Dear members of the UBC community:
I hope you’re all having a good summer. It’s hard to believe, but September is only six weeks away, so today I’d like to update you on our plans for the fall.
As I mentioned before, this fall, UBC will primarily offer larger classes online with selected smaller classes conducted in-person, adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements.
It will be a very different September than we are used to. Traditional events such as Imagine, Create, Homecoming and welcome back events for faculty, staff and students will either be offered in different formats or not offered at all.
However, we will find a way to welcome you back, and to welcome first year students to UBC.
We will provide more details shortly.
As we prepare for September, we have begun to implement a robust process for the resumption of academic, administrative and ancillary services, based on guiding principles focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and the public.
Individual faculties, departments and units will be adopting different procedures, depending on their circumstances. It is expected that many faculty and staff will continue to work from home. Faculty and staff who do need to come to campus for their work must complete mandatory COVID-19 training. You can find out more about this at rs.ubc.ca/covid-19/safety-planning/.
We are also preparing a student training module. More details will be provided shortly.
It is vital that we maintain health and safety standards for those returning to our campuses. This includes staying home if you are ill, getting tested if you have symptoms, continuing to practice good hygiene by frequent hand washing and maintaining physical distancing as much as possible.
La situation concernant le COVID-19 continue d’évoluer, mais je suis rassuré de voir que l’UBC progresse vers une reprise graduelle et modérée des programmes et services sur le campus. Offrir à nos étudiants la meilleure expérience possible à l’UBC, tout en assurant la santé et la sécurité de notre communauté, reste notre principale priorité.
The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, but I am heartened to see UBC moving forward on gradual re-occupancy and the measured resumption of on-campus programs and services. Providing our students with the best experience possible at UBC, while ensuring the health and safety of our community, continues to be our first priority.
I appreciate that COVID-19 has meant significant adjustment for everyone. Please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed and I am proud of all our faculty, staff and students.
And now, this week’s #SongsofComfort contribution is from the Vancouver Brass Collective, which is made up of some of UBC’s top students and graduates. This piece was composed by their artistic director and notable UBC alumnus, Jaelem Bhate (JAY-lem BAIT).
Thank you and stay safe. Merci et portez-vous bien.