B.C. Wildfires: student disaster contingencies
Update for students living in proximity to B.C. wildfires:
AU extends our thoughts and well-wishes to our students, alumni, and their families and friends who are presently dealing with the constraints and challenges wrought by these devastating B.C. interior wildfires — including the forced residential and/or work evacuations of thousands of residents. You have our sincerest sympathies.
We note and appreciate that, at this time of urgency and inconvenience, your AU coursework is undoubtedly the least of your priorities. As such, if there is any way that we can help reduce concerns over your studies with AU, please don’t hesitate to contact us when the time is appropriate.
If you are an AU student living in an evacuated British Columbia community, or are supporting one of these communities as a first-responder, please note the following Athabasca University disaster contingency supports:
- AU will waive exam re-booking fees and course extension fees.
- AU will replace any AU-provided learning materials that have been lost or damaged as a result of the fires.
- 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.
These supports have been enacted to ensure that your studies are not adding to your present pressures. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Information Centre (see contact info below).
AU Information Centre
For more information on the above disaster contingencies for students, please contact our Information Centre, by phone, during business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon (MST); and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (MST)
Toll-free (Canada / U.S.):1 (800) 788-9041
International:1 (780) 675-6100
AU Natural Disaster Emergency Bursary
The AU Natural Disaster Emergency Bursaries are intended to assist AU students to continue with their education without interruption due to being affected by a natural disaster. Recipients are eligible to apply for a second bursary upon successful completion of initial bursary-funded course.
Student Lifeline (AUSU & AUGSA)
As a student with Athabasca University you are eligible for mental health and wellness support throughStudent Lifeline, sponsored by AUSU and AUGSA.