Past updates

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Return to Campus updates

How will COVID-19 impact fall 2020 classes?

Students likely have many questions following the announcement that instruction in the fall term will be provided through a combination of face-to-face and online learning.  Learn more.

Canada West cancels 2020-21 first-term team competitions

As Western Canada continues to work through the ongoing impact of COVID-19, university sport will look very different this fall. Canada West and U SPORTS — which include the UCalgary Dinos — announced a number of changes today. Learn more.

New re-entry protocols take effect as designated researchers return to campus
An additional group of researchers will begin returning to campus soon under a rigorous new set of health and safety protocols, allowing them to move forward on campus with timely research vital to fighting the pandemic and solving other societal challenges.   Read more.

Decisions on university-related international travel
In order to protect the safety and well-being of UCalgary students, faculty, staff, and postdocs, the university is continuing to take precautionary measures around international travel. Read more. 

Update for summer camps 2020
The University of Calgary is moving ahead with 2020 summer camps starting in July.   Read more.

Recreation facilities closed
The Fitness Centre remains closed until further notice.  Please check the Active Living website for updates.

Past Campus updates

Main campus secured and new building hours of operation
Buildings on main campus have been transitioned to electronic or key access only. Faculty and staff who normally can access our buildings with their Unicard or issued keys can still do so. Building access on most campuses is now: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular hours will continue at the Cumming School of Medicine Foothills campus.

The Kinesiology building on main campus will be closed effective today until further notice. The Sport Medicine Centre will remain open and will be accessible through the external entrance only.

What's open and closed:
Additionally, the Taylor Family Digital Library and vendors on campus, including vendors in MacEwan Student Centre and Yamnuska Hall, are now closed. The Landing will remain open for students in residence.  Check here for opportunities to access library support remotely  

MacEwan Student Centre (Mac Hall) and the Students’ Union office are closed, but SU staff are available remotely to answer questions about services and advocacy issues. Please see their website for updates.

As part of UCalgary’s continuing efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the field research stations operated by the Biogeoscience Institute will suspend activities and visitors until June 30, 2020. The change affects two field stations: Barrier Lake Station, located in the Kananaskis Valley, and the R.B. Miller Station, located in Sheep River Provincial Park.

Parking 
Payroll deductions for faculty and staff parking permits on main campus and Spy Hill are suspended, effective April 1. The suspension will remain in effect for all full or partial months until the work from home direction is rescinded. 

All UCalgary parking lots on main campus and Spy Hill will be complimentary effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Complimentary parking will remain in effect until the date that the work from home direction is rescinded.  Read more

All events cancelled
All planned, in-person university events on our campuses are cancelled immediately. Until further notice, the scheduling of future campus events is on hold.

Recreation facilities closed
The Fitness Centre remains closed until further notice.  Please check the Active Living website for updates.


Faculty and staff updates

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

Online Meeting Tools: The two online meeting tools that may be utilized for UCalgary activities are Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Learn more.  (updated April 28)

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. 

New Temporary Employment Guidelines
Most UCalgary employees have successfully transitioned to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is committed to supporting staff during these times, and leaders are working to identify special projects and other opportunities to reassign or redeploy employees who are unable perform their usual duties remotely.

In cases where solutions cannot be identified to replace diminished or lacking productive work, temporary layoffs or FTE reduction may be implemented. A letter of agreement between the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and the University of Calgary has been finalized to address temporary layoffs and reduction in hours of work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more.

New policy for Approvals and Signatures During COVID-19 Pandemic
The University of Calgary has implemented a process effective today for alternate methods of obtaining approvals and signatures. The new measures are necessary because of the special working environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our operations. The operating standard applies to employees of the university whose role requires them to approve or sign internal or external documents.  Read more

Research
Researchers have been given additional guidance on operations.

Increased support for online teaching and learning

The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning has launched a resource website to support online experiential learning in the spring/summer terms and ensure rich learning experiences in the absence of face-to-face interaction. The new website provides tips, advice and resources to help with intentional design and assessment that can facilitate some of the knowledge and skill development that would normally occur in-person.

Staff at the Taylor Institute (TI) are also available to support academic staff preparing for teaching online this spring and summer. Topics are wide-ranging, including how to put content online, structuring an online discussion, setting up D2L assignments and the grades tool for student assignment submissions, using Zoom, and more. Information on upcoming sessions can be found here.

The TI is also recruiting graduate students as learning technology production coaches to support academic staff teaching this spring and summer. For more information on these positions, please visit Career Services via CareerLink (posting 65305).

Learning technology coaches
The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning has launched the Learning Technology Coaches program. Learning technology coaches will support course instructors with the adoption and use of learning technologies throughout the spring and summer terms.

Ten graduate student coaches with exceptional educational and technical experience were hired over the past week and are now available for consultation. Course instructors can request support directly through this form.

For specific questions about the Learning Technology Coaches project, please email techcoaches@ucalgary.ca. Comprehensive online resources are available here.

