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What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus?

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus? Visit the Campus Return section to learn about the measures UBC is taking to ensure buildings are cleaned and ventilated, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus?

What is UBC doing to ensure its buildings are safe, as we return to campus? Visit the Campus Return section to learn about the measures UBC is taking toensure buildings are cleaned and ventilated, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

June 17, 2021: FAQs regarding buildings added to the Campus Return Plan section.

June 17, 2021: FAQs regarding buildings added to the Campus Return Plan section.

What is UBC doing to ensure safe building ventilation, as we return to campus?

What is UBC doing to ensure safe building ventilation, as we return to campus? UBC has established a COVID-19 HVAC working group to review and consider implementation of technical recommendations to enhance building ventilation systems (HVAC stands for heating, ventilation & air conditioning). You can learn about the measures being taken to ensure UBC buildings are safe here.

June 15, 2021: Health guidance and vaccines section renamed and updated to include COVID-19 vaccine-related FAQs.

June 15, 2021: Health guidance and vaccines section renamed and updated to include COVID-19 vaccine-related FAQs.

Where can I find information on BC’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout?

Where can I find information on BC’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout? You can learn about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at https://immunizebc.ca/. 

Who can get vaccinated in Canada?

Who can get vaccinated in Canada? All people in BC, including international students, can be vaccinated for free, regardless of length of stay or status, even if they will be here for only one dose (first or second). If a person has received a first dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen, while outside BC and then […]

Will international students be able to get vaccinated in Canada?

Will international students be able to get vaccinated in Canada? Yes, international students who haven’t been vaccinated upon arrival will also have access to the BC immunization program.

Will students, faculty and staff be expected to have had the vaccine in order to study or work on campus?

Will students, faculty and staff be expected to have had the vaccine in order to study or work on campus? It is vital that members of our community support the provincial vaccine program and we encourage you to be vaccinated. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UBC has worked in partnership with the public health agencies to […]

Are vaccines mandatory for students, faculty or staff to be on campus?

Are vaccines mandatory for students, faculty or staff to be on campus? No. Vaccinations are being managed by the provincial health authorities and they are accelerating availability of vaccination appointments for both first and second doses. BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and health authorities have determined that with the expected number of partially and fully vaccinated individuals, the health risk is low for the return […]

Will in-person classes still happen if some people don’t get vaccinated?

Will in-person classes still happen if some people don’t get vaccinated? Yes. The BC Provincial Health Officer has provided guidance that UBC should be confident that a return to on-campus instruction can be undertaken safely and successfully. The university offered some in-person teaching throughout the 2020/21 academic year and we have strong protocols to ensure […]

What do we know about the efficacy of current vaccines to protect against the different COVID-19 variants?

What do we know about the efficacy of current vaccines to protect against the different COVID-19 variants? According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, the vaccines offered in BC are expected to protect people against the different COVID-19 variants circulating in BC, including the variants of concern. Getting vaccinated also decreases the risk of […]

June 14, 2021: FAQs for faculty and staff updated to include information about the BC government’s introduction of paid sick leave for COVID-19.

June 14, 2021: FAQs for faculty and staff updated to include information about COVID-19 paid sick leave.

I’ve heard that the BC Government has introduced a provision that allows employees to take paid sick leave for COVID-19. What does this mean?

I’ve heard that the BC government has introduced a provision that allows employees to take paid sick leave for COVID-19. What does this mean? If you are an employee, you may be eligible to take three days of COVID-19 paid sick leave in line with the BC government’s amendment to the Employment Standards Act in May […]

Will it be safe to return to campus if many students, faculty and staff only have one dose of a vaccine?

Will it be safe to return to campus if many students, faculty and staff only have one dose of a vaccine? We recognize that some students, faculty or staff may return to campus after only having one dose, or may be unable to get their second dose due to medical complications from their first dose. […]

Is UBC planning a return to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session?

Is UBC planning a return to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session? Yes. Based on current guidance from provincial and regional public health authorities, UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September. Courses are primarily in-person, with the expectation that students will attend on campus. Learn […]

June 8, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person graduation for the Class of 2021 updated for students, faculty and staff.

