Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

The University of British Columbia, including the Okanagan campus, is responding to the spread of COVID-19 virus.

UBCO Health & Wellness

Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 811.

For more information and the latest updates, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

UBCO Health & Wellness (UNC 337) are still available; however, most of our services have moved to virtual delivery.

For details, visit Health & Wellness.

FAQs are available to help UBC students during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more.

Re-occupancy & Resumption Plans

The health and safety of the UBC community remains a priority at all times. The re-occupancy and resumption of on-campus activities will be built on guiding principles focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of faculty, staff and students.

UBC’s approach will be anchored in health and safety guidance from provincial authorities; adopting a phased, gradual approach; recognizing that we may need to reinstate restrictions should public health guidance change.

For more information and resources related to UBC’s COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework, please visit the relevant website below:

For more information about the gradual and phased resumption of research activities on campus, please visit the Research + Innovation website.

Maintaining MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

Taking care of your personal health and wellbeing is more important than ever. Explore resources to stay mentally and physically healthy. Learn more.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING REMINDER

Give yourself space and reduce close contact. Keep 2 metres between you and others. (Government of Canada)

UBCO CURRENT STUDENT SUPPORT

From immigration to financial assistance, explore supports for current UBCO students during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT INFORMATION

Find out what steps UBC is taking to ensure applications are treated fairly during this difficult time. Learn more.

Okanagan Campus Operations

Although the Okanagan campus remains open, operations and activities are modified:

  • Courses are being delivered online.
  • Many faculty and staff are working remotely.
  • Many events at UBC have been postponed, cancelled or moved online. Under the current phase of BC’s Restart Plan, in-person UBC events with no more than 50 patrons in attendance are permitted — both indoors and outdoors — subject to specific UBC approvals and safety measures (effective July 1 to September 1, 2020). This includes those organized by students, faculty and staff.

Limited Access to Facilities

UBC Okanagan is moving to limit access to certain spaces in academic and administration buildings including computer labs and classrooms. These measures will allow custodial resources to focus on enhanced cleaning in areas of buildings that remain open.

See Limited Building Access & Hours.

 

Service Modifications

The following information is subject to change at any time. Details for faculties, departments and units will be added as information becomes available. Check back often for updates.

To update or add your unit details, contact your designated communicator or university.relations@ubc.ca.

ABORIGINAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Effective date: March 23

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Effective date: June 21

ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, IRVING K. BARBER FACULTY OF

Effective date: July 1

ATHLETICS (UBCO Heat)

AWARDS & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Effective date: March 18

  • Admissions & Awards team working remotely.
  • All available by email and Skype for Business.

BOOKSTORE

Effective date: March 17

  • Closed until further notice.
  • Online orders available, with free standard shipping to anywhere in Canada while stores remain closed.

CAMPUS MAIL

Effective date: March 20

  • On-campus support available.
  • Users not on-site should suspend regular orders of perishable items.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS & RISK MANAGEMENT

Effective date: March 27

CAMPUS PLANNING

Effective date: March 17

  • campus.planning@ubc.ca or 250-807-8917.
  • Remote meetings only (phone or videoconference).
  • Staff unavailable for walk-in traffic.

CAMPUS SECURITY

Effective date: April 9

  • On-campus support, first-aid, and incident response remains available.
  • Walk-ins encouraged to contact by phone or email.
  • For non-emergency requests or inquiries contact 250-807-9236 or security.ubco@ubc.ca.
  • In an emergency, contact Campus Security at 250-807-8111.
  • SALTO administration office hours limited (Mon, Wed & Fri from 10am to noon only).

CENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

Effective date: April 3

COLLEGIA

Effective date: March 16

  • All Collegia are closed.

COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING

Effective date: March 17

  • Programming is cancelled until further notice.

CONFERENCES AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Effective date: March 17

  • University classroom space bookings for March and April from external groups cancelled or re-scheduled to a later date.
  • Guest Accommodations postponed to June 1 (reduced number of rooms).
  • Contacting all groups (May-August) to ask if they would like to re-schedule to the 2021 season.

CO-OP OFFICE (ARTS, FINE ARTS, HUMAN KINETICS, MANAGEMENT, MEDIA STUDIES, SCIENCES)

Effective date: March 18

  • coop.ok@ubc.ca monitored by staff remotely.
  • Appointments by phone or Skype. Students should book via Canvas.

CREATIVE AND CRITICAL STUDIES, FACULTY OF

Effective date: March 25

  • See FCCS updates.

DAYCARE (UNIVERSITY CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTRE)

Effective date: March 19

  • Closed as of 5:30pm March 19 until further notice.

DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL

Effective date: March 20

  • All staff working remotely and available by email. Visit DVC website.

DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

Effective date: March 17

DISABILITY RESOURCES

Effective date: March 26

  • All services being provided online only.
  • Exam accommodations information is available. Read more.
  • Contact the DRC at drc.questions@ubc.ca.

EDUCATION, OKANAGAN SCHOOL OF

Effective date: March 26

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Effective date: March 19

ENGINEERING, SCHOOL OF

Effective date: March 25

ENROLMENT SERVICES

Effective date: April 9

  • Staff working remotely and unavailable for walk-in traffic.
  • All services provided online only.
  • Contact Student Services.

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Effective date: March 19

  • On-campus support remains available.
  • facilities.ok@ubc.ca is being monitored.
  • In an emergency, contact Campus Security at 250-807-8111.

FACILITIES PLANNING

Effective date: March 17

  • facilities.planning@ubc.ca or 250-807-8917.
  • Remote meetings only (phone or videoconference).
  • Staff unavailable for walk-in traffic.

FINANCE

Effective date: March 19

FOOD SERVICES

Effective date: April 27

GO GLOBAL

Effective date: March 18

GRADUATE STUDIES, COLLEGE OF

Effective date: March 25

HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT

Effective date: March 19

  • On-campus support remains available.
  • hse.ok@ubc.ca is being monitored.
  • In an emergency, contact Campus Security at 250-807-8111.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Effective date: March 27

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Effective date: March 30

International Student Initiative

Effective date: April 3

  • All members of the team are working remotely.
  • Prospective and Admitted International students being served via direct email, virtual advising/events and frequent communications.
  • Direct inquiries to the Ask UBC webform.

IT, MEDIA AND CLASSROOM SERVICES

Effective date: March 27

  • Service Desk in ADM closed until further notice for walk-ups.
  • For help, submit online tickets to IT Helpdesk or call 250-807-9000.
  • Onsite appointments can be requested from 10am-noon or 1pm-3pm; to request, submit a Helpdesk ticket (New ticket -> Something Else).
  • Staff are dealing with a high volume of requests.
  • Limited IT staff are working on campus; most working remotely.
  • Visit IT updates.

LIBRARY

Effective date: April 1

  • Physical operations ceased March 20 at 5 p.m.
  • Remote operations until further notice.
  • For updates, visit the Library website.

MAKERSPACE

Effective date: April 3

  • Closed.

MANAGEMENT, FACULTY OF

Effective date: March 26

OKANAGAN PLANNING AND INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH

Effective date: March 17

  • All staff working remotely and available by email. Visit OPAIR website.

PARKING

Effective date: March 17

  • Operational with requests by phone, email and in-person.
  • High volume of calls.
  • Parking rules remain in effect.

PROJECT SERVICES

Effective date: March 24

  • All staff are working remotely.
  • Phone or videoconference meetings encouraged.
  • Staff dispatched back to campus on a case by case basis; estimated travel/arrival time is 10 to 20mins.
  • Contact Project Services.

PROVOST AND VICE-PRESIDENT ACADEMIC

Effective date: March 17

  • All staff working remotely and available by email. Visit Provost website.

RECREATION

RESEARCH (VPRI)

Effective date: March 24

RESEARCH SERVICES, OFFICE OF

Effective date: March 24

  • All staff are working remotely and available by email.
  • Services are available via phone or videoconference.
  • Contact ORS.
  • Funding agency updates.

SCIENCE, IRVING K. BARBER FACULTY OF

Effective date: July 1

SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION & RESPONSE OFFICE (SVPRO)

Effective date: March 17

  • Team working remotely and available by email.
  • Crisis support is available 24/7 at 250-807-9640

STUDENT EXPERIENCE OFFICE & CAREER SERVICES

Effective date: March 23

  • All services moved to online delivery.
  • Contact: getinvolved.ubco@ubc.ca.

STUDENT HOUSING/RESIDENCES

STUDENT LEARNING HUB

Effective date: March 23

  • All services being provided online only.
  • For details and tutor schedules, visit Student Learning Hub.

Student Recruitment & Advising

Effective date: April 3

  • All team members are working remotely.
  • Prospective and Admitted domestic student advising available online.
  • Contact domestic recruitment team at recruitment.ok@ubc.ca.

SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE

Effective date: March 17

  • sustainability.ok@ubc.ca or 250-807-8917.
  • Remote meetings only (phone or videoconference).
  • Staff unavailable for walk-in traffic.

UBCO STUDIOS

Effective date: April 3

  • All staff working remotely.
  • Video production support and consultation available.
  • Urgent equipment loans can be accommodated.
  • Contact ubcstudios.ok@ubc.ca or leave a message at 250-807-9832.

WORK STUDY

Effective date: March 18