COVID-19 Return to campus

 

Last updated: May 2, 2022

 

Keeping you safe as we return to campus

Your health and safety is UBC’s number one priority. Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff, rest assured that UBC has precautions in place to protect your health as we return to campus and in-person activities. UBC will continue to follow guidance and direction from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and adopt PHO orders and any regional requirements as part of our efforts to prevent infections.

This page contains information about the measures UBC is taking to help you feel comfortable in all our UBC campus spaces. Please note that individual Faculties are also providing updates.

Infection Prevention

Campus Rules

Communicable Disease Prevention Framework

Events & Gatherings

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces (see the section on Indoor Public Spaces for a definition) by anyone 12 and older.
  • All persons on UBC premises must wear an appropriate face covering when in indoor public spaces of buildings. For a complete list of exceptions and details on mask requirements, refer to the UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules.
  • UBC will continue to follow guidance and direction from the Provincial Health Office and adopt PHO orders and any regional requirements into campus rules.
  • For current guidelines on UBC’s use of face coverings and details on personal protective equipment (PPE), please visit COVID-19 Return to Campus FAQ.

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Prescreening and Testing

Health Screening

  • All students, faculty, staff, and others must continue to assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to engaging in in-person UBC activities on UBC premises.
  • Signage has been posted at building entrances
  • A quick way to conduct your daily health assessment:
  • A full list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website.

On-campus Rapid Screening

  • As of March 1, 2022, the university will no longer require regular rapid testing or vaccine declarations except as needed to comply with the relevant Public Health Orders. Please see the section Proof of Vaccination declaration.

Vaccinations

  • UBC will continue to encourage all students, faculty and staff to participate in the provincial COVID-19 vaccination program.
  • UBC will provide employees up to three hours of time off, without loss of pay, to get each dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To access all care locations and community care settings, the Public Health Officer has ordered that proof of vaccination be required. Please see the section Care locations or Community care Settings.
  • In keeping with provincial requirements, proof of vaccination will be required for any person participating in non-academic activities on campus, as outlined in the Events and Gatherings Orders, Section D on the BC Government website.
  • The Order of the Public Health Officer that mandated Post-secondary institutions to require Residents to declare their vaccination status has been repealed, effective April 8, 2022.
  • To access all care locations and community care settings, the Public Health Officer has ordered that proof of vaccination be required. Please see the section Care locations or Community care Settings.

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Facilities Maintenance

Building Ventilation and Air Filtration

  • UBC established a COVID-19 Heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) working group to review and consider implementation of technical recommendations to enhance building ventilation systems and reduce the risk of airborne infectious aerosol exposure in UBC owned and operated buildings. The working group team, which includes professional engineers and subject matter experts in the design, maintenance and operation of building mechanical systems included Facilities and Safety & Risk Services from UBC Vancouver, Campus Operations & Risk Management from UBC Okanagan, and Faculty from the School of Population & Public Health, Occupation and Environmental Health Division.
  • HVAC enhancements implemented include:
    • Increased ventilation and outdoor air
    • Improved air filtration
    • Enhanced maintenance and upgrades
    • Air monitoring
  • Every air filter within university buildings have been audited and replaced as necessary
  • For more information on Cleaning, visit UBC Facilities and UBCO Facilities Management website.

Cleaning

  • BCCDC indicates that cleaning and disinfecting educational spaces, public spaces and high touch areas is only required daily. Cleaning is not required between classes.
  • Custodial Services has been keeping facilities clean, and regularly sanitizing high traffic and high touch-point areas daily in addition to the routine cleaning as per regular operations.
  • As part of an infection control program, Custodial Services will continue to follow industry cleaning standards ISSA Canada and  APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities, which reflect a blended approach designed to manage risk and cleaning standards.
  • .Hand sanitizer stations have been installed and are available in the main entrance of UBC buildings managed by UBC Facilities Group.
  • For more information, please visit the Facilities website.

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Ways that you can protect yourself and others as we return to campus

As UBC continues to follow guidance and direction from the respective authorities, here are some ways that you can protect yourself and others as we return to campus:

  • Get vaccinated, if you are eligible.
  • Wear a face covering as defined by the Campus Rules.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor your health daily
  • Stay home if you feel unwell and follow up with medical care.
  • Take care of your mental well-being by checking in with loved ones and practicing self-care.
  • Follow the COVID-19 Campus Rules

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For UBC’s latest response to COVID-19, please visit covid19.ubc.ca.

For inquiries regarding COVID-19, campus return planning, and health and safety, please contact safety.risk@ubc.ca.