requirements. The health and safety of our employees and students remains our number one priority.

Health and safety requirements

If you are sick  do not come to campus.

If you  do not have any symptoms, please take the following measures at SAIT:

  1. Increase space between yourself and others, to a minimum of two meters (six feet, more than most people’s height).
  2. If physical distancing  cannot be accomplished, wear a facial covering (paper mask, scarf, bandana) to protect others from your respiratory exhalation. 
  3. Travel one at a time in the elevators. If using the stairs, also try to travel one at a time, stepping aside on landings to allow others to pass.  
  4. Practice frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with paper towel and use the towel to open the door if necessary, before throwing it away. Use the hand sanitizer dispensers as a back-up measure, between more thorough hand-washings.
  5. Cough into a tissue or your sleeve: place the used tissue immediately into the trash.  Always turn away from people when coughing or sneezing. If coughing persists,  remove yourself from the building.
  6. Do not shake hands. Please wave or nod to greet others. 

Things to know: 

  • Please make note of which day and time access to your locker location will be made available.
  • Bring ID and be prepared to show it to security on entering and exiting your building.
  • Bring what you need to move your things, only you can enter the building, you can’t bring a friend.
  • Please bring a mask to wear if possible.
  • Please place recycling and waste in bins near your locker.
  • Instructions for which door to access the building will be clearly marked.
  • If you are unable to retrieve your belongings yourself and require a friend or family member to clean out your locker, that person will need to have your student ID number in order to be granted access.
  • Free parking is available in P2 and P3. Lot P6 (below the soccer field) is closed.
Schedule

Date

Building

Monday, June 29

Senator Burns building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: NJ Wing

Sign up

Tuesday, June 30

Senator Burns building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: NJ Wing

Sign up

Monday, July 6

Stan Grad Centre

Time slots available: 8 am – 2 pm
Entrance: East

Sign up

Cenovus Energy Centre

Time slots available: 2 – 4 pm
Entrance: South (beside Security)

Sign up 

Tuesday, July 7

Thomas Riley building

Time slots available: 8 am – 1 pm
Entrance: Southeast (closest to 12th Street roundabout)

Sign up

John Ware building

Time slots available: 2 – 4 pm
Entrance: Southwest

Sign up

Wednesday, July 8

Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre

Time slots available: 8 – 11 am
Entrance: Southeast

Sign up

Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

Time slots available: noon – 4 pm
Entrance: Southeast (under the giant egg)

Sign up

Thursday, July 9

Aldred Centre

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: Southwest (closest to 12th Street roundabout)

Sign up

Friday, July 10

Senator Burns building

Time slots available: 8 am – 4 pm
Entrance: NJ Wing

Sign up

Wellness Centre lockers in the Campus Centre can be accessed on any of the above dates. Use the east entrance (across from Cohos Commons soccer field).

Questions?

If you have any questions, please email  lockers@edu.sait.ca.

 

Update: Wednesday, June 10

Working with the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, we have made the decision to deliver the majority of Fall 2020 programming online. The health and safety of our SAIT community remains our top priority, and the decision was made in consideration of provincial health restrictions and guidelines.

Most SAIT classes will be delivered remotely, supported by virtual meeting technology and simulations.

We are looking at delivering a limited number of in-person labs and classes on campus, with start dates yet to be determined. Learn more about Fall 2020 program delivery.

 

Update: Friday, June 5

After careful review, SAIT has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all in-person summer camps for the season.

Ultimately, our ability to host a high quality camp experience in balance with health and safety recommendations from the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services isn’t feasible at this time.

Camp fees will be refunded.

To help our campers keep learning, keep exploring and keep active this summer, we’re fine-tuning a series of free online summer camps. More details coming soon.

 

Update: Wednesday, June 3

On May 12, 2020 SAIT made temporary adjustments to AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression procedure. The grading adjustments apply to the Winter 2020 term only. For students who are unable to provide official documentation due to school closures or travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, SAIT will accept electronic copies of documents sent to credentials.transcripts@sait.ca directly from the school. In addition, The Duolingo English Test has been added to SAIT’s list of acceptable options to demonstrate English Language Proficiency for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 admission. Please read the full temporary adjustment document for more information.

What if I can't provide official documentation due to school closures or travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic?

SAIT will accept electronic copies of documents sent to credentials.transcripts@sait.ca directly from the school in cases where hard copies cannot be provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents that are not transcripts must be on the school’s letterhead. Please see the temporary adjustments to AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression procedure for more information.

How can I take my English Language Proficiency test during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Duolingo English Test has been added to SAIT’s list of acceptable options to demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 admission. SAIT has also extended the timeline during which it will accept existing ELP test scores to two years. SAIT advises international applicants that if they are unable to produce documentation to confirm their ELP, they will be tested on campus when operations once again support in-person attendance, and their program/academic completion date may be adjusted accordingly. Please see the temporary adjustments to AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression procedure for more information.

 

Update: Wednesday, May 20

SAIT’s 2020 Spring Convocation Ceremony will be held online on  Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm. Everyone who applied to graduate is invited to virtually attend.

