COVID-19: Information for Current Students

The university has received a number of requests for flexibility on grading procedures. We understand that your best efforts may have been compromised due to the exceptional circumstances of this term.

In the interest of promoting wellness and student agency, we extended the course withdrawal deadline to April 6 and are now offering a “Pass” grading option to ensure the integrity of your academic record. You’ll find details on these changes below.

We also want to ensure you are aware of the programs that are available to help those facing financial hardship. Emergency bursaries for ECU students impacted by COVID-19 are available through the Emily Cares program. We've also put together a list of financial assistance programs from the provincial and federal governments.

A list of resources available to ECU Community Members is also available in the FAQ sections of our Info for Students and Info for Staff + Faculty pages, under "Where can I go for counselling or support?"

To learn more about ECU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit or send your questions to

Please note: the U-Pass BC Program is being suspended after April.

Post-secondary institutions and student associations have worked with TransLink to temporarily suspend the U-Pass BC program as of May 1.

The U-Pass BC program is offered to students under agreements in place between TransLink, participating colleges and universities, and their associated student societies. Students pay for this pass through mandatory student fees.

TransLink is continuing discussions with post-secondary school and student association representatives about potential refunds for students not using their April passes. Students not needing their April U-Pass are encouraged not to use it and to contact the ECSU at if they have questions, or check with Translink's U-Pass BC website for further updates.

How will my instructor finish our course?
I'm concerned that my grades will suffer. What options do I have?
What is being done to support students in financial need?
Where can International Students find updates on how Service Canada is collecting biometrics during the COVID-19 shutdown?
Can I access library resources during this time?
Can I return to ECU and use the studios and shops to finish my project?
What's happening with the summer terms?
Will fall registration be impacted?
I'm a Continuing Studies student. What do I need to know?
I left something I need on campus. Can I pick it up?
Why are convocation and the grad exhibition cancelled?
Do students need to stay in Vancouver?
Will student monitors be paid for the shifts they were scheduled?
Can I receive a refund on my tuition?
Where can I go for counselling or support?