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 (H2)

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., shared vehicle, distancing difficult)
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 (i.e. housing, food, health services, limited services for students)
Meetings/Events/Programs Essential internal in-person meetings, events, ceremonies or programs may be approved. Must have a safety plan and limited numbers of participants
International Travel3 University-related international travel restrictions as per Interim Policy
Building Access/Public Areas Restricted building access, designated common areas and lunchrooms available with restrictions

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.