In April, when we announced the postponement, we hoped an in-person ceremony would be possible. Due to the size of our ceremonies, regardless of restrictions being lifted, our community is not ready for this.

We've chosen to move ahead with a virtual ceremony. We didn’t want to wait another minute to celebrate our graduands' achievements. There is no cost to attend. Find out more.

 

Update: Friday, May 15

The Government of Canada has announced $9B in financial support for students affected by COVID-19 through a number of initiatives, including the  Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

Post-secondary students eligible for COVID-19 emergency aid can apply for the CESB starting Friday, May 15. Look for SAIT as the "Southern Alberta Institute of Technology" under educational institutions.

See what funding may be available to you through  Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Additional emergency funding options

If you're a current SAIT student experiencing financial hardship, we may be able to help. Please contact early.alert@sait.ca.

See also: 

 

Update: Monday, May 4, 10 am

On Thursday, April 30, the Government of Alberta introduced Opening Soon: Alberta’s relaunch strategy. The plan outlines various stages, if conditions are met and physical distancing practices remain, on how and when businesses and operations can resume. SAIT is reviewing the plan specific to our institution's operations. The health and safety of our employees, students, campus community and community at large remain our priority and we will take the time needed to ensure the necessary procedures and protections are in place for any reopening of campus, for any reason.

 

Update: Friday, April 24 | Summer camps

The 2020 summer camps schedule is currently under review and we will act accordingly based on the guidance we are receiving from government and Alberta Health Services. SAIT will have more information to share with our summer camps families soon.

 

Update: Tuesday, April 16, 9 am | Grading

For the Winter 2020 term, upon completion of a course and the notification of a letter grade, students will now have one of three options:

  1. keep their letter grade and have it calculated as part of their GPA
  2. choose a Credit Grade (CR) instead of their letter grade
  3. withdraw with no tuition refund.

Once a student receives their letter grade, SAIT will send an email to students with a link to an online form and a deadline date to confirm their chosen option.

Read more

 

Update: Tuesday, April 7, 11 am   

SAIT is postponing its Spring 2020 Convocation Ceremonies. To our graduating students, our goal is to celebrate your accomplishments when we can safely do so with your classmates, families and friends.

You can expect to hear more in the coming months specific to our re-envisioned ceremony. We will reconfirm your ability to participate once we have finalized dates and details.

Read more in the FAQ below under Event cancellations.

 

Update: Saturday, April 4, 10 am   

SAIT is extending the tuition deadline to Thursday, April 9, 2020 for all international students starting at SAIT in May.

Read more FAQs specific to international students under the International Students page.

 

Update: Monday, March 30, 4 pm  

Course completion and grading for the Winter 2020 semester

SAIT is committed to maintaining academic integrity. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, our approach to course completion and grading is to ensure students complete their studies with the required competencies and appropriate recognition for their accomplishments.

Learn more about SAIT's decision on grades and exams under the Current Students FAQs

 

Update: Friday, March 27, 4 pm  

To students joining us for spring and summer classes - we’re so excited you chose to study at SAIT!

Right now, we’re making some necessary adjustments to our program delivery in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, including moving many courses online for the near future.

We’re committed to providing an innovative and meaningful learning experience for you.

Starting next week, you will receive either a confirmation of your course moving online and the steps you need to take to register for courses, or you will hear from our team that regrettably some courses are cancelled. Our team will work with you to explore all possible options if this is the case.

If you haven’t already, get a feel for SAIT:

If you feel you need to change your registration or would like to speak with someone about your options, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

If you’re an international student, the International Centre is also available to answer questions by phone 1.403.284.8852 and email  international.advising@sait.ca.

 

Update: Tuesday, March 24, 9 am

Locker clean out

SAIT has outlined a coordinated approach to give students the opportunity to come on campus between Tuesday, March 24 and Friday, March 27 to empty their lockers. Please see details in the FAQ under the Current students section.

We ask students to observe the process and timing outlined. Consistent with the public health need to move to online class delivery, we are using this process to manage individuals and traffic on campus out of an abundance of caution.

How to contact the Office of the Registrar

As a precaution over concerns about COVID-19, SAIT has closed the in-person desk of the  Office of the Registrar until further notice. We have three contact options for you.

  • Join our virtual call-back line by downloading the QLess app or texting the word ‘SAIT’ to 587.318.2823.
  • Email  inquiry@sait.ca and remember to include your SAIT ID number (if known) in your message.
  • Go to our  web page and Live Chat with us.

Our hours are: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:15 pm.

Here are a few things to know about withdrawals and cancellations:

  • If you are calling with questions about a program that is continuing and moving online, you will receive an email from your academic chair or faculty member. If you have any specific course or program-related questions, please reply to their email with your inquiry.
  • If you received a message indicating your course has been cancelled and a refund will be provided, SAIT will process this automatically and you do not have to call us. Given the circumstance and volume, we are doing our best to ensure a refund occurs within four to six weeks. This applies to all programs that have been cancelled, including Continuing Education and apprenticeships.
  • Apprentices: You will hear from SAIT faculty today.  AIT has information posted online and they issued their email late last night to currently enrolled apprentices and those registered through to June 2020.

