COVID-19 Protocols for On-Campus Activities

Are you coming to campus? Here’s what you need to know.   

Notice: On Friday, August 27, VIU announced we will be implementing a program of vaccine self-declaration for the fall for all employees and students. There are many details that will need to be finalized before the start of the fall term, including what accommodations (such as rapid tests) will be in place for those who cannot be vaccinated for health, religious or other protected reasons. We recognize this will raise a lot of questions and can assure you we are working as quickly as possible to finalize the details. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you through email, the employee and student enewsletters (The Digest and The Pulse), on our COVID-19 update page, and on our social media channels. If you have any questions please email universityrelations@viu.ca. 

VIU is excited to welcome more students and employees back to our campuses this fall. Following the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training’s Return-to-Campus guidelines as well as the BC Restart Plan, VIU has developed a plan to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of communicable diseases on our campuses. Read on to learn more.     

Before you come

  • Assess yourself: It is your personal responsibility to complete a daily self-administered health check for cold or flu symptoms before you come to VIU. Please do not attend campus when you are ill. The VIU Safety App can still be used to do these checks but you are not required to provide the results to anyone.
  • Stay home if you’re sick: If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms like fever or coughing, stay home and get tested immediately.
  • Pack your mask: Masks are required to be worn in all indoor public spaces on VIU campuses and facilities, including lobbies, hallways, stairways, elevators, classrooms and labs. Learn more.

Once you’re on campus

  • Maintain good hand hygiene:  Make sure to wash your hands regularly and/or use one of the hand sanitizing stations placed at all building entrances and other high-traffic areas. It’s the most effective way to reduce infection spread.
  • Clean surfaces frequently: Clean personal and commonly shared hard surfaces such as tabletops, doorknobs, phones and keyboards to reduce the risk of spreading viruses.
  • Cover your sneeze and cough: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve and turn your head away from others when coughing and sneezing.
  • Respect the boundaries of others: As we all adjust to new ways of learning, working and interacting, be mindful of the personal space and comfort levels of others around you. 

As stated in the Return-to-Campus Guidelines: “We can all contribute personally and professionally by getting vaccinated (as we are able), following campus safety plans, performing our daily health check, staying home when sick, wearing masks as required, following handwashing and hygiene etiquette, and following public health guidance both on and off campus.”

Should I wear a mask?

Yes. As of Wednesday, August 25, 2021, by order of the Provincial Health Officer, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout BC. This includes lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs and in spaces that are high traffic and/or require close proximity to others. For more information, please read the Mask Protocol FAQ

Do I need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

VIU highly recommends getting vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no charge to everyone ages 12+ living, working or studying in BC during the pandemic. This includes international students and their families. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is easy and safe and is a vital part of protecting everyone in our community. Learn more at Info for Post-Secondary Students About COVID-19 Vaccinations or ImmunizeBC

Questions?

If you have any concerns or questions about your health and safety at VIU, please contact your instructor/manager or email safety@viu.ca.  

Learn more

These protocols are part of VIU’s Communicable Diseases Plan