Vancouver Campus Fall Reopening Plans, Phase 2

[Updated November 20, 2020]

In response to the latest order of the Provincial Health Officer announced on November 19th, all in-person classes will continue to be suspended in the coming 2 weeks.

All New York Institute of Technology Vancouver classes will continue to be held online until December 7th. Instructors will be notifying students about online classes and how to access them, please check your course communications.

Vancouver campuses in Downtown and Broadway Tech Centre will be closed for 2 more weeks. Should you have any questions or concerns for faculty or staff, you may reach them via email or phone. Appointments may be set up with faculty or staff if necessary.

Computer labs will remain open for students by appointment only on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm. Book your appointment here.

It is important to read the health order thoroughly in order to stay safe amidst the latest spike of cases in the Lower Mainland. Continue to stay vigilant, and follow the orders set out by health authorities to limit social interactions and gatherings. New York Tech Vancouver is dedicated to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe.

Please be sure to thoroughly read these restrictions that apply to the entire province.


[Updated November 18, 2020]

New York Institute of Technology-Vancouver campus is pleased to announce that we have received confirmation from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training in British Columbia that our Covid-19 readiness plan has been approved and that we will be added to the Federal Government’s updated DLI list on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Please do not make any travel plans until we are officially listed on the federal government DLI site AFTER December 1, 2020. Once listed, we will be sending a communication to all students outlining the process by which they can begin to travel to Canada and request a travel support letter. You can check the DLI site for updates HERE.


[Updated November 8, 2020]

In response to the latest order of the Provincial Health Officer announced on November 7, all in-person classes will be suspended in the coming two weeks. As of Monday, November 9, all New York Institute of Technology-Vancouver classes will be held online. Instructors will be notifying students about online classes and how to access them. Please check your course communications.

Instructors may have also planned tests or exams for their classes on Monday or Tuesday. Check the course communications for instructions for your course.

Downtown and Broadway Tech Centre campuses will be closed for 2 weeks. Should you have any questions or concerns, you may reach our faculty or staff via email or phone. Appointments may be set up with faculty or staff if necessary.

Computer labs will remain open for students by appointment only on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book your appointment here.

Students who need to drop off a bank draft at the bursar's office must make an appointment by filling out a form to come to the Downtown campus to drop off the bank draft.

In light of the latest spike of cases in the Lower Mainland, it is important that we all continue to stay vigilant and follow the orders set out by health authorities to limit social interactions and gatherings. New York Tech-Vancouver is dedicated to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates when needed.


[Updated October 21, 2020]

RETURN TO CAMPUS SAFELY PLAN - VANCOUVER CAMPUS

Working closely with public health authorities and the BC provincial government, New York Institute of Technology Vancouver Campus (New York Tech) has developed a detailed plan for students and staff to return to campus safely.

We continue to consult with the province to determine that we reopen in a way that ensures the health of the New York Tech community.

Our COVID Task Force team has assessed classrooms, labs, and offices to ensure that we adhere closely to WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions.

Since the onset of COVID‐19, New York Tech has placed the safety of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront of our response. We will continue to adapt our teaching, learning, and service delivery methods to ensure students can continue to succeed.

Click here to access the RETURN TO CAMPUS SAFELY PLAN - Vancouver Campus


[Updated October 1, 2020]

Canada's international travel restrictions extended to end of October

Canada’s international travel restrictions will remain in place until the end of October.

According to the federal government, the restrictions will remain in place until October 31, and mandatory quarantine remains in place for all returning Canadian citizens and permanent residents with limited exceptions.

For more information on the restrictions to enter Canada and the exemptions, consult the Canada Border Services Agency.

[Updated September 2, 2020]

Important Information Regarding Phase 2 Student Visa rejection

This information is intended for Fall 2020 new students who have received phase 1 visa approval (Approval-in-Principle) and have registered for courses AS WELL AS those who have not yet received phase 1 visa approval but wish to register for courses if they receive this visa by September 18th.

