Status of Department of Anthropology in Relation to COVID-19


COVID–19 — Status of summer terms



As you know, the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve with new developments on a daily basis. Many in our community are asking what the status of our summer terms will be in the light of these uncertain times.

To aid our students, faculty and staff as they plan, and in clear recognition that current mitigations may need to continue for an as yet undetermined period, I am announcing that Term 1 of Summer Session (running May 11 – June 18) at UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan and UBC Robson Square will be online. The Summer Session for Vantage One (Arts, Science and Engineering) programs will also be online.

Please note that online application is simply not available to all courses. In those instances, courses may have to be postponed or redesigned. For classes that cannot be accommodated online, we will be issuing further information through our Faculties. (Faculties and program areas will differ in their approaches to these courses.)

Planning is also underway for the possibility that Term 2 of Summer Session (July 6 – Aug. 13) may need to go online. We will update our community as soon as we determine the final status of the Term 2 of Summer Session.

UBC’s campuses will remain open where possible and university operations will continue as much as possible, per the guidance and directives of health agencies and UBC’s operational imperatives.

These past weeks have seen this university make enormous shifts in its academic delivery and its operations. I know this has added to the stress levels and workloads of all our students, faculty and staff.

I thank all of you for adapting to the challenges as they arise and for your commitment to our university and the wellbeing of our community. As a reminder, you can see the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and UBC’s response at This situation will take time to resolve. There will no doubt be more challenges in the days and weeks ahead. We can and will work together to overcome those challenges.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Department of Anthropology staff and faculty continuing their work remotely.


March 19, 2020


Effective March 20, 2020, the Department of Anthropology will be closed to the public, with staff and faculty continuing their work remotely. Our staff team remains available by email, phone message, and for virtual appointments until further notice.  Contact information for our ANTH team can be found under the People”  section of our website.


If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please email us at


We will continue to update our website, with any further announcements or changes.


We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.


For information about UBC’s response to COVID-19 including FAQs, please click here.


The information in this link is intended to support UBC students, faculty and staff.  Some are specific to UBC and others are from provincial and federal agencies.


Let’s stay safe and connected to one another,


–  The Department of Anthropology