June 8, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person graduation for the Class of 2021 updated for students, faculty and staff.

June 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Faculty and staff — return to campus update. Read this announcement in full.

June 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Faculty and staff — return to campus update. Read this announcement in full.

May 31, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person classes updated for students, faculty and staff.

May 31, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person classes updated for students, faculty and staff.

May 27, 2021: FAQs on the status of events updated for students, faculty and staff.

May 27, 2021: FAQs on the status of events updated for students, faculty and staff.

May 17, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Update – planning our return to campus. Read this announcement in full.

May 17, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Update – planning our return to campus. Read this announcement in full.

April 28, 2021: Student FAQs updated to reflect changes to the status of student international travel for university purposes.

April 28, 2021: Student FAQs updated to reflect changes to the status of student international travel for university purposes.

April 23, 2021: Student FAQs updated in response to new travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C.

April 23, 2021: Student FAQs updated in response to new travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C.

Travel restrictions have been introduced for non-essential travel in B.C. until May 25, 2021. Does this impact students?

Travel restrictions have been introduced for non-essential travel in B.C. until May 25, 2021. Does this impact students? Essential travel includes travel for post-secondary education and training. Travel to attend classes or receive training through a post-secondary institution, including participating in practical learning activities such as fieldwork, practicums and clinical placements, is exempt from the […]

April 20, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Update on UBC’s Campus Return Plan. Read this announcement in full.

April 20, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Update on UBC’s Campus Return Plan. Read this announcement in full.

April 20, 2021: A series of new FAQs are now available on the Campus Return Plan section of this site.

April 20, 2021: A series of new FAQs are now available on the Campus Return Plan section of this site. 

Update: April 20

Learn more about BC’s Restart plan (May 25, 2021). Looking for information about UBC’s plans for a return to campus? Visit the Campus Return Plan section. Countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This website contains useful FAQs and resources for UBC students, faculty and staff. […]

What is UBC’s approach to COVID-19 safety planning?

What is UBC’s approach to COVID-19 safety planning? UBC has a COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework that will be streamlined to align with the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, which will be provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in August. In the interim, you can read the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer released by the BC Provincial […]

Will the current COVID-19 safety planning process change?

Will the current COVID-19 safety planning process change? Yes. We have learned a lot over the past year about how the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is transmitted and the effectiveness of various types of safety measures. With the support and encouragement of public health, we are looking to streamline the safety planning process to […]

Where can I find updated COVID-19 safety planning resources?

Where can I find updated COVID-19 safety planning resources? We are currently working with public health to revise our COVID-19 safety planning resources and will provide an update once the resources are complete and approved. For further details please visit the site according to your campus: UBC Vancouver | UBC Okanagan.

Will the updated approach to the COVID-19 safety plans still require people to do COVID-19 self-assessments, stay home if they are sick, and wash their hands?

Will the updated approach to the COVID-19 safety plans still require people to do COVID-19 self-assessments, stay home if they are sick, and wash their hands? Yes. Effective COVID-19 safety plans combine layers of protection to keep people safe, so it is highly likely that these controls will continue to be recommended for the fall. […]

Does my team need to continue working remotely while UBC waits for the updated COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-Secondary Sector?

Does my team need to continue working remotely while UBC waits for the updated COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-Secondary Sector? Yes. Any work that is being done remotely should continue to be done remotely for the time being. At this time, employees who need to come to campus will follow the requirements of their […]

Will I need to do any specific COVID-19 safety training before I return to campus?

Will I need to do any specific COVID-19 safety training before I return to campus? Yes. All employees are required to complete the mandatory online COVID-19 safety training (UBC Vancouver | UBC Okanagan) prior to resuming on-campus activities, or as soon as possible if they have been working on campus since the remote working arrangements were […]

UBC Vancouver: Where can I find information about my building during COVID-19 (including ventilation, water systems, and cleaning standards)?

