Returning to campus

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. The only exceptions are:

  • approved essential services on campuses
  • approved research activities that cannot be conducted remotely
  • approved in-person teaching exceptions
  • approved limited work exceptions on campus (e.g., access to equipment or inadequate work space at home)

Please see the Safety Measures General Directives for the circumstances under which teams can return to campus now.

Preparing to return to campus when you’re directed to

Take the training. Complete the Returning to Campus COVID-19 e-training course. This 10-minute online program will help you understand the hazards and risks and what you can do to protect yourself, your colleagues, and family from COVID-19. All returning employees are required to complete this e-course. 

Follow safety protocols. Visit the Campus Safety Checklist page and bring a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask, read about mask exceptions

Identify your needs and concerns. Plan a discussion with your manager to ensure you feel safe, and be prepared to describe your concerns. Do you have childcare or other family responsibilities that make return to work difficult? Do you have or live with someone who has compromised immunity? Are you uncertain of the safety measures and controls in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Be flexible. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic response will not be static. Plans for return to campus will need to be flexible as circumstances change.

Be prepared to identify your work priorities. This will make your transition easier. Consider: 

  • What are the goals for the first few days and weeks?
  • What work ceased and now needs to be re-established? Are there particular steps required to start up this work? 
  • Do you have the equipment you need to work with colleagues remotely and on campus?

Consider how your work has changed. Prepare to discuss these questions with your manager or supervisor: 

  • How has your work changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic response?
  • Have the functions of your role changed? 
  • What changes over the last few months have worked well? What didn’t work?
  • Can you identify new ways of doing things?
  • What tools did you use for remote work that can be added to the permanent toolbox?
  • What do you need to be successful in your work?
  • Are you flexible in the way you work? Are you interested in continuing to work from home?
  • Could the office or workspace configuration be changed to enable better collaboration or productivity?
  • What can we do better now that we are back on campus?
  • Do policies, procedures, or processes need to be updated to incorporate a new way of working?

Safety 

Your safety is a priority for the university. If you have concerns or questions about workplace safety on campus, contact your supervisor.

Addressing concerns of COVID-19 risk on campus

Concerns about getting COVID-19 by coming to work

If you are working on campus, or you are being asked to return to campus, contact your supervisor to discuss your concerns. 

Colleague tests positive for COVID-19

Alberta Health Services will alert the appropriate people as quickly as possible if a confirmed COVID-19 case is identified. 

Directed to self-isolate
  • If you must self-isolate, contact your supervisor to advise them that you will be absent. A medical note from your doctor is not required.
  • You will be directed to work from home, if feasible. Speak to your supervisor to explore options for working from home at full or modified duties.
  • Review the Alberta Health self-isolation information.
Returning from travel outside of Canada
  • Review the COVID-19 Travel Resources
  • Any travellers coming into Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. If your work takes place on campus, discuss options with your supervisor for options for working from home at full or modified duties.
Travel outside of Canada

Contact us

For COVID-19-related employment-related issues, University of Alberta staff can direct their questions to hrs.covid19@ualberta.ca.