COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Fall 2020 academic and campus plan

CMU confirms plan for in-person courses and campus usage for students 

Fall 2020 academic and campus plan

CMU is pleased to confirm that the university will provide on-campus living and in-person classes beginning Fall 2020. CMU is the only fully accredited Manitoba university to do so. All in-person courses will be augmented with hybrid, online learning tools. 

Principles for Fall 2020 program delivery and campus life  

  1. Prioritize health, safety, and community-building to support a high-quality student learning experience
  2. Ensure community safety as a shared responsibility among all students, faculty, and staff
  3. Prioritize student experience by limiting public access to the CMU campus and enhanced forms of student engagement
  4. Adhere to Manitoba Health guidelines to appropriately accommodate program delivery and on-campus safety

 Protocols for students to be on campus 

  1. Be symptom-free 
  2. Self-quarantine as required by Manitoba Health
  3. Complete training on procedures and protocols for being on campus
  4. Practise diligent hygiene 
  5. Maintain physical distancing
  6. Wear non-medical masks where requested
  7. Respect guidelines for social interaction in dormitories, apartments, lounges, and study spaces
  8. Care for self, peers, and the wider learning community

Education programming: in-person and online learning 

CMU will hold on-campus, in-person classes in fall and winter terms 2020-21, with hybrid extensions available through online tools. Hybrid courses include both in-class work (in-person: seminar, discussion, workshop, lecture; and online: synchronous video and pre-recorded lecture materials), and out-of-class work (assignments to be completed, singularly, or in groups).

Hybrid classes allow CMU to pivot fully online should public health guidelines dictate the closure of the university campus.

Within a flexible hybrid learning model, students are responsible to be present in class throughout the year, unless they are unable to attend for reasons listed below.   

  • Being sick or having COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Being immuno-compromised or otherwise at greater health risk 
  • Living with a family member who is at greater risk 
  • Facing discomfort related to pandemic risks 
  • Learning online given unable to come from another country  

Students for whom any of these situations apply require accommodations for online-only attendance. These students must complete an online formFurther details regarding attendance and accommodations are included in the "Return to Campus Manual" for students. 

Protocols for life on campus 

  • A Return to Campus Manual will be available online by August 17. 
  • All students will receive mandatory training on procedures and protocols for the safe return to campus including: 
    • Cleaning practices
    • Physical distancing requirements
    • Campus traffic flow protocols
  • Hand sanitization and hygiene stations will be located throughout the campus.    
  • Classrooms, labs, dining hall, lounges, and study spaces will ensure appropriate physical distancing.   
  • Clear signage will safely direct campus movement.
  • The North Side 'castle,Great Hall, South SideMHC Gallery, CMU Library, and the Marpeck Commons Mezzanine, are available to CMU students only  
  • Apart from guided interaction and tours by the Enrolment Department, and limited athletic team competition in the Loewen Athletic Centre, the public will have access only to folio café and CommonWord Book and Resource Centre from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday only 
  • Access to all CMU buildings, including the library and residences will be by prox card only. 

Residence life

CMU is committed to the health, safety, and wellness of all Residence Students. 

  • Dormitory rooms and apartments are open for students for the 2020-21 year.
  • Dormitory students will be assigned single rooms. 
  • Frequent sanitation of high-touch areas and bathrooms, clear signage, reduced occupancy in lounges, and a robust quarantine plan for those who are symptomatic are in place.
  • Meal plans for both dormitory and apartment students include takeout options and scheduled sittings for meals in the dining hall. 
  • Students living in dormitories and apartments are permitted to access each other's rooms, with appropriate restrictions given space sizes in dormitory rooms, apartments, and lounges. 
  • Commuter students have full access to the entire campus, except for dormitory rooms and residence lounges.  
  • As of July 15, a 14-day self-isolation period is required by Manitoba Health for persons coming from international and Eastern-Canada locations. The scope of this requirement may change—students are asked to monitor Manitoba Health guidelines. CMU will provide self-isolation accommodations for 14 days free of charge, including meal service, for dorm students who otherwise have no places to self-isolate with family or friend options in Winnipeg.

Health, wellness, and community life

CMU is committed to the health, wellness, and thriving of all members of its entire learning community and will provide robust opportunities for wellness promotion.

  • Student supports and services will be available both in-person and virtually. 
  • Spiritual formation will occur weekly and will include in-person and livestreamed chapel services and fellowship groups.
  • New recreation, wellness, and art opportunities will provide exciting health promotion, while remaining physically distant. From visual arts to yoga to dance to running to cycling to cross-country skiing, we look forward to staying healthy with you.
  • Increased counselling services will be available, both in safe in-person sessions and online.
  • Varsity athletics will resume following Manitoba Public Health directives and games on campus will occur without spectators, with the exception of soccer.

Who to contact for more information

Student Life-related inquiries:
Enrolment-related inquiries:


Plans for Fall 2020 at CMU (video)

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

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CMU Outtatown program suspended for 2020-21

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 @ 1:13 PM

CMU regrets to announce that the Outtatown Discipleship School program has been suspended for the 2020-21 program year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Outtatown's priority is the safety of its students, staff, and involved communities. The health risks and challenges that COVID-19 poses to a cohort-based travel program, such as physical distancing requirements, travel restrictions, and the uncertainty of a second wave of the virus, mean the program is unable to proceed.

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CMU education: May 19 update for fall 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

CMU's educational commitment is distinguished by the quality of personal relationships that characterize staff, faculty, and student interaction and learning—whether these be on-campus or via online learning formats. Forming thinking and character through generous and engaged dialogue with students lies at the heart of CMU learning.

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Outtatown group stranded in Guatemala following border closures, now homeward bound

Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

The group of 36 students, five leaders, and two staff left Guatemala aboard a repatriation flight bound for Quebec on Friday afternoon.

BREAKING: The good news is finally in! CMU has received word that the Outtatown group awaiting repatriation secured passage on an Air Transat flight leaving Guatemala on Friday afternoon, March 27, and arrived in Quebec that same night. 

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Changes to the 2020 Canadian School of Peacebuilding courses and schedule

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 5:31 PM

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and social distancing directives in place across North America in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, CMU's Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) is announcing the following changes to its June 2020 courses.

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Outtatown site stranded in Guatemala hopeful for speedy repatriation

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

While main campus and government officials work together to bring the group home, 36 students, six leaders, and two program staff wait patiently in Guatemala, putting the semester's lessons to the test.

Since early January, CMU's Outtatown Discipleship School 2019/20 cohort have been travelling in Guatemala. Initially scheduled to return April 2, the team booked early flights back to Canada last weekend, amid the swiftly evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 20 COVID-19 update for the CMU community

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 5:25 PM

Much of the world is in a state of emergency and is working and living collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19. As of 11:00 AM today, the Province of Manitoba declared a state of emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, present CMU activity and operations are subject to the context of emergency provisions.

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March 16 COVID-19 update for the CMU community

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 4:12 PM

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are always considering what is best for the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and the communities that we serve. It is important to CMU to play its part in keeping our campus safe.

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March 13 COVID-19 update for the CMU community

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 6:02 PM

CMU is collaborating closely with public health officials and other Canadian universities to respond to the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Canada.

Working in collaboration with the University's Emergency Operations Committee, CMU administration is taking measures to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the CMU community. 

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A message from President Cheryl Pauls to CMU community

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 12:09 PM

Dear students, faculty, and staff of the CMU learning community,

During this time of keen alert and deep concern concerning COVID-19, CMU supports the efforts of health authorities to constrain the spread of the virus. In heeding the call to practice social distancing, CMU is working to ensure that students will be able to complete all winter term courses within the span of the term. It is probable that many courses will not meet in person following today, and will be completed through CMU email, Zoom, or Moodle platforms.

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March 10 Message from CMU about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low in Canada, with the risk to public health reassessed as new information becomes available.

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