UBC Okanagan Global Message

This email is being sent to all faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of the UBC Okanagan Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee.

COVID-19: Resumption activities and updates

This regular Global email is sent to faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan to highlight institutional information pertaining to campus resumption, and to provide updates that are specific to the successful, safe return of the UBC Okanagan campus community. 

Dear colleagues,

This is the 10th edition of our resumption update and we continue to make progress in our return plans. As we have seen over the last several weeks, there is a variety of communications coming from Interior Health and the Public Health Office. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work to bring you the most up-to-date information available. 

As always, if you have questions that are specific to the pandemic, resumption planning or health and safety on campus, you can contact ready.ok@ubc.ca. We further encourage you to check the UBC Okanagan COVID-19 website regularly as we make every effort to post the latest information as it becomes available.  

Masks required on UBC Okanagan campus

As we settle into life on campus again, please remember that there is a requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, which include areas of common use for all students, faculty and staff, including lobbies, hallways, public bathrooms, classrooms and laboratories. For information on the requirement to wear face coverings, please refer to the UBC Campus Covid Rules on the campus rules and prevention page.

Reminder to complete UBC’s COVID-19 vaccination status declaration

UBC faculty and staff who have not yet completed their declaration, please do so now. Additionally, proof of vaccination status is required, which is a fast and simple process.

Faculty and staff who are not vaccinated, are partially vaccinated or refuse to disclose their status will be required to take part in rapid testing. If you haven’t already done so, please visit rapidtesting.covid19.ubc.ca and complete the process.

SALTO access delays

Unforeseen staffing challenges have caused longer-than-anticipated processing times for processing SALTO key requests. Most affected are those requesting new access or changes to their existing access profile. New processes have been put in place and Campus Security expects to have the backlog of SALTO access requests resolved over the next few days.

If you are expecting changes to your Salto access, faculty and staff may email security.salto@ubc.ca to inquire whether key access has been processed or call the dispatch office at 250 807 9236 to arrange access to your space. If access is not urgent, please consider deferring non-urgent requests until after the Thanksgiving weekend.

Hosting essential events on campus

To support a safe and successful return to in-person learning, support for in-person events will be limited to essential events only until further notice. This decision will be revisited in coming weeks. There are criteria available on the UBC Okanagan Finance and Operations Bookings and Events page.

Parking and transportation to campus

Students, faculty and staff can mitigate parking issues by taking public transit. This semester, the ProPASS, a discounted transit pass program for faculty and staff, is offered in partnership with Kelowna Regional Transit. Employees can enrol online, and then pay for and retrieve their discounted monthly transit passes from the Parking Services office. Enrolment is for a minimum of four months and offers up to a 15 per cent discount on adult monthly transit passes. Information on the ProPASS is available on the UBC Okanagan Transportation ProPASS page.

IT supports available on campus

Issues logging into research workstations on the UBC Okanagan campus

There have been some issues recorded with logging on to research workstations on campus. If you have experienced an issue, please submit a ticket to the UBC Self-Service Portal, including the location of the workstation, the CWL of the affected user and the operating system of the computer.

Don’t forget to book your IT or research workstation reconnect

As a reminder, don’t forget to book your IT or research workstation reconnection. A one-hour timeslot is available for one-on-one assistance from UBCO IT. Please submit a ticket to the UBC Self-Service Portal with the following information: the equipment that needs to be reconnected or moved, and the preferred timeframe (including dates and times of availability). Note, please submit a request at least two weeks before you require this service in order to assure timely service. You can book your appointment and access other IT support on the Return to Campus webpage.

Recreation safety measures

As of September 13, all individuals entering sports and recreation facilities will be required to show proof of their first dose of vaccine. Additionally, face coverings are required for individuals until actively involved in exercise including in common spaces. Updates to recreation measures are available on the UBCO recreation page.

Vaccine clinics in October

In partnership with UBC Okanagan, Interior Health is offering free drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The next vaccination clinic will be on October 15. Information on the clinic and vaccine card, are available on the UBC Okanagan COVID-19 vaccines page.

Additional resources

On behalf of the Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee, we’d like to thank you again for your continued diligence, hard work and patience. Together we are welcoming our community as they return to campus.  

Our next message to you is scheduled for the week of October 6, but in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out via email with any questions to ready.ok@ubc.ca


Shelley Kayfish
Director, Campus Operations and Risk Management
Co-chair, UBC Okanagan Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee

Prof. Michael Burgess
Associate Provost, Strategy, UBC Okanagan
Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics, School of Population and Public Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Co-chair, UBC Okanagan Resumption Planning and Coordination Committee