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COVID-19 info for students

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

Updates

COVID update from President Hall

President Hall provides an update on the recent provincial health restrictions and how they impact the UVic community.

New province-wide restrictions

Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued new Public Health Orders for individuals, places of work and businesses to significantly reduce the level of social interactions and travel in British Columbia and combat...

Province asks residents to avoid travel

As COVID-19 cases rise across the province and the country, BC’s provincial health officer (PHO) is asking residents to avoid non-essential travel.

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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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Tuition & student fees

Tuition fees remain unchanged. We continue to provide high-quality programs by the same experienced faculty. Since moving swiftly to online instruction in mid-March we’ve carefully considered and are investing in several changes to support excellence in online teaching and learning for the summer and fall terms.

We have more resources for course design and delivery, new collaborative and interactive platforms, more bandwidth and support services. We’re also hiring more teaching assistants and instructors to provide one-on-one support for you.

We continue to deliver the student services you need online. These include academic advising, counselling, international student supports, and health services.

Tuition is an integral part of the university’s budget. It helps provide for the costs of education including instruction, programs, services and support for students now and when face-to-face instruction resumes.

We will lessen the burden where we can with flexibility and increased supports, and have financial assistance available through our established bursary programs.

Students studying online will not be charged for athletics and recreation fees or for the cost of the U-Pass transit pass.

Please note that the UVSS and GSS set their own fees for undergraduate and graduate students, respectively.

Funding

We know that COVID-19 has caused financial hardships for some of our students. UVic awards over 4 million dollars annually in the form of bursaries for students in financial need. We also have funding available for international and Indigenous students.

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.

Study spaces & computer labs

Quiet study spaces are available on campus so you can focus on your learning in a safe environment. The Computer Help Desk Computing Facilities are open with limited capacity in the Clearihue building. 

Information about safe work plans for common areas is available from OHSE.

Student life

The Office of Student Life is working to transition all of our student engagement programs and initiatives online to ensure students are still connected for the upcoming year. Visit uvic.ca/studentlife for up to date information.

New Student Connect Program

The New Student Connect Program is a peer-support engagement program that will pair new students with upper-year UVic students. The senior students will help you transition to the university and learn how to navigate academic life. You'll have opportunities to engage in an active online student community, with access to social platforms that enable you to interact with other students socially and academically. Contact us at getconnected@uvic.ca.

Global Community

The UVic Global Community (GC) is an International Student Services (ISS) initiative. It creates space for international and domestic students, staff, and faculty to make intercultural connections and celebrate diversity.

The GC has programs like mentorship and conversation partners. They run events and activities throughout the year including the International Student Welcome, Holiday Dinner, beach socials, nature hikes and more. Currently they are hosting virtual conversation cafés three times a week.

On-campus housing

Residences are open this year. We are committed to building healthy, positive communities in residence while maintaining the health and safety of our staff and students.

International students

International students are an important part of the UVic community. We are working to make our online experience engaging and fruitful for you. Check out our COVID-19 international website for more information about how these changes affect you.

Co-op & career services

A lot has changed over the past few months, including what it's like to be a co-op student. We know that this is a challenging time - your co-op office is here for you! We've put together some COVID-19 information to keep you up-to-date on support and resources.

Looking to hire a co-op student? We've put together some resources for co-op employers.

Student Wellness Centre

Counselling

UVic Counselling is offering appointments by phone or video. Please call us at 250-721-8563 to make a same-day or pre-booked appointment.

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Health

UVic Health is offering appointments primarily by phone or video. In-person appointments are available when required. Same-day and pre-booked appointments can be made by phone at 250-721-8563.

Multifaith

UVic Multifaith is offering online events and some in-person activities. COVID protocols and small group sizes are in effect for in-person events.

You can reach out to a chaplain directly. Please call 250-721-8338 or email multifaith@uvic.ca to book an appointment with a chaplain.

SupportConnect

SupportConnect is a free and confidential 24/7 mental health service for UVic students. Connect with counsellors, consultants and life coaches by phone or online—anytime, from anywhere.

  • Toll-free (calls from North America): 1-844-773-1427
  • International collect calls: 1-250-999-7621

Additional resources:

  • Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888
  • Youthspace.ca online text and chat, 6 p.m.-midnight
  • KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour provincial Aboriginal crisis line for adults/elders (250-723-4050), children/youth (250-723-2040), toll-free line (1-800-588-8717).
  • Here2Talk is a confidential, free, single-session BC government service that offers appointments for students by app, phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can speak to a trained counsellor by phone, toll-free at 1-877-857-3397 or direct at 604-642-5212. Students calling from outside Canada can dial 1-604-642-5212.

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