Post-secondary studies during COVID-19

For the 2021/2022 academic year, public post-secondary institutions will follow updated COVID-19 Return-to-Campus guidelines. 

Last updated: November 8, 2021

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COVID-19 Return-to-Campus guidelines

The guidelines are developed by a team of experts from B.C.’s post-secondary sector, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, regional health authorities and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Return-to-Campus town halls

On May 10, 2021, the public health guidance provided in the previously released Return-to-Campus Primer was discussed at a virtual province-wide town hallOn May 28, 2021, the public health guidance provided in the previously released Return-to-Campus Primer was discussed at a second virtual province-wide town hall.

Institution communicable disease prevention

Under the guidance of WorkSafeBC, all public post-secondary institutions have developed communicable disease prevention plans. 

As part of these plans, post-secondary institutions can implement their own proof of vaccination policies beyond what is provincially required. 

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Mental health supports

Students, faculty and staff may be anxious or experiencing increased stress about returning to campus. Mental health supports will be critical for everyone’s health and wellbeing as part of the return to in-person activities on campus. Various supports are available including:

Campus resources may include spirituality and wellness centres including:

  • Counselling departments with trained counsellors who are available to students for career, educational, personal and crisis counselling
  • Wellness centres offering one-to-one health and wellness planning
  • Multifaith centres, chaplaincy and/or on-campus pastoral care providing one-on-one pastoral/ spiritual counselling, and communal gatherings to support health and well-being