Student Contingency: Fort McMurray wildfire

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Athabasca University extends its sincerest thoughts and well-wishes to students, and their families and friends, who are presently affected by the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Due to the ordered evacuation of residents in the Fort McMurray area,  please note that AU will waive exam rebooking fees  and course extension fees to all affected. We will also replace any lost or damaged course materials for affected students.

Are you a Faculty of Health Disciplines student? There is specific information on how your studies are impacted by the wildfire and who to contact with questions.

 Given the severity of the damage, we recognize that some students may have to put studies on hold for a while. If you are one of these students, we will allow free course withdrawals with a full refund. We’ll be here when you’re ready to return. 

We understand that coursework is currently the least of the priorities for those affected. When the time is appropriate and convenient, we will be happy to make the necessary provisions as required.

***UPDATE***As a student with Athabasca University you are also eligible for mental health and wellness support through Student Lifeline, sponsored by AUSU and AUGSA.Red Cross Donation

If there is any way that we can help reduce concerns over your studies with AU please don’t hesitate to contact us:

For course related inquiries 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6949

For exam related inquiries 1-800-788-9041 ext.  6579


Any further updates will be included on this site as well as on our social media channels.

If you’d like to help the city of Fort McMurray, $5 donations can be made by texting REDCROSS to 30333 or online at