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What you need to know

Health, safety and well-being are our top priority. YukonU is dedicated to keeping our communities and campuses safe. Our services for students continue to be available both in-person and online.

Given the current evolution of the pandemic, the withdrawal of provincial vaccine mandates across Canada and the high vaccination rate in Yukon and within the YukonU community, as of March 18, 2022, we are:

  • suspending the vaccine requirement for all Yukon University campuses, except for Campus Housing (CH). 
  • masks will no longer be mandatory at all university campuses (except Campus Housing). However, YukonU recommends using masks, at your personal discretion, in public spaces, classrooms and offices where two metres distance cannot be maintained.  

Campus Housing: Due to the close quarters of residential space, CH occupants must adhere to the vaccine requirement until April 30. Also, occupants must continue to follow mask requirements and occupant capacity limits in eating areas and washrooms will be maintained until April 30, 2022. 

Protecting ourselves and each other: As COVID-19 cases in Yukon decline, the CMOH is shifting safety measures from mandatory measures to each of us using personal discretion. However, the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak remains. Going forward, our continued vigilance around masking when we feel it is necessary, sanitizing our hands frequently, getting vaccinated, maintaining physical distance where possible and staying home when experiencing sickness or symptoms, are our best individual and collective defence against COVID-19. 

What we continue to do: The university will continue to deep clean high traffic areas daily, maintain protection screens at front-line desks and counters, and will provide free N95 masks and rapid tests while supplies last. 

Students who are immuno-compromised or at greater risk from COVID, are encouraged to speak with their instructor or chair to determine a safe, healthy path forward for their studies. 

YukonU will continue to monitor the ongoing dynamic pandemic landscape and act accordingly. We will conduct a review of the vaccine requirement by June 30, 2022. 

If the situation warrants and CMOH advises, we may consider reinstating the vaccine requirement to ensure the safety of students, employees and the public.  

If you have any questions about the YukonU COVID-19 safety measures, please reach out to CovidSupport@YukonU.ca.

Winter Semester - Feb 28, 2022. Most in-person classes and services will resume at YukonU campuses. To minimize disruption to students, some classes may continue mostly online for the remainder of the semester.

Free N95 masks and Rapid Test Kits available at the Ayamdigut Campus Store from Feb. 15. Research has shown that N95 masks are more effective than cloth masks at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The use of an N95 mask is recommended but not required. Rapid Test Kits are for your personal use and information if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow CMOH guidelines and continue to act with your health and safety, and those of your family and community top of mind.  (YG COVID-19 testing guidelines)

General

Throughout this pandemic, the situation here in the Yukon has not mirrored the rest of Canada. Current guidance from the CMOH is that being vaccinated offers the strongest protection against COVID-19 and variants. Yukon University encourages all students and employees to get vaccinated.

We appreciate the cooperation and patience of students, employees and the public with our COVID-19 safety measures.

As we have since March 2020, we are monitoring the ongoing dynamic pandemic situation within the Yukon and elsewhere and tracking how the Canadian post-secondary sector is responding. Yukon University remains flexible in our response to the changing reality of COVID within the territory and we will adjust our pandemic measures as the situation warrants. 

Health and safety on campus

The health, safety and well-being of our students, employees, and community are our top priorities. We want everyone to feel confident that YukonU is keeping campus users safe, and to understand that we are following all the required health and safety protocols.

March 18, 2022: Although the CMOH is shifting safety measures from mandatory measures to each of us using personal discretion, the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak remains. Going forward, our continued vigilance around masking when we feel it is necessary, sanitizing our hands frequently, maintaining physical distance where possible and staying home when experiencing sickness or symptoms, are our best individual and collective defence against COVID-19. 

YukonU remains committed to the health and safety of the Yukon community, and will adjust its safety protocols as we continue to learn more about how best to stay safe during COVID-19.

For those looking for more information or to access student services, Connect2YukonU provides students with one-on-one support in accessing all YukonU services during COVID-19.

International students

The YukonU International website has updated information on travelling to Yukon, self-isolation planning and what you need to know about YukonU in the time of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please contact: international@yukonu.ca

International travel restrictions

Please check Government of Canada travel restrictions and study permit process during the COVID-19 pandemic response and plan accordingly.

COVID-19 resources

Experiencing Symptoms?

  • If you have called Yukon Communicable Disease Control (867.667.8323) about your symptoms and are advised to get tested for COVID-19, the test is free of charge for international students as well.
  • Please contact the International Student Advisor, if you have any questions at isa@yukonu.ca

Disclaimer
In response to the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic:
(i) Yukon University (YukonU) may be required to add, delete or change course or program requirements at short notice.
(ii) academic activities (including courses, seminars, graduate supervision, labs, experiential learning, practica, fieldwork, placements, etc.), may be affected or altered.
(iii) co-curricular opportunities, programs and services, and the manner of delivery of courses, are all subject to change.
As well, the University may, from time to time, impose additional rules, procedures and protocols as it deems necessary or as it may be required to do by public authorities to mitigate against the risk of the spread and/or transmission of infectious disease, including COVID-19, on YukonU campuses, and students will be expected to comply with all such rules, procedures, and protocols (including any measures related to preventing or mitigating the spread of infectious disease or quarantining if a student is suspected of carrying an infectious disease).
While YukonU is committed to providing appropriate instructional and supervisory support and services to students, students are not guaranteed the same learning approaches or “university” experience, or non-academic activities and services, they would have received in the absence of this health emergency.
We thank students, faculty, and staff for their understanding and flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain Yukon University standards of excellence.