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 22, 2020

While fewer people are on campus these days our university community is very busy no matter where we are studying or working. Together, we continue to champion the UBC mission to support our students and our community.

Over the past weeks, we have heard from students facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. As part of our response, earlier this month UBC Okanagan joined with the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to establish a special Student Emergency Fund. Our extraordinary Enrolment Services team is currently assessing student applications for these emergency bursary funds. If you would like to help students directly, please consider contributing through the A.W. Hunt, QC Student Emergency Assistance Fund.

The people of UBC Okanagan are coming together to help on many fronts in our region and across BC. Here are three recent examples:

While in-person UBC events have now been cancelled through to June 30, an amazing collaborative effort is underway across our faculties and administrative units to address current needs of students and our community, and to plan for the return to more normal delivery of services when we can. To each of you, I offer my heartfelt thanks and admiration for the work you are doing. Be well and continue to treat one another with kindness and generosity.

Below are several recent updates and helpful resources for faculty and staff. We will continue to provide updates in coming days.

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


Computer security update from UBC IT Okanagan

In response to increased global threat levels, the UBC Executive is mandating a minimum set of cybersecurity controls for servers, UBC-owned computers and personally-owned computers that meet certain criteria.

For UBC Okanagan, all computers with a UBC asset tag are managed devices and users do NOT need to take any further action. This includes desktops and laptops provided under the computer replacement program (CRP), departmental purchased computers and most research machines.

PLEASE NOTE:  Additional security measures on personal devices are ONLY required for those accessing or storing UBC Electronic Information classified as Medium, High or Very High Risk information. These are available on the Office of the CIO website.

UBC IT Okanagan is not able to support personal devices. If you are using a personal device to access medium to very high risk UBC electronic information, please contact your manager.

To learn more about the cybersecurity controls, the criteria, and what action may be required of you, please visit: privacymatters.ubc.ca/covid19_increased_security

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Where to find answers

The UBC Okanagan COVID-19 information website includes the most current information on modified campus services. Learn more at ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

Please also continue to visit www.ubc.ca, the authoritative source of COVID-19 information, updates, and communications from the university.

Other useful online resources: