COVID-19 Information for Land and Food Systems

COVID-19 Information for Land and Food Systems

Updated May 22

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

Information regarding course delivery for the 2020 Winter Session can be found here on our COVID-19 FAQ page for LFS Undergraduate students.

Building Access: FNH and MCML by card only

Starting March 23:
To improve safety, the MacMillan and Food, Nutrition and Health buildings will be card access only starting Monday March 23. 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

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 Mahesh Upadhyaya (

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

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

LFS Today – daily, internal newsletter

LFS Today will be used to communicate important information directly to your inbox. If you are not already subscribed, please email

Previous issues:

Friday, March 27: includes an HR memo re: sick leave, protocol on exams for students with disabilities, and tips on secure remote working.

Thursday, March 26: includes updates from the Learning Centre on virtual office hours and final exams, and information on summer 2020 Work Learn positions.

Wednesday, March 25: includes the UBC Farm’s response to COVID-19, and an update from the LFS Operations Group.

Tuesday, March 24: includes additional academic updates; virtual office hours with the Learning Centre; and information on tomorrow’s Virtual Townhall with Dean Rickey Yada.

Monday, March 23: includes academic updates on exams and the summer term; update on curtailing research activities; UBC Library closures; and using VPN effectively.

Friday, March 20: includes information about the upcoming virtual townhall with Dean Rickey Yada; curtailing research activity; update to building access; and ergonomics tips for your home office.

Thursday, March 19: includes updates from the Associate Deans of Academic and Research; change to the MacMillan building hours; change to keys pickup for department vehicles

Wednesday, March 18: includes service levels during the remote working arrangement pilot; update from the LFS Graduate Programs Office

Tuesday, March 17: includes an update from LFS Student Services