Faculty & Staff FAQs

Thank you to all our faculty and staff members for supporting UBC’s academic mission.

Whether you remained on campus over the last year, or are now preparing for a transition back to campus, this page is intended to support you with a range of useful FAQs, links and resources.

There is a whole host of information on various university websites and you are encouraged to access your own Faculty/Administrative Unit resources for information specific to your part of the university.

If you are a manager, you may be interested in the ‘Managing employees during COVID-19’ webpage provided by Human Resources. HR also has general resources for faculty and staff related to ‘Working during COVID-19’.

There is also useful information specific to UBC Okanagan. If you are a postdoctoral fellow, you can find additional resources here: UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan.

For guidance on COVID-19 vaccines, health and safety planning, you should visit the Health guidance and vaccines section.

Below are some additional FAQs specifically for faculty and staff. While we cannot answer every question you may have, we have done our best to cover the main areas you might be interested in. These FAQs are updated regularly. Don’t forget to also check out the archive of our main announcements.


On this page:

Information for managers and supervisors

Teaching and Learning

Research

Getting to and from campus

Health and Wellbeing

Buildings

UBC Facilities and Services

Events and Graduation Ceremonies

Travel


Information for managers and supervisors

Teaching and Learning

  • Is UBC holding in-person classes?

    Is UBC holding in-person classes?

    Yes. UBC is conducting in-person classes. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remain our first priority. Here’s what you need to do to help ensure a safe environment for yourself and those around you:

    • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and complete a daily health assessment. If you are sick, stay at home. Learn about the self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health.
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    • We strongly recommend that all UBC community members get vaccinated and if eligible, receive their booster dose. You can learn more at https://immunizebc.ca.
    • As a reminder, in BC, free vaccines are available to students arriving from international destinations and other provinces
  • Where can I get support for teaching remotely?

    Where can I get support for teaching remotely?

    The Keep Teaching website offers resources and support to help you develop your own strategies for meeting the needs of your courses online. The website also has guidance on how to prepare to offer lectures, group work and discussion, assignments and assessments online. The Center for Teaching and Learning has additional resources for faculty at UBC Okanagan. Faculty and teaching assistants are invited to learn more about UBC Vancouver’s process for transitioning classes to an online delivery format.

    To help you support your students with online learning, you can share the Keep Learning website with them. This site provides resources and tips to help students learn effectively, get to know online teaching technologies used at UBC and also take care of themselves while learning online.

  • What is UBC doing to address academic assessment and course concessions?

    What is UBC doing to address academic assessment and course concessions?

    Decisions around academic regulations and variances to them (concessions) are primarily the domain of Faculties and the Dean. Students are advised to contact their Home Faculty Academic Advising Office to explore what options may be available to them.

Research

Getting to and from campus

Health and Wellbeing

Buildings

UBC Facilities and Services

Events and Graduation Ceremonies

  • What is the status of events?

    What is the status of events?

    Events at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan are permitted in line with public health restrictions as well as in accordance with UBC policies. Proof of vaccination is not required at UBC events. 

    Event planners are encouraged to review the guidance on UBC ceremonies, events and gatherings during COVID-19 available on the UBC Ceremonies and Events website. Information about UBC’s graduation ceremonies can be found at graduation.ubc.ca.

Travel