LFS Covid-19 Information

Last update: February 28, 2022

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COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines (updated January 28 2022)

January 2022 letter from Dr. Henry regarding the prioritization of on-campus instruction

UBC Campus Rules
  • Daily health self-assessments: All students, faculty, staff, and others must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to engaging in in-person UBC activities on UBC Premises.
  • Stay home if you are sick: If you are ill or believe you have COVID-19 symptoms or been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, stay home. Use the Thrive Health self-assessment tool for guidance, or download the BC COVID-19 Support App for iOS or Android device and follow the instructions provided. Follow the advice from Public Health.
  • Mandatory training: All faculty, staff and student-staff must complete the mandatory online training module ‘UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning Training’ before accessing UBC Premises.
  • Face coverings: Face coverings (a medical or non-medical mask, or a tightly woven fabric) are required for all indoor public areas at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs.
  • Signage: Everyone must follow relevant signage when moving around UBC campuses or worksites.
  • COVID-19 safety plans & communicable disease plans: Supervisors will ensure that all faculty, staff and contractors are familiar with the latest guidance from the Provincial Health Officer as it relates to their work areas.

View the full UBC Campus Rules [Updated: January 25, 2022]

UBC COVID-19 Safety Plans

COVID-19 Safety Plans have been developed in collaboration with Public Health, the Ministry of Advanced Education and WorkSafeBC. All units and work areas are expected to follow the applicable safety plan(s). Units and work areas under industry specific guidance will need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that aligns with the industry requirements.

The seven COVID-19 Safety Plans do not require customization, just implementation, and are applicable UBC-wide. They are based on your work activities, so simply choose the plan(s) that suits your work situation. For example, if your work activity includes a laboratory, office, and common spaces, you will need to reference three applicable COVID-19 Safety Plans. Unlike the previous COVID-19 Safety Plan, the new plans do not require to be submitted or approved.

  1. Common Areas and Public Realm [PDF]
  2. Field Trip and Field Research Activities [PDF]
  3. Housing/Student Residences [PDF]
  4. Learning Spaces [PDF]
  5. Offices/Administrative Areas [PDF]
  6. Study Spaces [PDF]
  7. Workshops and Research Laboratories [PDF]
Vaccinations

For those who are able, we strongly recommend that all UBC community members get vaccinated before returning to campus. In BC, vaccines are available to everyone aged 5 and older, including incoming international students who can receive their vaccinations after arriving in Canada. You can learn more at https://immunizebc.ca.

Business Continuity Planning

Activities at UBC typically depend on specialized equipment, supplies, support services, and of course, highly skilled and knowledgeable people. In the event of a breakdown or disruption in any one of these elements, academic, research and operational activities could be impacted. As prolonged failures in some of these areas may cause risks to human life or significant harm to campus infrastructure and services, it’s important to make continuity plans to mitigate against the risk of this happening.

Planning resources can be found here

Contact Tracing

Public Health make regular updates to their recommendations about contact tracing based on current infection rates, and information gathered about the spread of COVID-19 variants, such as Omicron and Delta: updated information on “close contacts and contact tracing” is available on the BCCDC website. 

It is important that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 complete an online form to report their COVID-19 test result. In the form, there are questions about whether that person has attended Post-Secondary Institutions while they may have been infectious. Public Health will monitor this information and continue to work with UBC, as required, to assist with contact tracing efforts.

If UBC is asked by public health authorities to assist in notifying our community members of a confirmed case, we will do so by assisting in the distribution of materials prepared by those public health authorities. Only those identified through contact tracing as “needing to know” will have access to this information.

