Campus to close Sept. 19 for national day of mourning

Updated Sept. 15, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

On Sept. 13, 2022, the Government of Canada announced it will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a national day of mourning on Monday, Sept. 19.

The BC government followed suit by directing provincial public-sector organizations, including post-secondary institutions, to also declare a day of mourning. As a result, the University of Victoria will be closed on Monday, with all classes cancelled on that day.


The abrupt decision to hold this holiday necessitated a quick solution to deal with the academic implications of the closure. The following changes to the Fall 2022 Academic Important Dates have been approved and are now reflected in the academic calendar.

  • The Fall 2022 term course schedule has been extended by one day, from Monday Dec. 5, 2022 to now end on Tuesday Dec. 6, 2022.   
  • To account for the previous adjustment to the September calendar for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Tuesday, Dec. 6 will incorporate the Friday course schedule and all classroom bookings will reflect this revision.
    • Monday, Dec. 5 will be scheduled as normal.
  • The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women will be observed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2022.
    • Classes and exams are not scheduled during this time.
  • The December final exam period will begin on Dec. 8, 2022 and run until Dec. 21, 2022.

On-campus amenities

Most campus services will be closed. Details are noted below.

Food Services

The Cove Dining facility in the new Student Housing and Dining Building will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with seating available until 10 p.m. All other outlets will be closed on Sept.19. See Food services hours/locations  


The Mearns-McPherson Library is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Law Library is closed.

Health & wellness

SupportConnect remains open 24/7 for free, confidential mental health support for UVic students. 

The Student Wellness Centre, including Counselling, Health and Multifaith, is closed. However, other emergency and after-hours supports are available. 

Athletics & Recreation

CARSA is open 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. See Athletics & Recreation hours/locations 

Read the BC Government statement.