The University of Victoria has launched an information site as COVID-19 concerns rise. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

UVic waives doctor’s note requirement for missed classes amid COVID-19 concerns

No presumed, confirmed cases on campus at this time

The University of Victoria (UVic) has instructed professors not to punish students who miss class due to illness amid the evolving COVID-19 situation.

On March 5, UVic announced that instructors had been asked to waive the doctor’s note requirement for students who are out sick for less than two weeks. Students are advised to stay home and away from others if they’re feeling ill.

The university says this strategy was initiated to prevent the spread of the virus if a member of the university community falls ill and to avoid having people attend clinics for the sole purpose of getting a medical note.

READ ALSO: Two post-secondary schools in Vancouver close over COVID-19 concern

UVic says that while there are currently no presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, the university is following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

The university launched it’s COVID-19 information website on March 4 to provide students and staff with information about the virus, travel tips, advice for those who have symptoms and other resources.

A statement about treating every member of the campus community with respect was included at the bottom of the homepage.

READ ALSO: POLL: Are you stocking up on supplies as a result of COVID-19?

UVic states that “no person should be targeted in any way or subjected to discrimination resulting from a misplaced perception that they may be a carrier of a communicable disease based on their perceived disability, race, ancestry, place of origin or otherwise.”

Anyone who experiences harassment is asked to report the behaviour. If someone fears for their safety, the university recommends calling 911 or Campus Security Services at 250-721-7599. For reporting after the fact, the Equity and Human Rights office can be contacted by email at eqhr01@uvic.ca or by phone at 250-721-8786.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusUniversity of VictoriaUVic

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Sooke homeless camp to stay until a solution is found

To forbid Ed Macgregor camp would go against Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Greater Victoria nanny pleads guilty to child porn, sexual interference charges

Johnathon Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to slew of sex crimes

Virtual film industry career fair offers chance to talk with the experts

Experts in 11 different departments, three film union representative will be in attendance

Sooke and T’Sou’ke Nation receive financial boost for projects

Provincial, federal governments invest millions towards Greater Victoria infrastructure

Oak Bay officer injured while breaking up party

Party-goers yell ‘f*** the blue,’ say police

Man charged in Rideau Hall crash had rifle, shotguns, high-capacity magazine: RCMP

Hurren is accused of threatening to cause death or bodily harm to the prime minister

B.C. extends income assistance exemption for COVID-19

Provincial program to match Ottawa’s CERB, student pay

Indigenous B.C. tour operator keeps culture alive through virtual journeys in COVID-19 era

Campbell River based Homalco Tours is also setting up live cameras for bear viewing in Orford

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from coronavirus complications

During Cordero’s hospitalization, Kloots sent him daily videos of her and their 1-year-old son, Elvis,

Northern communities welcome tourists as province opens to in-B.C. travellers

Officials have asked British Columbians to be careful as they travel this summer

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

Most Read