 

Update: Thursday, March 19, 9:30 am

If you are attempting to contact SAIT, we are experiencing high call volumes.

Here are a few things to know:

  • If you are calling with questions about a program that is continuing and moving online, you will receive an email from your academic chair or faculty member. If you have any specific course or program related questions, please reply to their email with your inquiry.
  • If you received a message indicating your course has been cancelled and a refund will be provided, SAIT will process this automatically and you do not have to call us. Given the circumstance and volume, we are doing our best to ensure a refund occurs within four to six weeks. This applies to all programs that have been cancelled, including Continuing Education and apprenticeships.
  • Apprentices: You will hear from SAIT faculty today. AIT has information posted online and they issued their email late last night to currently enrolled apprentices and those registered through to June 2020.

See the FAQs below.

 

Update: Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 pm

Majority of classes will resume online starting Thursday, March 19. Students will hear from their program chairs today or tomorrow with full details.

Apprenticeship programs: As of 4:30 pm today, Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has posted new information for apprentices on their website. We will be providing additional SAIT-specific details as soon as possible.

We will post more details on this page as they become available – please check back regularly.

 

Update: Monday, March 16, 6 pm

Today, frequently asked questions have been added below as well as a message from President and CEO Dr. David Ross.

 

Update: Sunday, March 15, 7 pm

Today, the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services officially announced the suspension of in-person classes, reinforcing SAIT’s decision.

The government reiterated employees will still be working, either from home or at their workplace, to continue day-to-day operations.

 

Update: Sunday, March 15, 4 pm

Alberta Health Services has developed a simple online assessment tool to help you decide whether you need to call Health Link 811 to be tested for COVID-19.

If you have recently returned from travel outside of Canada or have a cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing, please use the tool and help reduce unnecessary call volumes to Health Link.

 

Update: Saturday, March 14, 8 pm

In response to concerns over COVID-19, SAIT has made the decision to suspend classes at all campuses Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18.

As of Thursday, March 19, we will transition to online and alternate delivery of programs through to the end of the semester. Staff and faculty, in the short-term, will be working on this transition. Details will be provided to students as soon as possible.

As per Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services Chief Medical Office direction, our campuses will remain open.

We want to support all students and employees through this difficult time. We recognize the uncertainty and stress of the situation. We will do our very best to keep everyone informed as this situation unfolds.

Archived FAQs

Spring/Summer 2020

Campus and classes

Is SAIT still open?

SAIT has moved to an essential services operations model. Buildings are closed and locked, with access restricted to essential services personnel only. This will maintain safety, maximize resources, conserve energy and ensure the cleanliness and sanitization of spaces. 

Students living in SAIT Residence remain on campus at this time. 

There are no outlets operating for the public.

A coordinated opportunity for students to come to campus to empty their lockers was available March 24 - 27. 

Message from Saitsa

If you  couldn't make it to clean out your locker, we will not be emptying lockers until (at the very earliest) June 15, 2020. Your items will stay in your locker. We want you to be assured that we will not be removing items from your locker until you have been contacted. If you have any questions, please email  lockers@edu.sait.ca.  

Will classes continue?

The majority of credit classes resumed online starting Thursday, March 19. 

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has information for apprentices on their website and SAIT faculty are also reaching out to apprentices currently enrolled at SAIT through to June to confirm the status of session programming. 

SAIT schools delivering Continuing Education programming are also reaching out to students and registrants with program and course-specific details.

Spring programs have moved online or been rescheduled for a later start date. Find out more about  Spring Orientation.

Detail on programs beginning in the fall will be communicated soon.

SAIT ID Cards

SAIT ID Cards will not be available until students are able to return to campus. Payment receipts for courses and tuition may be accepted by vendors offering discounts in the interim.

Will I be refunded for the parking that I’ve paid for?

Yes. Students who pay for monthly parking passes will receive a prorated refund for March and not be charged going forward.

Classes and Delivery

Do online courses meet my credit program requirements?

Online content will provide the same curriculum requirements as classroom-based learning, while leveraging technology to enhance learning from a distance.

Since classes are now offered online, will the price of tuition be lowered?

Many students have recently inquired about tuition costs, especially given the recent switch to alternate delivery as a result of COVID-19. The cost to deliver our programs has not changed with the transition to online learning. Domestic tuition fees represent the cost, less government subsidies, to deliver the programs. International tuition is not subsidized and tuition costs represent the full cost of the program. Costs include and cover instructional staff, administration, equipment, infrastructure and maintenance, as well as ensuring our curriculum aligns with quality standards and industry needs.

For these reasons, tuition is remaining as listed on our website. However, some of our auxiliary services and the upcoming semester have been suspended — this includes UPass and recreation fees. 

Also to note, as part of its annual tuition review process, SAIT conducts a pan-Canadian analysis of SAIT's programs against comparable programs in other Canadian institutions to ensure our tuition rates remain competitive and students receive high value for their tuition dollars while continuing to receive a world-class education. 

