Frequently Asked Questions

SFU’s return to campus is complex and will be challenging for many of us. If you have a question, you’re not alone. Please view our most frequently asked questions below. We’ll update them regularly with new information. If you have have a community-specific question, please check-out our students, faculty and staff, research and alumni & visitor pages.

Last updated: September 20, 2021

General FAQs

We are working closely with the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training’s Return to Campus Guidelines and other post-secondary institutions to support the healthy and safe return to on-campus activities.

Safety plan

What safety measures are in place to protect the community?

SFU has introduced a number of layers of protection to keep the community safe on our return this fall. We follow the public health guidelines set by the BC Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Visit the Safety Plan page for more information.

SFU has introduced a number of layers of protection to keep the community safe on our return this fall. We follow the public health guidelines set by the BC Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Visit the Safety Plan page for more information.

How will safety protocols be enforced?

If you notice someone isn’t following safety protocols, contact the responsible instructor, supervisor or submit concerns through the COVID-19 Safety Reporting Form.

After we resume on-campus activities, how will you determine whether to close SFU campus again?

SFU makes determinations based on public health guidelines recommended by the BC Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC.

How are COVID-19 cases being managed on campus?

SFU works closely with Public Health, who oversee the process of case management and notification. Instructors, colleagues or classmates, should never share a person’s private medical information, which includes test results or that they are being tested for COVID-19. When SFU is notified of a positive case within our community, Public Health is responsible for managing the notification process.  Learn more on the How COVID-19 Cases are Managed page.


Will there be on-campus vaccination clinics?

SFU has partnered with Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health to host pop-up vaccination clinics at all three campuses. Visit the Pop-up Vaccination Clinics page to learn more.

Will SFU require proof of vaccination on campus?

Following directives of the BC Public Health Office, proof of vaccination using the BC Vaccine Card will be required starting September 13, 2021, to access certain discretionary non-essential activities, events and businesses at SFU. Visit the BC Vaccine Card page to learn more.

How will SFU ensure I won't have to closely interact with unvaccinated individuals?

BC Vaccine Card

Starting September 7, proof of vaccination is required for students living in student housing and September 13, for all community members participating in non-essential campus activities. Visit the BC Vaccine Card page to learn more.

Vaccine Declaration 

It is also expected that all students, staff and faculty submit a COVID-19 Vaccine Declaration by September 20, 2021.

Combined with the mask mandate for all public indoor spaces and other measures, these steps minimize risk for the community.

Who needs to complete a vaccine declaration?

We are asking students, staff and faculty to submit vaccine declarations to inform SFU’s Safety Planto encourage the community to get vaccinated and to help SFU plan for safety measures on campus including rapid screening. Learn more on the Vaccine Declaration page.


Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

Masks must be worn in all indoor common areas and learning spaces (including classrooms and labs) on SFU campuses. Visit to the Mask Guidelines page to learn more about where masks are required and where they aren’t, exemptions and more.


What is being done to optimize building ventilation on campus?

SFU follows the standards for ventilation set by ASHRAE - the society that governs heating and ventilation equipment - and the guidelines they have developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is the guiding standard utilized by WorkSafeBC for workplace indoor air quality. Visit the Air Quality and COVID-19 page to learn more about ventilation standards for a list of areas that have been checked for air quality in preparation for return to campus.


Will proof of vaccination be required to attend Fall Convocation ceremonies on campus?

This October we are excited to welcome graduands, family and friends back to campus to celebrate this important milestone. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Since celebrations are a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, all graduands, family and friends attending in-person will be required to show proof of vaccination with the BC Vaccine Card. If you are not able to attend in person, all ceremonies will be live broadcast and will be available for on-demand viewing following the ceremonies. Visit the Convocation website to learn more.

Meetings, events and conferences

What COVID-19 health measures are required for meetings, events and conferences?

Learn about the different measures for internal and external meetings and events, essential and discretionary events, events held inside an outside, when masks and the BC Vaccine card are required and more. Visit the MECS website.


If you have a question that is not covered here, please contact us and we'll work to get you an answer as soon as we can.