July 29, 2020

Campus non-medical face covering protocol

Message to the campus community

For the safety of our campus community, UCalgary students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and visitors to campus are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces at all Calgary campuses as of Aug. 1. This decision was made to align with the City of Calgary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw and applies to all UCalgary facilities in the province.

Face coverings are required in all UCalgary indoor public areas such as hallways, washrooms, and elevators. You are not required to wear a face covering in your office unless it is a public-facing area or if it is required in your workplace safety plan.

In classrooms and labs, students, if they wish, can remove face coverings once seated, and as long as they maintain a two-metre distance from others.

Visitors to campus are also required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces on campus. This also applies to those running or enrolled in summer camps.

Before entering any building on campus, please pause and ensure that you are wearing a face covering, even if you are entering the building for just a few minutes. Let’s keep our community safe and healthy.

Exceptions to face covering use in indoor public spaces on campus are the same as those outlined in the City bylaw (while eating, drinking, or exercising in a fitness facility) and those who require medical accommodation. For accommodations, faculty, postdocs and staff will need to provide valid medical documents to Staff Wellness in accordance with the Workplace Accommodation Policy and procedure, and students should review the Student Accommodation policy and connect with Student Accessibility Services or Office of Vice-Provost Student Experience as directed by the policy.

The university’s protocols for public spaces reflect the guidelines of the province and the city, and are subject to change as the fluid COVID-19 situation evolves. 

There are a number of reasons why individuals might not be wearing masks, and the university will not enforce the protocol for those with valid reasons.

Individuals who demonstrate disregard for the protocol and put the well-being of others at risk, may be subject to disciplinary action under the University of Calgary Code of Conduct or associated policy. Reports of non-compliance among faculty and staff may result in sanctions that could impact employment including, but not limited to, immediate prohibition from campus and/or further disciplinary action. For students, reports will be considered through the Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy, and non-compliance could impact student status, including, but not limited to, being suspended or expelled from the university.

UCalgary resources on COVID-19

For the most up-to-date information about the University of Calgary's response to the spread of COVID-19, visit the UCalgary COVID-19 Response website.