Co-op and COVID-19

Co-op Program Temporary Measures for COVID-19:

In response to the challenges that COVID-19 has created, the Student Success Centre department proposed temporary changes to co-op program requirements in order to accommodate co-op students during this unprecedented time. We have been working with your program faculty to come up with the best solutions for you and we are excited to announce that the following accommodations have been adopted for each of the following co-op work terms:

Winter 2020 (Updated May 30th, 2020)
  • All students will still receive co-op credit if they worked remotely for the remainder of their co-op work term
  • All students will still receive co-op credit if their work term ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. due to contract termination or lay off)
Summer 2020 (Updated May 30th, 2020)
  • Students can work remotely·until advised otherwise, if their organization can support this practice
  • Students with work term start dates as late as June 1st, 2020 will still receive co-op credit
  • Students can postpone or “push back” their co-op work term to a subsequent work term, if they are offered co-op employment during a later term
  • In addition to the above university-wide actions, it is also recommended Faculties/Programs continue to implement the following action where possible on case-by-case basis:
    • Allow Fall 2020 co-op work term students to receive co-op credit through other means of experiential learning
Fall 2020 (Updated September 30th, 2020)
  • Allow co-op work term students to work remotely until advised otherwise, if their organization can support this practice
  • Allow a Fall 2020 work term with a start date of October 1st, 2020, providing employers time to assess the impact of the pandemic and providing students more time to secure a placement.
  • Allow Fall 2020 students to postpone or “push back” their co-op work term to a subsequent work term, if they are offered co-op employment during a later term.
In addition to the above university-wide actions, it is also recommended Faculties/Programs continue to implement the following action where possible on case-by-case basis:
  • Allow Fall 2020 co-op work term students to receive co-op credit through other means of experiential learning
Winter 2021
  • Allow co-op work term students to work remotely until advised otherwise, if their organization can support this practice
  • Allow a Winter 2021 work term with a start date as late as February 1st, 2021, providing employers time to assess the impact of the pandemic and providing students more time to secure a placement.
  • Allow Winter 2021 co-op students to postpone or “push back” their co-op work term to a subsequent work term, if they are offered co-op employment during a later term.
In addition to the above university-wide actions, it is also recommended Faculties/Programs continue to implement the following action where possible:
  • Allow Winter 2021 co-op work term students to receive co-op credit through other means of experiential learning
Summer 2021
  • Allow co-op work term students to work remotely until advised otherwise, if their organization can support this practice
  • Allow a Summer 2021 work term with a start date as late as June 1st, 2021.
  • Allow Summer 2021 co-op students to postpone or “push back” their co-op work term to a subsequent work term, if they are offered co-op employment during a later term.
In addition to the above university-wide actions, it is also recommended Faculties/Programs continue to implement the following action where possible:
  • Allow Summer 2021 co-op work term students to receive co-op credit through other means of experiential learning