AB universities announce changes in dormitory policies

July 14, 2020

Alberta universities are announcing changes to dormitory living for their students in order to better adhere to the advice of public health authorities. First-year students at the University of Calgary will be moved to apartment-style residences instead of a typical dorm to allow for better physical distancing at the additional cost of approximately $3K. "We understand that this may cause some challenges,” explains a UCalgary statement, “however, the new room assignments are in place to maintain everyone's health and safety while staying with us." Meanwhile, the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge have announced that they will either close or significantly reduce capacity in their dormitory-style residences this fall. UAlberta, ULethbridge, and Mount Royal University are also announcing attempts to spread the usual one-day move-in processes over a period of time to better allow for social distancing measures. Several schools are also setting aside spaces for student isolation. CBC (AB)