Marianopolis continues to monitor COVID-19 response measures and follow the advice of public-health agencies. Key facts, important dates and answers to frequently asked questions can be found below and are updated as the situation evolves. As students, faculty and staff can attest, Marianopolis continues to be Marianopolis despite the pandemic. Read their stories…
Is the campus closed?
The campus remains closed until the start of the Fall 2020 semester.
Students have been given appointments to pick up personal belongings from their lockers. Employees may email Reception to request an appointment to come to campus to retrieve essential items. No other access to campus is permitted at this time.
Have events such as graduation been cancelled?
Until further notice, all in-person events have been cancelled or will be held virtually. Instead of a traditional graduation ceremony, Marianopolis will unveil a video in July and has created a page congratulating the Class of 2020. The College will also explore options for hosting an in-person celebration at a later date when it is safe to do so.
How will Summer 2020 classes be offered?
Summer 2020 classes began June 25. The end date varies by course. Classes are being delivered virtually through a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous approaches. Students are expected to be available during the time block specified in the course schedule. They should consult the schedule and registration guide for more information.
What are the plans for the Fall 2020 semester?
Building on these shared successes and learning from them, Marianopolis looks forward to welcoming new and returning students to its Fall 2020 semester on August 17, as planned.
The College will continue to focus on alternative modes of delivery, with an even greater emphasis on personalized attention and support, needed more than ever in these times of physical distancing. Marianopolis will also explore opportunities to hold in-person student life and learning activities as soon as it’s safe to do so. As a result, a certain number of teachers and staff will be back on campus at different times.
As a preliminary plan, subject to change based on evolving public health directives, the semester would be divided into alternating time blocks of remote and on-campus teaching and learning:
- Monday, August 17-Friday, August 28 (two weeks): mostly orientation, review, integration and knowledge-bridging activities, curricular and extra-curricular, which could take place on campus. No mandatory synchronous online instruction.
- Monday, August 31-Tuesday, October 13 (six weeks): courses are offered remotely in a blend of synchronous and asynchronous delivery modes. Any synchronous instruction must take place during scheduled class time. No on-campus academic activities.
- Wednesday, October 14-Friday, October 23 (two weeks): mostly mid-term assessments, meetings with teachers, oral presentations, performances and other activities that could take place on campus. No mandatory synchronous online instruction.
- Monday, October 26-Friday, December 4 (six weeks): courses are offered remotely in a blend of synchronous and asynchronous delivery modes. Any synchronous instruction must take place during scheduled class time. No on-campus academic activities.
- Monday, December 7-Friday, December 18 (two weeks): mostly final assessments, meetings with teachers, oral presentations, performances and other activities that could take place on campus. No mandatory synchronous online instruction.
Many details remain to be worked out during the summer. The College’s virtual campus will be updated as information becomes available.
Fall 2020 will be different from past years but it will be Marianopolis just the same, providing a transformative educational experience to motivated young people.
Will Winter 2020 tuition be reimbursed?
After carefully reviewing the matter, Marianopolis has decided not to reimburse Winter 2020 tuition because it kept its promise to provide excellent education after the Ministry of Education’s order to move to alternative modes of delivery.
In a short turnaround time, the College equipped its faculty and staff to remain available in virtual mode while maintaining the same level of quality in delivering the Marianopolis experience.
Faculty reimagined their courses in various ways, held office hours online and helped students individually. Students also continued to have access to multi-faceted and expert support services, including:
- Academic advising
- Online student life activities
- One-on-one help from librarians and virtual access to databases and other Library tools
- Technical support
- Special-needs accommodations
- Writing Centre support
The College continuously reviewed and monitored its methodology and reached out to students to address their needs.
Moreover, it must still respect its financial contractual obligations and has incurred significant additional costs to put in place the necessary resources to deliver various forms of online support.
Unlike other schools, Marianopolis does not charge for specific extracurricular activities or services. Auxiliary fees of $125 per semester support a wide variety of services, which are not itemized and which provide resources beyond the classroom for student activities and other related initiatives.