AU Students Impacted by BC Floods

Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) extends compassionate thoughts to all those impacted by the floods currently devastating British Columbia.

BC Premier John Horgan declared a state of emergency following extreme flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rainfall. He said the state of emergency includes evacuations and travel restrictions so essential goods, medical supplies, and emergency services can reach the communities in need.

Athabasca University (AU) has announced a disaster contingency for learners living in communities that have been evacuated or those supporting these communities as first-responders. Options for replacing learning resources, exams, course extensions, pausing your studies, or withdrawals are available on a case-by-case basis by contacting the Information Centre. AU Natural Disaster Emergency Bursaries are also available to help learners continue their education without interruption.

Supports available through AUSU include Emergency Bursaries for course extensions, supplemental exam fees, and late exam fees during times of urgent financial need, and Computer Bursaries for those who require a laptop to continue their studies. Members also have access to free mental health support through Homewood Health. Speak to a caring mental health professional today, available 24/7, by calling 1-800-663-1142 (English), 1-800-398-9505 (French), or 1-888-384-1152 (TTY/Hearing Impaired).

For more information or assistance with any of the above, please contact:

AU Information Centre
Open Monday-Friday
9 am to 4 pm (MT)Toll-free:1-800-788-9041

AU Students’ Union
Open Monday-Friday
9 am to 4 pm (MT)
Toll-free: 1-855-497-7003

How can the rest of us help communities affected by the BC floods?

Multiple verified online fundraisers have been created on GoFundMe for those wishing to contribute to relief efforts for evacuated towns and cities, or to individual families in need of assistance.