This page was last updated April 20, 2022.
Campus during COVID-19
UBC’s policy on non-medical masks
As there are now signs of further Omicron variants and increased case numbers, experts have indicated that BC is about to enter into a sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of these factors, UBC has made the decision to maintain the requirement to wear masks until June 30, 2022. More.
As a reminder, masks are required in all indoor public spaces on both UBC campuses. You can learn more by reading the UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules. Students, faculty and staff who take part in academic activities outside of university campuses are still required to wear a mask if mandated by a Public Health Order; for example, in health care settings.
All members of the UBC community are strongly encouraged to receive a vaccination and to register for a booster dose as soon as soon as they are eligible. You can learn more at https://immunizebc.ca. For locations on other VCH mobile and drop-in vaccination sites, please visit the Vancouver Coastal Health website.
Proof of vaccination and rapid testing for COVID-19
As of March 1, 2022, UBC will no longer require regular rapid testing or vaccine declarations except as needed to comply with the relevant Public Health Orders listed below. Other safety measures, including the requirement to wear masks in indoor, public spaces continue as long as required by Public Health Orders. In addition, UBC will issue free rapid testing kits to students, faculty and staff who are on campus. Information about how to access the kits can be found at: https://srs.ubc.ca/athometestkit
Although UBC is standing down the weekly rapid testing program, some members of our community are still bound by Public Health Orders that require proof of vaccination — these are students in residence and students and employees who are based within health care settings (“care locations”). You can learn more at:
UBC COVID-19 safety planning training
All employees are required to complete the mandatory online COVID-19 safety training prior to resuming on-campus activities, or as soon as possible if they are already working on campus. Those returning to campus are also required to follow the COVID-19 Campus Rules.
UBC’s COVID-19 campus rules
The COVID-19 Campus Rules are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart plan:
- Daily health self-assessments: A daily self-health assessment is required before attending campus. Sending your daily-self assessment confirmation to your supervisor is no longer required. Download the UBC Safe Vancouver app, which has a simple COVID-19 Daily Health Assessment Tool.
- Stay home if you are sick: If you feel sick stay home use the Thrive Health self-assessment tool for guidance. Follow the advice from Public Health.
- Mandatory training: All faculty and staff currently working-on or returning to campus must complete the mandatory online training module “UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning” training.
- 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.
- Non-medical masks: Non-medical masks are required for all indoor public areas at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. More.
COVID-19 and UBC’s response
Please visit covid19.ubc.ca for the most up-to-date information from the university and answers to frequently asked questions, health guidance and vaccines, and resources.
UBC Arts and COVID-19
The Faculty of Arts has worked with the University to safeguard the health of our entire community and support the educational progression of our students. Learn more about the 2021/22 Winter Session, Term 2. More.
Keep in touch
Contact us if you have any questions or need support. More.