Campus housing & COVID-19

  Creating a community of care

All occupants are encouraged to review our COVID-19 Orientation to ensure those living on campus have been oriented with the same information about COVID-19 in the Yukon and how it affects your stay in Campus Housing.

Creating a community of care means having the courage to take action for the sake of others. In Campus Housing, you are expected to care for yourself, others and the community. COVID-19 measures should be adhered to not just because its mandated in your Housing Contract, but because you care about the well-being of your fellow community members and know that it is the right thing to do. Campus Housing has not had any confirmed cases thus far; however, our community can only remain safe and healthy if everyone stays committed to doing their part.

Visit for more information and updates on Yukon University's COVID-19 response. 
What should I know before applying or accepting an offer?

While YukonU has worked diligently with our government to put reasonable measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University cannot guarantee that any person accessing our campus, using our facilities or participating in our activities, will not become infected with COVID-19.

While we strive to continue to provide optimal service and amenities, your health and safety is our priority, so life in Campus Housing will likely not be the “traditional” experience that you and/or other students have known it to be in previous years. It is important to be informed of the changes and adjust your expectations accordingly to ensure you still get the most out of your experience. 
The COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic and ever-evolving. YukonU works closely with the Department of Health and the Yukon Chief Medical Officer to ensure that our campus is the safest it can be and that means measures and protocols can change quickly and be implemented without prior notice. This includes the closure of campus.

What is being done to keep occupants safe from COVID-19?

The health, safety and well-being of our students, employees, and community are our top priorities. YukonU works closely with the Department of Health and the Yukon Chief Medical Officer and continues to put into place strong measures aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

A summary of the COVID measures related occupancy can be found in the Campus Housing Operational Plan.

An outline of all Campus Housing measures and considerations is can be found in the Campus Housing COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Occupants are provided with clear, accurate and up to date information and are encouraged to take care of themselves as well as those around them. Agreements have been updated to ensure Occupants are obligated to follow all COVID-19 measures as part of their continued occupancy. 

YukonU remains diligent and will adjust our protocols as needed.

View all YukonU's response information
What Campus Housing amenities have been adjusted in response to COVID-19?

Adjustments to amenities in Campus Housing are as follows:

  • Large programming events and child-centered programming have been cancelled
  • Small programming events are held either online or in person with COVID operating guidelines
  • Furniture has been reduced and spaced out in communal areas to provide for proper physical distancing 
  • Food preparation and dining areas have been separated
  • Communal washrooms have been assigned to specific Units
Where do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are required in all common areas of Campus Housing by occupants and visitors alike. This refers to all areas outside of individual units. You are not required to wear a mask when inside your Unit.

How do I know if I have to self-isolate?

You will need to self-isolate if:

  • You have been directed to by YCDC
  • You are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19

If you still have questions about whether you need to self-isolate, call YCDC at 867 667 8323.

Can I self-isolate in Campus Housing?

No. Self-isolation as a result of travel is not permitted in Campus Housing. Occupants are responsible for arranging and paying for the required 14 day self-isolation off-campus. Should you require assistance with arranging safe isolation accommodation, you can email Requests for financial assistance can be submitted to

An isolation unit has been designated on Campus for instances where occupants fall ill and require immediate relocation. This Unit is to be used for short, temporary stays only. Longer isolations will take place off campus. Off campus accommodations are booked and paid for at the discretion of the Campus Housing Office.

What if I become ill while in Campus Housing?

If you are feeling ill, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, or lack of taste or smell), or think you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, follow these steps:

  1. Stay in your unit.
  2. Assess your symptoms by using the COVID-19 self assessment tool and call 811 for guidance on testing and self-isolation.
  3. a) If testing and isolation is not required, remain in your unit and limit contact with others as much as possible until symptoms resolve.
    b) If testing and isolation are required, report your illness to by providing your name, unit number and medical instructions for proper coordination with the Campus Housing Office.
  4. Follow any directions issued by the Campus Housing Office, including temporary relocation to an isolation unit (isolation may take place on or off campus depending on occupancy).
  5. Self-isolate until your test results come back and/or Yukon Health confirms it is safe for you to do so.
Will I be informed of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus?

In Yukon, privacy laws protect the personal information of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. In compliance with the Yukon Chief Medical Officer, unless specifically directed to do so, YukonU will not issue general notifications about individual exposures or cases that occur on campus. Typically, Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC) is responsible for identifying and reaching out to those who have been in close contact with the case and will instruct on next steps. Should it be determined that the University must provide notification to the community, communications will be drafted in collaboration with the Department of Health and sent via YukonU email accounts.

What preventative measures can I take?
Yukon Government recommends that you:
View current COVID-19 information from Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
What happens if I do not comply with the measures in place?

COVID-19 measures, like all other Campus Housing Community Standards, are subject to progressive discipline, up to and including eviction. While the Campus Housing Team approaches such violations of conduct from a place of education and opportunity for learning, the severity of and/or repetitious nature of the violation will determine if and/or what consequences may be administered.


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.
(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.