SFU community frequently asked questions about COVID-19

Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and how we are responding at SFU

Last Updated: Mon, 01 Jun 2020 4:00 PM

SFU follows the latest information and recommendations about COVID-19 from regional and provincial medical health officers. For the latest number of confirmed cases in British Columbia, please visit the BCCDC website.

New information:

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, try the BC government COVID-19 self-assessment tool to help guide you on what to do. The province of BC has also set up a dedicated COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300. The service is available daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with information available in over 110 languages.

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For information specific to students, staff/faculty and campus services, please check out the links below. For answers to common questions about COVID-19 please check out BC CDC's FAQs.

Q: Will classes be in-person or remote for the fall term?

With the provincial government easing some of the COVID-19-related restrictions in BC, as well as guidelines for colleges and universities, SFU has made the following decisions about the fall 2020 term:

  • Most classes will continue to be delivered through remote methods in the fall term. This decision creates certainty for students and instructors, safety for those with higher levels of health risks, and access to learning for students who cannot travel to BC at this time.
  • If allowed by government and health authorities, and provided that personal health and safety can be maintained, we will open selected courses for in-person instructional activities where the learning objectives cannot easily be replicated through remote instruction. Examples may include laboratory-based classes, field trips, and graduate student classes where in-person participation is essential. To avoid having an unsafe number of people on campus, we will limit the number of in-person courses. Working with faculties and health and safety experts, we will identify which in-person courses and activities will be allowed, and we will share that information as soon as we can.
  • Similarly, and subject to the same health and safety guidelines, some co-curricular and extra-curricular programing (co-op and recreation, for example) may proceed on an in-person basis.
  • Building on our experience gained in the spring and summer terms, we will ensure that remote learning and teaching provides a high-quality experience, and ensure that students who expect to graduate in the 2020/2021 academic year are able to meet their degree requirements.
  • We will continue to enhance remote learning support for students and instructors.
  • We will look at ways to simplify and/or streamline academic requirements to enable students to progress through their programs more easily.
  • Student supports and services will continue to be delivered remotely, with some services offered in-person, subject to health and safety guidelines.

We continue to work on a number of processes, innovations, and safety regulations to support our university community, so stay tuned for further updates.

Q: What is SFU doing about admission of Grade 12 students this fall term?

SFU typically admits grade 12 high school students for the fall term starting in January, based on self-reported grade information.  The majority of our conditional admission offers are made by the end of April and we do not see this timeline being impacted by COVID-19 at this time.

We know that determining how final grade 12 grades will be awarded is a priority for the Ministry of Education, and await their direction before finalizing how we will confirm our grade 12 admissions. We are confident that these matters will be sorted and look forward to welcoming a new cohort of high school graduates to our university this fall.

For more info on admissions, please see our frequently asked admission questions page.

Q: Is convocation being cancelled? 

Following information and advice about COVID-19 from regional and provincial health officers regarding large events, SFU has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring 2020 Convocation ceremonies that were scheduled for June 9 to 12, 2020 to ensure the safety of the SFU community.

The university will host a virtual celebration on June 11, 2020, 5:30 - 6:00 PM PDT that will allow graduands and their families to gather virtually and celebrate.

We will provide updates here and on the convocation website as details, including options to attend a future convocation ceremony, are confirmed. More information can be found on the convocation FAQ page. 

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