How COVID-19 cases on campus are managed

COVID-19 will continue to circulate in the broader community and needs to be managed for years to come. At SFU, our focus is to get as many people as possible vaccinated. Vaccination is the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves and the community. Beyond vaccination, there are many layers of protection in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Last updated: February 04, 2022

SFU works closely with Public Health to manage COVID-19 cases on campus

Our community is large, and individuals participate in many activities across many geographic areas. There will be COVID-19 cases on our campuses during the pandemic. Our plans anticipate this and we are prepared for this.

If a student, faculty or staff member is confirmed positive with COVID-19, that does not mean they contracted it while at SFU or that others at SFU have been exposed or are at risk. SFU works closely with our Public Health partners, who manage pandemic response.  

As COVID-19 becomes common in our communities, Public Health has changed its pandemic response, shifting to an approach of self-management and outbreak response. This is because case management and contact tracing is better for diseases with longer incubation periods and limited community spread, such as measles or earlier variants of COVID-19.

Public Health will continue to work closely with SFU to manage possible outbreaks. Individual cases not related to a local outbreak will be self-managed. This means individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be  responsible for notifying close contacts, unless informed otherwise by Public Health.

For the majority of the SFU community, individuals will be responsible for notifying their close contacts, using the criteria listed on the BC CDC website, which are as follows:

  • People you live or share a room with.
  • People you had intimate contact with.

Based on the above criteria, the majority of in-person classroom and learning settings are not considered close-contact environments.

If departments are seeing an increase in case numbers in their units, they may notify the case management team by sending an email to

Never share private medical information

Instructors, colleagues or classmates, should never share another person’s private medical information, which includes test results or that they are being tested for COVID-19.

Medical information is personal information, it is confidential and protected by privacy legislation. Those who test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay home. SFU provides self-isolation spaces for students living in Residence & Housing.

Use the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool

The most important thing to know is if you are concerned that you may have been exposed to a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 result, use the BC government COVID-19 self-assessment tool for guidance on what to do or call 8-1-1. Public Health also has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300.

Stay at home if you are sick

Please remember we are entering cold and flu season. Someone with symptoms of illness should stay home and not come to campus. Detailed self-isolation and self-monitoring information is available on the BC CDC website. Detailed testing information is also available on the BC CDC website.