Summer 2021 Term

Main campus

Building hours: 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday

Library Building: 7:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Library Services and IT Help Desk service hours: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday

Registrar's Office and student services hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday 

Computer Lab space is available in Fir Building, Room 212

kálax-ay | the Sunshine Coast Campus

For the latest hours and information call 604 885 9310 or email sunshinecoast@capilanou.ca

CapU Lonsdale 

Building hours: 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 8:15 a.m.-9:15 p.m. on Friday

This location is open only for students and faculty for the limited number of courses taking place at this location.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Cleaning kits have been placed in all commonly used areas. Our cleaning and custodial staff have implemented infectious disease cleaning protocols that incorporate viral disinfectants (Virox) in their regular custodial practices. We have increased frequency of cleaning common, high-touch surface areas up to eight times per day (i.e., door handles, railings and keyboards) and custodial staff are deep cleaning key areas on a regular basis after hours. We continue to have cleaners on campus seven days a week. 

Keyboards covers have been placed on all computer keyboards in the Library and cleaning kits are provided at computer stations for users to wipe down keyboards before and after each use.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings on campus follow guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In response to COVID-19, ASHRAE recommends HVAC system operational changes to help prevent the spread of this disease:

  • Filtration: Upgrade equipment filters to MERV-13
  • Ventilation: Fresh air intake increase - more outdoor air is introduced to the space while the returning air is discharged outside
  • Post Occupancy Flush: End of day building purge - once the campus is empty, the HVAC system will fully purge the building with fresh air

Campus buildings, on average, can exchange the air in a room anywhere from 8-12 times. Moving forward, we will be regularly checking with ASHRAE for operational updates to ensure that we are doing all we can to help prevent the spread of this disease.

 

Food services on the main campus remains limited. Currently, students and employees have the following options:

  • Bring your own food. Please note that communal microwaves are not available due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
  • Vending machines are available with a variety of food and beverage options, including fresh food vending machines at the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.
  • Order from food delivery services using the central Birch Building roundabout as a curbside pick-up point. Other pick-up points around the main campus are being considered. Signage will be posted.

The Birch Building Cafeteria remains closed, however, it will reopen on Monday, August 23, offering coffee and tea, baked goods, breakfast, salads, sandwiches and a hot lunch entrée. The hours of operations will be Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Beginning September 7, Tim Hortons and Good Earth in the Library Building will also be open.

Depending on demand, the café at the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation is currently scheduled to be open on September 20.

 

Updated July 22, 2021

Return to Campus Planning

CapU has a series of safety plans, policies and guidelines. These will be updated to align with BC's Restart and COVID-19 Return-To-Campus Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector. CapU will continue to follow current health guidelines and implement safety precautions recommended by public health and WorkSafeBC.

 

Updated July 5, 2021

 

 

 

When we expand our in-person activities in the fall, the University and all its programs will follow the province’s return-to-campus guidelines for post-secondary institutions. In alignment with BC’s Restart, these guidelines will detail requirements for mask use, room capacity, sanitation, etc. Additional health and safety measures may be implemented, only if a task-based risk assessment requires it for a specific class. For more information about CapU’s return to campus, visit: capilanou.ca/return2campus

 

Updated July 5, 2021

CapU will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Prevention Exposure Control Plan. This transition will take place over the summer with the aim to be ready for the return of students and employees in September.  To read our current safety planning resources, visit Return to Campus—Campus Safety.

 

Updated July 9, 2021

Yes. We are planning to have orientation programs available for new-to-CapU students. There will be other extracurricular activities planned throughout the Fall 2021 term. The nature of the activity and whether the type of activities will be in-person or virtual (or a combination of the two) will be determined through public health direction. Other non-academic activities will follow the B.C. Provincial Health Orders.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

Yes. As we begin to welcome more people on campus, additional in-person services will be opened in support of the increased demand. 

The Birch Building Cafeteria will reopen on Monday, August 23, and will offer coffee and tea, baked goods, breakfast, salads, sandwiches and a hot lunch entrée. The hours of operations will be Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Beginning September 7, Tim Hortons and Good Earth in the Library Building will also be open.

Depending on demand, the café at the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation is currently scheduled to be open on September 20.

Updated schedules for each service will be posted well in advance of a return to campus.

 

Updated July 22, 2021

Health & Safety Practices

CapU will continue to follow current health guidelines and implement safety precautions recommended by public health and WorkSafeBC.

