Up-dated: March 25, 2020

A Message to the Smith School of Business Community

As we navigate the COVID-19 situation, the top priority at Smith School of Business and Queen’s University is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and our local communities.

Following are highlights of our approach. Detailed information on the full Queen’s University response is available at the dedicated coronavirus COVID-19 information site.

Planning & Coordination

Queen’s COVID-19 response is led by David Walker, the former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a professor of emergency medicine, family medicine, and policy studies at Queen’s. Dr. Walker chaired Ontario’s Expert Panel on SARS and Infectious Disease Control.

Queen’s information page at queensu.ca/covidinfo provides a comprehensive view of the university-wide effort.

Undergraduate Programs

Smith Commerce has moved completely to remote delivery including all classes, projects, and exams. Information is provided to Commerce students through their program portal and the Commerce staff is available to assist them.

A full suite of support services continues to be available for students including wellness, counselling, academic support, faith and spiritual support, and career planning.

The current winter term will conclude on April 3 as per its original schedule. The exam period will follow but no in-person exams will occur. Adjustments to exam requirements are being made on a course-by-course basis.

Graduate Programs

All Masters and PhD programs have transitioned to alternative delivery formats including any immediate upcoming residential sessions. In addition, no face-to-face or lab research activities are occurring.

Students have been notified via their program portals or program staff of specific adjustments.

Support services continue to be available to students including wellness, coaching, academic support, faith and spiritual support, and career planning.

Queen’s Executive Education

Queen’s Executive Education is now offering a number of its professional development programs in remote learning formats. Find out more.

In addition, it is sponsoring with Smith Business Insight a free webinar series with expert perspectives from faculty and instructors on managing through the COVID crisis. Learn more.

Smith Remote Learning Expertise

Smith School of Business has been at the forefront of delivering business education in dynamic and engaging remote formats for many years. With state-of-the-art technology — including a dedicated, interactive teaching studio – we have been delivering outstanding business education to the classroom, the boardroom, and the desktop for thousands of students for more than two decades.

Much more than broadcasting lectures, Smith’s approach facilitates live, synchronous discussion, team projects and collaborations, career support services, and personal and group coaching.

International Students & Exchange

We have dedicated enormous effort to support international and exchange students. Queen’s recalled students abroad to return to Canada or, in the case of non-Canadians, to return to their own home country.

For students who were unable to travel, we are providing ongoing assistance. This includes emergency support via International SOS — a global network of assistance centres and services that can help with travel, medical and security needs.

Queen’s is providing financial support to students for the cost of changing travel plans and supporting students in arranging travel. See the website for the Associate Vice-Principal (International) COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information section for detailed information.

As per Public Health guidance, students returning to Canada must self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days.

Career Advancement Centre Services

The CAC team remains fully available to support Smith students with their career education, coaching and corporate recruiting needs. We are encouraging students to remain active with their career coaches and continue preparing for recruitment opportunities.

While all on-campus and off-campus corporate events have been suspended, we have provided firms with alternative virtual channels for continued student engagement.

Recruiting activities such as job postings and interviews will continue, as required by companies. Coaching and career education services remain available virtually – students should continue to check Quest on their program portals for schedules and to book an appointment.

Operations & Campus Access

In keeping with the directions of the Ontario government, the university has restricted access to campus buildings to only essential staff and faculty functions that require a physical presence on campus. All other faculty and staff are working from home.

Students should not come to campus. Student residences remain open and supported for those students who have been unable to travel home.

Other key university services — teaching, counselling, career services, libraries, etc. — are accessible in alternate formats.

Spring Convocation

Spring convocation ceremonies will not take place. While this is disappointing, all Public Health and government advice dictated that this was the best decision for student safety and that of the community. All graduates have the right to participate in a future convocation event if desired. Queen’s will be providing more information about this in the future.

Finally I want to acknowledge the extraordinary dedication demonstrated by the whole Smith community in responding to this unprecedented situation. The focus on acting in the best interests of our students, faculty, staff and local communities has guided our actions and will continue to do.

Brenda Brouwer Dean, Smith School of Business