COVID-19 Information for Land and Food Systems

COVID-19 Information for Land and Food Systems

Updated September 4, 2020

This page contains information for students, faculty and staff; it will be updated regularly following advice from UBC and the provincial and federal health agencies.

If you would like to add a resource to this page, please email the LFS communications team or

2020 Winter Session – Term 1 and Term 2 updates

The 2020 Winter Session will be online in both Term 1 (September – December 2020) and Term 2 (January – April 2021), meaning all classes taught in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems will be hosted online and students will not have to be in Vancouver. Updates regarding course delivery for the 2020 Winter Session can be found here on our COVID-19 FAQ page for LFS Undergraduate students.

Undergraduate students

LFS Student Services is providing online support for students during this time. To reach the appropriate advisor, visit the Student Services webpage at or send a general inquiry to and our team will respond as soon as possible, prioritizing the most urgent requests. There may be some delays due to the volume of queries and a constantly changing situation, and we thank you for your patience.

UBC is constantly updating information for students about COVID-19, so please visit these sites for more information:
Health and Wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak

Graduate students

The Graduate Program office staff is also currently providing remote support for graduate students, and is available via email for inquiries and advice. To reach the LFS Graduate Program staff, you can email Lia-Maria Dragan ( or Sean Smukler (

For those with questions about their dissertation, oral defence, academic concessions, travel, etc. you can also visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for general updates:

UBC is constantly updating information for students about COVID-19, so please visit these sites for more information:
Health and Wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak

Reoccupancy Information as UBC Returns to Research

The LFS Research Resumption and Planning Committee has been spearheading the reoccupancy plans to support research activities, using guidelines from UBC, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, and health authorities. If you are returning to campus as part of the research phase-in, please ensure you review the mandatory training, the check-in/check-out and other procedures. All information can be found here:

Building Access: FNH and MCML by card only

The MacMillan and Food, Nutrition and Health buildings are accessible only by card access and they are open from 8am-6pm. Arrangements will be made to ensure courier and other critical services are maintained. Any concerns or special arrangements can be made through: LFS-MCM-OPS@LISTS.UBC.CA
• At FNH, the only entrance door by FOB is the main entrance on East Mall.
• At MCML, the entrance doors by FOB are the main entrance on Main Mall, and the entrance by loading bay.

Faculty and Staff – Resources for remote teaching and working

Zoom video conferencing:
UBC has a campus-wide license for Zoom as a platform for delivering courses online and to hold larger meetings. Zoom is an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that offers a wide range of features:
Visit UBC IT to set up access for teaching or meetings.

Information on remote teaching:
Learning Centre’s Remote Teaching Resources

Information for remote working:

Information on curtailing research activity:
• Please visit
for more information.

For UBC Farm employees — Connecting to the VPN and UBC Farm Server:
For employees who need to access the UBC Farm Server remotely from a home computer or work laptop, you should always connect via the VPN to ensure a secure connection. Then, you can access the Farm server as well as your personal “H” drive.
View instructions for connecting to VPN
View instructions on how to connect to the Farm server

UBC support and resources for all faculty and staff: (FAQs & Resources from UBC, government, World Health Organization) (for managers and supervisors)

Please contact the Learning Centre ( if you need additional technical support.

Useful Links

• Information on COVID-19 from Vancouver Coastal Health

• Information on COVID-19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control

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