As CapU moves along with BC’s Restart into Step 3 and follows the COVID-19 Return-To-Campus Guidelines for B.C.’s post-secondary sector, the University is doing the following: 

  1. Maintaining up-to-date campus safety plans and signage.
  2. Daily health checks will be a personal responsibility. Students, employees and visitors are no longer required to report daily health checks before coming to campus. As always, please continue to monitor your health and stay home if you are feeling unwell.  
  3. Face coverings and physical distancing will be recommended and no longer required in all indoor common areas. Please be respectful of individuals’ decisions about masks. For more information, refer to B.C.’s Restart.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. The University is also providing appropriate hand-cleaning facilities and alternatives like alcohol hand rubs
  5. Cleaning and sanitization continues to be a priority in all common and high-trafficked areas and touch points. Hand-sanitization stations are provided at all entrances/exits to buildings and elevators. Cleaning supplies are provided so you can wipe down your space before you leave communal areas.
  6. Managing the safe flow of pedestrian traffic within buildings and confined areas.
  7. Maintaining the University’s building ventilation systems to the highest standards for air circulation.

 

Updated July 9, 2021

Based on the guidelines and recommendations from Dr. Bonnie Henry, we can anticipate by September 2021:

  1. COVID-19 transmission will be low, and more importantly serious infections will be uncommon.
  2. COVID-19 is a virus that is unlikely to be eliminated from the population but can be managed in the same manner as other common respiratory infections.
  3. All adults in B.C. will have had an opportunity to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before July 1, 2021, while many will have received two doses by the end of August.

 

Updated July 5, 2021

Yes. CapU has taken into account different scenarios, from individual illness to regional or provincial-wide community spikes that will require the University to follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer. We encourage students and employees to remain flexible and be prepared to change formats, if required, to maintain community safety and operational needs.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

Notification of COVID-19 cases, and potential exposures within our community, is managed by public health authorities, not by CapU. If the University is asked by public health authorities to notify our community members of a confirmed case, we will do so by distributing material prepared by those public health authorities. Only those identified through contact tracing as “needing to know” will have access to this information.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

We will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, and will provide updates as they become available. Currently, daily health checks will be a personal responsibility. Students, employees and visitors are no longer required to report daily health checks before coming to campus. As always, please continue to monitor your health and stay home if you are feeling unwell.

 

Updated July 9, 2021

If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home, consult the B.C. COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed, and contact 811 or your healthcare provider for medical advice, as necessary. Read the CapU Illness Reporting Process to understand what you should do if you feel ill while on or off campus.

 

Updated July 9, 2021

One of the best things you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Washing your hands often and practicing good hand hygiene will reduce the chances of getting or spreading germs like COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand rubs can be used to disinfect your hands when soap and water are not available.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Depending on the situation and environment you are in, you can anticipate a role for non-medical masks to be worn. Any requirements for masks will be informed by the Provincial Health Officer and the latest COVID-19 Return-To-Campus Guidelines for B.C.’s post-secondary sector.

 

Updated July 5, 2021

Physical distancing is not expected to be required in classrooms, instructional settings and office areas in the fall due to increased community immunity from those who have been vaccinated, the layering of core public health practices and the tailoring of prevention and control measures. There may be exceptions in certain limited areas. Capilano University will update its safety protocols to align with the latest health and safety recommendations by public health and WorkSafeBC. The Office of Health & Safety is available for consultation for specific classroom and activity questions.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

The Office of Health & Safety is available for consultation for specific classroom and activity questions.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

While things are beginning to stabilize in B.C., this is not the case globally. We want to recognize the many members of our University community who have personal connections around the world and who cannot yet see the end of the pandemic. Should you require support or someone to talk to, there is help:

Students: Counselling Services is available via telephone. Please call 604-984-1744 or email counselling@capilanou.ca to make appointments. Additionally, Here2Talk provides confidential counselling services to Canadian and international post-secondary students in B.C. 24 hours a day via app, phone and online. The BC Centre for Disease Control also provides some helpful resources on mental health and well-being during COVID-19.

Employees: If you or a family member is struggling at this time, Homewood Health and its Employee & Family Assistance Program are available to you and your immediate family members.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Counselling Services is available via telephone. Please call 604-984-1744 or email counselling@capilanou.ca to make appointments. Additionally, Here2Talk provides confidential counselling services to Canadian and international post-secondary students in B.C. 24 hours a day via app, phone and online. The BC Centre for Disease Control also provides some helpful resources on mental health and well-being during COVID-19.

