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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

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.

Non-Medical masks recommended on campus

Effective Sept. 8, the university is recommending that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces where physical distancing can’t be maintained for longer than brief periods.

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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

We have opened some dedicated spaces for you to study and learn on campus.

  • Beginning September 9, student study spaces in the Clearihue and MacLaurin buildings can be booked online.
  • Starting October 9, the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library will open another 100 study spaces in addition to the 42 spaces available in BiblioCafe and 42 spaces in the Law Library. Some drop in spaces are available. We recommend you book your study space in advance.

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

Computer labs

The Computer Help Desk Computing Facilities are open with limited capacity in the Clearihue building.  You can book a Windows or Mac computer for up to a full day using the booking request form.

Plus, you can now print on our lab printers using a wireless connection and your own personal computer!

You can also access the Computer Help Desk for remote support via phone and email.

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.

Counselling & mental health

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.

UVic Counselling Services is open. We are offering appointments by phone. Contact us by phone (250-721-8341) to find support options. 

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Other 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.

Health services

UVic Health Services is open!  Services are offered almost entirely by telehealth (phone or videochat). Appointments can be made by phone at 250-721-8492. Please do not come in person to make appointments. Learn about changes to our services

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