Campus access update and courses

April 06, 2020

As we cope with the recent abrupt changes, we are working to provide resources and policies that acknowledge the stresses students are facing. This message provides a summary of issues that have been raised by both instructors and students, and provides an update to accessing campus spaces. Additional resources are listed at and at

Course information

Spring term 2020: 

  • Courses for which F grades are assigned in the Spring 2020 term will not count towards the GPA or the repeat policy.
  • FD (fail, academic discipline) grades will still count in the calculation of the GPA.

Summer term, Intersession, and Summer Session 2020:

  • Classes will start and end on the previously published dates.
  • All classes will be conducted through remote means.
  • The withdrawal period will be extended to give students additional time to assess their comfort with remote learning. 
    New Dates: 
     Summer term: July 5   
     Intersession: June 4   
     Summer Session: July 23
  • Students are advised not to register for courses with conflicting class or exam times, because some course components may be offered in “real time”, at the discretion of the instructor and based on the needs of the course.  Instructors have been asked to define on the course outline which course components require real-time participation and what equipment you will need to complete the course successfully.
  • Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Campus spaces

Based on the latest information from the provincial government amid the COVID-19 pandemic, universities like SFU are deemed “essential services” and remain open. Consistent with the Provincial Health Officer’s advice to maximize social distancing, SFU has taken a number of steps to support the health and safety of its community including remote instruction.

At the same time, the traditional practices of all buildings remaining open around the clock is not sustainable in light of significant concerns over thefts, intruders and targeted break-ins.


To ensure the safety of those who are still physically present on campus, new security measures are being introduced to enhance personal safety while still providing access in support of critical operations and services, with consideration given to accessibility needs. Additionally, the measures consider the protection of assets and infrastructure on campus.

Please be aware of the following changes.  

All SFU campuses and buildings remain open with limited access: 

  • The majority of perimeter doors for all buildings and all campuses will be locked, with specific doors unlocked between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm weekdays. On request and with advance notice, Campus Public Safety could arrange access outside these hours. To arrange access please contact 778-782-7991. Delays may be expected. 
  • Access is available only to SFU community members who present SFU identification, such as your SFU ID or business card (or other similar documentation). Uniformed security guards will be present to check SFU ID and log access for safety purposes.
  • Signage on locked doors will direct community members to accessible entry points, along with a contact number for further information. 
  • The majority of public washrooms will be closed with signs posted to direct to the nearest open washroom. 

 If you plan to visit campus, please ensure the following:

Tips to prevent theft on campus

  • Move valuables out of plain sight and ensure items remaining on campus are secure.
  • Report any suspicious people or activities to Campus Public Safety’s urgent line at 778-782-4500. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 and then the urgent line for immediate security response. 
  • Report any signs of attempted break and entry, or attempted theft to the CPS non-urgent line at 778-782-7991.

For more information and a detailed list of secured and open buildings across all three campuses, please visit