Safety plan

SFU has introduced a number of layers of protection to keep the community safe. We have put a number of measures in place to protect the health, safety and well-being of the community. We are working closely with our partners in provincial health, and rely on their guidance and deep knowledge of the specific facts of how COVID-19 is transmitting in B.C. to inform our safety planning.

Last updated: April 07, 2022

1. Close monitoring

Working with our partners in public health, WorkSafeBC and higher education to monitor, evaluate and respond quickly to changes in the pandemic.

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2. Ventilation upgrades

Auditing spaces for air quality, upgrading filters and implementing WorkSafeBC and ASHRAE standards.

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3. Ventilation optimization

Flushing building air daily and maximizing outdoor airflow.

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4. Support to stay home when sick

Those experiencing symptoms of illness should not come to campus. SFU is relaxing requirements for doctors’ notes and providing flexibility to work and study from home for those who are experiencing symptoms or need to self-isolate.

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5. COVID-19 self-screening

Asking community members to complete provincial health screening before coming to campus via the BC Thrive app.

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All students, faculty and staff have been asked to submit vaccine declarations.

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7. Enhanced cleaning

Conducting enhanced cleaning of high-touch places.

8. Hand hygiene

Installing large-volume hand sanitization stations and educational posters throughout campuses.

9. University communicable disease plan

Implementing ongoing core public health measures to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases.

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10. Safety training

Requiring all faculty and staff to take SFU’s online safety orientation.

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11. Masks

Masks are encouraged, but no longer required.

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12. Careful social contact

Encouraging people to limit the number of sustained close contacts and to respect personal space.