COVID-19 FAQs for HKR Students

We are working diligently to help you navigate this difficult and stressful time and have developed a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) specific to HKR students.

1) Where can I find communication information that Memorial University is providing to students in response to COVID-19?

In response to COVID-19, Memorial University has a web page to communicate information about the impact on students. Since the situation is changing rapidly, please check this website regularly.

2) What are the implications to my Promotion Status if I choose a pass/fail grade instead of a numerical grade?

The criteria outlined in the School of HKR's Promotion Regulations will remain the same. Only courses that are given a numeric grade will be used in the calculation of the weighted average. Students must obtain a pass in all of their courses in order to obtain a Clear Promotion status. No students will be denied promotion following the Winter 2020 semester.

3) What are the implications for awards and scholarships if I choose a pass/fail grade instead of a numerical grade?

Only students who choose to receive numerical grades will be considered for the Dean's list. Choosing a pass/fail instead of a numeric grade may have an impact on your eligibility for some academic awards or scholarships (e.g., grades are part of the criteria).

4) Will I be able to complete my program over the Spring semester?

Yes. All of our regularly scheduled courses will continue. The only exceptions to this are HKR 3220 which will be moved to the Fall 2020 semester and HKR 3920 which will be moved to the Winter 2021 semester. All students in BPE and BHKRC should have received an update about this. All other courses will be offered either as a distance course or through remote learning.

5) Will I be able to complete my co-op work term placement this Spring?

We are hoping that everyone scheduled to complete HKR 299W will be able to do that this summer. BHKRC students are required to register for HKR 299W. We are working diligently to come up with a variety of options to ensure students can complete HKR 299W. We are hoping to circulate this document to all BHKRC students by April 17, 2020.

6) Can I find my own placement this summer?

If you are aware of an opportunity that you would like to pursue for credit in HKR 299W, please consult with Ms. Julie Downey, Co-operative Education Coordinator at You need approval in place before you will be monitored, evaluated and be able to receive a grade in HKR 299W.

7) Is it okay for me to volunteer or work over the summer in a related field?

Volunteer activities and employment opportunities are independent of academic studies and the University, even if the activities take place on sites that are affiliated with the University. Please make sure you are following public health advice and protecting yourself against any potential risks. Of note, student volunteers are not covered by the University's insurance or Workers Compensation which is applicable during student placements.

8) What if I feel that I cannot do all of these courses remotely? Do I have other options?

If you are concerned about having to do all of your courses remotely or through distance learning please consult with Ms. Penny-Lynn White, Academic Program Officer at to talk about what it means if you choose not to register for the Spring 2020 semester.

For our graduate students, please consult either your research supervisor or Dr. Anne-Marie Sullivan, Associate Dean at for specific details about your program.

Presently our online courses for the MPE/MHKR will be offered online this summer through distance learning as is typically the case.


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