If your student visa application has been rejected during the phase 2 Visa approval process, please see the available options below:

  • You may request to have your application deferred to the Spring 2021 term
  • You may re-apply for a student visa. All courses completed at New York Institute of Technology with a phase 1 visa approval will count towards the completion of your degree program.
  • You may transfer your credits to other institutions that will accept them.

Students whose phase 2 (final visa) has been denied may request a Certificate of Completion issued by New York Institute of Technology Vancouver acknowledging their completion of any courses.


[Updated August 28, 2020]

New York Institute of Technology Vancouver - Fall 2020 Back to Campus - Phase 2

In Phase 2 of our reopening plan, we will be opening for the Fall term with safety measures in place to accommodate a healthy environment for the New York Institute of Technology Vancouver community, we request everyone to respect these policies. Please THOROUGHLY read our safety measures below for New York Tech Vancouver campuses, which are in compliance with WorkSafe BC, BC Ministry of Health, Cadillac Fairview, and New York Tech policies. 

* Note: These rules and guidelines are subject to change and are also dependent on the availability of supplies.

In order for our in-person classes to be successful and safe for students, faculty and staff, we are implementing significant safety protocols that everyone who comes to one of our campuses will be required to follow.

Coming to Class

** NOTE that effective August 24th BC transit has implemented a mandatory face covering policy and masks will be mandatory if you are taking transit to school.

  • Upon arrival, all individuals will be required to have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 99.8 F degrees (37.6 C) will be asked to leave the campus.  We will also be asking other questions to screen for any COVID-19 risks.
    • Please note that at the Downtown campus, masks are required by the building management for students to ride the elevator to the 17th floor to attend class.  Only 4 people are permitted in the elevator at one time, so expect delays in the building lobby downstairs
    • Please note that at the Broadway Tech Centre campus, masks are mandatory in all common areas

  • Screening Questions – upon arrival to campus you will be asked 3 questions:
    • Have you or anyone you have been in contact with travelled outside of the country in the last 14 days
    • Have you or anyone you have exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19
      • Fever
      • New onset of cough
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Sore throat, difficulty swallowing
      • Chills
      • Headaches
      • Unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias)
      • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
      • Runny nose or nasal congestion without other known cause
    • Have you provided care for or have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

  • We ask all students, faculty and staff to refrain from arriving on campus if they are feeling unwell in any way. If someone in your circle has been diagnosed with COVID-19 then you should not be coming to campus.

If you are ill and test positive to COVID-19, we ask that you report this immediately to Sharon Raj at sraj02@nyit.edu.


COVID-19 Home Screening

In an effort to reduce congestion at the elevators and lobby of campus, you can complete an online screening test prior to arriving on campus.  You can access the home screening app through www.mynyit.edu

You will need to complete this screening each day that you are planning to arrive on campus OR you can be screened by staff upon arrival

  • Click on the COVID-19 Health Screen tile App screencap 1

  • Click on internal COVID-19 health screen for all faculty, staff and students App screencap 2

  • Answer all of the questions as they appear on the screen.  Questions appear one at a time. App screencap 3

  • Once all of the questions appear, you will receive a “cleared” message on the screen and you will receive an email that you must show to the staff upon arrival on campus. App screencap 4

In Our School

  • Masks will be mandatory in the elevator and hallways of the campus.  They are highly encouraged within the classroom.

  • Occupancy within classrooms has been limited so that we can provide 6 ft separation between students.  Please do not rearrange the seating.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available through-out the campus.

  • Extra cleaning procedures will be in place but to ensure your work space is safe we will provide cleaning materials in each classroom. We ask that all students clean your desk and chair prior to class starting and when class is completed.

  • We ask that social distancing be followed while waiting for elevators and at other times in the common areas.

  • The campus will have signage regarding physical distancing as well as arrows to direct students in one direction through our halls.  Please adhere to these.

  • You will notice protective barriers where staff and students interact.

  • You will be required to book appointments through our booking system to meet with the registrar, bursar or student services.

