Return to Campus

Information for the campus community

July 23, 2021 update:

Physical Distancing

Over the past 16 months, we have all become accustomed to physical distancing in public spaces, with stickers on floors and walls advising us to stay two metres apart. As we move into this next phase of our return to campus, and in alignment with easing of public health restrictions in Calgary and across Alberta, we will also be moving beyond our previous physical-distancing requirements. Signage advising physical distancing in our buildings is currently being removed to reflect the lifting of this requirement in public health measures.

Physical distancing is not being discouraged; however, it is no longer required on campus. This includes public spaces, libraries, work spaces and classrooms. We want everyone in the UCalgary community to feel safe on campus. Please remember that everyone will have slightly different levels of comfort as we move to this new stage.  Read more.


July 9, 2021 update:

Without reservation, research leaders and senior leadership stress the importance of being vaccinated against COVID. Read more.

July 6, 2021 update:

On July 1, 2021, the Government of Alberta lifted most public health restrictions as part of its Open for Summer plan. Masks are still required on public transit and in health-care settings, and individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must still quarantine. All other public health restrictions have eased.

On July 5, 2021, city councillors voted to repeal the mask bylaw in Calgary. Mandatory masks had been required in all public buildings and businesses in our city since last August. Individual businesses are still free to request that customers wear masks.

What does this mean for UCalgary?

As we previously shared, the University of Calgary is aligning regulations on the wearing of masks with provincial and City public health measures. The City and province have both lifted their mandatory mask requirements. In alignment with this, mask use will no longer be mandatory at the University of Calgary. 

While masks are no longer required at UCalgary, individuals can still opt to wear them based on their own comfort level. Mask use is an individual choice, and no one should feel discouraged from using them.

Masks are still required while travelling in a UCalgary vehicle or on UCalgary business when you have a passenger, as aligned with provincial rules around shared vehicles and public transit. University faculty, staff and students will still be expected to wear masks when attending medical clinic environments. Beyond these examples, mask use is now no longer compulsory when accessing UCalgary buildings. We will be updating our website and signage to reflect this change. Please be advised, it will take some time to have all of the signs removed on campus.

Vaccination remains key

Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19. Vaccines are proven to save lives and ensure the safety of our health-care system. Currently, 73.5 per cent of all Albertans over the age of 12 have received at least one vaccine dose, while 49.6 per cent of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated.

The University of Calgary has partnered with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to host a vaccine clinic at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) on Thursday, July 8.

Members of the campus community can get the vaccine at the Foothills Medical Centre located next to UCalgary’s Foothills Campus.

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

Resources for Return to Campus

If you're returning to 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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Response Procedure to Positive COVID-19 Test Result

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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

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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Return to Campus Safety

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

Looking for campus safety tips?

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Building hours

Starting Aug. 17, 2020, 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.

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