UBC Geography arrangements during COVID-19

Last updated: Wednesday 15th June

In line with public health guidance, UBC Geography has taken steps along with the rest of UBC to keep our community safe during COVID-19.

All teaching for the summer term is currently taking place online. Please contact Suzanne Lawrence if you have an urgent query about how this impacts you.

All courses for 2020 Winter Term 1 will be offered online. A complete list, including details of whether scheduled attendance is required, can be found here.

UBC has directed that on-campus activity be significantly curtailed at present. Plans are currently being explored within the Faculty of Arts to resume high priority access to key lab spaces and offices for a limited number of people. Updates will be distributed via email. Please contact the IT Support Team if you are not on the department mailing list and feel you should be.

Graduate students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor and/or graduate chair Jim Glassman with any questions.

If you are an international student who is unable to travel to Canada, please contact International Student Advising.

UBC Geography student advising is now online. Appointments can be booked here, and both video conferencing and phone conferencing options are available.

UBC Student Services has a dedicated page for COVID-19 resources and support, including emergency funding.

The Geography building is currently closed. If you urgently need to gain access, you will need an approved exemption form. Please refer to the guidelines circulated by the Head of Department.

Staff are working from home and can be contacted via email, including the IT support team.

A/V support is available remotely; please email Aaron or Bret with any questions about online teaching. UBC’s Keep Teaching website is also being regularly updated, and the Learning Technology Hub has a drop-in virtual collaborate session for support Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm.

The Geographic Information Centre has resumed some services, but is currently closed to visitors. Please check the GIC website for details on new processes for loans and returns.

If you have any questions about UBC’s broader response, or other facilities and services on campus, the university’s COVID-19 website has helpful FAQs and information.

We will update this page regularly as changes occur, and deeply appreciate how supportive and kind our departmental community has been to each other in this unprecedented time.