COVID-19 and safe return to campus resources & information

Douglas College is excited to be welcoming our community back to campus this Fall. Course scheduling was released May 31 including details of how individual classes will be delivered, whether in-person, online or through a hybrid model.

Planning continues for student service areas and information will be provided as it becomes available in the Safe Return to Campus FAQ, as well as the Campus Update section below. Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date on what’s happening this Fall.

Campus Updates


Most recent updates are listed below. If you are looking for past campus updates, please visit the Past campus updates page.

As announced on July 12, the College has begun the transition back to more regular campus operations.  

Beginning July 19, we will be further removing some of the current COVID-19 restrictions in accordance with the BC Restart Plan, as well as the Ministry’s Return-to-Campus Guidelines. This includes: 

  • Removal of room occupancy signage 

  • Removal of redundant COVID-19 signage and decals 

  • Return of furniture to common areas 

  • As the College continues to transition from COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance as outlined by the Ministry in their Return to Campus Guidelines, we remind the College community that stopping the spread of COVID-19 relies on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick, and practicing hand hygiene.

Douglas College is beginning to transition back to regular campus operations by loosening some of the current COVID-19 safety restrictions in accordance with the BC Restart Plan and the Ministry’s Return-to-Campus Guidelines

Starting Tuesday, July 13, mask usage on campus will shift from required to recommended for all indoor public spaces. Additionally, the active health screenings currently conducted by Security, as well as the reduced access to the campus will also be removed. All access points to the campus will now be open in accordance with College schedules. 

As the College continues to transition from COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance as outlined by the Ministry in their Return to Campus Guidelines, we remind the College community that stopping the spread of COVID-19 relies on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick, and practicing hand hygiene.  

Dear students,

As you may have heard, BC’s Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training have given all post-secondary institutions in BC the direction to plan for a return to campus this Fall. This is exciting news! We are thrilled to be welcoming you back to campus, many for the first time.

Planning for a return to campus is now underway, including course scheduling for how each individual class will be delivered, whether it is in-person, online, or through a hybrid model, with our full academic schedule to be released May 31. Services and resources for students – including the library, food services, advising, counselling and more – will also be available in person once again this Fall, although many online options will continue to be accessible.

I recognize that the idea of returning to in-person activities may leave some people feeling anxious, given how long we have been socially distanced. Summer Semester is also continuing to be online only, as we have not reached the point where we can make a full return.

However, by the Fall, conditions are expected to be very different. Recently, I participated in a virtual town hall meeting with Dr. Bonnie Henry, senior post-secondary leaders, and representatives of local and provincial post-secondary labour unions. Dr. Henry explained that with more and more vaccine doses becoming readily available in BC, COVID-19 numbers are expected to fall dramatically. Vaccination does an excellent job of preventing people from getting very sick and preventing the spread of the disease. In BC, expectations are that all adults, including those in their late teens, will have had the opportunity to have had two vaccinations by the end of the summer. Dr. Henry’s recorded town hall is available online if you would like to learn more.

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus, we will be updating the college website with FAQs and more specific information as it becomes available. Much of this information will be informed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training’s Go Forward Guidelines, which are currently under development.

Douglas College is such a vibrant campus community that I am excited at the idea of being able to experience it once again. From a global perspective, being able to plan for a return to campus is a privilege for which I am very grateful. Some parts of the world are not so fortunate. 

Our hearts go out to our students in countries such as India, Brazil and others where the pandemic is still surging. Many students may also have family members or friends in these areas, causing them additional anxiety. Even here in the relative safety of BC, the stress and anxiety of dealing with the pandemic has taken its toll on our mental health. Please do not forget that we have resources available for support, including personal counselling services and 24/7 metal health supports.

To those of you taking classes in Summer semester, good luck! And to everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing you in September.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kathy Denton
President, Douglas College

Safe Return to Campus - Fall 2021


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Summer 2021



Both campuses are open and students may visit to support their course work; however, in support of physical distancing, we encourage you to attend the campus only when necessary.

DO NOT come to campus if:

  • You are sick. Complete a daily self-assessment
  • You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • You have been outside the country or been in contact with somebody who has been outside the country in the last 14 days

When visiting the campuses:

  • Stay only as long as necessary
  • Follow all posted safety and directional signage
  • Wear a non-medical facemask in all public areas, including classrooms, and where physical distancing of at least 2m is not possible
  • Report all on-campus illnesses to Security before leaving the campus

Summer 2021 Pandemic Response FAQ

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