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Frequently Asked Questions


What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections?

The advice from health agencies is:
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.
  • If you are ill, have symptoms of flu-like a fever or cough, you should stay home.



What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the BC Centre for Disease Control website.


Should I get tested for COVID-19?

The BC Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool, to help determine whether further assessment or testing for COVID-19 is recommended.


What is Corpus Christi College doing to minimize the risk of infection?

Corpus Christi College has senior-level committees working to develop plans and responses to the evolving situation. We regularly consult with the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health on how to detect and mitigate any potential cases on our campuses. We have appropriate measures in place in the event that we are presented with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

To lower the risk from our campus environment:
  • Fall 2021 course schedule and delivery models were developed in a way that ensures the safety of everyone involved. Four course delivery formats are available for September courses, and students can access all services online.
  • Although the Provincial Health Officer has indicated that there are no limits on the number of participants for in-class educational activities (e.g. a classroom with 30 seats can be scheduled with 30 students; a lecture theatre with 150 seats can be scheduled with 150 students), Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s has decided to not schedule in-person classes with 100% capacity. With the recent campus renovations, many of our classrooms now accommodate 55+ students but the College will continue to cap in-person classes at 35 students.
  • Routine cleaning is scheduled daily and follows industry cleaning standards laid out by the Association for Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), which are a blended approach designed to manage risk. Our cleaning standards comply with APPA’s best practices.
  • We encourage all in our community to be vaccinated. Find more information at https://immunizebc.ca/.

The college is also working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up-to-date information on preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.


What is Corpus Christi College’s policy on non-medical masks?

Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s enacted a mask mandate for our buildings on August 23 and were very welcoming of the BC government’s mask mandate announced on August 25. In alignment with this new mandate, masks must be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors in all public indoor areas, including:
• Classrooms
• Labs
• Lobbies and hallways
• Stairwells and elevators

The requirement to wear masks in public indoor areas still applies even if 2 meters of distance is kept between people.

If you would like to discuss an accommodation, students are to email the Dean of Students Office ([email protected]). Staff and Faculty are to contact the Human Resources Office ([email protected]).


Are students required to be vaccinated in order to attend class?

At this time, the BC government is not requiring proof of vaccination to attend post-secondary classes, seminars or tutorials. Please note that while vaccinations are not required to be in class at this time, without a vaccination there will be areas of campus that will not be accessible to you.

Students wishing to attend UBC activities such as indoor ticketed concerts and sporting events; conferences; and indoor high-intensity group exercise and use UBC facilities such as restaurants, pubs and bars; movie theatres; gyms and pools; and recreation facilities will be required to show proof of vaccination using the BC Vaccine Card.


Where can I find information on BC’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout?

You can learn about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at https://immunizebc.ca/


What is the notification process for confirmed cases of COVID-19?

Notification of COVID-19 cases, and potential exposures within our community, is managed by public health authorities, not by Corpus Christi College. If Corpus Christi College is asked by public health authorities to notify our community members of a confirmed case, we will do so by distributing material prepared by those public health authorities.


How will courses be delivered in Fall 2021?

As previously announced, classes will be delivered in a variety of methods: blended, in-person, virtual and online. Although the Provincial Health Officer has indicated that there are no limits on the number of participants for in-class educational activities (e.g. a classroom with 30 seats can be scheduled with 30 students; a lecture theatre with 150 seats can be scheduled with 150 students), Corpus Christi-St. Mark’s has decided to not schedule in-person classes with 100% capacity. See the full list of courses to be offered.


Is there specific technology I will need for learning online?

Most programs and courses will require you to have access to a personal computer with video and microphone but some of our specialized programs will require additional technology.


I am a student with an Individual Accommodation Plan registered with Student Resource Centre and have questions about how virtual classes impact my accommodations. What should I do?

Please connect with the Student Resource Centre (SRC) directly to review questions regarding your accommodations, or to discuss new barriers you are managing due to the transition to virtual content. We can determine if a virtual or phone appointment is required.


I have a program starting soon and am coming from another country or am returning from international travel, what do I do?

Please regularly check information for international students from the Government of Canada for the most up-to-date information.

Please as well see our Preparation Guide for Study in Canada for more details COVID-19.


Will my post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility be affected by my courses transitioning online?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that if your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program won’t be affected.


Where can I find more COVID-19 related information and resources available to international students?

Please review the Corpus Christi College Preparation Guide for Study in Canada for details and for frequent updates on resources and support available to international students.


Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Visit the Student Services directory to connect directly with a staff member.











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