Preparing for winter closure (Dec 25 – Jan 2)

December 13, 2022

This message has been sent to all faculty and staff.

As we prepare for the scheduled winter closure between December 25 and January 2, we want to share some winter reminders and resources to stay safe, healthy and secure.

Reach out if you need support

The winter months and holiday season can be a difficult time, and SFU has resources in place to support your mental health and well-being. The SFU Employee and Family Assistance Program is available to provide confidential, professional help for you or your family.

Thermostats will be lowered

To reduce greenhouse gases emissions over the break, temperatures will be lowered in most buildings. Buildings that are not normally subject to temperature reductions include: Research labs in Shrum Science Centre, Saywell Hall and Blusson Hall, Childcare Centre, Townhouses & Residence and TASC 2. If you require heat in your area over the closure, email Facilities Services by December 17 at: and include the following information: dates: (expected date of presence); times: (expected time of presence); building name; room number and contact person phone number.

Safety on campus

Though campus will be quieter during the closure, there are many safety resources in place  to keep you feeling supported. A few fast reminders:

  • Lock up and secure your belongings, ensuring all doors and windows are locked
  • Familiarize yourself with the Campus Access Route
  • Save the Campus Public Safety (CPS) non-urgent (778.782.7991) and urgent lines (778.782.4500) in your phone

Campus Public Safety (CPS) will continue to be available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season:

  • If you are working alone on campus, let us know[KC1] 
  • Need company walking across campus? Call Safe Walk
  • If you notice anything unusual such as suspicious activity, ice patches or water pooling where it shouldn’t

Call the Non-Emergency Line at 778.782.7991


  • If you require immediate Campus Public Safety response

Call the Urgent Line at 778.782.4500

  • For any emergency requiring immediate response by police, ambulance or fire

Call 9-1-1

  • If you are heading up to campus, it’s that time of year where weather can change quickly
Check the Road Report, @SFU on Twitter or the website beforehand

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Beware of phishing scams

Phishing attacks and scams increase over the holidays. Keep your information safe with these easy steps to identify a phishing attack and review Information Security Services’ resources to help keep your personal information secure.

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