COVID-19 impact scale

The SFU COVID-19 impact scale identifies four distinct recovery phases, extreme, high, moderate and low, that will aid in the recovery planning and implementation as the university responds to the external decisions and indicators to either loosen or tighten the operations in an orderly and coordinated way.

SFU COVID-19 impact scale levels

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Current rating: High (H2)

Teaching1 Only essential in-person teaching1
Academic Essential in-person meetings, events or programs with restrictions and approved safety plan (<20 participants)
Research2 General On-Campus On-campus research (safety and risk mitigation plan required)
In-person Human Participants Research Minimal intervention HPR permitted with safety and risk mitigation plan in place and updated protocols
Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites Low risk activity permitted with safety plan (e.g. local, distancing possible)
Faculty/Staff Limited numbers of employees providing essential and some limited services on campus (staggered shifts in place)
Visitors Only visitors providing or assisting with a core service, and only on invitation approved by a manager.
Campus Amenities & Services Very limited on-campus services with restrictions (e.g. Dining, Health and Counselling, Library, etc.)
Meetings/Events/Programs Limited internal in-person meetings, events, ceremonies or programs with approved safety plan (<20 participants)
International Travel3 Only essential university-sanctioned international travel and activities in accordance with approved guidance for exceptions (safety and risk mitigation plan required)
Building Access/Public Areas Restricted building access, public areas and lunchrooms closed
Other Physical distancing in place, additional cleaning

1 - Decisions on teaching will usually apply to an entire academic term and may be made months in advance. A reduction in impact scale during an academic term may therefore not lead to any changes in teaching activities on campus.

2 - Please refer to guidance documents on Fieldwork/Third-Party Sites and HPR.

3 - All international travel and activities at all levels will need to follow Government of Canada travel advice and advisories and BC Provincial Health guidelines including isolation requirements.