Important information about Fall, September Classes and COVID-19

August 20, 2021: Alberta University of the Arts President Dr. Daniel Doz announced today in a message to students, faculty and staff the following back to campus health and safety measures for Fall semester 2021 that are expected to remain in place until December 2021.

In-Person Classes  
Fall Term classes start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and will be held in-person on campus, except for a few courses as indicated in the timetable.  
 
COVID-19 Rapid Testing  
Starting September 7, 2021, Alberta University of the Arts requires everyone in our community entering our campus, including all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors, to undergo regular COVID-19 rapid testing. Those that are fully vaccinated are exempt from this requirement.   
 
If you are not fully vaccinated, or you prefer to not disclose your vaccination status, you are required to complete a mandatory COVID-19 rapid test on a regular basis. If the test is negative, meaning you do not have COVID-19, you will be able to enter campus. If you refuse to comply with rapid testing and do not have an approved exemption, you will immediately have your access to campus revoked.  
 
We will shortly release additional details on how the rapid testing will be activated which may involve off-site testing. 
 
Exemption from Rapid Testing  
We will advise the process regarding exemption as soon as possible. In the meantime, we encourage Albertans to register with the Government of Alberta MyHealth Records website to obtain your digital immunization records, although hard copies will be accepted. Bear in mind that the registration process to obtain a verified MyAlberta Digital ID to activate your account takes up to 10 days, as the activation code is sent by mail. 
 
Access and Mandatory AUArts Daily Health Assessment Form
Before accessing campus, everyone must submit a mandatory AUArts Daily Health Assessment Form. This form is available on the AUArts SafeApp. If you do not have the AUArts SafeApp it is free to download from App Store or Google Play. Those who are unable to access the SafeApp may obtain a hard copy at Security. 
 
Mandatory Face Masks 
Face masks remain mandatory on campus. Masks are mandatory for all group offices, classrooms, studios, and common areas (including cafeteria, main mall, hallways, washrooms, elevators). Masks may only be removed under these circumstances:

  • Faculty while they are teaching provided instruction is being delivered at a minimum 2 metres distance from the group they are addressing.  
  • While eating or drinking, food and beverages must be consumed at a minimum 2 metres distance when masks are not being worn (we suggest food be consumed in your own single office if applicable, main mall, cafeteria or outside). 
  • Working alone in a private office, alone in a studio or alone at a workstation with COVID-19 protection barriers. 

Isolation & Staying Home When Sick 
As per AHS regulations, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. If you are in this situation, it is mandatory that you do not come to campus. Employees are expected to follow the AUArts COVID-19 Control Process Map on Infolab. Students are expected to follow the Short-Term Accommodations – Protocol for Students, posted on the Student Success Centre home page. 
  
Respectful Campus 
All of us have an opinion and a level of comfort with how COVID-19 is being managed. This means we need to be respectful of everyone's choices and empathetic of their personal situations.  
 
A compassionate and courteous community is needed more than ever. The expectation is that we must go beyond the Respectful Workplace policy and each of us shares the responsibility to keep our community safe and healthy. In addition to the above protocols, we recommend frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, proper hygiene, frequent cleaning of shared surfaces and tools, and maintaining physical distancing. AUArts strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated. AUArts is committed to working with these evidence-driven measures to protect our campus community.
 

Regards, 
Daniel 

Dr. Daniel Doz
President and CEO