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We're excited to start welcoming students back to campus this fall. Health, safety and well-being are our top priority, and YukonU is dedicated to keeping our communities and campuses safe. Our services for students will continue to be available both in-person and online.

For the updated list of classes returning face-to-face, please see the Fall 2021 classes tab below. 

Masks must be worn by all persons present on all YukonU campuses. Masks are required in all hallways and public areas, as well as in all classrooms or meeting rooms where physical distancing is not possible. Anyone not wearing a mask will be asked to comply or leave the premises.

From Sept. 7, Access to the main Ayamdigut Campus building is reduced to entrances 1 and 5 and, weekdays between 7:30am and 7:30pm, unless double vaccinated, everyone must complete a COVID screening questionnaire and non-invasive temperature check. See health and safety on campus tab below for more information.

Throughout this pandemic, the situation here in the Yukon has not mirrored the rest of Canada. By following the guidance of the CMOH, and through the ongoing diligence of the YukonU community, we have thus far avoided a COVID outbreak at any of our campuses. 

Current guidance from the CMOH is that being vaccinated offers the strongest protection against COVID-19 and variants.

We appreciate the cooperation and patience of students, employees and the public as we implement this new safety measure.  

We continue to explore mandatory testing for non-vaccinated individuals and may move to implement this in the future. In the meantime, we encourage the YukonU community to get vaccinated. 

We are confident that our new, additional screening will provide an extra layer of safety in our highest traffic building. We believe, at this time, this is the strongest measure to ensure everyone’s health and safety in such a widely accessed and accessible public building such as our main campus. 

We will be implementing a process for voluntary confidential self-disclosure of vaccination status for all those who access the campus. The intent is to give access to more entrances for those that are vaccinated. More information will be shared as it becomes available.  

We will work to accommodate students or employees who have a valid medical reason or religious exemption or are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated. 

As we have through the past 18 months, we are monitoring the COVID situation within the Yukon and elsewhere and tracking how the Canadian post-secondary sector is responding. Yukon University remains flexible in our response to the changing reality of COVID within the territory and we will adjust our pandemic measures as the situation warrants. 

Fall 2021 classes

To plan for the fall, we have developed a COVID Steering Team, who will review recommendations from both academic and operational COVID committees. YukonU priorities will continue to be the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. As such, these committees are considering every approach in deciding the best modes for class delivery and student support.

 If you are a student in one of the following programs you can anticipate that there will be courses that are face-to-face:

 

Aviation Management Early Learning & Childcare 1 and 2 year Environmental Monitoring Northern Environmental & Conversation Sciences
(U of A)
Science
Bachelor's Business Administration Earth Sciences Health Care Assistant Northern Science 2-year Social Work
Business Administration Diploma Education -4 year Heavy Equipment Tech Northern Science 2-year ENSC
SOVA (based in Dawson City)
Carpentry (20 weeks) Education - 2 year Millwright Practical Nurse Welding
Culinary Arts Electrical (18 weeks) Multimedia Communication Renewable Resources Management Yukon First Nations Art Certificate (Various campuses)

 

 If you are a student in one of the following programs you can anticipate that your courses will be primarily delivered via distance:

 

Business Administration Certificate First Nations Governance & Public Administration Indigenous Governance Northern First Nation Studies Northern Studies University Access Pathways
Community Education & Employment Support General Studies 1 and 2 year Liberal Arts 1 and 2 year Northern Outdoor & Environmental Studies Office Administration  

 

If you have any questions regarding the program delivery or the delivery of a specific course please contact your program advisor, specified on your program page.

For all other questions or concerns, please reach out and Connect2YukonU.

Every step of this COVID-19 journey has demanded patience of all staff, visitors, and employees and we thank you for your commitment to keeping our community safe. As we sort through next steps, and we ask you continue follow to the Safe 6 protocols

Health and safety on campus

The health, safety and well-being of our students, employees, and community are our top priorities. We want everyone to feel confident that YukonU is keeping campus users safe, and to understand that we are following all the required health and safety protocols.

Masks must be worn by all persons present on all YukonU campuses. Masks are required in all hallways and public areas, as well as in all classrooms or meeting rooms where physical distancing is not possible. Anyone not wearing a mask will be asked to comply or leave the premises. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout our campuses, and we encourage everyone to follow the the Safe 6 protocols. 

From Sept. 7, Access to the main Ayamdigut Campus building is reduced to entrances 1 and 5 and weekdays between 7:30am and 7:30pm, unless double vaccinated, everyone must complete a COVID screening questionnaire and non-invasive temperature check.

At peak times, our main Ayamdigut campus building in Whitehorse serves over 1000 people each day, including children, seniors, First Nations Elders, people travelling in from communities beyond Whitehorse, as well as students, faculty and staff.

While we have mandated masks be worn at all times (Aug. 17), we recognize maintaining physical distancing through this busy building is challenging, therefore, Yukon University will have this additional measure for weekday peak times.

  • Not affected: Campus Housing, YukonU Research Centre (YRC), or the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) buildings where daily traffic is considerably lower and the safe six plus one can be maintained. 

  • Not affected: The 12 campuses beyond Ayamdigut and the downtown Innovation + Entrepreneurship Centre have lower traffic and will follow the safe six plus one.  The 12 Campuses will continue to work with landlords and First Nations and municipal governments to ensure campus protocols align with and respect local pandemic health and safety measures. 

YukonU remains committed to the health and safety of the Yukon community, and will adjust its safety protocols as we continue to learn more about how best to stay safe during COVID-19.

For those looking for more information or to access student services, Connect2YukonU provides students with one-on-one support in accessing all YukonU services during COVID-19.

Campus access - Whitehorse

All COVID-related health and safety measures are in place to protect the health and safety of our students, employees and the respective communities they operate in. Individuals who are not respecting and cooperating with our measures may be asked to leave.  

YukonU COVID-related health and safety measures have been developed in consultation with the Yukon Chief Medical Office of Health.

Ayamdigut Campus main building

September 1, 2021: Ayamdigut campus is now open to the general public once more.

Masks are required in all hallways and public areas, as well as in all classrooms or meeting rooms where physical distancing is not possible, including The Kaff and Pit unless eating/drinking. Anyone not wearing a mask will be asked to comply or leave the premises. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout our campuses, and we encourage everyone to follow the the Safe 6 protocols. 

From Sept. 7: Access to the main building is reduced to entrances 1 and 5 and weekdays between 7:30am and 7:30pm, unless double vaccinated, everyone must complete a COVID screening questionnaire and non-invasive temperature check.

At peak times, our main Ayamdigut campus building in Whitehorse serves over 1000 people each day, including children, seniors, First Nations Elders, people travelling in from communities beyond Whitehorse, as well as students, faculty and staff.

While we have mandated masks be worn at all times (Aug. 17), we recognize maintaining physical distancing through this busy building is challenging, therefore, Yukon University will have this additional measure for weekday peak times.

  • Not affected: Campus Housing, YukonU Research Centre (YRC), or the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) buildings where daily traffic is considerably lower and the safe six plus one can be maintained. 

Food service: 

  • The Kinnikinnick Kaff will reopen September 7, 2021.
  • The Hilltop Bistro remains closed at this time and is expected to re-open in January 2022.
  • The Campus Store is open weekdays from 8am-4pm with merchandise, books, snacks and baked goods available. Books and merchandise may also be purchased online

Safety & Security staff are on campus 24/7 stationed at the Welcome Centre and can be reached via phone and text at 867 334 6042.


CNIM/research buildings at Ayamdigut Campus

In order to maintain COVID health and safety guidelines, everyone accessing these buildings must:

  • wear a mask in common areas
  • sanitize their hands upon entering

Disposable masks are available from the reception/admin area.

Screening for COVID symptoms not required for these buildings a daily foot traffic is much lower than in the main building.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) at NorthLight Innovation (2nd Ave, Whitehorse)

This building is open to the general public.

In order to maintain COVID health and safety guidelines, everyone accessing the building must:

  • sanitize their hands upon entering

The use of a face mask is recommended in all public areas. Disposable masks may be available from reception. Please bring your own mask if possible.

Please check the I&E webpage for hours of operation and available services.

Campus access - Communities

Community Campuses

These buildings are open to the general public. Our campuses beyond Ayamdigut work with landlords and First Nations and municipal governments to ensure campus protocols align with and respect local pandemic health and safety measures. 

In order to maintain COVID health and safety guidelines and contract tracing protocols, everyone accessing the main building must:

  • sign in with reception/admin area
  • fill out and sign a COVID-19 info sheet
  • sanitize their hands upon entering

The use of a face mask is recommended in all public areas. Disposable masks may be available from reception. Please bring your own mask if possible.

Please check campus webpages for hours of operation and available services.


School of Visual Art (Dawson City)

This building is open only to employees and students, and access is otherwise restricted. Please email info@yukonsova.ca if you’re not an employee or students and require in-person access.

