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
On this page:
- COVID-19 Return-to-Campus guidelines
- Return-to-Campus town halls
- Institution communicable disease prevention
- Mental health supports
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.
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 hall. On 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.
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.
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Camosun College
- Capilano University
- Coast Mountain College
- College of New Caledonia
- College of the Rockies
- Douglas College
- Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- Justice Institute of British Columbia
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Langara College
- Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
- North Island College
- Northern Lights College
- Okanagan College
- Royal Roads University
- Selkirk College
- Simon Fraser University
- Thompson Rivers University
- University of British Columbia
- University of Northern British Columbia
- University of the Fraser Valley
- University of Victoria
- Vancouver Community College
- Vancouver Island University
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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:
- Here2Talk, a free and confidential 24/7 mental-health counselling and referral service, and the new Capacity to Connect program which provides faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions with easy access to the tools and skills they need to provide intervention and help for students who are struggling with their mental health and wellness
- The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) provides information and resources to communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour
- KUU-US crisis response service, a culturally-aware crisis support is available 24/7 to Indigenous people in B.C.
- Mental Health and Wellness Support resources are available through BCcampus
- Faculty and staff can access counselling and wellness services through employee and family assistance programs
- Virtual mental health programs and services are offered through the Province to support mental health and wellness
- Let’s Talk About Suicide: Raising Awareness and Supporting Students is a facilitator’s guide to working with faculty and staff through detailed training on suicide awareness and response in a sensitive and respectful way
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