Return-to-campus plans and guidelines

In the interim, UNBC, like every other post-secondary institution in B.C. is relying on the recently released COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer for B.C.'s Post-Secondary Sector as guidance in our planning efforts.

We continue to abide by any Orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the local health authority.


Return-to-campus plan - Step 2: June 15, 2021

Criteria

  • At least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

PHO Guidance

  • Masks required indoors (except listed exemptions).
  • Physical distancing maintained.
  • B.C Thrive daily health check required.
  • If sick, stay home and get tested.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization in place.
  • All employees attending campus/site complete COVID-19 safety orientation.

Learning Space

  • Majority of courses delivered by alternate delivery, pre-approved plans for face-to-face instruction applies.
  • Maximum occupancy requirements maintained within classrooms, theatres and labs.
  • Students required to wear masks in all learning space.
  • Field Schools and research in the field limited to essential requirements with approved project risk assessment plan.
  • Facilities returns furniture to classrooms.

Individual / Shared Offices

  • Majority of employees work remotely.
  • Barriers and/or screens installed for shared space that is occupied where physical distancing cannot be maintained or at front-line customer service locations.
  • Some units and faculty begin transition to on-campus activities.

Indoor / Outdoor Bookable Space

  • Maximum occupancy requirements adhered to for all indoor public space/gathering areas with restricted seating to support physical distancing.
  • Masks worn (with exception for eating/drinking or listed exemptions) in all indoor space.
  • Students and approved guest accommodation bookings available within residence buildings at a maximum of 50% suite occupancy with some exceptions (family or work cohorts).
  • Food service operations closed for the summer.
  • Indoor (up to 10 people) or outdoor (up to 50 people), seated organized gatherings bookable with a COVID-19 safety plan approved by unbccommand@unbc.ca.

Meetings

  • Majority of meetings continue virtually but smaller in-person meetings may begin.
  • In-person meetings to be held in dedicated space adhering to maximum room occupancy limits.
  • Employees can hold face-to-face meetings within their individual office depending on their individual comfort level.

Travel

  • Travel for UNBC education, training and research activities (including practical learning and research activities such as fieldwork, practicum and clinical placements) is considered essential travel, so is permitted.
  • Provincial travel region restrictions expected to be lifted for recreational travel.

Northern Sport Centre

  • Masks required to be worn throughout the facility including during fitness activities for adults 19+ (except listed exemptions).
  • No spectators permitted for any sport activity.
  • Both low- and high-intensity group exercise permitted with adherence to maximum occupancy requirements; registration required for classes.
  • Games and practices for both adult and youth group/team sports allowed.

Return-to-campus plan - Step 3: July 1, 2021

Criteria

  • At least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, low case counts and COVID-19 declining hospitalizations.

PHO Guidance

  • Masks recommended indoors (except listed exemptions).
  • Reduced physical distancing requirement.
  • B.C Thrive daily health check required.
  • If sick, stay home and get tested.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization in place.
  • All employees and students required to complete COVID-19 safety orientation.

Learning Space

  • Majority of courses delivered by alternate delivery, pre-approved plans for face-to-face instruction applies.
  • Maximum occupancy requirements maintained within classrooms, theatres and labs.
  • Students required to wear masks in all learning space.
  • Field Schools and research in the field limited to essential requirements with approved project risk assessment plan.

Individual / Shared Offices

  • Barriers and/or screens installed for shared space that is occupied where physical distancing cannot be maintained or at front-line customer service locations.
  • Supervisors work with employees on a phased, gradual return to on-campus work and activities; priority is for units needing to meet on-campus operations, services and instructional requirements. 

Indoor / Outdoor Bookable Space

  • Students and approved guest accommodation bookings available within residence buildings at a maximum of 50% suite occupancy with some exceptions (family or work cohorts).
  • Food service operations closed for the summer.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings and events can continue with increased capacity with a COVID-19 safety plan approved by unbccommand@unbc.ca.

Meetings

  • Majority of meetings continue virtually but smaller in-person meetings may begin.
  • In-person meetings to be held in dedicated space adhering to maximum room occupancy limits.
  • Employees can hold face-to-face meetings within their individual office depending on their individual comfort level.

Travel

  • Canada-wide work and recreational travel permitted.

Northern Sport Centre

  • Masks recommended to be worn throughout the facility.
  • Limited indoor spectators permitted for any sport activity.
  • All indoor group exercise permitted with usual occupancy numbers.

Return-to-campus plan - Step 4: Fall Semester

Criteria

  • More than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, low case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.

PHO Guidance

  • Wearing a mask indoors is a personal choice.
  • If sick, stay home and get tested.
  • UNBC will maintain enhanced cleaning and sanitation.

Learning Space

  • Majority of courses delivered face-to-face on campus with full classroom/lab/theatre occupancy.

Individual / Shared Offices

  • Barriers and/or screens remain in place for shared space at front-line customer service locations.
  • Supervisors work with employees on an increased return to on-campus work and activities. 

Indoor / Outdoor Bookable Space

  • Residence building fully reopened with normal occupancy except for a small increase in available emergency suites.
  • Food service operations (including meal plan) fully operational with normal occupancy.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings and events can continue with increased capacity.

Meetings

  • Usual meeting expectations can resume but consideration is given to continuing virtual meetings given that the employee transition back to campus may require hybrid meetings.

Travel

  • Canada-wide work and recreational travel permitted.

Northern Sport Centre

  • Wearing a mask will be a personal choice.
  • Increased level of spectators permitted for any sport activity.
  • Return to normal sport competitions with COVID-19 safety plan in place.