COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information

Latest Updates

  • Updates for the U of A community for the week ending May 22

    May 22, 2020

    This week’s updates include an update about Phase One of the gradual on-campus research plan, information about Spring Convocation, a note about Fall Residence applications, and a reminder about the need to continue remote work.

  • Updates for the U of A community for the week ending May 15

    May 15, 2020

    This week’s updates include financial resources for students, information for researchers, FAQs for international students, a new locker pickup date, and a reminder that the University Health Centre and Pharmacy are open.

  • Resuming On-Campus Research - Phase 1

    May 14, 2020

    On May 25, the university will start a gradual, phased resumption of research on campus. The information below is intended to help principal investigators and professors efficiently meet public health requirements in order to resume their research activities on campus.

  • Update on the Fall 2020 term at the U of A

    May 14, 2020

    Over the last several weeks, the University of Alberta has been turning its attention to the Fall 2020 term. Today, President Turpin announced the U of A’s initial plans for welcoming incoming and current students to the new academic year in September.

  • Potential research funding impacts from COVID-19 and the provincial budget

    May 13, 2020

    COVID-19 has significantly affected most, if not all, University of Alberta research projects in various ways. In the case of research funding, there are some potential impacts principal investigators (PIs) and project holders should consider

  • Updates for the U of A community for the week ending May 8

    May 08, 2020

    This week’s update includes information about the province’s relaunch strategy, an update about ONEcard and Parking Services access, info about a laptop lending program for students, and a note about the online convocation ceremony set to take place on June 12.

  • Updates for the U of A community for the week ending May 1

    May 01, 2020

    This week’s update includes a message of thanks from President Turpin, information about a new email notification from the Research Services Office, and a deadline extension for faculty excellence awards.

  • Updates for the U of A community for the week ending April 24

    April 24, 2020

    This week’s update includes information about a Statistics Canada survey for students, information about federal support announcements for students and researchers, information about summer camps, and the start of Fall 2020 planning efforts.

  • Learn more about the U of A’s response to COVID-19, and Fall 2020 planning

    April 20, 2020

    Information on the University of Alberta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the community has quickly adapted to extraordinary change and challenges. Also, updates on the planning process for Fall 2020.

  • Updates for the U of A community for the week ending April 17

    April 17, 2020

    This week’s update includes information about access to lockers, tips for maintaining your privacy and records management while at home, and advice about non-medical masks. Also: President Turpin has shared information about an agreement between the university and the Non-academic Staff Association concerning COVID-19 related temporary layoffs.

  • All updates


To minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including things like the flu/influenza and COVID-19), Alberta Health Services recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands immediately after coughing and/or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and used often.

Principle Statement

As Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions, we have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We will take a responsible and proactive approach that balances the goal of supporting our students in achieving their learning objectives with the safety and health of our learners and institutional team members. While the decisions made by each institution will be unique to the institution needs and context, we are collectively utilizing alternative delivery models and solutions as well as staffing models to ensure that our doors remain open. We recognize that the decisions we make today will need to be sustainable into the months ahead. Because the situation regarding COVID-19 is dynamic, we will continue to follow the advice of public health agencies as it is updated.

The U of A’s Public Health Response Team ( manages the university's preparation and response to public health issues. The university is closely monitoring and following the directives of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Health Services, Global Affairs Canada, and other relevant and trusted public health authorities.