COVID-19 Co-op FAQs
General Co-op Information
Is the KPU Co-op office still open?
The Co-op office is currently providing services to students and employers online and through the telephone. In-person services are currently suspended.
How can I get in touch with my Co-op Instructor or the Co-op office?
Email is the best way to get in touch.
The KPU Co-op office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students, your Co-op Instructor can be reached via their individual email addresses or via the moodle hub.
Will COOP 1101 be offered in the Spring semester?
COOP 1101 will be offered as an online course. See KPU’s Novel Coronavirus Update page for more details: https://www.kpu.ca/hui/novel-coronavirus
What resources can I access?
For Co-op Students Currently on a Work Term
What should I do if I am unable to complete my Co-op work term due to COVID-19 or if I have concerns about completing it?
Your health and safety is our first priority. Co-op students will not have their work terms negatively penalized for issues related to COVID-19. Contact your work term supervisor and your Co-op Instructor if you have concerns about completing your work term due to COVID-19.
I’m on a work term and feeling sick. What should I do?
Contact your work term supervisor to advise that you are ill and keep your Co-op Instructor informed. Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811.
Co-op Students Who Have Secured a Work Term for the Upcoming Semester
My employer is unsure if I will be working with them during the Upcoming Semester. What should I do?
Please contact the Co-op office and include any communication you have had with your employer. We will inquire about the possibility of delaying the start of the work term or other arrangements such as working remotely.
We are also recommending that all Co-op students who have secured a co-op work term to think ahead and make back-up plans for the semester (i.e. register for courses, put yourself on waitlists), in case of disruption due to COVID-19.
My employer has cancelled my upcoming work term or extension. What should I do?
Please contact the Co-op office and include any communication you have had with your employer about the cancellation. We will ask you to drop your Co-op work term course if you have already registered.
We are also recommending that all Co-op students who have secured a work term to think ahead and make a back-up plan for the semester (i.e. register for courses, put yourself on waitlists), in case of disruption due to COVID-19.
Co-op Students Who Are Seeking a Work Term
Are you still posting Co-op roles?
Employers are still posting Co-op jobs for students! Some employers are offering remote opportunities or a combination of on-site and remote work. Those with on-site work placements must adhere to COVID-19 public health protocols.
We are also recommending that all Co-op students who are still seeking a work term to think ahead and make back-up plans for the semester (i.e. register for courses, put yourself on waitlists), in case of disruption due to COVID-19.
Are you still arranging interviews?
Yes, employers are still interviewing to hire a student for the Spring semester. We are encouraging employers to forgo in-person interviews and to conduct virtual interviews via telephone or video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Skype.
We encourage all Co-op students who are still seeking a work term to think ahead and make back-up plans for their upcoming semester should they not be able to secure a work term or if their offer or job is impacted by COVID-19.
What do I do if an employer has contacted me directly to arrange an interview?
Please contact the Co-op office (email@example.com) and your Co-op Instructor about your interview. We need to be informed of any interview requests and potential job offers.
You may coordinate with the employer to schedule an interview via telephone or video conferencing if you cc’ the co-op office the communication between you and the employer.
Can we still hire KPU Co-op students?
Yes! Please send your job postings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-op students are still keen to apply and interview for roles. Please consider the following recommendations for recruiting and hiring Co-op students:
- Conduct remote interviews - by phone or video conferencing like Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams
- Consider modifying in-person roles to remote or hybrid alternatives
- If job must be in-person and onsite, ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as per the guidelines from the relevant provincial health authority for where the work is taking place.
- If your Co-op position is funded through a government grant that requires students to hold Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or other residency status, please include this detail in the job posting and let us know.
Should Co-op students work remotely during this time?
The Co-op office encourages and supports you in considering this option for your Co-op students. If you are unable to offer a remote environment, we expect that the health and safety of your employees is priority and that your organization is following COVID-19 protocols as per the relevant provincial health authorities.
What is the process if I choose to end a current Co-op student’s work term early due to COVID-19?
If you need to end a work term early, please contact the Co-op office. Email is the best way to get in touch and the Co-op office can be reached at email@example.com.
What is the process if I choose to cancel a job posting or rescind a job offer to a Co-op student prior to the start of the work term?
If you wish to cancel a job posting or rescind a job offer prior to the start date, please contact the Co-op office at firstname.lastname@example.org.