Sick policy & health screening

Note: information on this page is subject to change and is current only as of this date:  August 20, 2020

Sick Policy

The university has developed a COVID-19 illness policy based on guidance and direction from the PHO, BCCDC and WorkSafeBC.  A copy of the policy is available here.

The policy requires that the following individuals must not attend campus:

  • anyone with COVID‐19 symptoms must self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from onset of symptoms, until their symptoms are completely resolved.
  • anyone under the direction of public health to self-isolate must follow those instructions.
  • anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada, or who is a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms, including individuals who live in the same household as a confirmed COVID-19 case who is self-isolating.

Daily Health Screening

The policy also requires that all individuals must do a self-assessment daily for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus.  If individuals have any symptoms they should:

  • stay home and self-isolate
  • consult the COVID-19 self-assessment tool at
  • contact 811 for medical advice

Self-reporting declarations

In additional to daily health screening, there may be some circumstances where individuals will be required to make a self-reporting declaration (verbally or in writing) that they are: not sick; not symptomatic; have not travelled internationally recently; and are not required to be self-isolating – before they may enter or visit a workplace. 

Self-declarations may be required if there is a greater degree of risk presented to the employees (e.g. increased contact intensity) in settings such as child care, health care practicums, medical clinics, specialized lab environments/procedures, etc.

It is the responsibility of the unit to determine if a self-reporting declaration is required and make clear those expectations to their clients or visitors.

COVID-19 symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold.  According to BC CDC, they include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and muscle aches.