March 16, 2020
March 13, 2020
As the threats posed by COVID-19 accelerates very rapidly, The Simon Fraser Student Society Board of Directors (BoD), through the Executive Committee, has decided to temporarily shut down its services starting March 13, 2020, at 4:00 pm.
The Executive Committee, on behalf of the BoD, passed the following motion at an emergency meeting earlier today:
Whereas the SFSS has been reviewing and monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and that the matter has reached the level of a global pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization,
Whereas the SFSS has to ensure that all staff, clubs, departmental student unions, faculty student unions, constituency groups and all of our membership are safe,
Be it resolved that the Executive Committee mandates the closure of all SFSS offices, with an expected return date of March 30,2020 and that the Executive Director administers such a closure,
further resolved that the Executive Committee directs clubs, departmental
student unions, Faculty Student Unions and Constituency groups to cancel all
scheduled on-campus activities, and that all new event approvals by SFSS
Departments are halted until further notice,
Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee mandates all currently scheduled Board and Board committee meetings be done remotely as necessary, and that these be recorded and kept for corporate records purposes,
Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee have the Executive Director work remotely as available,
Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee invite the SFU Administration to take the appropriate measures required to maintain the health and safety of all students, staff, visitors and the campus community at large; taking into account the academic integrity of all students.
Following the announcement from the World Health Organization that COVID-19 has reached the level of a global pandemic, the BoD is ensuring that the health and safety of our members, staff, and community are our number one priority. All SFSS services (including the Women’s Centre, Out On Campus, First Nations Student Association, vending, room booking, and the legal clinic) will be shutting down for two weeks. Additionally, all SFSS events during this time will be postponed or cancelled (with the exception of the SFSS general elections).
The BoD will reconvene offline in the upcoming days to re-evaluate the situation to decide the next steps and act as necessary. The Executive Committee urges the SFU Administration to take the appropriate measures required to maintain the health and safety of all students, staff, visitors and the campus community at large.
We will continue to monitor the provincial government’s recommendations, and we’ll share updates with our members as this situation evolves on our website: http://bit.ly/SFSSCovid19.
SFSS Executive Director
March 11, 2020
The SFSS is closely monitoring news and updates regarding COVID-19, and we recommend our members do the same.
Here’s what the SFSS is doing on our end prevent the spread of illness on campus:
Follow our page for further updates.
(From SFU News)
For the latest number of confirmed cases in British Columbia, please visit the BCCDC website. According to the BCCDC, the risk of the virus spreading remains low.
Please remember to take precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses on our campuses (as recommended by SFU) including:
Students, faculty and staff are reminded to register international trips in the SFU Travel registry https://www.sfu.ca/srs/risk-emergency-planning/travel-safety/travel-registry.html.
Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 8-1-1.
More info about the COVID-19:
For any additional information, please refer to the SFU community frequently asked questions about COVID-19 page.