If you are looking for more tools to help your students living with mental health challenges, you can access Capacity to Connect—an open, adaptable digital training resource by BCcampus, that provides basic mental health and wellness knowledge for post-secondary faculty and staff to support students in distress.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Vaccinations

At this point, we have not been asked by public health to set up a vaccination clinic on campus. We remain interested in exploring this possibility if, later in the vaccination campaign, there is an opportunity to coordinate on-campus vaccinations. There are numerous vaccination clinics in Metro Vancouver, including in North Vancouver. Register to get vaccinated by visiting https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca

 

Updated June 30, 2021

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, the vaccines offered in B.C. are expected to protect people against the different COVID-19 variants circulating in the province, including the variants of concern. Getting vaccinated helps decrease the risk of having severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization and death; and prevents new variants from arising and helps control the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more at Immunize BC.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

Vaccination is a personal health decision and it is an individual’s right to keep private their medical information.  Please be considerate when discussing vaccination with your classmates, teams and colleagues, and do not ask anyone whether or not they have been vaccinated. It’s fine to share your own information if you’re comfortable doing so, but consider those around you and how others may feel when these conversations take place.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

No. There are no vaccines in Canada that are mandatory. Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and health authorities have determined that with the expected number of partially and fully vaccinated individuals, the health risk will be low by the time we return to campus in the fall.

In addition to being careful not to introduce prevention measures that are different from those issued by the Provincial Health Officer, there are equity, privacy, human rights, employment law and operational practicality considerations that are informing CapU’s decisions regarding vaccines. CapU does, however, strongly encourage its students and employees to get vaccinated. Vaccines are the best way to protect against COVID-19. They protect you and everyone around you. The more people in a community who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. You can learn more at Immunize BC.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

Employees are eligible to take to up to three (3) hours of paid leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Amendments to the Employment Standards Act provide this support for both doses of the vaccine. If your work schedule requires time off in order to get vaccinated, please work directly with your supervisor, manager, director or dean to make arrangements. Employees do not need to enter this leave into PurelyHR.

Please note, this leave is available for employees to be personally vaccinated, however, it does not extend to employees accompanying or assisting others to be vaccinated. Under this circumstance, employees can request family responsibility leave or vacation.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Yes. The BC Provincial Health Officer has provided guidance that Capilano University should be confident that a return to on-campus instruction can be undertaken safely and successfully. The University offered some in-person teaching throughout the 2020/21 academic year and we have strong protocols to ensure we can pursue academic activities safely.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Yes. We recognize that some students and employees may return to campus after only having one dose. CapU continues to follow all the public health guidelines and direction set by the public health authorities. The public health authorities have determined that with the expected number of partially and fully vaccinated individuals the public health risk is low. Learn more: BC’s Restart.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

No. There are no vaccines in Canada that are mandatory. However, we strongly encourage students living in student housing to be vaccinated. Vaccines are the best way to protect against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. They protect you and everyone around you. The more people in our community who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. You can learn more at https://immunizebc.ca/.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

No. There are no vaccines in Canada that are mandatory. However, we strongly encourage everyone in our University community to be vaccinated. Anyone living, working and studying in B.C. is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost and without a B.C. health care number. Vaccines are the best way to protect against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. They protect you and everyone around you. The more people in our community who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. Learn more at https://immunizebc.ca/.

If you have any more questions about vaccinations, traveling to Canada or admissions, please contact Capilano University’s Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

Yes, all adult students will be eligible to receive the vaccine, including international students, through the B.C. immunization program. While not mandatory, COVID-19 vaccines are available to all adults living, working or studying in B.C. during the pandemic. You do not need a Personal Health Number, B.C. Services Card or to enrolled in B.C.’s Medical Services Plan to get the vaccine.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Campus Spaces

Yes, in fact, air ventilation systems at CapU campuses exceed health requirements. Circulating fresh air on 20-minute cycles, the HVAC systems in buildings on our main campus, kálax-ay and at CapU Lonsdale surpass the WorkSafeBC requirements for air circulation and ventilation. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems that operate properly do not contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

On our main campus, we have COVID-19 Building Leaders who will be available to help with overcrowding and the flow of pedestrian traffic in buildings and confined areas. You will recognize them by their beige vests. There will be supervisors available to monitor at CapU Lonsdale and kálax-ay.

 

Updated May 25, 2021

Yes. Study spaces and computer labs, including informal study spaces and other locations suitable for silent and personal or quiet group studying, will be available. We will have more information to share as health and safety plans for common areas are updated in the coming months.

 

Updated June 30, 2021

Yes. Plans are being made to open in the fall. Campus recreation programs and services will follow public health requirements and cleaning protocols, as updated. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

 

Updated June 30, 2021