- Strategic Plan
- The President
- About Joy
- Statement on academic freedom
- Welcome back faculty and staff
- Welcome back students
- Statement on scholar strike
- Reflections on my first 30 days
- Taking care of ourselves, taking care of each other
- Equity, diversity and inclusion commitments
- Statement on SFU's Athletics Team Name Change
- Finding connection in times of adversity
- Wishing you a safe and restful holiday break
- Op-ed: SFU helping drive social, economic innovation in time of crisis
- Welcome new SFU students
- UPDATED Jan. 6: My response to Dec. 11 event in SFU dining hall
- Celebrating Black History Month
- The University’s Role and Contributions to a Just Recovery Over the Next Decade
- Inspired by meetings with SFU Faculty and Staff
- Looking forward to Summer and Fall
- Opinion: This is why SFU is backing the Burnaby Mountain gondola
- External Review of December 11, 2020 Event
- Facing the future with hope
- President's statement on TransMountain Expansion Project and support for a fire hall on Burnaby mountain
- The road ahead
- Stronger Together: SFU, the pandemic and lessons for a better future
- SFU to observe moment of silence at 2:15 PM today
- Taking action: Reconciliation at SFU
- Join SFU President Joy Johnson for a tour of Burnaby campus
- Message from the President: Residential school findings
- Dr. June Francis appointed Special Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism
- Executive Searches
Message from the President on COVID-19
Dear members of the SFU community,
Yesterday the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 an international pandemic. While this has not changed the Provincial Health Officer’s assessment that the risk of transmission in B.C. remains low, it is cause for serious concern.
In light of this uncertain global situation, I am writing to assure you that the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campuses is our primary focus and priority. With this in mind, we have taken steps to respond to the situation as it has developed, based on direction from the BC Centre for Disease Control and our regional health authorities.
SFU in January convened a COVID-19 operational response team under the leadership of Dr. Jon Driver, Vice President Academic & Provost. Supported by our Safety Risk Services unit, Dr. Driver has been working with personnel from across the university to implement measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses, and to respond should any such transmission occur. This group is working closely with health organizations and other Canadian universities to gain expert guidance on how best to manage this situation.
SFU's Emergency Operations process has also been activated, and an Executive Committee established to approve policy decisions and resources required to respond to the situation as it evolves, and to prepare for future actions that may be required to ensure the health and safety of our community.
Dr. Driver will continue to issue information updates by email. I also encourage you to visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of our website. This section will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. If you have questions to which you cannot find answers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The best way to protect yourself and others is to practice social distancing (to increase the distance between yourself and others), to stay home if you feel ill, to observe proper hand hygiene practices, and to follow travel advice issued by public health authorities.
I wish to express my thanks to those across the university who are working hard to keep us safe in the face of this evolving health threat. I am also grateful to members of the university community for your efforts to follow prevention recommendations, and to be diligent in seeking accurate information from trusted, expert sources.
In closing, let me reiterate what Dr. Driver said in his message on Monday: "It is a challenging and uncertain time. Please be kind to one another."