COVID-19 Residence Rules

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Last updated: June 30, 2021.

Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges and the restart advice and recommendations provided by our Provincial Health Authorities.

Health and safety remain our first priorities and we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and with other post-secondary institutions within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines and other emerging and leading practices.

COVID-19 Residence Rules

The following rules are in effect in the Student Residences managed by UBC Student Housing and Community Services (SHCS) and apply to all residents and their guests while on residence property as defined in the Residence contract applicable to each residence area. The boundaries of each residence property can be found on the residence property webpage. There are also the campus-wide COVID-19 safety rules, which govern conduct elsewhere on UBC premises and apply to you when not on residence property.

SHCS will follow health and safety measures required of it by Federal and Provincial government authorities, including the Provincial Health Authorities, the Provincial Health Officer, and WorkSafe BC (“Public Health Authorities”) and other emerging and leading practices.

Employees of UBC SHCS, guest speakers and other third-party service providers are not governed by these COVID-19 residence rules but are governed by a different set of COVID-19 rules, which are compliant with the guidelines of Public Health Authorities and may differ from those that apply to residents.

These rules are in place to help maintain the health and safety of yourself and others in the residence community. It is important that you comply with these rules and stay informed of any changes in these rules to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Failure to follow these rules may result in residence standards action up to and including termination of your residence contract and eviction from residence.

Residence services, amenities and rules may need to be adjusted on an ongoing basis, often on short notice, to respond to developing circumstances.

  1. When to Self-Quarantine. As required by the Government of Canada, persons who are entering or re-entering Canada are required to comply with all Canadian entry and quarantine requirements. For additional information, please visit the Government of Canada’s mandatory quarantine or isolation page. If required to self-isolate, a resident moving into or returning to a shared* unit (any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student) must self-isolate in a different, private space before moving into or returning to their shared* unit. The resident must make separate accommodation arrangements for this period. Learn more about options for quarantine (self-isolation) accommodation.
  2. Understanding Symptoms. Each resident must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms. A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool or Support App.
  3. Self-Assessing. A resident who is ill or believes they have COVID-19 symptoms or have experienced exposure to COVID-19 must complete the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool (or use the BC COVID-19 Support App – iOS or Android). Residents must follow any instructions provided by the BC self-assessment tool or Support App.
  4. Getting Tested. If the BC self-assessment tool, the BC COVID-19 Support App or a health professional recommends that a resident get tested for COVID-19, or self-isolate they must do so immediately. Testing is available at the locations indicated on the British Columbia COVID-19 Collection Centres webpage.
  5. When to Self-Isolate. A resident recommended by a health professional to self-isolate must do so for as long as recommended by that health professional. Find additional information regarding self-isolation requirements.
  6. Self-Isolating on Campus. A resident cannot self-isolate in a shared* unit in residence. This includes any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student. If required to self-isolate, a resident in a shared unit must immediately notify a Residence Life Manager, who can be contacted by email, or by speaking with any Residence Front Desk. The resident must make separate accommodation arrangements for this period. A Residence Life Manager can assist with on-campus self-isolation accommodation and food options, as well as referrals to other resources. More information is available on our UBC Self-Isolation website and our COVID-19 webpage.
  7. Self-Isolating Rules for Students.
    • A resident who is self-isolating because they travelled to Canada from abroad must adhere to the direction provided by the Government of Canada.
    • A resident who has been asked to self-isolate by a health professional must adhere to the direction provided by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). Residents must stay inside their self-isolation accommodation; the only exceptions are outlined by the BCCDC.
    • While in self-isolation a resident is prohibited from accessing or using shared residence facilities, including but not limited to laundry rooms, fitness rooms, study spaces, etc.
    • A resident who has to open the door of their self-isolation accommodation (i.e., to retrieve groceries or meals) must wash their hands immediately before doing so and wear a face covering at all times.
    • Maintain two metres distance and avoid physical contact with others.
    • A resident in self-isolation is not permitted to have guests.
  8. Hosting Guests. Healthy residents are once again permitted to host guests in their unit in accordance with the usual requirements outlined in the Residence Contract. As per Appendix II “Guests, Visitors, and Parties” parties must be pre-registered for staff approval via a Function Responsibility Form (FRFs). Residents are responsible for ensuring their guests follow the COVID-19 Residence Rules.
  9. Following Signage. Residents and guests must follow relevant signage and floor markings. Examples include but are not limited to occupancy limits, amenity space closures, and requirement to wear a face covering or other personal protective equipment.
  10. Wearing Masks. Wearing a mask indoors in a residence public area is recommended for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. However, there is no general requirement for persons to wear masks when indoors on residence property unless there are specific rules in an area that requires them.

*Shared does not refer to student family housing, a studio or a one-bedroom apartment.