COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 social 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:
- keep their letter grade and have it calculated as part of their GPA
- choose a Credit Grade (CR) instead of their letter grade
- 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.
The health and well-being of our students, staff, and guests are paramount and we are making every effort to ensure the continued safe and non-disruptive working and learning environment at SAIT.
SAIT is working in alignment with the government including Alberta Health Services who provide us with accurate and timely direction.
Students and employees are encouraged to download SAIT’s emergency response app SAITALERT. Download it on Google Play for Android or the App Store for Apple devices. Enable push notifications to receive alerts.
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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. Please use the tool and help reduce unnecessary call volumes to Health Link. See: ahs.ca/covid
As per Alberta Health Services (AHS) protocol, the medical status of citizens cannot be disclosed. If there is a COVID-19 case that is connected to SAIT, AHS will notify SAIT only if the individual posed or poses a community health risk while on campus. In the current situation, SAIT would be notified directly by AHS if there was a verified transmission or exposure risk related COVID-19.
For off-campus situations, a student or employee is only obligated to tell SAIT if it affects their ability to do their coursework or perform their work duties. Otherwise, the student or employee is under no obligation to inform SAIT of their health status.
As a publicly funded and accountable institution, SAIT is legally mandated to comply with Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP).
Campus and classes
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 email@example.com.
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.
Key student support services are still available online.
How to contact the Office of the Registrar
We have three contact options for the Office of the Registrar:
Office of the Registrar hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:15 pm.
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.
Yes. Students who pay for monthly parking passes will receive a prorated refund for March and not be charged going forward.
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.
A virtual convocation ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm.
Support from Student Development and Counselling is available by phone at: 403.284.7023. There are also a variety of self-help resources available online. This is a difficult and uncertain time, and your mental health is important.
Build your online learning skills for free with this open online course: Learning to Learn Online.
The Government of Canada has announced a proposed $9B in financial support for students through the following initiatives:
Visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information.
Community health and hygiene
During our closure, we are making every effort to ensure a safe campus environment is maintained for essential services staff and residents. Access is limited to ensure the ongoing sanitization of restricted buildings.
Please contact helpline to advise of any locations requiring additional custodial attention.
The health and safety of our students and employees is our top priority. No one should come to campus if they feel sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have recently travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and do the COVID-19 self-assessment.
New May 2020: The Government of Alberta has released a mobile app to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To learn more, visit the ABtraceTogether page.
Alberta Health Services has recommended the following to help prevent the spread of illness:
All SAIT-related travel is prohibited for students and employees. Personal travel is not recommended and anyone considering or needing to travel should consult the Government of Alberta's travel advisories.
Effective March 12, all Albertans currently outside Canada should self-isolate for 14 days when they return.
Information and advisories
As with any worldwide health situation, there is often false, misleading or inaccurate information and it can be difficult to determine the truth.
It is recommended you check back often and seek up-to-date information from credible sources including:
- Alberta Health Services
- Government of Canada – Public Health Services
- Government of Canada – Travel Health Notices
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health, Safety and Environment
If you have concerns, please reach out to SAIT’s Health, Safety and Environment team:
For personal health concerns, please contact your health care provider or call Alberta Health Link at 811.
Winter 2020 term
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?
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.