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

High (H1)

Teaching1 Only approved essential in-person teaching1
Research2 General On-Campus On-campus research (safety and risk mitigation plan must be approved)
In-person Human Participants Research Minimal intervention HPR (safety and risk mitigation plan and updated protocols must be approved)
Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites Low risk activity may be approved with safety plan (e.g. local, distancing possible)
Faculty/Staff Only employees providing essential 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 Only essential on-campus services (i.e. housing, food, health services)
Meetings/Events/Programs No in-person meetings, events or programs, except some essential academic meetings with approval
International Travel3 University-related international travel restrictions as per Interim Policy
Building Access/Public Areas Restricted building access, common areas and lunchrooms closed

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.