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 Update

April 7, 2020

UBC Okanagan remains committed to keeping students, faculty and staff informed and up-to-date on UBC’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are the latest highlights from the Okanagan campus.

Student service updates

covid19.ubc.ca continues to be the authoritative information source for UBC, including student-specific information and FAQs: covid19.ubc.ca/information-for-students.

In addition, the following resources have been created to assist Okanagan students:

Parking

With classes online and most faculty and staff working remotely, UBC Parking is waiving short-term parking and parking permit fees until April 30, 2020.

  • Parking payroll deductions will be addressed automatically; no action is required by faculty or staff.
  • Permit holders who have prepaid for parking permits will be contacted once parking fees are reinstated for a refund or credit; no action is required by permit holders.

While payment is suspended, traffic and parking regulations remain in place. Visit parking.ok.ubc.ca for the latest Okanagan campus parking information.

Transit service

Effective April 5, BC Transit has implemented summer level of service in the transit system, affecting several routes that serve UBCO. Changes include:

  • Service reductions and schedule changes on various routes that reflect summer service.
  • Discontinuation of routes 4 Pandosy/UBCO Express and 13 Quail Ridge for the summer.
  • Schedule changes to route 97 Okanagan and 23 Lake Country.

To find out more about changes to specific trips, preview schedules at bctransit.com.

Mental health and wellbeing

As we navigate a significant amount of change, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of upcoming activities and resources to support mental health and wellbeing, including: 

  • Working Remotely Webinar
    Join Morneau-Shepell in a discussion about the benefits and challenges of working remotely. April 14, 12 to 1 p.m., registration required.
  • Stress Relaxation Techniques Webinar
    How to make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques by Morneau-Shepell. April 22, 12 to 1 p.m., registration required.
  • UBC LIFT fitness challenge
    April 15 to May 15; faculty and staff can register for free by April 10.
  • Mindful Eating While in Isolation
    The latest food blog from UBCO Food Services’ in-house registered dietician has timely and relevant tips for mindful eating while in isolation.

For other resources and activities, see Maintaining Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Support UBC Okanagan students

Faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute to the A.W. Hunt, QC Student Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides temporary financial relief to UBCO students experiencing financial distress during this challenging time, and into the future.

If you are a student in financial distress, you can schedule a confidential appointment with a Student Services representative.

Modified services reminder

Although the Okanagan campus remains open, operations and activities are modified. There is limited access to facilities and most campus services are being delivered online. See ok.ubc.ca/covid19 and limited building access and hours for the latest.

Stay informed

Visit covid19.ubc.ca for the most up-to-date information about the University’s response to COVID-19. For UBC Okanagan-specific updates, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.