Return to Campus

Information for the campus community

June 3, 2021 update

UCalgary to return to campus this fall

I am pleased to share that the University of Calgary will be returning to campus this fall. More classes will be held in-person, more labs will be open for research activities, and more student and public services will operate on campus than we have seen since the start of COVID-19.

It's time for us to finally be together again.

Safety remains our top priority

Our decision to move forward with returning to campus this fall is grounded in the latest health guidelines and scientific research. Vaccinations are critical to enabling us to resume in-person operations.

Right now, all Albertans over the age of 12 are able to access a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 60 per cent of Alberta's eligible population have already received their first dose, and supply remains strong to provide remaining first and second doses over the summer for those who still need it. These are significant milestones.

As the number of vaccinated people grows, health guidelines around physical distancing and public gatherings can finally ease. This is what enables us to safely begin moving back to campus for the fall.

Return to campus won't happen overnight

Returning to campus doesn't mean we expect everyone to be in their office, lab or classroom tomorrow. UCalgary is planning a graduated return that will take place in the summer and build throughout the fall.

Flexibility is key as we move forward. Our guiding principles remain focused on ensuring safety for our campus community, providing the best learning experience for our students and supporting innovative research.

Faculties and instructors have already been working together to chart how individual classes will be offered this fall. Over the summer, academic leaders, managers and team leads will also map out exactly how individual employees will be returning.

From the various working groups, committees and leaders you will learn more about how our return to campus will impact your studies and your work. Details are still emerging. We will share everything about what happens next as soon as we can.

For now, I wanted you to know that UCalgary will be returning this fall.

I can't wait to welcome you back.

Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor 
University of Calgary

May 26, 2021 update

Dear campus community,

Premier Jason Kenney announced a three-stage re-opening plan earlier today which includes the possibility of post-secondary institutions resuming some in-person classes as early as mid-June.

The provincial re-opening strategy is based on vaccine rates and hospitalizations, with each new threshold unlocking additional abilities to resume normal activities.

The University of Calgary is working closely with Alberta Health Services and Advanced Education regarding the re-opening plan and the implications for our campus. For the next two weeks, we will continue to operate under the mandatory work from home requirements and support online learning as we learn more.  

As the situation unfolds, we will provide you regular updates to support your studies, your teaching and research activities. The safety of our campus community remains our top priority. As always, we will make all decisions surrounding UCalgary’s re-opening based on medical evidence.  

Much may change on campus over the coming weeks and months, but my respect for your resilience, caring for one another and your dedication to this university remains. Thank you all for your hard work. Let us hope very soon, Covid-19 will be behind us.

Teri Balser, PhD
Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Calgary

Resources for Return to Campus

If you're returning to campus, take a moment to familiarize yourself with these documents and training modules.


Re-entry Protocols

This document outlines rules that the campus community must follow when coming onto any UCalgary campus

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Classroom & Lab Re-entry Protocol

Instructional spaces

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Lab/Office Workspace Safety Plan

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Return to Campus Planning Guide

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Lab/Office Workspace Safety Plan FAQs

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Return to Campus FAQs for Leaders

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Return to Campus Guidelines for Leaders

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Employee and Student Isolation Guide

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COVID-19 Procedure for Sick Students

Procedure if a student becomes sick while on campus

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COVID-19 Procedure for Sick Employees

Procedure if an employee becomes sick at work:

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Return to Campus Training for Leaders and Employees

Before you return to campus, review these quick online modules to ensure you know your responsibilities and how to stay safe.

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Response Procedure to Positive COVID-19 Test Result

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Protocol for Front Counter Shielding

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Campus Visitors

To maintain a safe campus community it is important that people we invite to campus follow the university’s COVID-19 protocols.

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Guidance for Meal Preparation and Eating Spaces

This document provides guidance on how to prepare and consume meals (and beverages) in faculty and staff spaces, student lounges and faculty study spaces. Download the visual guide.

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COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

(for children under 18), page 1-2
(for adults 18 years and over) page 3

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14-day Isolation Exemption for Technicians Instructions

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Working Alone on Campus

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Guidelines for Opening Student Lounges and Faculties Study Spaces

This guideline document is intended to form a checklist of the requirements for re-opening. These guidelines are for student lounges and other study spaces that are not part of the common areas in buildings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While most students, faculty and staff continue to work from home, we know there are many questions about returning to campus

General student FAQ

Includes information about services, resources, textbooks, medical notes and more.

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Graduate Student FAQ

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International student FAQ

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Research FAQ

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Faculty & Staff FAQ

Working from home

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Fitness Centre & Active Living FAQ

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Student Residence FAQ

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Academic Staff FAQ

Includes information about course materials, learning technologies, face-to-face classes and more. 

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Mask FAQ

UCalgary students, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and visitors to campus are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces at all Calgary campuses.

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Returning to Campus FAQ

Get the answers to your questions on returning to campus.

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Return to Campus Safety

Interested in how things are being cleaned and disinfected on campus?

Looking for campus safety tips?

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New building hours

Starting Aug. 17, buildings on main campus will be unlocked between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and will be locked overnight and on weekends. Outside of these hours, buildings can be accessed by electronic or key access only. Faculty and staff who normally can access our buildings with their Unicard or issued keys can still do so.

More information, including building specific details for the Physical Plant, Child Development Centre, Spyhill Campus, Foothills Campus, Taylor Family Digital Library, Downtown Campus and City Building Design Lab, is available here.

Working on campus

As was shared earlier with the campus community, we remind everyone that only those who need to be on campus should be on campus. If your studies or work require you to come to campus in person, please practice the social distancing guidelines recommended by the Government of Alberta, such as: Keep at least six feet (the length of a bicycle) from others. Avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces. Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces.

We also ask that you take safety precautions that reflect how quiet campus is right now. If you have to come to campus in person, please let somebody know where you’ll be and how long you’ll be there, or come with a (six-foot-away-from-you) buddy. Please don’t be surprised if a member of our Campus Security approaches you to see if you’re OK. Your safety is important to us. 

Working from home

Effective Sunday, March 22 all faculty and staff who can perform their work from home should do so, until further notice. Only those that are performing functions that require them to be on site should work on campus. 

Need IT help? How to use Office365, map to a network, use VPN/MFA from home etc.
Improve Your Ergonomic Approach at home. Learn more. 

Employees who require their desktop computing equipment at home are required to complete the IT Equipment Agreement

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