COVID-19 Protocols for On-Campus Activities

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

*Please Note: this page is out of date and is in the process of being updated. Please see this link for the most current information:

Vancouver Island University is committed to keeping our students, employees and broader community safe and healthy. Following provincial and public health office guidelines, VIU has developed specific plans and procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure on our campuses. Read on to learn more.   


Before you come:   

  • Assess yourself:  We ask that all employees, students and visitors assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms before travelling to our campuses. Simply download the VIU Safety App and complete your assessment by clicking on the COVID-19 Resources button, or follow the directions your professors or instructors have given you.   
  • Pack your mask:  Non-medical face coverings are required to be worn in classrooms and all indoor public spaces in all VIU buildings where people circulate freely. Common areas include building lobbies, hallways, stairwells, washrooms, elevators, study areas, coffee shops, cafeterias, libraries, student services areas and other high-traffic common areas. More info. 
  • Employees only – complete your training: All employees who return to campus should complete their COVID-19 Exposure Control Training, which is available through VIU Learn (Click on VIULearn and then Exposure Control Plan.) 

Once you’re on campus:   

  • Maintain physical distancing and wear a mask:  Be sure to maintain a distance of at least two metres from others, and wear a mask in all indoor public spaces and classrooms.  See our Updated Mask Protocol.
  • Follow directional signage:  Separate entry ways and exits have been marked with signage and directional arrows to manage traffic flow to maintain physical distancing. On unmarked stairways, stay to the right.  
  • Respect new occupancy limits:  Common study areas like the Library and Upper Cafeteria on the Nanaimo Campus now have seating limits of 50 people. Other spaces such as meeting rooms, offices, classrooms, labs and shops also have new occupancy limits. Please adhere to the number posted at the entrances to all spaces.
  • Use hand sanitizers:  Hand sanitizer stations have been placed in high-traffic areas. VIU also has an enhanced cleaning schedule in place, which includes frequent cleaning of high-touch areas such as door handles. Occupied spaces are cleaned every evening.   
  • Respect guest guidelines at VIU Residences:  A reminder that VIU Residences has implemented stringent guest restrictions. If you want to visit with someone living in residence, please do so in one of the common study spaces on campus.   
  • Respect guidelines at the VIU Gym: Please follow the mask protocols and booking system guidelines


General Safety Guidelines: 

  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS if you feel sick or exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19, a cold or the flu.   
  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS if you are self-isolating.   
  • As mentioned above, physical distance from others of at least two metres must be maintained at all times.   
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.   
  • Avoid large gatherings in common areas.   
  • Pay attention to and follow directional and informational signage.   
  • Do not touch your face unless you have clean hands.   
  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day. Before and after each class, at a minimum.   
  • Follow your site-specific safety protocols to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  
  • Clean any tools or equipment you have used, as you are instructed.   
  • Do not share tools or lab equipment unless they can be properly disinfected between each use.   


Questions while on campus? 

Please connect with our  Safety Ambassadors, who will be on all three campuses wearing bright-yellow vests. Information centres will be in Building 300 (cafeteria entrance) on the Nanaimo campus, and at the reception desks at the Cowichan and Powell River campuses.   

Questions while off campus?

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