Two of B.C.’s largest universities have announced they are moving all classes online amid concerns over COVID-19. (File photo)

COVID-19: UBCO moving to online classes

SFU and all UBC campuses to move classes online for the remainder of the current term

Two of B.C.’s largest universities have announced they are moving all classes online amid concerns over COVID-19.

Simon Fraser University and the University of B.C. said all campuses will remain open, however classes will be hosted virtually.

READ MORE: 11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., bringing total to 64

UBC said the change will be effective beginning Monday, March 16 until the end of term.

“We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact on our community and you have many questions, UBC president Santa J. Ono said in a statement.

“I would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.”

He added that the decision to transition to online classes is not due to any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, but instead in response to recommendations by B.C. health officials.

University of Victoria has not announced any similar moves, but has cancelled classes that include more than 250 attendees.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Friday that a ban on large gatherings will be upgraded to a ministerial order, a day after the B.C. government announced the restriction.

UBC had originally planned to continue all classes with less than 250 people in attendance.

READ MORE: UBC classes continue, events with more than 250 people cancelled due to COVID-19

READ MORE: North Okanagan schools cancel spring break trips amid COVID-19


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Follow me on Twitter

CoronavirusUBC

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley hospice mission continues amid COVID-19 crisis

Technology is being used to reach out to people in need of help with grieving

Churches offer food hampers for low income families at Thursday pickup event

Efforts support Langley School District Foundation’s Food for Thought programs

WEATHER: Flurries, showers, clouds forecasted for Langley

Temperatures will reach a high of 8 C

VIDEO: Langley homeowner surprised by outcome of assessment appeal

After a property next door was assessed lower, she won a reduction, but so did the other owner

‘We don’t need this right now’: B.C. man breaks up road rage incident

Two men were throwing punches on Tillicum Road in Saanich on Vancouver Island

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

COVID-19: ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ recorded and released

LISTEN: Quick turnaround for song penned by B.C. Order of Canada musician Phil Dwyer

UFV student nurses offering respite to frontline nurses, care aides

Website helping to match volunteers with those who need help with daily errands

B.C. adding $300 to monthly income and disability assistance payments

‘Crisis supplement’ for COVID-19 for April, May and June

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open

Teamsters Canada wants feds, provinces to put pressure on facilities to re-open for transport workers

Migrant worker advocates blame feds, employers for COVID-19 outbreak at B.C. garden store

Migrant farm worker group calls on government for adequate health and safety requirements

Fraser Valley care home has two confirmed cases of COVID-19

Two residents at Mission’s Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence have been diagnosed

Most Read