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COVID-19 Academin Contingency Planning

COVID-19 Academic Contingency Planning

Thank you to all of our faculty, instructors, sessional instructors and instructional staff for your thoughtful reconsideration of your course requirements this term. We understand that this has been a tumultuous week and truly appreciate that you have kept the students' academic success and their emotional health and well-being at the forefront of your decisions.

McMaster is deeply committed to supporting our community during the rapid changes taking place worldwide due to COVID-19. These frequently asked questions are intended to guide McMaster Instructors. We will continue to update FAQs as needed.

For information about new grading options please go to Registrar's Office COVID site.


+ What are the top priorities for teaching?

+ What are the key guidelines for Instructors on term assessments?

+ What if I need to modify my evaluation scheme?

+ What are the key guidelines for Instructors on online testing and exams?

+ What about my undergraduate thesis students?

+ What is the approval process for modifications to course evaluation plans?

+ Where can Instructors find guidance and resources?

+ Where can students access McMaster Student Absence Forms (MSAFs) and absence reporting?

+ What can I do to support Accessibility, Equity and Inclusion during and after this transition?

+ What are course withdrawal options for students?

+ What is the status of registration for Spring and Summer terms?

+ Are there any different guidelines for modifying graduate coursework and assessment?


October 22, 2020 update

Principles for Making Decisions Regarding Undergraduate Academics during the COVID-19 Pandemic


July 30th update

Message to Instructors: Access to Classrooms for Fall lectures


June 19th update

Message to Instructors: Course Preparation for Summer and Fall 2020- June 19 2020


June 10th update

Message to Instructors: Campus Spaces for Course Preparation - June 10 2020


April 6th update

Academic contingency planning - Message 6 - April 6 2020

Tests and Exams in Avenue to Learn

Virtual Classroom Online designations for students in spring summer 2020 - April 6 2020

Teaching and Learning at McMaster in Spring and Summer 2020 - April 6 2020

March 31st update

Grade Change Options for Undergraduate Courses - Message 5 - March 31 2020

March 30th update

Winter Term 2020 Grade Procedure for Undergraduate Students - March 30 2020

March 20th update

Academic contingency planning March 20 2020

Message for our TAs

March 17th update

Message to Chairs, Directors, Faculty and Instructors

March 15th update

Message to Chairs, Directors, Faculty and Instructors

March 13th update

Message for Chairs and Directors

Message for Instructors

Suggested Student template

Remote Teaching Reports

October 2020

Online Proctoring Fall 2020

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