  • At this time, we are asking students to leave campus as soon as classes are completed to limit the number of students on campus.  Please feel free to connect with your instructors and staff through emails and telephone calls.

  • The computer lab will be available for use on specific days and times, by appointment only.  To check computer lab availability or to book an appointment please do so HERE
    • The Downtown computer lab will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 am to 12:00 pm by appointment only

    • Broadway Tech Centre campus computer lab closed

  • At this time visitors and friends of students are not permitted on campus.  If you have a specific requirement where you need to bring a guest to campus, please contact the Director of Student Services at ssvingen@nyit.edu to book an appointment.

  • Several common areas on campus are CLOSED and you will not this with the yellow caution tape

We realize this is a difficult situation and we are asking everyone to be cautious and follow these procedures to keep everyone safe.  Failure to comply with these regulations will be a direct violation of our student code of conduct and may result in disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal from school.

[Important] - Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. See more information about self-monitoring and self-isolation.


Amenities Access and Capacities

Occupancy within classrooms has been limited so that we can provide 6 ft separation between students. We must adhere to these numbers at all times  Please do not rearrange the seating.

Downtown Campus: downtowncampus

Cubicle space with Bloomberg terminal (need faculty approval, appointment based):

  • Student lounge - closed
  • Table Tennis area - closed
  • Career Services Room - closed
  • Reception waiting area - closed

Amenities:

  • Lockers - accessible
  • Computer lab - accessible on select days only (appointment based)
  • Student printer - accessible

Broadway Tech Centre Campus:

Classrooms:

  • #150 Lab - closed
  • #150 lounge - closed
  • #150 Kitchenette - closed
  • #150 TV area - closed
  • #450 Boardrooms - By appointment only
  • #450 Cubicle area - closed
  • #450 student waiting area - closed
  • #450 kitchenette - closed

** please note that these room closures and access will be assessed and may change at any time.


You may download the Phase 2 Reopening Plan here where you may find additional information regarding International Students Arriving in Canada, Quarantine accommodation information, self-isolation information, and proper Proper PPE guidelines.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or report non-compliance with reopening plan protocols, please contact New York Tech staff Sharon Raj at sraj02@nyit.edu or Shannon Svingen-Jones at ssvingen@nyit.edu.


[Updated August 12, 2020]

Please continue to check the IRCC page for updates. This page will give you the latest information on travel restriction updates, updates on study permits, Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), and other information relevant to international students.


[Updated August 6, 2020]

A friendly reminder, in an effort to keep the community safe, The Cadillac Fairview Building (Downtown campus) requires everyone to wear a face covering or non medical mask to ride the elevators.


Frequently Asked Questions Additional Questions About Academics and Admission
Previous Communications

[Updated June 5, 2020]

We are excited to inform you that we will be re-opening our computer labs at the downtown campus on Tuesday’s Wednesday’s and Thursdays between 10 am and 3 pm for any student needing reliable internet or computer access. These sessions will be limited to 2 hour intervals and will be by appointment only.

Book computer lab appointment HERE

  • During phase I, only the Downtown campus will be open to the NYIT community with limited access and restrictions in place. The Broadway Tech campus will remain closed.
  • Broadway tech campus will only be accessible to teaching faculty and administrative staff. Students will not be permitted on the Broadway Tech campus until further notice.
  • Students are not permitted to drop in or walk onto the campus without an appointment. Should you arrive on campus without an appointment, you will be asked to leave the premises. Please arrive on campus for your appointment alone, and not bring any friends or family members with you, as they will be denied entry.
  • Access to the elevators is by your NYIT access card only; please carry your access cards with you when arriving on campus.
  • The downtown campus will function with limited staff on rotating schedules. It is the student's responsibility to make an appointment with the respective department or for computer lab access prior to arriving on campus.

