What to Expect in Your Arts Courses

Page last updated on January 12, 2022.

As the Faculty of Arts returns to on-campus activities and in-person classes, you can find the most up-to-date information below on what to expect for your studies.

Quick Tips for Class Success

  • Read your course syllabi carefully at the start of term. Classroom expectations (including notes on COVID-19 considerations) will be clearly determined and outlined by each instructor within the syllabus.
  • Pack an extra mask. When heading to in-person classes, make sure to have an extra mask in case yours is lost or damaged.
  • Attend office hours. Office hours are an opportunity to speak directly with your instructor or TA about concerns or ideas.
  • Make connections early in the term. Getting to know a classmate or two in each class is a great way to meet new people with similar interests, help each other in class, and share notes during times of illness or if you’re required to self-isolate.

Mask requirement

Following BC Health Guidance, effective August 25, 2021, masks are required in all indoor classes regardless of vaccination status. The term “masks” refers to medical and non-medical masks that cover your nose and mouth. You will need to wear a mask for the duration of the class, for your own protection, and for the safety and comfort of everyone else in the class. Exemptions, including for those unable to wear a face covering, are detailed in the Provincial Health Officer’s order.

Eating and drinking during class

Whether or not you will be allowed to eat or drink during class will be at the discretion of the course instructor. Read the course syllabus to learn about the expectations within each classroom and reach out to your instructor if you have more questions.

Missed class due to illness

If you are sick, it is important that you stay home – no matter what you think you may be sick with (e.g. cold, flu, other illness). You can complete a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms if needed.

If you miss class due to symptoms or illness:

  • Reach out to your classmates for class notes. If you don’t yet know anyone in the class, post on the discussion forum to connect with other students.
  • Review relevant course content and resources on Canvas or in the textbook, if available.
  • Attend virtual office hours, if available.
  • If you are concerned that you will miss a key activity, contact the instructor directly to discuss your options.

Missed midterm or in-class assessment due to illness

If you are feeling ill and cannot attend class for a midterm or in-class assessment, email the instructor right away.

Academic Concession

If you experience unanticipated events or circumstances that interfere with your ability to accomplish your academic coursework, you may be eligible for academic concession. If you are not an Arts student, you should consult with your home faculty for your concession.

We are in this together

We strongly encourage all members of the UBC community to be fully vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available to all UBC students. For the most up-to-date information from the University about our return to campus, continue to visit covid19.ubc.ca.


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