Campus Updates

Weather Update for the FDU Vancouver Campus

November 30, 2022

FDU Vancouver Campus is OPEN today, Wednesday, November 30. Classes will be running as usual.

COVID – 19 Update for the FDU Vancouver Campus

September 7, 2022

FDU, Vancouver Campus welcomes you to a full in-person return to campus for the fall 2022 term.  At all times, FDU will follow the BC Communicable Disease Guidelines issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Please review these guidelines for any updates to the Provincial COVID-19 protocols.

If you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus and to get any recommended booster shots as soon as they are available.

Although you are no longer required to wear a mask on campus, some students, faculty, and staff may continue to do so. Please be respectful of an individual’s choice to wear a mask. More detailed information about types of masks and how to use them is available on the BCCDC website.

We also encourage you to continue practicing good hand hygiene and daily health checks. If you have mild symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need test; instead, stay home and away from others until you feel well enough to return to your regular activities and you no longer have a fever.

If you have questions regarding symptoms of illness, please use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 for guidance and assistance.

Additional guidance for anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 is available here.

Additional guidance for close contacts of someone confirmed to have a positive test result can be found here.

Periodic fluctuations in COVID-19 activity are expected in the community at large. However, Public Health does not anticipate any population wide public health orders being needed because of the level of population immunity that now exists.  

 

David O’Reilly

Deputy Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

Government approves changes to MAS program requirements, no interruption in admissions.  

July 7, 2022 

As announced on March 14, FDU Vancouver requested that the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, through the Degree Quality Assurance Board (DQAB), review proposed changes to admission requirements, with other program improvements, for the Master of Administrative Science ​(MAS) program. We are pleased to announce that these program changes have been successfully reviewed and admissions to the MAS program will continue uninterrupted. We are pleased to be working with the DQAB to maintain the high quality of the MAS program and the value it provides to graduates.  

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

 

New Tuition Fees for FDUV Domestic Students

April 25, 2022

We are pleased to announce a new tuition framework starting Fall 2022 for FDU Vancouver degree programs to apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  New tuition fees levels for each FDU Vancouver graduate and undergraduate program, designed to increase accessibility for domestic students, are listed on the FDUV website:

https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/enrollment-services/tuition-fees/

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

MAS Admissions to resume after government approval

March 14, 2022

As announced on February 28, FDU Vancouver is changing requirements for admission to the MAS program, effective Spring 2023, to ensure that students have the necessary academic background and proficiency in English to succeed in a graduate degree program.  Admissions to the MAS program for the Fall 2022 semester will continue under current requirements. For admission to the Spring 2023 semester the current requirements are suspended and the new requirements will be applied.  Applications for Spring 2023 open on May 1, 2022.

All FDUV programs are reviewed at least every five years to ensure the highest standards of quality and consent is granted after a review by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education Degree Quality Assurance Board.  FDUV has requested that the DQAB review our proposed changes to admission requirements, with other program improvements. We expect that this review will be completed and that there will be no interruptions in admissions to the MAS program.  All offers of admission will be valid and will be honored.  We are pleased to be working with DQAB to maintain the high quality of the MAS program and the value it provides to graduates. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

Master of Administrative Science Admission Requirements Will Change for Spring 2023 Admissions

February 28, 2022

The Master of Administrative Science (MAS) program offered by FDU on its Vancouver Campus attracts a high degree of interest and applications exceed available spots in the program.  Admission to the MAS program requires a strong academic background and proficiency in English commensurate with a graduate degree program. 

To support the objective of continuing to offer a high-quality program, admission requirements for the MAS program will change for applications to the Spring 2023 semester.   Applications for admission to the MAS program for Spring 2023 open on April 2, 2022, and the following requirements will apply:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B“)
  • For direct admission into the MAS for international students, a minimum IELTS 6.5 across all bands (no band below 6.5), or equivalent.

International students who do not yet meet the English language proficiency requirements for direct admission to the MAS program, and who wish to take MAS coursework while upgrading their academic English abilities, may qualify for acceptance into the Foundations in Academic Research (FAR) program or the Master Academic Foundations (MAF) program at FDU.  Students who successfully complete either of these programs will matriculate directly into the Master of Administrative Science degree program without further conditions.   