Will I be charged for Recreation and UPass fees while learning online?

Since access to SAIT’s recreation facilities is not possible during this time, students will not be charged the automatic Recreation fee for the Spring/Summer 2020 term (May to August).

SAIT has also made the decision to suspend UPasses for students for the upcoming spring/summer term. As a result, students will not be charged UPass fees.

My class still has a group project — how am I expected to work on that with my teammates?

Classes may continue to have a group project component, but there is absolutely no expectation that you connect face-to-face with your teammates to work on class assignments. Use the virtual tools available and recommended by your instructor — Microsoft Teams, Google Drive and others — to complete group assignments. Follow physical distancing instructions from Alberta Health Services.

How do I report my absence?

Once classes have transitioned online, if you need to miss a class because you’re ill or need to self-isolate, follow the current process for reporting absences in your program.

Support

Will I still get support from student services learning online?

Even if you’re not physically on campus, you’re still part of the SAIT community. Student supports are still available remotely — this includes tutoring, coaching, writing support, career advising, counselling and lots more — we’ve got you covered.

How can I get a feel for SAIT if I’m not there?

Before you even step foot on campus, you can start to experience SAIT and join your new community:  

I'm struggling financially. Who can I speak with?

If you're a current SAIT student experiencing financial hardship, we may be able to help.

Please contact early.alert@sait.ca.

Program changes and refunds

My May program was cancelled, can I choose another May program?

If your May program has been cancelled, you can request to move to another May program by submitting a ticket to FreshdeskPlease do this as soon as possible as some programs may be waitlisted. 

Can I defer my May application to September?

If your program was cancelled your application can be transferred. S ubmit a ticket to Freshdesk as soon as possible.

If you’re an international student and you were unable to secure a study permit, your application can be transferred. S ubmit a ticket to Freshdesk before Friday, May 1.

If your program hasn’t been cancelled and you’re not an international student unable to secure a study permit, please s ubmit a ticket to Freshdesk. Please note, you may be directed to reapply for a later start date.

My May program was cancelled, will I get a refund?

If your May program has been cancelled, you will receive a full refund. Given the circumstance and volume, we are doing our best to ensure a refund occurs within four to six weeks.

You can also s ubmit a ticket to Freshdesk to discuss your options. 

I’m thinking about cancelling my May application, will I get a refund?

If you feel you need to change your application, please submit a ticket to Freshdesk  for more information. You must cancel your application prior to the first day of classes to avoid being charged tuition and fees. Learn more about refunds here.

Tuition was changing starting in July, what will my tuition be if my classes are deferred?

Due to the complexity and nature of some courses, not all SAIT experiences have moved online — select classes have been deferred for when it’s safe to return to campus.

In February, following the public policy change by the government ending the five-year tuition freeze, SAIT made the decision to adjust tuition, starting July 1, 2020. This policy has not changed and will apply to classes that were deferred in their entirety.

For winter or spring classes that had portions of their classes deferred, there is no additional tuition fee.

There are a number funding options and supports for SAIT students. Contact Financial Advising to talk to a financial advisor. 

SAIT also offers more than five million dollars in student awards every year.

 

Apprentices Spring/Summer 2020

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has posted new information for apprentices on its  website.

SAIT, in partnership with AIT, is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our communities while valuing academic integrity and supporting apprenticeship progressions.

Is my program continuing or cancelled?

If you started, or are starting, your classroom instruction on or after March 2, unfortunately, your session is cancelled.

  • This applies to: March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training.
  • SAIT will provide a full refund, regardless of stage in the program. Refunds will be issued by our Office of the Registrar and will take at least four to six weeks to process.
  • AIT is working on a solution where priority will be given to affected apprentices seeking to re-register for classes in the 2020/21 academic year. Details to follow.
  • Visit alberta.ca for more information.

If you started your classroom instruction before March 2, 2020, portions of your program will continue online.

  • You will be contacted by your SAIT program chair or instructor about next steps for distance learning options, assessments and completion.
  • Distance learning will begin the week of March 23.
  • Apprentices who complete the program and are in good academic standing will not be required to challenge the provincial theory or practical examinations.
  • Completing apprentices who qualify to write the Interprovincial Exam will write it at a later date as determined by AIT.
  • AIT will extend the completion of these periods by two weeks to allow time for the institutes to get the programs online and for Apprentices to adjust to the online format.
  • Apprentices opting not to continue will have their tuition refunded and will have to register for technical training at a later date.

Some programs that are continuing will shift theory training to an online format and the lab component of technical training will be postponed and rescheduled to a later date once SAIT returns to full operations.

What if my program is already delivered online?

For programs where distance delivery modes are already in place (e.g. Parts Technician) apprentices will be allowed to continue in these programs regardless of portion of the program completed to date.

Visit tradesecrets.alberta.ca for more information.

When will I be able to write my exam or practical assessment?

