Return to Campus

Information for the campus community

Jan 2021 update

Decision on fall 2021 classes
The university has not made a decision on the delivery method (face-to face or online) for classes in Fall 2021. This decision will be made in April and will be communicated to students through email and on the web. 

Working from home will continue until June 30, 2021
The University of Calgary has decided to extend work from home for most of our employees who are able to do so through to June 30, 2021 – the end of the academic year. Learn more. 

Important Information for International Students traveling to Canada this term 
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Emergency warden program update

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and resultant work from home mandate the Emergency Warden program does not function as intended and has been suspended.

Though the Emergency Warden program has always functioned as a volunteer best efforts initiative during regular business hours to supplement the engineered Fire Alarm systems in our buildings and assist first responders (primarily Campus Security and the Calgary Fire Department) with information related to the event, during this time previously identified emergency wardens will not be active in evacuation events.

Everyone - whether student, faculty, staff, tenant, contractor or visitor - is required to evacuate and not re enter a building in alarm. Follow the emergency instructions below, these emergency instructions are posted in all campus buildings and can also be located on the Emergency Management web page.

Evacuation Instructions

  • Take coat, keys and identification if immediately available
  • Evacuate building through the nearest safe exit
  • Close all doors along your exit route
  • Obey all instructions and emergency announcements for specific evacuation instructions
  • Move outside, away from the building and proceed to the Assembly Point
  • If you have information regarding the emergency, call 9-1-1 then Campus Security at 403-220-5333 when safe to do so
  • Do not re-enter the building until you have received the “ALL CLEAR” at the assembly point

Shipping and receiving update
Please note the following updates regarding shipping and receiving, effective Dec. 14:

  • Areas supporting research who are still on campus will continue to receive freight.
  • Foothills campus will receive freight as usual.
  • Dock drops to key areas where staffed, will continue to receive freight.
  • Mail and parcel pick will be available at Distribution Services located in the Physical Plant between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
  • You will be required to inform Derek Kogstad and Andy Wah what day and time a representative from your area will be coming to the Physical Plant to pick-up parcels and mail.
  • Please ensure your item has been physically delivered to Distribution Services before making arrangements to pick it up.
  • The Physical Plant is located directly across from the Alberta Children’s Hospital. You will see three loading dock doors and delivery trucks in the parking lot. There is signage guiding you into the warehouse.
  • Masks and social distancing are required immediately once you’ve entered the warehouse.

Cases on campus
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases on campus: View the COVID-19 dashboard

We would like to remind our campus community of the updated isolation guidance for employees and students which include a guide of when to come on campus

See all past updates


Resources for Return to Campus

If you're returning to campus, take a moment to familiarize yourself with these documents and training modules.


Re-entry Protocols

This document outlines rules that the campus community must follow when coming onto any UCalgary campus

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Classroom & Lab Re-entry Protocol

Instructional spaces

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Lab/Office Workspace Safety Plan

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Return to Campus Planning Guide

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Lab/Office Workspace Safety Plan FAQs

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Return to Campus FAQs for Leaders

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Return to Campus Guidelines for Leaders

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Employee and Student Isolation Guide

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COVID-19 Procedure for Sick Students

Procedure if a student becomes sick while on campus

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COVID-19 Procedure for Sick Employees

Procedure if an employee becomes sick at work:

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Return to Campus Training for Leaders and Employees

Before you return to campus, review these quick online modules to ensure you know your responsibilities and how to stay safe.

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Response Procedure to Positive COVID-19 Test Result

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Protocol for Front Counter Shielding

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campus visitors

To maintain a safe campus community it is important that people we invite to campus follow the university’s COVID-19 protocols.

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Guidance for Meal Preparation and Eating Spaces

This document provides guidance on how to prepare and consume meals (and beverages) in faculty and staff spaces, student lounges and faculty study spaces. Download the visual guide.

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COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily checklist

(for children under 18), page 1-2
(for adults 18 years and over) page 3

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14-day Isolation Exemption for Technicians Instructions

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Working alone on campus

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Please submit any COVID-19 questions or feedback to

Frequently Asked Questions

While most students, faculty and staff continue to work from home, we know there are many questions about returning to campus

General student FAQ

Includes information about services, resources, textbooks, medical notes and more.

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Graduate Student FAQ

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International student FAQ

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Research FAQ

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Faculty & Staff FAQ

Working from home

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Fitness Centre & Active Living FAQ

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Student Residence FAQ

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Academic Staff FAQ

Includes information about course materials, learning technologies, face-to-face classes and more. 

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Mask FAQ

UCalgary students, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and visitors to campus are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces at all Calgary campuses.

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Return to Campus Safety

Interested in how things are being cleaned and disinfected on campus?

Looking for campus safety tips?

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New building hours

Starting Aug. 17, buildings on main campus will be unlocked between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and will be locked overnight and on weekends. Outside of these hours, buildings can be accessed by electronic or key access only. Faculty and staff who normally can access our buildings with their Unicard or issued keys can still do so.

More information, including building specific details for the Physical Plant, Child Development Centre, Spyhill Campus, Foothills Campus, Taylor Family Digital Library, Downtown Campus and City Building Design Lab, is available here.

Working on campus

As was shared earlier with the campus community, we remind everyone that only those who need to be on campus should be on campus. If your studies or work require you to come to campus in person, please practice the social distancing guidelines recommended by the Government of Alberta, such as: Keep at least six feet (the length of a bicycle) from others. Avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces. Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces.

We also ask that you take safety precautions that reflect how quiet campus is right now. If you have to come to campus in person, please let somebody know where you’ll be and how long you’ll be there, or come with a (six-foot-away-from-you) buddy. Please don’t be surprised if a member of our Campus Security approaches you to see if you’re OK. Your safety is important to us. 

Working from home

Effective Sunday, March 22 all faculty and staff who can perform their work from home should do so, until further notice. Only those that are performing functions that require them to be on site should work on campus. 

Need IT help? How to use Office365, map to a network, use VPN/MFA from home etc.
Improve Your Ergonomic Approach at home. Learn more. 

Employees who require their desktop computing equipment at home are required to complete the IT Equipment Agreement

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