March 9, 2020

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is committed to providing a safe and healthy space for all Conference participants, speakers, attendees, exhibitors and partners. To that end, we are closely monitoring advice regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Government of Canada’s travel advisories, and the World Health Organization (WHO), and working on contingency plans for all scenarios.

Currently, PHAC has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada, including Ottawa, Ontario and we are moving ahead with our normal preparations for Conference 2020.

Conference participants who cannot attend the event due to illness, exposure to COVID-19, and/or COVID-19 travel restrictions should contact for refunds and other questions. The refund deadline of June 1, 2020 remains in effect, however we have reduced the cancellation fee to $30 + HST for this year. Exceptions due to COVID-19 and illness will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Conference participants who will be speaking at Conference should contact if they are unable to present as planned. 

All participants can help prevent the spread of infection by:

  • washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • avoiding touching their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • coughing or sneezing into their sleeve and not their hands; and
  • staying home if they are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

Additionally, another concern regarding COVID-19 is the stigmatization of specific populations and the rise of harmful stereotypes. As per the WHO, stigma occurs when people negatively associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a specific population. STLHE considers stigmatization and stereotyping to be a form of discrimination and as such all Conference participants should refrain from these behaviours.

The above information will be reviewed regularly in the lead-up to the Conference.