UVic will require its students, staff and faculty attending on-campus activities to either self-declare their vaccination status or participate in a COVID-19 rapid test come September.
“There are still many moving pieces and details to be finalized but we wanted to inform our community as soon as we could,” Vice President of UVIC, Kevin Hall, said in a statement.
The news comes alongside the BC vaccine card announcement, which will go into effect September 13th, and the reinstatement of the mandatory indoor masking health order.
“Alongside the BC Vaccine Card and mandatory indoor masking PHO orders from earlier this week, we believe this program will give students, staff and faculty the confidence needed for a full return to in-person campus activities,” Hall said.
To participate in on-campus, in-person activities students, faculty, or staff must choose either option.
While this is a relatively new measure, Hall said that this “significant undertaking” will be developing at the behest of provincial health orders and measures.
Concerns over confidential data will be discussed collaboratively with faculty and staff associations and unions, as well as student societies, Hall said.
“We believe this program will give students, staff and faculty the confidence needed for a full return to in-person campus activities,” said Hall.
UVic joins Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University on this joint plan.