COVID-19 — In-person classes for Winter Session, Term 2 | UBC Broadcast

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

Earlier this month, we announced that UBC would deliver online instruction until February 7. Today, we are confirming that the majority of instruction will be delivered in-person from February 7 until the end of Winter Session, Term 2.

This decision was made collaboratively, in consultation with Deans, Academic Heads and Directors, and student leadership, considering the learning needs of students and the health and safety of the university community. Further details on arrangements for specific programs and courses will be provided by Faculties and academic units.

Returning to Campus

We recognize that some members of our community may be apprehensive about returning to campus, and the university has put in place multiple layers of protection to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in response to information on the progression of the pandemic. Below are the safety measures now in place on our campuses:

In addition to the measures listed above, rapid test kits are being made available for students, faculty and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. Test kits will be available from the week of February 7, on both campuses with the presentation of a valid UBC identification card. More information can be found at https://srs.ubc.ca/athometestkit and https://ok.ubc.ca/covid19/testing-reporting/. We also urge you to be fully vaccinated, and to register for your booster dose as soon as you are eligible. Register for your COVID-19 vaccine at: https://immunizebc.ca/.

Starting on February 7, courses at UBC will return to the format in which they were originally scheduled. If there are exceptions, Faculties and instructors will communicate them to students. Support services for students continue to be available to ease their transition back to on-campus learning.

For any students, faculty and staff needing support for their mental health and wellbeing, resources are available:

Academic and administrative units have worked with their teams to establish remote work agreements where academic and operational requirements permit. As we return to campus, these agreements should be in place and, if needed, be discussed between Academic Heads, managers, supervisors and their employees.

You are encouraged to bookmark https://covid19.ubc.ca/ and https://ok.ubc.ca/covid19/ to find the latest updates and announcements. The university will provide regular and timely updates on how the return to in-person instruction is progressing during Winter Session, Term 2.

Thank you once again to all those who have remained on campus, supporting the important protocols and measures which are helping safeguard our UBC community. Let’s continue to support each other as we return to increased activity once more.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Lesley Cormack
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan


This message was sent to faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

UBC Broadcast is used to communicate time sensitive, organization-wide information to faculty, staff and students. Learn more