Spring 2021

September 03, 2020

This message is sent on behalf of Jonathan Driver, vice-president, academic and provost pro-tem. It has been sent to all students, faculty and staff. 

Hi everyone,

As we continue to monitor and adapt our operations to living safely with the impacts of COVID-19, we’re committed to sharing information about our planning as early as possible so each of you can make your own corresponding arrangements. 

At this stage, and as we move into the Spring term, we are able to resume more campus activities. We will continue to expand in-person access as much as possible, while following direction from public health officials. (Read more about the current H2 rating of our COVID-19 Impact Scale.) 

For the Spring term, most courses will be delivered remotely, with increased in-person courses in program areas that require research and experiential learning. Students in those programs will hear directly from their faculties with ample time to make arrangements. We are also able to accommodate more graduate-level courses for in-person learning at this stage as those courses tend to be smaller in size.

At this level there is also increased flexibility for on-campus activities:

  • Selected academic events with < 20 participants are allowed with restrictions and approved Safety Plans (e.g., thesis defence, research group meeting)
  • For faculty and staff, there are a limited number of employees providing essential and some limited services on campus (staggered shifts in place).
  • Campus Amenities and Service moved to limited on-campus services with restrictions and enhanced online services (e.g., dining, health & counselling, library, etc.)
  • Meetings and Events is allowing limited in-person meetings, events, ceremonies or programs with an approved Safety Plan.
  • International Travel is only allowed for essential university-sanctioned travel and in accordance with approved guidance for exceptions (safety and risk mitigation plan required).

We continue to work with public health authorities to ensure the health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff, and encourage everyone to review this quick guide to staying safe on campus. In addition, we continue to update the COVID-19 FAQs page on our website with the latest information. You’ll also find tools and resources such as safety plan templates, meeting guidelines and international travel direction. 

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the pandemic in the safest way for our SFU community.

Stay safe, healthy and well,

Jonathan C. Driver, PhD, RPA
Vice-President Academic and Provost pro tem

Simon Fraser University