17 March 2020
We are writing to share news that the scheduled Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in May 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 and its designation as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The planning committee representing the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), and the University of Toronto have been actively working on preparation of a program for our Summit to provide a student affairs and services perspective on UNESCO’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). While we are disappointed with this postponement, the health and safety of our colleagues from across the globe needs to be our priority. Additionally, we want to be sure that our Global Summit is a meaningful experience for all participants and with travel restrictions emerging from various jurisdictions throughout the world, along with event restrictions emerging locally in Canada, there are serious concerns that the event would not be successful at this time.
While the decision has been made to postpone the Global Summit, we will be reaching out to registered and planned participants to survey on options to hold the event once travel and event restrictions are lifted, and participation is more possible from a diverse and global perspective.
We will refund registration in full for those who have registered and already paid for the 2020 Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services. If you need to reach out to us regarding a refund, please contact email@example.com.
We know that you are managing these very same issues locally and we thank you for your understanding on our decision to postpone. We look forward to continued planning on a program that can be delivered on a later date.
Be well and take care.
Achim Meyer auf der Heyde Jennifer Hamilton
President, IASAS Executive Director, CACUSS
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