UBC Okanagan Global Message

This email is being sent to all faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

UBC Okanagan COVID-19 bulletin

March 19, 2020

Dear campus community,

I want to thank everyone at UBC Okanagan for your steadfast commitment to our mission of education, research, and service to communities, and for supporting one another as we face the unprecedented challenges and changes in the way we operate brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Be assured we are working hard to maintain campus operations while many of us transition to remote working, teaching and learning. We are also actively planning to ensure successful delivery of the summer and fall academic sessions.

In the meantime, the university is committed to providing timely and accessible information on resources available to the UBC community and on any changes to services and operations here at the Okanagan campus.

Earlier this week, UBC launched a new website with FAQs and resources for all students, faculty and staff. The site can also be accessed via ubc.ca where the latest information about UBC’s response to COVID-19 is maintained, along with links to important resources for all of our commiunity members.

To address your Okanagan campus-specific questions, we have also launched a web page that contains important information on availability of services, key contacts for students, and ongoing updates on the measures we are taking in the interest of health and safety.

For the latest UBC Okanagan Campus service information, please visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

The campus community can expect regular campus updates like this one to come to all students, faculty and staff via email. These messages will include any notable service modifications and important links and support resources.

All actions being taken are in the interest of the wellbeing of our campus community. We are also doing everything possible to allow education and research to continue in the months ahead to the extent the changing circumstances permit.

In that context, the Okanagan campus has a taskforce on Infectious Disease and Pandemic Planning (IDAPP) which is responsible for assisting critical service providers, administrative departments and academic programs. The taskforce membership includes representation from a range of university departments and the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan. A complete list can be viewed on the UBC Okanagan Emergency Procedures and Information website.

In a difficult time such as this, it is important that we work together to face the challenges ahead in a coordinated way and in support of the collective good. I am grateful that the campus community has responded with patience, understanding, and flexibility, and ask that everyone continues to keep opportunities to help one another top of mind.

In particular, I want to thank faculty and instructors for their willingness and swift work in transitioning to online instruction. And to all staff members working tirelessly to respond to and mitigate the current crisis – from student services, IT, food services and security to the campus operations and facilities teams — you have my deepest thanks.

In the days ahead, please continue to follow the instructions of our health care agencies. You can find links to those agencies on ubc.ca. Please also be sure to check in with your friends and colleagues – while avoiding close physical proximity – to ensure social/physical distancing does not translate into social isolation and increased anxiety.

As a resilient and close-knit academic community, supported by an outstanding public health system and pragmatic and collaborative leadership from all levels of government, we have the means to get through this situation together. As we all adjust to new ways of doing things it’s inevitable that that there will be missteps, let’s be kind to each other and ourselves and remember we are all in this together.

If you need to reach out for any reason, please contact me at deputy.vicechancellor@ubc.ca. I wish everyone strength and good health.

Sincerely,

Prof. Deborah Buszard
UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Principal, UBC Okanagan