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


Teaching1 In-person teaching without restrictions to class sizes
Research2 General On-Campus On-campus research without restrictions
In-person Human Participants Research No restrictions
Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites No restrictions
Faculty/Staff All employees on campus with exceptions
Visitors Visitors welcome
Campus Amenities & Services On-campus services open without restrictions
Meetings/Events/Programs In-person meetings, events, ceremonies or programs without restrictions
International Travel3 University-related international travel restrictions as per Interim Policy
Building Access/Public Areas Unrestricted building access

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.