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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.

Provincial Health Officer Orders and Federal Mandates

As per recent Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Orders, mandatory vaccination orders have been issued that cover a range of sectors. Several of these orders may affect activities of SFU faculty, staff and students. 

Please visit the  SFU Return to Campus website to determine if you—or those who you work with—are affected.


Provincial Health Order on proof of vaccination

On October 14, 2021, the Provincial Health Officer released a new order for healthcare and other providers: 

  • All health care providers, employees and staff (broadly defined) working in a public health care setting must provide proof of vaccination or exemption by October, 26, 2021.
  • Students, faculty members, researchers or staff members of a post-secondary institution who are in a care location for training or research purposes must provide proof of vaccination.
  • A student must report their vaccination status to the HSPnet database and provide an operator with proof of vaccination, or an exemption upon request of operator.
  • This order does not have an expiry date.

Masks mandatory in all indoor common areas

Masks are required in all indoor common areas, libraries and learning spaces for everyone 5 years and older including students, faculty, staff and visitors across all SFU campuses consistent with Public Heath orders. For more information on mask requirements please consult the Mask Guidelines on the SFU Return to Campus website.

Vaccination declaration and pop-up clinics

It is mandatory for SFU community members to submit Vaccine Declarations. Declarations are used to inform SFU’s Safety Plan to encourage the community to get vaccinated and to help SFU plan for safety measures on campus including rapid screening. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19. Vaccine pop-up clinics are available at the Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey campuses.


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: November 15, 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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