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Answers to student questions


January 27, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the UFV Student Union Society (SUS) posted an open letter regarding the January 24 return to in-person learning on UFV campuses.

The SUS letter posed the questions listed below and UFV wishes to address these concerns.

UFV continues to follow the guidelines set by the Provincial Health Office, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and WorkSafeBC.


Safety protocols and procedures

Will there be limits on class sizes?

UFV already has some of the smallest class sizes in the province. Unless directed by the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, classes will not be resized as the COVID response protocols and processes in place will help curb the spread of COVID-19.

How often will classrooms get cleaned throughout the day?

Once per day as indicated in the UFV COVID-19 operational guideline and as outlined in the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance document.

How will the proper use of masks be enforced?

Here are the current mask guidelines. You can find out more about the various kinds of masks from the BC CDC. UFV Health and Safety will follow the current escalation process when enforcing the provincial mask health order as detailed in our mask compliance guideline.

Will you be able to eat or drink in class?

You can temporarily remove your mask while seated and if you are actively eating or drinking. Please limit eating and drinking in class to only when necessary. Lower your mask and then raise it again immediately after eating or drinking. It is encouraged that eating and drinking are done in cafeterias and in break rooms.

Will added safety measures be put in place to protect the health and safety of students and staff (increased cleaning, social distancing in classrooms, access to hand sanitizer, etc.)?

All UFV Communicable Disease Prevention measures adhere to those set by BC health authorities and WorkSafe BC

Will health checks be required before attending a class in person?

All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for completing a BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment before coming to campus. Health checks of other forms will not be carried out on campus.

Will UFV ensure social distancing occurs in classes and on campus?

Social distancing is not currently recommended or required under public health orders.


If a student tests positive for COVID-19

Will students be notified if someone in their class tests positive for COVID-19?

No. The BC CDC has moved to advising those who test positive for COVID-19 to stay home and inform their close contacts. As students in classes are masked, they are not considered close contacts.

Will students be penalized for having to miss classes or exams due to illness or COVID-19?


Students should let professors know they will be absent from class due to illness. Professors will accommodate absences due to illness and provide opportunities to make up work and instruction missed. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow all directions provided by the BCCDC regarding isolation and contact notification.

What is the procedure if a student tests positive for COVID-19? Whom do they need to notify?

The BC Provincial Health Officer and the BC CDC advise that anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home, self-isolate, and inform their close contacts.

Who will be responsible for ensuring that all students attending class in person are not ill?

It is the personal responsibility of everyone in the UFV community – students, faculty, and staff – to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and to stay home and follow the BC CDC guidelines for self-isolation and contact notification if symptoms are noticed.


Financial questions

Can students get a refund for their classes this semester if they cannot attend or do not feel safe attending?

UFV made clear in its communication that the shift to remote learning was temporary, with in-person classes resuming on January 24. The deadline to withdraw from classes and receive a refund was on January 25. Students with extenuating circumstances may wish to apply for a refund


Logistical questions

Will professors have the option to keep their classes online for this semester?

No. Professors are expected to deliver their courses as scheduled in the Winter 2022 timetable.

If a student is at elevated risk or lives with someone who is at elevated risk for COVID-19, will accommodations be made to allow them to continue their learning online?

If the course is offered online, the student would have the option to take that version or request admission in it, but students will not be able to request individualized online classes.

If classes return in-person and cases increase at UFV, will the university have to move back to remote learning?

As UFV has done throughout the pandemic, the recommendations of the experts in scientific response to a pandemic, the BC Provincial Health Office, will be followed. If cases increase and the recommendation from this office is to move to remote learning, then UFV will act accordingly. 


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