Coronavirus COVID-19 Latest Updates

September 8, 2020

Message from the Director, School of Kinesiology

Dear Kinesiology Community,

I hope you have all had a good summer. For the School’s faculty and staff, it has been a summer of hard work reimagining and building new approaches to university life. The resumption of activity and operations across different sectors has been gradual and guided by enhanced safety protocols. We have aligned our strategy with our commitment to the health and safety of the UBC community, and all Fall and Winter term courses have been prepared for online delivery. The School has implemented an operational safety plan as this phase unfolds under the guidance of the provincial government, Ministry of Health and WorkSafe BC.

Faculty are returning to labs to continue their research under these enhanced safety protocols. Teaching, research and engagement will all be different, yet we strive to bring the energy and inspiration of new beginnings that characterizes the School’s excellence and enduring spirit. Our faculty and staff are committed to making it the best year it can be for all students, encouraging them to achieve their greatest potential. In doing so, we encourage a welcoming environment of respect, equity, and inclusion, where individual voices are heard and participation in activities of the School is valued.

I’m delighted to be welcoming students from all over Canada and the world. We have strived to make online learning flexible, accessible, comfortable, and interactive with technical and design features to enhance learning. Our new KIN 101 orientation course on the KIN homepage is an example of helpful resources for students. Jump Start began this week with the Opening Ceremony held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Students and faculty will welcome new students over the course of the week. If you weren’t able to see the Jump Start event, a recording may be viewed online. I encourage you to watch it! Imagine Day, on September 8, marks the start of the UBC Fall term. We hope you will be able to join in this inspirational event. Faculty and staff may join in an Imagine Collaborators “premiere watch party” via Zoom (an opportunity to enjoy the event alongside other colleagues) or alternatively on YouTube.

As the academic year unfolds, we will continue to plan creative ways to meaningfully engage, inform and guide new and returning KIN students, Alumni and the larger community. For example, we will be holding a biweekly graduate seminar with UBC-Okanagan School of Health and Exercise Sciences that will be open to our Alumni. While this year’s university experience will be new, our goal is to ensure that students and all members of the school community are included, supported and feel collectively part of our unique and enduring KIN culture. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of Staff and Faculty who have shown such remarkable commitment and resilience since the onset of the pandemic, including maintaining both safety and excellence in the delivery of our curricula and in research.

I wish you all a wonderful start to the new academic year!

Dr. Robert Boushel, D.Sc.
Professor and Director
School of Kinesiology

November 7, 2020:

  • Active Kids – Updates for Programs Affected by Provincial Health Order: Click Here

June 3, 2020:

  • BodyWorks Client Update – Summer Term: Click Here

May 5, 2020:

  • Graduate & Post-doctoral Studies updates: Click Here

April 9, 2020:

April 3, 2020:

  • Kin Undergrad FAQs: COVID-19 Grade Concessions: Click Here

April 1, 2020:

  • Kin Co-op Updates
    • Students Already Hired for a summer co-op position: Click Here
    • Students Still Seeking summer co-op work: Click Here
    • Employer Summer Update: Click Here

March 31, 2020:

March 30, 2020:

  • UBC Webinar Recording & Resources on:

March 26, 2020:

  • President Ono’s Message on Graduation Ceremonies: Click Here

March 23, 2020:

March 20, 2020:

March 19, 2020:

      • UBC Broadcast: Curtailing research activities on UBC campuses. Read this announcement in full.

March 16, 2020:

      • UBC Broadcast: Remaining assessments and final exams for all students. Read this announcement in full
      • UBC Broadcast: Remote working for faculty, staff, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and student employees. Read this announcement in full.
      • Active Kids Programs: Suspended. Registration update April 14, 2020
      • BodyWorks Programs: Suspended until further notice
      • UBC Broadcast: Transition to online classes at UBC. Read this announcement in full.