COVID-19 Reporting

If a student, faculty, or staff informs you that they have been confirmed to have COVID-19, these are the steps that you should take:

  1. Ask whether they have already reported their test results to Public Health via the weblink: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/if-you-have-covid-19
  2. Inform the University by emailing information pertaining to the particular cases to ready.ubc@ubc.ca. In the email, identify if the individual is a student/faculty/staff (no names), their faculty/department, and date tested positive.  The individual can email ready.ubc@ubc.ca themselves if preferred.
  3. Ensure the student, faculty, or staff member(s) are provided with support as required. Ensure that the student(s) are provided with concessions and support as required to continue learning while unable to attend class.
  4. In the case of a more concerning exposure, Public Health may direct UBC to move to on-line delivery to support isolation of a class. All contemplated course delivery changes must be discussed with the Department Head/School Director.
Research activities

On-campus research as well as off-campus Field Research Activities are covered by the UBC COVID-19 safety plans. For more information, visit: https://srs.ubc.ca/covid-19/covid-19-safety-plans.

Researchers are encouraged to visit https://covid19.research.ubc.ca for information on UBC’s COVID-19 research activities, including research projects, potential collaborators, initiatives, networks and support.

For the latest guidance on human participant research, please consult the websites of the applicable research ethics board (BREBClinical REBC&W REBPHC REB and the BC Cancer REB).

Events and Gatherings

In addition to the UBC requirements outlined in the Campus Rules, events on campus must follow the UBC directives.

All organized gatherings will need to meet the requirements of the relevant Provincial Health Orders (PHO) that are current at the time of the event.

Exemptions from the PHO

  •  A social gathering for workers in their workplace as long as no member of the public is present.
  • School and post-secondary institution graduation ceremonies and related events organized by a school or post-secondary institution including dinners when held at the same venue as the ceremony.
  • Investiture ceremonies.
  • Educational activities

For all exemptions from the PHO, follow the guidance below:

Educational activity

The PHO and COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector state that restrictions on gatherings do not apply to educational activities. Educational activities are activities offered by a post-secondary institution with the intention of delivering and/or supporting student learning and development.

Below are some examples of educational activities, but is not an exhaustive list

  • Any performance for which students receive course credit
  • Community based education
  • Computer labs for instruction or study
  • Continuing education
  • Counselling services
  • Educational farms
  • Field school
  • Fine arts events (e.g. recitals, dance performances)
  • Gyms used for athlete training and/or post-secondary education
  • Lab or workshop
  • Lecture, tutorial or class
  • Library and learning commons for study purposes
  • Practicum or research, involving students or researchers of post-secondary institutions in any location when provided or arranged by a post-secondary institution
  • Research seminars
  • Residency, co-op work term, practicum placement, work experience term
  • Seminar Program advising and career support
  • Studio Theatre productions – student-led and run
  • Tutorial or discussion group
  • Year-end student art shows

Non-educational events

Other restrictions still in effect can be found on the Province-Wide Restrictions webpage.

For outdoor events, please follow the event application process on the Campus & Community Planning website.

If you are unsure as to whether your activity applies, please contact andy.jeffries@ubc.ca or ready.ubc@ubc.ca.

Masks and Face Coverings

In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators may provide better protection when worn properly. UBC strongly recommends the use of medical masks as a face covering when possible. UBC central will be providing a supply of medical grade masks to all students, faculty, and staff starting February 7th. A supply will be provided to Faculties and Departments. Additionally, UBC representatives on campus will be handing out packages of medical grade masks. You can recognize these representatives by their colourful vests. Please visit this page for updated information on when and where to find a UBC representative.

Building Ventilation and Safety Measures

UBC continue to follow public health measures to ensure buildings are properly cleaned, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. For updates and more information on this and UBC approach to safe building environments please visit the UBC Facilities website

Building Access

Building hours at Food Nutrition & Health and HR Macmillan are currently open from 7 am – 5:30 pm. Outside of these hours, the buildings remain closed to public, and can be accessed only by UBC Card readers. If after hour access is required please ensure you have adequate access programed on your card by visiting

If you have questions or would like further LFS specific information please contact:

lfs.facilities@ubc.ca