All Apprenticeship and Industry Training exams being written at an AIT office will be suspended until further notice. Reintroduction of exams will be dependent on the development of a plan that protects the health of AIT staff and clients.

Practical assessments will be suspended until the fall.

Visit tradesecrets.alberta.ca for more information.

Will my employment insurance be affected?

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. Details on Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, including new employment Insurance measures, can be found at:  https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html.

MyTradesecrets will be a source of truth for apprentices in Alberta.

Will my Employment Insurance be affected?

AIT is in conversation with the federal government to understand how employment insurance rules will be considered given these extraordinary times.

MyTradesecrets will be a source of truth for apprentices in Alberta.

 

International students, Winter 2020 and Spring/Summer 2020

Classes and delivery

Since classes are now offered online, will the price of tuition be lowered?

Many students have recently inquired about the difference between domestic and international tuition, especially given the recent switch to alternate delivery as a result of COVID-19. The cost to deliver our programs does not change because of the mode of delivery (online vs. face-to-face). International tuition costs are determined in large part to cover off the full cost of an academic program. This includes the cost of instructional staff, administration, equipment and labs, infrastructure and maintenance, as well as ensuring our curriculum aligns with quality standards and industry needs. 

Domestic tuition costs are subsidized for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Both levels of government (through different grant and funding initiatives) subsidize post-secondary education in Canada. These subsidies are drawn from taxes Canadian citizens and permanent residents pay. International tuition is not subsidized. 

As part of its annual international tuition review process, SAIT conducts a pan-Canadian analysis of SAIT’s programs against comparable programs in other Canadian institutions to ensure our international tuition rates remain competitive and international students receive high value for their tuition dollars while continuing to receive a world-class education. 

For these reasons, tuition for international students is remaining as listed on our website. However, some of our auxiliary services and their associated fees for the upcoming semester have been suspended — this includes UPass and recreation fees.  

Please don’t hesitate to connect with SAIT’s International Centre through email international.advising@sait.ca.  

Instructors have been asked to deliver their courses in real time and also record their presentations, so a student in any time zone has the option to watch live and/or and replay.

Instructors have been asked to deliver their courses in real time and also record their presentations, so a student in any time zone has the option to watch live and/or and replay.

Travel

Can I leave Canada now that my classes are delivered online?

All temporary residents who are already in Canada and unable to depart are encouraged to apply for an extension to maintain their temporary resident status in Canada. International students are considered to be temporary residents.

Once the application is submitted, you may remain in Canada until a decision is made on your application or until any required documents can be submitted.

As of March 16, it can be assumed that international students registered with a Canadian institution but currently abroad — either in a third country or in their home country — will not be authorized to re-enter Canada. Please keep in mind that this could be the case for an extended time and could disrupt your future studies. At this point, we discourage you from leaving Canada.

I’m an international student currently in my home country, can I return to Canada?

Please get in touch with International Centre if you are currently away from Canada and would like to return. We will get in touch with current students in May with an update about travel to Canada.

International students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020 will be allowed to enter the country. 

This exemption is to accommodate students who are in the middle of their course of study or who have just been approved to study in Canada but were outside Canada when the travel restrictions took effect. 

Incoming May 2020 intake students will need to fill in this mandatory survey to let us know their plans for the Spring 2020 semester and are expected to inform us of any changes to their situation by emailing us at international@sait.ca

Study permit and Post-Graduation Work Permit

When will I receive my letter for the post-graduation work permit?

Completion of studies letters for current international students will be ready by approximately the third week of May.

With classes now online, can I work extra hours or full time at my job?

Effective immediately, international students in Canada are able to work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session if they are working in an essential service or function such as health care, the supply of food or other critical goods. Read the full update here.

For students working in non-essential services, you are still subject to your authorized number of work hours. You can continue working part-time off-campus if you are already eligible to do so — up to 20 hours/week during an academic session — and you can work full-time during a regularly scheduled break.

Given the extreme nature of the COVID-19 situation, if you were eligible to work on or off-campus, you can continue to work even if you have to drop to part-time studies or take a break in your studies.

Can I drop classes and go to part-time studies? If so, can I still work?

If you need to drop classes because of a direct result of the COVID-19 situation — such as, you’re sick or your class has been cancelled — you can do so. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will require SAIT to provide a letter explaining this change for you to include with your Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application.

If your decision to drop from full-time to part-time studies is not related to COVID19 and is not supported by a letter from SAIT, this would be considered as not fulfilling conditions to qualify for the PGWP program.

Given the extreme nature of the COVID-19 situation, if you were eligible to work on or off-campus, you can continue to work even if you have to drop to part-time studies or take a break in your studies.

I don't have my study permit or my study permit approval notification. Can I start the classes and am I still eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)?

You don’t need to have a valid study permit to start online classes for your Spring 2020 semester. However, based on the latest updates from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada), students who don’t hold a study permit or have their study permit approved are not considered eligible for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) program while they study outside of Canada. This means that, if you start a program without a study permit/study permit approval, you will likely not meet the eligibility requirements for a PGWP, or may not get the full length of your PGWP. Please review the  latest updates from IRCC to help you make your decision.

If you are still waiting for your study permit to be processed and intend on starting in May 2020, please take this risk into consideration while making a decision about starting your semester in May 2020 without a study permit/study permit approval.

What happens when we return to in-class delivery?

All international students will need to have a study permit by the time SAIT returns to in-class delivery. Please note, it’s the student’s responsibility to make sure they’re eligible to apply for a study permit. You won’t be able to continue in your program when it resumes in-person if you don’t have your permit.

If I attend classes online in my country of residence/outside of Canada, will that time count towards the length of my Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)?

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

If you  have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP. If you’re in this situation, you may:

  • begin your classes while outside Canada, and
  • complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner.

If you start your studies in  fall 2020, you won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete while outside Canada between fall 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Please note that you still have to fulfill  all other conditions for PGWP eligibility. Read the full IRCC update  here

Health care and insurance

My study permit is close to expiring. Will I still be covered by Alberta Health Care?
  • Alberta Health will extend health coverage for international students for up to 90 days or until they leave Alberta, whichever happens first.
  • Alberta’s regular process is to extend coverage for international students for 90 days from when their study permit expires, if they have applied to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to change or extend their study permit. Alberta Health will re-assess this situation in 90 days. 
  • To receive the extension, international students can call 780.427.1432 (the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) general Inquiries line). The call centre is open from 8:15am-4:30pm, excluding holidays. 
  • All international students will be covered for COVID-19 related medical assistance regardless of whether or not they have health insurance coverage.
  • Treating international students with symptoms/illness related to COVID-19 is in the public interest, and these health costs will be covered by Alberta’s pandemic response.
  • Advanced Education is in communication with Alberta Health regarding the needs of international students.  
Study Insured update for new and continuing students

Continuing international students (Academic programs and ELF)

All continuing international students, in both academic programs and English Language Foundations (ELF), are covered under the Study Insured health insurance plan. In order to provide consistent coverage and support, your Study Insured plan coverage will continue through Aug. 31, 2020. There is no option to opt out of this plan regardless of your location.  Review your Study Insured coverage details here.

Graduating students are also covered through Aug. 31, 2020.

For more information visit the  SAIT Study Insured website or email Study Insured at  sait@studyinsured.com.

New international students starting in Spring 2020 (Academic programs and ELF)

The current pandemic situation and consequently the Government of Canada's decision to close the borders has directly affected students' ability to be in Calgary. New international students spending the spring semester outside of Canada, and who responded to the location survey from the International Centre, will not be charged the Study Insured fees for the Spring 2020 term.

Support

Can I apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?

If you have lost income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support. The CERB will provide you with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents — including temporary foreign workers and international students — may be eligible to receive the benefit if they meet the eligibility requirements.

The CERB will be available to international students: 

  • residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old
  • who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits
  • who had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application
  • who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period — for subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income
  • who have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN). 

Final decisions on eligibility will be made by the Government of Canada. Please read the information  here on how and when to apply. Please note CERB payments are a taxable benefit, and you may have to repay it if you are found to be ineligible. Read more about it here or here.

Please refer to the  official CERB page and the SAIT International newsletter for more updates .

 

Winter 2020

Grading and course completion

Will I be able to graduate? What about final exams and final grades?

Update, Thursday, April 16

For the Winter 2020 term, upon completion of a course and notification of a letter grade, students will now have one of three options:

  1. keep their letter grade and have it calculated as part of their GPA
  2. choose a Credit Grade (CR) instead of letter grade
    • F grades or anything lower than 50% cannot be converted to a CR.
    • A CR does not factor into a student’s GPA, but does satisfy prerequisites for subsequent course registration and graduation requirements.
  3. withdraw with no tuition refund.

Once a student receives their letter grade, SAIT will send an email with a link to an online form and a deadline date to confirm their chosen option. If SAIT does not receive a response by the due date, the student’s letter grade will stand.

 

Update: Monday, March 30

SAIT is committed to maintaining academic integrity. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, our approach to course completion and grading is to ensure students complete their studies with the required competencies and appropriate recognition for their accomplishments.

  • Our goal is for SAIT students to end the semester having completed as many of their learning outcomes as possible.
  • Learning outcomes for each course are documented on the course outline in Brightspace.
  • Instructors are working with program academic chairs to identify the best way to assess course completion, which may include an exam or an alternative assessment. 
  • Alternative delivery methods will be explored to allow applied outcomes to be achieved remotely where possible, for example, simulation.
  • If at least 70% of course outcomes cannot be achieved or if any accreditation or regulatory requirements cannot be met, an incomplete or "I" grade will be assigned. 
  • The remaining content will be delivered and completed when students and employees are able to return to campus. 
  • There will be no cost to students who may need to return or do their remaining course work at another time.
  • A final grade will be assigned for each course and GPA calculation will be based on grades earned. 

All students will receive grades to ensure academic standing is maintained and the pre-requisite requirements remain intact, for clarity and continuity in progression. 

What if I am not sure which is my best grading option?

