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COVID Guidelines Update

VIU Residence: COVID Guidelines

Update - Aug 24, 2021

Hey everyone we are looking forward to having you all join us this upcoming academic year! We have some important information regarding your upcoming stay at VIU Student Housing. 

As announced today by British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training there will be additional public health requirements that will impact VIU Housing students. At this time VIU Student Housing staff are working hard on our internal procedures in response to these new requirements.   

The following are key takeaways from today’s announcement. As per today’s Provincial Public Health announcement all on-campus housing students will be required to: 

  1. Provide Proof of Vaccination by the dates indicated in the below schedule, and 

  2. Wear masks when in public and common spaces as of August 25, 2021, see below for details.   

Proof of Vaccination Due Dates 

  • September 7, 2021 – Students living in on-campus housing must have at least one dose of a Canadian approved COVID vaccine.   

  • October 24, 2021 – Students must be fully vaccinated (2 doses) with 7 days after their second dose.  

Over the next couple days, we will provide you with additional information on how and when to report your vaccination status to us, what documentation is needed upon checking in to VIU Student Housing, and answers to the other questions you may have. 

Additional Information on new Public Health Order can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof 

Getting Vaccinated  

  • On Campus at VIU: 
    • VaxVan will be on VIU campus on September 7, 2021 from 10am-4pm at the Royal Bank Plaza  
    • Temporary Vaccine Clinic:  Building 255 room 171 (multi purpose room) from September 8 - 23, 10 am - 2 pm

As per the updated guidelines from the BC Government please see the updated VIU Residence COVID Guidelines, these have been extended or until we hear otherwise from the BC Government. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping everyone and our community safe at this time.

We all have a requirement to keep our community safe, if you are not feeling well we ask that you please report if you are isolating and not feeling well to the VIU Residence Front Desk or on the VIU Residence StarRez Portal.

Masks are required in all public places

As of August 25, 2021. All students living in VIU Housing are to wear a mask when outside of their rooms with the only exception being when eating. The Public Health Orders require that masks be worn in the following indoor public settings and shared work areas on campus:

  • Kitchens, common rooms, hallways, elevators, customer counters and other high-traffic areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Bookstore, libraries, athletic/recreation centres and food service outlets

We have been receiving several complaints about people not wearing masks and using eating or drinking as an excuse not to wear a mask in shared spaces. To keep our community safe with faster spreading variants on the rise. Effective immediately the COVID-19 guidelines surrounding the wearing of masks for residents and employees on VIU Residences will be updated.

The updated COVID-19 guidelines around mask wearing are as follows:

  • Masks must be worn at all times when in any common space. This includes but is not limited to common rooms, kitchens, hallways, Cedar Center, board room, shared offices, laundry room etc.
  • Food or drink consumption is only allowed when seated at a dining room table in a common room
  • A reminder that Residence furniture including dinner table cannot be moved.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in every other common room location including the couches, chairs and kitchens
  • Masks should be made of at least 3 layers (2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen, the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric)

These new guidelines will be enforced immediately as a result of several incidences recently reported to Residence Life staff. Any failure to abide by these new restrictions will result in a conduct meeting and subsequent disciplinary action.

Even when wearing a mask, please continue to practice physical distancing as much as possible, as a mask is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Campus Services & Amenities

While you are on VIU campus we ask you to follow all province-wide Public Health Orders and VIU COVID related guidelines that are outlined by VIU, Facilities and Health & Safety

Daily Self-Assessment

Everyone must do a self-assessment daily for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving your room or going onto campus.

For more information about daily health screening and steps if you are feeling ill, visit VIU Residence Portal and click on COVID & Illness Reporting Information

Your Household

  • Your household is considered your, rental suit, this is your room, bathroom and your bathroomate
  • In an apartment all your roommates are considered your household in your pod

Why is my Building or Floor not my Household?

Residence Buildings and common areas are VIU staff work environments they are not a household, as per work safe BC because we have our staff who go into the building to work daily it is not considered a household but a work space. That is why Masks are required in all shared indoor spaces and common areas at VIU and Student Residence

Off Campus Guests - Not Permitted

In order to keep our community safe, guests who are not living on VIU Residence Property are not permitted in any Residence Buildings.

Residence Staff

Housekeepers and Residence Staff, including Community Leaders are considered VIU staff and in some situations may be required to meet in groups larger than the 3 in order to perform work responsibilities, to provide support or to follow up on incidents.

COVID & Conduct

We ask that you all follow the provincial guidelines and Residence COVID regulations, social gatherings of more than 3 indoors/ 10 outdoors are not permitted. Anyone hosting a gathering that exceeds COVID policies is at risk of having their residence agreement terminated. 

Thank you all again for your understanding and cooperation in keeping everyone and our community safe at this time.

VIU Residence Staff


We will continue to monitor and adjust to the evolving COVID-19 public policy environment.  For an overview of the public health protocols guiding the BC post-secondary sector, please see the province’s COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines. These guidelines were recently updated to reflect many of the recent public health orders and to guide COVID-19 case management, including contact tracing and communication. For up-to-date guidance and information about the university’s ongoing COVID-19 response, please visit the COVID Website