Campus return FAQs

Find answers to FAQs related to Camosun College & COVID-19. We will update these FAQ pages as new information becomes available.

Are masks required on campus?

  • Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 25, the Provincial Health Officer reintroduced a mask mandate in all indoor public areas including common areas of post-secondary institutions such as lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs.
  • The mandate also includes libraries, recreation centres, areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided and common areas of fitness centres.
  • Masks do not need to be worn in a gym while working out or when seated to eat.

When will students, employees and campus visitors need a vaccine card?

  • By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. More information on key dates, and a list of events and services is available here.
  • The vaccine card will be required to access Camosun’s recreation centres, Dunlop House Restaurant including pub nights, Classroom Restaurant at Helmut Huber and indoor sporting events.

How is Camosun preparing for a full and safe return to campus in September 2021?

  • The health and safety of all is our top priority, and as we plan for the fall, we are continuing to work closely with the Provincial Health Officer, B.C. Government, Island Health and WorkSafeBC to make sure the right measures are in place to keep people safe.
  • The college community is transitioning to a full and safe return to campus in September 2021 as outlined in the letter from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry sent on March 8 to all of B.C.’s public colleges and universities.
  • A return-to-campus summary (September) for Camosun has now been updated.

Do the ventilation systems at Camosun meet the required standards?

  • Camosun’s ventilation systems are professionally designed, installed and maintained, and meet all the WorkSafeBC requirements along with ASHRAE Standards.
  • Learn about how Camosun’s efficient building ventilation systems work in this video.

Will students have a choice to study online?

  • To serve those students who appreciate the flexibility of distance education, we have included some online and blended offerings where it makes educational sense to do so, but overall we are planning for a resumption of normal, pre-pandemic course and program offerings in-person and on campus in September 2021.

What should I do if I feel sick or suspect I may have COVID-19? 

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold.
  • Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • See the BCCDC page on COVID-19 testing for more information.
  • Once you have been tested you should self-isolate while you wait for the test results. 
  • If your test is negative you should not return to work or school until you are feeling better. 
  • If you feel unwell and are unsure about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.

Are COVID-19 vaccines mandatory and where can I find more information?

  • Getting vaccinated is safe and easy. Camosun encourages all students and employees to learn about the benefits and safety of the vaccine and consider vaccination to protect themselves and their community. No vaccines are mandatory in Canada. Vaccination status is a person’s sensitive personal medical information.
  • Even with vaccination, students and employees will still be required to follow our safety plan and public health orders and guidance until community immunity is achieved and the Provincial Health Officer changes or rescinds the public health orders and guidance.
  • To register and book your vaccine appointment, please visit: https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated. For more information on vaccine safety, efficacy, eligibility and the answers to other frequently asked questions, please visit: bccdc.ca/covid19vaccine. Updates on B.C.’s vaccine rollout are available on the BCCDC immunization plan website.

How can I learn more about COVID-19 in B.C.?

  • The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation. They provide a vast amount of regularly updated data on COVID-19 including daily case counts, percent positivity rates, hospitalization numbers, regional breakdowns and much more. Please visit bccdc.ca for the latest information.
  • For the latest public health orders and guidance, please consult this B.C. government website.