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.

Dear students, 

Over the past week, I have had several meetings with the provincial government, public health officials, and the presidents of BC’s post-secondary institutions about plans for a safe return to campus. 

At every level, the health and wellbeing of our communities has been our top priority. Measures enacted last week by the Provincial Health Officer regarding a province-wide Vaccine Card for some non-essential activities and events, and mandatory masks in public spaces are important measures in that regard. 

You may have heard that BC’s research universities have elected to undertake an additional measure to implement a program of rapid testing and vaccine status self-declaration on their campuses. I am writing today to inform you that Douglas College will be taking a similar approach. 

This means that students, faculty and employees who will be working and learning on Douglas College campuses this Fall will have the option to: 

  • Confidentially declare their status as being vaccinated against COVID-19, or, as an alternative, 
  • Participate in regular, periodic rapid testing. 

As I’m sure you can imagine, this is an evolving situation and there are several steps necessary to implement this initiative. We will be working together with our colleagues on an approach that enables safe and confidential self-declaration of vaccination status, as well as the provision of rapid-testing kits.  

We recognize the need for a transition period to give all community members an opportunity to access vaccinations. We will provide you with further details of this initiative, effective dates and process, as soon as possible. 

If you have not been able to receive a first or second dose of vaccine, please remember that Douglas College is hosting vaccination clinics at New Westminster Campus on August 31 and September 7, and Coquitlam Campus on September 1 and 8. Getting vaccinated is the best way to help keep our community safe. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work together to have a safe return to campus. 


Dr. Kathy Denton  

President, Douglas College 

As we continue to navigate the pandemic and our safe return to campus, the Provincial Health Officer has updated several safety protocols: specifically, requiring masks in all indoor public spaces starting Wednesday, August 25, and the introduction of the BC Vaccine Card (passport) for many non-essential activities beginning Sept. 13. 


As of August 25, non-medical face masks will be required in all indoor public areas on Douglas College campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. This includes meeting spaces.  

All students and instructors will be required to wear masks in classrooms and labs for Fall semester, or until the mask mandate is lifted by the Provincial Health Officer. 


On August 23, the Province announced a vaccine passport/card initiative as part of the BC Restart Plan. Participation in certain public non-essential activities throughout the province will require a vaccine passport/card beginning Sept. 13 for first dose of vaccine and Oct. 24 for both doses.   

At Douglas College, after these dates, proof of vaccination will be required by employees, students and other community members when accessing certain activities and services on campus, including the Fitness Centre, attending an arts event (e.g. theatre or music production) or participating in recreation and intramural activities. Campus food services will likely be included in this mandate, with details to come. 

Additional information about this new initiative and its effect on services and activities will be shared as it becomes available 

In late August and early September, Fraser Health will be holding walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Tuesdays at the New Westminster Campus and Wednesdays at the Coquitlam Campus. First and second doses are available for those eligible. 

New Westminster Campus 
Aug. 24, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7
Room N1200

Coquitlam Campus
Aug. 25, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8
Campus Green Patio

Please bring photo ID and your Personal Health Number. 

Fraser Health will support international students to obtain temporary PHN and registration for vaccination. Please bring passport and any other vaccination records from overseas (if available).

We ask that members of the College community remember not to attend if they are ill, have COVID-19 and/or have been asked to self-isolate.

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 depends on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick and practising hand hygiene.

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

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