In order to maintain COVID health and safety guidelines and contract tracing protocols, everyone accessing the main building must:

  • sign in with reception/admin area
  • fill out and sign a COVID-19 info sheet
  • sanitize their hands upon entering

The use of a face mask is recommended in all public areas. Disposable masks may be available from reception. Please bring your own mask if possible.

Please visit Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) for hours of operation and available services.

Student Services

Whether you're studying online, in-person or both, we're here for you!

From registration to academic supports to wellness and everything in between, our dedicated Connect2YukonU team is available to provide the one-on-one support and information you need for the year ahead.

For program or course specific questions, you can still connect directly with your program area.

Let’s connect! 

  • Hours of service vary Mon-Sat including some evenings
  • In-person in the Academic Support Centre at Ayamdigut campus
  • connect@yukonu.ca 
  • Chime in virtually via Zoom 
  • Call or text 867 456 6996

For fall 2021, the Academic Support Centre, tutoring, academic advising, Library Services, Learning Assistance Centre, Testing Centre, Elders on Campus, International student support, personal counselling and the student engagement coordinator can all be accessed both in-person at Ayamdigut and online.

If you're in need of an academic accommodation related to learning online or in-person, please reach out to the Learning Assistance Centre.

Food and Financial Aid

If you require more resources or have other questions, please reach out to Financial Aid Advisor Bunne Palamar - book an appointment.

Here is some information for accessing the food bank and other options, and possible financial aid/funding:

  1. Whitehorse Foodbank: (open the following hours):
    Tues: 10am – 12:45pm & 3pm – 4:45pm
    Wed: 10am – 12pm FAMILIES ONLY
    Thurs: 10am – 12:45pm & 3pm – 4:45pm

  2. Local hotels offering bagged dinners – prepared by the Coast High Country Inn and served from 5 – 6:30pm at the Family Hotel at 314 Ray Street (until the end of March, 2021)

  3. Canada Student Loans info click and then go to the Canada Student Loans link under for individuals: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/education/student-aid/notice-covid-19.html

  4. Students should also check with their provincial/territory or First Nations funders that they already received funding from to see about student loans (see info above regarding Canada Student Loans) or any other funding they receive or are eligible for.

  5. Student Training Allowance – To see if you qualify, check here: https://yukon.ca/en/student-training-allowance#eligibility-for-the-student-training-allowance

  6. Yukon University Student Awards, Bursaries and Scholarshipshttps://www.yukonu.ca/admissions/money-matters/yukon-university-student-awards (Deadline is Sept 30 for Fall semester and Jan 31 for Winter semester)

  7. SOS Student Emergency Fund: Grocery cards are available (based on availability) for students who need assistance. Contact financialaid@yukonu.ca for information.

International students

The YukonU International website has updated information on travelling to Yukon, self-isolation planning and what you need to know about YukonU in the time of COVID-19.

New international student applications

International Education is currently accepting new applications for Winter and Spring 2021 semesters. International application process & timelines.

If you have any questions, please contact: international@yukonu.ca

International travel restrictions

Please check Government of Canada travel restrictions and study permit process during the COVID-19 pandemic response and plan accordingly.

COVID-19 resources

Experiencing Symptoms?

  • If you have called Yukon Communicable Disease Control (867.667.8323) about your symptoms and are advised to get tested for COVID-19, the test is free of charge for international students as well.
  • Please contact the International Student Advisor, if you have any questions at isa@yukonu.ca

Disclaimer
In response to the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic:
(i) Yukon University (YukonU) may be required to add, delete or change course or program requirements at short notice.
(ii) academic activities (including courses, seminars, graduate supervision, labs, experiential learning, practica, fieldwork, placements, etc.), may be affected or altered.
(iii) co-curricular opportunities, programs and services, and the manner of delivery of courses, are all subject to change.
As well, the University may, from time to time, impose additional rules, procedures and protocols as it deems necessary or as it may be required to do by public authorities to mitigate against the risk of the spread and/or transmission of infectious disease, including COVID-19, on YukonU campuses, and students will be expected to comply with all such rules, procedures, and protocols (including any measures related to preventing or mitigating the spread of infectious disease or quarantining if a student is suspected of carrying an infectious disease).
While YukonU is committed to providing appropriate instructional and supervisory support and services to students, students are not guaranteed the same learning approaches or “university” experience, or non-academic activities and services, they would have received in the absence of this health emergency.
We thank students, faculty, and staff for their understanding and flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain Yukon University standards of excellence.