International students who have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0), who wish to upgrade their academic English abilities, but would also like to take Master of Administrative Science coursework at the same time, may enroll in the Foundations in Academic Research (FAR) program at FDU.  The Foundations in Academic Research program is a full semester of coursework that includes two MAS academic courses: Financial Administration and Theory and Practice of Administration, and a third course that provides students with foundational skills in research, academic writing, and oral communication appropriate to a master’s level program. At the end of the program, students will have earned 6 academic credits towards the completion of their MAS degree program. 

International students who have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (no score lower than 5.5), who wish to upgrade their academic English abilities, but would also like to take Master of Administrative Science coursework at the same time, may qualify for the Master Academic Foundations (MAF) program at FDU.  A student’s placement in this program is based on the outcome of an FDU English Placement Test.  The Master Academic Foundations program is a full semester of coursework comprised of three distinct courses for a total of 12-hours per week.  At the end of the program, students will have earned 3 academic credits towards the completion of their MAS degree program.

For further information on the MAS program, please visit https://www.fdu.edu/program/masters-in-administrative-science-vancouver/

 

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

January 31, 2022

This document summarizes the prevention measures that are being taken by Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus to reduce the risk of communicable diseases, including COVID-19, on campus. These measures follow the most recent recommendations in the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance from The BC Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC), published on January 25, 2022.  They are also informed by the Post Secondary Institutions Update Meeting on Jan 21, 2022 presented by Dr. Alexandra Choi, Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

Context

Given the low-risk of in-class learning, a highly immunized population, and significant social benefits of in-person instruction, FDU – Vancouver Campus will return to on-campus instruction as strongly recommended by the BC Ministry of Health.

  • The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is the most circulated variant in BC and is resulting in a higher number of infections. However, it is also causing less serious illness (hospitalizations, deaths), especially in populations where those at risk (e.g. older adults) are highly immunized.
  • As it is becoming endemic in our population, exposure to the virus will occur irrespective of a student’s attendance at face-to-face classes on campus. According to VCH, most exposures to the virus tend to occur in high-risk settings, such as in homes and in informal social gatherings.
  • Educational settings are low-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission, particularly given the high rate of vaccination among the population, and among the student population in particular.
  • Additionally, newly arriving students must have been fully vaccinated to enter Canada and will have been tested again on arrival at the airport.

Actions to Mitigate Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

No one measure of protection against COVID-19 will be perfect.  However, when multiple measures are implemented to work together, the risk of transmission is greatly   reduced.

Personal Actions

  • Get vaccinated: vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus. Vaccines are freely available to everyone, including international students and their families. Everyone eligible is strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including receiving the booster shot.
  • Assess yourself for COVID-19 symptoms daily:  students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 Symptoms before entering either location of the Vancouver campus. Please use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool Thrive Health  for guidance and follow the instructions provided.
  • Assess yourself for communicable disease symptoms daily:  similarly, students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors should assess themselves daily for the symptoms of other communicable diseases, such as the flu, and take appropriate action.
  • Stay home if you are sick: if you are ill, or have any symptoms of a communicable disease, you should stay at home.
  • Inform your instructor: if you need to miss class due to a communicable disease, please inform your instructor via your FDU email account, or through Webcampus, that you cannot attend class due to illness.
  • Always wear a mask when on campus: masks are required to be in place before you enter either campus location. A mask may be a medical or non-medical mask or may be made from a tightly woven fabric and must cover your nose and mouth.  Small or large clear plastic face shields are not acceptable unless also worn in conjunction with a mask.

Once on campus, the mask must be always worn, including at the entrance lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms, and washrooms. You may remove the mask temporarily and for short periods of time to consume beverages.

  • Physical distancing: although physical distancing (maintaining 2 metres between people) is no longer required in indoor public spaces, we encourage you to spread out within the available space and to consider and respect others’ personal space. Avoid gathering in large groups and move through the corridors so as to avoid congestion, especially at class start and end times.
  • Eating on campus: food may not be consumed on campus until further notice, as this involves the removal of masks for a prolonged period of time in which students would be in close proximity to others.
  • Hand hygiene: avail yourself of regular opportunities for hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water or using the hand sanitizer stations located throughout both campuses.
  • Positive test: If you test positive for COVID-19, you may return to campus only after you have fulfilled the advice of public health authorities for returning to public settings. People who test positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate and manage symptoms as outlined in the BC self-management guidance.
  • Commuting to campus by transit: if you are planning to use public transit to commute to campus, you may find TransLink’s Trip Planner tool to be a useful resource.  In addition to schedules, you can use this site to find the fastest route to get you here.

