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What to expect this Fall

We all know things are going to be different this Fall at UVic. Most of us are studying and working online. 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.

We can all help to keep our campus safe this fall. Here are a few things you can expect.

Bigger spaces, fewer faces

To allow for physical distancing, you’ll see fewer people in classrooms and meeting rooms this fall. We’ve also rearranged and removed furniture or designated specific seats in rooms to help you keep your distance.

Signage and traffic flow

You’ll see new signage, arrows and markers to help you safely move around campus. We’ve also added signs to help with etiquette in staircases, elevators, washrooms and other common spaces.

Study spaces & labs

We have opened some dedicated spaces for you to study and learn on campus. Over 100 bookable study spaces are available and more will be added as needed. Limited bookable space is also available in the Clearihue computer labs and you can access the helpdesk virtually.

Safety ambassadors

Teams of safety ambassadors have been hired to help with safety measures on campus. They’ll monitor traffic in and out of rooms so you won’t be crowded. They’ll also help between classes to ensure rooms are prepped and clean for the next group of learners.

Services

UVic is still offering a full range of great services this year. The new Student Wellness Centre is now open. The Bookstore, Academic Advising and CARSA gym facilities are open too, but their service models may have changed. Some services are online only or must be booked in advance. Check websites for details.

Food and drink

You’ll still find lots of great food at Mystic Market. Starbucks (under the bookstore) is also offering a grab and go service. Some food services in the Student Union Building are also open. Most other food outlets are closed. Water fountains and hydration stations are open for filling water bottles only. Don’t forget to bring your own water bottle so you can stay hydrated!

Hand washing

Hand washing is one of the best things you can do to help limit the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing your ABC’s). There are hand sanitizer stations at all major main floor entrances of buildings or feel free to carry around your own!

Masks

Even with limited numbers of people on campus, common areas can be congested, making it difficult to consistently maintain a safe physical distance. 

We recommend that you wear a mask in public indoor spaces like hallways, stairways, building entryways and other high-traffic areas, especially where it’s more difficult to keep distance. If you're unable to wear a mask, please take care to maintain a safe distance from others.

Masks are a great way to help limit the spread of germs, but they won’t stop germ travel altogether. It’s important to practice good hygiene and maintain physical distance even when you’re wearing one.

Reusable masks for on-campus activities

We will have UVic-branded reusable face masks available for each on-campus student, faculty and staff member this fall. Students moving into campus housing will receive a mask during their move-in process.

Starting September 7, other students must show their ONECard at the University Centre to receive their mask. Faculty and staff can do the same at the ONECard office beginning September 14, and continuing through September and October.

Stay home if you’re sick

Remember to do a self-assessment every day before coming to UVic. If you have any symptoms please stay home. You can also call 811 for medical advice. BC’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool is really helpful too.

Learn more

If you are coming to campus, please allow for extra time to get around, follow the signage and continue to show kindness and respect to those around you. 

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