Upon Arrival

  • Upon arrival, all individuals will be required to have their temperature checked. Should temperature be above 99.8 degrees, you will be asked to leave the campus.
  • All disposable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is worn upon arrival should be disposed of upon entry, in the bins provided near the elevators.
  • Upon arrival on the 17th floor, you will be met by a student assistant, have your temperature taken and taken to your appointment.
  • After the appointment, you will be required to leave the floor immediately. No loitering on campus will be permitted.
  • Should you arrive on campus for lab usage, you will be required to disinfect the used station with the sanitary products provided prior to departure.
  • BTC students who do not have access to the Downtown campus will be accompanied to the 17th floor of the downtown campus from the downstairs lobby after confirming the appointment time in advance.

[Updated April 14, 2020]

As we continue to monitor the latest COVID-19 situation, NYIT Vancouver continues to follow the directions outlined by the BC Provincial and Federal Government to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.We encourage students to stay home in compliance with the latest social distancing protocols.

As such, all current classes will now be remote, and Summer 2020 classes will also be offered online / remotely.

NYIT Vancouver campuses will be closed to students - all administrative support will continue to be available via phone and email; Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have also created an Vancouver FAQ page​ dedicated to answering questions related to admissions, remote learning, student affairs, etc. You may be able to find the answers to your questions.

Please check the below resources for the latest in COVID-19 updates, as well as the IRCC website for updates on immigration and traveling information.

Should you have any questions, please contact us by email or by phone, our faculty and staff are committed to supporting you during these unprecedented times. Please check your email and our social media channels for regular updates.


[Updated March 20, 2020 – 2 p.m.]

As we continue to monitor the latest COVID-19 situation, NYIT Vancouver continues to follow the directions outlined by the BC Provincial and Federal Government to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are doing our part to maintain social distancing and we are taking actions to reduce the need for people to come into our office.

As such, effective March 23rd, NYIT Vancouver campuses will be closed to students - all administrative support will continue to be available via phone and email; Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All remote learning classes will continue.

We continue to encourage students to stay home in compliance with the latest social distancing protocols. The latest instructions regarding remote learning will come from your program Deans. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as we can and to make decisions in the best interest of our community. Things are quickly changing each day. This is a situation like no other and we will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available to us.

Should you have any questions, please contact us by email or by phone, our faculty and staff are committed to supporting you during these unprecedented times. Please check your email and our social media channels for regular updates.


[Updated March 17, 2020 – 4 p.m.]

Please note that effective March 18, the campus will reduce operations and be open between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

On Friday, March 20th, NYIT Vancouver will have Administration support access by email only.

Please note that at anytime, these hours may be adjusted.

We request our students to communicate with a specific department via e-mails rather than phone calls. The computer lab will stay open for those who wish to use it.

In addition, we will not be accepting bank drafts as a form of payment beyond March 20th. After that time, all payments must be made online through Flywire or TransferMate


[Updated March 14, 2020 – 11 p.m.]

NYIT Vancouver campus will be moving to 100% online instruction effective Monday, March 16th, until further notice.

New York Tech Vancouver’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our extended community. In light of COVID-19 being assessed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and advice provided by the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education, NYIT Vancouver's leadership recognizes the need to ensure we are doing everything we can to help contain and slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is for this reason that we will be moving to 100% online instruction effective Monday, March 16th.

Our community has not experienced any COVID-19 cases, but we understand the importance of responding to the government’s direction of social distancing.

Until further notice, students are not required to be on campus.

The majority of our faculty is prepared for online course delivery; however, if additional time is necessary for technical set up, some classes may be postponed. All faculty will notify their students directly with instructions for connecting online or with information about class postponements.

Online participation in the program remains a critical component of education and instructors will be taking attendance for all online classes.

NYIT Vancouver campus will remain open, and staff and faculty will be available.


[Updated March 13, 2020 – 9:30 a.m.]

At this time, all Vancouver classes will continue as outlined in the campus calendar and course syllabi.

The Vancouver administration is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and is making provisions for instructional delivery to include synchronous Zoom participation. Attendance/participation will continue to be required at all regularly scheduled class times, either face-to-face or remotely.

Please note that all official Vancouver updates will be distributed by your program Dean or by the New York Tech Vancouver Administration office.


