COVID-19

Information for the campus community

April 2, 2022 Update: General masking mandate ends at close of 2022 winter term

Masks still required in some settings

As we have throughout this pandemic, the University of Calgary is taking a campus-wide approach to required health and safety measures. As such, there are a few specific instances where masks will still be required. They include:

  • Clinical settings required to follow Alberta Health Services masking requirements.
  • Transportation in university vehicles to align with City of Calgary bylaws for mask use on public transportation
     

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February 17, 2022 update, Return to campus 

As previously communicated, in-person classes will begin on campus Feb. 28. All employees who are needed to support in-person instruction will be required to be on campus at that time.

The Government of Alberta is expecting to lift its mandatory work from home order on March 1. If this is the case, then employees who wish to return to working on campus can voluntarily do so starting in March.

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February 8, 2022 update, Vaccination Directive and mandatory masking remain in effect, in person classes start Feb 28

Earlier today the Government of Alberta unveiled a three-step plan to ease provincial public health restrictions.

There will be no immediate changes to the University of Calgary’s Vaccination Directive or its masking mandate. The COVIDSafe Campus protocols are not part of the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program. 

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January 14, 2022 update, Online learning extended until February 19

The University of Calgary is extending online classes until the end of Feb. 19, with a return to in-person classes after Reading Week, beginning on Feb. 28, 2022. Read more

January 7, 2022 update, Happy New Year, and welcome ‘back’

University of Calgary leadership thanks its students, faculty and staff for their generosity, humanity, patience and compassion during 2021. While we will continue to work and learn primarily online for now, we have hope for the future of 2022. Read more

December 23, 2021 update, Holiday closure and COVID travel restrictions

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant of COVID-19, University of Calgary leadership is encouraging increased caution with upcoming events and business travel plans. 
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December 22, 2021 update, Office of the President:

Health experts are continuing to learn more about the COVID-19 Omicron variant. While there are still a number of unknowns, across Canada the last few days have demonstrated how quickly it can spread. As a result of this latest phase in the pandemic, the University of Calgary, alongside the University of Alberta and University of Lethbridge, will start our respective winter semesters primarily online.

Starting the semester online will allow our communities the time we need to assess the new variant’s potential impact, particularly after the holiday season. By reducing the number of people on our campuses, we can allow the research and learning activities that must be in person to continue while also doing all that we can to help support the healthcare system. Read more

December 19, 2021 update, Office of the President:

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, we have decided to cancel the remainder of in-person exams for the Fall semester. Online exams will continue as previously planned. Faculties will work with instructors on plans for final grading, and those instructors will be in touch with affected students shortly. 

Graduate exams (thesis defence, candidacy) will be switched to online modality for the next few days and first week of January.

In addition, block week (January 3 – 7) activities not required to be in person will also be moved online. We encourage all those who can work remotely to continue to do so through to January 9th.

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December 16, 2021 update, Office of the Provost:

This afternoon, the University of Calgary was made aware of a case where an individual was on campus who later tested positive for the Omicron variant. The people who were in the same classroom as the individual have been informed and asked to monitor for symptoms.

University leadership and public health experts are watching this situation closely. Given the specifics of this case, no changes are being announced at this time and in-person exams are continuing as previously planned. 

Should we be made aware of more Omicron cases, further action is possible. That could include cancelling in-person examination in one or multiple faculties. In that situation, the Faculties affected would need to determine alternatives for final grades.

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September 17, 2021 update:

On Sept. 15, the Government of Alberta announced new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the province of Alberta. These measures restrict indoor activity unless participants are vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a recent negative COVID-19 test. While our COVIDSafe Campus program aligns with these requirements, the Government of Alberta will only begin recognizing these systems on Monday, Sept. 20, which is what forced a pause for in-person classes.

In-person activity will resume on Monday, Sept. 20, with previously announced rules around mandatory masking, vaccination or enrolment in regular rapid testing. Effective Monday, Sept. 20, anybody non-compliant with the University of Calgary’s COVIDSafe Campus program will not be permitted on campus.

In the coming days, all members of the University of Calgary community who have attested that they are vaccinated will be required to upload proof of vaccination using the COVIDSafe Campus systems.

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September 15, 2021 update: 

Earlier this evening (on Sept. 15), the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency, announced new COVID-19 public health measures, and launched a restrictions exemption program. In follow-up communications, the province informed us it is requiring all post-secondary institutions to implement two-metre physical distancing in all indoor spaces until Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

As a result of these new requirements, the University of Calgary is cancelling all in-person classes from Thursday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 19 as we evaluate the implications of the new rules. We will assess the situation in the next few days and follow up on the status of future classes. Online classes and the online portion of blended classes will continue as scheduled. Research operations can remain open with two-metre social distancing and mandatory masks. Staff should continue to work from home unless required for campus operations.

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September 13, 2021 update:

The University of Calgary will be requiring students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated – or have a legitimate exemption to vaccination – by January 1, 2022. Additionally, visitors to campus will be required to provide proof of vaccination status, effective October 1, 2021.

The value of vaccination to combat COVID-19 has been well established. Vaccination is how we move past COVID-19 and is necessary to retire stopgap measures such as mandatory masking and regular rapid testing.

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September 3, 2021 update:

COVIDSafe Campus

Earlier today, the Government of Alberta announced new measures to address the spread of Covid-19 in the Province of Alberta. These measures include new financial incentives for getting vaccinated, masking requirements, and recommendations around social and workplace gatherings.

These changes do not require modifications to the University’s fall plans for teaching and on-campus activity.

Faculty and staff supporting on-campus activity such as student services, teaching and research will continue to be expected to be on campus. Other support functions should, where appropriate, revert to remote working. Please reach out to your manager for further instructions.

Protections in place at the University of Calgary include mandatory regular rapid testing (or vaccination) and mandatory mask usage. These protections exceed provincial requirements, reflect our unique context and support a safe campus rich with opportunities.

To date, more than one-third of our University community has completed their COVIDsafe requirement to enroll in regular rapid testing or be fully vaccinated. Of those who have enrolled, 91.4% are already fully vaccinated.

If you have not completed your COVIDsafe campus requirements, you have until September 14 to do so, though we encourage you to act today.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated. We unreservedly endorse vaccination as our best defence against the consequences of Covid-19. Being vaccinated protects you against the risk of severe illness or death. All of us being vaccinated is how we move past the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have not already done so, please book an appointment to get vaccinated. The mobile vaccination clinic will be back on campus next week on September 8th and 9th. Details can be found here.

The situation with Covid-19 continues to evolve. We’ll continue to watch it closely and will adjust as necessary to protect our community.

Many courses have already begun and our campus is returning to activity. It’s exciting to see, and we look forward to safely welcoming even more of you to campus next week!

Sincerely,

Teri Balser

Provost and Vice-President Academic

Previous Updates


Resources for Being on Campus

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

 


NEW - Leader Toolkit

To help support leaders with decision-making on return to campus planning 

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NEW - Leader Conversation Guide

For Employee Conversations on Return to Work. 

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NEW - PowerPoint Template for Return to Campus

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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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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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Please submit any COVID-19 questions or feedback to covid19comms@ucalgary.ca

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

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Returning to Campus FAQ

Get the answers to your questions on returning to campus.

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Campus Facilities Re-entry FAQ

The University of Calgary is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our entire community. The staff of your Facilities Management departments have invested significantly in planning the safe return of our campus community to pre-COVID operations.

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Return to Campus Safety

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Building hours - updated Aug. 3, 2021

Starting Aug. 16, 2021, buildings on main campus will be unlocked between 6:30 a.m. and 7 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.


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