Last updated: September 22, 2021
Based on guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and experience to date within B.C. and other jurisdictions, controlled environments such as post-secondary educational settings are lower-risk sites for COVID-19 transmission. The multiple layers of infection prevention measures in place have helped post-secondary campuses remain open and available for learners with remote adaptive learning while successfully minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
While no single layer of protection against COVID-19 is perfect, when multiple layers of protection are combined, the risk of transmission is significantly reduced. Due to the demonstrated effect of BC’s immunization program, the layering of core public health measures, and the tailoring of prevention and control measures, physical distancing and the use of protective barriers and partitions are not anticipated to be necessary or required
COVID-19 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 through the BC COVID-19 Support App for their 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.
UBC Guidance Documents
The UBC Guidance Documents are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart plan. The Public Health Office moved to Step 3 on July 1, 2021 and will extend until the start of step 4 at the direction of the Public Health Office.
- BCCDC – Return to Campus Public Health Guidance [Updated: September 2021]
- UBC COVID-19 Guidance and Recommendations for Supplementary Cleaning [Updated: July 2021]
- UBC COVID-19 Guidance and Recommendations for Gradual Re-Occupancy [Updated: July 2021]
- UBC Respectful Engagement Guidance: Non-Medical Masks and Following Campus Rules [Updated: September 2021]
- UBC COVID-19 Guidance: Use of Barriers [Updated: July 2021]
For UBC’s latest response to COVID-19, please visit covid19.ubc.ca.
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