Update: September 27, 2021

Proof of vaccination required at UCalgary

Effective Monday, September 27, all students taking in-person courses are required to upload proof of vaccination before their course start date. It is imperative to log in to the web app hosted by Thrive Health.

Campus security is performing random checks for vaccination proof on UCalgary campuses. Be prepared to show your proof of vaccination.

For frequently asked questions as well as step by step instructions on how to navigate the Thrive Health app without a UCalgary email address, take a moment to review the user guide document found on the COVIDSafe Campus webpage.

If you have not received your Thrive Health invitation or need the invitation sent again, please contact conted@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-2866 (toll free 1-866-220-4922).

Update: September 17, 2021

In-person classes resume Monday, proof of vaccination requirements

In-person activity will resume on Monday, September 20, with previously announced rules around mandatory masking, vaccination or enrolment in regular rapid testing.

Starting Monday, September 20, anybody non-compliant with the University of Calgary's COVIDSafe Campus program will not be permitted on campus.

In the coming days, all members of the University of Calgary community who have attested that they are vaccinated will be required to upload proof of vaccination using the COVIDSafe Campus systems.

The Government of Alberta has identified options for how to demonstrate proof of vaccination.

  • Online records: official vaccine records are available on MyHealth Records. A printable card will be available on the site starting Sept. 19. Details on how to access MyHealth Records can be found on the Alberta government website.
  • Paper records: you may also have received a paper immunization record at your vaccination appointment.

Update: September 13, 2021

Thrive Health login required for all in-person activities

Starting Sept. 1, all UCalgary Continuing Education students, instructors and staff must log in to the web app hosted by Thrive Health before attending any in-person UCalgary activities.

If you have not received your Thrive Health invitation within two business days of your registration, please contact conted@ucalgary.ca or call 403-220-2866 (toll free 1-866-220-4922). Be sure to identify yourself as a Continuing Education student.

This new process is part of a coordinated approach to ensure a safe return to campus for students, instructors and staff. For the latest information, please review the Return to Campus FAQ.

Update: August 18, 2021

New measures for fall return to campus

University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge to include rapid testing or vaccination, and masks as part of back-to-school plans

Alberta's three research-intensive universities have established new protocols as part of a joint back to campus strategy for this fall.

Operating with the shared goal of offering a safe teaching, learning, living, working, and research environment, our universities are committed to welcoming back to campus as many students, faculty, and staff as possible. To maximize safety for in-person teaching and learning, new policies are being implemented across all three institutions for this September.

The University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge are taking evidence-based approaches that are best suited to the campus context to protect the health and safety of our communities.

As always, we recognize that we remain in a rapidly changing environment. We will continue to monitor developments and adjust and modify these measures as necessary, with these policies being formally reviewed at the end of the term.

Students, instructors and staff who are not fully vaccinated, and those who would prefer not to disclose their vaccine status, will need to regularly complete a rapid screening test and receive a negative result before they participate in in-person activities.

Any individual who cannot be tested or vaccinated based on medical or other protected grounds recognized by the Alberta Human Rights Act can request an accommodation.

Everyone is urged to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible if they want to be able to attend campus without having to complete ongoing rapid testing throughout their term course.

The research is clear. Vaccinations are highly effective against all known variants, especially for preventing severe disease.

Vaccine clinics are being planned for campuses.

Vaccines are the best way to protect us all.

To promote a healthy and safe learning, working, and living environment, non-medical face masks must now be worn in all public indoor areas on University of Calgary campuses where physical distancing is not possible.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) both formally recommend mask use indoors. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw also recommends mask usage to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are not necessary to be worn on campus under the following circumstances:

  • Working alone in private offices
  • Working outdoors and there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Meeting indoors and there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Working alone in a shared space
  • Working in a cubicle with plexiglass, wall, or other approved barrier between people and when not providing services to anyone
  • In a classroom where there is a minimum of 2 metres between instructor or among students

The University of Calgary will continue to require those with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test to self-isolate. Under provincial guidelines, anyone who has any of the following COVID-19 symptoms is required to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat (adults only)
  • Runny nose (adults only)

Staying home and taking care of yourself when sick is important for your health and reduces exposure to others.

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The above measures are part of a coordinated approach to ensure a safe return for students, faculty, and staff this fall. For the latest information, please review the Return to Campus FAQ. We will be updating these as information becomes available.

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. That's why we have come together to create a common strategy across our institutions that ensures health and wellbeing. Leadership teams within all three universities are working closely with the Government of Alberta to provide rapid tests, vaccination clinics and vaccine incentives. We are committed to working together on evidence-driven measures to protect our campus communities.

This pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of working together to keep everyone safe.

UCalgary Updates

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COVID-19 Dashboard

The University of Calgary COVID-19 Dashboard lists the most recent positive cases, where they are, and the actions being taken.


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