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.

Update from the Principal

We are underway for Term 1, and I want to thank everyone at UBC Okanagan for the extraordinary efforts made over the past months to prepare for this academic year.

At our DVC and Principal’s Town Hall last week, we heard from faculty and staff asking for more -- and more frequent -- updates about what is happening and where to get information. There is a lot to track from across our campus and UBC as a whole, so we will provide regular updates from my office and others, including the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, as plans and operations move forward this fall.

Be safe and well, and thank you for the work you are doing to support one another and to enhance the educational experiences of our students this term.

Lesley Cormack
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Recent UBC updates

Resumption planning at UBC Okanagan

The re-occupancy and resumption of on-campus activities is focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff. Those working remotely should continue to do so.

All faculty, staff, students and visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to accessing campus property. (See WorkSafeBC protocol for post-secondary institutions).

Changes in your current personal work arrangements are permitted only after your department/unit’s respective safety plan has been approved. Those working on campus need to complete the brief online training module, Preventing COVID-19 Infection in the Workplace. For work resumption questions or concerns contact the Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee at ready.ok@ubc.ca.

For information about the phased resumption of research activities on campus, please visit the Research Resumption website.

UBC guidance: masks and reporting

To support the health and safety of our community, UBC strongly recommends that non-medical masks be worn in situations where students, faculty, staff or visitors cannot maintain a reasonable physical distance from people other than those in their established cohorts or social “bubbles.” 

Faculty and staff have asked about the university’s protocol for sharing information about COVID-19 cases.

In the event of a confirmed student, faculty or staff case of COVID-19, information would be provided to the public, if needed, by Interior Health’s public health team, according to their protocols. Interior Health’s public health team is responsible for contact tracing, identifying, and advising individuals who need to be notified.

UBC will support Interior Health and will follow their guidance, as appropriate.

For your mental and physical well-being

Where to find answers

The UBC Okanagan COVID-19 information website includes the most current information on modified campus services, building hours, availability of study spaces for students and much more.

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

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