Mail on campus

  • All deliveries of equipment/research materials will continue as long as a delivery location remains open. If a delivery location is closed, please contact Integrated Service Centre at scmhelp@ucalgary.ca or by phoning 403-220-8800 to advise of an alternate location to deliver items.
  • As of today, all deliveries to Foothills campus are continuing as normal and Bio Sciences/Chemistry/Geology deliveries have been streamlined to Chemistry.
  • Finance and Development, including OVC, will receive mail every Friday to ensure year-end requirements are met (i.e. cheques are delivered as needed).
  • The Registrar’s office will receive mail every day.
  • All other areas on campus will have mail delivery suspended, pending notification that the area is open and mail delivery is required.  If your area requires mail delivery once or twice per week, or where you need to advise about an alternate delivery location, please contact Integrated Service Centre at scmhelp@ucalgary.ca or by phoning 403-220-8800. 

Student updates

Zoom security update and guidelines
New Zoom Standard Practice Guidelines help instructors and students develop and maintain a positive online learning environment. As part of these guidelines, passwords will be required by default for all new online and remote teaching and learning sessions. Information on setting passwords and more is available here

Resources for students
Our Student Success Centre has launched a range of creative resources that offer students webinars, workshops, tips, and one-on-one help to get the most out of their online learning as well as help with specific challenges they may be facing. The resource page includes information on how to get started, strategies for learning online, staying motivated, reading, taking notes and participating in online lectures, completing online assignments, and more.

 

Travel anywhere outside of Canada suspended until September 2020

UCalgary has suspended all travel anywhere outside of Canada until September 2020, and is asking students, faculty, staff and visitors returning from travel outside of Canada to self-isolate away from campus until they have been back in Canada and symptom free for 14 days.

All UCalgary students and non-academic staff in Europe are required to leave their exchange placement, internship, research or other program abroad. We strongly encourage academic staff to leave as well. Canadians should return to Canada. International students should follow the guidance of their home countries. If you are an international student currently outside Canada and have questions about what to do, you can email UCalgary at international.advice@ucalgary.ca.

As the situation changes, up-to-date travel information for UCalgary is available on the Risk website.

Anyone planning for future travel on UCalgary business is encouraged to complete a travel registration form well in advance of travel dates so you can be advised immediately if you may be impacted by further UCalgary travel restrictions.

All travellers should be aware that the situation continues to change rapidly ensure your travel plans are flexible, purchase travel insurance with COVID-19 cancellation coverage, and avoid non-refundable bookings, if possible.

Self-isolation for returning travellers

Anyone returning from travel from anywhere outside of Canada should self-isolate away from campus until they have been back in Canada and symptom free for 14 days.

Those affected are asked to contact their supervisor, manager, instructor or other relevant contacts as soon as possible to arrange to self-isolate. People self-isolating without any symptoms, should expect to work or study at home for 14 days. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits without interruption. Individuals who are symptom free after the 14-day isolation are welcome to come back to campus. Medical documentation is not required — nor should be requested — to return to campus.

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. The following is important advice from AHS about self isolation:

  • Avoid all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school/university, child care, athletic events, faith-based gatherings, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, common eating areas like the Dining Centre or food courts, shopping malls, communal laundry, and any public gatherings.
  • When possible, avoid public transportation including buses, taxis, or ride sharing.
  • As much as possible, you should limit your contact with people and avoid having visitors to your home. It is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food or other things you may need. You can also use delivery or pick up services for errands such as grocery shopping.
  • If you need to leave your home for an urgent errand, you can further reduce risk of spread by wearing a surgical mask while you are out.

COVID-19 News Archives


Working at home guidelines updated

April 3, 2020

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Decision to postpone spring UCalgary Convocation

March 25, 2020

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Parking and Transportation services during the COVID-19 outbreak

March 23, 2020

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Final grades for the Winter 2020 term

Marc 22, 2020

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Additional individuals associated with University of Calgary test positive for COVID-19, only those required to be on site should be on campus

March 21, 2020

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Individuals associated with UCalgary test positive for COVID-19

March 20, 2021

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Campus cleaning update and disinfecting tips for staff regarding COVID-19

March 17, 2020

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Support for working at home

March 16, 2020

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Individual associated with UCalgary tests positive for COVID-19

March 16, 2020

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Monitoring continues, plans for alternate forms of course delivery will move ahead starting Monday, March 16

March 14, 2020

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Important COVID-19 update: University will remain open, classes will resume Monday via remote learning

March 13, 2020

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University open, class temporarily suspended for the day on Friday, March 13

March 13, 2020

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Women's volleyball nationals cancelled

March 12, 2020

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Time for all UCalgary students and staff in Europe to come home due to COVID-19 concerns

March 12, 2020

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More locations added to the list of suspended travel to regions impacted by COVID-19

March 12, 2020

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COVID-19 update for UCalgary community

March 11, 2020

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UCalgary has suspended all travel to several countries and areas impacted by COVID-19

Feb. 28, 2020

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UCalgary encourages department purchasers to plan for possible supply shortage issues from China

Feb. 12, 2020

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Letter from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health

Feb. 6, 2020

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UCalgary monitoring coronavirus developments daily

Feb. 6, 2020

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UCalgary temporarily suspends university-related travel to China

Jan. 30, 2020

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Coronavirus update

Jan. 24, 2020

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