FAQ: COVID-19 and SBME

Updated: July 20, 2020, 1:15pm


COVID-19 Student FAQs

With 2020W Term 1 taking place online, we know that students have a lot of questions about how this may impact their courses, their degree plans, and their finances or assistantships. Find answers to some common questions here.


Operations Update

The vast majority of SBME operations have gone virtual; however, we are still fully functioning at this time. If you need to contact any of our admin departments, email works best! Check here for administration contact details. If you can’t find the person you’re looking for, check our staff page here. We will continue to provide updates as the situation changes both here and on our twitter feed

Stay tuned. Stay safe.


Latest News

We’d like to inform you of an update to the services for the following offices: SBME HR, Finance, Research Services, Communications and Student Services remote work has been extended to the end of April following UBC guidelines for social distancing measures.

The university has curtailed on-campus research and creative scholarship activities on its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The research community is now directed to work remotely. Individual researchers may, however, apply for a critical research exemption to continue on-campus research. Principal Investigators should suspend all other research and creative scholarship on the university campuses and implement plans to operate remotely. This curtailment is in effect until further notice.

More info can be found here.


Research Curtailment

In response to COVID-19, the university is curtailing on-campus research and creative scholarship activities on its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The research community is now directed to work remotely. Individual researchers may, however, apply for a critical research exemption to continue on-campus research.

UBC priorities with respect to research are to:

  • Ensure the health and safety of our local and broader community
  • Maintain the welfare of research animals
  • Ensure the sustainability and safety of critical research resources, data and reagents that are difficult to replace
  • Assist researchers in maintaining or obtaining research funding to cover staff salaries and other priorities

Researchers wishing to apply for an exemption can learn how here: Exemption Information.


SBME Services Available Online

Faculty and staff can access resources related to academic continuitytelecommuting and remote working IT guides.

While no in-person appointments or meetings will be available during this time, all services will be continuing. We are making every effort to serve students and other stakeholders as before, but will be using online and phone appointments instead of in-person appointments.

We are aware that you are all dealing with an unprecedented situation. We are here to support you – please know that these are uncharted territory for all staff and faculty who are working diligently to assist you in managing these changes.

Please keep safe, wash your hands, and – with a bit of patience for each other – we’ll all get through this together.