What you need to know in the Faculty of Computer Science

Understandably, many of you have questions around when we will be returning to in-person teaching. Rest assured that teams across the University are working hard to make this possible as soon as public health and safety protocols allow and are hoping to incorporate more in-person elements as 2021 progresses. 

For now, you should know that winter classes will remain online and we will update you on the summer term as soon as we are able to.

  • You will continue to be able to fully participate in your program wherever you are. If you are not in Halifax but can join us in real time you can interact, ask questions during lectures, labs and tutorials, and generally engage with professors and other students. If not, you can access lectures, labs, and tutorials at a time that works for you. Midterms, exams and other assessments may be synchronously but every effort will be made to support students in a flexible way. 

  • Both the Mona Campbell and Goldberg buildings are still closed to public access. Card access for computer science students, faculty and staff to the Goldberg and Mona Campbell buildings is restricted only to those who have been approved to enter through the Return to Campus (RTC) or Return to Research (R2R) committees. If you require emergency access to the building or need to return equipment, you can contact the CS Help Desk at cshelp@cs.dal.ca who will assess your request, assist you if they can, or direct you to the Dalhousie's RTC or R2R committee application processes. You must receive this approval before entering either building.
  • Aligned with the Province of Nova Scotia’s directive, Dalhousie University is requiring the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in most indoor common areas on our campuses. For more information on mask protocol at Dalhousie, please read the university's update from July 29, 2020.

  • We’re still here to help you!
    • Our undergraduate advising team is on hand to support you via email undergrad@cs.dal.ca. You can also book a 5-minute drop-in online advising session through this form.
    • Our graduate advising team is on hand to support you via email graduate@cs.dal.ca. You can also book a drop-in online advising session through this form.
    • The Learning Centre is available online.
    • If you require technical support, the CS Help Desk is fully staffed and available to support you via:
      • Email at cshelp@cs.dal.ca
      • Face-to-face support once a week on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only.  Strict COVID-19 sanitary protocols (which include wearing gloves and masks) will need to be adhered to when coming to a face-to-face appointment. If bringing in a device for support - it will be disinfected before it can be assessed. Email cshelp@cs.dal.ca to arrange an appointment. 
  • Undergraduate students - For courses taken in the fall and winter terms of the 2020-21 academic year, the University has approved the option of converting your letter grades to a PASS or an ILL, once all final grades have been submitted for the term. Until all your grades have been added, we can’t consider a request for PASS/ILL grades. You can apply for a grade change through DalOnline up to February 1st, 2021. You can find out more about this process and what this means for you through the Registrar's Office
  • Ways to connect: We're still actively offering opportunities for students to connect with one another remotely.
    • Download Dal Mobile and join our Faculty of Computer Science community to learn about events and to chat - virtually - with fellow students, staff & profs
    • Our seminar series is back! Check our events calendar for our weekly research and industry showcase seminar activities
    • Our societies are still active and finding unique ways to connect with you this year:
    • ShiftKey Labs is still hosting a full schedule of events for students
  • Research students are still working off-site. We encourage you to talk to your supervisor directly about options for working remotely. Graduate students can find further updates through the Faculty of Graduate Studies FAQ's.
  • For students on, or preparing for, a co-op or internship term can rest assured that work terms are continuing. Please continue to communicate with the SITE Co-op Office askcoop@dal.ca.