Resources and support for the UBC Community amidst geopolitical tensions 

September 22, 2023

UBC is aware that current geopolitical tensions between Canada and India have caused stress and anxiety for some community members. Please know that there are services and resources available, including academic and mental health support and guidance regarding immigration issues, such as visas and work permits. More information on these resources is available here. Details of support for faculty and staff can be found here

International students at UBC Vancouver in need of assistance are encouraged to contact International Student Advising at or 604-822-5021. UBC Okanagan students can contact the advisors in the Global Engagement Office at or 250-807-8585. Staff at Student Health Services are also available to help, as are multilingual counselors available 24/7 through the UBC Vancouver Student Assistance Program and the UBC Okanagan Student Assistance Program.  

Additional supports available for students are also outlined below:  

UBC Vancouver 

UBC Okanagan  

In the coming days UBC will continue to monitor the situation, and as it becomes available share new information with community members who may be impacted. 

In times of uncertainty, it is crucial that we support each other and foster a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful campus and working environment for all our community members. The safety and wellbeing of our community is our priority. 

If you have any concerns for your safety, here are some resources that are available to support you: 

UBC Campus Security: UBC has its own dedicated Campus Security team that is available 24/7. They provide safety planning assistance, respond to emergencies, and conduct patrols on campus. Vancouver campus | Okanagan campus 

UBC Safe App: “UBC Safe” is a free mobile app designed for the UBC campus community. The multi-function app provides users with immediate access to Emergency Services, First Aid and Safewalk, as well as information on Emergency Procedures, Support Resources and many other vital links and services. To download the app visit Vancouver campus | Okanagan campus 

AMS SafeWalk: This service offers a companion to accompany you if you feel unsafe walking alone on campus after dark. You can request a SafeWalk by calling the following hotlines:
Vancouver campus: 604-822-5355
Okanagan campus: 250.807.8076

UBC Blue Phones: Located throughout the campus, these emergency phones provide a direct line to Campus Security. Simply press the button, and assistance will be on its way.   


Dr. Gage Averill 
Provost & Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver  

Dr. Rehan Sadiq 
Provost & Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Ainsley Carry 
Vice-President, Students  

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