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How We’re Keeping Centre for Digital Media’s Community Safe This Fall

Aug 19, 2020 By Crissy Campbell

What CDM is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

The Centre for Digital Media and Great Northern Way Campus are committed to the responsible resumption of on-campus activities, based on the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC, SFU FCAT and CDM’s ability to provide support for safe operational practices.

Over the past few months, CDM staff and faculty and GNW staff have been working hard to implement new processes and measures to keep everyone safe on campus. The health and well-being of students, staff and faculty is paramount.

All activities that can be carried out remotely should be undertaken remotely to the greatest extent to which this is possible. Students are encouraged to not be on campus if not necessary. Students will not be made to work on campus if those individuals have concerns about their safety or the safety of anyone in their immediate household.

Note: Any students arriving from outside of Canada (regardless if they are living on campus or not) need to do a mandatory 14-day isolation. For more information, read SFU's Self-Isolation Guide for International Students.

Before you get to campus

All individuals who wish to access CDM spaces must complete SFU’S COVID-19 Awareness and Safe Return to Work Training. All individuals who wish to apply to access CDM spaces must state the areas that they are requesting access to, the date and time, how many people are involved (the campus has maximum capacities in place), why they need the space, what safety precautions they will be taking prior and during their time on campus and a map showing their pathway into the building, to the area and to the exit.

Permissions for on-campus activities will be subject to change to maintain alignment with provincial restrictions/requirements.

Arriving on campus

All staff, students, faculty and visitors are required to sign in upon entry to the building in order to keep track of visitations for contact tracing purposes.

As always, campus buildings are only accessible via access cards.

Routine daily screening is required for all individuals working in CDM spaces. A daily self-screening protocol is required for each person. Individuals who exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms are not permitted on campus for any reason.

Each work space and general area will have signage posted at each entrance that identifies the maximum room occupancy to maintain physical distancing.

If students require access to shared computers, headsets or other tech gear, they are cleaned and quarantined after each use.

Prevention on campus

All visitors are encouraged to wear masks or face coverings when on campus. It is encouraged to bring and wear your own non-medical face mask if possible. If visitors do not have a personal one available, they request a disposable set from reception.

Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands often, including prior to entering and when leaving the facility. We also ask that visitors follow well-established protocols for hygiene etiquette and avoid touching their mouth/face with their hands. Hand sanitizers and Lysol wipes are available all over the school. The events kitchen and the washrooms are available for hand washing and are kept well stocked.

There has been increased cleaning throughout campus, especially the high touch surface areas. High touch surfaces, such as table tops and door handles will be disinfected multiple times a day by cleaning staff.

If a staff, faculty, student or visitor has COVID-19 like symptoms, Property Management will be contacted in order to have cleaning staff do a thorough disinfecting of the area where affected individuals were.

Do not visit campus if: 

  • Anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, sneezing, coughing or loss of taste,must self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of their symptoms, until their symptoms are completely resolved.
  • Any staff, students, faculty or visitors on campus who begin to feel COVID-19 like symptoms, must report them to campus security.
  • Persons who have travelled internationally must remain away from campus for at least 14 days.
  • Persons who live in the same household as a confirmed or clinical COVID-19 case or person who is self-isolating must not visit campus.

Campus services

The front desk will remain open to receive packages for residents. We do not accept food or grocery orders. Students are encouraged not to come to the front desk unless they have to.

The best way for students to contact Student Services is through email.

Please visit our COVID-19 Info page for the latest COVID updates.

Curious how the MDM Program runs remotely? Watch this video on what to expect in the MDM Program this Fall: