Planning for Fall 2021 - February 22

February 22, 2021

This message is sent on behalf of: Catherine Dauvergne, vice-president academic and provost; and Wade Parkhouse, vice-provost and associate vice-president, academic. It has been sent to all students.


Dear student,

We want to let you know about our planning processes for the upcoming fall term as we work towards returning to in-person teaching and activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are evaluating two different scenarios: 

  • An almost full-scale return to our campuses this September; or
  • A significant return to face-to-face interactions, although with many pandemic protocols still in place.  

More information will become available over the coming months, and we’ll select one of these options by the end of May. Several administrative and academic planning committees, as well as the Deans’ Council, are working on this decision. We are launching an undergraduate student survey later this week and will also gather input from graduate students separately.

Whichever option we choose, we will learn from our experience with remote delivery and pay attention to useful innovations of the past year that we want to build into our future. Regardless of which plan we choose for September, we do anticipate based on our current state of knowledge that by the end of the 2021-22 academic year, we will have returned fully to on campus activities.  

We will keep in touch regarding our planning work between now and September; look for another update soon. In the meantime, if you have questions, check out the COVID-19 FAQs, and send any questions to


Yours truly,

Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, QC
Vice-President Academic and Provost

Wade Parkhouse
Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic

Simon Fraser University