Western moves exams online

December 14, 2021 4:00 PM

To the Western, Brescia, Huron and King’s Communities, 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift, we have made some important new decisions to see us all through to the end of term.   

While our case counts remain low, we are watching what is happening across the country and have decided some proactive steps are prudent in the face of Omicron.  

As a preventative measure and out of an abundance of caution, Western will be moving exams online, as follows:   

  • Students should expect that exams scheduled for December 15 and December 16 will be held in-person, unless otherwise notified.
  • Exams scheduled from December 17 to December 23 will shift online with the exception of clinical and some other assessments that are required to be completed in-person.
  • Students will receive more information from their faculties as soon as possible. 
  • Online exams previously scheduled as such will proceed as planned. 

These decisions are not easy. We make them in the spirit of public health, and to preserve the holiday break for students, staff and faculty. This also allows students to complete their exam cycle this year, without interrupting the winter term.  

We recognize this shift to online exams may prove disruptive to some, but we continue to make the health and safety of the Western community our top priority.  

With the spread of Omicron, we are also thinking carefully about what the start of the winter term will look like. We are in close conversation with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, and we will aim to communicate any change in plans by next week. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these extraordinary times. 

Our highly vaccinated campus has been effective in keeping our community safe and we continue to see no evidence of classroom transmission. Thank you for your role in making this happen. 

We’ve all worked so hard this term to be able to return to the in-person experiences we had been missing. The commitment of the campus community to follow health and safety protocols has been fantastic – thank you!  

We are hopeful that we can continue our academic year as planned – and whatever COVID-19 brings us, we know our strong and vibrant community will get through this together. 


Alan Shepard, President & Vice-Chancellor 

Lauretta Frederking, President, Brescia University College 

Barry Craig, President, Huron University College 

David Malloy, President, King’s University College 

Visit the COVID-19 website for Western’s latest pandemic-related information. 

For information about operations at the affiliated university colleges, please visit their respective websites: Brescia, Huron and King’s .