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School has barely begun at UVic and already challenges are afoot related to COVID-19 protocols.

This past weekend, a party on UVic campus of over several hundred students took place.

UVic released a statement on Monday condemning the party.

We appreciate those students who are acting responsibly and ask those involved in the incident last night to stop behaving in a manner that puts our fall return to campus at risk,” said Jim Dunsdon, associate vice-president of Student Affairs.

“By holding or attending large, unstructured parties, students increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Their behaviour is unacceptable and puts at risk students, our employees, our instructors and our local community.”
Saanich Police were on scene with Campus Security where they conducted 50 pour-outs of liquor and ticketed two people for underage drinking.

Videos from the party show young people climbing structures of UVic, but there were no reports of property damage.

Witnesses reported that Saanich Police were on scene for a couple of hours, where officers guarded an entrance to a residence building at UVic.

“The majority of the people there were respectful, but as usual, there were some that were not,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades with Saanich PD.

While there are no restrictions on outdoor gatherings in public places, UVic has expressed their concern over COVID-19.

“It is the responsibility of every UVic student to take public health measures and related campus rules seriously and challenge their peers to do the same,” UVic said in a statement on Monday morning.

“Efforts by our entire UVic community to provide an in-person experience that everyone seeks is placed in jeopardy when behaviours such as this impact what we are trying to achieve.”

This week, 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.
To participate in on-campus, in-person activities students, faculty, and staff must choose either option.

Students will also be required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces in light of the province-wide mask mandate.

Beginning September 13th, vaccine cards will be required in recreational spaces in BC for both British Columbians and visitors to the province.

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