Return to Campus

Information for the campus community

May 4, 2021 update

Three-week suspension of in-person classes

Premier Jason Kenney announced further public health actions to “stop the spike” of Covid-19 cases occurring across Alberta. One of those actions was to direct all post-secondary institutions to move in-person instruction online – immediately, and for a period of at least three weeks.

If you are currently enrolled in an in-person class for the Spring/Summer semester, your instructor will reach out to you shortly with alternate plans for the weeks in question. If you were scheduled to come to campus for class tomorrow, we ask that you stay home.

This last year has been difficult, but while Covid-19 continues to disrupt our lives, there is reason for optimism in the near future. As we press forward with vaccinations, I am hopeful – as I know we all are – that we will soon be in a place where such disruptions are behind us.

In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and reach out if you need assistance. These are very trying times and there are supports for students, faculty and staff available.

As this situation unfolds, we commit to providing regular updates. As well, you can always find the most recent Covid-19 news from the university at:

Thank you, as always, for everything you do to protect yourselves and each other. I am continually inspired by the compassion and resiliency of our campus community.

Ed McCauley
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Calgary


Previous updates

Decision on fall 2021 classes
After thorough consideration and in light of the current COVID-19 case numbers and increasing prevalence of variants of concern, we will be making our decision regarding the modalities for Fall 2021 courses by the end of May. This timeline is in alignment with our U15 peers and will help ensure we are making the best decisions possible for the fall semester. 

Our plan for Fall 2021 will build from the lessons learned from previous terms to help us ensure high-quality, meaningful and relevant learning opportunities regardless of the format in which they may take place.

Working from home will continue until June 30, 2021
The University of Calgary has decided to extend work from home for most of our employees who are able to do so through to June 30, 2021 – the end of the academic year. Learn more. 

Workspace safety plans
The University of Calgary continues to require all faculty and staff to work from home unless campus access is required for:

  • use tools and equipment
  • work involves secure data and confidential information; or
  • on-site preparation and attendance are required to deliver services to faculty, students, staff and the public.

All UCalgary individuals who are working on campus must be included in a Workspace Safety Plan. Read more. 

Income Tax Returns - Working From Home information
On February 19, the University of Calgary will make T2200S Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home Due to COVID-19 forms available to eligible employees who opt to use the Detailed method.   Employees will be required to respond to an attestation in order to retrieve the form. Read more. 

Undergraduate student international travel
Undergraduate student international travel related to in-person study abroad programs, exchanges, co-ops, practica, internships and externships will not be permitted until at least August 31, 2021.

A decision about travel for these purposes during fall 2021 term and onwards will be made prior to June 15, 2021.

Travelling outside of Canada on UCalgary Business
All other university business-related international travel including graduate students, academic staff members, employees, postdocs, etc. is not permitted until the Government of Canada lifts the current travel advisory. Read more.

Important Information for International Students traveling to Canada Learn more. 

Cases on campus
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases on campus: View the COVID-19 dashboard

We would like to remind our campus community of the updated isolation guidance for employees and students which include a guide of when to come on campus

See all past updates


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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Please submit any COVID-19 questions or feedback to

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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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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