VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

VIU Covid 19 Research Response

Vancouver Island University shifted to virtual operations in mid-March 2020. This phase of emergency management of the COVID-19 pandemic was informed by the Province of British Columbia’s declaration of a State of Emergency to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

On March 17th, VIU researchers were notified of a set of research guidelines to guide their research during COVID 19 as well as a directive from the Research Ethics Board.

From that point until July 5th, 2021 when new Post-Secondary Guidelines were announced in BC, access to Vancouver Island University campus was restricted to allow only a very limited number of employees on campus – those associated with essential services to support on-site operations (e.g. Residence Life, Security, some Facilities staff, personnel for animal care facilities support), and critical functions of the university. Restricting access to campus also required the suspension of all on-campus research and scholarly activities in labs, offices, and research spaces. In addition, travel and other public health restrictions associated with the Provincial State of Emergency led to the suspension of all field research; activities involving face-to-face (in-person) interactions (e.g. surveys or focus groups with research participants) were deferred or required to be carried out remotely using tele-/video-conferencing tools.

As BC progresses on its Restart Plan, VIU researchers need guidance on how to conduct their research, scholarship and creative activity. This site provides direction on how on-campus and field research activity can resume in phases, to be implemented when circumstances related to COVID-19 in British Columbia will allow the gradual lifting of activity restrictions.

Activity involving inter-provincial and international travel is not considered essential and must follow the University travel guidelines as well as government guidelines regarding travel restrictions.