As you know, on March 16, UBC embarked on a three-week pilot for Remote Work Arrangements for faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student employees who are able to work remotely.
On March 19, the university also announced it was curtailing on-campus research activities at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. This curtailment was initially in effect until April 15. To continue research activities on our campuses, researchers must receive an exemption to be classed as critical research or maintaining critical research resources.
The situation regarding COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing has not yet eased, and is even more important now. In light of this, and continuing to follow guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, we will be extending the Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment until the end of April.
This will be reassessed at the end of April, based on information about COVID-19, and in conjunction with our government and health stakeholders.
As a reminder, a series of FAQs have been developed to support you during this time:
- FAQs to support Remote Work Arrangements http://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/
- FAQs related to on-campus research curtailment https://research.ubc.ca/covid-19-curtailing-research-activities-ubc-campuses
- Updates and FAQs related to COVID-19 and UBC’s response https://covid19.ubc.ca/
Once again, we would like to thank you for your commitment to the university. We understand that COVID-19 is impacting you in many ways, and we appreciate your ongoing flexibility as we continue to navigate this challenging situation.
Interim Vice-President, Human Resources
Vice-President, Research & Innovation