On August 18, 2021, following the federal government’s recognition of September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, UBC President Santa J. Ono shared with the UBC community information on the observation of the statutory holiday for UBC campuses and distributed learning sites. We would like to take this opportunity to further clarify the resulting changes to the Academic Calendar.
As per UBC Okanagan Senate policy, the addition of a statutory holiday requires a slight shift of the Academic Calendar. One extra teaching day will be added at the end of the Winter term; the Winter term session dates will be Sept. 7 to Dec. 8, 2021. Exams will start one day later; the exam period will be Dec. 11 to 22, 2021, inclusive of and using all dates within.
This amendment was recommended by the Senate Academic Policy Committee and approved by the Senate Agenda Committee, using its delegated authority of Senate under Rule 25 of the Rules and Procedures of Senate. Should you have any questions about the above-noted change to the Academic Calendar, please connect with your manager.
We also encourage you to learn more about our campus’ declaration of truth and reconciliation commitments and the meaningful and important collaboration taking place on our campus and in our community in partnership with the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Another excellent resource is the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan.
For more information on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, please refer to President Ono’s recent UBC Broadcast.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal