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Living In residence during COVID-19

SFU Residence and Housing community guidelines

SFU Residence and Housing remains open to support the health and safety of the residence community with enhanced community guidelines, reduced services and restricted access to certain areas.

For your protection, Masks are required within in all indoor public areas in residences including residence halls and the Dining Hall. This includes the Dining Hall, elevators, the main office, hallways, washrooms, stairwells, study areas and other high traffic common areas where physical distancing isn’t possible. Non-medical masks that cover your mouth and nose are recommended. Please be mindful of your fellow residents and community members during this time.

SFU student resident vaccination status required 

Deadline September 23

As per the Post-Secondary Institution Housing COVID-19 Preventative Measures Order issued by the Provincial Health Officer, vaccinated residents living in traditional style (non-apartment) campus housing are required to verify your vaccination status by Thursday, September 23, 2021. At this time, this Order applies to residents living in McTaggart-Cowan Hall, North Towers (Shadbolt, Barbara Rae, Pauline Jewett), and East / West Towers.

Here’s how you report your completed vaccination status

What information is Residence and Housing recording?

As per the Order (see collection notice below), your vaccination status information will be recorded as either vaccinated or unvaccinated. Below is a description of each:

  • Vaccinated: means you have received, at least seven days previously, all recommended doses of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines, that is approved by the World Health Organization for use against the infectious agent SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19
  • Unvaccinated: means that a person does not meet the definition of “vaccinated” (listed above)

Anyone who doesn’t report their vaccination status to the Residence and Housing Front Desk by Thursday, September 23 will be considered unvaccinated.

What can I use to verify my Vaccinated status?

BC Residents

  1. BC Vaccine Card or other immunization records
  2. Photo ID (e.g. SFU ID card, license, passport, etc.)

Residents from out of Province

  1. You can use your provincial/territorial proof of vaccination
  2. Photo ID (e.g. SFU ID card, license, passport, etc.)

International Residents

  1. Proof of vaccination used to enter Canada
  2. Photo ID (e.g. SFU ID card, license, passport, etc.)

I’m Unvaccinated (partially vaccinated or have received no doses), what do I do?

  1. Get Vaccinated if you are able to: https://www.sfu.ca/students/support/vaccination-clinics.html.  Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can do to keep ourselves and our community safe.
  2. Once vaccinated, report your vaccination status to Residence and Housing Front Desk

What does it mean to be vaccinated as defined in this Order?

An individual who is “vaccinated” means to have received, at least seven days previously, all recommended doses of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines, that is approved by the World Health Organization for use against the infectious agent SARS-CoV-2.

International students who may have received a different WHO-approved vaccine, can look for further information from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

If you have questions about the Post-Secondary Institution Housing COVID-19 Preventative Measures Order, please contact us via housing@sfu.ca.

Date, Location and Times

Schedule and Location

LOCATION: Residence and Housing Main Lobby Area A1001

In Person

  • Thursday, September 16: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM
  • Friday, September 17: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday, September 18: 10:00 – 3:00PM
  • Sunday, September 19: 10:00 AM – 3:00PM
  • Monday, September 20: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM
  • Tuesday, September 21: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM
  • Wednesday, September 22: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM
  • Thursday, September 23: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM

Via Zoom

  • Monday, September 20: 3:00 PM – 6:00PM

MASKS REQUIRED

Masks are required within in all indoor public areas in residences including residence halls and the Dining Hall. This includes the Dining Hall, elevators, the main office, hallways, washrooms, stairwells, study areas and other high traffic common areas where physical distancing isn’t possible.

For your protection, non-medical masks that cover your mouth and nose are recommended. Non-medical masks are proven to protect others from the spread of the virus. Remember that everyone has different comfort levels. Please be mindful of your fellow residents and community members during this time.

Community Standards and Violations

A number of temporary community standards have been put into place and apply to all residences, outdoor residence spaces, and the Dining Hall.

Alleged violations of any community standard may result in interim measures/restrictions being put into effect for you, pending a meeting with Residence Life professional staff. If you are found responsible for violating community standards, particularly those that put the health and safety of our entire community at risk, sanctions could include (but are not limited to):

  • Educational sanctions
  • Removal of privileges
  • Bonds/fines placed on your account
  • Jeopardizing future housing applications at SFU
  • Cancellation of your current housing contract and eviction from SFU housing

These are subject to change, and will be updated based on the Public Health Officer recommendations. Updates will always be communicated to you via your SFU email. It is the student’s responsibility to read your emails and be aware of any changes and updates.

SOCIAL GATHERINGS + SOCIAL DISTANCING

  1. Outdoor social gatherings: cannot exceed 50 people
  2. ALL indoor common area: COVID-19 room occupancy limits are now lifted. Please be patient as we begin removing signs and updating others
  3. Individual student rooms: COVID-19 occupancy limits are now lifted
  4. Social Distancing: requirements of 2 meters (6-feet) is no longer required
  5. Shell Basement and the Townhouse Lounge spaces have been closed until further notice.

Large Amenity Spaces

Please be patient as we prepare for amenity spaces to be available for fall. While we are able to open up some of the common room spaces immediately, larger spaces will slowly open and come online as we approach the fall.

NO GUEST POLICY

The Non-resident guests No Guest Policy is still in effect until further notice. Non-residents are not permitted inside any residence building, at any time.

If you're not feeling well

If you are feeling sick, please take the following steps to keep yourself and the community safe:

  1. Put on a non-medical mask that covers your mouth and nose.
  2. Avoid being around other individuals.
  3. Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  4. If you are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, please follow the steps outlined on the Isolating in Residence During COVID-19 webpage.

SFU Residence and Housing services  

Front desk services

For our upated front desk services please visit our Contact us page.

Help keep your residence community safe

Due to COVID-19 Shell House Basement has been closed untill further notice. 

Dining Hall

Dining Hall has implemented a number of changes due to changes in B.C. Provincial Health guidelines surrounding COVID-19. Social distancing and hand washing helps to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Hours of Operations:
Summer Semester Hours
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  

Meal Memberships

Please note due to COVID-19 what Dining Services is able to offer for their Meal Membership (food/options/service) has been reduced. There will be no refunds on the Meal Membership and we appreciate what the Dining Hall has been able to do to remain open to serve students during this time.