Faculty & Staff FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs have been compiled to help UBC faculty and staff during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all questions and answers for faculty and staff. 

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Information for managers and supervisors

Teaching and Learning

  • What is UBC’s approach for Winter Session, Term 2 (Jan to April 2021)?

    What is UBC’s approach for Winter Session, Term 2 (Jan to April 2021)?

    For Winter Session, Term 2, programming will be delivered online, with face-to-face instruction planned in programs ranging from health professions (for example Medical Education, Nursing, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy) to Creative and Performing Arts programs such as Theatre and Film and the School of Music. We continue to monitor public health guidance, consult with local public health authorities, and provide further updates as the situation evolves. We also continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and with other post-secondary institutions within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines and WorkSafeBC.

  • 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.

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Events and Graduation Ceremonies

  • Will there be an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021?

    Will there be an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021?

    Fall Graduation: A virtual fall graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 was held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, for UBC Vancouver

    UBC Vancouver and Okanagan Spring Graduation: UBC will follow Public Health Orders and guidelines in planning the Class of 2021 Spring Graduation ceremonies. Please visit www.graduation.ubc.ca and www.graduation.ok.ubc.ca for updates. UBC is committed to holding an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 when it’s safe to bring people together again. Further details will be available at www.graduation.ubc.ca and www.graduation.ok.ubc.ca.

  • What is the status of events?

    What is the status of events?

    By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses within all health regions across British Columbia must significantly reduce social interactions and travel. As such, the PHO has advised there should be no social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. The order is in effect until February 5, 2021, at midnight, and applies to UBC’s Vancouver, Okanagan, Robson Square campuses, all UBC sites, and applies to any in-person events and gatherings planned to be held on or off campus in British Columbia.

    To read the full order, click here: Province-wide Restrictions

    Please reconsider whether a UBC event needs to go ahead and if so, UBC events in these areas will be required to be held virtually with only essential staff on site in-person to support the virtual event delivery and broadcast.

    If you had an event planned with in-person components during this period, and are unsure of whether the event should go ahead, or whether your COVID-19 Safety Plan requires further review, please contact ready.ubc@ubc.ca for UBCV or ready.ok@ubc.ca for UBCO.

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