Planning for Fall 2021 - March 11

March 11, 2021

This message is sent on behalf of: Catherine Dauvergne, vice-president academic and provost; and Wade Parkhouse, vice-provost and associate vice-president, academic. It has been sent to all students.


Dear student,

On March 8th, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, advised all public colleges, institutes, and universities to prepare for a full return to on-campus education this September. This news follows the government’s work to ramp up vaccination efforts so that everyone living in British Columbia is expected to have access to COVID-19 vaccination by this summer. Widespread vaccination will ensure that we can safely return to campus.  

As we shared a few weeks ago, SFU is well-positioned to work toward a return to our campuses and in-person instruction in September.

You may be eager to return to campus, or you may feel anxious or uncertain – or you may have a mix of both emotions. We also understand the complex factors that may impact your individual ability and decision-making around resuming on-campus studies. Our priority is to return to campus safely, within the parameters of public health guidance.  

Next steps

Public colleges, institutes and universities across B.C. will continue to work with Dr. Henry to update the provincial Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector to help guide a safe return to campus.  

We have much more work to do as we prepare for the fall term. We will continue to learn from our experience with remote delivery, and preserve useful innovations of the past year that we want to retain – all while maintaining your health and well-being as our top priority. We'll keep you updated over the coming weeks and months as our planning progresses, and as we prepare for the best and safest possible return to campuses.  

This year has been hard, and as we move forward we remain ready to support you. Check out our COVID-19 support site, or send us your questions at

Yours truly,

Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, QC
Vice-President Academic and Provost

Wade Parkhouse
Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic

Simon Fraser University