In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, GSS Executive Committee has decided to close the Graduate Lounge and our offices until further notice. All official, professional, or social events organized by the GSS have also been cancelled, postponed, or will be held virtually. All online services will remain available to our members and Executive Committee will do everything it can to expand our online services. GSS staff and directors will be working remotely and may be contacted by email and we will provide update on the situation to our members as often as feasible.
If you are looking for information on the current Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several governments and organizations, including SFU, have published information on the current outbreak. The following provides a non-comprehensive list of resources that could be of use to our members as the outbreak unfolds. Given the rapidly changing information made available by governments, public health authorities and university administrations, we encourage our members to consult frequently the links provided below:
- SFU has sent out this message to the university community regarding COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Government of Canada
- World Health Organization
- In addition, the government of Canada provides travel advice on COVID-19 here and advisories for specific countries, here
Canada’s three federal granting agencies have confirmed that, considering the impacts of COVID-19, the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable. Individuals may decide to cancel trips as a result of various considerations and factors such as cancelled conferences, travel advisories (including those from Health Canada and Global Affairs Canada), or personal choice due to health or other concerns. Their decision applies to the travel of both principal investigators and research personnel when cancellation occurs as described above. The full news release may be found here.
Pacific Blue Cross has published a COVID-19 Resource Centre that might also be of interest to some of our members.