Return-to-campus plans and guidelines


Return-to-campus plan documents


    Return-to-campus steps

    Step 3 (effective July 1, 2021; updated September 14, 2021)

    British Columbia is currently at step 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan. Some elements have been revised for UNBC in accordance with Provincial Return-to-Campus Guidelines.

    Criteria

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

    Provincial Health Officer's guidance

    • Effective August 25: masks are required to be worn on campus in all indoor public areas on campus including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, shared/open office space that serves the public, elevators, classrooms, labs as well as within the Library, Bookstore and Northern Sport Centre.
    • Reduced physical distancing requirement.
    • B.C. Thrive daily health check required.
    • Vaccination is strongly encouraged.
    • If sick, stay home and get tested.
    • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization in place.

    Learning spaces

    • Majority of courses are delivered in person.
    • Classrooms, labs and theatres have reverted to regular occupancy limits. All people are required to wear a mask in these settings. Faculty, instructors and presenters may remove masks while at the front of the class and maintaining physical distancing from students.

    Individual and 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 and outdoor bookable spaces

    • Housing occupancy has returned to close to full capacity with a small percentage of rooms reserved for potential isolation. All residents are required to provide proof-of-vaccination.
    • Food services operations have resumed at the Dining Hall and Tim Horton’s.  These operations are exempt from proof of vaccination requirements.
    • Indoor and outdoor gatherings and events continue, with decreased capacity and proof of vaccination requirements in place for non-educational activities in accordance with the Gathering and Events Order. A Northern Health Event COVID-19 Safety Plan will need to be completed.

    Meetings

    • Majority of larger meetings continue virtually but smaller in-person meetings may begin.
    • Employees can hold face-to-face meetings within their individual office depending on their individual comfort level.

    Travel

    • Canada-wide work and recreational travel is permitted.

    Northern Sport Centre

    • Effective September 13: proof of vaccination is required for participants in recreational activities (youth sport excluded).
    • Effective August 25: masks are required to be worn on campus in all indoor public areas on campus, including the Northern Sport Centre.
    • Limited indoor spectators permitted for any sport activity.
    • All indoor group exercise permitted with usual occupancy numbers.

    Step 4 (effective date to be determined)

    Criteria

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

    Provincial Health Officer's guidance

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

    Learning spaces

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

    Individual and 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 and outdoor bookable spaces

    • 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.