The UCW website is kept up-to-date with the latest information on how we are responding to this situation, including an FAQ section. UCW is also in regular communication with students, faculty and staff with updates.
Yes – we closed the campus for three days for a deep clean and sanitation measures have been enhanced to ensure that all areas of the campus are cleaned properly and areas of constant human touch such as switches, door handles, etc. are cleaned with disinfectant and alcohol wipes. We have distributed hand sanitizer and Kleenex throughout the campus and have established self-assessment centres. All social events have been cancelled and students are encouraged to practice social distancing.
We have informed students feeling sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay home, self- isolate and to call 8-1-1 or their doctor. Students have also been asked to let Student Services and their instructors know if they are unwell.
We have also offered students the option to attend their classes online using collaboration tools.
All classes for the Spring 2020 Term will begin online. This will accommodate anyone needing to self-isolate due to recent travel or anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, as well as students unable to arrive in Canada due to travel restrictions.
Students should confirm coverage directly with their health insurance provider. Most major providers such as GuardMe have indicated that if a student is diagnosed with an illness when they are in Canada, including COVID-19, they are eligible for medically necessary treatment as per the normal terms and conditions of their policy.
Yes, all events on campus have been cancelled and most current students have the option to study online for the rest of the current term. New students on campus who recently arrived in Canada will report to Student Services and are asked to self-isolate for the government- mandated 14 days after arrival. They are provided information about online support and classes. Student Orientation will be held online for all new students.
While the Canadian government has not placed restrictions on foreign nationals leaving the country at this time, reductions in commercial air travel and entry requirements at their destination may impact student mobility. In the event that a student is unable to return to their home country, UCW will provide services to assist the student and will help to connect them to consular services for their country.
We acknowledge that the territories on which UCW and its campuses are situated are the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We thank them for having cared for this land since time immemorial, honour their graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here, and iterate our dedication to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.