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UM’s Administrators comment on priorities during COVID-19 outbreak

The UM community continues to work together to navigate COVID-19 and its impact on students, faculty and staff.

With an unprecedented pandemic comes challenges we’ve never faced before, says President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard.

“So many people are responding by working hard, pushing themselves, to try and do what’s in the common good. It’s impressive. It’s not surprising because I know that’s what kind of community the university is. But it’s impressive to see it again in these circumstances,” says Barnard. 

All executive members at the University of Manitoba have made it a top priority to help slow the spread of infection to the best of their ability and are following local, national and international protocols.

While prioritizing safety and being responsive to government guidance, a multitude of other factors come into play, including considerations for students needing to complete their programs, graduating students, new students enrolling in fall, researchers engaged in collaborative work, those on field placements, and the many visitors to campus.

“Protecting people needs to be the top priority—so, taking whatever actions we can to minimize the occurrence of the infection,” says Barnard. “We need to find ways to move forward, to the extent we can, and continue with the mission of the university while protecting our people.”

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