We recommend you speak with your academic chair or program advisor to discuss each option.

How do I tell SAIT my choice?

Within one week of your grades being posted, SAIT will send you an email with a link to an online form to indicate your choice and acknowledge your consent of either keeping your letter grade, taking a Credit Grade (CR) or withdrawing. If SAIT does not receive a response by the due date noted in the email, a student’s letter grade will stand. Students will receive a confirmation of their choice upon completing the form.

How do I find out my final grade?

Your final grades will be posted and viewable on mySAIT.ca. Within one week of your grades being posted, SAIT will send you an email with a link to an online form to indicate your choice and acknowledge your consent of either keeping your letter grade, taking a Credit Grade (CR) or withdrawing. If SAIT does not receive a response by the due date noted in the email, a student’s letter grade will stand.

How will this affect my GPA?

If you choose to keep your letter grade, it will be factored into your GPA. If you choose a Credit Grade (CR), it is not included in the calculation of your GPA.

How will this change affect my eligibility for admissions into a different institution?

The assessment of admissions qualifications is done at the receiving institution. We recommend students contact receiving institutions for clarification prior to making their decisions.

If I choose the Credit Grade option for one or more of my courses, will I qualify for professional accreditation or professional designations after I graduate?

The evaluation of credentials for the purposes of accreditation and designations is done through the third-party association. We encourage students to review the associations’ credential evaluation criteria before making their decisions.

How will this impact my ability to apply for and receive scholarships and awards?

For SAIT internal scholarships and awards, our awards office will continue to assess applications based on the criteria outlined and where academic standing is a component, program GPA will be used. Students should review the criteria of any external awards they have applied for to understand any implications.

Can I choose my final letter grade for some courses and Credit Grade (CR)/Withdrawal (W) for others, or do I need to choose one option or the other for all courses in the winter term?

You can choose course by course. You can choose to accept your final letter grades for some courses and Credit (CR)/Withdrawal (W) for others.

If I choose the Credit (CR)/Withdrawal (W) option for a course that I need as a prerequisite, does the course still work as a prerequisite?

If you choose a CR in a course, it will be used as a prerequisite regardless of your original grade. However, a W cannot be used as a prerequisite. You will be required to repeat the course with a W grade and be responsible for the applicable tuition and fees. A Withdrawal grade may impact your progression within the program and delay completion of your program. Students who withdraw should speak to their academic chair and or program advisor about best options and plans for completing their program.

If I choose to repeat a course that has a CR grade, will I be charged tuition and fees?

Yes. This will be another attempt at the course in a future semester and you will be responsible for the applicable tuition and fees.

What if I am in a course where the final exam/assessment has been postponed?

Students would have been notified their final exam or assessment has been postponed due to an inability to deliver the exam/assessment online. Students in this situation will have to wait until they can complete and be evaluated on the final requirements of the course before they will receive a letter grade. Only then, once a student has a letter grade, can they choose between the options.

Why are other institutions using pass/fail and SAIT is maintaining GPA?
Update: Thursday, April 16, 9 am

For the Winter 2020 term, upon completion of a course and notification of a letter grade, graduating students will now have one of three options:

  1. keep their letter grade and have it calculated as part of their GPA
  2. choose a Credit Grade (CR) instead of their letter grade (F grades and anything lower than 50% cannot be converted to CR)
  3. withdraw with no tuition refund.

Read more under the “Will I be able to graduate” question.

SAIT felt it was important to provide students with a final grade and a calculated GPA to maintain academic integrity, to ensure students and employers know requirements have been met and also to recognize students for their accomplishments. We understand some students have concerns about maintaining their GPA standing given the move to online instruction. SAIT instructors will work with students to ensure winter term grades reflect a student’s term-long academic work and progress, understanding environments have changed. There are many different perspectives on the right approach. Right now, SAIT has made the decision to apply our regular grading scheme to this semester.

If I receive an incomplete (I) grade, what does this mean?

Some SAIT courses require specific testing and hands-on exams that can’t be completed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Students in those courses will receive an incomplete (I) grade which suspends the program grading and course completion assessment until a date when it can be done. Incomplete (I) grades are assigned by SAIT for this reason only. A student cannot choose an I grade. Students with an (I) grade are not penalized for this and when assessment can be completed, the final grade would be incorporated into a student’s GPA. Students can read more about grading and progression — and the definition and use of incompletes — in SAIT’s academic procedure AC 3.1.1. 

I am worried about taking an exam or assessment online — are there resources to help me?

There are many resources and support services available. Please take advantage of our team of experts waiting to help you. 

Withdrawals and refunds

What if I need to withdraw?

Update: Tuesday, April 14

Students who withdrew are no longer required to submit a request for tuition refunds specific to COVID-19 related withdrawals. SAIT is automatically issuing applicable tuition refunds by mid-May.

