Faculty Guide to Teaching

Course Logistics

Semester Dates, Course Email Lists, Registration, Student Photos, Medical Emergency

Where do I find important dates for the term?

  • SFU has three main terms in each academic year—spring, summer and fall—as well as an intersession in May/June and a summer session in July/August.
  • Semester dates are listed in the Academic Calendar:
  • Please note the following semester dates (Fall 2023 to Spring 2024):
  • September 6—First day of classes
  • October 10—This year, classes that normally meet on Tuesday, October 10, are cancelled. Instead, classes normally scheduled on Monday, October 9, will meet. We are effectively turning a Tuesday into a Monday to help restore some balance to the hours of instruction for Monday classes, because the university is closed for three Mondays in the Fall term. If you normally teach on Mondays or Tuesdays, please remind your students of this change.
  • December 5—Last day of classes
  • December 6-18—Exam period
  • January 8—First day of classes
  • April 12—Last day of classes
  • April 12-24—Exam period
  • Please note the following statutory holidays (Fall 2023 to Spring 2024) – some of these are different from other provinces and countries. The university is closed, and no classes are held on:
  • September 4—Labour Day
  • October 2—National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (in lieu)
  • October 9—Thanksgiving Day
  • November 13—Remembrance Day (in lieu)
  • January 1—New Year’s Day
  • February 19—Family Day
  • March 29—Good Friday
  • April 1—Easter Monday

How do I get a class list?

What can I see in goSFU?

  • Instructors can check class schedules, view class rosters, assign final grades to students, and submit or approve grade change requests.
  • All SFU students are able to access goSFU for course registration, viewing grades, tracking degree progress, ordering transcripts, and applying for graduation.

How do I access goSFU?

  • Instructors will obtain access to goSFU automatically once their teaching appointment has been entered into the system, and it will be provided for as long as they have an active teaching appointment at SFU.
  • Accessing goSFU from your home may require you to set up a secure connection through VPN SFU’s virtual private network (VPN) and multi-factor authentication (MFA). Please connect with your department or IT services for support on how to set this up.

How do I access course mailing lists in goSFU?

How can I download photos of my students?

Who can help if we have a medical emergency in class?