Under the direction of the BC Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and with support of Vancouver Coastal Health, we have welcomed back faculty, staff and students to our campuses, to join the many who have been working on campus throughout the pandemic. Many of our staff and faculty have spent over a year working remotely and being advised, and at times required, to reduce contact with others. In alignment with BC's Restart plan, and with the health and safety of the UBC community as our first priority, we are taking a phased approach to facilitate the safe delivery of in-person teaching, learning, research and other on-campus activities.
We recognize faculty and staff may have concerns on different aspects of returning to campus, on COVID-19, and its variants. The university continues to monitor the course of the pandemic and we are working closely with public health officials and will adjust our approach as required.
This resource has been developed to help Managers and Supervisors, as well as anyone with managerial responsibility, have a safe and consistent approach to the delivery of in-person activities on the Vancouver campus. It aims to provide you with information and resources that you can access to better support your faculty and staff as we prepare to return. This electronic guide will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. (Last revised: Jan. 13, 2022)
Read about what's happening with a number of campus services, including the Library, Food Services and the Bookstore, as well as information on student housing and self-isolation, getting to and from campus, the new student safety ambassadors program, and the manager and supervisor checklist.
As the university plans for a phased resumption of on-campus academic activities, the following guiding principles will aid Managers and Supervisors in their discussions and decision making regarding our return to on campus activities. Managers and Supervisors are asked to work with their teams to plan the timing of their returns with the following principles guiding their decision making:
- Prioritize the physical and mental health and safety of faculty, staff, and students;
- Recognize that the return to campus is an evolving process and that flexibility, adaptability, and an awareness of unique circumstances are needed;
- Ensure the operational requirements of the university are met, irrespective of where employees happen to be working;
- Ensure the student and broader campus experience is as positive and engaging as possible;
- Ensure that people are treated fairly and equitably, through a transparent process that balances respecting the right to privacy; and
- Ensure that all faculty and staff working on campus have completed the Safety and Risk Services (SRS) training (UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning Training), respect the COVID-19 campus safety rules that have been established, and are aware of the safety plans that are in place for the particular types of facilities that they use.
In addition to this guide, the university will provide the necessary tools and measures to ensure a safe environment for educational and operational activities as advised in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines.