Faculty & Staff FAQs

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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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Teaching and Learning

  • 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 more about course delivery options:
    UBC Vancouver student information
    UBC Okanagan student information

    You can also visit the Campus Return Plan section of this site for more information.

  • Is UBC taking a phased approach to the return to campus, or will everyone be expected to come back at the same time?

    Is UBC taking a phased approach to the return to campus, or will everyone be expected to come back at the same time?

    UBC is adopting a phased approach. As faculty and staff begin to return to campus in preparation for the 2021/22 Winter Session, the process for returning will vary in different parts of the university. This phased approach will allow for the operational needs of each Faculty and administrative unit. Deans, Vice-Presidents, Associate Vice-Presidents, department Heads, Directors and other supervisors are being provided with further details to support their decisions on timing for faculty and staff to return to campus. Note that all units will need to have an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. Learn more

  • 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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  • 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?

    UBC Vancouver Fall 2021 Graduation: As the public health orders and guidelines in British Columbia change in BC’s Restart Plan, and as UBC continues to resume on-campus operations, more information about Fall Graduation will be made available at www.graduation.ubc.ca this summer. Please check back for details.

    UBC Vancouver and Okanagan Spring 2021 Graduation: Virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 were held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan

    UBC’s Class of 2020: Virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 were held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, and on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 for UBC Vancouver

    UBC is committed to holding an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 and the spring Class of 2021, when it is safe to do so. As we embark on planning for on-campus activities, in collaboration with public health, we will advise members of the Class of 2020 and 2021 on plans to hold an in-person graduation ceremony when we have more information. 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?

    As public health restrictions related to gatherings and events are lifted through BC’s Restart plan, planners are encouraged to review the Public Health Order on Gatherings and Events to understand the specific details.

    Indoor events: Effective June 15, 2021, seated indoor events of up to fifty (50) people are permitted, with an approved COVID-19 safety plan in place and adhering to public health guidance, including wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.

    Outdoor events:  Effective May 25, 2021, seated outdoor events of up to fifty (50) people are permitted, with an approved COVID-19 safety plan in place and adhering to public health guidance, including maintaining physical distance.

    These types of events are permitted province-wide, and apply to UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, UBC Robson Square, all UBC sites, and to any in-person events and gatherings planned to be held on or off campus in British Columbia using the safety plan templates and approval processes outlined for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. UBC events held in-person in other jurisdictions should follow local public health guidelines.

    If you have an event (indoor or outdoor) planned with in-person components, and have any questions or are unsure of associated processes, please contact ready.ubc@ubc.ca for UBC Vancouver or ready.ok@ubc.ca for UBC Okanagan. 

    Virtual event delivery continues to be an option you may consider in your planning. Venues and bookable spaces on campus may be at varying states of opening/readiness to host larger events.

    An updated directive is anticipated in early July to align with BC’s Restart Plan. For more information about BC’s Restart Plan, click here: BC’s Restart plan

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