Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 2020/03/26

In accordance with the Quebec government’s latest directive, McGill University will remain closed until at least May 1, 2020. Your program office is still available to support you during this time. Should you have any questions or concerns, you may email your program office directly.

Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for the latest information.

COVID-19 Wellness FAQ for Desautels Faculty of Management

Latest update

March 19, 2020 (10:17 a.m.)


COVID-19 Wellness FAQ  

***If you are searching for an answer that is not addressed below please submit your question in our Suggestion Box at the bottom of this page.***

In light of public health concerns regarding COVID-19, McGill University will be closed from March 14–29, inclusive. We want to assure you that the Desautels Faculty of Management is here to support you during these challenging times.

We have developed this webpage to share frequently asked questions and provide additional support and guidance for Desautels students, faculty, and administrative staff. We will update this page daily as we receive further developments, so please check in regularly.

The University’s coronavirus website remains the most up to date source of information for the McGill community. For additional support and guidance:

  • Watch video updates from Associate Provost Chris Buddle on McGill’s Facebook page
  • Visit McGill University’s FAQ page

Please remember to put your health and wellbeing first, look out for your peers and colleagues who may be feeling vulnerable or isolated, and know that we are here if you need us. It is through the strength of the Desautels and McGill communities that we will overcome these trying times.


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All universities in Quebec have been directed to close for two weeks. What does this mean for McGill University?

Based on Quebec government directives, announced on March 13, the University is suspending all classes, teaching labs, exams and other assessments (except theses defenses) for two weeks until Sunday March 29, inclusive. Desautels and the University management support these decisions from the government.

Note that students can continue to reach out to their professors with any questions, and that campus is accessible if you need to pick-up personal belongings. We will continue to work on resuming most teaching and other academic activities online by the end of the two-week period.

What is the purpose of the University shutdown?

The objective of the shutdown is to apply social distancing measures, in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. We ask you to apply the measures as much as possible, and we thank you for your patience in this challenging time.

On which channels is the Faculty providing updates regarding the COVID-19?

We are working closely with our colleagues across McGill University to provide the most accurate and up to date information. We will provide frequent updates with our community using email, social media, the Desautels website, and this dedicated COVID-19 FAQ. Desautels faculty members are invited to visit the COVID-19 FAQs for instructors and researchers.

How often will I receive updates from the Faculty during this closure?

The Faculty has established a Desautels Emergency Operations Committee who is meeting daily to ensure essential operations can continue as smoothly as possible. 

I have an important item in my locker at the University. Can I enter the building to pick it up?

You may access the building only to pick up essential items. The buildings are currently open during daytime hours, Monday to Friday. Although the University is operational for the time being, the situation is extremely fluid and it is possible that new directives might require a full shut down of buildings. As such, we recommend that you pick up your essential items no later than Wednesday March 18.

How can I get involved to help colleagues who may need assistance?

We thank all members of the Desautels community for their continued engagement and care for others. At the moment, it is advisable to follow the official guidelines regarding social distancing and avoiding non-essential interactions.

If you wish to assist academic colleagues, any experience you can share regarding teaching or delivering a course online would be greatly appreciated as we transition to remote teaching. Please contact Leigh Korey at online-courses.mgmt [at] about how to get involved.


I have flu-like symptoms. What should I do?

If you are showing flu-like symptoms, please call 1-877-644-4545 immediately and isolate yourself from others. Based on your symptoms and travel history, a health care professional will advise you on the best course of action.

I am feeling anxious about how the changes will impact my completion of the semester

In order to condense the remainder of the course into the final two weeks of the semester, instructors are making adjustments to course outlines and will update you with any changes by March 24, 2020.

All classes, where possible, will resume in an online format and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback before any assessment takes place. Until then, please take this time to focus on your health and wellbeing.

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