How COVID-19 cases on campus are managed

COVID-19 will continue to circulate in the broader community and need 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: September 13, 2021

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

Our community is large, and has interactions in many geographic areas and activities. There will be COVID-19 cases on our campuses during this stage of the pandemic. Our plans anticipate and are prepared for this.

If a student, staff or faculty member is confirmed positive with COVID-19, that does not mean that they contracted COVID-19 while at SFU or that others at SFU have been exposed or are at risk. SFU works closely with Public Health, who oversee the process of case management and notification. Public Health uses contact tracing to determine and notify close contacts or those who may be at risk of exposure from a person with a positive COVID-19 result. 

A close contact is generally someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when health and safety measures were not in place or were insufficient. Learn more on the Close Contacts page of the BC CDC website.

Public Health manages notifications

When SFU is notified of a positive case within our community, Public Health is responsible for managing the notification process. Public Health may ask an individual with a confirmed case to notify their household or social contacts, but will always contact workplace and school contacts.

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

Never share private medical information

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. Instructors and class attendees or students in SFU Residence & Housing or SFU Athletics will be notified by Public Health if it is determined that there is risk of COVID-19 exposure. In some cases, Public Health may ask SFU to assist with notification or contact tracing.

Use the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool

The most important thing to know is if you are ever 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 and get tested

Please remember that we are entering cold and flu season. Someone with symptoms of illness should remain at home and not attend campus. Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones.