Communicable Disease Plan

SFU transitioned to a university-wide Communicable Disease Plan (CDP) this past summer. Please read the CDP and supplementary information below for Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) faculty, staff and students.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR SUMMER 2022

FAS IS OPERATING UNDER A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PLAN 

Safety guidelines will be in place in FAS teaching, research, office and shared spaces.

Follow the SFU/ FAS Communicable Disease Plan (CDP) and complete the online safety training.

Complete a daily self-health check; remain home if you are sick and inform your instructor or supervisor.

Frequently clean shared equipment/ high touch surfaces. Practice good hand hygiene.

Masks are encouraged.

FAS Supplemental Information

General Protocols Across All Spaces

  • Masks are encouraged on campus at this time, and particularly in spaces where we are in close proximity
  • Complete the Mandatory Safety Training (replaces previously required COVID-19 Training)
  • Conduct a daily health self-assessment (personal responsibility) and stay home when sick
  • Follow BC CDC guidance to self-manage cases and close contacts
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Disinfect high-touch areas

 

Masks

  • Masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces. Masks will be a matter of personal choice going forward, unless further public health orders are made.
  • Masks continue to be recommended in indoor spaces where more than one individual is present.

Vaccinations

For Researchers

For Personnel Working at Powertech, ImageTech or NeuroTech

  • SFU personnel working at Powertech (BC Hydro), ImageTech, and NeuroTech are required to be fully vaccinated. SFU is required to certify vaccination status for these individuals with the third party site. Personnel working at these sites must ensure they submit a vaccine declaration and upload proof of vaccination (BC Vaccine Card). Instructions for this are available at www.sfu.ca/returntocampus/resources/vaccine-declaration.
  • Vaccine status certifications are being managed through the VPR office. The Director of Health and Counselling Services will be checking the uploaded proof of vaccination and certification documents will be signed by the VPR or Dean of Applied Sciences. Please reach out to fas_safety1@sfu.ca with any questions.

 

Ventilation Assessment

The HVAC systems at SFU under go regular assessments to confirm they are operating and maintained in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements and relevant ASHRAE Standards for indoor air quality.

In addition to ensuring ventilation systems are operating in accordance with ASHRAE Standards for indoor air quality, the following steps have been taken:

Ventilation Optimization: building air is being flushed daily to maximize outdoor airflow

Ventilation Hours: HVAC system operating hours have been requested to be extended to accommodate evening class times; systems will shut down after classes end

Upgraded Filters: where possible, MERV 13 filters have been installed

Ventilation Review: The Facilities HVAC review has been carried out for all spaces within FAS, where spaces have a regular occupancy over one. Facilities did not identify immediate concerns during the review. Regular HVAC maintenance will resume according to the normal facilities schedule in these spaces.  With the conclusion of the review, double/multiple occupancy may resume in shared offices and laboratory spaces. 

As the Facilities HVAC review did not extend to single occupancy offices, these offices should continue to have only one person working in them regularly. Occasional one-on-one meetings may be held in single offices, only if both individuals are fully masked. Windows should be opened for additional ventilation during meetings. Larger meetings should continue to be held in meeting rooms.

For more information on SFU Air Quality, please visit: www.sfu.ca/srs/work-research-safety/general-safety/indoor-air-quality/air-quality/COVID-19

Course and Classroom Guidelines

Instructors: please access the FAS Instructor Guide here.

Masks

Masks are encouraged in teaching spaces. 

Students: If you forget a mask, ask your instructor if they have extras. You can also obtain disposable masks from Student Central in Burnaby and at the information desks in Vancouver and Surrey.

Careful Social Interaction in Classrooms

As part of the SFU CDP, everyone is asked to practice careful social interaction on campus. This refers to limiting the number of close contacts that individuals interact with. The majority of in-person classroom and learning settings are not considered close contact environments. However, to further reduce contacts, Instructors may assign seats in classrooms that students must stick to for the entire semester, and assign lab/project groups for the entire semester.

Illness and Academic Concessions

Students are responsible for completing a daily self-health check prior to traveling to campus, to assess for COVID-19 symptoms. If a student has symptoms, it is their responsibility to get tested for COVID-19 if recommended by the BC CDC. Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (or are feeling ill) should not come to campus and should prioritize recovering from any illness. Please refer to the BC CDC website for more information on what to do when sick. 

The province has shifted to a self-management approach for COVID-19. Follow the BC CDC guidance on how to self-manage cases and close contacts.  

Students may miss course material (lectures, labs, tutorials – both in-person and online) from time to time due to illness. Instructors are encouraged to consider an alternative plan in advance to accommodate those students who will need to miss class. Students who are unable to complete assignments, labs, exams or other graded course components due to illness are required to submit a request for academic concession via this form.

Midterms and Exams

Courses that are being offered in-person are required to have in-person midterms and exams. Courses being offered remotely are required to have remote midterms and exams. If a student is unable to attend an in-person midterm/exam, please refer to the Academic Concessions section above. Students who require accessibility-related accommodation must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning and follow their procedures.

Office Hours

Office hours may be held remotely, or in-person by appointment. Contact your instructor for details about office hours for your course.

Ventilation

All teaching spaces within the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the lecture theatres where Applied Sciences courses are scheduled have been assessed and are operating in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements and relevant ASHRAE Standards for indoor air quality. 

Instructor Guidelines

Please visit this webpage to access instructor guidelines for the current and upcoming semesters.

If you require an accomodation on medical or other protected grounds, please follow the instructions on the Workplace Accomodation Page.

 

Illness and Academic Concessions

Students are responsible for completing a daily self-health check prior to traveling to campus, to assess for COVID-19 symptoms. If a student has symptoms, it is their responsibility to get tested for COVID-19. Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (or are feeling ill) should not come to campus and should prioritize recovering from any illness. This means that course material (lectures, labs, tutorials – both in-person and online) may be missed from time to time. Instructors are encouraged to consider an alternative plan in advance to accommodate those students who will need to miss class. Students who are unable to complete assignments, labs, exams or other graded course components due to illness are required to submit a request for academic concession via this form.

Guidelines for instructors can be found in the FAS Instructor Guide.

Meetings

The following safety measures are to be followed when conducting meetings in-person:

  • Masks are encouraged
  • Practice careful social contact by limiting the number of sustained close contacts and respecting personal space
  • Seating should be laid out to allow extra personal space for all occupants
  • Frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces; cleaning supplies are to made available in all meeting rooms for participants self use

See the "In-person Events" section below for more information for in-person gatherings.

Staff/Faculty/Student Lunch Rooms

The following safety measures will be practiced in lunch rooms:

  • Practice careful social contact
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols including cleaning shared appliances after use and high touch surfaces (door knobs, light switches etc.)
  • Unless space permits, at this time, it is encouraged that lunch rooms are used for food prep only

Visitors

Essential visitors who are required for an on-campus activity may attend FAS spaces if escorted by FAS personnel.

In-person Events

Please reach out to fas_safety1@sfu.ca for more details or assistance when planning events.

 

Student Events and Space Requests

All student event organizers must contact fas_safety1@sfu.ca

All student events in FAS spaces are required to follow FAS specific protocols including:

  • Masks are encouraged 
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • If food is being served, it is recommended to provide single serve or "lunch-box" style meals. Self-serve buffet and communal food is not reccommended.
  • Hand sanitizer must be provided or a hand sanitizer station installed.
  • Additional security must be retained for events with greater than 50 people.*
  • Cleaning services must be arranged for events over 50 people.*

* Note: advance notice required.

Please contact fas_safety1@sfu.ca for more information and to help implement protocols.

Staff – If you receive a request from a student to book departmental space, please cc fas_safety1@sfu.ca in your reply.

 

Staff Social Events

  • Masks are not required but encouraged
  • If food is served, hand sanitizer is within reach of the station and signs are posted reminding participants to sanitize their hands before touching food or drink items

SFU is also recommending against full buffets and encouraging pre-packaged meals and to go containers.

 

Field Activities

All field work will transition away from current COVID-19 Safety Plans to Field Activity Safety Plans. Please contact fas_safety1@sfu.ca for information and assistance.

 

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