Safety plan

SFU has introduced a number of layers of protection to keep the community safe on our return this fall. 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 is transmitting in B.C. to inform our safety planning.

Last updated: September 27, 2021

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. Vaccination clinics

Fraser Health will bring pop-up immunization clinics to Burnaby and Surrey campuses this fall.

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3. BC Vaccine Card

Proof of vaccination required to access some campus activities and facilities.

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4. Ventilation upgrades

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

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5. Ventilation optimization

Flushing building air daily and maximizing outdoor airflow.

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6. 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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7. COVID-19 self-screening

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

BC Thrive app

8. Enhanced cleaning

Conducting enhanced cleaning of high-touch places.

9. Hand hygiene

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

10. Management of density

Offering some classes online.

11. University communicable disease plan

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

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12. Safety training

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

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13. Masks

Non-medical masks must be worn indoors.

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14. Careful social contact

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

15. Limits on gatherings

Placing limits on gatherings for non-educational activities.

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All students, faculty and staff have been asked to submit vaccine declarations. Those who have declared they are not vaccinated or who choose not to disclose their status, are expected to participated in rapid screening.

Learn more about Vaccine Declarations and Rapid Screening

We are ready to shift measures quickly in response to changes in public health measures to protect the community.


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