New York Institute of Technology – Vancouver (NYIT) continues to closely monitor reports on COVID 19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control. The safety and well-being of the New York Tech community is our No. 1 priority, and our team of administrators are meeting daily to ensure that the university is informed and prepared for any circumstances.

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the virus as “low for Canada.”

As of April 21, 2020, the BC Centre for Disease Control advises the following:

It is mandatory that students, faculty, or staff returning from outside of Canada stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after they arrive. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 also need to stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. See more information about self-monitoring and self-isolation.

While these recommendations are important, they are voluntary. You do not need to report people who are not self-isolating. If you have concerns, you can discuss them with your institution’s administration.

More information on self-isolation

Precautions

We must all remain vigilant to assure that any possible transmission is limited. Therefore, it is recommended that “Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.” Other symptoms include cough, sneezing, and shortness of breath.

These recommendations apply to all students as well: Students with a fever should notify their instructors via phone, email, or text messages that they are not feeling well and determine how the material missed in a class can be made up or substituted.

Given that it is likely that we will eventually have more transmission within the Canada, we should all develop better personal hygiene habits. Everyone should continue to follow general precautions to avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus include by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding travelling and contact with others if you are sick.
This video describes good handwashing technique

Opt-in NYIT Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System

At New York Tech we use Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System. This system can notify you in cases of campus closures due to weather or other emergency situations.  Due to privacy laws in Canada, you must opt in to receive these text messages on your mobile phone. Please go into Manage my Alerts and update your profile with your latest address and mobile number. You will receive a text message asking you to confirm you wish to receive these messages in the future from New York Tech. Please follow the instructions in the text message to opt-in.

This service is designed to alert you of emergencies such as sudden campus closures, health updates, and other emergency notifications.

Resources

For the latest government travel advisories related to COVID-19

See the following sites for more information:

Public Health Agency of Canada BC Centre for Disease Control World Health Organization

New York Institute of Technology - Vancouver, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions


How high is the risk of contracting the Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in Vancouver and British Columbia?

BC Centre for Disease Control advises that the risk to British Columbians continues to be low. More information and the most up to date information can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.



Are any New York Tech Vancouver students, faculty or staff reported to be confirmed cases?

We are currently not aware of any cases amongst our students, faculty and staff, both within BC or abroad. In the event of a confirmed case, information would be provided to the public by the relevant health agency, according to their protocols.



What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus disease COVID-19?

Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada website Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).



What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections?

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. Hand sanitizer has been placed in all classrooms and in each department around the campus. If hands are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.


What is New York Tech doing to minimize the risk of infection to students, faculty and staff?

New York Tech is developing plans and responses to the evolving situation. The university is also working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up-to-date information on preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We have increased the distribution of hand sanitizers around campus and posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections.



Should students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled to affected areas remain at home for a period of time, after returning to Canada?

It is mandatory that students, faculty, or staff returning from outside of Canada stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after they arrive. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Students, faculty, or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 also need to stay home or self-isolate in their dorm/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. See more information about self-monitoring and self-isolation.

While these recommendations are important, they are voluntary. You do not need to report people who are not self-isolating. If you have concerns, you can discuss them with your institution’s administration.

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their healthcare provider or the provincial health line at 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

More information on self-isolation


What should I do if students or colleagues shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone concerned that they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 8-1-1. For more information and the latest updates, visit the BC Center for  http://www.bccdc.ca



What if a student can’t attend classes due to a travel ban or other reasons related to COVID-19 in their home country?

Students can defer their start of their studies to a later term. The next terms starts in September 2020.



Is New York Tech distributing masks for people to wear to prevent the spread of infection?

New York Tech is not distributing masks. Some members of our community may opt to wear masks, and we fully support their right to do so. We ask everyone to be respectful of students, faculty and staff who choose to wear masks.



I have cold/flu symptoms, but I haven’t travelled to a COVID-19 affected area. What should I do?

Information is available at HealthLink BC including advice on how best to treat cold/flu symptoms.



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