 

Students currently finishing Winter 2020 semester online

  • The deadline to withdraw has been extended to April 1.
  • If you’re not in a position to finish the semester, you’re encouraged to discuss the implications of withdrawing from a course with your Academic Chair or Academic Advisor before deciding to withdraw.
  • If you're an international student, please connect with an International Centre immigration advisor before deciding to withdraw. 
  • Students who wish to withdraw will have a ‘W’ grade on their transcript.
  • Students seeking withdrawal are required to follow a process and ensure approval from their Academic Chair or Academic Advisor before they finalize their decision to withdraw.  You can submit your request to withdraw by email to your Academic Chair or Academic Advisor. The email must include: course name, course code, SAIT ID number and a clear statement indicating your decision to withdraw.
  • Students who are withdrawing due to a personal COVID-19 related health issues or severe financial hardships are required to submit a request for a refund and follow an approval process administered by Office of the Registrar and supported by the Academic Division.

What if I want to cancel my Continuing Education class?

If you choose to cancel your current Continuing Education class at this time, a full refund will be issued. To cancel, contact the Office of the Registrar. Given the circumstances and volume, we are doing best to ensure a refund occurs within four to six weeks. 

I am taking a one-day course/my company is sending me on training at SAIT. Is this affected?

Our Continuing Education team or Corporate Training team will be in contact with individuals and companies to offer the option of a refund or to reschedule.

I've been told my program/course is cancelled. Do I get a refund?

If you received a message indicating your course has been cancelled and a refund will be provided, SAIT will process this automatically and you do not have to call us. Given the circumstance and volume, we are doing our best to ensure a refund occurs within four to six weeks. 

Tuition was changing starting in July, what will my tuition be if my classes are deferred?

Due to the complexity and nature of some courses, not all SAIT experiences have moved online — select classes have been deferred for when it’s safe to return to campus.

In February, following the public policy change by the government ending the five-year tuition freeze, SAIT made the decision to adjust tuition, starting July 1, 2020. This policy has not changed and will apply to classes that were deferred in their entirety.

For winter or spring classes that had portions of their classes deferred, there is no additional tuition fee.

There are a number funding options and supports for SAIT students. Contact Financial Advising to talk to a financial advisor. 

SAIT also offers more than five million dollars in student awards every year.

Classes and delivery

How long will classes take place online?

With the Government of Alberta’s decision (March 15) to officially suspend all in-person classes for all K-12 and post-secondary institutions, SAIT has transitioned to online delivery for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester.

The online delivery method will continue through the spring/summer term as well. Updates will be provided as available.

What about students on practicum?

The safety and health of students is our top priority. Alberta Advanced Education recognizes these are critical methods of program delivery and students can, therefore, continue if the host organization permits their presence. Students who feel unsafe in their practicum or have questions specific to their program should contact their instructor or academic chair to discuss alternatives.  

I’m not from Calgary, can I return home?

With classes transitioning to online delivery for the remainder of the semester, you are no longer required to attend in-person classes and can complete this semester from where you feel most comfortable. Please be sure to let your instructors know. If you're an international student, please discuss your plans with the International Centre first — refer to the International Students page.

Support

What happens if I live in SAIT Residence?

As the province continues to move forward with more measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, there is a need to decrease density at SAIT Residence and reduce the overall risk to our community. SAIT has asked residents from Alberta to move out of Residence by Monday, March 23 if possible. The Residence team is available to support any students who are not able to move out due to personal circumstances and accommodations can be made to extend their stay as needed. Email residence@sait.ca or call 403.284.8013 for details. 

For those still living in SAIT Residence, here are some things to know

I have things in my locker. How do I get them?

SAIT has moved to an essential services operations model. Buildings are closed and locked, with access restricted to essential services personnel only. This will maintain safety, maximize resources, conserve energy and ensure the cleanliness and sanitization of spaces. 

A coordinated opportunity for students to come on campus to empty their lockers was available March 24 – 27. 

Message from Saitsa

If you couldn't make it to campus to clean out your locker, we will not be emptying lockers until (at the very earliest) Monday, June 15. Your items will stay in your locker. We want you to be assured that we will not be removing items from your locker until you have been contacted. If you have any questions, please email lockers@edu.sait.ca.  

What will happen to my UPass?

As part of our response to COVID-19, SAIT has made the decision to suspend UPasses for students for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 term (May to August)UPass fees are an automatic student fee, charged to all SAIT students regardless of use. In discussion with Saitsa, it was decided this money would be better left in students' pockets. 

If you currently have a UPass, it will be valid until April 30.  

I’m leaving Calgary at the end of the term, can I access personal, counselling and mental health support elsewhere in Alberta?

Students who will be moving from Calgary to other parts of the Alberta at the end of the semester can call 211 to locate services available in that area. 211 is an essential service available 24/7 by phone. It’s free, confidential and accessible in over 170 languages.

Event cancellations

Will upcoming events on campus be cancelled?

In response to the Government of Alberta’s announcement regarding mass gatherings on Thursday, March 12, effective Friday, March 13, SAIT cancelled all public events until further notice to support the health and safety of our students, employees and community members.

This applies to all third-party activities, hosting of partner events, conferences, industry nights and extends to all campuses and facilities.

Will convocation be cancelled?

virtual convocation ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm.

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