FDU Administrative Actions

  • Air ventilation and quality: the West Georgia Street location is a modern building constructed in 2015 to LEED Gold certification standards. This certification ensures the highest standard of indoor air ventilation quality and monitoring.

At the Cambie Street location, a much older building, facilities management has made improvements to increase the volume of outdoor air ventilated through the building. Air filters have been installed that capture 98% of airborne pollutants (including bacteria and viruses) and are replaced quarterly.  The indoor air quality has been tested and is within the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) guidelines. 

  • On campus gatherings: In compliance with Provincial Health Officer Orders, in-person discretionary gatherings and meetings will be conducted remotely until further notice. This includes non-curricular activities, such as student clubs and social gatherings.
  • Visitors on campus: Campus access is limited to FDU students, faculty and staff. Visitors will only be permitted who provide a direct benefit to student learning and wellbeing. All other visitors to campus will be restricted.
  • Informative guides: A variety of information guides have been posted throughout the campus to provide students information on best practices to aid in mitigating the risk of COVID-19 contagion.
  • Sanitizing stations: numerous hand sanitizing stations and sanitizing supplies have been strategically located throughout the campus and in classrooms, offices, and public workstations.
  • Plexiglas barriers: numerous Plexiglas barriers have been erected to provide safe working spaces for frontline staff. These will remain in place and maintained until further notice.
  • Contact tracing: contact tracing is no longer considered to be an effective public health intervention for control of COVID-19 in the community. FDU will provide notifications to faculty, staff or students about potential or confirmed communicable diseases cases (including COVID -19) only if requested to do so by the Medical Health Officer.

 

David O’Reilly

Deputy Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDUV to Return to In-person Instruction on February 7, 2022

January 31, 2022

FDU Vancouver announced in fall 2021 that classes for the Spring 2022 semester would be delivered in person only.  On January 5, 2022, we announced a temporary pause in the return to in-person learning, with face-to-face instruction resuming at any time beginning February 7, 2022. 

FDUV will return to full in-person instruction on February 7, 2022. Classes with scheduled times will be delivered on-campus only.  No remote learning will be possible.   

This decision is taken based on a better understanding of the reduced impact of the COVID omicron variant on vaccinated individuals, the very low risk of transmission on university campuses relative to the broader community, and the benefits to you of face-to-face teaching and learning. I encourage you to read the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance provided by the BC Ministry of Health which provides the background that was considered in making this decision  http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Public_Health_Guidance_Campus.pdf 

All members of the FDUV community are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID to prevent serious illness, and to obtain vaccination boosters as soon as they are made available to you.  Information on how to get vaccinated is available at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register  Vaccines are available to all FDUV students and their families.  

When on-campus students will be expected to follow the FDUV Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. This includes the requirement to always wear a mask while on campus, including in classrooms, and most importantly to monitor for illness and stay home if you are sick. A self-assessment tool is available at Access the self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en 

Students will be required to attend classes in person, and no remote learning options will be provided.  At the same time, members of the FDUV community can continue to meet using Zoom when appropriate, such as instructor office hours, which may be held in-person or via Zoom, at the instructor’s discretion.  

If students wish to make changes to their Spring 2022 schedule they must contact Enrollment Services at esvancouver@fdu.edu by January 31, 2022.  

We appreciate that facing the risk of COVID infection is stressful, however low that risk may be.  Being part of a community is a way to be supported in times of stress, whatever the cause, and we look forward to being back together to rebuild the community that FDU Vancouver prides itself on.  At the same time, please reach out to FDUV Student Services if you need assistance in accessing the free counseling services available to all FDUV students. 

FDU Vancouver Counselling Office Hours are 11am to 2pm on Monday to Thursday.  Students can book appointments by calling 604-648-4497 or by emailing fduvcounseling@fdu.edu

Thank you for your understanding and support. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

Student Access To Campus by Appointment Only

January 10, 2022

In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment, student access to the Vancouver campus locations will be limited until the campus reopens on February 7th, 2022. 

If you need to meet a staff member in person, please call 604-648-4460 and your call will be directed to the appropriate department to make an appointment.

Please consult with the list below if you need to make an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor, to join an Academic Workshop or for other academic support needs.

 

Writing Centre Appointments:           https://writingcentre.youcanbook.me

Academic Workshops Sign Up:           https://fduworkshops.youcanbook.me/

Student Tutoring Appointments:           https://fdusubjecttutoring.youcanbook.me/

Smarthinking  On-line Tutoring:           https://services.smarthinking.com/login

Academic Advisor Appointments:          advisingcentre.youcanbook.me

 

Thank you,

 

David O’Reilly

Deputy Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

 

FDU Vancouver delays face to face instruction: Classes to begin via remote learning until at least February 7

January 5,2022

In light of recent public health announcements concerning the rapid spread of COVID and the negative impact this would have on students, faculty and staff, instruction for the FDU Vancouver Spring 2022 academic term will begin via remote learning (Zoom) and continue until February 7, 2022.   

This is a temporary pause in the planned return to face-to-face instruction for the Spring 2022 trimester, and face-to-face instruction could resume at any time beginning February 7. An announcement regarding any extension to this pause will be made on January 31 and will consider conditions at that time.  

The Spring 2022  trimester begins for new FDUV students with online undergraduate orientation starting January 10 and online graduate orientation on January 17.  Classes begin on January 17 for new and returning undergraduate students and on January 24 for new and returning graduate students.  

Following this temporary pause, students must be prepared to attend classes in person; no accommodation will be made (such as through the continuation of remote learning) for students who are not able to attend in person. Students who are out of the country must make appropriate arrangements to be present for classes, and must at all times abide by Canada immigration and border security requirements, including for mandatory vaccination and possible quarantine.  Students who are out of the country are advised to return at the earliest opportunity to provide for any possible delays.  

Normal FDUV attendance, withdrawal, tuition, and leave of absence policies will continue to apply. Again, students are expected to be able to be present for in-person classes when they resume after February 7.   

As always, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ensure they are fully vaccinated, and observe public health recommendations with respect to masking, social distancing, and personal hygiene. 

 

Thank you,

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDU Vancouver Campus COVID update regarding Omicron variant

November 30, 2021

FDU Vancouver is monitoring the evolving situation regarding the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.   As always, our goal is to ensure the health and well-being of FDU Vancouver students, staff and faculty as we fulfill our academic mission.  We are guided by the advice of public health authorities and higher education authorities.  At this time that advice continues to be that post-secondary institutions are safe environments for in-person instruction.  Students should continue to make preparations for a full return to in-person instruction on the FDU Vancouver Campus for the Spring 2022 semester.  Remote learning will not be provided; the terms of the consent given to FDUV to offer degree programs by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training are for in-person instruction.

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDU Vancouver Campus Instruction Options for Spring 2022 Semester 

November 17, 2021 

As announced on October 22, 2021, for the Spring 2022 semester, FDU Vancouver classes will be delivered in person only; remote learning will not be an option.  Students will be expected to be present on campus in Vancouver.   

The Vancouver Campus is confident that campus health promotion practices and current public health measures, including public vaccination requirements and those required for entry into Canada, will ensure that the Vancouver Campus continues to be a safe and effective learning environment. To begin or continue their studies in Spring 2022, students are expected to be on campus.  

Students who are overseas must plan on returning to Vancouver to attend Spring 2022 classes and make appropriate travel arrangements. 

Students who began their studies through remote learning without having been approved for a study permit and who do not currently have visas that permit travel to Canada have the option of (a) taking a leave of absence from their studies until they are approved for a study permit or (b) if they are in the MAS, MHMS, or BAIS programs, transferring their studies to FDU New Jersey and continuing their studies through online learning.   

Students who are not able or willing to be present on campus in Vancouver for Spring 2022 should immediately contact Enrolment Services at esvancouver@fdu.edu and indicate whether they wish to request a leave of absence or instructions on how to transfer their studies to FDU online learning. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

FDU Vancouver Campus Return to In-Person Instruction for Spring 2022 Semester

October 22, 2021

This is an update regarding instructional options for those students who will be taking classes with FDU Vancouver during the Spring 2022 Semester.  As you know, because of Canadian government-imposed travel restrictions, which limited the ability of some new and current students to travel to Canada, FDU Vancouver gave students the opportunity to study via remote learning for the Fall 2021 semester.

For the Spring 2022 semester, FDU Vancouver classes will be delivered in person only; remote learning will not be an option.  Students will be expected to be present on campus in Vancouver.  

