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Important notice to SAIT students regarding COVID-19

Please read prior to registering for any program or class

The safety and well-being of SAIT’s students and employees are the institution’s highest priority. Be assured, SAIT’s commitment to student success is unwavering despite these difficult times.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent challenges continue to significantly impact SAIT’s operations and finances. As a result, SAIT has adapted its plans for the Fall 2020/21 academic term and potentially beyond.   

SAIT’s program delivery and student experience elements in 2020/21 and beyond may be somewhat different than in previous years but that does not diminish our high standard of excellence. The changes include, but are not limited to, the delivery of portions of courses or programs online and the unavailability of in-person services, supports and amenities. 

It is important for students to understand that, due to the reality of today’s situation, SAIT will be limited in the number of classes it can deliver safely on campus through in-person instruction. It will likely be necessary for SAIT to schedule classes at non-traditional times, including evenings and weekends. In-person classes which do continue will be subject to strict health and safety guidelines. 

Students should be aware that SAIT could modify and/or cancel any courses, course schedules, programs, procedures, services, supports or amenities at any time and with limited notice, including after students have registered and/or paid for classes. This includes, but is not limited to, modifying, delaying or cancelling course availability, program availability, delivery modes, schedules or program requirements. Similarly, fees could be modified up to the date of a student’s registration in a course.

Given the uncertainty of the coming academic terms, SAIT cannot be responsible for any losses, damages, costs or adverse effects that students may incur because of SAIT making the type of changes/decisions described above. Moreover, SAIT will not be liable for acts of the Alberta and/or Canadian government relating to or arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to take steps for the safety of the SAIT community and the need for SAIT to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.

Students should understand that program schedules and completions may be extended in 2020/21 and beyond, which may affect their ability to complete their program within the normal/expected amount of time.

Students are asked to do their part to safeguard the continued health and safety of the SAIT community and will be required to complete mandatory online return-to-campus safety training before they can attend SAIT’s physical campus and facilities. Access to SAIT facilities will be strictly controlled and check-ins will be required.

Students who are members of vulnerable groups who, due to medical or other factors, have a higher risk of contracting and/or suffering severe illness from COVID-19, cannot attend or access SAIT’s physical campus or in-person services, supports and amenities. Students will be required to self-identify if they are in such a vulnerable group and work with SAIT to complete as much of their studies online as possible.

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