Health & Safety Requirements

Campus Rules & Prevention

Please follow UBC Campus Rules to keep our community safe.

  • Daily health self-assessments: A daily self-health assessment is required before attending campus. Visit for a list of symptoms. Sending your daily-self assessment confirmation to your supervisor is no longer required.
  • Stay home if you are sick: If you feel sick, stay home and 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 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: 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 on our campuses, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. Additional details on masks.


[Updated September 3, 2021]

computer icon Complete a daily health assessment. If you are feeling sick, do not come to campus and seek medical guidance. Visit for a list of symptoms and to access the self-assessment tool.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands, or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
Non-medical masks are required for all indoor public areas on our campuses, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. Additional details on masks.
Respect everyone’s personal choices.


Safety Training (Mandatory)

All faculty, staff and student staff who are performing work on campus must take the online course UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Planning Training. This course is designed to help UBC faculty, staff and student-staff work safely by following provincial direction on reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection and transmission and is an important element of the on-campus work resumption process.



UBC encourages members of our community to protect themselves and everyone around them by getting vaccinated. Learn more about BC’s vaccination roll-out, the BC Vaccine Card and vaccine clinics at UBCO.

Layers of Protection

As we return to campus, we will continue to employ multiple layers of protection to guard against transmission of COVID-19. Layers of protection include:

  • Performing daily health self-assessments
  • Staying home if feeling ill
  • Practising proper respiratory etiquette
  • Practising good hand hygiene
  • Getting outside when possible
  • Implementing safety plans and mandatory training modules
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces
  • Managing building ventilation
  • Supporting vaccination clinics, contact tracing and testing
  • Adhering to Public Health Orders

Protection measures will be outlined in COVID-19 safety plan. See Resumption Planning.


an infographic showing multiple layers of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Reporting Illness & Sick Leave

It’s important to encourage our staff, students, and faculty to stay home if they are not feeling well. Staying home when you aren’t well will help you recover faster and it will also protect those around you from getting sick.

  • All employees and students should monitor their health on a daily basis before attending campus.
  • Employees should notify their manager as soon as possible if they are unable to attend work due to illness or if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Education & Enforcement

Campus Security and Health, Safety, and Environment will continue to support students, faculty, and staff education through the Gatekeeper Program, which highlights the importance of safety protocols and status of campus rules — masking, self-assessments, and proper hygiene. Its primary focus is on large areas where community members may congregate, such as study spaces in EME, The Commons or UNC. This program will remain in place well into the winter term.