Frequently Asked Questions

Current status

Work for most employees must continue remotely until at least December 31, 2020 to minimize the number of people on our campuses and prevent the spread of COVID-19. See updates on the university COVID-19 site.

What are essential on-campus services?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus essential services are services that, if interrupted, would (1) endanger the life, personal safety or health of our community, or (2) irrevocably damage the environment or university property. On-campus essential services include activities such as infrastructure maintenance, animal care, hazard risk management, security, and health care. Talk to your supervisor if you are unsure if your work is considered essential.

I’m working remotely. Can I visit campus to pick up supplies or retrieve items from my office?

Yes, but prior to visiting you must coordinate with your supervisor or faculty to ensure applicable health measures can be followed, and you must minimize your time on campus.

Is my workspace, building, or lab ready, safe and clean?

If you have been approved to come back to campus to work, then your workspace has met all the public health requirements for a safe work environment. Meeting public health requirements will be the key consideration in approving additional work to operate or resume on campus throughout all relaunch stages.

Do your part to ensure the continued safety of our campuses and workspaces. While working on campus during the pandemic, diligently following public health requirements, all safety measures, and health and safety updates on the university’s COVID-19 website.

What can I do if I have a concern about my work environment?

If you have concerns about your current or proposed working environment — whether on or off campus — discuss it with your manager or supervisor.

Contact us

For COVID-19-related employment-related issues, University of Alberta staff can direct their questions to

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