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Fall 2020

We want to see you in-person

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to the Otterburne campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Due to our rural location and small class sizes, we can offer a safe and healthy on-campus experience that’s simply not feasible for larger public universities at this time.

Our plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are made with the safety of our students, employees and general public in mind. We want to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Providence community. We are working hard over the summer months so that we are fully prepared to do classes on-campus, while carefully following Manitoba Public Health directives and safety protocols.

Our professors are also developing and designing engaging online content for students who are faced by health and travel restrictions and/or choose to study from home.

Check back regularly for updates!

Fall 2020 At A Glance


I'm a first-year student. How do I get started at Providence in the fall?

During the week of September 4th, we are planning a Welcome Week for first year students on-campus. This will facilitate student registration, move-in, orientation, a campus tour, house teams, chapel, a bonfire and other fun interactive activities. For more details and a full schedule of events, visit We’ll keep you updated on any COVID-19 developments that may impact our plans.

What about living in residence?

Residences will operate at about 50% capacity as we’re only offering single occupancy rooms. We’re currently working on best practices and setting safety protocols and sanitization procedures in place for every aspect of residence life. Find out more in our Residence Rooms section!

First year students outside of commuting range will take priority for a room placement. All students must put a deposit of $150 on a room in residence before July 31, 2020. Those who apply after that date will not be guaranteed a room.

If you want to reserve your spot to live in residence, fill out a form HERE. If you have any questions, email the Residence Life Director.

What will meal time in the cafeteria look like?

We’re working with our meal provider, Sodexo, to provide a clean and safe eat-in environment. There will be a limit on the number of people in the dining room at one time, and buffet/salad bar options will no longer be available. Delivery of take-out meals from the cafeteria will be available for resident students who are self-isolating. 

What happens if there’s a resurgence of COVID-19 cases? Will residence students be sent home again?

We have a plan in place so that students can remain on-campus in the case of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, unless otherwise directed by Public Health officials.

For self-isolating or quarantining purposes, students will be moved to designated on-campus accommodations with access to a private bathroom. If the need exceeds Providence’s capacity, students will be asked to self-isolate at home whenever possible.  In the case that students must leave residence because of a second wave of COVID-19, arrangements for a pro-rated refund can be discussed with the Residence Life Director.

What do I do if I feel sick?

If anyone in our Providence community is experiencing flu-like symptoms, he/she must isolate at home until he/she recovers and tests negative for COVID-19.

If you are a residence student, you must notify the Residence Life Director so proper accommodations can be made for you. Providence will provide transportation to the closest COVID-19 testing site as it’s needed. Remember, if you miss classes, you can always watch recorded lectures and access coursework online so you don’t fall behind in your studies.

How will students be able to physically distance on-campus and in-classes?

Providence adheres to physical distancing protocols as outlined by Canada Public Health. Our entire Providence community must practice six-feet apart distancing on campus.

We’re removing furniture and reconfiguring classroom and campus spaces to allow for physical distancing. In some cases, we’re installing Plexiglas shields as an extra layer of protection. We’re also providing students with a supply of re-useable fabric masks. Masks are recommended, but will not be required at this time.

How is the split going to work between in-class and on-line coursework?

Our Seminary fall courses will run as usual and as scheduled. These courses will be taught on-campus (in Otterburne, MB) using online, module and hybrid delivery. Most courses will have a live Zoom option for lectures and a recorded version that students can view at a later time.

In our University College, one half of the course block will be face-to-face interactions either in class or through Zoom video conferencing (synchronous). And the other half block is online coursework done on the student’s own time (asynchronous).

What will online courses be like in the fall?

We have knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty at Providence who are working hard over the summer to develop and design engaging online courses for the fall. All our professors are involved in professional development, learning from experts and sharing ideas with each other in order to be ready with the best learning experience possible for their students come September.

What kind of technology and content will be offered?

Some of the technology our courses will offer include: video conferencing (Zoom), pre-recorded video instruction, online group work and virtual small group interactions.

This fall, learning will be more flexible than ever before, offering options that may not have been available to students in previous years. For instance, if a student gets sick or can’t make it to class, he/she has the option of watching the recorded lecture at a later time so he/she can easily catch up and complete coursework on time.

For students studying from home, what technology requirements are needed?

Students will need access to the Internet and a device (i.e. laptop); access to a webcam and microphone are highly recommended, but not required. Most laptops already have a built-in camera and microphone that can be used for video conferencing.

When students register for their courses at Providence, they are provided with free access to MS Office 365 and a login to Populi that can be used to communicate with professors and add/drop classes, as well as access grades, transcripts and billing statements.

What should science students expect? Will they have access to the campus and lab equipment?

For science students, classes will be partly online and partly in class face-to-face. Likewise, many labs will have an online component and an in-lab component so students will still learn vital skills and practice techniques. There’ll be a cap on the number of students allowed in the classroom or lab at one time. Lab safety policies ensure a safe space for all, and these will continue to be in effect with the added precaution of physical distancing.

Will students have access to the library?

The library will be accessible to students on the Otterburne campus. The library also has a large, online e-book collection that can be accessed remotely when needed. Physical distancing safeguards are now being set in place. Some study carrels will be moved to accommodate distancing requirements and Plexiglas may be installed at certain library stations for extra protection.

When does registration for courses open?

Registration is open now. The Fall 2020 Course Schedule is available on Contact your academic advisor if you have questions or need assistance.