Cancellations and service changes

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the vulnerable, protect our community and protect the health care system, UVic has transitioned away from face-to-face classes, suspended non-essential travel, cancelled gatherings, temporarily suspended and/or modified some services and emphasized the importance for everyone to follow public health guidelines. In addition, UVic is temporarily suspending all on-campus research and creative project activities.

Spring 2020 Convocation postponed

The convocation ceremonies previously scheduled for June 8 to 12, 2020 have been postponed. The university is working on an alternative way for graduates to celebrate this momentous occasion. We will provide an update once the details have been confirmed. Convocation FAQs

Vikes programs, facilities and summer camps

The University of Victoria Vikes Athletics and Recreation Department has extended the suspension of programs, services and closure of athletic facilities until June 30. This includes CARSA and McKinnon facilities. However, registration for Vikes Summer Camps and other offerings for July and August will begin April 1 at 7:00 a.m.

Building and property closures

The University Club, the Student Union Building and all computer labs are now closed.

We have temporarily closed Cedar Hill Corner and Finnerty Gardens to public access.

All UVic library buildings are closed until April 10, at which time service levels will be reassessed. Visit UVic Libraries’ website for more information.

Service changes

The following services are being offered over the phone, online and through other means of delivery:

Student services

Additional university services and offices are also transitioning away from in-person delivery. To confirm in-person availability, please call ahead or check their website.

Campus services

Staff and faculty: Please continue to email your regular university contacts for questions related to specific university operations.

Events

Following the directive of the provincial health officer, all gatherings of more than 50 people at UVic are cancelled. These new measures recommended by the Provincial Health Officer for all British Columbians are being taken in an effort to slow the disease, protect the vulnerable, protect our community and protect the health care system. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates to the university community as the situation changes.

Organizers of events with fewer than 50 people should assess the risk of hosting the event and consult Health Canada’s risk considerations when deciding whether to postpone or cancel a mass gathering. Considerations include and are not limited to the type and necessity of the event, the population characteristics of those attending the event and resources for attendees to practice hand hygiene. Organizers may consider alternate modes of delivery, reducing the number of attendees to improve physical distancing, postponing the event, or cancellation.

Please check the UVic event calendar for updated cancellation information. The calendar is also where you can notify possible attendees should you decide to cancel your event.