SAIT’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Updates and Notices
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The health and well-being of SAIT students, employees and guests is paramount. In alignment with direction from the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, SAIT is restricting on-campus activities. SAIT buildings are operating under restricted access and capacity is reduced. You must receive prior approval to access campus. Learn more about going to campus during COVID-19.
We are making every effort to ensure a non-disruptive working and learning environment at SAIT. Even if you’re not on campus, you’re still part of the campus community — and support is still available.
Resources for students studying online
- We’ve got you covered
- Support during times of uncertainty
- Financial support and funding options for students during COVID-19
- Strategies for learning online
Resources for employees working online
Students and employees are also encouraged to download SAIT’s emergency response app, SAITALERT .
Starting at SAIT?
We’re so glad you’re joining the SAIT community. We know you'll have lots of questions before you start your program in September — visit Next Steps for an evolving checklist of everything you need to know and do before you start at SAIT.
Graduating from SAIT?
All students in a credit program must apply to graduate — whether or not you choose to attend your convocation ceremony. Learn more and apply to graduate.
We’re better together, even when we’re apart
They’re on the front-lines, ready to lend a helping hand, raise spirits and bring forward innovative ideas to improve the lives of others. They’re our community builders — SAIT alumni, students and employees who use their skills to make a difference. Learn more about some of our everyday heroes.
Health and hygiene
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have recently travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and use the Alberta Health Services online assessment tool to see if you should be tested.
ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy. Learn more and download the app.
The best thing you can do to prevent spreading COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If none is available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
To protect others, you should also:
Wearing a homemade non-medical mask/facial covering in the community is recommended for periods of time when it is not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings, such as:
Public health officials will make recommendations based on a number of factors, including the rates of infection and/or transmission in the community. Recommendations may vary from location to location.
Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.
Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:
Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased benefit.
Non-medical masks or face coverings should:
During this closure, we are making every effort to ensure a safe campus environment is maintained for essential services staff and student residents.
Please contact Helpline to advise of any locations requiring additional custodial attention.
All SAIT-related travel is prohibited for students and employees. Anyone considering personal travel should consult the Government of Alberta's travel advisories.
Health, Safety and Environment
If you have health and safety concerns, please reach out to SAIT’s Health, Safety and Environment team at 403.284.8606 or HSE.Services@sait.ca. For personal health concerns, please contact your health care provider or call Alberta Health Link at 811.
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 have any questions, please email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
How can I take my English Language Proficiency test during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our hours are: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:15 pm.
Here are a few things to know about withdrawals and cancellations:
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:
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 pmToday, 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.
Campus and classes
Is SAIT still open?
Will classes continue?
SAIT ID Cards
Will I be refunded for the parking that I’ve paid for?
Classes and Delivery
Do online courses meet my credit program requirements?
Since classes are now offered online, will the price of tuition be lowered?
Will I be charged for Recreation and UPass fees while learning online?
My class still has a group project — how am I expected to work on that with my teammates?
How do I report my absence?
Will I still get support from student services learning online?
How can I get a feel for SAIT if I’m not there?
I'm struggling financially. Who can I speak with?
Program changes and refunds
My May program was cancelled, can I choose another May program?
Can I defer my May application to September?
My May program was cancelled, will I get a refund?
I’m thinking about cancelling my May application, will I get a refund?
Tuition was changing starting in July, what will my tuition be if my classes are deferred?
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?
What if my program is already delivered online?
When will I be able to write my exam or practical assessment?
Will my employment insurance be affected?
International students, Winter 2020 and Spring/Summer 2020
Classes and delivery
Since classes are now offered online, will the price of tuition be lowered?
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.
Can I leave Canada now that my classes are delivered online?
I’m an international student currently in my home country, can I return to Canada?
Study permit and Post-Graduation Work Permit
When will I receive my letter for the post-graduation work permit?
With classes now online, can I work extra hours or full time at my job?
Can I drop classes and go to part-time studies? If so, can I still work?
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)?
What happens when we return to in-class delivery?
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)?
Health care and insurance
My study permit is close to expiring. Will I still be covered by Alberta Health Care?
Study Insured update for new and continuing students
Can I apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?
Grading and course completion
Will I be able to graduate? What about final exams and final grades?
What if I am not sure which is my best grading option?
How do I tell SAIT my choice?
How do I find out my final grade?
How will this affect my GPA?
How will this change affect my eligibility for admissions into a different institution?
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?
How will this impact my ability to apply for and receive scholarships and awards?
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?
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 I choose to repeat a course that has a CR grade, will I be charged tuition and fees?
What if I am in a course where the final exam/assessment has been postponed?
Why are other institutions using pass/fail and SAIT is maintaining GPA?
If I receive an incomplete (I) grade, what does this mean?
I am worried about taking an exam or assessment online — are there resources to help me?
Withdrawals and refunds
What if I need to withdraw?
What if I want to cancel my Continuing Education class?
I am taking a one-day course/my company is sending me on training at SAIT. Is this affected?
I've been told my program/course is cancelled. Do I get a refund?
Tuition was changing starting in July, what will my tuition be if my classes are deferred?
Classes and delivery
How long will classes take place online?
What about students on practicum?
I’m not from Calgary, can I return home?
What happens if I live in SAIT Residence?
I have things in my locker. How do I get them?
What will happen to my UPass?
I’m leaving Calgary at the end of the term, can I access personal, counselling and mental health support elsewhere in Alberta?
Will upcoming events on campus be cancelled?