Return to Campus

Safety information for Students, Faculty and Staff

Vaccine FAQ

Vaccination are not a mandatory requirement to be on campus. However, the University of Calgary supports vaccination and encourages all those who are eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine. 

The university is ensuring all employees have up to three hours off during their workday to be able to attend a vaccine appointment. We encourage managers to be supportive if employees need to take their children to vaccine appointments as well. Read more here.

The University of Calgary encourages vaccination but it is not a requirement to be on campus. Your manager should not ask you for this information.

Incoming students who are doubly vaccinated with vaccines approved by Health Canada will be able to skip hotel quarantine requirements as well as reduce quarantine time if they receive a negative test on arrival into Canada. Federal international travel restrictions and quarantine requirements remain in place for all international students entering Canada ( .

You will be able to receive vaccinations in Canada should you wish. If you have an Alberta Health Card you can receive your vaccinations in Student Wellness Services and Varsity Pharmacy on campus. If you don’t have an Alberta Health Card then you can book an appointment with Alberta Health Services. Read more.


Yes, it is advised to receive vaccines approved by Health Canada.

Currently the following vaccines are accepted:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

Please note: this list may change, please check this website for the most up to date information.


You are not restricted from coming onto campus as an unvaccinated individual.

Should your medical reason mean that you are not able to attend in person, students are asked to contact Student Accessibility Services at

Staff are asked to speak with their manager and connect with Staff Wellness.

Physical distancing FAQ

UCalgary follows all provincial and municipal public health guidelines. Alberta is now in Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan. All public health measures have been lifted except in specific settings.  Physical distancing is not discouraged, however it is no longer required on campus, this includes public spaces, libraries, work spaces and classrooms.

There is a lot of signage on campus and it will take some time for us to remove the signage. We ask that you be patient during this process.

We want everyone in the campus community to feel safe on campus.  Everyone will have different levels of comfort and there is likely many ways in you can navigate campus in a way that works for you. If not we ask that you speak to your manager or instructor if you have concerns.

Other Return to Campus FAQ

Recent studies suggest there may be an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 through airborne transmission in poorly ventilated spaces. UCalgary’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems follow the highest international building mechanical system standards - the risk of contracting COVID-19 through our ventilation systems is extremely low. Physical distancing, mask wearing and proper hygiene is still considered the primary means of lowering the risk of infection.

All UCalgary buildings have HVAC systems that provide ventilation, while cooling rooms in the summer, and heating them in the winter. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is the recognized authority on building mechanical and ventilations systems. Most buildings in North America, including UCalgary buildings, use these standards.  Additionally, UCalgary uses the highest air filtration levels achievable to combat virus spread in non-healthcare buildings, as recommended by ASHRAE. 

If you have any questions about UCalgary’s ventilation systems, please contact

Campus face coverings protocol

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.