Update on UNBC's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 8, 2021

Good afternoon, 

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advised all public colleges and universities in B.C. to prepare for a full return to on-campus education this September. 

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Hon. Anne Kang issued a statement explaining that her Ministry is working with Dr. Henry's office to develop the Go-Forward Guidelines that will help us plan for a safe return to in-person learning. 

I am encouraged by this news. As more vaccines become available, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The last 12 months have not been easy for any of us as we have fundamentally changed the way we live, learn and work. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this challenging time. 

So, what does this announcement mean for UNBC? 

Many students, faculty and staff are eager to return to campus, while others may be feeling a bit anxious. Rest assured that the health and safety of UNBC’s students, faculty and staff remains our utmost priority as we continue to follow all provincial health and safety guidelines. 

And while I am certain you have many questions, planning has already begun towards working out the details. We will collaborate across the University to ensure as seamless and safe a transition as possible and will provide more information in the coming months. Please check our website regularly for updates. 

I am impressed with the ongoing strength and resiliency you have demonstrated over the last year. I look forward to continuing our work together as we move forward as a community.  

Geoff Payne
President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim)