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COVID-19 information and resources

Douglas College faculty, staff and administration are working hard to provide instructional and support services to our students while following the recommendations of health authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The College is monitoring information and recommendations about COVID-19 from regional and provincial medical health officers and responding accordingly. As always, the health and safety of Douglas College students, staff, and faculty is our priority.

Please see the latest update below, visit the FAQs and links to student services on the right or the additional links for more information. 

APRIL 3, 9:20AM

Financial Aid Update

During these unprecedented times, many people will face financial hardships, including our students. Douglas College is here to help. To help reduce hardship during this time, Douglas College students have access to a just-announced emergency financial aid fund totaling $600,000.

These funds are available for both domestic and international students enrolled in either the Winter or Summer semester. 

To learn whether you are eligible for emergency funding, please contact a Student Success Advisor. Eligible students can expect to receive funding within two weeks after approval.  

Please visit the Financial Aid webpage for more information on the types of financial aid available to Douglas College students. 

Winter Term Grading
Douglas College is using the current grading model for the Winter 2020 semester to preserve students’ academic records. As a university-transfer institution, a considerable number of our students transfer their credits to other institutions after leaving Douglas College. Moving to a pass/fail grading method could limit potential progression into degrees, or to other institutions, and compromise future educational opportunities for students. 

While we strongly encourage students to complete their courses for Winter, you do have some options:

  • Withdraw from classes by April 9 and end the term with a W notation on your record. This official withdrawal date was extended from March 15 to April 9.
  • Or, students who believe their final grades have been negatively affected by the changes in mode of instruction will be able to request to withdraw from a course with a ‘W’ – after final grades have been assigned – by submitting a Request for Exception to the Office of the Registrar by May 1, 2020.  The ‘W’ notation will appear on the student record and will not impact your GPA. In addition, no tuition refund will be made. 

We do caution that opting for a ‘W’ notation may have impacts on financial assistance funding and immigration. If you are considering withdrawing, we strongly encourage you to speak with the appropriate areas regarding the impact on your personal situation: