Holiday closure safety tips

December 16, 2020

Community safety, loss prevention, & COVID-19 safety measures

Although most of us are not currently coming to campus for work, for those who are, we want to provide some helpful reminders before heading out for the holidays. It’s been an exceptionally challenging year for many of us. We do hope that you take this needed time away from work to rejuvenate and safely connect with those you care most about. 

Before heading out for the holidays, consider taking a few simple, precautionary measures.

Prior to leaving campus

  1. Lock all office doors, and make sure windows are tightly secured. 
  2. Close all blinds and curtains, especially where an interior can be viewed from outside. 
  3. Secure portable items such as iPads, laptops and cash boxes in locked cabinets/vaults. 
  4. Take home any valuable personal items. 
  5. Ensure office and cabinet keys are properly accounted for and secured. 
  6. Ensure taps and faucets are turned off in rooms where they will not be in use.
  7. Check for any property issues and notify Facilities if these have potential to become a bigger concern if left unattended (e.g., broken door knobs, backed up toilets, pipe leaks).
  8. Turn off and unplug any electronic equipment where possible.

If you plan to visit campus during the holidays

Campus Public Safety (CPS) will continue to be available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season

  • If you are working alone in your workspace, let us know.
  • Need a safety to/from your dorm room, car, or office? Call Safewalk.
  • If you notice anything unusual with property - water pooling where it shouldn't, ice patches, etc...
Call the Non-Emergency Line at 778.782.7991
  • If you require immediate security response
Call the Urgent Line at 778.782.4500
  • For any emergency situation requiring immediate response by police, ambulance or fire.
Call 9-1-1
  • It's that time of year again where the weather can change at the drop of a hat
Check the Road Report before you leave for campus

All COVID-19 related measures and requirements for on-campus work and study at SFU remain in place throughout the holidays. Access remains limited to current members of the community undertaking essential on-campus work or study. Check SFU’s COVID-19 impact scale for the latest summary of university activities permitted. 

Prior to visiting campus, a daily health screening for students, staff and faculty is required. Please refer to your departmental safety plan or visit the SRS COVID-19 Resource page for SFU’s Go Forward Plan and other resources.  

This time of year, it’s important to think about your mental wellness. The SFU Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides confidential, professional assistance to help you or your family members resolve problems affecting your personal and work lives. 

SFU’s Multifaith Centre has put together an exciting list of virtual events during this holiday season. 

This holiday season, unpack tips for spotting fake gift card requests and leap into the New Year with the best in account security. IT Services invites you to share our online safety tips for avoiding phishing messages, so you can ensure your days are merry and bright. 

Consider treating your SFU account to Multi-Factor Authentication and ring in 2021 with SFU’s best defence against account compromises.