Health Alert | Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University will welcome new and returning students to campus this fall for face-to-face instruction and a student residential experience. Rivier employees will return to campus throughout the summer following a phased-reopening plan.

The University’s Return to Campus plan will be sent to all students on August 3. Please watch your Rivier e-mail and check this page for updates.

Student Update | July 21

Dear Students,

I hope these days find you and your families well as our nation and region continues to respond to the implications of COVID-19. I can assure you that Rivier University has been working over these months to provide a safe and flexible environment for your return to classes and the fall 2020 semester.

I look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 and our returning students for a living and learning experience. I am happy to recognize the work of the Emergency Operations Team led by Kurt Stimeling as we incorporate the universal practices of masking, social distancing, and increased hygiene throughout the Rivier campus. The following outlines changes in the academic calendar that will support our mutual responsibilities and safety.

Fall Semester 2020 Calendar

Mindful of the health and safety of our Rivier community, the University is modifying the academic calendar in ways intended to reduce the number of times residential students would normally depart and return to campus. Classes will start as originally planned on September 9, Columbus Day will be a class day, and face to face instruction will transition to remote instruction after Thanksgiving break.

The following is a more specific calendar for your reference:

  • September 5, 6, and 7: Resident students will have a phased move-in to the residence halls. Details will be provided by the Office of Residence Life.
  • Tuesday, September 8: Academic Convocation will be restructured to allow for social distancing. Information will be provided by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Wednesday, September 9: Face-to-face and online classes for all undergraduate and graduate courses will begin. Information will be provided by Dr. Brian Ernsting and the Academic Deans.
  • Monday, October 12: The University will be open on this day, previously scheduled as the Columbus Day holiday. Face-to-face and online classes will be held and all campus offices will be open.
  • Tuesday, November 24: Face-to-face classes will conclude at the end of the day and all instruction will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 18. Faculty and students should anticipate that exams and other projects will be completed remotely. Campus offices will remain open with the exception of the Thanksgiving holidays scheduled for Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.
  • Sunday, November 29: Students will have the option to return to campus and residence halls beginning on this day to complete their coursework and will have access to Regina Library and other academic resources for the remainder of the semester.
  • Friday, December 18: Final examinations will conclude and residence halls will close.
  • Tuesday, December 22 at 5 p.m.: University offices will close for Christmas break.
  • Monday, January 4: University offices will reopen.

Rivier Athletics

The Presidents of the GNAC conference schools have agreed that, due to COVID-19, there will be no competitive conference play for the fall semester. This was a difficult decision and no doubt will be a disappointment for Rivier’s athletes and their coaches. However, athletes will have an on-campus team experience. Additional information will be communicated by Joanne Merrill, Director of Athletics.

I truly look forward to welcoming you back to the Rivier campus and supporting an experience of living and learning.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM

Previous Communications

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Helpful Links

  • Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    • What you need to know: Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person.
    • What to do if you are sick: If you are sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019, or suspect being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.
    • Additional Fact Sheets

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