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The following FAQs address some of the key current concerns related to the continuity of SFU’s research activities. As the response to COVID-19 is subject to ongoing changes, these questions will be reviewed and updated daily as necessary with the latest available information.

Masks Mandatory in all indoor common areas

Non-medical masks must be worn in all indoor common areas and learning spaces on SFU campuses.

Vaccination clinics

All students, staff and faculty need to submit a COVID-19 Vaccine Declaration by September 20, 2021. Vaccination clinics will be available on Burnaby and Surrey campuses with more dates to be added, and there is easy access to vaccination for those on the Vancouver campus.


For more information on the current status of research at the university see SFU's Return to Campus website.

The SFU Recovery Framework outlines several guiding principles for learning and research continuity. These include:

  • The university will protect the health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff.
  • The university will consider issues of accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion in all decisions.
  • The university will consider the carbon footprint and climate change adaptation implications of all decisions.
  • The university will communicate decisions and guidance as early and as broadly as possible.
  • Research activity will be supported to every extent possible.
  • The university will take advantage of opportunities to innovate and collaborate.

Research involving human participants

See details on the REB Guidance Page

Fieldwork and international research collaborations

For information about conducting research that involves fieldwork, please see Research Recovery - Fieldwork & Third Party Sites.

Last updated: September 10, 2021


September 10, 2021 - Removed animal care; updated HPR and fieldwork references and target pages

July 30, 2021 - Content updated to reflect transition to stage 3 of SFU's return to campus plan

June 21, 2021 - Removed Core Facilities and Research Funding sections. Simplified content in Planning and human participants sections

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