UBC Vancouver: Where can I find information about my building during COVID-19 (including ventilation, water systems, and cleaning standards)? With the gradual and phased re-occupancy of the university, the UBC Facilities website provides information and resources about Facilities’ operations and service levels for your building. UBC Facilities are working to ensure buildings are cleaned and ventilated, operating, and […]

UBC Okanagan: Where can I find information about cleaning standards in campus buildings during COVID-19?

UBC Okanagan: Where can I find information about cleaning standards in campus buildings during COVID-19? Facilities Management will continue to operate and maintain all campus buildings. Information on cleaning protocols is available on the HSE COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage. Questions or concerns can be submitted to ready.ok@ubc.ca.

How can I find information regarding on-campus research resumption?

How can I find information regarding on-campus research resumption? The process for increasing on-campus research and scholarly activity is managed at the Faculty level and is consistent with public health guidance. Further information is available here.

Can off-campus fieldwork be undertaken?

Can off-campus fieldwork be undertaken? A review process for fieldwork is conducted at the Faculty level. 

Can in-person research involving human participants be undertaken?

Can in-person research involving human participants be undertaken? Please consult the websites of the applicable research ethics board (BREB, Clinical REB, C&W REB, PHC REB and the BC Cancer REB) for the latest guidance on human participant research.

Will UBC be returning to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session?

Is UBC planning a return to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session? Yes. Based on current guidance from provincial and regional public health authorities, UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September. Updates regarding the fall course schedule for Faculties, on-campus activities, and various orientation activities […]

Will student residences be open?

Will student residences be open? Yes. UBC Student Housing will continue to accommodate upper-year and graduate students in our Winter Session (September to April) residences on both campuses and year-round residences in Vancouver. UBC Student Housing also plans to provide Winter Session accommodation for eligible first-year residents in all first-year residence communities beginning this fall, 2021. Upper-year students who […]

I am a student, should I plan to move to Vancouver or Kelowna this fall?

I am a student, should I plan to move to Vancouver or Kelowna this fall? Yes. Our intention is to return to as much in-person campus activity, including teaching, as possible. Based on current guidance from the BC Provincial Health Officer, Faculties are working toward in-person instruction, with the expectation that students will attend on […]

What information is there to support international students?

What information is there to support international students? International students are encouraged to visit the following websites for useful resources and updates: UBC Vancouver (International Students: Immigration and Health Insurance FAQ) UBC Okanagan (International Students: Immigration and Health Insurance FAQ)

Will student study spaces be available in September?

Will student study spaces be available in September? Yes, study spaces, including informal study spaces, some library spaces, and other locations where students can find suitable space for silent and personal or quiet group studying, will be available.

Will the UBC Library be expanding its activities in September?

Will the UBC Library be expanding its activities in September? We are planning to make the normal range of services in the library available in fall 2021, in alignment with public health guidelines. Access to collections on site and in Canvas will be ensured, and the UBC Library is working toward a return to in-person […]

Will there be extracurricular activities such as orientation this fall?

Will there be extracurricular activities such as orientation this fall? Yes. We are planning to have orientation programs available for new-to-UBC students. There will be other extracurricular activities planned for Winter Session, Term 1. The nature of the activity and whether the type of activities will be in-person or virtual (or a combination of the […]

March 25, 2021: Health Guidance FAQs updated to include information on BC’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

March 25, 2021: Health Guidance FAQs updated to include information on BC’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

March 15, 2021: In response to changes to province-wide restrictions, FAQs on graduation and the status of events updated for students, faculty and staff.

March 15, 2021: In response to changes to province-wide restrictions, FAQs on graduation and the status of events updated for students, faculty and staff.

March 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast to students: Increased on-campus activity for the 2021/22 Winter Session. Read this announcement in full.

March 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast to students: Increased on-campus activity for the 2021/22 Winter Session. Read this announcement in full.

March 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast to faculty and staff: Increased on-campus activity for the 2021/22 Winter Session. Read this announcement in full.

March 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast to faculty and staff: Increased on-campus activity for the 2021/22 Winter Session. Read this announcement in full.

February 5, 2021: FAQs on the status of events updated for students, faculty and staff to reflect the new province-wide restrictions.

February 5, 2021: FAQs on the status of events updated for students, faculty and staff to reflect the new province-wide restrictions.