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UVic response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

UVic is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial health officer in this rapidly evolving situation.


Island Health COVID-19 testing clinic

The university is assisting Island Health to provide an additional regional COVID-19 testing site in UVic’s parking lot 10 as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What to expect this Fall

For those of us returning to campus, and even for those of us who are continuing to work on campus, things will certainly feel different this fall. Here are a few things you can expect.

Academic programming for the spring term (January-April 2021)

UVic will continue to offer a blend of face-to-face and online instruction for the spring term. We are looking at ways to safely open up the campus more while keeping aligned with public health guidelines.

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Health & safety

Our safety programing is informed by guidance and direction from the provincial health officer, COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector and WorkSafeBC.

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The Government of Canada and BC’s provincial health officer have advised against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the USA. In addition, travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home. In response, the university is placing a hold on university-sponsored international travel.


We have placed a hold on university-sponsored, outbound global student mobility programs. You can request special permission if you have special circumstances or your graduate program requires international travel.

Faculty & staff

UVic does not support travel to countries where the government of Canada has advised “avoid non-essential travel”. This is in accordance with our Off-Campus Activity Risk Management Policy (AD2210). You can request special permission if you have circumstances that require travel.

UVic COVID-19 impact scale

The impact rating scale provides a snapshot of UVic's response through various stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines the impacts of each rating level on our operations and services.

The rating scale is a high-level summary of our overall response. It also suggests indicators that may result in a shift from one rating level to another.

Coming to campus

We all know things are going to be different this Fall at UVic. Learn what you can expect if you come to the UVic campus.

Campus services

In response to COVID-19 we have modified some services at UVic for your health and safety:


If you have further questions, please contact the relevant department or email

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