Extension of Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment

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As you know, the health and wellbeing of our university community remains our priority, and we are continuing to follow guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In keeping with the direction from Dr. Henry that the requirement for physical distancing remains in place, we are extending Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment as outlined below.

Remote Work Arrangements

UBC’s Remote Work Arrangements will continue to apply to faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and student employees until further notice. Thank you to everyone who has made the transition to remote working in the last few weeks, and to those who have continued to provide required on-campus services during this time. You can find FAQs to support Remote Work Arrangements at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/covid-19/.

On-Campus Research Curtailment

We appreciate that many researchers have been able to transition to conduct their research and scholarship remotely. However, we are aware that this curtailment has significantly impacted many faculty members, graduate students, research trainees, postdoctoral fellows and research staff. To address this, we are working with Faculties on both campuses to consider how we will gradually ease curtailment restrictions in ways that are consistent with public health requirements. This advance planning effort will allow us to safely and judiciously increase on-campus research activities when public health conditions allow. We will advise you as to where we are in the planning process within the next two weeks. Please visit https://research.ubc.ca/covid-19 for more information about the ongoing curtailment and the status of exempted activities.

As a reminder, FAQs related to COVID-19 and UBC’s response can also be found at https://covid19.ubc.ca/.

We will provide further updates regarding Remote Work Arrangements and on-campus research curtailment as the situation evolves. In the meantime, thank you for your ongoing efforts and commitment to the university.

Marcia Buchholz
Vice-President, Human Resources

Gail Murphy
Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

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