This decision is based on the lifting of travel restrictions, the relaxing of public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID, and the ongoing efforts by FDU Vancouver to promote general health-related behaviours to reduce the spread of viruses.  It is not subject to appeal and we will not make exceptions to accommodate student circumstances.  Please plan accordingly and make all necessary travel arrangements to be in Vancouver for the Spring 2022 semester.

Importantly, yesterday we received guidance from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, through the Degree Quality Assessment Board, which stated that “all post-secondary institutions in the province should return to in-person instruction as much as possible beginning January 2022.” 

All locations of the FDU Vancouver Campus will be open with full use of classrooms at both the 842 Cambie and 89 West Georgia locations.  We hope that all spaces in each location will be fully accessible and will provide additional updates as needed. 

For current students who are overseas, you should plan on returning to Vancouver to attend Spring 2022 classes and make appropriate travel arrangements right away.  Additionally, the most recent guidance that we are aware of from Immigration Canada is that after January 2022 only study in person in Canada will contribute to the eligibility for Post Graduate Work Permits.  New students should make travel arrangements to arrive in time for new student orientation.  In all instances, please ensure that you observe all government requirements for entry into Canada.

We look forward to the FDU Vancouver community coming fully back together again, and to a vibrant teaching, learning, and co-curricular experience on the FDU Vancouver Campus. 

 

Wilfred Zerbe, Ph.D.

Campus Executive

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Vancouver Campus

New COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Requirements for Travellers Arriving in Canada by Air

September 22, 2021

As of September 7, 2021, all other foreign nationals do not need to be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose if they have proof that they are fully vaccinated. Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be required to meet an exemption or be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Beginning at 12:01 am EDT on September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism; however, these individuals must:

  1. Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 daysprior to entering Canada
  2. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 
  3. Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular testresult taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada.  Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests,” are not accepted
  4. Be asymptomatic
  5. Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan
  6. Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act,and
  7. Take a test on arrival, if selected

Update on Learning Options for New and Returning FDUV students

August 17, 2021

In response to rising concern about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the travel challenges faced by students who are outside of Canada, the FDU Vancouver Campus will be offering the following study options for students for the Fall 2021 semester:  

  • New students who are beginning their first semester of studies with FDUV and who are overseas and cannot travel to Vancouver before the first day of classes because of travel restrictions or visa processing delays will be able to begin their studies using synchronous remote learning (Zoom) technology.
  • New students who are able to travel to Vancouver or who are already in Vancouver will be able to begin their studies through remote learning or through in-person instruction.  At least some in-person instruction will be made available to these new students who wish it; students may be required to take a mix of in-person and remotely delivered classes.  Some courses will only be available in-person and some will only be available via technology mediated learning. 

 Information will be provided about hardware, software and internet access requirements needed to attend technology mediated classes.   

  • Returning students who are overseas and cannot travel to Vancouver because of travel restrictions or visa processing delays will be able to continue their studies using technology mediated learning, including synchronous remote learning (Zoom) technology or on-line courses.     
  • Returning students who are able to travel to Vancouver or who are already in Vancouver will be able to continue their studies in-person or, subject to class availability, through technology mediated learning.

Priority for registration in technology mediated learning classes will be given to students who are not able to travel to Canada.  Some courses will only be available in-person and some will only be available via technology.  Students should be aware that technology mediated courses may be scheduled at times that are inconvenient in local time zones. 

All students planning to travel to Canada or who are already in Vancouver are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated.  Vaccinations are free and widely available in BC. For information follow the guidelines on the Vax for B.C. page. 

Students should be aware that their eligibility for Post Graduate Work Permits can be affected by whether their studies take place in Canada or overseas.  

Students travelling to Canada are advised to understand and follow all Immigration Canada requirements and Public Health orders.   

FDU Vancouver will continue to take actions to mitigate the risk of COVID19 transmission on campus including but not limited to mask requirements.  Any further policy changes will be communicated as appropriate.  A policy requiring that students attending classes in person be fully vaccinated or a recent negative COVID test is not in place at this time, but may be announced in future.  

New student orientation sessions will be held as follows:   

  • Undergraduate Orientation – Monday, August 30 at 9 am (PST) 
  • Graduate Orientation – Tuesday, September 7 at 9 am (PST) 

The first day of classes for the Fall semester is as follows:   

  • Undergraduate Students – Tuesday, September 7 
  • Graduate Students – Monday, September 13