FAQ: COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND UBC’S RESPONSE: For updates, FAQs and resources, visit ubc.ca. For UBC Okanagan-specific updates, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September.

Review UBC President Santa Ono’s global message from March 8, 2021.

The School of Engineering would like to reassure the faculty community that the health and wellbeing of our UBC community is of paramount importance as we chart our plans for a full return to campus.

All faculty, staff, and graduate students must complete the UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Training course prior to returning to campus.

  • A daily self-health assessment is required before attending campus.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Use the Thrive Health self-assessment tool for guidance and follow the advice from Public Health.
  • Everyone must follow relevant signage when moving around UBC campuses or worksites.
  • Masks are recommended in indoor common spaces to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

For the latest return to campus information, please visit https://ok.ubc.ca/covid19/

What does this mean for Applied Science Students?

  • We anticipate that you will be studying on campus (e.g. in-person classes) in September 2021.
  • Applied Science is planning to offer courses primarily in-person and as such courses offered fully online will be limited.
  • If you are unable to come to campus for reasons beyond your control, the School of Engineering will do its best to support your degree progress but there is no guarantee that the courses you need will be available online.
  • A set of relevant FAQs that include information about housing, health and well-being and other services is available at ubc.ca/information-for-students.

Plans for September are subject to the health and safety protocols as defined by the Provincial Health Officer. If there are substantial changes, UBC will provide students, faculty and staff with an update. For the most up-to-date information from the university about our return to campus, please continue to visit covid19.ubc.ca.

Student and parent inquiries or concerns can be directed to  avps.ok@ubc.ca .

UBC Okanagan has expanded its online resources for students. To review student support services, visit students.ok.ubc.ca/support. For information related to international students including a comprehensive immigration and health insurance FAQ visit students.ok.ubc.ca/international. 

As a community we need to continue to uphold our individual responsibility to work together to navigate our safe return to on-campus activity – from maintaining health and safety practices to exercising kindness and empathy for each other.

Are the School of Engineering offices physically open?

  • Offices are closed, with limited personnel on campus.  However, services are continuing as usual.
  • If you need assistance from the School’s administrative team please email the person directly or use the general email (engineering.administration@ubc.ca).

How can I access an Academic Advisor, Co-op Coordinator, or a member of the Administrative teams?

  • The School of Engineering Academic Advising, Engineering Co-op (Co-op), and Administrative teams are working remotely, following UBC guidelines for physical distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • No in-person appointments or meetings will be available during this time, but all services are continuing as usual.
  • Visit SOE Academic Advising for FAQ or contact information.
  • Email an Advisor at soe.advising@ubc.ca
  • Book an online appointment through the appointment portal
  • Contact your co-op coordinator via email – UBC Co-op Website
  • Co-op coordinators Jennifer Eberle and Sarah Nhan

What are the hours of operations that I can expect to hear from staff?

  • Our regular hours of operations are Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Where can I find mental health support or resources?

How do I access emergency financial support?

What plans are in place for resuming on-campus research?

  • Health and safety remains UBC’s priority.
  • In collaboration with all UBC Faculties, UBC is progressing through a phased resumption of on-campus research.
  • As a reminder, and in keeping with public health guidelines, many of the School’s faculty and staff continue to work remotely.
  • For more information, please visit https://ok.ubc.ca/covid19/

Are there protocols for being on campus?

  • Faculty, staff and contractors who are on campus are now required to directly confirm to a supervisor (or designate) that they have completed a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival at their workplace.
  • Please use the BC self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health/.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow the guidance provided in the self-assessment tool
  • Students taking part in face-to-face classes, or attending campus for other reasons, now need to directly confirm to their instructor/UBC representative that they have completed a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving on campus.
  • Effective Wednesday, September 16, 2020, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors on the Okanagan campus.

Are there still special protocols for graduate students and researchers?

  • As part of UBC’s resumption plans, graduate students and researchers may once again work on campus.
  • Learn more about resumption activities at https://ok.ubc.ca/covid19/

As an international student what plans should I make for September?

  • We recommend students verify program adjustments with their academic advisors.
  • If you are a student arriving from outside Canada, and you are not able to self-isolate in your own accommodation, UBC Student Housing is now offering complementary on-campus self-isolation packages (14 days accommodation and meals), subject to availability. UBC Conferences and Accommodation (C&A) is also offering a variety of fee-based self-isolation accommodation packages to those who need to self-isolate upon arrival in Canada. These packages include a number of on-campus accommodation options operated by C&A, plus off-campus accommodation in partnership with local hotels. For more information about self-isolation accommodation packages, including how to apply, please visit: UBC Okanagan self-isolation accommodation packages

What about events or workshops that have been scheduled?

  • Consult with your instructor or the event/workshop organizer for details

Where can I get additional information about UBC’s response to COVID-19? 

The School of Engineering held a special Undergraduate Town Hall on April 9, 2020.

Click here to watch the recording

The School of Engineering held a special Graduate Studies Town Hall on May 28, 2020.

Click here to watch the recording