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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 […]